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How To Actually Generate Customers On Professional Networks: Part 1

Asked by Julbert Abraham from AGM - LinkedIn Marketing & LinkedIn Training

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10 Actually Actionable Benefits Of List Building

Asked by Juan Manuel Colome from Top Response Marketing

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Celebrating Small And Locally-owned Businesses With Bill Brunelle of Independent We Stand

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What Is an Inexpensive Way to Build a Website and Get It Out There on Search Engines?

By Linda Elliott · Posted on Thursday, August 3, 2017 · Tagged in General Discussion



Veronika Bako from Bako Design
10 Locals Recommend Them • Answered on Monday, August 7, 2017

I wholeheartedly agree with Jeremiah Smith, Word Press is the way to go because it helps you optimize your website in many ways + it has several free plugins. Square Space has very attractive templates but little support, where as Word Press has a whole community that you can post your questions to and get answer in a very reasonable time frame.




James Murphy from Real Wisconsin Website Design
18 Locals Recommend Them • Replied on Monday, August 7, 2017

There are dozens of businesses that you can find that do nothing but fix or try to fix hacked Wordpress sites. Just google Wordpress hacked.

I spent a year learning how to lock down any particular Wordpress site and what I discovered is that all my work was for naught everytime they upgraded their base product which is often! The reason they update so often is because they are Open Source and hacked so often. Wordpress was never meant to be a business site they were built as a blogging site. There are hundreds if not thousands of "Developers", heck I'm A... (more)

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Ed Burns from Melior Marketing, LLC.
6 Locals Recommend Them • Answered on Friday, August 4, 2017

Speed, quality, price. Pick two.


Kyle Alm from SEO Bandwagon
9 Locals Recommend Them • Replied on Friday, August 4, 2017

Good, clean, fun.


James Murphy from Real Wisconsin Website Design
18 Locals Recommend Them • Replied on Friday, August 4, 2017

Nice Ed!



Tim St. John from AEON Internet Marketing
23 Locals Recommend Them • Replied on Friday, August 4, 2017

Exactly, Ed! ; )


Eduardo Norell from Norell Design Graphic & Web Design
0 Locals Recommend Them • Replied on Friday, August 4, 2017

YOU ARE SO RIGHT!


Jeremiah Smith from SimpleTiger LLC
2 Locals Recommend Them • Replied on Saturday, August 5, 2017

I couldn't agree more Ed!

With over 11 years doing SEO as my specialty I can personally verify that the best way to do it is build a site on a technically stable and well optimized platform such as a responsive theme on a well hosted WordPress installation or SquareSpace. Then you need to build large volumes of high quality content relevant to your audience's needs and you need to link to it from relevant place around the web.

Less and less people know how to do all of this properly now days. You don't have to know how if you have the money, or time


Rick Shields from High Mountain Graphics
6 Locals Recommend Them • Replied on Saturday, August 5, 2017

Ed, am I missing something? I agree with what your saying but it doesn't answer Linda's question. As a print shop owner I understand about "Speed, quality, price. Pick two."


Ed Burns from Melior Marketing, LLC.
6 Locals Recommend Them • Replied on Saturday, August 5, 2017

Hey, Rick. Here is the bottom line with anything on the web - it takes time, money and energy to make it happen and make it happen right. The more you invest, the better your results will be. So, yes, you can spend a small amount on an out-of-the-box platform, but your results won't be great. To rank for SEO, it takes great content, which takes a lot of time to create. You need to ensure whatever platform you use is set up properly for SEO (mobile responsive, proper headings and formatting, sitemap and structure.) I find many people want a quick easy solution... (more)


Nick Leffler from Exprance
0 Locals Recommend Them • Replied on Saturday, August 5, 2017

That statement never works because quality and price NEVER go together. The other combos work but never quality and price doesn't matter how long the cheap option takes.


Cynthia OKeefe from The Latest Development LLC
0 Locals Recommend Them • Replied on Saturday, August 5, 2017

exactly, Ed!


