How To Create Manga And Anime Website – How I’ve Done It

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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 involves a certain level of knowledge about how website creation works and how to get your website out there for many people to see. Let’s get started!

Pick a domain name

The domain name is simply put a website address, like google.com or yahoo.com. Those are called domains and domain names.

There are two ways that you can do this to remain memorable and relevant.

Personal Brand

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, like rossdraws.com.

That way, people searching your name online will come across your website and know exactly what they will 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 your followers or fans would instantly find you.

You can also think of using your name if you feel like you don’t want to limit your website to any one thing. For example, animeseasonreviews.com would be a bit limiting if, down the road, you would like your website to be something else.

What The Blog Is About

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Anime News Network website https://animenewsnetwork.com

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. The website name should give a clue about what the website is all about, so incorporating the ‘manga’ or ‘anime’ word into the domain name would be the thing to do.

Where To Get A Domain Name?

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Namecheap dashboard

I personally use Namecheap to host my domain names and have been very pleased with the service they provide. The domain names are affordable, and it’s easy to register a new domain name for yourself.

Get Web Hosting

Web hosting sites are simply places that store your website within their database.

A domain name is where people will find you, and hosting is where the domain name is hosted on.

The best part is many of these web hosting providers give more than just a place for you to set up your website to. They have technicians working behind the scenes to ensure that your site is working correctly.

There are currently two web hosting services that I personally would recommend, but check them out yourself and see which you prefer.

Bluehost

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Bluehost, as a web hosting company, has been around since 2003, and it is a popular choice for brand-new website creators because it can help you get set up and started quickly. It has various tools for continued development to keep your website secure and performing well (not great).

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. I have used and currently use Bluehost and can say that with the right configuration, you can pass Google’s Core Web Vitals (CWV) with it.

What Bluehost lacks quite a bit is the Time-To-First-Byte (TTFB) performance. The TTFB tends to be 1000-1800ms and more and that will affect your site’s performance.

You can think of TTFB value as the server response time, meaning how much time it takes for the visitor to start using your site.

This leads me to my next recommendation.

Rocket.net

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If you are not into Bluehost and would instead go with the best and fastest hosting company, then I would recommend checking out Rocket.net.

Rocket.net is quite a bit more expensive, setting you back roughly $30/month, but then again, you get one of the fastest web hosting companies behind you.

Rocket.net has an average of 70-200ms TTFB performance, and it’s all thanks to their fully optimized Cloudflare Enterprise license.

Bluehost is currently performing well enough for me, but when the time comes, Rocket.net is the hosting service to go for.

Install WordPress

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WordPress is a CMS (Content Management System) and is the option I recommend for you. The main benefit is that you own the content, the website, and everything related to it. This can’t be said about Squarespace.

WordPress is free to install and use, so the only costs come from the domain name and hosting.

You can easily build a website, and no, you don’t need to know about coding or anything. I haven’t studied coding, and I’ve been able to build many websites already.

When you have a domain name and have selected hosting. Usually, the hosting service helps you set up a WordPress site with a few button clicks.

Choose A Theme For Your Website

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When you’re all set up on WordPress, your next step is to choose a theme for your website. Just navigate to Appearance -> Themes -> Add to select a theme for your website.

While WordPress lists over 5,400 themes to choose from. There’s really only a handful worth installing. Kadence (the one I use at the time of writing), Astra, and GeneratePress are the ones I can recommend.

The reason is that you want your website to be as fast as possible so that when visitors visit your site, they don’t have to wait for things to load. While hosting and server is the main thing to focus on when evaluating performance, theme pretty much comes next in line.

Page Builders

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Page builders are a fun way to build your websites, and the only page builder I can recommend is Elementor.

However, do remember that it’s extremely hard to make a fast-performing website with a page builder. I’ve tried to do it with Elementor and have gotten the performance rating (in Google PageSpeed Insights) to range between 90-93 points.

However, passing CWV with the page builder is extremely hard. So while it’s a lot of fun designing your website with Elementor, it comes with a cost to performance.

I used Elementor for years and only recently disabled the Elementor plugins and moved to theme-based design (instantly getting greenlight from Core Web Vitals).

Learn SEO

SEO simply means Search Engine Optimization, or more simply put, how to create a website that can be found easily through search engines to generate organic traffic to your site.

Search engines list the most relevant, useful, and helpful links at the top of the (SERP – Search Engine Results Page) page. So if you are reading this article, it means users and Google have seen this article as helpful and relevant to what you were searching for.

The key to SEO is ensuring that your website is near the top of the SERP list so people will click your link and visit your website.

There are a variety of different ways for you to do this.

Keyword Research

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 of questions that people may ask about anime or specific types of anime they might search for.

If you can use these keywords on your webpage, then the search engine will better match your webpage to the people querying the search engine, to begin with.

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.

Google Search and Google Trends

One way to do keyword research is to type ‘anime a’ or ‘manga a’ into the Google search bar and see what comes up.

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Google suggestions for the keyword ‘anime a’

You can also use Google Trends and see what is trending in your niche. From Google Trends, you can also see the relative interest in a certain topic.

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 some of the keywords 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.

When you have a small amount (100 posts or so) of content on your website, you can then utilize Google’s Search Console for better SEO content creation.

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.

Posts

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

Pages, on the other hand, are designed to be one-off posts that will remain more or less permanent. Think more about your website’s 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 you want, but they will remain a permanent feature on your anime website.

Home, about, resources, blog, privacy policy, terms of use, etc., are good examples of web pages that should be pages, not posts.

Pages are more permanent in content, and posts, on the other hand, are “web pages” that change in content over time (if you decide to update the content).

Promote content

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 strategies specifically:

Facebook

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.

Pinterest

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 on Pinterest, 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 the links to your website to see what you have to offer.

Set Up Analytics

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 to get more visitors.

Don’t forget to set up Google Search Console as that is even more important than the Analytics module. You can do this easily by first installing (optional) an SEO plugin like Rank Math (which I use) and then submitting the generated sitemap_index.xml file to the Google Search Console.

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 visually appealing and always relevant content!

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 get yourself a good theme and start building the website.

Don’t forget to set up the analytics and sitemap for better SEO tracking and content creation.

I can’t say that this all is super easy, but I can say that it’s pretty darn easy.

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