24 ways: How to Make Your Site Look Half-Decent in Half an Hour

Programmers like me are often intimidated by design – but a little effort can give a huge return on investment. Here are one coder’s tips for making any site quickly look more professional.

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Why Fixed Bid Contracts are Awful for Web Design and Development Projects | the Intervals Blog by Pelago

A fixed bid contract requires an airtight scope. This means the exact requirements of the project are defined in such a way that both you and the client are clear on what is being built. But where do you start? The client usually doesn’t know enough about their own needs to define them. They probably have an idea, but nothing close to concrete. They are going to need your insight.

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Web Design Agency Billing Practices: Recommendations » S4 Blog

Working within the practice of billing according to actual time opposed to value or a fixed bid allows you, as a web professional, to ensure a smooth creative process and the output of quality work that will ultimately make you money and keep your clients smiling. Two of the best things we could ask for in this business, right?

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5 Proven Ways to Generate Revenue From Facebook

If your business is ready to move toward Facebook profits, your next question should be: "What distinguishes profitable and unprofitable Facebook marketing campaigns?" First, consider your revenue model. What steps will get your users to buy? How do you attract their attention in the first place? What does the conversion funnel look like? And how does Facebook fit with the marketing channels that already work for you, like email, text messages and affiliate revenue?

Read more here : http://mashable.com/2012/01/12/facebook-make-money/

The Author With The Biggest Mailing List Wins | David Gaughran

What happens when a reader finishes your e-books? What’s the first thing they see? What’s the first thing they do? Back-matter is extremely important. Presuming you have done your job as a writer well, it’s a golden opportunity to draw readers into your world.

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Top Viral Marketing Tactics – DeannaMaio.com

Viral marketing is content marketing. However, when you’re creating your content, your goal broadens. You want to offer value to your prospects and customers. However, you also want to go beyond offering basic value. You want the content to be so compelling that it goes viral. There are several types of content that can help you reach your viral marketing goals.

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Resources | Articles – Agencies Can Do Something, But They Can’t Do Everything by Tim Williams, Ignition Consulting Group | FunctionFox Systems

Whether you're running your own firm or freelancing on your own, if you're like most designers, you have little or no training in the business aspects of design. Hopefully you've had luck on your side, gotten work through word of mouth and learned a few things along the way. But even if "business" is not your favorite aspect of your business, don't ignore the 3 essential elements you can (and must) control to be successful in business: your pipeline, your pricing and your cash flow.

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What The Highest Converting Websites Do Differently

You have 0-8 seconds to make a compelling headline and landing page. After 8 seconds, the majority of visitors leave. Approximately 96% of visitors that come to your website are not ready to buy. The more landing pages you have, the more leads you are likely to get. Product videos can increase purchases of the product by 144%. A 1 second delay in your site speed can result in a 7% reduction in conversions. A/B testing is becoming the preferred method that has brought a lot of the companies the most success.

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8 Universal Web Design Principles You Should Know

The design of your website is more important for conversions than you think. You can implement any conversion boosting tactic in the world, but if it looks like crap, it won’t do you much good.

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