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    Thanks Valent – I appreciate the constructive criticism.

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    1) Your lack of location/address near the contact form doesn’t help client confidence.

    I understand this, but seeing as I don’t have an office and work from home I prefer not to list my home address. At first I wasn’t 100% sure if to list my mobile number as I don’t have a dedicated business one, just my personal one (at least for now), but I figure I should list that.

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    2) When you’re next in Sydney, I want to help you with your profile shot. It’s great you put yourself out there, but a headshot should do so much more, it should actually work for you.

    Agreed, when I got that done awhile back I was on a bit of a budget and hired someone from Snappr; good value for money however.

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    3) Your copy could use help. Eg “have come to gain a pretty good” is both passive and lukewarm. It could be much stronger.

    100% agree – the copy is one thing I am definitely planning on getting rewritten by someone that actually knows what they’re doing in that area haha… thanks for the push :)

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    Thanks everyone :) John, I will send you a PM.

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    Hi Chaase,

    chaase, post: 254707, member: 47813 wrote:
    It is possible to find issues with every site online depending on the criteria or auditing app that is being used. The question is do the issues found affect ranking/ conversions. Perhaps you can provide some examples of your sites?

    I’m sure it is possible – no site is perfect and I’m sure there is always something that can be improved or tweaked.

    The issues I found were mainly based around conversions, usability and enjoy-ability of using the site; and at least one technical one too.

    I’m just getting back into the field of seeking new clients again, so haven’t built a full website for my own client for quite awhile, but here are a couple that were done awhile back:

    http://mmwtrademarks.com.au/
    http://www.abigailburton.com.au/

    Seeing as I’m a web developer and not a SEO consultant I’m sure you could find things that could be improved on each site with regards to SEO – my on-page SEO knowledge, I think is reasonable and I usually utilise something like Yoast SEO to help, but seeing as neither site has been SEO optimised by somebody in that field I’m positive some things on the sites could be improved in that respect.

    chaase, post: 254707, member: 47813 wrote:
    We also have highly optimised content to stop the phone ringing. Any reputable industry leading business company’s website will generate time-wasting phone calls. Ie for us “how big is a disabled toilet?”, or “how many disabled car parks do I need?”. Having posts answering these types of questions has reduced a lot of staff time wastage allowing them to concentrate on real work.

    By all means yes, this definitely helps and is the basis that FAQ’s are built on and also why so many large companies send you through several annoying processes of “help pages” before you even (hopefully) can find an option to contact them lol

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    Amiee, post: 254089, member: 101940 wrote:
    Thanks heylouise, https://sdaconsulting.com.au/ do you see anything wrong with it? I think it looks professional.

    Hi Amiee,

    I had a quick browse through the site and have found several “issues” I think can be vastly improved; however, since chaase isn’t asking himself I don’t want to be disrespectful.

    Amiee, post: 254241, member: 101940 wrote:
    Thank you again. Sounds scary. How much do you think I should budget for seo, doing it right the way you have described? Sorry for so many questions.

    As a general rule when it comes to traffic, the most important thing here is conversion and not how much traffic your site gets; meaning that if your site gets 500 visits/day but you’re only converting a couple of people a day then your site likely isn’t doing very good (the conversion ratio will obviously differ depending on your industry) – this is basically like throwing $#@! at the wall and seeing how much of it sticks.

    Before you go and throw a lot of $$$ down the drain with SEO, you must make sure your site is optimised to convertthis way you make sure you are making the most of the traffic you receieve and get the best ROI.

    Not only that, remember not all traffic is equal – traffic from one source could convert differently then traffic from another source; so it’s a good idea to keep a good eye on what source of traffic converts best and has the best ROI.

    On the same note, if you are getting traffic from the SERP’s and paying for SEO, a good SEO person will know this, but remember that the more niche (or targeted) the traffic is, the more likely it will convert.

    What I mean by this, is, for example, say you own an online shoe store, sure, you will likely get a LOT more traffic if you are high in the rankings for the term “shoes” – but these people are obviously very general shoppers, they don’t particularly know what they want and they may or may not be in a buying mood; then on the other hand say you are high in the rankings for the term “red flat shoes with a bow” – now this is a very targeted term; sure, you likely won’t get much traffic for this term, but the person searching for something like this knows what they are looking for already and is MUCH more likely to be a buyer; so basically, the more targeted the search term, the more likely it is to convert.

    Just my 2 cents.

