More Search Engine Optimization

While you are waiting for your domain name to resolve, you can start working on more search engine optimization.

Make sure each of your pages has a link to your main page, home page.
Make sure each of your pages has a way to contact you. You can add a contact form or a simple email link will do. If someone need more information about a subject and can’t reach you, they will go somewhere else. If you don’t have the answer to a question, look it up. The internet is a good place for this. 🙂

To add an email link, use the following format:
Email Me It will look like this Email Me
Be sure to use your domain name, not computers.com

Questions you get from your visitors are a great way to find out what people are looking for. Once you look up the information to help the immediate surfer, go on to build a page about that information. If one person is asking about it, it’s very likely more people want that info too. Don’t forget to optimize the new page.

You can use questions that are simple to answer to build a FAQs page.

Create a privacy statement page. You can copy mine and change it to work for you or create you own from scratch. Make sure every page links to it.

Make your pages link to each other when ever it is relevant. (Search Engines really like these types of links.) If you are writing about computer hard drives and you make a reference in the content to computer games, make that phrase (computer games) link to your computer games page. You could also add a reference to bigger hard drives on your computer games page and link back to the hard drive page. Use the keyword(s) for the page you are linking to in your link title.

Go through your entire site now and see where you can link pages and add the links. Don’t forget to add your title tags to these new links.

A webmaster’s work is never done.

Here’s some more stuff for you to get started on:

You will want to start your own article directory. This will just be a simple directory, nothing fancy. You will use this to build more traffic to your site. Exceptional traffic, this is important, do it.

It’s pretty easy to start. Make a new folder in your website called “articles”. In that folder create two pages. One will be “Today’s Article” the other will be “Article Archives”. Use your page template that you created earlier.

You won’t want to leave the table borders showing, this will look dumb. I left them here for you to see what I did. You will be able to get other people’s articles on your topic to use here. You can also write your own. You will want a mix of yours and other peoples to get a good range of viewpoints.

Each day, put up a new article and list the old one on the archives page. When this day is over, you will rename this page by using “save as” to match the article name and put a link to that page on your archives page. That will leave your Today’s Article page and also give you a new page with the old article. Then re-open the Today’s Article page and put a new article there. Save it.

You will be using these articles to build your RSS feed. This will bring huge amounts of traffic to your site.

Make sure you have the following information on your Today’s Article page:

• A link to your archives.
• An offer for other people to submit their articles to you. You can use a form or an email link for this.
• A link to your RSS feed.
• Reprint Rights.

Your article archives page only has to be a simple list of past articles linking to those articles. Remember, each old article will have it’s own page.

Your reprint rights should say something to the effect that anyone may take any articles from your site to use on their site as long as the article is left intact. The authors bio must be included and a clickable link back to your site must also be included. Give an example of the link back that you want them to use:

This article courtesy of Computers.com. Many people will just copy and paste this link to their site so make sure you add your title tag to it.

You Are About to Become An Affiliate Web Master

GO LIVE!

Finally, the moment you have been waiting for. You will soon be able to reap the fruits of your labors.

By the way, I have to say, you have made it further than 95% of the people who try to build an online business. Everyone wants to make money but no one is willing to do the work. This is why so many websites fail. As you have found out, there is no easy ‘get rich quick’ way to do what you have done. Success is just around the corner for you.

Congratulations! You are about to become a Webmaster. How does it feel to be one of the 5% who are actually going to make it? Pretty exciting stuff.

Let’s go:

By now you have decided on the best domain name for your content. You have chosen the hosting you plan to use. It’s time to buy your name. Go to Netfirms or GoDaddy and buy your domain name.

If you are using Netfirms for your hosting get that set up while you buy your domain name (If you are using their free option, they will set that up automatically, just by the name and you have free hosting). If you are using HostGator for your hosting, go buy your package from them.

It will take 24 to 72 hours for the domain name to be usable by all internet surfers. This is just the way it goes. Everyone has to wait. You have more work to do anyway so you won’t be twiddling your thumbs while you wait.

Yes, there is always more to do.

While you are waiting for your domain name to resolve, you can start working on these things. If you don’t get them all done in 72 hours, don’t worry, you will have time later.

