Start Up Kit For Web Developer

However complex things may become, a web developer should always stick to his roots and the basic ideologies. As a person has his own sets of “do’s” and “don’ts”, it is necessary to follow them for the personal satisfaction of a person along with the tips and skills which he regularly receives from various sources. Here are a few tips and tricks that should help an aspiring Web Developer.

o Never over crowd your website in order to include each and every thing that a customer may need. Instead, look out for the most important things without which the website will be incomplete and include them first. Always aim to keep and maintain your webpage as a content appropriate page. If you are building a web page for a company that offers many services/products, make separate pages for all of them and link them to the main page through hyperlinks. You can create an index on the company’s main page in such cases to direct the user to the concerned service/product.

o Sometimes, the lesser it is, the better it is! The idea behind this statement is to never cram your website and abstain from filling complete details about your products and services. Using less but appropriate words and images that interpret the imagination of your mind in a proper way is recommended, since it is a far better way to attract people than cramming about everything. Visitors are smart; let them guess about your services!

o Add graphics and images to your webpage to make sure that people are attracted towards your site. As a dish is incomplete without salt, in the same manner a website is incomplete without graphics, pictures or animations. Always make sure that you add content appropriate and family-viewing suitable images and don’t add too colorful or jazzy images, otherwise the viewer will feel that the webpage is quite heavy.

o Always make sure that your website is designed in such a way that it makes the user anxious, not confused. The user should be trapped in the charm of your website and should go on exploring it to find out what is next!

o Compatibility matter a lot too! Your website should be designed in such a way that it should be compatible with the most famous browsers online. Also, if your product is to be marketed locally, make sure that the webpage is compatible with the browser which the people in your city or locally use most commonly.

Are Web Developers Short Changing Your Business – Are You Getting Targeted Web Traffic?

This is a very pertinent question. Are they?

This is a problem that is rife in the Web Development arena.

You already know that in order to grow your business beyond your current customer base, you need to look at the incredible growth potential which the Internet provides. You need a great website and you need targeted web traffic.

Look at the alternative – offline advertising – i.e. newspaper, yellow pages, radio, television, etc. These platforms are extremely expensive and very difficult to analyze any results. Advertising in the various media available will often leave you, the business owner, wondering if the money was well spent.

Did you experience growth in sales directly related to your advertising spend?

How much did your brand seep further into the public consciousness because you spent a certain amount of money promoting your brand?

Was it worth it?

Your advertising company will have ready answers and statistics of course!

Now take a look at how online marketing works.

You are able to track precisely where each and every sale comes from. Using applications like Google Analytics you are able to identify with pinpoint accuracy the exact source of your customer, right down to what they typed in to find you and which site they came from.

This ability to track the effectiveness of online marketing coupled with the massive potential market on the Internet means more and more people are having websites created for their products or services.

Because of the growth in demand for new websites, many companies and individuals are offering (some for exorbitant fees) specially designed and created websites with promises of multiple features, online presence and sales success for your company. All the add-ons are there – at a cost – and a range of baffling technical terms are bandied about to prove how much the web people know about this (and how much of a luddite you are!).

Web hosting, shopping carts, metatags, onsite optimisation, SEO, SEM, online security features are some of my favourites.

They must know what they are doing…right?

Think again!

In my experience many of the sites built for consumers today are almost invisible on the major search engines. After paying a multiple four or even five figure fee you type in your business name and guess what…your website isn’t even on Google’s front page! So you call your web experts and they offer you additional optimisation for a few more thousand to get front page results!

Will this work? Maybe…

What does work are specific online marketing techniques that will put your website on the front page within hours.

In my view, to set up a website in the first place without front page presence in mind is ridiculous.

To show how much small business owners are being ripped off, I ran a little experiment recently to prove a point to a friend who had a website which wasn’t showing up on Google. I created a new business with a highly competitive name. I used a range of SEO techniques and organic search oriented content, and some simple promotional strategies.

Within 3 days the business had the number one spot on Google with over 75 million competing pages! This is the magic that can be achieved with the power of the Internet combined with the secrets of online marketing.

So let’s dispel some common myths here.

  • Metatags carry very little weight with search engines – they are virtually ignored
  • Onsite optimisation usually amounts to stuffing poorly researched keywords into title tag and description areas, resulting in your site looking spammy and amateurish with very little benefit in ranking
  • The traffic you are getting to your site which looks impressive in the statistics is mainly automated (robots) and will not bring you sales, don’t be fooled into thinking these are customers
  • Having hits on your site does not push you up the search engine rankings – having inbound links from authority sites does
  • Having a particular product on your website will not automatically result in it being found by your potential customers. Only by publishing content using the product name in tags, titles and descriptions in the correct way, will your product be found
  • Hosting does not have to be expensive – the two biggest hosting sites in the world; Godaddy and Hostgator will host your site starting from around $10 a month!

This is how it works. All the major search engines follow these rules.

Having a website means nothing. Correct marketing of your website is the only way you will grow your business.

Don’t be ripped off.

How to Find Customers For Your Web Development Company

There are a lot of companies around the world who have the expertise to create very impressive pieces of online software. Whether you write your code in ASP, PHP, Perl or some other language then you will have something that website owners will value. The challenge is how to find customers when your average site owner doesn’t know PHP from a BLT.

In 1999 I set up a web development firm and it has gone from strength to strength. In this article I will share the most valuable piece of advice that I can offer and explain how we attract customers and have continued to grow over the past 8 years.
A premise of my advice is that advertising to get customers is expensive and time consuming and often dealing with those looking to create their first website is time consuming and frustrating if their ideas are wildly different from what you know will be successful. The story below avoids any of these problems.

I started off by writing a small series of PHP scripts and advertised these within the ‘geek’ community. These included a relatively simple whois script that allows users to type in a Domain Name and check its availability. This shortly expanded to include a shopping cart and ordering system. I advertised this on Hot Scripts, the PHP Resource Index and a few other basic websites where technical people and design firms look.

Over the first year I offered this whois script for free. Several hundred companies downloaded the program and I made sure I responded to any support enquiries very quickly and politely. As the program improved I started charging around £50 ($100) per download and the script went from strength to strength. To date I have sold several thousand copies – a good return from an initial investment of perhaps a weeks work and free listings on Hot Scripts and a few other sites.

What this model achieves is that companies who are looking for a whois script but don’t have the technical skill to write one themselves find your offering, they then contact you with support requests and are impressed with your level of support. A large proportion of the companies that contacted me were design firms. In the future if this design company received an enquiry from a potential customer who required something that needed bespoke programming then they immediately thought of my company. They then sent the customer’s brief to me for a quotation, I replied with a friendly email and a reasonable price and the job was secured and quickly delivered.

Every day I sold a copy of the who is script and every week I was creating new relationships with design firms around the world. These design companies spend their time dealing with customers, advertising for new work and dealing with the stress of finding new leads and I sat back and replied to emails with quotations and did programming work.

This business model may not work for everybody but I would certainly recommend giving it a try – develop something that design firms may download and then provide them with a good service, the better you can do this the more chance they have of remembering you and rewarding you with more profitable work in the future.