Clients Ask: “My web designer charges me a lot, are they scamming me?”

As a business owner you want to get the most value that you can for your money. That’s understandable.

Some people wonder though if they are “paying too much.”

Essentially they ask “My web designer charges me a lot, are they scamming me?

Easy answer: No. They’re not.

Web myth busted.

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Clients Ask: what things should I control related to my website

I intend for this to be a more detailed guide later on. But to give you the basics now,

You absolutely should control the following three things about your website (and internet marketing):

  • domain name (account)
  • Web hosting (account)
  • Google my business listing (account)

When I say you should control these, I mean you should be the one who setup the account with the service (domain service, hosting service, Google my business).

You should have the password and username. It should be your info (business address, phone number) on all of the accounts.

What if it wasn’t done this way?

I plan to make a guide about that.

For now, contact me and I can give you advice.

Long Tail Keyword Strategy

This is for my notes and a future post to help you with SEO.

Chris Anderson’s book “The Long Tail”

Keywords Galore: How to Find Longtail Keywords for Blog Posts

In a nutshell:

  1. google related search terms
    1. Keyword Keg Chrome extension
  2. google suggestions
  3. answer the public
  4. quora
  5. wikipedia
    1. look at your industry’s page for more keyword ideas
  6. view competitors on-page SEO and copy them.
  7. KWFinder
  8. Follow blogging best practice

Free alternative to hiring a web programmer

The following is general advice for a small business starting a website with an ok budget.

BUT FIRST, if you are new here please also read my “mini guide to websites and seo” and my two requests below:

Requests:

1) let me assure you that you are (your company is) completely capable of building and running your own website and you don’t need to know anything about tech more than how to write and send an email.

Don’t believe the lies otherwise.

2) the “secrets” I am about to share with you might save you a lot of money. Consider “buying me a coffee” as a tip for the help ūüôā

 

 

Web Hosting. Most are ~$7/month; paid annually, ~$90

Domain Name. Paid annually. $14

Basic Business Website Setup. WordPress website. Free DIY. Full service $59.99 using

https://firstsiteguide.com/website-setup-service/   

 

Website Content for your website (text and picutres). DIY free. Get it all

done for you for $99/mo with this service –

https://www.wpmuze.com/features/wordpress-content-uploading-
service/       

 

Website Design theme for your website. Google search “wordpress
themes” for free DIY. OR, pay $99 to https://thesiteslinger.com/
quote

 

Advice that helps you create a website for less than $400 …

PRICELESS

 

Knowing how to get it done for less than $400 and telling you how to do it…

worth lots of coffee 

Designing your website – PSD to html – free alternative to a web designer

Like I’ve said in other places on this website, you don’t need a web designer…

In this very quick post I will explain how to get a design made for you and then have it converted into website code – all without you needing to know any computer design or web code.

The design of your website is like clothing on a person, there is a lot more a person than their clothing. We have bones, and muscles and organs. Someone can dress a dog in a suit but it’s still a dog.

If you use wordpress you will have a fully functional person (not a dog); and if follow the advice below you can dress him/her smartly as well.

 

Here are a few options:

1.

Find a free theme or buy a premium wordpress theme.

(Buying a theme is like buying clothing at a store; it’s not as custom as going to a tailor, but it’s not a bad start.)

Google search “wordpress themes” and you will find endless options.

https://themeforest.net/category/wordpress

 

2.

Option 2 can be the more custom option. First you template that’s called a “psd.”

You could find a ready-made template: Google search “psd web designs”

Or, you can have a psd design made for you using an online service

  • https://www.mockplus.com/features
  • https://thesiteslinger.com/quote¬†
      • https://thesiteslinger.com/blog/what-is-a-psd AFF

 

Second, have the design converted into a wordpress theme using

https://psd2htmlconverter.com/en/ 

(If you use SiteSlinger’s service the design will already be a wordpress theme.)

 

That’s all for this post.

Let me know about your project!

954.779.6275 for voicemail or text.

email tori@eaglelandgrace.com

Don’t forget the coffee¬†ūüėČ

Free alternative to SEO services – some quick links to get you started

If you haven’t already done so, please also read my “mini guide to websites and seo

 

First, let me assure you that you are (your company is) completely capable of building and running your own website and you don’t need to know anything about tech more than how to write and send an email.

Don’t believe the lies otherwise.

 

Two, the “secrets” I am about to share with you might save you a lot of money. Consider “buing me a coffee” as a tip for the help ūüôā

 

Links for starting to DIY 

  1. Get a logo on https://99designs.com/
  2. Use a free wordpress.com account to create your website. Pay $10 to have it show as YOURNAME.com.
  3. Start adding content.
    1. My first philosophy rule is “design isn’t everything.” Don’t waste much time on design, instead write about your business, post pictures, tell your story.
    2. Create one long page with everything on it (“about us,” “contact us,” “testimonials,” “services”).
    3. HOW-TO guides from putting content on a wordpress website
      1. LinkedIn learning how to guides – https://www.linkedin.com/learning/topics/wordpress
      2. WordPress.org’s guides – https://wordpress.com/go/start/learn-wordpress/
      3. https://teamtreehouse.com/
  4. Make your Google listing. https://neilpatel.com/blog/optimize-google-my-business/ ( x2)
  5. Use¬†Link-able.com‘s service to get others to link to you so you can show up high in Google.

