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  1. #1
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    How to advertise?

    Hi.

    What is the best way to advertise your business?

    I havent got thousands to spend, but what is the most cost effective way to get more people parting there cash over?

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    Nathan, your links are broken or your website isn't up. I was going to check out your business, but couldn't find a page.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LiquidWebPatrick
    Nathan, your links are broken or your website isn't up. I was going to check out your business, but couldn't find a page.
    Sorry try it now. My signiture was incorrect. Just changed it

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    try google adwords and yahoo search engine marketing program, they are worth a try.

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    I just bought a slot into an online radio...dunno how that is.
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    Get a new website would help.

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    What do you mean get a new website?
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    I think it won't matter how much you advertise with a web site like that (not trying to be a prick), but it's ugly, and not professional.

    Even if you spend money on advertising, chances are only 1/1000 will sign-up, or none will, because of that template, but if you spend less on advertising and a better website, then you won't get as many visitors, but you'll have a higher ratio of sign-ups (and more sign-ups).

    It seemed drop dead obvious to me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joshua Crick
    I think it won't matter how much you advertise with a web site like that (not trying to be a prick), but it's ugly, and not professional.

    Even if you spend money on advertising, chances are only 1/1000 will sign-up, or none will, because of that template, but if you spend less on advertising and a better website, then you won't get as many visitors, but you'll have a higher ratio of sign-ups (and more sign-ups).

    It seemed drop dead obvious to me.
    Unfortunatly, I have to agree with Joshua. The website that I can see now is very un-attractive from a prospective customer stand point. The images and style used on your website is uniuqe however, has absolutely nothing to do with the industry what soever.

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    Unfortunately you have to agree with me! Are you trying to get at something there!


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    I'm going to have to agree with the others regarding the website. IT HAS TO CHANGE... NO way your going to get any type of clients using that design.. Take a look at some of the larger host sites and get an idea of how they layout, you will see the difference.

    Also I would suggest dropping the FREE hosting and also not doing any hosting plans under $5.00/mo

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    We are starting up another webhosting business and with this business we didn't want to have a big corporate look, but a nice cultural theme. We are attracting lots of business in wales (where we live: about 8 sign ups aweek), but not much anywhere else(1 or 2 a week, if we are lucky). The next hosting business we are going to be starting is going to have a much more corporate look and feel to it.

    Also we only give away free accounts if they have a register domain. We believe if they have invested in a domain, they might invest in a hosting package.
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    you need a WEB 2.0 look!

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    What do you mean by a web 2.0 look. We want to keep cymraegwaleshosting.com with a more cultural look and our other webhosting site with a more corporate look.

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    I agree with everyone else on the site, you can have a cultural look that is also a nice looking design.

    Word of mouth advertising works the best and its free. If you get some clients that are active in the local business community they can do wonders for your business without costing you a thing, other then the initial cost of getting that client to sign up.

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    Because of the cultural look, I have been invited to big bussiness that help other business in IT and i have just done a presentation to over 100 IT Advisers. And because we contained the word wales and we are based in wales, Our business has just gone sky high with in a week of doing the meeting
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    I would focus on your local area and not bother with Adwords or Yahoo. Do you have newspapers, businesses that you can market to and chambers of commerce or any business associations you can join? I don't think your market is as flooded as the US market and i think sticking with local / countrywide customers would be most benneficial to you.

    Search marketing in your area would be futile if you ask me. Work on getting natural search engine placement for people looking for hosting in your area and focus on growing your businesses that way.

    i guess my point is local pride in a sense

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    Well my sister companiy owns a TV Station. We are in the middle of making a few adds. I will post them here once we are done.
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    I like the design. Apart from the blue links of the right they are impossible to read.

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    I am going to make them a lighter blue when i get the chance
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    Are the links better now?

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    I agree. very very ugly site. eww

    you need a GOOD web designer. fire the one you have if you ever plan to make a decent income. if you wanna work for peanuts continue doing what ur doing

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    Hello
    At the moment I keep in mind some ways to advertise your site
    Seo (just try to write articles and submit them to dirrectories)
    Adwords (I think it is the best PPC)
    I think it should be your first steps.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LN10009
    I agree. very very ugly site. eww

    you need a GOOD web designer. fire the one you have if you ever plan to make a decent income. if you wanna work for peanuts continue doing what ur doing
    The design of the site is being kept. On average we get about 20 sign ups on our site/week. A little Q&A we run found out that most of our income comes from people who prefer our site compared to corporate sites because we have a more friendly feel. Corporate sites make people left out or forgotten about.