• Tweaking
• RSS feed
• Tell-A-Friend
• Contact Form (optional) Many good free form scripts are available online or your HTML editor may have one. I will put one here soon but for now, you’re on your own.
• Take Surveys with NFO & Go for $10,000 (Not part of building your website but it’s fun to do and you do get paid.)
These are ongoing traffic building jobs. You can start reading about them and working on them now. Don’t join any linking programs until you are live. They have to check your website prior to approval. Just read this stuff for now.
• Links
• Articles

When you are done with these, your domain name should be ready.

If you are using FrontPage, make sure your FrontPage extensions are enabled on your hosting service. Your host can help you with this.

If you are using any other HTML Editor, there should be instructions included on how to upload your files. This is usually done using FTP. Look in your help files or contact your hosting service. It is impossible for me to write instructions here for that since there are too many variables. This is the easy part, you can probably figure it out for yourself.

Once you have that done, open a browser and type in your domain name. If everything went OK, you should see your website. If you don’t see your website, it may be your domain name hasn’t resolved yet. Has it been 72 hours? If not, wait another day. If you already waited 72 hours, contact your hosting service for help. Hey, this is what you pay them for.

Once you are live, it’s time to join Google AdSense.

You will also want to join Alternate URL so you can still make money even if Google can’t serve ads.

While you are waiting for Google to approve you, go join affiliate programs.

Start adding affiliate links to your website. Text links are usually best. Try to incorporate as many links directly into your content as possible. You can either link content words to your affiliate programs or use tables to include links beside relevant content. I recommend doing both. See Example below:

When you are buying a new computer, there are many things to look for. Memory should be one of your big concerns. Without enough memory your computer will run too slow. (Link the first “Memory” either to your affiliate link or your web page about memory. Link the second “memory” to the other.)

Why is content development so important?

If you didn’t read the little story about the stores in your neighborhood, read it here. Use your back button on your browser to return here.

That gives you a good idea why content is so important. If you are still not convinced, continue reading, I will convince you.

By the way, this step is the most time consuming when building your own web site. It is also the most important. Once you develop real, original content, you will be 75% of the way done building a money making web site. Keep reading:

What do you do on the internet when you aren’t working on your web site? Are you looking for something to buy? Sometimes. Most often you are probably looking for information (content). For the sake of this example let’s pretend you are doing a little shopping.

Let’s say you are looking for a new computer. (This could be anything, I just selected computer because I’m staring at one right now.) What do you do first? Do you open up any page and just start clicking until you find a computer for sale and buy it? No, of course, not. You probably go to a search engine, put computer in the search box and click OK.

A list of results will come up for you to look through. How did the search engine decide on which websites to show you? Their spiders search through billions of websites and find the ones with the most relevant information (content) for your search and present them to you.

• NOTE: There was a time when all you had to do was list a bunch of keywords in your meta-tags and the spiders would think your site had information about that subject. Those days are gone. The spiders now read your website to see how much information is actually available on any given subject. If all the spider finds is a pile of links to other sites, the spider will go to those other sites to see if there is any information there. They cross you off their list and they don’t return.

Back to our original search for computers. Lets be a little more specific about the computer we want. Lets search for a Dell computer with a Pentium 4 processor and a 250GB hard drive. If you have an affiliate link for this exact computer on your website in and amongst all your other computer links, lets pretend the search engines picked you up and presented your website in the results for this search. You will be on page 24,753. Do you think any customers are going to find your website?

Do that search right now and see what you get. Look at the websites that come up on the first page. What do they all have in common? They all have good solid information about the computer you are interested in buying. None of these websites are pages full of affiliate links. Go to page two and look again. More of the same. If you are really bored, take a look at page three. Do you see what I’m talking about? Of course you do! The fact is – Content RULES! No two ways about it.

• NOTE: Do you ever really go to page three of a search? I never go past page one. If I don’t find what I’m looking for on page one, I refine my search. If you aren’t on page one, you are a sinking ship.

So let’s start building your website. If you don’t know enough about Dell computers with a Pentium 4 processor and a 250GB hard drive to write riveting information about it, don’t build your website about computers. You have too much competition and you will never sell a thing.

