A Website Should Start With “WHY” And “HOW” Before “WHAT.” (Part Two)

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Good looking websites with slick user interfaces are a dime-a-dozen.

Effective websites, on the other hand–websites that transform frazzled strangers into interested prospects, prospects into customers, and finally, customers into raving fans–websites like these are far more rare. And as for effective websites built on impossibly small budgets?

They’re only slightly more common than four-leaf clovers growing on the dark side of a blue moon.

But not due to a lack of funds.

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Winning Websites on Impossible Budgets. A Non-Techie Guide For Normal People. (Part One)

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This is going to be one of those “scratch your own itch” type of resources. You see, recently, I was offered a paid gig (Yeah, I know, Mr. Pro-Indie working for The Man for the first time since college…what’s the world coming to? Well, it’s only one day per week, and the clients I have the opportunity to serve wouldn’t be able to afford my hourly rate if they were to come to me through Write Click Media. And you know, spending money.)  (gasp) to provide consulting in the area of e-commerce, website design, and online marketing at a local branch of a federally funded organization well known for supporting small businesses here in the United States.

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Rare Opportunity: Get Hands-On Help & Website De-Suckification At The 26th Annual SCWC

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There are exactly three ways to launch a writer’s website that does not suck:

1. Master the skills and technologies involved in the field of web design — fun stuff like HTML, CSS, Javascript, Photoshop, PHP, MySQL, Ruby On Rails, and the like — then go build your website.
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Santa Barbara Writers Conference New Media Panel

Santa Barbara Writers Conference New Media Panel

Attention Writers! Lisa Angle of Ninety Degrees Media was kind enough to film and edit this video of the New Media Panel at the recent Santa Barbara, CA Writers Conference. Marla Miller was the host, with panelists: Justine Musk of Tribal Writer, Philippa Burgess, and yours truly, Jeremy Lee James of Write Click Hosting. Feedback is welcome. More updates coming soon.    

Welcome Santa Barbara Writers’ Conference Attendees!

If you attend my workshop today (with Marla Miller), and I promise to follow up with you or help you out after the session, don’t be afraid to make the first move. I have ADD folks. It’s nothing personal. Not only am I friendly, but I love helping fellow writers. So don’t be shy!

Better – Merlin Mann

“To be honest, I don’t have a specific agenda for what I want to do all that differently, apart from what I’m already trying to do every day: identify and destroy small-return bullshit; shut off anything that’s noisier than it is useful; make brutally fast decisions about what I don’t need to be doing; avoid anything that feels like fake sincerity (esp. where it may touch money); demand personal focus on making good things; put … Continue reading

Caring for Pets Left Behind by the Rapture | via BusinessWeek

For a fee, this service will place your dog or cat in the home of a caring atheist on Judgment Day By Mike Di Paola Many people in the U.S.—perhaps 20 million to 40 million—believe there will be a Second Coming in their lifetimes, followed by the Rapture . In this event, they say, the righteous will be spirited away to a better place while the godless remain on Earth. But what will become of … Continue reading