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  1. WEB SCHOOL Horsetrading?

    Mostly I want to get some experience building sites. In the short term, if I can get something for my efforts, that's icing in the cake. Then if I like it and I'm good at it I can start trying to build it into a real business. Especially in my local area, half the businesses don't...
  2. WEB SCHOOL Horsetrading?

    So Im a "software developer" (technically more in mgmt than in the trenches these days, but I digress) and Im considering doing some web design as a side hustle. I'd like to get started building a portfolio with small, static pages for small local businesses - places like auto repair shops...
  3. What problems do you have on a daily basis?

    Hmm. . . 1) Im super forgetful. ie. Take the garbage out because the garbage man comes the following morning, and I forget to take up the can. 2) I want to work remotely (and from a technical standpoint I could), but my employer wont let me because they're scared of remoting. 3) I have...
  4. Should I worry about getting crushed?

    Implementing the 'easy option' will help me to move toward the audacious idea, so nothing is lost.
  5. Should I worry about getting crushed?

    Ok, thanks for the feedback guys. I'll not worry myself with the "what if's", and get something done. I'll put the big site on the back burner, focus on lead generation for the short (and possibly long) term, and see where that goes.
  6. Should I worry about getting crushed?

    Fair concern and question. Can I start cheaper? Yes. I can greatly simplify the plan, making it straight lead generation. But this week, no. I have to build the business list before I can start giving them leads. It's not a local thing and not as easy as looking in the phone book...
  7. Should I worry about getting crushed?

    So I have an idea that I believe is really good, viable, and helps people. It is something I would use, and I believe many other people would be interested in using. Of course, I dont want to say what that is, but it would save people $, and time. Let's just say I create a website with this...
  8. Need HELP! Found a geographical arbitrage opportunity, now what?

    There's a guy who did this in my area. It's just natural spring water from his property, but he started bottling it and now private labels it to Kroger.
  9. My conversion rate sucks. Can I ask for advice?

    Just a quick update: While Im not finished yet, I have the major work done on my new website. [ www.Spartanleathers.com/new/ ] Once I get some final CSS issues worked out I'll publish it as my main page. I think the design is a lot cleaner than the last. In the meantime Im running a 3 day...
  10. My conversion rate sucks. Can I ask for advice?

    Thanks for the specific recommendations. I am working on replacing the website with a new design. . . Just choosing the template I want to use for the store. The new site will have much more white space, and probably a white background. Images will be bigger and zoom on mouseover. As Im...
  11. Lost... about to be homeless.

    My suggestion is get out of the DC area. The cost of living is far too high. Move to a place such as Lousiville, where there are plenty of jobs, IT Jobs included, and the cost of living is low. [I moved away from there a few years ago - Cheap to live, and a nice city too. If you cant make...
  12. My conversion rate sucks. Can I ask for advice?

    Ok, so reading everybody's comments, it sounds like my priorities should be: 1) Product Photography. Get lots of good, professional pics. Include lots of details. All feature images should be on a white background for consistency. Action shots should be featured whenever possible as...
  13. My conversion rate sucks. Can I ask for advice?

    Because Crap Zencart doesnt allow it. :rage: I'd say Im way past due to replace it with another Ecommerce software. So is Shopify the one to go for? Can I still do custom php pages there? I have a suit design tool where they can pick and submit their colors, as well as a page where...
  14. My conversion rate sucks. Can I ask for advice?

    *edit* I accept payment through Stripe, but it requires you go through and login or create an account before you can see that. The Paypal Express lets you skip that step.
  15. My conversion rate sucks. Can I ask for advice?

    The thing w/ the pics is, I can take general pics all day, but these suits look terrible on a hangar. They only look decent when being worn. Never really thought about Shopify. While I am always looking to save a few bucks, Im willing to spend what is necessary. Is Shopify worth the price?
  16. My conversion rate sucks. Can I ask for advice?

    I looked at a few ecommerce software packages and thought that one looked good. Maybe much better options out there I guess, but Im not sure what. The new site still needs a lot of work, doing things like integrating the logo, and better images as mentioned. Guess I better start shopping for...
  17. My conversion rate sucks. Can I ask for advice?

    This is very helpful. Thanks a ton! You (and others) talked a lot about the photography... Do those of you who do Ecommerce pay someone to do the photography for you, or do you set up light-rooms and do it yourself?
  18. My conversion rate sucks. Can I ask for advice?

    This is gold. I really appreciate your feedback. I'll check out that Udemy course. Im using Zencart, and it really is a pain. I needed to add additional pages, but it was really hard to do, so I ended up doing the stacked menus. That's why Im doing a rebuild in Abantecart, though I have a...
  19. My conversion rate sucks. Can I ask for advice?

    Since you say it's cool . . . www.SpartanLeathers.com Let me know if anybody wants me to remove it.
  20. My conversion rate sucks. Can I ask for advice?

    I dont currently have any ads at all. So my traffic for July was 65% organic, 23% Direct, 9% Referral, and 3% social. My bounce rate was 55% on the main page, but drops to 39% on my motorcycle leathers subcategory. It looks like they're jumping ship before adding to cart, as those who did...
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