When you are building your website, pick a subject that you are very knowledgeable about. A hobby or a job that you have life experience about. Something you can go on and on about and never run out of things to say. This is what you know and this is what you can teach others about.

You will find plenty of affiliate programs available for any subject. Don’t worry about sales right now. Worry about developing content. Sales come naturally to a well built website. If you decide to start your website by first looking to see what you want to sell, you will fail. Remember, step by step.

• NOTE: First and foremost, build a first class website. Make it very informative. Make it at least 20 pages of exceptional content that people will really want to read. Make it look nice and be inviting. Help your visitors find a real solution to a problem. Give them words and lots of them. Don’t give them the same information they can get anywhere. Talk to them, make them like you, make them trust you. Then they will buy.

Content is the only way to do it and actually make money. There are no shortcuts and no special tricks. If you don’t have content, you don’t have anything. Plus, companies who offer affiliate programs will not even approve your site to sell their products if you don’t have any usable information on your website. More on approval here.

Once you have decided on your topic, make an outline of sorts. These are your ideas on how to present your topic. Brainstorm. You will be surprised at how easily the ideas pop into your head. If they don’t, pick a different topic. Please keep in mind while you are writing, you are not trying to sell anything, just present valuable information to your reader. If you need more help on writing your content, here is a very good book to help you. It’s not free, it costs $9.95, but it’s well worth the investment. The author used his 14 year old daughters web site as an example. Hey if she can make money so can you. P.S. Try it on your own first.

Once you have at least 20 good ideas, 30 or 40 would be better, you can start writing. If you are lucky enough to have a program like FrontPage or Dreamweaver, go ahead and start your content there. If you don’t have an HTML Editor, use notepad and start compiling your pages. This part is all about words. Don’t worry about the fancy stuff yet.

Write at least 10 pages before you decide you have a website. You can add more later once you are up and running.

Write your pages like you are talking to a friend. Be honest and sincere. Don’t try to create Pulitzer prize winning articles. Real people want to read real information. You are not trying to impress your English teacher here. If you write over the heads of your visitors, they will leave. Put your impressive vocabulary on the shelf. Make your information an easy read and your readers will trust you know what you are talking about because they are understanding what you are saying.

Try to make each page flow into the next. Have a method to your madness. Each page should be a new topic that compliments the last topic and will lead into the next one. Make it all work together.

For more help on getting started? Go here.

Here is a great FREE ebook for you to read more on this subject. It’s called Netwriting Masters Course . This book was written by Ken Evoy, a master in website building. Read what he has to say.

Which affiliate programs should I join?

You will find thousands of companies wanting you to sell their stuff for them. The question is, “Will you get paid?” The answer is maybe, maybe not.

WHAT? OK, just relax and let me explain this to you.

If you just go and join any old affiliate program, you are taking a big risk. You have to do this the smart way or forget about ever seeing your commission checks. The top affiliate programs will pay you.

You never join an affiliate program off the website that is selling the product. You have no way of knowing if they pay you or not. If you sell a bunch of their stuff and find out they don’t pay, you really have no recourse short of taking them to court and spending more than they owe you on legal advice.

Sometimes these website owners will set their minimum so high you have to sell for several months before you ever even qualify for a check. I’ve seem minimums as high as $500. A new website selling a single product could take a long time to reach this amount.

So what do you do? You need a third party to keep them honest. This third party is called an affiliate network. An affiliate network has a contract with the selling party. They do all the leg work for the seller by finding qualified affiliates. They look over your website to make sure you aren’t going to embarrass anyone. They keep track of your sales and they pay you.

The seller has to supply the product, package and ship the product and guarantee the product. They pay the network to pay you.

All you have to do is place a link on your site and you are ready to go. Nice deal for you.

These affiliate networks will have hundreds of different affiliate programs for you to choose from. They have programs in all niches. You can join one or fifty or their programs. It’s all up to you. The good news is they will combine sales from all programs for you to reach your minimum. The minimum is usually between $25 and $100. This will seem like a lot when you are first checking your stats. Once you are established, in a month or so, you will reach your minimums many times over.

