January 2011 News

In this issue of Website Builder News, January 2011... Welcome back to the grind!

  • Valentines Gift Ideas
  • Training Options
  • Quick Professional Touchup
  • Domain Names
  • Google Adwords Setup Help
  • Reminder Services
  • Failed Emails
  • Social Media Tip - Four Square
  • SEO Tip of the Month - Google Places
  • Free website design for charity - start voting
  • Start your own website builder business
  • How to help us promote Website Builder and get a 20% rebate
  • Websites of the Month 


Valentines Day Gift Ideas

We thought we'd bring your attention to a few websites where you might buy some treats for your special other. Appologies to any customers we've missed. A small sample of chocolates will definitely secure you a spot next year :-)



Chocolates and Sweets


Training Options

Free training is available via our YouTube channel.

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.

  • Auckland - Website Builder Introduction 2 hours  - 15th March at 1pm - $75
  • Auckland - Search Engine Optimisation 2 hours - 15th March at 3:15pm - $75
  • Wellington - Website Builder Introduction 2 hours - 16th March at 1pm - $75
  • Wellington - Search Engine Optimisation 2 hours - 16th March at 3:15pm - $75
  • Queenstown - Webstite Builder/SEO - 9th Feb afternoon, 1 on 1 spot available.
  • Christchurch - April, TBC
  • More Locations and Times - Book Your Training Here

One on One Training is available at our offices in Auckland on an appointment basis, or other regions subject to scheduling. Other times may be considered in other regions for group or half day training.



Quick Professional Touch Up


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 (2 hours=$180+gst), however if you specify your budget, they will do their best in the time given. 

 Domain Names

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)


  • Domains containing keywords are great, but you can really only have one primary web address. So buying several variations of keyphrases are a waste of time. Focus all your SEO linking effort on your best domain name.
  • Use alternative domain names in offline/radio/tv advertising, to guage the success of those mediums.
  • Buy additional domain names only if you think misspellings or "address guessing" will get you some traffic.


Need help to set up a Google Adwords Account?

Paul Jackson is a Google Adwords Certified Partner (and Reuben's brother)

This set up service includes creation of a totally individual account for your business.

Up to 50 relevant keywords applied and activated under the best option of broad match, "phrase match" or [exact match] as will best suit your business needs. The set up covers one campaign targeted to your locality or delivery area and two Ad Groups within that campaign. You need a valid MasterCard or Visa to enable Google to charge your card direct for click cost.

Cost is NZ$330. This product eligible to receive bonus NZ$140 Google credit within 14 days of new account start up. Most new accounts recover our set up cost in the first 30 days.



Reminder Services

Just in time for valentines day, you can now add "reminder services" to your shopping cart, so that customers get an email reminder making it easy for them to either remember an aniversary, or to repeat an order at a future time.


Failed Emails

Our system automatically detects undelivered/invalid emails and updates the address status in your member list. This ensures you don't waste hosting plan limits continuing to send emails to people who are not reading. You might also like to consider using our "stale members" report to inactive members (likely also invalid email addresses that we could not detect). The definition of a stale member is someone who has not enquired, purchased, participated, logged in, nor read your email newsletters, nor clicked any links in your newsletters.


Social Media - Four Square

Sticking to a topic of local businesses for the tips of the month, consider the importance of mobile applications like FourSquare, allowing users to rate local cafes, restaurants, accommodation options and other tourism activities. Do you know what might have been said about your business, good or bad? Does your business even show up with the correct details, or has another business stolen your name and put their own phone number in?



Search Engine Optimisation Tip of the Month - Google Places

If your search using a geographic place name, then google will likely show a map and several business listings from a special database called "Google Places". It's free to register your business in that directory, it just requires about 5 minutes of your time. Other data may also come from the Finda listing, so make sure that one is also up to date. Learn more and register your business at the link below.


More SEO tips and keyword tools here


Free website design for charity - start voting

Winner this month: Disability resource center southland

If your charity, club or community organisation wants the chance to receive a free website makeover, or professional design, then go to our facebook page and make a nomination.

We then add the nominations to our voting page. The winner who receives the most votes this month will receive a free professional design worth $2000 + 1 years free web hosting worth $260.

We will run this competition every month for at least the next 4 months. Your club will automatically go into every months draw, so get nominated early, and round up all your members and their friends to come and vote for you. 

Submit Nominations: Facebook Page

Voting Page: - Vote here


Start your Own Website Builder Business - Discounts of 30%+

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 30% 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


Help us promote our Website Builder (earn 20% commission ongoing)

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

  • Ask your friends to include your login email address on the form when they signup
  • Create a trial for your friends, using their email address, but put your login email in the referred by area.
  • Contact us to tell us who you have referred (after they have created their trial)
  • Create an affiliate link, refer top right within the CMS, then copy and paste into your page
  • Add a page, on the right under tooltips, see "Website Creation Affiliate Link"

More information about affiliates and reselling here



Websites of the Month

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.  

And a few of our professionally designed / upgraded websites.

Do you want a more professional look and feel for your website? A more professional look will instill greater trust in your customers, and encourage them to stay longer on your website or make a purchase. Please use our online quote or contact us.

Do you have any feedback on our newsletter or CMS products? Please let us know.

Best regards,
Reuben Jackson (CEO)

Web Widgets - Free Website Builder


Posted: Wed 19 Jan 2011