Simple Steps To Get Your Website Off Your To Do List And Online
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One of the biggest struggles my one on one clients face is how to get my team
all of the website copy, images, and other items we need to complete the
project. But how can you pull together a website when you're running your
business and working with clients every day. There is hope! But since you're not
a superhero, it will take some planning. Here are some of the steps I take when
launching either my website or one of my client's websites.
1. Create a website organizer- Create a checklist of all of the tasks
you need to complete for each page of your website. If you're not sure what
pages will be included on your website start by developing a simple sitemap
outlining your website navigation. Then use this sitemap to develop your
checklist. Make sure to include any hidden pages like thank you pages. It's
helpful to set a deadline for each task so then you are not overwhelmed by
2. Set aside a business development day only- I usually reserve
Fridays or a day on the weekends for a business development day. During this
time I only work on business development items such as writing, additions to my
website, or marketing. If you are focused on completing a website, set aside one
day for this task only. Otherwise, it will always get pushed to the back burner.
If you feel guilty about putting off work for clients or not working on any
billable time, think about how your website will sell your services and products
for you automatically.
3. Create a deadline- Even if you have no actual deadline for your
website, go ahead and create one. This way you will be motivated to complete
your copy and other items required for the website. Make sure this deadline is a
realistic deadline though otherwise you will never stick to it. Create reminders
in your calendar according to this set deadline.
4. Work with a virtual assistant- If you already have a virtual
assistant; get her help with your website tasks. Have your assistant remind you
of set deadlines, proofread your copy, find clip art, organize photos, and any
other tasks you need help with. If you're just getting started and don't have an
assistant enlist your spouse, friend, or family member's help. If you would like
to hire a virtual assistant there are several companies to start with if you
Google "virtual assistant". I found my first assistant from a referral so ask
other small business owners for their resources.
5. Talk through your website- If writing is not your expertise; try
talking through your website. Use a free teleseminar service and then record the
phone call of you talking about your business. After you have recorded the
information have the phone call transcribed and then proofread to transform it
into copy for your website.
There are a lot of steps which go into putting your business online. Try not
to get overwhelmed and take it one step at a time. Soon you will have a brand
new website which will work for you 24/7.
I walk each of my clients through this custom organizing process in order to
get their websites online fast. So if you need some help getting started call
713-429-1854 to schedule a "get to know you phone call" to see how I can help
you speed the process along.
About the Author
Jennifer Haubein publishes "SiteNotes" a FREE bi-weekly ezine for small
business owners who want a website that actually works. If you're ready to get
insider tips website developers don't want you to know, and start making more
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Article Published/Sorted/Amended on Scopulus 2008-08-26 22:24:49 in Computer Articles