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    Nice to see another aussie marketplace pop up, that is strictly local. I have tried the big names such as UpWork, Freelancer etc in the past when looking for work, but find them very hard to get started on and of course having to compete with pricing of 3rd and 2nd world countries; so I just don’t use them anymore; plus, last time I used Freelancer I absolutely hated their interface.

    I have tried out both OzLance and ServiceSeeking…. OzLance you can see is very basic and as you say lacks a lot of the features, on top of that my experience using it is poor – of the few jobs that get posted there I don’t know if it’s the case, but the people posting the jobs don’t appear very serious about them, of all the questions I have asked about the job (usually because of very vague descriptions) I don’t think a single question has been answered; ServiceSeeking I honestly didn’t like their business model and didn’t stick around long so can’t say much there.

    I wish you success with usite, but as others have said, it is going to take a lot marketing to get it going; unfortunately you are unlikely to strike any barter deals with marketers and in my experience if you are serious about getting something going then you’re going to have to stump up the cash to invest in the marketplace, and if you don’t believe in the idea enough to do that, then you have to ask yourself why, there is no hedging your bets here.

    Getting the site going as you likely know is a bit of a chicken and the egg problem – one idea (investment) to help with this is to do a little promotion where you can perhaps invest a certain amount where you fund the cost of the development of, say a bunch of smaller jobs, that may be a way to get people to post their jobs on the site as they are getting the work done for free – that way, others that come to the site will see work being posted and getting done and freelancers will see the same; you already say you have freelancers ready to do the work so that helps on that side; so that’s just one idea about how to get jobs posted to the site and get it going with real jobs.

    P.S. Seems you have installed your SSL cert wrong as whenever I try and go to the site I get a browser error.

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    Hey mate…… in addition to everyone’s elses comments about improving the site speed, I just wanted to mention the site itself comes across as FAR too busy, meaning there is way too much going on – this usually leads to the user leaving the site and not bothering as everything is being thrown at them at once.

    This is meant to try and provide helpful feedback and not to offend. :)

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    Hi Lisa,

    [USER=100990]@m4engineers[/USER] provides you some good advice.

    I am a web developer myself, however, as Huey said, why do you want a website? When I build a website for a client I have started more focusing on working with them to see what exactly they are trying to achieve with the website and help them achieve those goals, in an overall strategy for their online presence, not just building them a pretty website and sending them on their merry way.

    I can’t pretend to know how much you have budgeted for other things in your business, so perhaps $3k is affordable for you, but if this is not the case, then yes, definitely don’t bankrupt yourself with spending $3k on the website and not having much cash flow remaining.

    If you think a website is critical to your business starting off, then $3k is a reasonable budget for a basic website.

    I’m just getting a new website up myself, but I have done work for other members of this forum, namely [USER=20176]@JacquiPryor[/USER] – and I think she has been pretty happy with my work thus far :)

    I would love to have a chat if of any interest and learn more about your new business and how I can help :)

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    Thanks very much! :)

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    Any help here?

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    Oh sorry, I meant on here haha

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    Thanks everyone – been speaking to a few people but unfortunately the barriers seem to be the deadline or CoffeeScript that’s a problem.

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    Thanks a lot mate – appreciate it.

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    Thanks mate. Too much work came at the wrong time haha

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    Its very difficult to find a co-founder because you must find someone who is commited to go the extra mile.

    Exactly – and that’s a very hard thing to do, finding someone that is invested in the idea as much as you are.

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    I have created a new start up called TradesNetwork. Is a marketplace for professional services. I am looking for technical cofounder for over 7 months now. At the start knowone wants to know you but if you continue with your business, i believe that they will come to you.

    I just don’t think a lot of people want to take the risk of doing “free work” and then getting nothing out of it for someone elses idea, so yes the trick is as you said, is finding someone that believes in the idea as much as you – I guess surrounding yourself with more people that have an interest in working on startups is the first step; a lot I think just want that steady 9-5 paycheck and call it a day.

    But as pointed out earlier, people you generally find in the startup communities are already attached to their ideas lol……. *sigh*

    Anyway, best of luck to you and your endeavors.

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    Thanks Mischelle.

    I’m definitely open to partners of NON equal value, I guess the percentage stake would be as you say how much time they can commit and also how much value they bring, which also includes financial value.

    In fact, I believe that is how one of the other leading commercial forum software companies started out – 2 coders + a marketer. :)

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