Answers to Your Questions
Do you have a free website package?
Yes, we do, but it is limited to one per week. It works this way – if you use our affiliate link for your hosting we will build the following site for you. (Contact us for the affiliate link)
We will install and configure WordPress onto your new domain.
We will set up 2x email addresses.
We will add all the necessary plugins (these would be plugins like security, spam control and a few more) This changes all the time as and when some plugins get released or become unsupported and we stop using them.
We install and configure the premium Divi theme.
YOU will supply us with all the necessary written content and images for your core pages.
The core pages that we will build for you are the home page, the about us page and your contact page.
We limit how long those pages will be (max 500 words and 2 images).
If you would like us to use a template there would be an additional fee.
We give you access to at least 60 free training videos that will allow you to learn how to edit and use your new website.
If you already have a hosting provider, then we will consider installing this for you for a $100 fee, as long as your hosting package has cPanel. Contact us to see if we have available spots.
There will be NO editing allowed at all and any changes or edits will fall under an hourly fee.
How many pages should a new website have?
You would need to start off with at least the 10 or 12 basic pages for any normal website when you get started. These would be the four legal pages, then a home page an about us page a blog page a services page or three and a contact page.
If you do not plan to rank for organic traffic then this would probably be enough pages.
If you plan to run advertising to bring traffic to your site then you should add a sales landing page per product to the site. (we have a separate service for landing page builds)
If your business is a local service that sells primarily within your local city and nearby surrounding areas then you would need to build a core of around 30 pages and then add a page a week (more or less – depending on what your service or product is)
If you are building either an affiliate site or an authority site then you will be looking at starting with at least 30 pages and then adding a page a day on average.
For more details on this question in relation to your specific business, you would need to contact me via the contact page to set up a meeting.
Is “blogging” still a thing?
Yes – blogs never went away, they just became an online business and are now called websites or authority sites.
They are almost always set up with WordPress because of all the powerful features that come with the platform.
Do you have any weird rules?
Yes, I am sorry to say that I can afford to be picky about what type of websites I build.
I do not build gambling, porn or bitcoin sites. No silly reason for that other than they all come with “penalties” in the online space that makes marketing them different to normal businesses.
I ONLY build with WordPress. I used to build HTML type sites with custom coding in the past, but the serious problems that those sites created for my clients made it silly to keep on doing them. Now I do what is best for my clients. No matter what you think you learned through a few online searches.
I ONLY use the Divi theme. There are a lot of sites built with their biggest competition – Elementor – and I have no problem with them, but my skills and experience are with Divi and it means that you as the client benefits from that.
I turn away businesses and refer them to others when I see that we might not be the best “fit” for each other. This business of building websites and doing digital marketing is a massive thing for your business and you need the relationship between you and me to be an easy one for things to work out for both of us. This is a good thing, I promise you.
I limit how many sites I build. This is not for any silly or cheeky reason, but simply that I do all the work myself. If – in some situations – I am fully booked up and you would still like to contract me to oversee the site built by a freelancer, then we might be able to reach an agreement there.
How much does a single-page website cost?
This is like asking how long is a piece of string. Meaning it will differ from site to site.
The short answer is as little as $100 to as much as $3000.
However, the “standard” one-page website with a maximum of 1000 words and 10 images will be far closer to the $100 option.
What will affect your price is how many edits and revisions you would like us to give you. This is really just a simple per-hour cost.
How many pages should an established website have?
There is no short answer to this question. Let me try and give you a few possible answers…
One – let the size of your biggest and best opposition website guide the choices you make in relation to the size of your won. If your biggest competitor is ranking all over the top of the search engine results pages with only 20 pages, then 25 pages are what you would strive for. Plus – naturally – the same level of backlinking and SEO quality.
Two – Sometimes a focused 15-page website with a very powerful social media marketing plan will be far more successful than any other option.
Three – Any affiliate marketing site, authority site, e-commerce site or review site will need to have a combined marketing plan with a constant flow of new posts and pages and still be coupled with a powerful social media package.
Four – A local services site need not necessarily be more than 20 or 30 pages with a strong GMB (local search) marketing effort to go with it. However, if you are in a large city with a ton of strong competitors, then a bigger website with pages in categories for each suburb or area will go a long way to set your site at the top of all search results.
Links to pages you might be looking for inside the Digital Garden website.
Contact Robert Bruce Anderson - https://digitalgarden.ca/contact/
Digital Garden Home page - https://digitalgarden.ca/
SEO page relating to Ontario or Brantford - https://digitalgarden.ca/search-engine-optimization/
Digital Marketing core page for small businesses - https://digitalgarden.ca/digital-marketing/
Mobile Marketing via apps or push notification marketing - https://digitalgarden.ca/mobile-app-agency/
Social media marketing packages and ideas page - https://digitalgarden.ca/social-media-marketing/
Website design and on-page SEO - Including keyword research - https://digitalgarden.ca/website-design-agency/
The blog or news section with all the latest marketing trends and tips - https://digitalgarden.ca/news-specials/
Branding for small businesses - https://digitalgarden.ca/branding-agency/
Local search business marketing (GMB) - https://digitalgarden.ca/local-business-marketing/