Daily Archives: June 19, 2012

Websites under wraps; 3 good meetups ahead

Welcome! I am happy to report that I have been getting paid for doing challenging and enjoyable work. Editing, writing, organizing and meeting interesting people! I’ll let you know when the website goes live.

Web building adventures

Been working on MY new website lately and almost ready to launch. Stay tuned for that big announcement.
After using WordPress for this site, I decided to try some other programs for non-html site building. Nothing wrong with WordPress, but there are restrictions on e-commerce and I’d like to have a platform that allows growth in that area.
I’m no expert, but I want to have the skills to change and adapt anything I launch
First I tried Yola.com. It’s free and easy enough, but not as intuitive as I would have liked. I built a spec site for a business a friend might start. Sorry I can’t show it to you, but I can’t spill the beans.
Next I tried an offer that was too good to resist. Texasgetonline.com offers a free domain, free hosting  for a year, an Intuit website and plenty of templates. Add more than three pages or additional domains and you will have to pay a few bucks a month, but so far this has been a good deal. I’m using it for my biz site and helping a friend get hers set up, too.
Karl is helping me with my metadata and indexing for SEO, too. I am learning Google Analytics and I love it. (Is anyone surprised?)

More to do:

Meanwhile, here are some events I recommend. Not sure I will make all of them, but they all sound good.
Content Marketing Group — Friday June 22.– Can Paid Advertising Work for Small Businesses? Getting Started with PPC & SEM. Not everyone’s cup of tea, but I have enjoyed learning more about marketing and its juncture with journalism. (PPC is pay per click, but I dont know what SEM is.)
Online News Association— Monday June 25 — Secrets to Online Writing with  Tolly Moseley and Omar Gallaga. Can’t believe they aren’t charging admission! Should be great.
Professional Writers of Austin — Wednesday June 27 — This is an interesting and diverse group of writers that I have enjoyed getting to know. No agenda, just networking.
Maybe I’ll see you at one of these meetups.

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