FAQs

Q?Do you use Google Adwords yourself and have you profitted from it?
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I do use google ad words, but I have not really profited much from it.  I don’t really have the type of site set up that works well with Google adwords.  Now if you had a fashion blog and posted fashion tips and trends you could probably do real well with google ad words.  Google ad words are great for informational websites such as blogs with trendy posts and news & events going on.  I do plan on using Google adwords in the future on other websites I have in the making (ie. Allmyfreestock.com & funwithmaps.com).  I should be able to benefit from Google adwords better on those sites verses my own website designing services website.

What I like about Google adwords is that is very hands-off advertising.  From what I understand, Google will post advertisements according to what is on the page the person is viewing and also what the persons search history is like.  So Google basically advertises to the visitor what they think the visitor is already interested in.

What I don’t like is that if I put one of these adwords on my service website, Googles ads will also include links to other COMPETITORS website services.  I do not want to put an ad on my website that will advertise a competitors business… that’d just be crazy! Lol  So again, it’s great to use, you just need to be careful WHERE you use the Google Adwords.

For me I’ve made a nice commission using cj.com (Commission Junction) instead.  Here I’m able to choose who I recommend and why I recommend them.  For instance, I use HostGator for website hosting, I’m signed up with their affiliate program through cj.com so when I make a recommendation to my new clients, and use the affiliate link I will get a nice commission for that recommendation if the person signs up for a  hosting account, and this a recommendation I would have made even w/out the commission.  So it’s nice and I don’t feel threatened about advertising a competitor business, or even a business I wouldn’t really recommend in the first place. To me cj.com is a win-win for everyone.  :)

Q?Do ebay stores make good money for new online sellers?
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Yes, absolutely!  As a new business you have a MUCH higher chance of making money on ebay than you do on your own brand new website.  Brand new websites are hardly recognized by the search engines.  From my understanding it usually takes the search engines about a year to recognize a good filled out website, if not longer.  So if you want to make money soon, start on ebay, and then as your cliental builds up, pull away as your website makes more and more money.

Ebay has a LOT of shoppers so this is easy advertising for you.  You pay a price for it, which is why I suggest pulling away as your able to, but again, ebay makes it EASY for new businesses to make money and get recognized.  There are other sites you can sell on as well (ie. Amazon, etsy and others), but I recommend ebay most of all.

And the bonus of having an ebay store is that you can let a lot of products “sit” in your store while you put the most popular items on auction.  If you have a custom auction template designed well that has good navigation links and category links to your ebay store, you can drive traffic from your online auction to your ebay store, thus increasing the chance of additional sells to that one potential customer!

Ebay Stores and custom auction templates are GREAT for getting attention and keeping attention as they cross-promote other products you have available.  They also help to drive your visitors to signing up for your newsletter.  A newsletter is a potential powerhouse that can generate more $$ and fast!  So with that in mind an ebay store and well built custom auction template could not be recommended enough.

Q?What do I need to provide you to get started?
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After deciding which services you’d like to hire me for based off of a custom quote I would then kindly request a full or partial payment in order to reserve time for your projects needs. After receiving payment I would then send you a questionnaire form to fill out. I will need you to fill this questionnaire out as thoroughly as you can. The more information you provide me, the better!

I will also need you to send me any pictures and/or information you want included in your design.  If you do not have quality pictures that you would like me to use I would then strongly recommend you researching to find some wonderful royalty free photos from iStockphotos to be used within your design.  I can help you with recommendations if needed or desired.

Q?Do you have a project process outlined?
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Yes, you are welcome to review our process by clicking the following link: Our Process from Start to Finish

Q?Do you make your own website template? And is it a unique template?
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I use a website template that someone else has created for me (as far as the layout and CSS coding is concerned). Then I customize it to be completely unique. So yes, it is a unique template. Using Magento or WordPress requires certain layouts and CSS coding tricks, so I allow the templates to do the “dirty” work (coding) for me while I do the designing aspect, with beautiful pictures, colors and custom advertisements… The part I love. :)

I used to do 100% unique designs using HTML pages and a cool design, but I found that using WordPress allowed my customers the freedom to edit and add to their own website so moving the HTML code to WordPress’s php meant that I needed the assistance of some template coding to make my designs possible at the same time making it easy for my customers to take control when I’m done.