    Also i dont think you can call this peanuts, but i make about 600/week ($1000) from my hosting. I am now looking to employ other people.
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    good luck to you then.

    My site does not look like my little brother made it and we are pulling in over 28k/month

    keep working for those peanuts!

    If you need a decent designer to make a 'non-corporate' site with a professional business feel to it, let me know!

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    logikstudios,

    It's great to see that you are expanding and adding customers. I haven't investigated your domains or IPs yet, but are your servers inhouse or at least in Wales or the UK? Can the locals come down for a tour of the servers?
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    you can have a 'friendly' feel without it being ugly. your clients must like the feeling of thier eyes bleeding when they visit your site.

    My suggestion.... clean up the site a little. make navigation smoother and easier. I get a headache looking around on your site.

    just tryin to help =)

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    We have been trading for about 10 months. All our servers are in a UK DC.

    We have 6 Servers at the moment

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    I do agree with some comments that his site isn't the most attractive thing out there, and may turn a few customers away. However, the guy isn't selling works of art or himself as a web designer so whether you advise him to go for web2.0 style or what not isn't exactly important to him. He has stated that he does sell hosting from that site so it's not hindering him completely, and my point of view as a customer, only thing I'm interested in is price over reliability. It's not the design of a hosting companies web site that I rely on to keep my website online, it's the service provided to me by the host.

    If he wants advice on how to advertise, let him recieve that advice and if or when he says it's not working, he should then start thinking about why people don't buy.

    Sorry if I sound an old bore, I just think not everyone in the world must see a work of art before they buy, you should see the car my next door neighbour bought, looks like he bought it from a clown, but he still bought it.
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    One thing about your webdesign, it definitely sticks.
    I saw it a while ago and never forgot it.
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    The one thing I would change is your prices to GBP if most of your customers are local - especially as the exchange rate from $ to £ is low now.

    As for customers, I've found the most effective way is to make a list of local businesses and check if they have a website. If they don't, offer them one, if they do, offer to setup ecommerce for them. Send them a letter in the mail with your website address and (most importantly) phone number. People will pay a premium for having someone to discuss what they need (but make sure you know your products inside out first!). I would also have your phone number in the top bar of your website - shows you're local. If you want to promote to the whole of the UK you can get a free 0845 number from [IMG]file:///E:/DOCUME%7E1/Kit/LOCALS%7E1/Temp/moz-screenshot-3.jpg[/IMG] [IMG]file:///E:/DOCUME%7E1/Kit/LOCALS%7E1/Temp/moz-screenshot-4.jpg[/IMG] gtitelecom.com - makes your site look professional.

    Finally, I have to ask why you have 6 servers at the moment. If you're getting on average 10 clients a week and you've been running for 44 weeks, you should comfortably be able to support 500 clients on one powerful/two budgets servers with plenty to spare.

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    Your links are a little broken FileGig.

    But I agree you should consolidate into one - two servers.

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    We have a server for our TV STATION. We also use 3 for our hosting. We use one for our new business we are setting up and have one spare. Also we have sometimes 20 signing up in a week or sometimes 10. In two rare cases we had 40 signing up in a week.

    Are hosting servers are 1U with 320GB each with 2GIG ram and Dual 2.8 Xeon Processors. The rest are 2U or 4U
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    Thumbs up

    Ok. I have been working on a new site this weekend. Look at my signiture to see the address. its not the cymraegwaleshosting.com one.
    I have taken on board everyones comments and what do you think?

    The Linux penguin need to be redone abit. Some of the links work. Others
    Dont

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    I do like the culutral look but i'm a little thrown from seeing flowers for hosting. I would really think about at least restructuring your landing page. =]

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    Man - no offense but look @ those images. I dont think it resembles even the moral culture.

    You have to re-design and then and only then spend those thousands!

    Honestly I was shocked to see the site...
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    Quote Originally Posted by rllunzmann
    I do like the culutral look but i'm a little thrown from seeing flowers for hosting. I would really think about at least restructuring your landing page. =]
    If you were welsh you would no.

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