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  • 1. Freelance web designer : Part IBuilding Up A Network Of Web ExpertsAre you hoping to earn some decent money via the internet? Are you looking for a person or companyto build you a website? Are you looking into ways to promote your website? Would you like to see anincrease in traffic to your website? These are all questions to which a couple of years ago I would haveanswered yes to. I now have built up a network of people who I always use to help me in theseparticular fields.In my opinion it is very important to establish a network of contacts on the internet. These peopleshould be honest, charge a fair price, be willing to help and give advice and be happy to work quicklywith good communication.A few years ago I started to develop an interest in the web and thought that it would be a superb way topromote my speech coaching business. I must admit that at this point I knew nothing about the ins andouts of the net and did not know anybody who could build or promote a website.I spent quite a long time phoning people who were advertising in places such as the yellow pages, thenewspaper and of course the internet itself. The prices some of these people quoted were a lot higherthan I could afford. I now have come to realise that these prices were basically a rip off as I have nowmet some brilliant web designers who are happy and willing to build a website at far cheaper rates.As an example a contact of mine now builds me a type of information portal site for £150 plus freelifetime hosting. An example of one of these websites is at increase-pagerank.com. I have been workingwith this contact now for a number of years and he is extremely reliable and has taught me a lot abouthow the web works etc.I have also met other contacts who are experts in website promotion. I have learnt a lot from thesepeople and would now like to think of myself as some kind of expert. I now think that I know quite a lotabout how to promote and a market a website. I have around eighty sites myself, which I constantlyattempt to attract more visitors to each of them.The way I attract this additional traffic is by attempting to build up the amount of one-way backwardlinks to each site. One way of doing this of course is by writing articles like the one you are reading. This
  • 2. writing can be quite tiresome but there are sites such as articles-submission.com, who are happy to helpyou with this project.In conclusion, be careful not to pay over the odds for web design, web marketing or web promotion.Meet and build up a network of web experts who you can learn to trust and establish a long termbusiness relationship with.Hiring a web designer to come up with the custom solution that you need can set you back a fewthousand bucks. But you can do the whole thing yourself and make it drag and drop simple for merepennies with a tool like Breezy Websites. See http://breezywebsites.com for details!Freelance web designer : End of Part IBuilding Websites Was Tedious Until I Discovered Site BuildersSite builder tools are a valuable option to everyone including both the novice and professional webdesigner. If you’ve ever tried building a website on your own, you know how time consuming it can be.With all of the HTML code to type, building a site on your own can take you months to design, not tomention all of the frustration involved. You probably already know that HTML code is not too forgiving;one small error can drastically change the look of your pages. All of this valuable time spent designingyour site and fixing errors could be used in other areas of your business. With web builder tools you canavoid all of the headaches and spend more of your time effectively running your business. Using webbuilder tools is both hassle free and easy. The directions are simple enough for anyone to understand.Another point to consider is the longer it takes to build your website, the more online sales you aremissing out on. Many times people are tempted to just hire someone else to do the job for them, butthis is usually not the most cost effective choice. Webmasters can often be very expensive, especially ifthey are charging you by the hour and not a set fee for the job. With web builder tools you can have aprofessional looking website up and running in no time at all. Unlike webmasters, web builder tools willnot put a dent in your wallet. They also allow you to have more of an input on designing your site. Thiscan be very important for two reasons. First of all, when hiring someone else to build your site it is oftendifficult to explain just how you want everything to look. You can tell them what you want, but your ideaand their final product may not always match. If revisions need to be made to your site, this will takemore time and may even cost you more money. Secondly you will no doubt want to make changes to
  • 3. your site occasionally. It can be a bother trying to contact a webmaster and set up a time for your site tobe updated. Often times they may not be readily available when you need them. With web builder toolsyou have the option of making updates to your site whenever you choose.If you own multiple websites and earn a great deal of your income online, you can greatly benefit fromusing web builder tools. While you may be able to effectively design sites on your own, think of all thetime that must be spent doing so. Web builder tools can save you countless hours of time and allow youto concentrate more on running your business instead of working on your site. This extra time can beused to increase your income by learning marketing tools to help sell your products. Another point toconsider is all of the updates that you make to your site on a regular basis. You may offer monthlyspecials or product discounts on a regular basis. Web builder tools allow you to make the necessarychanges to your site without devoting a great deal of time. Making quick updates to your site is not aproblem with web builder tools.Most companies offering web builder tools understand that their customers have varying needs. That’swhy they offer several different packages for customers to choose from. Whether you just need a smallsite designed to market your product, multiple email accounts, web blogs, shopping cart, or have arather large website to build, web builder tools can assist you in designing the site of your choice. If youlater decide to add more features or pages onto your site, upgrades can easily be made to your account.With all of the features they have to offer, web builder tools are a good option for business owners of alltypes.Hiring a web designer to come up with the custom solution that you need can set you back a fewthousand bucks. But you can do the whole thing yourself and make it drag and drop simple for merepennies with a tool like Breezy Websites. See http://breezywebsites.com for details!Freelance web designer : End of Part IIBuilding Your First Web Site?Before doing anything on the technical side, you need some kind of basic idea to work with. I suggestfirst getting some paper and a pencil. Start by sketching a layout of how you would like your web pageto appear. For example, a simple title at the top, the area in which you would like any content, picturesand so on. Now its time to do some programing!
  • 4. Dont let the word programing scare you. Anyone can learn and there are several sites that offer freetutorials. One such site is http://www.w3schools.com/html/default.asp. Although it is not necessary tobe a top notch programer to build and operate your web site, you should learn the basics of html. Irecommend that you thoroughly learn about tables. They are widely used and with them, you can createa professional looking layout (even as a beginner).You can use any basic text editor, like notepad, to write, edit, and save your code (html). When savingyour work for the first time, choose Text Document for type of file, then save with the extension htm(for example index.htm). Your home page (the first page people usually see) is normally saved asindex.htm. To see how your page looks, double click on the file and it should automatically open up inyour browser.Now that youve got your web page ready to go, its time to find a host (a place for your web page tolive). Since this is your first site, I suggest you use Free Web Hosting. Some host will put advertising, suchas a banner, on your site as the cost of free hosting. Others will only charge you to register your DomainName (www.YourSite.com). Be careful not to accidentally sign up for extras such as url protection, spamcontrol, etc. (unless you feel you need them) as they will add to your cost. These sites will have a limit onbandwidth (how much data that can be transmitted per month), email accounts, and maybe a few otherthings, but are still great for first timers. If later on you feel you need more, then you usually canupgrade. To find a host, just use any search engine and the freelance web designer phrase Free WebHosting.Ok! Youve sketched a layout for your web page, learned some basic html, coded your web page, foundyour host with the most (couldnt resist), and registered your URL (www.YourSite.com). Now its time toupload (transfer) your file (web page ) to your host. To do this you need a FTP program. FTP stands forFile Transfer Protocol. When using this application, there are usually two windows. The left windowshows your computer files, and the right window shows the files stored on your host. For a good tutorialand to download a freeware FTP program, FTP Commander, go tohttp://www.nexcess.net/hosting/support/tutorials/ftp/ftpcommindex.php.Now you should be up and running. But dont stop there. Continue to tweak, add pages, learn to link toother pages and sites, and frequently add new content. Who knows, you could eventually learn to profitfrom your creation.
  • 5. Hiring a web designer to come up with the custom solution that you need can set you back a fewthousand bucks. But you can do the whole thing yourself and make it drag and drop simple for merepennies with a tool like Breezy Websites. See http://breezywebsites.com for details!Freelance web designer : End of Part III