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An Attempt To Get Clients For My Services

Monday, October 09, 2006

I just refined the layout of this blog. It's not an easy task to go through the CSS and HTML codes, however I somehow managed to do it. This month has been a very busy month. Recently, I got some lead to design a website for an established corporation.

Here is the situation that the company is facing from what was being told. All they want was a simple website with a simple contact form that will be forwarded to the right person in the company. They were approached by an IT web design company and the Purchase Order has been issued. However, after more than 6 months, the website is still not ready. So, my referer told me to send them a quotation for half the price of what the other company is offering.

So, I sent them my quotation. At the same time, I managed to search and collect for information that is available about the company on the web. I even had a sample of a customized website ready for them before I made the follow up call to the contact person at the company. The template was taken from OpenWebDesign and customized in just one hour.

Octagon Maju Sample Website

I even uploaded the sample website on the web and it is now live on the web. The idea was to email the executive and ask him to try and access and then give me some feedback for further action.

Unfortunately for me, when I get hold of the executive, he told me that they are now proceeding with the company who offered the high priced quotation and did nothing. Well, they did something which was registering the domain name. Apart from that, nothing is moving yet. I wonder what's going on with the web design company.

The lesson here is to persist and try to find clients no matter what the outcome would be. It reminds me of my tele-marketing job quotes "The more 'NO' you get will get you closer to a 'YES'!".

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Manipulating Blogger's Template

Sunday, October 01, 2006

Blogger.com is recently undergoing it's Beta program. It is an update Google should have done years ago. I've tried the beta program but to manipulate the template requires a lot of tweaking and testing. You can read about Blogger Beta template's if you are a bit technical savvy kind of person. Anyway, Blogger is a great blogging system and a powerful tool to use. No wonder Rob Benwell could make a lot of profit just by using free blogging tools.

If you are interested to get Rob Benwell latest of Rob Benwell's Baby Blogging Bonanza there was another way you can get it around the salesletter straight to the thank you pages without paying. I tried it and it works, it bypasses the payment processor and went straight to the thank you/download page. All this just by using the search engine. I think Rob has fixed his website now. Personally, I think there is nothing special in his material. The only thing that is valuable is his strategy and if you've been blogging long enough, you'll know it better.

So, back to manipulating Blogger's template. Firstly, you should have been fiddling around with blogger's template and see how the code is structured. Then, if you require a more indepth knowledge, you can visit FreshBlog: Blogger Hacks, Catogeries, Tips & Trick. The site has an incredible amount of interesting stuff covering blogger hacks and loads of other stuff. Take a look at how this site (Music Thing) is created entirely utilizing the Blogger hosting. The site doesn't look like a blog at all and has a high PR rank of 6. The best part is, Blogger is free and they don't have to take care of any technical, bandwitdh issues and hardware stuff. Genius.

With that in mind, for a start. I think anyone can be successful in building websites using the already free available blogging system without costing you anything except an internet connection. The only problem is whether you can handle the technical and coding part and your willingness to step up to the plate. As for me, I need to work hard and focus on what I've been doing as it is very easy for me to get distracted with so many stuff dumped in my emails.
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