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    Quote Originally Posted by Rabbity Babbity View Post
    I agree that getting a someone with a lot of experience is well worth the money.

    SEO is complex. For good SEO you need great relevant content and keywords, back links help. SEO is measured using things like Google Analytics, which can tell you how many people visit which pages, and where they found your website from. SEO requires attention as well- things like blogs and having your twitter feed on your page keeps the page fresh and alive.

    Google Adwords is NOT SEO- is SEM (Search Engine Marketing) or PPC (Pay Per Clicks). If you're getting someone to do you SEO and SEM ask if they're Google Accredited, which means they've completed a course via the Google Engage program. Generally these people can get you started with a voucher and kind keywords that a relevant to your website but don't cost a lot.

    Things like your logo are important things to worry about- they're all part of your branding and represent you and your business. Everything should be consistent.

    You can find people who will do websites cheaper- it just take a bit of hunting. When your asking around there are loads of things to ask so you don't get caught out with extra invoices. You also should make sure you have a complete list of thing you both agreed will be completed, in the right time frame for the originally quoted price.

    If you want any more info, or a free Google Adwords voucher to try it out, pm me.
    I have found someone who seems very reputable (according to her website) and has done numerous other websites for small businesses, to do my logo and webpage. Logo is costing me $150 and webpage I got a discount of $350 so will pay about $650 for the webpage with shopping cart/paypal.

    The only thing I might be concerned about is that in the text for the package it says I MUST use their host provider for my website hosting. I had a look at the link but I don't understand all that tech stuff. What should I be looking for...??

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    Who is their host provider?

    Maybe just google it for reviews. I started with crazy domains which was a giant fail, site was always offline.

    I think it would be normal for them to want you to use their hositing provider as they will have some kind of referral system so they can get a cheap deal.

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    I would also ask what kind of shopping cart is being used, if you are limited to paypal that's going to suck.

    People will argue that paypal can process credit cards too but trust me people are often leery of paypal - our sales went up by about 3 x once we stopped using paypal to process credit cards.

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    My mum is a web designer and it depends on a few things- if u need a shopping Cart etc.. I think realistically u will need a couple of k...
    Let me know if u need a web designer contact

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    Hi! Thanks again for the tips - I'm getting my logo done by NattyJane and they can also do my website, with the host provider being http://wheretostartwebsites.com.au/p...bscription.php

    As part of the inclusions it has a 'paypal button', but doesn't say anything about a separate credit card payment option.... I'll ask about this as I definitely want this! Personally, I hate paying with Paypal when I shop online. so thank you for bringing that up, as I just assumed customers could pay with credit card OR paypal option!

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    Ok.. well, if you can pay with a paypal button, then you can probably pay with an ezimerchant button too. You need to set up a merchant account separately.

    Paypal is a great starting point, but you dont want to find you have to get an entire new site design because your existing site cant accomodate credit cards

    If they are just goign to use paypal buttons, it sounds as though there wont be a shopping cart as such, just a button that you click on to take you to paypal.

    http://www.sweetbeats.com.au/Fertility/hire-ovacue.html

    you can see on the left button where it says 'buy it' - that's an ezimerchant button which works in the same way. So if your site is set up for paypal buttons you shoudl be able to change it to take ezimerchant buttons (which take both paypal and credit card).

    However, these arent great solutions really... it would be better for you to be set up with a zen cart or a wordpress site with wp-ecommerce so you can have a proper cart.

    Does she have any example sites? I'll take a look :d

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    i have a few paid ecommerce themes that i can send you if you want to give it a go yourself.

    my hosting is digital pacific, had no problems and good customer service

    you'd still need someone to do your logo etc

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chew the Mintie View Post
    ... it would be better for you to be set up with a zen cart or a wordpress site with wp-ecommerce so you can have a proper cart.

    Does she have any example sites? I'll take a look :d
    Ow yes it is an e-commerce website, with access to an admin panel which would allow me to easily manage my stall and a proper shopping 'add to cart' facility.... I will check about the ezimerchant thing though.

    Yeah you can check out her stuff, they've done heaps of websites that you can see on her webpage www.nattyjanedesigns.com.au

    Let me know what you think!

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    had a look but couldnt see the website examples?

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    In the 'gallery' section I think....

    Ow my gosh I've signed up with the web-host you mentioned (just a month @ 50% off) and installed the wordpress and shopping cart but it all looks so complicated! What have I got myself into!! haha. We didn't even have computers at school 'in my day' :O! It's all double-dutch to me.... will keep at it and see how I go.


 

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