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A tool that helped me create a website for my businessViews: 1537
Aug 21, 2007 9:58 amA tool that helped me create a website for my business#

Marilyn Alexander
Last week My mySpace was hacked into by some guys and my site was just ruined. Unlike every other user in there, i didnt only use my page as just a personal profile. I also used it promote to my short story books that i write. With rusty thoughts i was willing to spend a little money on getting my own site. So i was searching the web for an online website solution And i found ekwa.com that is specially giving out free sites with the options of blogs and articles all in one site. How cool is that!

I let you guys peak my new site once i have uploaded all material. Im so excited!

:D

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Aug 21, 2007 2:50 pmre: A tool that helped me create a website for my business#

Fred Keller
Interesting website ..... Not knowing who is behind it....and their goals, can be costly for you.

Suppose the Developers suddenly move on to something else?

Where does that leave your Site (with many hours, years potentially, invested)?

The viral aspect is curious. Will there be piggy-back promotions to your mailing list unknown to you?

Good luck with it.

PS: why not take a minute and fill-in your profile?

Keep Smiling!


Fred

Build a >>> http://website-that-works.first411.com

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Aug 21, 2007 2:56 pmre: re: A tool that helped me create a website for my business#

Lori Jones
Fred, thanks for the good advice. Something too good to be true, usally has an attachment.
I too would be careful and find out what the motive behind the free site is.
Lori

Achieve The Real Success You Deserve.
http://ljhealth.discovermangosteen.com
http://ljsolutionsnow.info

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Aug 21, 2007 4:41 pmre: re: re: A tool that helped me create a website for my business#

Laura Wheeler
The cost of a "free" website is typically someone else's ads on your site. Having someone else control what goes on part of your site is not a smart business choice. It is like telling someone else they can do whatever they want in the corner of your brick and mortar store - will they set up in competition with you, make you look cheap, ruin your reputation, etc? Ads on your site that you cannot control can do all of that, as well as making you look uncommitted, and unprofessional.

And, as has been suggested, you always have to look for the hidden cost, because it will always be there somewhere.

Laura
Mom to Eight
Firelight Business Enterprises, Inc.
http://www.betterinstantwebsite.com
http://www.firelightwebstudio.com

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Aug 21, 2007 5:03 pmre: A tool that helped me create a website for my business#

James Beane
I have to agree with the others. It is a dangerous thing to let others control your ads and your future once again. The possibility appears very real to me, that the same events that took your site and sales is a very real possibility with any "free" website service.

I have said it before, but I really believe our moms and dads were right when they said you get what you pay for. Free typically has some sort of string attached, at least in the world of business.

I used a service called SiteBuildIt to build my first website, it gets 50+ unsoliited unique visitors a day, and 60-70 visits a day. It is only six months old, and ranks in the top 1% of websites according to Alexa (todays ranking is 663,072 out of 100 Million websites out there).

I have looked at quite a few of the systems out there, and have found this to be the easiest, most complete, and most affordable system out there.

Before I started my site, I had absolutely no experience building a site, and when i was in college, the computer I used was one step up from punchcards on a spool. In other words, I learned a little binary code, and nothing since, until I got started with SiteBuildIt.

If you'd like a little more info, take a look at the video that's available.

J.B.

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Aug 21, 2007 5:12 pmre: re: re: re: A tool that helped me create a website for my business#

Reg Charie
Marilyn,
On the web, image is everything.
Ask yourself what kind of image you project using a free website.
If you cannot afford to invest 5 bucks a month in your business, is it a real business?

There are real free things that can be found online such as the CRELoaded content management system for building websites.
This is licensed under the open source system and builds great sites with all the features you would ever need.

Reg
http://DotCom-Productions.com
http://0Grief.com (Zero Grief Hosting)

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Aug 21, 2007 5:16 pmre: re: A tool that helped me create a website for my business#

Reg Charie
JB,
If you are posting links to services that you make commissions on should someone use the services, as you are, you should say so up front.

