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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!
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.
If you know what this means you are pretty much ready to go
My Title with keywords
<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>.
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.
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].
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.
---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.
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.
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 itto do this more often ;)
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.