Our artist is working on a Flash-type flipbook to showcase other things we do (cards, brochures, etc), as well add to the 4 sites we have going up next week.
So, just as an FYI. You are right about quantity ... he just started working for me in November and I would like to only feature the sites he designed as well as a few select others, and no contract work with bad code I didn`t make, so that is the number of companies we are working with to use for the portfolio, about 6 as of right now. I really just want to put up the type of jobs we can do, the best we have to showcase us, so I am skipping some of my projects from long ago. (Plus, a lot of work I have done is from sites that are no longer up! Darn dot coms .. )
I do also agree that a quote form will not work. We`re just not the type of company that has "WEBSITES FOR $400!!" on the front page. The contact form allows for a domain name and as much comment as you choose to make, and it`s really just a way for people to send a quick ping so that I can call them back. Our target client is not someone who chooses us based on price anyway, because we will never be the cheapest - but we do strive to be the best. We have found our niche, and as the Duct Tape Marketing guy said on Startup Nation radio ... we`re not ever going to compete on price.
I am not truly a one-woman show, as I now have 2 strategic partners and 2 contractors. Yes, I ran out of time in a day, and I needed people to delegate to - which I have learned to do and that was a big thing for me!
I do have it in every agreement that my name goes at the bottom of every site with a link, and I agree 500% that I will not win a search engine game. So I have put exactly 0% of my time worrying about that. The one exception is the blog, which does ping all the major blog sites with each post. I have a lot more content ready to go there ... I was just waiting on some DNS issues and Feedburner stuff to start posting it. I finally got that resolved on Saturday (FINALLY!!!!) so I am now good to go with a regular posting schedule.
The code validates with XHTML, CSS, and 508 ... which is the basis of my whole being. I know that most people wouldn`t notice this, but it is very important to me.
Thanks for the smack about the copy. I actually rewrote the home page about 10 times, and I still don`t like it. That is why I came here ... to see what it looks like to someone else`s eyes. I was hoping you`d hammer through it for me. I do appreciate you taking your time.
Your comment about copy written from the customer`s POV is spot on. I think this is why it is so hard to write for yourself. When you are writing for someone else, it is not your business and you can see their product from an outsider`s or customer`s POV. When you are writing for yourself, you get stuck on the company`s POV.
And to all -
Thanks all for your insight. As I said, it is much easier to do things for others than to do for yourself! I will be sitting down with all these comments and looking hard at my content.