Reg
http://DotCom-Productions.com

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Aug 21, 2007 5:26 pmre: re: re: A tool that helped me create a website for my business#

James Beane
Sorry, But yes, you are correct, I do make a small commission. If there is a problem with my post, I'd be happy to delete it. I thought , that this forum was called "minding your own business", and this is my business. I posted what I thought was on topic and relative to the converstion, and I thought to explain how I operated my business and discovered the tools that work for me. Please forgive me if I have stepped out of bounds here.

Thanks, J.B.

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Aug 21, 2007 6:13 pmre: re: re: re: A tool that helped me create a website for my business#

Reg Charie
Not a problem James but since you do make money on the service it is better to say you do.
SBI is expensive also. $299 to $399 a year.
While you get a lot, you can do the same thing for much cheaper.

Reg
http://DotCom-Productions.com

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Aug 21, 2007 11:01 pmre: re: re: re: re: re: re: A tool that helped me create a website for my business#

Denise O'Berry
To clarify posting affiliate links as James did. James, you did nothing wrong.

As our guidelines say, "it is OK to respond to a post requesting your type of services." That includes affiliate links.

It is entirely up to you whether you declare they are affiliate links or not.

Best regards,

Denise O'Berry
Network Leader

P.S. Great advice everyone! Keep up the good work.

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Aug 21, 2007 11:28 pmre: re: re: re: re: re: re: re: A tool that helped me create a website for my business#

Reg Charie
I would agree Denise if they were responding indicating that it is one of their services.

However if someone posts that they "Use xxy services" and do not indicate that it is an advert or an affiliate link then I feel it is a different story.
There are 2 ways to writing an affiliate link, one is to write the link in the clear, EG http://name_of_site_selling_service.com/agent's_page.html
or to "hide it in the code" only using "Link to site" as the visible text.

Reg

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Aug 22, 2007 12:01 amre: re: re: re: re: re: re: re: re: A tool that helped me create a website for my business#

Fred Keller
Right on, Denise!

Let's keep Free Enterprise Alive.


Keep Smiling!

Fred

Build a >>> http://website-that-works.first411.com

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Aug 22, 2007 12:10 amre: re: re: re: re: re: re: re: re: A tool that helped me create a website for my business#

James Beane
Reg wrote "There are 2 ways to writing an affiliate link, one is to write the link in the clear, EG http://name_of_site_selling_service.com/agent's_page.html or to "hide it in the code" only using "Link to site" as the visible textor to "hide it in the code" only using "Link to site" as the visible text. "

Reg, Wouldn't you agree that a bold link in context is much cleaner and readable than http://www.your.domain.name.here.com/youraffiliateid#000 and so less confusing and more to the point? I think too, that it is misleading to imply that anyone, including yourself makes any real money off of 5 or 6 dollar a year name hosting, while leaving off the fact that a WYSIWYG editor will never provide the same support and instruction that a complete package like SBI provides. Which goes back to my original post, you get what you pay for.

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Aug 22, 2007 12:26 amre: re: re: re: re: re: re: re: re: A tool that helped me create a website for my business#

Denise O'Berry
Actually Reg you don't need to agree or disagree. That is one of the guidelines of this network of which I am the network leader.

Again, it is up to the individual whether or not they reveal they are sharing affiliate links in response to a post about their type of services.

Let's get this thread back to the topic at hand.

Best regards,

Denise O'Berry
Network Leader

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Aug 22, 2007 1:05 amre: re: re: re: re: re: re: re: re: re: A tool that helped me create a website for my business#

Fred Keller
OK Guys - the Lady has spoken. Here's the wrap-up.

Time to get back to work. :o)

Bottom line - regardless of which service you avail yourself, it is imperative that you have a solid understanding of the integrity and intent of the web host provider. (ie: when will they quit/retire/go South...North?)

Next you need to consider support - as was so aptly stated above. (Is there any? What?? - they work for nothing?....don't think so. not for long anyway.)

Did you know that there really are ways to Monetize your site to presold Traffic that are drawn to your Site like iron filings to a magnet? OK - so you can do that by yourself? Let's face it - if you could, you wouldn't be here , right? You'd be watching the PayPal A/C fill-up.

A free or so site provides not the magnet. Like Mamma said: you get what you pay for......Pay a little, get a little. Pay a $1/day and get so so much more. Ask JB.

Good Fortune to you.

Keep Smiling!

