There are websites of all kinds online, and something that there is a little less of are websites that are strictly calendars for local events. Sure, they exist, but they are few and far between. You definitely see more entertainment sites or wedding blogs than you will calendar websites.
There is money to be made in a website that shares calendar events for a community or an area. If you take the time to make a great design and make something that people will want to come to and is easy for them to navigate you’ll find that visitors may be willing to pay you to make sure their events are front and center.
How To Get Started
First you have to determine if you live in an area that can benefit from this type of website, and find out whether one already exists in your area or not. Sure, the local chamber of commerce may share city only events, but you want something that shares all the events, city sponsored ones, local bar ones, and even things being hosted at your local churches.
Once you know it’s useful you’ll need to come up with a website name and purchase your domain. Then it’s time to start designing.
The Best Design Ideas
Use friendly fonts and colors. You don’t want to use fonts that are hard to read, or colors that make your web page hard to view. You want to keep your design simple. The more that is going on within each page the harder it will be for people to focus and find what they want.
You also need to make sure that your site is mobile user friendly, especially with this type of topic. It’s pretty likely that people that are already out and about are going to visit your calendar site to find out what’s next on their agenda.
Get A Good Rapport Locals
Once your site is up and it’s looking good, with events that you’ve taken time to research, get out there with it and let local venues and businesses know about it. You may want to start out posting events for free, until you get some dedicated businesses.
Once you’ve started getting more and more local stores and venues keeping you updated with their many events you can start working on paid featured events or advertising spots. This will be easy to sell once your site becomes popular and starts to have a lot of regular users.
Keep The Pages To A Minimum
Since your site is strictly about events, you shouldn’t need too many pages. Your event listing should be your home page, followed by an about page and maybe a how-to page letting people know how they can get their events listed.
Keeping to a minimum amount of pages will also help you with time management since you’ll already be spending enough time doing updates just on the events page.