The point here is if you join affiliate programs from the sellers themselves and all of them have a $100 minimum, you will wait a lot longer before you ever see your first check. That is, of course, assuming they will pay at all.

Now you can see why you never join from the sellers website.

There are several affiliate networks out there. Some are great, some are good. All the networks I have listed here will pay you. The great ones have all the best programs with the big commission percentages and reasonable minimums.

Here are all the networks I use. Start at the top and join. Once you have been approved, you will be able to go through their directories and pick out the programs you want to work with. Most networks will approve you immediately. Some of their clients will have their own approval requirements. This will all be listed on their site.

• Click Bank – All they have are digital products, that is, products that are available by download. These are always big sellers because the buyer gets instant gratification. Instant Approval

• Commission Junction – They deal with companies that sell physical products. Lots of big ticket items available here. Super high cash potential. Plus many smaller items. Great variety.
• PayDotCom – Commission is delivered to your PayPal account. Instant Approval
• Linkshare – They have been around for a long, long time. Huge variety of products and companies to choose from. Instant Approval
• 5 Pillar Club – This program pays 5 levels down. Not an MLM. Join and set a link on your site. Put it on your index page. It doesn’t matter what you are promoting. As soon as you start getting traffic, you will start making money from this one. Instant Approval

Those five are the great ones. Join them now. Look around and see what they have to offer. If you can’t find enough selling products in your field, then join the networks below. (You can join them all now if you want to but you will probably have your hands full with the first five for a while.)

• Websponsors
• Shareasale – Instant Approval
• clickXchange – Instant Approval
• ClixGalore – Instant Approval
• Fast Click
• Dark Blue
• Performics
• Fine Clicks

Don’t overwhelm yourself by trying to join too much at once. You don’t need 10,000 items to sell. You can always come back here later and join more.

Don’t join other networks you find by the side of the road. Anyone can throw together a network of their affiliate links and you will end up selling for someone else’s profits. The networks I have listed here have been around long enough to prove themselves worthy of joining. And… they will pay you!

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Welcome to CoutureCandy’s Affiliate Program

About our Affiliate Program

As CoutureCandy affiliates, you simply place the links we make available on your website, in PPC search networks, etc, and you begin earning commissions immediately. For example, when that visitor from your affiliate link clicks over to CoutureCandy.com and makes a purchase within 30 days from clicking through the link, affiliates earn a commission on each sale. CoutureCandy offers the highest affiliate commissions in the women’s fashion apparel industry at 15% per sale! Also, since our average order is $239, that would earn you $35.85 per sale, SO GET STARTED TODAY!

About CoutureCandy:

CoutureCandy was developed to fill a growing demand for the freshest designer apparel online, without sacrificing the allure, character and personal service distinctive of offline boutiques. We personally have found shopping online to be convenient, but historically lacking in personality and the creative service we’ve always enjoyed in exclusive boutiques. With this in mind, it’s our goal at CoutureCandy to create a modern hybrid of the online and offline shopping experience.

At CoutureCandy, you can shop all the hottest designers in one place and get the latest industry news, read all about the designers, and even keep up on (and purchase) what the celebrities are wearing. You can visit our Celebrity Style section and read up on all the news of what they’re doing and what they’re wearing. Resident celebrity gossip blogger Zack, and guest celebrity gossip bloggers such as Perez Hilton, have plenty to dis and dish. Also, you can take tremendous advantage in finding inspiring wardrobe advice from our in-house Personal Stylists, accessible for free through online chat or our toll-free telephone number at 1-866-399-CANDY.

The CoutureCandy team was assembled in the effort to combine technology, convenience and information with creative, interactive features and top notch customer service. We’re always working to provide you with up-to-the minute, unequaled fashion resources and sincerely welcome your input, ideas, and comments.

From your friends at CoutureCandy, we thank all of you e-fashionistas out there and remind you to spread the word about CoutureCandy!

The Cashburners Affiliate Program: – Is It Worth Joining?

Cashburners is an excellent, free to join affilliate program. Affiliates joining the program can earn commissions – normally between 40-50% by referring customers – who go on to make a purchase – to the Cashburners online store, Favstore.net. New affiliates also receive a $50 welcome bonus, making this program a very attractive option to join.

