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 Post subject: Re: Helping with your website
PostPosted: Mon Apr 07, 2008 6:22 pm 
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Hi,

I am not an expert on websites but there are some things to consider, if you go down an option like MR SITE serach engines will not pick it up when doing generic seraches like Childrens entertainer in XXXX but if a customer knows your web address http://WWW.XXXXX.com and types it in the address bar you will come up, wim is probably more expert in the technical reasons why but wesites need to written in a certain way to get you up in the ranking.

My wife who is a childrens entertainer has a mr site and it has been a great start but if you dont get found on google etc you are missing out and pay per click can be a expensive option.;

Dave can you elaborate how yoiu can get grants or funding and how that works?

Norm


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 Post subject: Re: Helping with your website
PostPosted: Mon Apr 07, 2008 6:34 pm 
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 Post subject: Re: Helping with your website
PostPosted: Mon Apr 07, 2008 6:57 pm 
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Websites can be easy to do yourself if you don't want an all singing all dancing site. I built my current site myself including all the image manipulations too (http://www.thefacefactory.co.uk) using Frontpage. Although Frontpage is no longer supported by Microsoft so if you have Windows Vista you will not be able to run it. It is much the same as any other windows program in that it is very logical how to do stuff.

I have also used Dreamweaver but that is slightly harder to use especially if you have never tried web design before.

The best thing is you can set up your own metatags to whatever you like and are not limited to how many words you can use.

One other thing is if you are having problems even showing up with Google you can register your site with them directly which will help them pick it up quicker and once it recognises your site you can also add further information so that your website comes higher up the rankings. I have done this and if anyone types in "face painter stevenage" I generally come pretty high on the list ;)

I am by no means an expert but hate things getting the better of me so have persevered but am really proud of what I have acheived.

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 Post subject: Re: Helping with your website
PostPosted: Mon Apr 07, 2008 7:06 pm 
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SEO (Search Engine optimisation)

My copywriter says keyword density should be no more than 15% or Google thinks we're keyword stuffing.

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 Post subject: Re: Helping with your website
PostPosted: Tue Apr 08, 2008 12:27 pm 
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ok i have made one with a bit of help (alot of help)
http://cashmagicballoons.weebly.com

we did it on http://www.weebly.com its free and at the end you can even get your own site name with out the weebly bit at the end we found this site easy to use when i got the hang of it

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 Post subject: Re: Helping with your website
PostPosted: Tue Apr 08, 2008 5:28 pm 
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Hi Cashmagic

Some points.....
Check your I's
Example What i do. Should be What I do there's a few others as well.

Also I have been taught to "Take out the I's and put in the You's"

As a prospect I want to know how you can help full fill my needs.

You say "Please take a look around the site i make custom made balloon sculptures and can cater for any event big or small"

I would say "Welcome to my site please take a look around to see which balloon sculptures would suite your event...Have something special in mind? Just ask Your name (what is you name?)

Check you fonts and spacing some seem bunched up.

Personally I do not like Youtube on sites can you rip it and host it yourself?

After someone has subscribed to your email have a page thanking them.

Better still use an Autoresponder to follow up.

Let me know if you want a live example.

Testimonials..Testimonials..Testimonials..You MUST use them.

Finally No phone number...Why?

I hope I have not been to brutal....Just want you to have a Fantastic site.

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 Post subject: Re: Helping with your website
PostPosted: Tue Apr 08, 2008 7:33 pm 
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Fuzzy wrote:
Personally I do not like Youtube on sites can you rip it and host it yourself?Fuzz


Hi Fuzz,

I use a Youtube clip to promote my show which really has helped secure bookings in the past. I would love to be able to add the clip without using Youtube. Do you know how to do it please?

Thank you,

Billy


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:oops: didn't even think about my number
and i am still adding pics on i have put on Testimonials now thanks for the tip

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 Post subject: Re: Helping with your website
PostPosted: Wed Apr 09, 2008 11:40 am 
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Hi Cash

You site is looking a lot better.

Personally I prefer the black font on white background. you have lots of good colour photos and I feel colour fonts takes it away from the pics.

Regards you phone number why have landline & mobile?....Also why mobile first?

What is your call to action?

Do you want them to phone you? Call your landline? Call your Mobile?

Let me know your answer as this is very important.

Suggest you put a testimonial and your call to action on each page.

I have just noticed that the top balloons spell out welcome a lovely touch any way of changing the colour to make it stand out better?

Back to you Cash

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 Post subject: Re: Helping with your website
PostPosted: Wed Apr 09, 2008 11:54 am 
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Hi Billy

Regards the video/flash.

Converted the DVD into a flash file then uploaded to site.

I believe there are tools for downloading a Youtube clip and saving it as a flash file which you can then up load it to you site.

Google should give you some solutions.

I'm working on putting more audio & flash on my new site so if come across any good tips/software I'll share.

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