Erin, Tikki, Steve, Nikole,
Thank you so much for your invaluable feedback!
As we are hyper-attentive to the needs of our customers, we have already implemented many of your suggestions. I�ll try and hit them point by point.Underlined text
Removed. Great suggestions.
We are happy people and love color, thus the bright, off-palette selections. They also separate us from our competitors whose sites seem to be overwhelmingly blue and flat. The majority of feedback has been positive.Text
We went back and forth with this, but we traditional fonts just fell flat - literally. Loading
Glad it is fast. We were a little concerned the programming �weight� of the graphics would slow us down a bit in the �real world.�User Interface
Everything we have heard from customers suggests we nailed this. It is very fast and easy to navigate the site and set up a profile and load portfolios. One of our photographer customers has done a fantastic job with his. http://www.thefreelancenation.com/profile.php?pid=33Cats and Sub-cat selections
We have to hold our ground here. We did a ton of research and found that our customers (both buyers and sellers) look for specialization. The great thing is that by selecting a category, you are listed under that general profession. If you want to be listed under a specialty, you can choose one for only $1.00. Suggest a Category
If you can�t find your specialty, we will gladly add it for free. There is a �Suggest a Category� button at the bottom of the category list.Unique Selling Points
We have several, but my personal favorites are 100% blind bidding (eliminates all that perpetual under-bidding B.S. on other sites), 2-for-1 listings (national site and local site), Customizable Membership rates and SEO�d profiles. We have more here: http://www.thefreelancenation.com/greatest_nation.phpPricing display
Great catch Steve/Nikole
and we�ve made the necessary changes to both the home page and the shopping cart page! We�re actually very proud of our pricing model as it allows you to choose how much you want to spend per your marketing budget and need for Internet exposure. A Category is only $4.95 and Sub-cats are a dollar. I know the Internet is churning with free sites, but let me explain the power of our network.
Let�s say you choose one category and four sub-categories, That�s $9.95 a month for 5 searchable verticals. Because you get 2-for-1 listings (national and local), that puts your profile in 10 searchable verticals across two sites. Plus, only TheFreelanceNation allows you to SEO your own meta data on your page. That, plus the tagging feature really drives your search results (onsite and off) throw the roof. See the previous profile link above and view his �Page Source� or look at his title tag and you�ll see how he did his. http://www.thefreelancenation.com/profile.php?pid=33
My last comment on pricing is that, having been a freelance copywriter for 13 years, I have learned that exposure is the key to success. Whether is it face-to-face networking, direct mailings, emails, SEO/SEM, affiliations or partnerships, you have to spend time and money to market yourself if you are going to be successful. That is true for any business. We tell it to our clients. We should heed our own advice as well.As for free memberships�
we�ve been tossing around the idead, but the four of you ErinTikkiSteveNikole
(and anyone else who critiques us) get a free membership. Just contact me directly through the site and I will COMP you. Would love to hear your thoughts on the insides as well.
Thanks again for the great advice!
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