I run a web marketing and development business based in Austin, Texas.
We currently work in three areas:
* Small business website development and marketing
* Operation of a private family website service "Family Says" www.familysays.com
* Maintenance and content creation for two sites www.returncustomer.com and www.joeskitchen.com/chile
Blogging is a very interactive activity. You can suggest that your client include links in posts to other blogs. Go out and comment on related blogs in their industry.
The ProBlogger blog has some great articles on blog promotion.Texadero5/20/2008 2:02 PM
The more payment options you give customers, the less likely you are to exclude potential sales. While Google Checkout and Paypal are probably the easiest to setup, getting a merchant account will allow a lot more flexibility in collecting credit card payments. For example, you can make the payment process seamless with the rest of your site.
We use testimonials on our private family website service, FamilySays.com. We`ve also seen positive feedback on the web and in emails we receive. One of our favorites this year:I am a Family Says user now based in Japan, and I use it to keep my family here connected to family in the US. Everyone in our family, oldest to youngest, contributes to the site because it`s so easy to use. Not wanting to hassle with building my own site, I went with this one, and I was up and running in minutes. Their page designs are simple and clean, and I like that there are no ads and it`s free from intrusions common to other sites. Way to go - it`s a winner!
It is always exciting to hear from customers that love your product. That positive feedback helps keep you moving and smooths out some of those rough spots that are inevitable in any business venture.Texadero11/29/2007 11:17 AM
Traffic is indeed important. If you don`t have lots of people on your site, advertisers may not want to buy space on your site directly. If you`re just starting out, Google Adsense or Text-Link-Ads.com may be good bets.
I`ve used both of those services and had some success. Once I built up some traffic, I`ve also started to recruit advertisers directly.
An alternative to advertising is to sell products via affiliate programs. Depending on your site content, this may or may not be a good option. I`ve been selling some products via Amazon associates for several years now.
If you want to host the store yourself on your own servers, you can use the Zen Cart ecommerce software. It is free and you`ll find it here:http://www.zen-cart.com
I`ve used this on several projects and been happy with it.