How To Find Freelance Work

How many people do you know that don’t have computers or use the Internet? If you are like most, the number is between one and zero. Everyone today is turning towards this resource for information and business in order to find new areas of success. If you are one that is familiar with the Internet, you may also know that getting involved in this virtual community can bring you success!

Where to Find Clients?

After you have gathered together your information, it’s time to find customers! Building your own website will be the best way to advertise your services. It will let others see what you have available and will give several the opportunity of finding you through the Internet. The more websites you build for companies and individuals, the more you will be able to advertise, leaving you with a full time business. Several online freelance job sites have new projects looking for freelancers posted daily.

One of the opportunities that arise with web development is the ability to work on your own time. Usually, one website will take a few days to build, giving you the ability to work at your own pace, and set your own hours. Even with this, you can expect to make an average of $250 – $500 for every individual website, and more for more complicated websites that will need to be made for corporations and companies.

Web development is a business that is needed by other businesses and individuals today. Most that have any type of information or a product that they want to give to the community are working on building a web site. Being computer savvy with the Internet will give you possibilities to help businesses and individuals to profit, as well as your own business.

When you begin to get into web development, you will need to invest in specific things. The first will be the knowledge that you will need in order to develop websites. You will need programs such as Dream Weaver in order to put together the information for a website. If you don’t know how to work with this software, it might be in your best interests to take a class on building websites, or to begin studying the books that will best help you. Depending on the program and class you take, this may cost from $200-$500.

If you enjoy the Internet, why stop with looking at how others are building it? You can be a part of putting together cyber space by creating your own space for building websites. This will help others to advertise their product, and can build profit for you by offering information and products that you find valuable to the web.

Easy Tips to Use When Searching for Web Designers

If you think that finding a designer that can help you with website development is going to be a length or difficult process, think again. There are many companies that are offering website design and development services and finding the right one is a fairly simple matter. All you need to do is look around and see who has created the sites you like best. Here are a few tips you can also use in order to find a web developer that will give you the site you have been hoping for.

Word of mouth can be fantastic
Word of mouth can be a great way to find a website development company that you can work with. If you know other business owners that have sites you like you can simply ask them who did the work for them. Many web designers will put their names on the bottom of the sites so it can be worthwhile to look there.

Once you have the name of the company it can be helpful to ask others what they think of the company. Keep in mind that not everyone will be satisfied with a company but if you hear a lot of negative comments you may want to work with a different company.

Look online
Many website development companies advertise online. If you click on a few sites you should be able to get a look at their portfolio. You may want to go to a site and look to see if they are still using a website design that is advertised in a portfolio. If a company has switched their website again soon after having it designed it can be a sign that you may want to work with another company.

Once you have a few potential service providers that you want to work with you may want to do some background checking. See if you can get references for clients that a company has done work for in the past. They may have many things (good or bad) to tell you about what they think of the website, how it functions and what they like or do not like about it.

By doing some checking and research you should be able to avoid the companies that cannot deliver a functioning, visually attractive website to you. Instead, you will be able to concentrate on the companies that marry beauty and functionality in the sites that they deliver.

How To Build A Web Site & Develop It’s Full Potential – Part One

In a previous set of Articles published here at EzineArticles I discussed the implementation of RSS and how you could create an RSS feed for yourself.

These next few articles are going to be devoted to something a bit different. We will categorize it as Web Development and I will try and go through a case-scenario of building a web-site and everything you may need to know about doing it.

If you think that building a web-site is something simple and you can do it in one day, and you WANT THAT WEBSITE TO WORK, think again. I have worked in high-tech for many years, and the one thing these days I find incredibly funny, is all these promises that you can build a web-site in a day and be rich by next month. Realistically, that is not going to happen. Realistically, like any other business you want to succeed at this takes work and patience and luck. A great deal of work, the patience of an angel and the proverbial luck of the Irish.

First thing is first. Ignore all those emails you get that promise to make you rich in a week. Ignore any type of scheme that promises you advertisement to five hundred million web sites for $29.00. Ignore all those web pages with fanciful ebooks written by people JUST LIKE YOURSELF trying to make a buck by putting a few pages together in an Adobe PDF file. (Ask yourself this. How many people do you personally know that actually READ those ebooks? I still have not one found one person to ever admit to reading them!) Ignore anyone who tells you that they can show you the way to riches if you pay them $35.00 for their scheme. They are the ONLY ONES getting rich. Ignore it ALL. I know the temptation is great. After all what is $29.00. And of course they all promise you 30 money back guarantees. Don’t do it. Don’t think it. Don’t fall for it.

Let us complicate matters a bit more. It is simply not enough to build a web site and put it out there. I am sure most of you know that.

  • Content is KING – Don’t think that the phrase “content is king” is going to get you listed all the way on top either. Content is critical, but Google and Yahoo and MSN (the search-engine trinity) have created an incredible amount of new algorithms to decide just WHICH content is critical and which is not. CONTENT IS KING – but it must be content on your web site, NOT links to content on other web sites.
  • Linking to your web site from other web-sites is also critical.
  • KeyWords – Keywords, search terms etc.

All these are critical. But how do we get there? How do we go from an idea to the final production phase?

The one or two page web sites that contain content written by others and dropped into your web site are great if you have the ability to create say 500 subdomains and template each one. But guess what? Google has even found a way around that. You may achieve high rankings for a couple of weeks, and then you will have need of some serious meds as you watch your web rankings go to the gutter.

Before delving deeper into all these problems and many, many, dare I repeat, MANY more, realize that a truly functional business web-site these days should or may contain the following:

  1. Web Site itself
  2. Blog Connected to the Website
  3. Forum Connected to the Website
  4. Perhaps even a Wiki connected to the Website

Each of these has its up and downs. Each one of these demands work and dedication. Each one of these demands that you invest time and effort (and I will attempt to show you how to save a great deal of money as well.)

Now you have your head on right and your thoughts centered let us understand what goes into building a web site that will attract visitors, make sales, keep customers coming to you, and stay somewhere near the top of the search engine ratings. Notice I did not say the top, but near the top. Of course, you can get on the top as well. That happens to be easy. Just join AdWords and Overture and advertise. (By the way that is not a bad idea for creating initial traffic.) But in these articles we are going to avoid the funds layout proposition as much as possible.

Now, I know what many of you may be thinking. He is talking about a full-blown web site. All I want is a three page web site so that I can offer some product, maybe have some affiliates and voila everyone will buy or click on my affiliate or Google AdSense advertisements.

Maybe that will happen to you. There are some people out there that do make an incredible amount of money from Google Adsense. That is a fact. But they know how to build their web sites and they know just how to attract customers or “eyeballs” as it is called. And getting those “eyeballs” where you have on the average of less than 7 seconds to interest someone is difficult. That is right 7 seconds!

To end this first article I will simply quote an email the I received from EzineArticles itself.
In it we were told that the article entitled “Want to Try on That New Hair Style Before You Get It?
had 108,898 page views! Now if you would have asked me which article would get such page views, I would certainly have NEVER even considered an article about “hair”.

The Internet is full of surprises. ONLY because the human condition is full of surprises. Only because it reflects who we are and what our society is like. Building a web site which works is a reflection of your intuitiveness, resourcefulness and understanding just what people want and how to give it to them. It is very much like building a company.

Now if you will excuse me I am going to go write an article about how I tease my white hair and keep it from falling out.