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So you have decided that you want to have a website for your small business. Watch the short videos on this page to get the information you need to plan your website. Once you have reviewed all of the information contact Monica to schedule your FREE 30 minute website planning consultation. During this free website consultation you will mutually decide upon the website architecture (number of pages, topic of pages), design elements (logo, colors), technical elements (extra animation, blog, shopping cart), and basic information (your name, company name, tag line, address, telephone number). After the 30 minute free website consultation Monica will begin work once she has received a $300 partial payment. The videos on this page are intended to help you get all of your information together for your website. If you would like more help during the website design process Monica is available at her hourly rate for consultations and can also create training videos.
Websites and Internet Solutions for Small Businesses
What elements do I like in the websites that I have seen?•colors (do I have a logo which will determine the colors?)•navigation •general layout of their informationIs their company information easy to find?•company name•contact informationAre their websites easy to see on a mobile device?
2 - Plan Your Content
How many pages do I need for effective communication?•more pages = more opportunities for the search engines to find youWhat is the topic for each of my pages?•home | about us | contact us | service 1 | service 2 | information pagesDo I need additional elements for my website?•Blog or shopping cartWhat images do I want on each page?•I take my own photos or I buy stock photos•www.123rf.com, www.shutterstock.com, www.sxc.huDo I rely on local traffic?•list of cities with zip codes I serve
3 - Before You Write Your Website Content
How do the search engines see my website pages?•they look for common elements in (and behind) the pages•file name (Monica's job) •title tag (Monica's job) •description tag (Monica's job) •headings•text (writing) on the pages•information behind the images (Monica's job) The search engines will index your page for whatever keyword phrase that is in all of these elements on the page.•focus each page on one or two keyword phrases
4 - Shopping Cart, Blog, Google Analytics
During your free 30 minute consultation with me, Monica Levin, we will determine if you need to add a shopping cart or a blog to your website. Shopping Cart•to sell products | we recommend www.Ecwid.comBlog•when you will be adding content often•two kinds: off the website & on the websiteGoogle Analytics•can look at the visitor statistics on Google Analytics
5 - Write Your Website Content and Send to Monica
Write your content one page at a time:•choose a keyword phrase for the page•write the content for the page, including your keyword phrase in the headings and in the paragraphs Email content to Monica. In each email include info for one page: •which page the information is for •the keyword phrase, or two, for the page•text (headings and paragraphs) in the main body of the email or a WORD document attached•attach the images In addition, send an email with the Google Analytics code for your website and the username and password for your Google Account
7 - Updates
The search engines like to see that your website is being kept up to date. It would be ideal if you updated your website every month. Even if you do not want to change your content there are things that I can do in the background that would indicate to the search engines that the website is being kept current. I fee for website updates is based on my hourly rate and I recommend at least half an hour a month.
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6 - Domain Name, Hosting, and Email Addresses
Either you or Monica can arrange for:•Domain Name•Hosting•Email Address(es)What Monica needs: •If you set up your domain name, hosting and email addresses yourself you can ask your hosting company for help. When you talk to them, tell them "my website designer needs the ftp username and password for publishing".