How to launch your startup in 23 easy steps

On January 3, 2011 by murat

1. Explore a domain at: http://instantdomainsearch.com

2. Get the domain at Google Apps: http://google.com/a

3. Login to GoDaddy to redirect the domain to your server from within Google Apps.

4. Create a virtual server on your server for the new domain.

5. Develop the service ( For example, with node.js, socket.io, redis, javascript, git, python )

6. Add SEO tags to your homepage. Important ones:

<title>keywords</title>

<meta name=”keywords” content=”bla bla, bla”>

<meta name=”description” content=”this site is about bla…”>

7. Make your website iphone-friendly:

<meta name=”viewport” content=”width=device-width; initial-scale=1.0; maximum-scale=1.0;”>

8. Always force the latest IE rendering engine (even in intranet) & Chrome Frame

<meta http-equiv=”X-UA-Compatible” content=”IE=edge,chrome=1″>

9. Set up Google Analytics: https://www.google.com/analytics/

10. Set up Google webmaster tools: https://www.google.com/webmasters/tools/

 Set your preferred domain name ( www or non-www ), or otherwise Google will treat them as separate websites.

11. Create a free privacy policy at: http://www.generateprivacypolicy.com/

12. Sign up for Google AdSense ( if you’re not banned from it yet )

13. Submit your website to http://stumbleupon.com

14. Analyze your website and competitors at http://woorank.com

15. Check your website at http://www.seomoz.org/linkscape

16. Make sure your website works on mobile browsers at: http://www.quirksmode.org/mobile/

17. Read about user experience design on http://uxmag.com/design/user-experience-for-developers

18. Ask technical questions at http://stackoverflow.com

19. Ask questions and read on http://quora.com

20. Read Hacker News daily: http://news.ycombinator.com

21. Read Four Steps to the Epiphany by Steven Blank and Startup Lessons Learned blog by Eric Ries

22. Get more book recommendations at http://www.hn-books.com/

23. Create a free customer feedback forum for your product at http://getsatisfaction.com

Engage with your early users, iterate, go over your data logs, analytics and try to get to product market fit.

 

 

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