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    mat575, post: 241327, member: 87961 wrote:
    Hi there Guys,

    Just wondering if anyone would be willing to review our website and give us some constructive feedback?

    http://allurelimousines.com.au

    Thanks heaps,

    Matt

    Hey Matt,

    Okay here we go:
    1) Header way too big – since you’re going to have the header hug the top you may not want to make it 1/3 of the screen estate – my suggestion would just be to have the menus hug and make the top logo smaller when you scroll down

    2) You are here Home – it should really say Home >> or something, ‘you are here home’ is not grammatically correct

    3) ‘
    Your Full Service Limousine Hire Company in Perth, Western Australia

    “Because the Journey is just as important as the Destination”

    You might want to have sliding testimonials here instead of some tag line which let’s face it – means nothing.

    4) Good on you for having the video – I used to do video production

    5) Limousine Hire Perth heading – having the text across the full width is a lot of reading – gives me a headache. Split it up into two columns and maybe have some images in the right/left column

    Peace!

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    Healthy Personal Finances, post: 154656, member: 31002 wrote:
    Hi all,

    Anyone have any recommendations about cloud based accounting software ?
    I have done my research and think that Xero is fabulous – but some of my potential small clients will think this is too expensive (as one has already said).

    Another friend uses Sassu for her business – which I haven’t been exposed to.

    MYOB – I think is great but I haven’t used Live Accounts which I assume is their product aimed to compete with Xero.

    For our new business, we aim at marketing towards business from home – so not medium to large organisations.

    Thanks
    Stacey

    Hey Stacey,

    I personally use Zoho Books. Works for me as a small business owner. It’s a bit cheaper too and has a ton of cool features even on the $9p/m option (such as time tracking etc.)

    Peace.

    If you have any questions just pM m.e

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    ckgdesign, post: 210028, member: 59271 wrote:
    Hey all,

    I feel like I need to get significantly more traffic to my website. I think I have a good quality of work, a quality website which functions as I want it to, etc.

    However, I don’t get anywhere near as much traffic as I would like to. Like most people on here, I don’t want to be chasing down work, life would be easier if they went to my website, filled out the contact form, and it went from there.

    A few things I’m considering;
    – Adwords, which I don’t use.
    – More Facebook marketing, which I don’t find hugely successful.
    – Added a blog to my website. Simple, generic hints and tips which I think would benefit the SEO of my website.

    My problem is that I haven’t really focused in on a certain type of client. I don’t really push local business, I usually try and say that I’m happy to work for clients no matter where they’re based.

    Like I mentioned, I like the way my website looks and feels, but I’m thinking that I might need some sort of additional page, probably working as the home page which is a bit more SEO friendly. Or, alternatively, making another website which pushes SEO a lot more.

    Does anyone have any suggestions or ideas?

    Website should be in my signature, but it’s http://ckgd.net/

    Your site looks really good and your designs are top notch. However to be fair if someone were to come to your website they would see it as “ok, that’s good designs but so are heaps of design related stuff on 99 Designs or other online marketplaces.” Just out of curiosity what do you use as your landing page?

    If you are advertising you should have an offer to get someone to take action and go into your funnel – why not a free letterhead design or something crazy like that? It’ll only take you 15 minutes to do and can lead to a ton of work – you can even outsource it to Fiverr if you don’t want to do it yourself.

    If your whole thing is “Hey I’m a designer get in contact with me” – it’s not exactly the most enticing offer esp. for people who are online and know where to get other designers too (not having a go at you – just saying have an offer).

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    Hey John,

    Wow, I didn’t notice that hidden text. There’s a high possibility that Google slapped this website with a penalty – maybe the web developer was using the website to get backlinks to another site.

    Perhaps time to rebrand and just 301 redirect to another domain?

    I have a client that is a wedding dj and even though he is in the top 10 for a ranking overseas he is outside the top 10 in Australia – my theory is citations (if you have ‘perth wedding dj’ for example, it’s going to display businesses that have a lot of citations for that state).

    Best,
    Kosta

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    Hi John,

    If he’s just looking to rank for his brand name then that was my advice – a couple of directory links will help him in his local listings as far as citations go – one thing I didn’t mention is setting up a Google Local page.

    You are right that directory listings – many/most are nofollow but I still think they pas enough link juice to rank for non competitive/low competition keywords.

    The ideal would be generating traffic from non brand keywords I agree – however if a business is not even ranking for their brand, well that’s a first step – that’s all I was saying.

    Best,
    Kosta

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    Yeah I’m in agreement, that’s not the best keyword.

    But to be fair to OP if he’s generating word of mouth referrals then people may look him up for his brand name (many companies have a large majority of their traffic coming from their brand name).

    In either case, here’s some tips:

    1) Put some more content on the front page as Google likes pages with more dense content
    2) Get a couple of directory links – that should do it for a simple keyword like this, if you’re not all ready in Yellow Pages set that up for a free account (i’m pretty sure they let you get a backlink to increase your domain authority).

    Best,
    Kosta

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    Hey there!

    I’m excited about hearing about this opportunity because I’ve worked with an automotive company in Sydney (import car dealership) – a really big one and setup a custom system for them which automatically imports cars into their website from their database.

    I’d be happy to assist you with any questions you have here – I can’t do a work-for-equity type arrangement unfortunately – sorry about that.

