Whether you’re looking to create a manga and anime website that is simply dedicated to discussing the art of creating them, or you’re looking to create a manga and anime blog in which to discuss your favorite TV Shows, Movies, or Comics, then you need to understand more than just anime and manga themselves.
Part of creating a successful website that everyone enjoys does involve a certain level of knowledge around how website creation works and how to get your website out there for lots of people to see.
Thankfully, this guide should at least provide you with a starting point for gaining that knowledge, so you can create a manga and anime website that is a success!
Pick a domain name
The domain name is simply the part of the website address that is personalized to your website in some way. For example, okuha.com is the domain name of this website you are now visiting.
It’s the thing that people will remember your website for; the thing they’ll type into a search engine to find you again once they’ve left.
There are two ways that you can do this to remain memorable and relevant.
If, for example, you have a bit of a name for yourself within the anime and manga community already, you could create a domain name that directly identifies you.
That way, people searching your name online will come across your website and know exactly what they are going to get because they are familiar with you and your areas of interest and expertise.
So, you could simply choose a domain name like ‘michaeljordan.com,’ and you’d be instantly found by your followers or fans.
You can also think of using your name if you feel like you don’t want to limit your website to any one thing, animeseasonreviews.com would be a bit limiting, wouldn’t you say.
However, if anime season reviews are all you want to do, then by no means get a domain name like the one mentioned.
What The Blog Is About
Not everybody has a name for themselves in the industry, so in this case, you’ll have to create a domain name that is relevant to what the blog or website is about.
In this case, you’ll be focussing on anime and manga, so something similar to ‘myanimelist.com’ would work.
Basically, you need people to find you who are interested in the same things as you, so make what your blog or website is about abundantly clear from the domain name.
Get web hosting
Web hosting sites are simply places that store your website within its database.
This is essential because you simply can’t get online for people to find you if you don’t get web hosting.
The best part is, many of these web hosting providers give more than just a place for you to set up, and they often have technicians working behind the scenes to ensure that your site is working correctly.
There are two web hosting services that I personally would recommend, but check them out yourself and see which you prefer.
Bluehost as a web hosting company has been around since 2003, and it is a popular choice for brand new website creators because it is able to help you get set up and started quickly, and it has a variety of tools for continued development to keep your website looking exactly how you want it as you progress.
They have 24/7 technical support too, and they have a range of options to suit any budget.
Bluehost is one of the most affordable solutions online today, and for that very reason, I can wholeheartedly recommend them to start with.
It too has been around for a while, since 2004 to be exact, and it offers many of the same services like Bluehost.
Again, largely the difference between these two sites will come down to each user’s preference for the interface and how easy they find it to navigate.
I would advise checking them both out first before making a decision, so you find a web hosting company that’s right for you.
Both of the above web hosting companies have a one-click WordPress installation option, meaning that setting up your website is super easy, and you can’t go wrong with it.
WordPress is essentially a free content management system, but to say it in layman’s terms, it’s the service where you build your website.
It’s a content management system that lets you build a website without ever having to understand anything about the technical side of programming or coding.
Basically, it’s the easiest way to create a website for newbies.
Pick a theme and design
When you’re all set up on WordPress, your next step is to actually start creating your website.
In order to do this, you’ll first need to settle on a theme and design (this is automatically presented to you when you set-up WordPress, so no worries here).
There are many options you could choose from but be warned that some are geared towards a specific type of website.
The best theme and design for you would almost certainly be Hello (built by the Elementor team) or OceanWP, simply because both of these allow for a lot of customization, and their simple initial design means that your website will load quickly.
More technically, they have the least amount of code of any of the themes on WordPress, which just means that there are far fewer compatibility issues that you will face.
And they load fast, which means that Google likes that, and when Google likes your site speed, your content will rank in Google more than your competitors.
Get webpage builder ‘Elementor’
One of the main reasons for picking one of the two themes listed above is that both are fully compatible with the webpage builder, Elementor.
This plugin allows you to edit your website on WordPress without having to switch between the preview and editing modes.
Every change you make can be viewed live, meaning you can create complex and visually striking webpage layouts simply and see exactly how they’ll look to your website visitors.
No one likes to code, so Elementor takes care of all that for you while you simply drag and drop to create an amazing website without any of the fuss.
What you see here in this site is built with Elementor, zero coding, and zero confusion, but total control. Elementor is the best, and even the Divi theme builder does not come close to what Elementor offers.
This next step is about as complex as it gets if you follow all of the tips above.
SEO simply means Search Engine Optimization, or more simply put, how to create a website that can be found easily through search engines in order to generate more organic traffic to your site.
Whichever search engine you use, they all have an algorithm that matches what you have searched for the best results.