The products they sell are in very high converting niches, though these niches are often considered to be slightly disreputable, and are sometimes ignored by mainstream internet marketers. There are two ways you can look at this: either the program should be avoided because your competitors avoid it, or it should be exploited because the competition is relatively low. Your decision should be based upon how you feel about the products… or perhaps how you feel about the potential profits!

The products range from herbal supplements to prevent hair loss, through supplements to promote muscle growth, supplements to promote weight loss, other supplements to improve male health (specifically prostate health) and of course supplements that claim to improve a man’s sexual stamina and potency. They also sell a wide range of sex toys and other ’sexual aids’.

Whilst some may frown upon many of these products, as affiliates we cannot deny their high conversion rates, and thus potential profitability. As with any affiliate program that you are planning to join, or researching with a view to joining, the key questions you need to ask yourself before you put in all the time and effort necessary to succeed in the affiliate program are as follows:

* Of what quality are these products? Would I feel as confident about recommending them if I were selling face to face through a brick and mortar outlet, as I do in the (usually anonymous) world of e-commerce?
* How easy is it to promote and sell the products?
* What support do I get from the vendor?
* What are the conversion rates like?
* Just as importantly, what are the refund rates like? Few things are more frustrating for a novice affiliate than to see one of their few sales become a refund, though of course this matters less to experienced affiliates who are shifting a higher volume of referrals, and simply becomes a matter of percentages.
* What is the commission structure like?
* Is it also an MLM program (IE do you have the option of recruiting new members to the program, who then earn you a commission on their sales)?
* How big is the competition, and just how much time and effort (or money if you have an advertising budget) will it take to have my site appear high in SERPs for my chosen keywords?

These are all important questions to address before you leap headfirst into a new affiliate program, and this is why research should take up quite a lot of your time.

In the case of the Cashburners affiliate program, I can broadly answer these questions as follows:

* The products are amongst the highest quality in those niches. How you feel about selling them is your own concern. You should take a look at the Favstore.net homepage to get a better look at the available products and form your own opinion. As for myself, I am currently only promoting 3 of these products – Hair Again, Musclemax Xtreme and Hoodia Extreme. This is largely because I am using a free hosting company to host the relevant websites, and most free hosting companies will not allow any adult-oriented material of any kind. Paid hosting, or Cashburners own free hosting service, will allow you to avoid this problem, if you so choose.
* Competition is relatively low, but without an advertising budget, expect to put in quite a bit of time to build decent traffic to your sites. Concentrate on building backlinks and, if you can, write articles promoting your sites and publish them to the major directories.
* Cashburners has a forum on their homesite where you can get advice and hints and tips from other affiliates, or request support if you have problems. The best support Cashburners give is their promotional material – free website templates for each product, free hosting if you use those templates (which you may modify to avoid the duplicate content penalty) and hundreds of banners to use on your sites or post in advertising exchanges and traffic exchanges.
* Conversion rates vary from product to product. Taking Hoodia as an example, organic traffic to my site converts at about 10-20%, traffic from other sources at about 0.2%. Some affiliates report conversion rates of up to 40% for this product; how true this is I cannot comment!
* Again taking Hoodia, refund rates are about 5% in my case. Please remember that I can give only my own data, and it should not be taken as an absolute figure for all affiliates!
* Commission is good, 40%-50% on all products. The products I promote retail at just below $50 a time.
* Yes, it is an MLM. You earn 10% commission on all sales made by your level 1 and 2 referrals. An even better bonus is that you earn $1 just for referring someone to your downline. We all know how frustrating it is to spend time and effort building downlines, only to have a bunch of useless – sorry I mean ‘inactive’ referrals who never earn you a penny. With Cashburners at least you earn something for each referral.
* Again the competition varies between niches – I deliberately chose competitive niches like weight loss and muscle growth, to see how much time and effort it would take to get my sites listed highly in SERPS. Other niches may have lower competition. You may find it easier to refer other affiliates by posting banners on your online income blogs and webpages.

