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WordPress for Small Business Owners presentation. Learn everything you should know about your website in small business (including WordPress)!

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  • WordPress for Small Business www.jtpratt.com www.jtprattmedia.com
    • What is WordPress?
    • Why Is It SO Popular?
    • What Is a CMS?
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    • How do I get WordPress?
    • WordPress.com is a free blog service
    • WordPress.org is free software
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    • WordPress.com is a free blog service
    • signup for: websitename.wordpress.com
    • can't modify theme code
    • have to pay to modify CSS code
    • can't install plugins or themes they don't already have
    • has paid upgrades (like vanity domain names)
    • don't have to pay for hosting
    • maintained for Automattic company, not WordPress community
    • limited customization - but nearly unbreakable
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    • WordPress.org is free software
    • requires web hosting
    • maintained by WordPress community (which includes Automattic)
    • can install any plugins or themes you want
    • highly intuitive, fairly easy learning curve
    • unlimited customization potential
    • you break it - you fix it
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  • Isn't Wordpress for Blogging? www.jtpratt.com www.jtprattmedia.com
    • Can I Really Create and Manage a Website?
    • WordPress is Free
    • Thousands of Free Themes
    • Thousands of Free plugins
    • What's Your Time Worth?
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    • How Much Money Will I Need?
    • WordPress.com is free (but inflexible)
    • Most businesses "self-host"
    • requires a domain name and web hosting account
    • What you spend beyond that is unique to your business needs
    • DO NOT put your website LAST on your list of expenditures
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    • Preventative Maintenance Tips
    • Offsite backups
    • Update WordPress regularly
    • Update Plugins regularly
    • Remove unused plugins
    • Use Basic Security measures
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    • How do I Find a WordPress Expert?
    • Google search
    • forums or groups
    • outsourcing websites
    • recommendations
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    • How Do I know if my WordPress guy IS AN expert?
    • ask for examples of work
    • ask for references WITH contact information
    • get estimates of work in advance
    • ask lots of questions
    • talk with them over the phone
    • pay for only portions of work over time
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    • How Much Do I Pay a WordPress expert?
    • You get what you pay for
    • Rates run from $10/hr to $200/hr
    • Compare costs to any other skilled trade
    • Differences are from coaches to coders
    • If you want custom work, you pay a custom price
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    • PEOPLE ARE JUDGING YOU!
    • first impressions are everything
    • you have about 5 seconds time
    • it's like a job interview
    • are you trustworthy?
    • can YOU do what I want?
    • is what I want within 2 clicks?
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    • The Needs of a Small Business Online
    • listing of services
    • selling products (e-commerce)
    • blogging
    • social media engagement
    • contact forms
    • invoicing
    • generating leads
    • SEO (getting found)
    • email marketing
    • advertising
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    • Listing Your Services
    • write in depth descriptions
    • don't put non-relevant services on the same page
    • think off each service page as a "target"
    • know your keywords in advance
    • don't OVER-SEO
    • don't forget the homepage target
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    • Selling Products (e-commerce)
    • know your requirements first
    • find the best solution (using WordPress or not)
    • have a dedicated maintenance person
    • be secure
    • cover yourself legally
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    • Blogging for a Small Business
    • don't let it be a missed opportunity
    • position yourself as an expert
    • grow in the search engines
    • use it to populate social media
    • give away knowledge as your loss leader
    • Keep people engaged via updates
    • Use examples, case studies, and testimonials
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  • What Plumber Would You Call? www.jtpratt.com www.jtprattmedia.com
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  • What Painter Would You Contact? www.jtpratt.com www.jtprattmedia.com
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  • What Lawyer is most reputable? www.jtpratt.com www.jtprattmedia.com
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  • Which Accountant Is Best? www.jtpratt.com www.jtprattmedia.com
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    • What Have We Learned?
    • Have an extremely visible “call to action”
    • Look as professional as possible
    • Highlight your strengths
    • Don't have a “cluttered” website
    • Is your message “5 seconds or less”?
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    • Are You Getting Conversions?
    • Is your website bringing in visitors?
    • Are those visitors converting to sales?
    • What can you do to get more traffic?
    • What can you do to convert more sales?
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    • Does Your Website have ROI?
    • Every business owners wants ROI
    • If you don't spend (time or money), no ROI
    • ROI is NOT manufactured overnight
    • You get OUT of it what you put INTO it
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    • Go BEYOND your website
    • Spend time doing external promotion
    • Network in local meetups and groups
    • Answer questions in forums
    • Connect in forums
    • CALL PEOPLE
    • Connect traditional media to your website
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  • Questions? www.jtpratt.com www.jtprattmedia.com