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Blog entry by Todd A. Clippinger posted 06-29-2007 06:25 AM 621 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

One More Night-

OK I had to stay up one more night and do some final polishing on the site. There are still a couple of things I need to take care of but they can wait. I am very comfortable that the site is ready for public consumption.

There is supposed to be a press release and I had to get this done. Friday the paper here in my Ohio hometown is doing an article, I am still quite attached to my roots here. Besides the press release, I am trying to get an article in the Billings, MT paper in my REAL hometown.

Thanks to You LJ’s-

Thanks to your input on my site I was able to hone it to perfection. You have been witness to a big part of my business and actually a big part of it yourselves. Thanks again.

Some Issues-

I got some feedback that the gallery was small. I did only put in the pictures that were of higher quality but some did not realize that you could click on the images for more photos. I knew that the links were there but of course – I made the site. I added a “click on” statement.

Instead of having a contact page that a visitor would have to go to in order to reach me, I put contact buttons on all of the pages except for the gallery slide show pages.

I am trying to attract a higher end client with the site and I was afraid to make it feel like a woodworker how-to site. This is important business to pick up on – identify your market and target it.

I could not resist sticking a treasure in the “woodworkers welcome” page for you guys.
In case you don’t know, click on the shop photo and you will be linked to a page not listed in the menu. It is a good collection of photos in the shop and a little of my philosophy of functioning therein.

I know how you guys are, always looking on the background trying to glean whatever information that you can from other shops. I still do it too. I am not stingy with the information and it is there for your information and idea developement.

Thanks Again- I’m hittin’ the hay.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana, http://americancraftsmanworkshop.com



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Napaman

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#1 posted 06-29-2007 06:29 AM

as I said in another spot (I think i said this in another blog???) GREAT SITE…GET SOME SLEEP…

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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David

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#2 posted 06-29-2007 06:29 AM

Todd -

Congratulations! Great looking site. I am sure it will add to your overall package and increase contacts, customers and (most importantly) sales.

Remember sleep is a sign of weakness! LOL

-- http://foldingrule.blogspot.com

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Dorje

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#3 posted 06-29-2007 07:25 AM

The shop photo sounds like a secret drawer! I’ll have to check that out!

-- Dorje (pronounced "door-jay"), Seattle, WA

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dennis mitchell

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#4 posted 06-30-2007 03:05 PM

That is a classy web site! Good luck to you.

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#5 posted 06-30-2007 11:21 PM

Dorje,

I think “secret drawer” is an accurate term. I don’t know if that is a legitimate computer term but I am going to refer to it as such from now on. The reference from building furniture is perfect.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana, http://americancraftsmanworkshop.com

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Don

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#6 posted 06-30-2007 11:58 PM

Todd, I would change one thing. Remove the site visitor count, particularly when a site is new. It doesn’t show how many have visited, but how few. The information is of no value to the visitor, only to you. It may give a wrong impression, so I would remove it.

I think the site will leave the right impression for your target audience. Very nice, Todd.

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!" http://www.dpb-photos.com/

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#7 posted 07-01-2007 12:28 AM

Thanks Don.

I was not excited about having the counter and your comment prompted me to hide it. I want the info but not viewed publicly.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana, http://americancraftsmanworkshop.com

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Karson

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#8 posted 07-01-2007 01:42 AM

Great site Todd. My prayers are for your success.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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#9 posted 07-03-2007 10:16 PM

Great Site. (Great creations).
Congrats and best of luck with the success of your site.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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