Fred



Build a >>> http://website-that-works.first411.com

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Aug 22, 2007 1:55 amre: re: re: re: re: re: re: re: re: re: re: A tool that helped me create a website for my business#

James Beane
I'd like to applaud and encourage Marilyn for a post that has stimulated so much passion and response from her readers!
If you can instill that same kind of passion and response into your web visitors, you will no doubt be succesful!
Good Luck, and Thank You for your thoughts and questions, I think we've all learned a lot

J.B.

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Aug 22, 2007 3:00 amre: re: re: re: re: re: re: re: re: re: re: re: A tool that helped me create a website for my busine#

Lindy Asimus
I visited the site and added a couple of articles. No, it is not a replacement for a "proper" website, but why would you not use the resource as an adjunct? So they pull the site down in a few years, or they don't - who cares?

Really, we do get a bit precious don't we?

Tell me, what's the difference between posting a copy of your articles there and publishing them at other sites where you can submit your articles?

Add some articles, link back to your other sites, and see if it makes any difference to your traffic.

Seriously, to assume that 'every free site' is a danger is ridiculous. It is also a dangerous assumption. Follow the logic through, and you arrive at "anything free is poison"... so what, you aren't going to give anything away either?



Lindy


www.designbusinessengineering.com/merchantcircle.htm


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Aug 22, 2007 3:31 amre: re: re: re: re: re: re: re: re: re: re: re: re: A tool that helped me create a website for my bu#

Laura Wheeler
I don't think anyone here has suggested that anything free is bad. Only that "free" things always have a price, and you should know what that price is before you leap in. Also, that free options as discussed are not a replacement for a quality website.

Laura
Mom to Eight
Firelight Business Enterprises, Inc.
http://www.firelightwebstudio.com
http://www.westernhillsinstitute.com

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Sep 07, 2007 2:22 amre: A tool that helped me create a website for my bu#

Eileen Brown
Just tonight I went into a bookworm network here at ryze to
recommend a book I liked to someone who asked for
recommendations.

When I got there, a post caught my eye and I clicked on it.
What a mistake. It was an angelfire "free" site. Now,
that would not be so bad but this lady was claiming to be
an author. OK, I guess she was, and has two books
published.

The site was atrocious. All centered everything with a
black "twinkling stars" background and the entire time I
was trying to read the very hard to read text - pop, PoP,
POP went my pop-up blocker. And of coure there were two
big "flashy" banners at the top of that interferring with
my concentration and focus, which should have been on the
text.

Between the flashy banners and the constant popping - I
finally just blipped myself off the site. After leaving
however, there was quite a hesitation in my computer. More
pop-ups or pop-unders or something was jamming up it's
brain.

I HATE those kinds of sites and avoid them at all costs. I
would not recommend to anyone to use a free site. I am so
sorry to poo-poo your idea, that it is a good idea, to get
something for free.

The result of my mishap by clicking on a that link?

I did not get to read the text.
I do not know what her book was about.
I do not even know the title of her book.
I got peeved.
My computer got peeved.
I remembered the reason for always rejecting "free" stuff.
I decided I did not like HER.

Just a human "bean" reaction. I could not help myself.

So, as my little story shows, be careful, you could turn
people off without even a hint as to "why".

My humble OH-pinion and .02 worth which probably is not
worth a plug nickel.

Have a great and blessed night.

Eileen :)




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Sep 07, 2007 7:11 amre: re: A tool that helped me create a website for my bu#

Lindy Asimus
Are you talking to me?


If so, I fail to see your point between what you describe and what I said.

Death to all blinkey stars on websites, I say!


Lindy

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Sep 07, 2007 2:50 pmre: re: re: A tool that helped me create a website for my bu#

Eileen Brown
Hiya Lindy,

No, I was not talking about you. What on earth would make
you think that? I have no idea 'who' you are OR what you
said OR where you said it.

Have a blessed day.

Eileen :)

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Sep 20, 2007 3:10 pmre: A tool that helped me create a website for my business#

Jairam Gopalan Aiyer
Hi Marilyn,
So nice to know, you are able to re-make your website.

Jairam

My Wealth Builder 9223391469 / 9323186228 insuranceinindia@gmail.com

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