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Should I buy more development tools.
Want to build more websites.
Inquire

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Msg#: 2682 posted 6:15 pm on Jan 17, 2006 (gmt 0)

Hi everyone,
Like other threads I am looking for advice from the veterans.
I have two business websites that I run right now, the purpose of which are to attract clients. They do, so long as I advertise.

They also have AdSense ads on them, but do not get a lot of traffic, so the AS revenue is small, which is okay because that is not the purpose of those sites.

However, I am looking to expand into other topics and create sites that generate solid AS revenue and are possibly monetized in other ways as well (affiliates etc). I am no programmer, but I have a beginner's understanding of (and use) Dreamweaver. Can anyone give me any recommendations for web developement software that is cheap (or free), and easy to use for a beginner? Also does anyone know about Site Build It, or options like it? Yes they cost money, but what about them? Thanks in advance!

 

martinibuster

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Msg#: 2682 posted 7:07 pm on Jan 17, 2006 (gmt 0)

I don't think you need another software to reach your goals. What you may need is to understand the tools you currently have, to give you a foundation for moving ahead. It's like riding a motorcycle, once you get the hang of it, it's easy.

Consider purchasing the Dreamweaver Missing Manual book, it's an easy to read explanation of how to use the software. Then you might invest in the Dreamweaver Bible, it's big but don't let that scare you, as you won't need to read it except for reference on how to accomplish stuff. Get them used on Amazon or eBay (or better yet, you neighborhood bookseller) and dig in. Once you come up for air you'll be better prepared.

The next step is to learn the very basics of HTML. It's easier than you think. Browse some beginner HTML books and pick one up. Read it, do the exercises, memorize the basic building blocks of HTML. You will learn enough to understand the code Dreamweaver is making, as well as to hack out templates that will fit your purpose.

There is always an easy way to do things, but you'll often end up paying more in hosting fees, software/service license renewals, etc. while perpetuating your dependence, expense, and limitations inherent in these shortcuts. Build a good foundation for your future endeavour and you will have the best tool for accomplishing your goals, limited only by your imagination: your skills and your mind.

ogletree

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Msg#: 2682 posted 7:22 pm on Jan 17, 2006 (gmt 0)

I make a living with Adsense and affiliate sites. I only know basic html and don't know the first thing about making graphics. I know basic php. I get a lot of php code from examples I find in Google. All that is needed is the knowledge of how things work generally and you can always find sample code that has already been done for you. Your ISP's support section is often times the best place to find this information.

If you know what this means you are pretty much ready to go
<html>
<head>
<title>
My Title with keywords
</title>
</head>
<body>
<h1>My heading with keywords</h1>

My body text with keywords. My body text with more <b>keywords</b>.
<h2>My subheading with keywords</h2>
My body text with more <i>keywords</i>.
My body text with more <u>keywords</u>.
</body>

You can always find templates to stick this in or get a friend to make one for free or pay somebody $5 to $10 to make you a simple one. Plus Dreamweaver can help with making the table so you can stick your Adsense code in their somewhere.

Leosghost

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Msg#: 2682 posted 9:54 pm on Jan 17, 2006 (gmt 0)

Probably the best consecutive 2 posts I ever saw in the same 3 post thread ( I dont count my "reveiw" ;) ..

There ya go ..;)

Inquire

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Msg#: 2682 posted 1:21 am on Jan 18, 2006 (gmt 0)

Thanks folks. I appreciate the advice and info.
I'd like to get a little more info, but I haven't had much luck with mail in these forums when I try to ask a little advice from the experts. People often act like they are guarding their little section of a gold mine, and all I want is a little more info.
So here goes again...ogletree or martini...may I stickymail you? I'd appreciate it.

jdMorgan

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Msg#: 2682 posted 2:22 am on Jan 18, 2006 (gmt 0)

I haven't had much luck with [sticky]mail in these forums when I try to ask a little advice from the experts. People often act like they are guarding their little section of a gold mine...

Posting questions in the forums themselves provides much more value for the 'time' those experts volunteer answering your questions. If posted publically, their answers to your questions can benefit many readers who come along later. Posting questions and discussing things in the forum is a 'public conversation,' while stickymail is a 'private consultation.' The latter is not considered something usually done for free. As a result of these factors, the public side is a much more important part of our community.

Shifting away from tools and stickymail to another aspect:

I have two business websites ... to attract clients. They do, so long as I advertise.

This would indicate that these sites are not performing well in the organic (non-paid) search results. A good start to curing that is here [webmasterworld.com].

Jim

ogletree

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Msg#: 2682 posted 2:24 am on Jan 18, 2006 (gmt 0)

Ask questions here I will try to answer as best I can.

