Before you Begin: Plan Your Google Sites

Planning your site before you start building it is an important step in website creation process. This article will walk you through what you need to know when planning out your site.

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Know Your Goal

Every website has something to achieve. The very first step to designing an effective site is to clarify what that achievement is - do you want to sell products, find a job or showcase your art? Even while you work on designing your Google Site, stay focused on this goal.

Understand Your Audience

It doesn't matter if you are a freelancer, an established business or someone who is just starting out - understanding your target audience is essential. Knowing what they need and how you can cater to their needs will help you build a site that works for your visitors.

Knowledge is Power

The more you know about what is popular, the better. You must have a clear vision of how your site should look and function to be successful. Take time to research other websites, including your competitors’ sites, as well as businesses outside your industry. It’s also a great idea to check out our templates page, which showcase various styles and designs.

Define Your Style

Before you start picking out colors and fonts, make sure you know what style you're going for. Do you want a minimalist, sparse design? Or an upbeat, colorful one? You can either choose a style that is suitable for your business and use a corresponding template, or you could start from scratch with a blank page to best reflect your preferences. Make sure to work on bringing your ideas to life from the outset.

Create an Outline

An outline will keep you organized and save you time. It's also a go-to resource throughout the entire site creation process. Create a sitemap that include a list of all the planned pages, subpages, and anchors, and should indicate which sections link where. It's a good idea to sketch out rough drafts of each page showing where on the page all of the content will go (images, text).

Prepare Your Google Site's Content in Advance

As a content writer, it is tempting to start with the text first and then figure out the design. Designers have a tendency to do this as well. However, with content being king, it's important that you plan your content in advance so that the editing process following will be smoother and faster.

Optimize Your Google Site for SEO

SEO is how you make your site suit the needs of search engines. As you build your site, start focusing on visual and written content. Doing this now can help increase web traffic to your work, even if it's small! Get Found on Google: Follow these SEO Guidelines.

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Last updated: Dec 29, 2021