We at Search Boost Marketing have been building websites and helping them rank higher on Google since 2001. During this time we have gained a vast amount of experience and knowledge. We wrote this FAQ’s page to answer many of the questions we were frequently asked along the way by our customers.
Q. I’m new to this whole website thing, how does it work?
Never fear, that’s why we are here. As a professional web design company, we do all the hard work for you. We need you to answer some questions so we know what you want your new website to accomplish. You can learn more about our time proven website design process here.
Q. How much does a website cost?
The cost of a website can vary depending on various factors, just like the cost of a car will vary. A business website is one place you do not want to cut corners If your goal is a successful website that brings you new customers and sales revenues. Honestly, our website projects generally start in the $2,500 range for basic website and range upward depending on your unique needs.
Q. How long does it take to design and build a website?
The time it takes to produce a website depends on the size and complexity of your site and the quality of content that you have ready to go. A typical business website will typically take around 4 – 6 weeks from beginning to end on average.
Q. Do I need my own domain name and web hosting?
Yes you will, we and help you get this set up and we can work with your existing provider. We can also recommend a good host if you do not currently have one. We are not a web hosting company but will set it up for you when needed.
Q. Will my website work on mobile devices?
Yes it will. All the websites we design work on all devices. We design and develop your website using responsive design so that the site is optimized and looks great on mobile devices.
Q. Do you do E Commerce / Online Store websites?
Yes we do, simply submit our request a quote form to get started.
Q. What is a Content Management System?
A Content Management System is simply a tool that allows you to easily maintain the pages of your website yourself. There is no need for any savvy technical skills to manage it. A CMS allows you to edit and add pages, images, products or blog entries to your website if you so desire. No additional software or costs are required – all you need is a web browser and an internet connection.
Q. Do you provide training?
Yes, we provide you and or your team with training on updating and maintaining your new website.
Q. Can you help me with Social Media and Email Marketing?
Yes we can. As part of your project we can include social media and email marketing services. We will also help you decide which social media channels are best for your industry.
Q. What is Search Engine Optimization (SEO)?
Search Engine Optimization is all about getting your website ranked higher up in the search results when someone makes a search on Google. The higher up the results you are, the more traffic (and customers) you’re likely to get. This is a big key to a successful website. Most Seo experts agree there are approx 200 ranking signals that search engines look at.
There are many aspects that go into achieving good search engine rankings. We break it down into 3 main steps.
- A SEO Friendly Website: This means you must have a properly built search engine friendly website. Your website needs to be easy for the search engine robots to crawl and find all your most important content. And in the format the search engines like best.
- On Site SEO: This is the actual optimizing of the website and content itself. Search engines have approx 200 ranking factors they look for to score a web page. You need to make sure you build and write your content pages the way search engines love. One important part is the copy (words) on your website. Focus on well written, keyword rich and appropriate content is best. But that’s only 1 step of many.
- Off Site SEO: Once you have mastered the first 2 steps the next step is actually performed off your website. This step involves building high quality back links and business citations for your company. The secret here is to do the proper research to find high quality sources for your back links and citations. Doing this wrong can do more harm than good. You want to make sure you use a professional Seo company like us to do this step right. We have been performing website Seo optimization since 2001.
Q. Do you write the content for my site?
That’s totally up to you. We don’t actually write your website content ourselves. We do have a copywriter who specializes in writing for the websites that we can contract on your behalf. Copy writing is not included in website design fees and will be an extra charge depending on the number of pages and complexity of the writing required.
Q. Can you design my logo?
We focus on what we’re good at – designing and building search engine friendly websites. If you need someone to create your logo for you we have relationships with several graphic designers who specialize in logos and branding we can refer you to.
Q. What is a domain name?
A domain name is your address on the internet. Typically this would be something like www.your-company-name-here.com
Q. What is web hosting?
Web hosting is a service that holds your website so it can be viewed on the Internet. Think of your website as a house. And the hosting is the piece of land your house sits on. Basically a virtual piece of land in a data center that runs your website and email.
Q. What is an auto responder?
An auto responder is a series of pre written emails designed to educate and sell for you automatically. Typically a series of emails can be written to systematically introduce your company or products to your new or existing customers. You set them up once, provide an email opt in box so they can join your list and get the free email series. Once set up, they work for you over and over again on auto pilot.
Q. Do you maintain my website once it’s built?
Yes we can. We typically provide a few options. We do provide some training so you or someone on your team can update the website yourself. We also offer full website care plans which also provide website security and software updates. It depends on how comfortable you are with the website work. You can see our website care plans here.
Hopefully we have answered all of your questions: If you are ready to take the next step you can learn more about how we work and request a quote here.