Solve Your Technical or Content Needs

guru 540x260 Solve Your Technical or Content Needs

Have you ever run into a situation on your site where you need a quick technical fix but don’t know how to do it?  Do you have a great idea for a new site design or web app?

It can be a pretty daunting task to get that kind of thing done.  Some people are lucky enough that they happen to know someone with some tech skills.  So you toss them $50 bucks and have them solve the issue for you.

For the rest of us, what do you do?

Luckily, there are freelance sites out there that can solve these problems for you, safely and securely.

If you’re the adventurous type, you could go to Craig’slist and post a gig.  You’ll surely get a flood of interested freelancers.  But there’s always that “what if” factor.  What if the person screws up your site and walks away?  What if they take your money without finishing the job?  What if?

So using a site like that can be a little risky.  Personally, I’ve used Craiglist for small technical gigs, and they’ve worked out fine.  However, I have heard dozens of nightmare stories.

There are better alternatives though.  Sites like Guru.com and RentACoder.com specialize in this type of work.  It’s almost like eBay for tech geeks.

Basically, you post the “job” or task you have on the site, then the freelancers get to bid on your job.  While they are bidding, you can see that user’s profile, job history, and rating.  So right away, you already know a lot more about the person’s reputation than you would with Craigslist.

Once you negotiate and select a freelancer, the Guru or RentACoder holds your money in escrow for you.  That way, if the freelancer were to drop of the face of the planet or not deliver on what was promised, you won’t lose your money.

They have customer service reps that arbitrate these disagreements on behalf of both parties.

From the freelancer’s perspective, they know if they do the job as promised, they will get paid.  They don’t have to worry about getting stiffed.

All of your conversation with the freelancer happens through the website so there is a detailed log of your conversation history.  That way there’s no finger pointing.  Everything is out in the open for the arbitrator to see and evaluate.

So if you have a small or large technical job, you should check one of those sites out.  Could save you a lot of headache and money!

Part 2: Of Making Your Business Site Better

We continue with our discussion of how to make your business website better. After yesterday’s article, I realized that these tips really don’t apply exclusively to business sites. Really, you can use this information for any site that you want to make better. Anyway, on with the show. We left off with…

What if I don’t want to spend any money at all?

I know it doesn’t seem like it could be true, but you really can make significant improvements to your site and you overall brand without spending any money.  There’s a lot of places on the web that claim “Free traffic,” “Increase Sales for Free,” “Free Links,” etc.  In those cases, it is a little too good to be true.  However, there are some good places to start.

Update Daily!

That’s right folks, daily.  The key to web super stardom is simple, but a big commitment.  If you want to see an increase in traffic to your website, update it everyday.  Give it 3 to 6 months, and you will see a huge jump in traffic.

Visitors don’t want to see the same thing every time they come back to your site.  If you’re lucky enough to get someone to come back a second time, and they see the exact same content they did last time, they’re not coming back.  Period.  Why would they?  They already know what is going to be there!

However, if they come back a second time and see all new content, now you’ve got them right where you want them. It immediately peaks their interest.  They’ll now know (and expect) that every time they come back.

I don’t care of you own a plumbing business or a bookstore, you need to update regularly.  Every. Single. Day.

How can I update everyday?  For that matter, what possible updates could I have? 

Since we are in the “spend no money” mode, here’s what you do.  Stroll on over to Blogger or WordPress.com and start a blog.  From your main site, just link over to it.  From there, you will have a wealth of simple tools at your disposal enabling you to make updates whenever you want (aka everyday.  I’m watching you). [Read more...]