Another feature that is helpful is a built in pop-up window. You can add pop up windows that are not affected by pop up blockers, and you can time them so that they open when and where you want them.
I feel like it is the content that should count the most. I have not only seen that a number of times written by people with far more experience, but i have found that wasting my time playing with things that take a lot of work to learn have not paid off as much as my plain old common sense approach to the site: keep it going, nurture it, add to it, and fix it up all the time. The traffic will come. I read a lot of free materials about gaining traffic and when i get a good idea, I try to do at least some of it. That is what led me to e-zine. I read about submitting articles there as a way to get your site out, and i began to do that because it made sense to me.
You’re the expert. Another reason why blogging is a good idea is because it gives you the opportunity to talk about something which you’re (hopefully) knowledgeable about. Let’s face it, people like to listen to people who know their onions. If you’re trying to become a ballet dancer, would you take ballet lessons from a mechanic? I think not! So it is with blogging. You’re most likely to attract readers and potential customers who already have an interest in your subject. It does make a difference because it’s easier to convert these people into customers.
If you’re going to put a logo on the website, link it back to send users to the home page. Nowadays, most users expect logos to have a clickable link to the home page. If the logo is not click-able, visitors might get frustrated looking for a link to your homepage. Making your logo clickable is just good design.
It takes more time to maintain a blog. For most people, creating fresh content several times a week, or even weekly, requires a certain mindset. It isn’t even that it takes so much time to create the material. (Blog posts are mostly very short pieces accompanied by a link.) What takes time is getting into the groove of blogging – and that involves much more than posting to your own blog. It includes visiting other people’s blogs, reading their posts, and commenting on them. It’s not difficult. It just takes time and practice to get into that mode. Email newsletters, on the other hand, don’t carry the same expectation of freshness, so there is a lot less pressure to produce. You send it out when you like – daily, twice-weekly, monthly, or even occasionally.
Last but not least, starting a home based Internet business does not cost you several thousands of dollars to get started as traditional business does. The fee that you have to spend on includes domain name, hosting and website design fee. If you’re able to build your own website using web design software (like FrontPage, Dreamweaver), it’s a good thing. If not, the solution is hiring someone else to create one for you.
As my web knowledge improved, I became more and more adventurous. I noticed that many websites have forms that allow visitors to fill up and the owner of the website will receive the information. It’s a great way to collect data. So I found out how to do that. It’s great fun receiving messages from somebody from the other end of the world.