    Best,
    Kosta

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    Hey there Jack,

    As a fellow web developer myself (we’re kind of comeptition??!) – I’m moving away from web development and moving to working with companies for their marketing (primarily SEO).

    Honestly it seems like you’ve got the web development side locked down – you know how to make a website like the back of your hand.

    SEO related stuff – what you can do is actually create a website and rank it for a particular keyword/s and then SELL/RENT that website to existing clients.

    Imagine the difference between calling a client and saying “Hey, I can make a website for you” vs “Hi, I have a website that’s currently ranking for the #1 spot for ‘term’, it’s getting #x leads/traffic, are you interested in renting/buying thispage.”

    All the hard work is done and it’s a real value add – especially if leads are all ready coming through.

    Anyway just an idea.

    Check out these guys, they have great videos:
    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC9sqF13EUm12ry2N6Zbe2yQ
    [MEDIA=youtube]LUA-P6t8ev8[/MEDIA]

    Best,
    Kosta

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    Hi Kelvin,

    What in particular are you looking to export/import? Is it something within your current career (food products).

    I’m not the best at import/export related businesses but I have read a bit about them, so I can just give general advice.

    My background is as a web developer/SEO guy – but for me, I wrote out a business plan and never really looked at it much after that tbh.

    My belief is just taking massive action – putting together a website which clearly communicates your benefits/service – having a call to action and then promoting that website to the channels where people are looking for what you do (everyone takes you a lot more seriously when you have a website behind you – and it looks like a big import/export company lol).

    From what I understand if you have the right contacts back in your home country and a market in Australia for those products you can make a big killing – and then you’ll need to setup distribution here.

    I can only advise as far as setting up the website and some promotion related stuff (like if you want to optimise for a keyword for the products you’re importing).

    Best,
    Kosta

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    Not a lawyer myself but I would say the best thing to do if you’re trying to save money is get a legal template, fill it out best you can so it’s ready and then have a lawyer review it and tell you what you’re missing. That’ll save the $350ph cost of her asking you basic information.

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    Hi there,

    As a WordPress developer myself I may be a bit biased but have you considered another option besides Wix?

    From my understanding Wix is used by people who want to build brochure type websites which is fine, but you have an online store – you might want to consider using a specficially build e-commerce website builder (as it looks like you were trying to save money by making the store yourself).

    I know it’s a bit late now that you’ve all ready setup the website but the hard part is done, I haven’t used any of these personally but you could check out Shopify:

    http://www.shopify.com/pricing

    It starts at $29p/m which I’m sure is within your price range but the Shopify templates (some of them) – look really nice and professional:

    https://themes.shopify.com/

    Check them out. I’ve also noticed that your webiste is a bit slow to browse and WORST OF ALL I see that there are no unique URLs for your different pages, so instead of yourstore.com.au/category/product-name your store has teh URL structure of

    yourstore.com.au/#!memory-bracelets/caob

    From what I know Google hates weird URL structure like this and I don’t know how well indexed it would be (you would need to check Google Webmaster Tools) – I know this would not be an issue with Shopify.

    Anyway hope that’s added to your arsenal – don’t doubt yourself and you’ve done the most important step of getting out there and putting your foot in the water – I wish you all the best of luck!

    Best,
    Kosta

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    Hi Angela,

    angelarodgers, post: 216588, member: 58536 wrote:
    Hi Kosta!

    Thank you so much for your kind review. I really love your website, by the way. It’s one of the freshest ones I’ve seen for this industry recently! :)

    Thanks so much for confirming about the video.. you’re right, it could definitely be improved! I’ve got some ideas from your comment and a few of the others above for a remake sometime in the future!

    Thanks again for your very generous advice… even if we are sort of competition. ;-)

    Cheers,

    Angela

    No problem at all. If you ever have any other questions let me know @KostaKondras (I’ve followed you).

    Good luck with the business ;)

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    Dude it’s cool. I’m not going to argue with you.

    Just so you know – if you look at the bigger marketing companies – like many of them will actually create artwork/designs for a client to get their business.

    For me personally, if I see a client is serious about doing SEO and is serious about working with me – such as giving me their FTP details and paying 1-2 invoices (for up front costs) – I don’t mind putting in the time to create a proposal that will wow them and make them invest in working with me.

    Anyway whatever – I know that the last 3 SEO proposals that I created – 100% of them closed, but they took me ages to make. I’d rather give the value up front to create that trust between the client.

    But I’m always optimising my sales proccess so see what happens in the future.

    And that’s the last thing I’m going to say!

    Best,
    Kosta

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    MatthewKeath, post: 216568, member: 3997 wrote:
    We include a SEO audit / research will all new websites and we always charge, I don’t think it’s arrogant, it takes us time and our time is worth money.

    We stopped working for free a long time ago, I simply can’t afford to pay our employees for non billable hours :)

    Of course. No one wants to be working for free – and god knows there’s a lot of clients out there that just go shopping around and screw over SEO companies for their time.

    But as I said, I don’t think you shouldn’t charge for proposals/audits that take time – but if you are confident that the deal will close then you’re not at a loss because you can tag the time it takes you to create the proposal to the final price.

    Anyway – horses for courses.

    Peace.

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    Ah sorry about that. This is my first time back on the forums for a while.

    All the best.

    Best,
    Kosta
    http://www.headstudios.com.au/

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