Q?Do you have recommendations for brand new online businesses?
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I do!  For those of you who are new to selling online you may consider the following business plan.  This plan should help you make money the quickest way possible (now) while building up an ecommerce website in which you can sell your own products from (ongoing) so you can make money now and the most profit possible as time progresses.

  1. Get your business name established (see recommendations below)
  2. Get your products ready to sell
  3. Open an ebay store and sell your products here first.
  4. When you send out your products always put a business card or thank you card in the packages, with an invitation to check out your website for more wonderful deals such as this one.
  5. Forward your domain name to the ebay store for now while you build up your products.  This way you can make money as quickly as possible while advertising your website domain.  For now your website visitors will just automatically be sent to your ebay store to buy. But later, when you’re ready you can turn off the forwarding and have them see your new website instead.
  6. While you’re making money on ebay and establishing a cliental, get your website going.
  7. Work on your website products and content.
  8. Advertise, advertise, advertise. The more you do this, the less dependant on ebay you will become.  Within time you may not need the help of ebay for income at all.  It took me several years but I’ve accomplished this myself.  Which is the reason why my ebay feedback doesn’t have much current feedback – I just haven’t needed or wanted to sell on ebay now… but it did take me a lot of work to get to this point.  Ebay is great for getting established and known…. but the plan is to pull away as soon as you can, so you can keep most of the profits yourself, heh!

Recommendations for establishing a good business name.

Consider a name that is easy to use, starts with either A, B, or C… and don’t use numbers in the business name (yuck).  It would be good to have key words in the name, ie. beauty, fashion, makeup or cosmetics; as this will help you in the search engines ratings greatly. So for a Cosmetics business you may consider something like:  Cosmetics Wholesale or Beautiful You Cosmetics.  (just as an example)

But again something easy to remember, easy to spell and early in the alphabet.  When your site is added to a list if you start with A, B or C, then you’ll be more at the top of that list!   You don’t have to take all the recommendations, but the more you get the easier it will be for people to remember, return and recommend!

Q?Do I give you my eBay password and everything is set up for me? Or is everything emailed and instructions provided?
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I can do either. Which ever you’re most comfortable with! If you’re comfortable with me and don’t want to hassle with what goes where, then I would gladly go into your eBay account and put the design in myself. However, if you’re uneasy about me accessing your eBay account, I understand completely and would gladly give you instructions so you can do it yourself.

Q?Will I still be able to use Turbo Lister, Inkfrog or Auctiva with your custom template?
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Absolutely!  I provide easy to use instructions for all my templates that apply to selling directly on eBay.  If your lister accepts html code within the description, then you will be able to my templates.  Currently, I do not know of a single lister that doesn’t accept html, especially if they want to keep up with “the Jones’s”, but you can call your lister’s support line to be sure.

There are some listers that will allow you to store the template in their program so that you don’t have to apply the code each time. Inkfrog is a highly recommended lister if you sell a lot of different products on a normal basis.

I charge a small additional fee if you would like me to upload your custom auction template/s to a lister service such as Inkfrog or Auctiva.

Q?If I hire you now can I wait a little while until I gather my information?
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I have no problem waiting to begin your design if you need a little time to plan out any specific needs. Hiring me now might save you money in the long run as I might give myself a raise later on. My objective is like most everyone’s; work less and get paid more. I would love to spend more time with my children regardless of my love and addiction for design!

Q?How can I trust you to provide me the service you are offering since I don’t even know you?
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The best encouragement I have to offer you is my 11+ years of unalterable eBay feedback. I have been a seller since 2000, so there’s a lot of feedback there that speaks for my service, my speed, my designing capabilities and most importantly, my integrity!