I hope you found this information useful. For more advice about Cashburners and other affiliate programs, free advertising, traffic generation and SEO ideas, visit my affiliate marketing blog.

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Picking the right Domain Name for your Website

What should my domain name be?

When you are picking your domain name, make it keyword(s) that are relevant to your website topic. Not only will this help with your search engine optimization but it will help people remember you.
I waited for you to pick your domain name after you did all your keyword research so you would have a real good idea of what your name should be. Now you will be able to select a name that will help you gain traffic.

If you were looking for computers online, would you be more incline to go to computers.com or joeswebsite.com? If you are thinking you would go to dell or gateway, that’s only because these companies have made a name for themselves, you haven’t. No one knows what’s at joeswebsite.com. Make your name have meaning.

If you are lucky enough to find computers.com available. Grab it. I don’t mean get that domain name, I mean get the name that matches your topic. Flowers.com, houses.com, dogs.com, etc. It is not likely you will ever find those names available.

So now what do you do? Pick two or three keywords that will describe your site. This should be very easy. Look at your main page. The home page for your site. Which two or three words come up most often?

These are the words you will want to use.

When you are searching for the availability of your chosen domain name, don’t use dashes or underscores in the name. Google has decided that dashed domain names are unprofessional and a form of search engine s.p.a.m.

If you want to rank good with Google and the other search engines, you will have to pick a domain name that is all one word.

Most people prefer to use a dot com name only because it is easy to remember. If you can’t find your chosen name in a dot com format, don’t be afraid to use dot net, dot biz, or any of the other formats available.

My most successful website is a dot net website.

Find several available domain names that would work for your site and make a list. Read the list many times. Wait a day or two and think about them. Ask some friends or family members what they think about your domain names.

Try to pick a name that will be easy to remember. Make sure you don’t use any words that are hard to spell. You don’t want your visitors trying to find you again but can’t figure out how to spell ‘effervescent’ or some other, hard to spell word.

Make sure you have the words spelled right.

This is not something you are going to be able to change once you buy the domain name. Make sure you are very happy with it and it will work for your website. Say it out loud. Pretend you are answering the phone using the domain name. This will be your company name. This is your signature. Make sure you will be proud to use it.

This is a big step. Take your time.

Go to Netfirms (finish reading first) and click on domain names on the top link bar (On Netfirms website). Don’t use the domain search box on the first page, click on the domain names link and start your search there. If you use the search box on the first page, you will be agreeing to buy web space for $119.00 along with your domain name. All you want is the name. If you plan to use Netfirms web space, you will get free space with the purchase of the domain name or you can buy a smaller package. You don’t need the $119.oo package.

DON’T BUY YOUR NAME IN THIS STEP! You are researching right now. You will buy your name soon. Don’t jump ahead, follow the steps.

Domain names at Netfirms are only $4.95 a year. This is the place you will want to buy your name. Decide upfront if you are going to purchase a hosting package from them. I believe you will get your domain name free if you buy a hosting package. Keep in mind, the price of hosting is a monthly charge. More on hosting in the next step. (Read the next step while you are trying out your new name before you buy.)

You can search for domain names at Netfirms as many times as you want to. This website will also suggest names similar to your pick if your pick is not available. This might help you.
Go ahead and start your search. Have fun and take your time.

Netfirms

Netfirms will only allow you to buy 5 domain names at this price of $4.95. After that they will charge you more. I can’t say how much more because they run specials from time to time. Currently, the price after the $4.95 is $9.95.

When you are ready to buy your sixth domain name, see what they are charging and also check GoDaddy . Go Daddy currently charges $9.20. They both have all the features you want in a domain registering company. Sometimes you will get your name cheaper at Netfirms and sometimes it will be cheaper at GoDaddy . Comparison shop for the best price.

P.S. You have most of the hard work done. This is going to get much more interesting real soon. Let’s look at Hosting.

Looking for an HTML Editor?

What is an HTML Editor? It is a program that helps you build web pages. Also known as WYSIWYG. This stands for “what you see is what you get”. With and HTML editor or WYSIWYG, you build the pages on your computer and you can see what they will look like on a browser before you actually publish the page or web site.

