Successful Websites

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1) Why do 97-98% of Web sites fail to thrive… or worse die?

2) Why are the 2-3% remaining sites so successful at generating traffic and income?

Learn more at www.sitesell.com

The key to success on the Net for the small business owner is to master an in demand niche. With a niche-focused business, your competition will be lower and it will be easier for targeted, interested visitors to find your Web site. And “visitors” equals “traffic”… the lifeblood of any business.

By building a Theme-Based Content Site, you will be growing your clientele (i.e., targeted traffic) from the ground up. Owning your traffic is essential to your longevity on the Net because…
If you don’t own your traffic, you don’t own your business.

An effective Theme-Based Content Site will be searched-and-found by prospective customers -- a number that will increase steadily as your site gains in reputation and relevance at the Search Engines. Simply put, you will be building a site that works for you, not the other way around!

So how do you build a site that works? It all boils down to this do-able process…
1) Develop a valuable product or service -- your own creation or someone else’s!
2) Develop your own site in the niche that you know and love.
3) Fill that site with high-value content.
4) Use that content to attract your own niche-targeted traffic.
5) Build trust and credibility with your visitors.
6) Use content to PREsell your targeted visitors. And...
7) Convert that PREsold, warm, willing-to-buy traffic into sales or contracts.
8) Diversify your revenue plan to include other monetization options (ex., Google’s AdSense, affiliate income, services, etc), all related to your site’s theme-based content. This diversification will help you grow a stable business that you own, one with true equity.
The process is simple, straightforward and easy once you shift your thinking to…
“Information first… income generation, second.”

There are simply no other variables to blindside your goal. If you “do” each step
of the process correctly, your Net venture will prosper. No, it must prosper.

But, here’s the catch...

You have to succeed at all steps. And the good news is that anyone can succeed if they combine motivation, the right process and tools (http://tools.sitesell.com/) and a little hard work

So why then do 98% of online businesses fail? Sadly, their owners started with and continued to follow the wrong process…
1) Create a product/service.
2) Create site to sell a product/service.
3) Add payment and fulfillment solutions.
4) Die due to lack of traffic.

If you want to know what it takes to write well to build traffic on the internet then please
download the free e-book .The Netwriting Masters Course. It is 48 pages (hey how did that happen??) of fantastic content to help you write for success online.

Discussion Forum

Udemy course

Started by Ashley Ash Nov 17. 0 Replies

Last week I started a free SEO course with udemy.com. I am learning a lot about SEO and am thankful for this opportunity. Have any of you used udemy.com? If so, what are your thoughts on it? I really…Continue

Lead Generation as a business

Started by Michael Murray. Last reply by Gonzalo Zariaga Nov 6. 3 Replies

I recently watched a webinar on providing a lead generation service.  The main idea is to identify a niche with a high value service, and add elements to their web site to improve the conversion of…Continue

Tags: marketing, response, direct, generation, lead

My First E-Commerce Site

Started by Brian Grow. Last reply by Jeff Long Feb 25. 2 Replies

A friend and I have started a small business named My Card Assistant (mycardassistant.com), where we help companies, doctors, dentists,…Continue

How to transition ownership of a site for a client

Started by Diana Hutchinson. Last reply by Diana Hutchinson Dec 3, 2014. 4 Replies

I've been working on my very first web design client, and so far so good!  My question is:  I have a subscription to Elegant Themes (Developer package which allows me to use their themes on sites for…Continue

tips for selling a website on flippa

Started by Chris Wensink. Last reply by Luke Townsley Dec 1, 2014. 1 Reply

Hello Everyone,I'm working on setting a site on Flippa.com, any tips or suggestions for making it a successful sale?  Any thoughts on getting an accurate price to see how much the site is worth?ChrisContinue

Muse to WordPress Conversion

Started by Dustin Schwanger. Last reply by Keegan Divant Nov 20, 2014. 2 Replies

I have a website (realeditingdesign.com) that I designed in Adobe Muse. That was great because I didn't have to touch the code, but the…Continue

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Comment by Camden Ross on June 8, 2015 at 6:09am

Calling All Website Gurus (and others too :),

I just launched the redesign of the Reflective Bible Study website and would love to get your thoughts.

If you have a moment or two, I would love your feedback. To help unify the discussion, I have started one in the forums here since there are several groups I am sharing this announcement with.

Thank you in advance for your feedback. It means a lot to me.


