The Most Realistic Advice On How to Start a New Website (And Actually Get Traffic)

People say it's too hard and competitive to start a new website and do well. Well, they're wrong. Hey everyone, I'm Neil Patel, and today I'm going to break down the most realistic advice on how to start a new website and how to get traffic to it.


One, there's a hungry market for what you're trying to sell or put content out for, or even if you're selling a product or service, same concept. And you do keyword research and you can use tools like Ubersuggest to see if that keyword is popular and being searched thousands of times a month at least, assuming a high ticket item, if not hundreds and thousands of times a month.

Two, you can put in the work. Eight hours a week in your first six months at minimum. But that's not really enough, being honest. If you can't really put in the work then you need to hire people. Ideally, you should be putting in not 30, not 40, you should be putting 60-plus hours a week. I know that sounds crazy, but that's really what it takes to succeed.

Next, you need to know that organic traffic is a longterm play. No, you can get some traffic since the early days, right? So if you start up, you can generate a little bit of traffic here and there by creating some content. You're probably only going to reap the rewards of your efforts more than a year from now.

Next, you know the basics of SEO from cure research and content creation, knowing this really does help you for success. And if you don't, you can use tools like Ubersuggest, you can find it at, or just go to

Then you'll need a host your website on a platform that is stable, fast and reliable. I love WordPress. I love hosting solutions like DreamHost. I love WooCommerce.

That's another example of something that's stable. And if you decide to use self hosting, it's tricky. You'll have to do a lot of technical optimization yourself, or you just use a platform like DreamHost that does most of the optimization for you. They'll work on your load time. They're super technical and those guys know what they're doing.

Next, you want to have a brand name that resonates with your audience. Is your domain easy to spell? If it's hard, that's not going to be good. When you tell people to go to your website, you kind of get screwed. Is your name memorable? And when your brand or domain comes up, you want it for people to be easy not just to remember, but to type in and ideally be short and to the point. Hopefully, you can also write tons of content on the subject without getting bored. Because if you get bored, you're going to want to give up.

Now, here are the steps that you need to take to get started once you meet all the criterias above. I want you to first map out the important keywords in your niche. When you map them out, you can go to Ubersuggest, type in any competitor domain, and it'll show you all the keywords that they rank for that you don't, or you can type in your domain name. it'll show your competitors, it'll show you what they rank for and you don't. I then want you to prioritize the keywords that are less difficult to rank for. And Ubersuggest tells you that because it'll tell you which keywords you can rank on page one for in the keyword ideas report. And when you put it in your domain, it'll filter all the keywords for you.

Then come up with a plan that revolves around the content clusters so you can gradually build up your authority in those topics. See, Google wants to rank a site that specializes. I mainly talk about digital market. If I started talking about entrepreneurship and NFTs and crypto, Google would be like, this Neil guy's not an expert in anything. He's talking about everything.

And don't skip or overdo the technical SEO. Do it once a month. Prioritize your efforts by looking at the pages that's trying to get the most traction on search. And if you don't know where to prioritize with your on-page SEO, go to Ubersuggest, putting your URL, look at the site audit report and follow the suggestions top to bottom.

When you go top to bottom, Ubersuggest is breaking down the ones at the top because they'll have the most impact for your SEO and the ones at the bottom because you still need to do them, but they're not going to impact your rankings as much.

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    28 Responses to The Most Realistic Advice On How to Start a New Website (And Actually Get Traffic)

    1. Kartikey Singh January 20, 2022 at 3:02 pm #

      Good Knowledge Sir

      • Neil Patel January 20, 2022 at 5:14 pm #

        So nice of you

    2. peace ose January 20, 2022 at 3:02 pm #

      Thank you Sir

      • Neil Patel January 20, 2022 at 5:13 pm #

        Most welcome

    3. Rashid Minhaj January 20, 2022 at 3:09 pm #

      Hey Neil, Can you suggest me how can I bring more traffic on my Woocommerce Website? I will be very helpful if you give me any solution.

    4. Muthalif Mubazir January 20, 2022 at 3:15 pm #

      Honey tips, Thank you Mr. NEIL

      • Neil Patel January 20, 2022 at 5:14 pm #

        You’re very welcome.

