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bodger

How much time and money ?

Having just seen dans website, I was wondering what it takes to have your own site
A lot of our members have their own websites, it would be interesting to see how you rate what you get out of them and how useful you deem them  to your varying enterprises.
You feedback would be much appreciated, because guess what, I have one in mind myself.
Lorrainelovesplants

I get loads of B&B and course enquiries through the website.  I also get a lot of hatching egg and poultyry orders, so for me it pays for itself.
I spend about an hour every 2 months or so updating or whatever.
The initial set up obviously took longer, but was worth it..Im now in the process of doing one for John, which has free hosting for 2 years.  If its then a sucess Ill look at making it permanant.

Depends what you want it to do.....
Bazzer

Would have thought that the hard bit would be getting it known.
MrsWW

Bazzer wrote:
Would have thought that the hard bit would be getting it known.


That was my thought too Bazzer but I suppose these days, a lot of people are on the internet and those with websites can leave their footprint wherever they go.  There must be technical things though - "maximising your website" I think I've heard it called.   I think this is where you use certain "trigger" words so if someone does a Google or whatever, you can come fairly high up the list.

Technical I aint though so that's just about the limit of my knowledge on the subject  
Spaniels

Good luck - I have no idea and no website so can't help you
Bazzer

Ah I see Wubbles, now it makes some sense.

If the Are You Being Served site had been called something like "Mrs. Slocombes pussy, all revealed" it would have No.1 spot.
MrsWW

   
Eschra

MrsWW wrote:
Bazzer wrote:
Would have thought that the hard bit would be getting it known.


That was my thought too Bazzer but I suppose these days, a lot of people are on the internet and those with websites can leave their footprint wherever they go.  There must be technical things though - "maximising your website" I think I've heard it called.   I think this is where you use certain "trigger" words so if someone does a Google or whatever, you can come fairly high up the list.

Technical I aint though so that's just about the limit of my knowledge on the subject  


Hit the nail on the head MrsWW - It's called website optimisation and a lot of companies are only too happy to offer to take your money to optimise your results in search engines like Google but too be honest there are plenty of ways and means to do this yourself.

Bodger if you want/need some advice on anything like this happy to share the information.    
bodger

Thanks Eschra, I'll almost certainly take you up on your kind offer.
Seabird

MrsWW wrote:
Bazzer wrote:
Would have thought that the hard bit would be getting it known.


That was my thought too Bazzer but I suppose these days, a lot of people are on the internet and those with websites can leave their footprint wherever they go.  There must be technical things though - "maximising your website" I think I've heard it called.   I think this is where you use certain "trigger" words so if someone does a Google or whatever, you can come fairly high up the list.

Technical I aint though so that's just about the limit of my knowledge on the subject  


I think those words you refer to are called ' meta-tags'.
On THE COURSE THAT BODGER AND I WENT ON, we were told how to find them on prominent websites, so that we could slip the same words onto our own websites and be up there with the big boys. Guess what - I've forgotten how to find them!

Were you there that day Bodge?
Eschra

Go to a website, right click and select "View Source"

this is a good example: http://www.garden-birds.co.uk/information/tutorials/tutorial01.htm

However what you were told is NOT entirely true as search engines have moved on a lot since the meta-data ranking days of Alta-Vista and similar search engines from 1997.

In fact Google does not use meta data at all except for title for use in the actual listing and site description due to the onging issue of spam sites using key words to force their way up the rankings amongst other things

Some other search engines such as Yahoo! use meta-tags but only if in combination with textual content of the web site itself. (so the site page copy will be checkd.

They now have sophisticated search robots that analyse the textual context of (for example) the home page and it's relevance to the search term typed in by you and me.

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