Inquire

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Msg#: 2682 posted 5:44 pm on Jan 18, 2006 (gmt 0)

Ok, my first question may seem dumb: How do you guys respond to a previous post by marking part of it in a box, so as to highlight that section? I've been looking through my options and I can't see anything :-(

jdMorgan

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Msg#: 2682 posted 5:54 pm on Jan 18, 2006 (gmt 0)

In the "Post Message" screen, click on the "Style Codes" link, just to the left of the box where you enter text. This will give you all of the markup options for posting messages.

Jim

Inquire

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Msg#: 2682 posted 7:02 pm on Jan 18, 2006 (gmt 0)

I looked at that, but wasn't sure which function to use.

Beagle

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Msg#: 2682 posted 8:03 pm on Jan 18, 2006 (gmt 0)

This is kind of funny, because I'm probably the most WYSIWYG-oriented of anyone on this board, and I always use tags 8-) . Maybe it's because I post in several forums with different methods, and the tags work in all of them so I don't have to remember what to do where. I'd just copy Jim's message, hit "reply to this topic", paste his message into my reply box, and put "quote" at the beginning and "/quote" at the end (in brackets instead of quotation marks), to come up with the following:

In the "Post Message" screen, click on the "Style Codes" link, just to the left of the box where you enter text. This will give you all of the markup options for posting messages.
Jim

It's also how I do italics, etc.

---Back on topic a bit, I'd agree with the "public conversation" being more useful to everyone. The only time I generally see folks here using sticky mail is when, say, a particular URL has to be given, since that's not allowed in the threads.

ogletree

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Msg#: 2682 posted 8:09 pm on Jan 18, 2006 (gmt 0)

Use Firefox and install BB Code extension it makes it much easier.

Inquire

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Msg#: 2682 posted 9:54 pm on Jan 18, 2006 (gmt 0)

I only know basic html and don't know the first thing about making graphics.

Ogle...I know basic html as well. My problem seems to be SEO. Based on my current business, with "organic" searches, I lack good search engine standing (no idea where I am, but it ain't near the top on my *key* keywords). I don't use meta tags because I heard that this doesn't seem to matter much anymore. So my search ending standing remains something of a mystery to me (for now). I would love someone to analyze it and tell me what's wrong. In the meantime, I pay for ads.

Be that as it may, tons of traffic for my biz would not necessarily be a good thing. It's not the type of business that easily lends itself to several clients at once, and sub-contracting can be a managerial mess. So to cut costs, I am about to start my a cheaper than Google PPC, and may ditch AdWords. We'll see...

What I am more interested in, is developing new websites that are monetized w/AdSense and/or other methods - but do get big traffic. It's frustrating, because if I had lots of $, I'd just hire someone and say "make it so," then upkeep the sites with new content, and start getting some serious residuals.

All comments are appreciated.

Leosghost

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Msg#: 2682 posted 10:07 pm on Jan 18, 2006 (gmt 0)

Beagle forgot to say ..the brackets have to be this kind [ with the word quote and nothing else in the first set ].then you copy and paste whatever .and inside the last set of brackets again of this kind [ you only put this " thingy" here / followed immediately by the word quote]..

And it then helps to use the preview button to se if you got "it" and your "speeeling" right ..and if your post actually made sense etc ..you can correct it and try as many times as you want ( until you see some singing kittens and a voice ( bill the cat ) says to "quit playing with the system and post the thing ..and everyone has their own speeling" ;)

Ah ..I see you figured it while I was finishing dinner ..

Must remember note to self
And it then helps to use the preview button to se if you got "it" and your "speeeling" right ..and if your post actually made sense etc ..you can correct it
to do this more often ;)

ogletree

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Msg#: 2682 posted 3:03 am on Jan 19, 2006 (gmt 0)

Don't worry about your keyphrase those are hard to get. Focus on my targeted keywords. You have used adwords this should give you a wealth of information in your log files. Get a stat program that shows you the keywords used to get to your site and start setting up pages for those terms.

Inquire

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Msg#: 2682 posted 2:33 pm on Jan 19, 2006 (gmt 0)

Get a stat program that shows you the keywords used to get to your site and start setting up pages for those terms.

Ogle...Yes, that is a good place to start. My monthly web stats show which words and phrases are used on the searches, and they are mostly the obvious ones anyway, and I have used these obvious ones in my content...but for some reason that doesn't seem to help my ranking.

ogletree

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Msg#: 2682 posted 8:31 pm on Jan 19, 2006 (gmt 0)

If normal on page SEO does not get you the rank you want you have to go to step 2. That is get more incoming links with the anchor text of the terms you want. There is no magic to ranking well it just takes getting more links. Also it helps to get natural looking links. The hard part is getting links. Try going to different forums that let you post a link in your profile. Be a little active specially if they are on topic. Submit to some directories. Ask people you know with websites for a link. Donít send out email spam to random sites that is quite frowned upon these days. If you have something of real interest make a press release. Try some of the article submission sites that send your article out with a link to other sites.

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