Ready to get online but not sure where to start? This is your month.
Every day in June (except weekends, because we all need a break), we’re rolling out fresh content aimed at helping you take your small business online. You’ll find new articles, videos, ebooks, infographics, white papers, checklists and other goodies designed to help you start doing business on the web.
Download the step-by-step guide to taking your small business online
We’re kicking off Get Online month with a free ebook: Take your small business online: A step-by-step guide for launching your SMB on the web.
The easy-to-follow guide walks you through the basics — from selecting the right domain name to weighing your website building options to using web analytics to measure the success of your online efforts. The ebook includes practical worksheets to help you plan and execute your online strategy. And checklists at the end of each chapter make managing your progress a breeze.
I think you’ll like it.
Gearing up to get online
We’ll take a deeper dive into the topics outlined in the ebook throughout the month. Here’s a glimpse at some of what you’ll find parked in the Garage.
Stuff for startups
Funding, anyone? Fundera’s Meredith Wood will share her secrets for securing a business loan.
We also worked with our friends over at BizFilings to create a handy startup checklist. It leads you through the nuts and bolts of starting a business — like preparing a business plan and applying for an employer identification number — with links to resources you’ll need to turn your business idea into a reality.
Domains and websites
Getting a domain is one of the first steps you’ll take to get online — and we’re going to show you how to pick the perfect domain name. With that settled, get ready to plan a website, choose your best site building option, and select a web hosting provider.
In addition, we partnered with Alignable to survey more than 100,000 small business owners about their experience doing business online. You can download the free white paper, which outlines five common pain points and pointers for overcoming those barriers to online success.
Pro tip: Build a better website in less than an hour with GoDaddy GoCentral Website Builder.
Content and SEO
Next, it’s onto the really fun part of getting online — creating remarkable web content for your customers and prospective customers. You’ll get tips for writing unique copy, and finding royalty-free images, to tell your business’s story on the internet. Then learn how to put it all together with elegant website design — even if you’re not a web designer.
You’ll also find ways to optimize all that awesome content to attract the attention of search engines. From tips for getting backlinks to tools that can help with SEO, we’re dishing out more of the search-friendly content goodness we served up during SEO Month in Garage.
Social media and lead gen
If you think anything goes in social media, you’ll want to check out the ebook created by the knowledgable folks over at Likeable Local. They share tips for creating social media content that will make your small business look good. Plus, you can read all about how NOT to market your business on Facebook and other social networks.
And, since finding new customers and making sales is just about the whole point of taking your business online, watch Dayna Steele’s video interview with small biz expert Gene Marks. They chat about all sorts of great ways to generate sales leads.
Then, keep your learn on with email marketing tips from the pros at GoDaddy Email Marketing. Email still is one of the best ways to stay connected with customers on the go, and our experts will keep you up to date on the best ways to use email in our increasingly-mobile world.
Small business owners like you
Throughout the month, we’ll showcase small business owners in the U.S. and beyond — sharing their unique stories and advice for other entrepreneurs. From an intuitive artist in Arizona to a scuba diver in Australia, these small business owners are sure to inspire you.
It’s going to be a great month to get online. I hope you can make it.