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Blog entry by TheWoodenOyster posted 09-01-2014 02:03 PM 1685 reads 2 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hey everyone,

Many of us LJ’s make a little bit of money on the side with our woodworking. Some of us even do it full time. I have been woodworking for about 8 months full/part time to hold me over til I start a job in January. Most of my friends and family know I do this for income, and that is typically where I get my business from. Well, apparently I have run out of friends to build things for because the income flow has slowed down a lot. I decided to go ahead and put together a real website for marketing purposes. So many times I tell people that I build furniture and they say “Oh cool, can I see some pictures?” And I reply, “well uh, you see, uh, well, I don’t really have any on me, uh, well, yeah…” And they forget all about it. I decided that a website would be the best way to provide the general public with a way to see my work and learn a little bit about me.

The actual creation of the website was not that hard. I probably put 30 to 40 hours of work into it. I used a website builder run by wix at www.wix.com. Building the site was quite similar to building a complex powerpoint slide show. You can start with templates, but I wanted to start from scratch, which you can do as well. I am no computer genius, but like most of us at this point, I have worked with computers a decent amount out of necessity at work, in college, etc. In all, the process wasn’t that hard and I would challenge you all to give it a shot if you are wanting to get a website up. Even the computer-challenged folks out there (I myself am on the edge) can make sense of the process. There are also other sites out there that you can build on such as www.squarespace.com. Some have initial fees though, so watch out for that.

So what does it cost? Well, it is completely free to build a website on wix. The fees start coming when you want to purchase a “real” .com or .net domain name and get rid of ads. What it comes out to is about $130 to $140 per year to run an ad-free real domain website. BUT, you can build a website, see what it looks like, etc. without spending a dime. It is more or less the “publishing” of the website that costs money. To me, $140 per year is totally worth getting my name out there on the world wide web.

I encourage y’all to give it a shot. Please let me know about any questions you have and I will try to answer them.

Here is my finished product, and I don’t think it turned out half bad. Let me know what you think.

www.burkettcustomfurniture.com

-- The Wood Is Your Oyster



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helluvawreck

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#1 posted 09-01-2014 04:27 PM

You might want to check out Lynda.com. You can add a whole lot of knowledge to what you already know.

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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DocSavage45

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#2 posted 09-01-2014 05:50 PM

Dave,

Looks like you took some care to put the site together. I checked out wix last week. LOL! It is well recommended. It is important to note that w/out a domain name people may not find you in a search on the various engines.

When I looked before, I did an extensive search on their site and I would have chosen the same template you did. :<)

Oh yeah..You posted some nice pictures and projects. Since I don’t have that to offer YET, I decided to slow down and finish my journey rehabbing my old house. and getting my shop jigs and tools up to speed.

Good luck!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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WMD2006

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#3 posted 09-02-2014 01:44 PM

Very Cool! It’s always helpful to have the website to reference pictures or past work, even when working with customers to refine a design.
I got a profile on CustomMade.com that’s gotten me some more traffic and a few projects.

-- -MDWhite

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tixn

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#4 posted 09-03-2014 07:03 AM

There’s many options to get a free website built quickly. However, for the majority of people who try to earn some decent income from their site or want a real online business they need an easy-to-follow, detailed, proven, ethical website business system (not a get rich quick scheme) to get (1) a significant amount of traffic and get (2) targeted traffic (example of such a system that’s even taught at universities: IncredibleFreedom.com). Otherwise you’ll end up having (and building) only a free but non-visited webSITE” but not a webBUSINESS.

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