In this issue of Website Builder News, October 2010...
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Our group training sessions are perfect for learning more and asking questions. Introduction course covers all the basics including design, content management, galleries, enquiry forms, shopping carts, domain names, and how to go live. Our Search Engine Optimisation course is great for learning how to get your website higher on Google.
One on One Training is available at our offices in Auckland on an appointment basis, or other regions subject to scheduling. Reuben currently has time available in Wellington on 20th October. Other times may be considered in other regions for group or half day training.
GST on your most recent monthly statement/invoice was calculated at 12.5%. GST on your invoice at the end of this month will be calculated at 15%. If changing your automatic payment, please note the new GST inclusive price for our basic plan is $28.75 and the business plan is $46 incl gst. If there are any shortfalls on your account, you may need to make a one off adjustment at the end of this month. Remember that we have discounts for those who pay their hosting annually. You can change to an annual hosting plan in the accounts area of the CMS, and then pay on invoice at end of the month.
Do you want one of our professional web designers to give your website a quick once over and clean up the rough edges. Contact us for a quote, our professional designers can do alot of magic in just 2 hours, only $180+gst
Did you know that for just $35+gst per month, you can have several additional phone lines in your office, all with cheaper calling than your main line? 2000 minutes to NZ and Australian landlines and many other countried included. 50 mobile minutes includes. Call routing so that inbound calls will follow you to your desk, home or mobile. Voice menus just like we have.
It's a VOIP service, meaning you need a special VOIP phone, and you just plug it into your broadband to work, and the great thing is you can take the phone with you to home, holiday, anywhere with broadband, and it will magically ring if someone calls you. We use 2talk and really enjoy their service. We also get a small commission on referrals, so please use the
Learn more about 2talk calling plans
Learn more about VOIP phones from these suppliers
Don't be fooled by trademark infringement warnings from Asia. You don't need to buy those domain names unless you really want them. There are just so many domain suffixes, it really is pointless buying them all unless you have a specific reason.
.nz domains (just NZ$29+gst per year, discounts for multiple years)
.au domains (just AU$58 for 2 years)
All other International Domains (from US$15)
Be constantly aware of phishing scams, where you receive an email which appears to be from a major bank, or popular payment gateway like Paypal. These emails are obvious when they are not one of your suppliers, but sometimes they are. Alot of people have been confused about one looking like it originated from Paypal. What ever you do, do not click the links in those emails. A good way to tell when an email is a scam/hoax is to check which email address it was sent to, if it is not the email address you registered with that provider, then it is definitely a scam. Another big tip off is when the email itself contained no personal information about you. Typically a supplier you do business with will personalise the email to you, using your name, and typically reminding you of your username. To be on the safeside, just never click a link in an email that takes you to any sort of "payment" or "login" form, unless the timing of that email is due to an immediate event that you originated via a purchase or password reminder. You can't go wrong with just typing in the correct website address into the address bar of your browser.
Referring friends using email is so last year. The net etiquite way to do this now is using social networks, where you post your favourite links on your facebook wall, or otherwise blog about it using another network. You don't need to be using social media yourself, but if you want to make use of the power of the mases to promote your website, then we encourage you to use the "Add This" social media tool on your website. You can add this to the footer of all your pages under the "Design" tab, "Supersize my website" options in the left menu of the CMS, or get a custom button from http://www.addthis.com/
The first paragraph of your website is the best place to put your keyphrase. Focus each page of your website on a different keyphrase. Use more pages to capture more phrases. Refer to the link below for some great keyword selection tools
In the rename area of each page, the keyphrase should also be used as the filename, eg "stainless-steel-range-hoods.html" and you can also override the meta page title in this same area with a sentence starting with your keyphrase, and ending with your company name or a promotional message, eg "stainless steel range hoods - on sale for $250 at company X", as this message will display in google search results for the keyphrase "stainless steel range hoods". In addition to this, create links from the content of your home page linking the words "stainless steel range hoods" to your dedicated page for that topic.
You can work on several pages or categories at a time using the "search engines" tab on the left menu of our CMS.
More SEO tips and keyword tools here
We would like to offer 1 lucky charity or community group a free website design. We will do this every month for the next little while, while we guage interest. If you know of any deserving charities, then please go to our facebook page and add your suggestion to our thread about that topic. Next month we will run a poll, and let you all decide who should win the free web design worth $2000. New and existing customers can enter. Please note that hosting fees and domain names will be chargeable though. The prize is for design services only.
Facebook Page - Submit nominations
Our reseller program enables you to setup and sell websites under your own brand. Web Widgets provides you with all the tools and services you need to do this. Web Widgets remain at arms length. Only your contact details and brand are shown to your customer. They won't know anything about web widgets nor free website builder. This program is perfect for website designers, or sales people looking for new opportunities. The reseller program does have a $1000 setup fee, but you immediately get 25% discount on our hosting fees and can purchase domains for only $22/year. We also give you full administrative access to our system. Alternatively consider our affiliate scheme.
Learn more about reseller program
Anyone who refers friends to our service, or sets up a 2nd or subsequent website gets a 20% discount off their web hosting fees. Refer 5 friends, and you pay nothing for your website hosting. Refer more than 5 friends, and we will start paying you.
Terms - live websites only, based on equivalent hosting plans, payouts subject to minimums.
How to promote
More information about affiliates and reselling here
Here's a selection of some of our recent Go Lives. DIY websites are always a mixed bag, so we encourage you to view several example sites if determining if Website Builder is right for you.
Posted: Fri 08 Oct 2010