 

 

I’m sure you have questions. Contact me.

954.779.6275 for voicemail or text.

email tori@eaglelandgrace.com

also I need coffee ūüėČ

Web of Lies

  • “If you build it they will come”
  • “You need a web designer”
  • “You need an SEO expert”
  • “Your website needs to look polished and professional in order to sell”
  • “You can’t DIY”
  • “All SEO is rocket science”
  • “I’m not good with computers to I can’t do my own website
  • “You can just hire a web designer/seo, leave everything to him/her, and magically have a great website”

and the list goes on…

I’ve been building websites professionally since 2002 and have heard these myths time and time again.

LONG STORY SHORT

The best way to market your business using the internet, is to actively promote your business yourself!

That is the foundation

That is the fundamental truth

Everything else is built on that

So, with that in mind, let’s briefly examine each of the myths I mentioned

1) “If you build it they will come” –

This is the classic web-designer-who-doesn’t-do-seo myth.

Pay money for a pretty website and for sure someone is going to see it, right? HA!

There are millions of pretty (useless) websites on the web. Yours is a drop in the sea. Until it is promoted nothing happens.

 

2) “You need a web designer”

TRUTH: If you can use a computer well enough to send an email or type a Word document, you don’t need a web designer.

At least not to start.

Web designers cost money.¬†Sometimes lots of money. If you pay¬†“Joe” in India, slightly less money.

Trust me, you don’t want to spend money to start.

Enter wordpress.com

Start a site there. (DO NOT start a site on web.com, webby, godaddy, etc. loser web builder website). Start your site on WordPress.com

Look into their option for setting it to your own domain name, i.e. YOURNAME.com , currently that costs $10 and you have an awesome website platform.

WordPress is the web standard. Everyone (almost everyone) uses them. Most SEO experts and web designers are using them.

They have lots of themes. Spend no more than a few hours picking a theme design.¬† secret: Design DOESN’T matter! (see my rant about “professional looking sites” below)

 

3) “You need an SEO expert”

Like you need a whole in your head.

I started heavy into professional SEO in 2006. I have done SEO as a consultant, as a contractor, in-house; I’ve done¬†global seo, local seo, you-name-it-I’ve-done-it. It all stinks!

I’m not saying there isn’t money. There is a LOT of money. That’s why India is ringing your phone begging to do your SEO.

I’m saying it is broken.

It costs way too much if you are¬†a startup business to have someone do it for you (even from India); if you don’t know what you are doing and¬†hire the wrong help (fraud/incompetent)¬†you shoot yourself in the foot

The only way to do it that isn’t broken, is to DIY. period.

secret: Google wants YOU to do your own SEO.

Google ranks sites that provide VALUE.

Google is tired of the crappy websites “SEO experts” are pushing and the crappy ways they are promoting them.

Google wants you to write about what you do; if your business is local, Google wants to see your customers reviewing you (1-5 stars); stuff like that.

Most “SEO experts” don’t even attempt to do this for you. You know why? It means WORK. That is a four letter word…

Real SEO experts know that you have to WORK on creating quality and value to rank high on google.

Mostly you have to be PASSIONATE about what your business does and TALK/WRITE/TAKE PICTURES & VIDEO about your business. And persuade others to care about and write about your business.

Its your story. You tell it best, not the “SEO expert”

Telling your story – That’s real SEO.

And that brings me to the next myth…

4) “Your website needs to look polished and professional in order to sell”

This is the lie of all lies.

It is the Mother of all bad marketing myths.

TRUTH: Polished/Professional = bland, boring, Dead. NEVER be polished.

My best client, a client I still have on retainer, a client I worked for in-house… has the ugliest website in Boca¬†Raton¬†(his city of business). It’s also the best ranking AND best selling site for that kind of¬†business¬†in Boca Raton.¬† (Ok, its not really the ugliest; but it is cluttered,¬†homely, full of his quirky style)

Instead of being polished I told him to be PERSONAL.

You need to be PERSONAL. People want to do business with people NOT polish.

His¬†site is full of hundreds of photos of his work, photos of the business, photos and text¬†that tell the story of HOW he takes care of the customer. All of these photos have descriptions with keywords¬†like “NameOfService Boca Raton”

He gives his clients lots of info about his work (lots of text that Google can rank too).

He asks his customers to review him on Google Local (1-5 stars). He has over 35 reviews. These boost his local search rank, no SEO rocket science required.

It’s¬†a bit¬†like dating. A homely Girl/Guy that is talkative and fun wins over a polished stiff.

5) “You can’t DIY”

TRUTH: You CAN. enough said. (want a reason? see next myth)

6) “All SEO is rocket science”

99% of SEO is NOT rocket science. And it is becoming less and less difficult everyday.

DIY resources are everywhere, you just have to know where to look. That is what I (and others) am showing people. Sign up for my newsletter of read¬†info I post¬†on this site and you’ll find them.

Need a better site design? Lots of them free. Can use Artiseer to make a custom one for cheap. etc. etc. etc. DON’T SPEND MONEY

7) “I’m not good with computers to I can’t do my own website

TRUTH: If you can send an email you can build a website. If you can type a Word document you can do your own SEO.

The tools to build a website look just like a Word document.

“You can just hire a web designer/seo, leave everything to him/her, and magically have a great website”