Please note that while I still sell on ebay from time to time it has become rare, so while the feedback there does reach back as far as 2000, there may not be many current feedbacks added. This is only because I am no longer dependent on eBay for my income, I’ve been able to pull away from ebay and do well w/out it… So I only list on ebay when I realllly want to. A pleasant goal most business owners might consider seeking to achieve themselves. ;)

You are also welcome to visit my Testimonials page to read years worth of client testimonials. And feel free to even contact any of them for a personal a reference.

Q?Do you host images or web pages?
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Yes, I would be happy to, but I’ll be honest with you, I have no idea what’s in my future and if God plans to take me home someday soon… Neither does any other web designing company, so if you want to be assured that you’ll have your designs tomorrow and the next day and the next, without fear of me falling off the face of this earth, then I strongly suggest you host your own images and pages. But again, I would be happy to if you would like me to, as it saves me a LOT of extra work. Be warned, this is most likely the reason why you see other web designers boasting that they’ll HOST for free (it’s so much easier that way).

Q?Can I add my own Logo to your designs?
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Absolutely, just email it to me in the best quality and size possible and I’ll be sure to add it to your design wherever desired. AI and EPS files are the most preferred logo files.

Q?Will I have ownership to my design?
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You will have 100% ownership of any design I create for you. Other than showing your design in my portfolio and as examples of my work, I will not use nor sell your design to another person, ever. However, if your design has royalty free photo’s used within the design you may have certain usage limitations on those specific photo’s. For instance, iStockPhoto’s does not allow their photos to be used as a persons personal logo without permission of it’s original designer; as it brings into question who has true ownership to the design, the maker of the logo, or the person purchasing it. However, great news, if I have designed an image myself for you that is included in your design, you automatically have my permission to use it where ever and however many times you wish!

I do require that all of my designs (ebay store, auction template, website and web stores) have a Made To Be Unique branding logo tastefully placed at the bottom of the page at all times, unless stated and upon mutual agreement.

PLEASE NOTE:  My custom designs are also meant to be Unique, meaning, not to be shown under more than one business or personal name. By bidding on my services you agree not to resale your design for personal gain (unless upon mutual agreement).

Q?Do you accept partial payments?
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Yes, but please bear in mind that the project will not be completed until after the final payment has been made. I do not take remaining payments after the project is completed, but rather before or during the designing process.

If you are on a budget and need to time it out accordingly, just let me know, I’m pretty flexible. Please email me to make payment arrangements if needed.

Q?What forms of payment do you accept?
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I accept Paypal, Postal Money Orders, Business Checks (although I will wait until it clears before starting any work). Cash is accepted from local Oklahoma residents and in some cases I accept trade/bartering for the full or partial amount due. Don’t hesitate to email me if you’d be interested in a full or partial trade!

Q?What is the normal time frame for you to complete a store design project?
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The time it takes to finish a project varies from project to project and person to person. If our communication is very good and I’m able to get the look you want a reasonable time frame will be as such:

For flash package projects It normally takes me 3-4 weeks, possibly longer. Non Flash projects normally 2-3 weeks. I will try to have a sample to show you within the first week if at all possible. There are some instances that I may be delayed but I will be in constant communication with you so you are reassured I’m still “on the job”.

My passion is to provide you quality before speed but be assured, if you take a look at my extensive feedback history, I’m not the type of person that likes to have my customers waiting on me at all.

If time is of the essence please email me and ask if there will be any delays and what timeframe you can expect to have your project completed, as again it all depends from project to project and person to person. Thank you!

Q?Are there any designs that you are unwilling to work on?
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Designs I Do Not Work On: Adult content or sexy designs (ie. lingerie shops and sexy fashion clothing lines), Nude art, and Occult oriented. Please feel free to email me if you have any questions concerning this.