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Old 2nd August 2007, 04:23 PM   #1
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I am looking for ways other than search engines to promote my business of website design. Someone mentioned affiliates of graphic designers. I wonder if anyone here may have other ideas on how best to get this business off the ground. I basicly am offering website design with a load of features including shopping carts, hosting, domain, and so on. I have a simple site online right now instead of going all out like I wanted to do. But I need to test the water before spending too much time and money.

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Old 2nd August 2007, 04:34 PM   #2
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There are lots of sharks in the water...foreign sharks working for very little. Web Design is not only can you design nice pages but how well you work with clients. I would say, get some clients(free if you have to) and get testimonies to work with.

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Old 2nd August 2007, 06:29 PM   #3
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Unfortunately or fortunately, the best web design jobs you'll likely get are going to be through word of mouth.

Because there is so much competition on the internet, people searching for someone to design a site are most often going to ask friends, family and colleagues for the name of the company that did theirs.

So make sure you do a better than average job each time you get a customer and your customer base will grow on it's own. Basically, take a little of you marketing budget and time and devote it back into customer service and providing a smoother experience and you will find yourself on the right track.

Obviously, there are other forms of advertising including print media (newspapers, yellow pages, magazines) but they are often costly vs. return. You could start a small adwords campaign, if for nothing else than to see what people are really searching for (a whole thread on it's own) rather than what you 'think' they are. If you do use it just for testing, I'd recommend turning off the google network options, so you target your results to google itself instead of all the adsense ads you see on everybody's sites.

Getting in bed with graphic designers will get you more work, but you'll not make the same sort of money doing on your own. Mind you, if you are not a 'graphic' designer yourself, your sites may work well but not have that flare that helps to complete a well branded site, not only impressing the client but having customers comment back to the client that they liked the look of his/her site.

I hope that last point makes sense, because if you can get the clients customers commenting to your client that they were impressed by what they first saw on the website. Then your client is even more likely to refer you and give you more work in the future.

There is plenty we can talk about with business promotion in general, let alone a web design business, so I won't add anything further for now and we can see what everyone else has to say.

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Old 2nd August 2007, 11:31 PM   #4
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Yup real referral marketing is the best way to go!!

I only do about 5 websites a year (for other people at least) because I have other things that get me more money but referrals were the best way to go when i was doing more (a lot more).

PS: The main reason I only pick and choose who or what sites I make is because I really hate to program. I am great at it but it seems like stabbing myself in the face moves towards my goals faster.... LOL!

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Yes, there are a lot of ways. You can sign up for graphic sites or freelance sites where you can bid for a project or upload your work for samples. Best of luck!

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Old 3rd August 2007, 02:17 PM   #6
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Yes, there are a lot of ways. You can sign up for graphic sites or freelance sites where you can bid for a project or upload your work for samples. Best of luck!
Is there any freelance site I can make bids at for free? Thanks for the advice guys, I love this community.

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This is one of the sites I saw workhomejobs.com.

Please check if this is for free. Just search for other sites too.

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Most of your posts look self serving theevans716, but I'll give you the benefit of the doubt for this post.....

Number 1 - word of mouth can't happen when you're new. Just can't. Word of mough is a numbers game. The more clinets you have the better your chances for someone referring you. However the more customer you have part.........takes time.

Number 2 - Offer your services on eBay. You'll get exposure and possibly land some new customers.

Number 3 -Vital, relevant posting and contributing on forums can be helpful in getting visitors to your site, however if they are self-serving posts .......people know

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word of mouth can't happen when you're new.
That's not true Mktgbiz.

My first jobs were from friends that I knew who saw that I did web design projects for myself.

They in turn had me do work for them and then recommended me to others.

The process has turned into a full time business.

Word of mouth can definitely happen when you're new. Especially in the web design field. People rarely trust what's new (like the web design industry is) unless they have it recommended from someone they trust.

Not sure what you mean by self serving either. But I'll leave that you to to explain. Everyones comments look helpful to me.

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