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Re: Rate my site...only my second.
From Deb on 22 March '00
replying to Re: Rate my site...only my second. posted by Bill Smith


>Thanks Deb,
>I appreciate your feedback on my site...had a feeling you weren't
going to like my backgrounds.

Your welcome...and I don't know whether to be flattered or insulted
that I'm so predictable when it comes to design! (just teasing...it's
definitely the former...:)

I was just trying to make it
interesting...black on white is more professional though.
I've heard different opinions about how to pitch a biz op on the web
...some say to give just enough to get them interested, and do the
rest over the phone. Some say to explain it outright and
then you will only have to deal with pre-qualified people,
or people that have ALREADY signed up under you.

Trust me on this one...the *best* way to handle traffic/business on the
WEB is "on the WEB"....visitors to your site should have as much
information at their fingertips as possible...do not make them have to
search for it, and certainly not have to provide you (a total stranger)
with their phone number so you can 'solicit' them over the telephone!
It totally defeats the purpose of a WEB site...which is to allow folks
the freedom to browse (hence the name 'browser') and decide on their own
whether or not to carry-on/follow through with what your offering. If you
put a FAQ sheet up, along with plenty of FREE info regarding your business
your going to generate much more traffic and those who do visit are going
to be that much more inclined to 'try' whatever it is your proposing...

I'm just beginning to promote my site and I'm trying to do it on a
limited budget, so I'm not sure how many hits I'm going to be able
to produce...any hints would be appreciated. I figured if I only got
a few hits I would want to get the on the phone to have a better
chance of getting the facts out (and answering their questions).
Of course I won't even get to do that if they don't want to leave
their phone #. HELP!!! I don't know where to go from here.

Again, if they have questions it's because you haven't provided enough
detail on the site...and they can always 'email' you with their queries,
which will provide you with an instant census (i.e. what are the most
frequently asked questions, do people seem to have difficulty understanding
one particular aspect?...etc. etc.) these stats can go along way towards
helping you improve your service on-line...

As for where to go marketing-wise...I'm still in the dark as to what it
is your hyping here, so I'm unable to give you advice on how to promote
it outside of the normal 'deadlock Design' software route...

Hope this helps you formulate some ideas for expanding/improving
your site...I'd highly recommend reading Jim's "Art of Business Web
Site Promotion" especially the part about offering the public plenty of
FREE information...cause...on the NET 'information' is KING!

>Much appreciative

Glad to lend a keyboard...:)
Deb




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