With a program like this, you don’t have to know any HTML or CSS to build professional web pages. The editor does all the coding for you. They work very similar to Microsoft Word.

I use FrontPage. It is a good program but it’s kind of pricey. FrontPage and Dreamweaver seem to be the programs of choice. I did tell you that you can build a website without spending any money so here are some free editing programs you could use.

These programs are fine for your first go. Once you have made some money, you will probably want to upgrade and make you life a little easier.

Please understand, these are free programs that I know nothing about. I use FrontPage so I don’t have a use for another editor.

Please don’t write me and ask me how they work. I don’t know. If the one you choose is too hard to figure out and it doesn’t have a help file, just delete it and try a different one.

There are probably more free HTML editors out there somewhere. You can try to find your own if you don’t like any of these. It is easiest to build your website with one of these programs. If you want to just write your pages on notepad, make sure the hosting service you choose has a way for you to edit your pages on their server. With an editor you get your pages looking just the way you want them and FTP them to the server.

Anyway, here are the free editors. I hope you can find one of them to be useful. The information provided here is not my review. It is what the program owner has to say about his software:
NVU Editor – New “Open Source” Editor for all operating systems. Created to be similar to FrontPage and Dreamweaver. This is a FREE forever program.

DFM2HTML is a compact WYSIWYG Web page creator which is suitable for beginners as for professional designers used to CSS coding in the same way. Effects like shadow, anti-aliasing, rotation or even round corners can be easily applied. DFM2HTML has a build-in FTP Upload manager for instant publishing of your site. The Presets dialog offers a wide range of mouse-over buttons and navigation bars.

PageBreeze is a powerful FREE HTML Editor which has both visual (WYSIWYG) and HTML tag modes. PageBreeze’s design emphasizes simplicity and ease-of-use. You’ll find that you’ll be creating great looking websites almost instantly–with virtually no learning curve! PageBreeze offers the kind of power you would find in commerical products like Front Page/ Dreamweaver in a free editor. Key features include a drag and drop form builder and more!

Alleycode HTML is an intuitive, robust and fully functional HTML editor with unique features such as: Synchro View, real time two way synchronized code/design view. Assignments, for quick access to projects. Turf View, full document view with fast right click control. Exhaustive Click’n’Insert HTM3.2 – 4.1, CSS and PHP function libraries. Alleycode is great for all knowledge of HTML (Includes Step by Step Quick Start Tutorial).
System Requirements: Win95 or higher, 16MB HD – Microsoft operating system: Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows ME, Windows NT, Windows 2000 and Windows XP.

HotHTML 2001 is a free html editor catered for all types of web developers with an intuitive and user-friendly interface and helpful wizards, integrated previewing & tools for those migrating from WYSIWYG editors to the real world of web development. Supports HTML, ASP and Perl languages.

Arachnophilia is a full featured HTML editor (written in JAVA) with an internal browser “Instant View” mode shows your HTML changes as you make them with each keystroke! It supports up to 6 Web browsers, switches between them in a flash. Arachnophilia offers development of HTML, frames, CGI, Perl, C++, Java and Javascript with many intelligent tools and functions, as wellas a built-in intelligent FTP client, that automatically uploads changed filesto your server.

SuperEdi is a text editor with syntax coloring and build-in FTP client. The build-in directory tree helps you locate files quickly without opening the Windows Explorer. Context sensitive information is available via keyword lookup in help files or web sites. The editor is extendable using programs, text clips, automation scripts and HTML dialogs. SuperEdi supports Unicode UTF-8, UTF-16 as well as many locale- specific encodings.

The Richtext Editor project is an Open Source project hosted by SourceForge.net. The editor is an Internet Explorer based WYSIWYG HTML Text Editor which can be hosted in a web page or form. It requires no additional components as it is written entirely in DHTML and JavaScript.

If you are interested in buying FrontPage or DreamWeaver, here are the links to those sites. If you have trouble with these programs, they do come with technical support. If money is an issue, don’t spend $200 – $400 on an editor. You don’t buy a Fender Stratocaster before you even know how to play a guitar. Make sure this is what you really want to do before you pour a bunch of money into it.