Tuesday, May 1, 2007

If You Have a Business, YOU NEED a Web Presence

I know that there are a lot of businesses out there doing fine without a web site, but the truth is no matter how well you are doing you need a web presence. There are still some people in the world who are not into using the net; I don't know many, but I know they are out there. You need to be thinking about the millions that are using it.

People are searching the web every second of the day trying to find a business they can trust and/or they are trying to learn about what services they need. They are researching and if you do not have a site people can learn nothing from you or about you.

So, when it comes down to choosing a handy man, who do you think people will trust? A guy in the phone book or a guy on the net with a nice web site, that details his services and experience? I know who I would choose. In today's world you can have every thing you have ever wanted on the net inexpensively. There is no need to spend your child's college fund to develop a web presence. This is not a requirement. I wrote about GoDaddy and the great prices they offer because they allow anyone to acquire an attractive web site, with all the additional features a business could need.

You can easily develop a web presence and not only make more money, but also create a business reputation people can trust. If you do not have a web site there are several ways to attain one affordably. To create an influential web presence you will need an attractive web site, an optimized web site and you will need to market your business & web site.

Below are some places where you can begin creating a web presence affordably. Some are more affordable than others.

Melissa Fach

Register Domains at GoDaddy.com GoDaddy.com offers:

GoDaddy offers a lot more, but that is a quick rundown.

Network Solutions

  • Do it Yourself Websites- $4.95-12.46 a month.

  • Do it for Me- design fee-$399-1399 plus $49.95

  • E-commerce packages Standard $49 set-up-fee and $49.95 a month- Premium $99 set-up-fee and $99.95 a month

  • Web Hosting $996-29.13 a month

  • Email $1.67 a month per mailbox (500 MB of storage 20 MB of attachments)

  • SSL Certificates start at $89 a year

  • Web Analytics- 3 plans - $12.95 a month, $29.95 a month, 59.95 a year

ProStores 1 Month Free Trial
Pro Stores by Ebay- For those wanting an estore

  • A 30% discount off the ProStores monthly subscription price following the free trial for eBay Stores sellers.

  • A one month free trial for anyone.

  • PayPal is intregrated into the site (this is great- I have some clients that have large businesses that way to pay me via PayPal- nice feature)

  • Web Site Hosting and Set-Up Tools- step-by-step design wizard- no HTML knowledge needed. You can use templates or create your own through Dreamweaver or use their design services.

  • Merchandising and Marketing Tools

  • Payment and Order Management Tools

  • Inventory Management and Reporting

  • Very easy to upload products and create subcategories.

  • Cross Promote & Featured Products

  • Marketing tools submit your listings to Froogle, Yahoo Shopping, Shopping.com, Shopzilla
    Search Engine Optimization Manager- Makes optimizing EASY for you!

  • Ebay Integration

  • Email Marketing

  • Promotions Tools- Free Shipping, Discounts

  • Easy-to-use shopping cart

  • Multiple Payment Options, Payment Gateways and Secure Checkout

  • Real-Time Shipping Service Integration

  • Order manager- pending orders, completed orders, orders shipping, credits, order history etc.

  • Automatically notifies you when you are low on inventory and easy to hide a product when you run out.

  • Real-time reports on sales that are also customizable.
    Performance Analysis

  • 24/7 Support and Interactive Resources.

Free Extensive Web Stats- Google Analytics This link will send you to another blog entry that is very long on Google Analytics.

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