Rae Shirer from New Options Business Services
2 Locals Recommend Them • Replied on Saturday, August 5, 2017

I'm surprised at the number of terse, insulting responses to this question from marketing professionals. Of course, everyone in the consulting business, from marketing to finance, would love to have small businesses sign up for a suite of services from the jump. But instead of a mocking reply, it might be better for the marketing consultant's long-term client development if the consultant provided an overview of how a small business can move from objectives A to Z with a scalable marketing plan that maximizes online resources at each stage. That might mean... (more)


Georg Younger from Georg Younger Framing
0 Locals Recommend Them • Replied on Sunday, August 6, 2017

Some of us just need proof that we are independent contractors. We already have the business and just need to satisfy State and Federal rules for contracting and a web presence can be one of them, when cheap enough. Over the last 5 years or so I have received so many phone calls on my web errors, incomplete site, google info missing, etc. that I just want to throw my phone away. Over the past month these calls amount to 40% of my daily calls. My question at this point is "If my website is so bad, then how is it so many individuals find it, review it and are... (more)


Rick Shields from High Mountain Graphics
6 Locals Recommend Them • Replied on Sunday, August 6, 2017

Ed, again I agree what everything you are saying. We've spent years getting to the first page in search for our local market and the work never ends. My point is, your comment did not answer the question. Rohit Phillips answered it with one word, Wix.com. Some people do not have the time or money to invest and Wix or Wordpress are a great start. Creating business citations or listings are the next step. These are both inexpensive ways to create a website and get found in search.


Franc Simari from HookedOnLocal.com
0 Locals Recommend Them • Replied on Sunday, August 6, 2017

I used to tell that to my print customers.


Tim Jones from Eternal Works
18 Locals Recommend Them • Replied on Monday, August 7, 2017

Ed is saying something will suffer as a result of going low budget.


Kyle Alm from SEO Bandwagon
9 Locals Recommend Them • Replied on Monday, August 7, 2017

"How can I get something for nothing?"

"You can't."

"Why is everyone so rude?"

ಠ_ಠ

Nothing is really free. It's going to take you time to set it up and learn to use any web platform.

It's "Opportunity Cost," and yes you need to make decisions about allocating resources. Good, fast, cheap are usually mutually exclusive, you can have it good and fast but it won't be cheap, or you can have it good and cheap, but it won't be fast.

WordPress would still be my recommendation for an affordable and effective web presence that will rank well in search.

EDIT: Something can... (more)


Georg Younger from Georg Younger Framing
0 Locals Recommend Them • Replied on Monday, August 7, 2017

Ed, I do Agree there is nothing free and inexpensive, the actual dollar amount is different for everyone. Then as a small business owner many of us don't count our time... that is a mistake as our time is just as, valuable if not more, as anyone else who works for us. We need to put a dollar amount on our time and use it wisely. If you have the time, knowledge, skill and can put it out there at or below the cost of someone else then it may be frugal to build your own site. It's not as easy as putting something on a "page" and calling it good. It is also not... (more)


Cory Owens from Memphis Entrepreneur Club
2 Locals Recommend Them • Replied on Thursday, August 10, 2017

This could be expensive too depending on the keywords or industry he's trying to rank for and the competition in that space. I think it's a little unfair to give such a vague answer, but I gotta say, you're not wrong. This just really doesn't give the person asking the resources they need to actually do this effectively. Because choosing two of the three could become quite expensive if the wrong resources are used.

Tim S from Tim s.
11 Locals Recommend Them • Answered on Saturday, September 23, 2017

We own numerous web site names. .. then call Brian grimmer to set it up. Msg me if need his number. He is very w ell respected

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Tony Lee Hamilton from TonyLeeHamilton.com
16 Locals Recommend Them • Answered on Saturday, September 23, 2017

Go to AboutTonyLeeHamilton.com for my answer to this great question!

Patti Zelenack from Kakama
0 Locals Recommend Them • Answered on Saturday, September 23, 2017

I've used Shopify

Tolero Websites from Tolero Websites
3 Locals Recommend Them • Answered on Saturday, September 23, 2017

Look at this... www.tolerowebsites.com, Tolero Websites is the only company that doesn’t charge for the creation of a state of the art custom website for only the cost of management, hosting and maintenance. Best of luck, Emm

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