    5. Md Azad January 20, 2022 at 3:36 pm #

      Neil congratulation for your 1 million subscriber

      • Neil Patel January 20, 2022 at 5:15 pm #

        Thank you so much!

    6. DearUrban January 20, 2022 at 3:41 pm #

      Congratulations for 1 million subscriptions

      • Neil Patel January 20, 2022 at 5:15 pm #

        Thanks so much 🙂

    7. One Relaxing Music January 20, 2022 at 3:48 pm #

      Love you sir..Very happy to see you achieving 1 million subs

      • Neil Patel January 20, 2022 at 5:16 pm #

        Thanks for your kind words 🙂

    8. AlamiYo January 20, 2022 at 3:54 pm #

      Hi! Neil, please add TIMESTAMPS to your videos. It will help your videos to be more acceptable to your visitors. Thanks for your contribution to the community.

      • Neil Patel January 20, 2022 at 5:17 pm #

        Thanks for the suggestion!

    9. Podopi (blog to YouTube & podcast) January 20, 2022 at 4:05 pm #

      It really does take a lot of time if you want to succeed these days. There’s so much content out there, that you need to put in the most amount of time possible. You do have to think about longevity though—what can you actually sustain? Google won’t take you seriously to begin with as your website is too new—they just don’t know how good it is yet. So, concentrate on providing the best quality information that you can, learn about SEO, and promote it on social with the right hashtags.

    10. Kiran bhai January 20, 2022 at 4:09 pm #

      Nice explaination neil sir

      • Neil Patel January 20, 2022 at 5:24 pm #

        Thank you!

    11. Chris Prouty January 20, 2022 at 4:12 pm #

      Neil, you always give actionable and realistic advice. So inspiring! I am grateful.

      • Neil Patel January 20, 2022 at 5:24 pm #

        I appreciate that!

    12. Don Minor January 20, 2022 at 4:28 pm #

      Neil, I don’t have a problem creating a website I have a problem keeping them. I have been hacked like 12 times. The hosting companies don’t want to tell you how they get in and I know they know where. instead, they want me to use the Web security company to clean y website and charge me $600 to $1000. per website. I clean them out myself but it doesn’t do me any good because in a week their right back in with knowing the hole they are getting through it useless.

    13. Aminoor Rashid January 20, 2022 at 4:44 pm #

      Sir, what do you mean by ” PUT IN THE WORK”? Can You described it more clearly?

    14. Peter Pk January 20, 2022 at 5:53 pm #

      When I first decided to have my website created, I had no idea what was involved and how much work it would be. After watching many of your videos, I realize I should have gotten involved with website fundamentals, key concepts, and SEO from day one before even contacting a brand developer.
      The whole endeavor cost me three times more than I initially thought it would cost, and I’m still not happy. I’m not sure why They didn’t discuss some fundamental critical concepts with me. I guess sometimes service providers assume that their clients must know things.
      Now that I have a far better understanding, I’m working on iteration 4. I have spent many hours watching and learning from your videos.
      I was beginning to worry that I was doing everything wrong due to the long hours involved. That’s why I appreciate today’s video so much. It confirms what I’ve been suspecting, it’s going to take hard work, but that’s ok because at least I’m now in a far better position thanks to your videos.

    15. SHUBHAM BAPNA January 20, 2022 at 6:08 pm #

      Wonderful Guidance

    16. Bhavya kher January 20, 2022 at 6:15 pm #

      Hi Sir,

      Need to know the best source for off page link building for a newbie website ??


    17. Joy West January 20, 2022 at 6:56 pm #

      Thank you for sharing your advice on creating a website. I finished creating the framework on mine and will work my but off on filling it with content that will help people who live with Fibromyalgia like I do.

    18. Motivation January 20, 2022 at 6:58 pm #

      Neil, is there any difference between getting traffic to an affiliate product and getting traffic to your own paid product other than the brand popularity and such things. i mean at the end we are always mentioning a link to the website we want to get traffic for.

    19. Pantyhose World January 20, 2022 at 9:22 pm #

      Hi Neil, please tell me, new website start with new brand domain or find expired domain without links? But expired domain are 3 years old, but have low quailty backlinks.

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