They list those links in order of the websites that are most likely to suit your needs. The key to SEO is making sure that your website is near the top of that list so people will click the link and visit your website.
There are a variety of different ways for you to do this.
One of the best ways to make yourself more visible is to understand the keywords associated with your website.
As you are creating an anime website or blog, you will need to understand the various different keywords associated with this.
Yes, manga and anime is the first thing that comes to mind, but if somebody types that into a search engine, they’ll already have hundreds of thousands of results for them to pick from.
You want to use those keywords too, of course, but the best way to get to the top of the search engine’s list is to also incorporate more niche keywords into your website.
Think questions that people may ask about anime or specific types of anime they might search for.
If you can use these keywords on your website, then the search engine will better match your website to the people querying the search engine, to begin with.
So, research the different keywords around anime, etc., and see how you might be able to use them to boost your odds of being found through a search engine.
BE CAREFUL, THOUGH. There is such a thing as overusing keywords, and the search engine algorithm doesn’t look favorably on websites that they think are being deliberately spammy in order to get to the top of the search engine results.
You need to strike a delicate balance between keyword usage and writing in a genuinely interesting and organic way.
Google Search and Google Trends
One of the best ways to conduct the above keyword research is to use tools such as Google Search and Google Trends.
Google Trends basically shows you what people have been searching in Google recently and in the past.
By typing in a keyword here, you can see its popularity over time and choose a keyword that people are actually looking for right now to be used in your posts to attract more traffic your way.
The best part is, Google Trends will also recommend keywords that are related to your keyword that are also growing in popularity.
Because these are only growing in popularity, you’ll be able to strike early and get your webpage to the top of the search engine results relatively quickly and easily.
SEO requires you to keep up to date with these trends in searches so you can stay relevant, and by seeing what people are researching, you can mold your new anime website to be the sort of place that answers these frequent questions.
You’ll get lots of new ideas for content because you’ll always have to change slightly to make sure your website stays relevant for SEO.
Create content and write articles
Based on all of the above research for SEO, you can then start creating content about anime that people actually want to see right now.
By doing this, you’ll be putting yourself in the best position to be near the top of search engine results and be found most easily by potential visitors to your site.
There are two areas of creation that you need to focus on with WordPress.
Think of posts as content that might change in the future or might not. Posts are like this article that you read here, right now. This is a post. It has text, images, and even videos if you want to add such.
Posts are content, and if you want to create, for example, a post that is about the latest anime release from TOEI animation, then you would create a new post and write about that.
The sort of content you would create for posts would be topics in anime that are hot at the moment but might change in the future, for example.
A review of a new anime series or movie might be better created as a post because people probably won’t be interested as much in the topic in a week or two.
Pages, on the other hand, are designed to be one off posts that will remain more or less permanent. Think more about your website about page or home page.
This information isn’t going to be updated regularly, and it will remain relevant next week, next month, and even next year.
Of course, you can still edit these pages whenever, but they will remain a permanent feature on your anime website.
Pages are more permanent in content, and posts, on the other hand, are “pages” that change in content over time (if you decide to update the content, that is).
While all of your SEO work will hopefully pay off, you can create more traffic to your website by simply promoting your content on social media. I’d recommend these two specifically:
Facebook is a great tool for promoting content because you can create a website page. You can then invite people to follow your page, so when you update your Facebook to let your followers know about your latest content, they will get a notification and will be more likely to check out what you have posted.
You can also simply use your personal Facebook account to tell your friends and ask them to share your post, so more people see it.
More than any other social media site, Pinterest is all about people’s visual interests and it also acts as a search engine.
By creating an account with them, you’ll be able to reach out to people with the same interests as you and your anime website, so they will be more likely to follow you and then follow your links to your website to see what you have to offer.
Set up analytics
After all of that hard work, your final step is to set up analytics so you can monitor your progress.
I recommend using Google Analytics 4. This will tell you everything, from how much traffic you’ve had, when you had it, what is most popular on your website right now, and where in the world your visitors have come from, alongside so much more.
The point of analytics is to tell you what is working, what isn’t, and what you need to work on in order to get more visitors.
Also, using the Google search console is one thing that you need to set up if you want to get content ranking, as it’s the place where you will set up your sitema.xml file, etc.
Just remember, every new website struggles at first, but with the proper work and drive, you could have an anime website or blog that is a resounding success if you stay on top of the trends and focus on creating a visually appealing and always relevant website!
While you might be overwhelmed by the information from this article (post), remember that it all starts by first getting yourself a domain name, then a hosting service. WordPress is pretty much automatically installed, then you get yourself Elementor and start building the site.
In the last stages, you will set up the analytics and search console, and by now, you are already far ahead of having yourself a brand new anime and manga website.
I can’t say that this all is super easy, but I can say that it’s pretty darn easy.