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post #1 of 10
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Well, I'm pretty set up and ready but I need to figure out how to let people know I exist and what I do. I have a facebook page and am looking at being a vendor at a local bridal show. How else do I advertise my wedding cakes, amenities, etc that doesn't cost an arm and a leg?
post #2 of 10
I recommend working with a web design professional to put together a real web site along with an online advertising/SEO strategy that fits in with your target market according to your business plan.
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Originally Posted by jason_kraft

I recommend working with a web design professional to put together a real web site along with an online advertising/SEO strategy that fits in with your target market according to your business plan.



Thank you, yes, I do plan to get a professional website done. I just haven't found out yet on how to even find web designers (online I would imagine) and what reasonable rates for a website would be. If you have any suggestions I greatly appreciate it.
post #4 of 10
You can do a Google search for "web design near <your city, state>" to find a list of businesses in your area, then start interviewing. It would be help if you put together a draft on paper of what you want your site to look like.

For a relatively simple high quality custom web site you're probably looking at around the $500 range not including SEO and advertising costs.
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My website was done by www.gddesignstudio.com icon_smile.gif
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post #6 of 10
Mine was $700 just for the skeleton. I had all pages drawn out in colored pencil complete with fonts to use and artwork. The designer used Wordpress to construct the site and left every page and post to me.

I think because I had so much done and was an easy customer, I got much more than if I relied on the designer. This also means that I can change everything on my site myself whenever I want.
post #7 of 10
People often give out samples targeted at their market with details on how to contact you attached.
post #8 of 10
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Originally Posted by Sherri2012

If you go to Word Press, or, GoDaddy, or other web builders sites, you can pick a template and make your own website for free. It takes 5 minutes. You can make it anyway you want it by simply customizing it. It's all pretty self explanatory. Just internet search "web site builders" then check them all out and see which one works best for you. Most of them are VERY easy to use now-a-days.


Don't forget that you usually get what you pay for. In my experience most business web sites built with free tools are the equivalent of buying a grocery store cake for your wedding.
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Originally Posted by Sherri2012

If you go to Word Press, or, GoDaddy, or other web builders sites, you can pick a template and make your own website for free. It takes 5 minutes. You can make it anyway you want it by simply customizing it. It's all pretty self explanatory. Just internet search "web site builders" then check them all out and see which one works best for you. Most of them are VERY easy to use now-a-days.


Don't forget that you usually get what you pay for. In my experience most business web sites built with free tools are the equivalent of buying a grocery store cake for your wedding.



That can be true. But, there are a lot of ways to start for free, then improve as you move up. Honestly, I have seen many professionally developed web sites that were far less interesting than some of them templates out there for free. Guess it depends on how much a person knows how to do on their own. icon_smile.gif



Completely agree. There are a few not so nice websites out there, created by the "professionals" who charged $300-$700 for them. It all depends on how much "good taste" you have. You can always start on your own, and then go up from there. Sometimes, grocery store cakes can be better-looking than what some "bakeries" design for you, or about the same.
post #10 of 10
I designed my own website using 1and1
I think it looks pretty spiffy imo
Costs $20 a month too and thats reasonable for me considering Im just starting out and have little money to invest in a website at the moment.
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