Comment by Stephen Scasta on May 14, 2012 at 10:56pm

I should have also have noted that you can start a wordpress.com site for free.  However if you are going to have a business site, I'd go ahead and set up your own hosting from the get-go.  Just my opinion, others may disagree.


Comment by Stephen Scasta on May 14, 2012 at 10:54pm

Hi there Lesley!  I'm definitely not a web guru, but I think you should be able to get started rather inexpensively.  I'm using Wordpress with hosting by Bluehost, and after checking their site, it looks like at least today they're only charging around $5 a month for hosting if you sign a contract.  For a theme, I'm using Elegant Themes which charges $39 a year for a subscription in which you can use all of their themes plus get support.  Not bad, particularly for some beautiful themes that are fairly easy to modify for beginners.  You can also go free with the default Twentyeleven theme that comes with the initial Wordpress install. Other than that and the time I took to teach myself a little more about customization, I'm paying $5 a month for a business spam filter from Akismet for my blog.  I believe they don't charge if your site isn't commercial.

If you want to take a look at what you can get for that pricing, my site is www.profitdriversconsulting.com.  Also, in full disclosure, the links provided to Elegant Themes and Bluehost are affiliate links.  Thanks in advance if you make a purchase through them.

Good luck!


Comment by Lesley Morrison on May 14, 2012 at 6:03pm

I know having a web site is crucial to the beginning of any business and I'm looking to get one up and running in the next few weeks.  My question is:  when you are trying to cash flow the business and get it started, what's a reasonable amount to expect to spend on a web start-up when you aren't even sure yet if you'll have a sale in return to off-set the cost?

Comment by Danny Mullen on March 9, 2012 at 8:55pm

Actually funny story, in over a 2 years I have not had any issues with godaddy.  I know people complain about them, but I have not had issues.  I have used both windows and linux hosting.  I would however not recommend them, but it is not because of downtime or slow responses.  It is because other hosting companies have a better cpanel with options godaddy does not offer. 

Group Leader
Comment by Rob Orr on March 9, 2012 at 8:17pm

Godaddy is never a good idea. I move clients from Godaddy all the time. I wrote this blog post about what you need to know about your hosting service a few months back. I also do cloud hosting through my business. Let me know if I can help.


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Comment by Peter Brissette on March 8, 2012 at 11:49pm

I have used pretty much every web building tool and platform that is available.

The single best platform to build a website when you need to learn how it all works and your goal is to build an online business then you need www.SiteSell.com

I will not use my affiliate link because I don't care about that.  I care that those who are wanting to learn how to have a successful business online will not find any better value than from Sitesell (SBI).

Please take the time to investigate it and explore it as a possible option.  I tell you that with nothing to gain from it other than the fact that it is the truth and I know you will find and learn things that you never dreamed you could or would.

I would not spend any money on anything else.  (I have spent thousands on many things, tools, software, programs, training and nothing delivers like SBI).

You need a fundamental understanding of how a web business is built.  SBI will give you that.  I personally guarantee it.  If you use SBI and it doesnt deliver like I say I will pay you the amount that they dont refund you.  (they have their own guarantee as well).



Comment by Stuart Matthews on March 8, 2012 at 1:54pm

Awesome ideas Jeff! Most of my product is drop shipped from my supplier, but I can make videos of what I do have and see what happens. Thanks! 

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Comment by Jeff Long on March 8, 2012 at 10:16am


Have you thought about video descriptions of the models?  You have some good photos, but video would let them see the product.  I could envision a weekly YouTube channel highlighting a product.  Plus, YouTube is spending millions on original content.  Perhaps you could give the background, story and thoughts on each product.  The key is to make it come alive.  You can then embed the videos on your website to maximize the exposure.

Look for "Will it Blend" on Youtube.  This company took a boring topic (blenders) and made it fun to watch, which then brought huge success (and sales) of their products.  Perhaps you could create a character that is front of the camer.

Also Google "Gary VayNerChuk" and see how he used video to take his small, family owned wine business to a multi-million dollar company.

Lastly, figure out WHY someone would come to your website and IF they even want to buy these products.  

Those are my thoughts on how to take your website to the next level and get more sales.  

Comment by Stuart Matthews on March 8, 2012 at 8:26am

Thanks Rob, I went ahead and just opened a Google Merchant account. I submitted my websites on Google a while back and prayed other search engines would find it.  One of my websites is on the first page of every search engine but Google when I type in WWII Aviation. My webhost has a search engine submitter which I recently submitted my website to Google. I will see what becomes of that. Also added Secure-Site's seal to the main webpage. I will now look into Amazon.


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