How to Promote a Web Development Service?

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Guys,

After 5 years working in the IT industry Im starting as Freelancer.

Id like to have some advice on how to promote my service.

Ideas than I have:
1. Forum related signature
2. Make a Blog
3. Contact web design agencies

Do you recommend something else?

Thanks!
#development #freelance #php #promote #service #web #wordpress
  • Profile picture of the author kodeforest
    Hi NicolasDevDes.
    Best of luck for your web development services. But first you want you should make your site SEO friendly than you start working on-site and of-site, Social Media , Back Links , PR etc Steps to promote development site. You can visit KodeForest & webdeveloper as a example. PM for more detail.
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    • Profile picture of the author NicolasDevDes
      Originally Posted by kodeforest View Post

      Hi NicolasDevDes.
      Best of luck for your web development services. But first you want you should make your site SEO friendly than you start working on-site and of-site, Social Media , Back Links , PR etc Steps to promote development site. You can visit KodeForest & webdeveloper as a example. PM for more detail.
      Thank you kodeforest. I'd like to start blogging. I have experience with SEO onpage but not much with Linkbuilding and Social media. I'll visit your website
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    Create CV and Portfolio and Linkedin Profile and start connect with people.
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    • Profile picture of the author NicolasDevDes
      Originally Posted by imhabibone View Post

      Create CV and Portfolio and Linkedin Profile and start connect with people.
      imhabibone, thanks!
      Im thinking about create a portfolio in behance. I have a question, would you put in your portfolio websites that you have created but working in a private company?
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    of course. it doesn't matter at least i do that
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  • Profile picture of the author NicolasDevDes
    imhabibone, thanks again.

    What social media do you recommend?

    I'm planning to begin with Twitter. But I've read that reddit could be amazing.

    Facebook groups are other option. Some recommendation?
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  • Profile picture of the author eflorez
    Every time you start a new avenue you need to think who are you going to serve. The whole point is to provide a service greater than expected.

    A blog is a good starting point using it as a place where you share your experiences and what you have learn from them. And then how that experience will give value to your potential customers.

    The rule of thumb is ALWAYS Give MORE that what people expect from you. If you want to attract customer give them free stuff, but not junk, give them things that will be valuable for them. So They will say if this person gave me this great product that has helped me on this, probably the product he is providing is very good too.

    The more you give the more you get back.

    Good luck in you new and exiting business!

    Elkin
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  • Profile picture of the author imhabibone
    i will recommend following social networks
    1.twitter
    2.facebook
    3.google+
    4.pinterest
    5.linkedin
    6.instagram
    7.reddit
    8. blogging

    i'm using all of them and receiving very good results.but, each social-media platform has its own flavor and etiquette. It's hard to make time to figure them all out and use your time on them productively.

    "Social media is a great way to connect with new people, including potential freelance clients. Having a presence on one of the hugely trafficked social-media platforms can also help your own freelancer website rank better in search and help you get found by prospects.
    But here's the problem: You're not supposed to be salesy on social media. It's supposed to be mostly a place to hang out and socialize.

    As a result, it takes a little finesse to use social media for prospecting, since messages like "Got any design work for me?" tend to get you unfollowed, disconnected and/or blocked, depending on the platform.But if you focus on specific marketing and network-building activities, social media can be well worth your time investment."
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  • Profile picture of the author Get Mega Rich
    all three of those ideas in the topic post are good, I have nothing bad to say about any of them. What I recommend is that you specialize in one of them and become really good at it. You'll make a lot of money. Just remember. Branding is a long term game, not a short one. Choose an occupation and stick with it, you'll win big money in the end!
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  • Profile picture of the author claw22
    Originally Posted by NicolasDevDes View Post

    Guys,

    After 5 years working in the IT industry Im starting as Freelancer.

    Id like to have some advice on how to promote my service.

    Ideas than I have:
    1. Forum related signature
    2. Make a Blog
    3. Contact web design agencies

    Do you recommend something else?

    Thanks!
    I would set up a blog/website to share some of your work and value you have. Then market your service by attraction marketing via facebook fanpage or group .

    Look in other forums in your niche and see the top 5-10 questions people are asking and create a give away to get emails & phone numbers.

    This is a start . Connect me if you want help or advice.

    All the best
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  • Profile picture of the author NicolasDevDes
    Originally Posted by eflorez View Post

    Every time you start a new avenue you need to think who are you going to serve. The whole point is to provide a service greater than expected.

    A blog is a good starting point using it as a place where you share your experiences and what you have learn from them. And then how that experience will give value to your potential customers.

    The rule of thumb is ALWAYS Give MORE that what people expect from you. If you want to attract customer give them free stuff, but not junk, give them things that will be valuable for them. So They will say if this person gave me this great product that has helped me on this, probably the product he is providing is very good too.

    The more you give the more you get back.

    Good luck in you new and exiting business!

    Elkin
    Hi Elkin, thanks a lot!

    Agree! always deliver great value --> long term business relationship (Brian Tracy's stuff xD)

    About the extra value, I thought in giving an extra audit to a website. So, my clients will know the state of their website and the possible problems that could be fixed.

    Wish you good luck with your service too
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  • Profile picture of the author NicolasDevDes
    Originally Posted by imhabibone View Post

    i will recommend following social networks
    1.twitter
    2.facebook
    3.google+
    4.pinterest
    5.linkedin
    6.instagram
    7.reddit
    8. blogging

    i'm using all of them and receiving very good results.but, each social-media platform has its own flavor and etiquette. It's hard to make time to figure them all out and use your time on them productively.

    "Social media is a great way to connect with new people, including potential freelance clients. Having a presence on one of the hugely trafficked social-media platforms can also help your own freelancer website rank better in search and help you get found by prospects.
    But here's the problem: You're not supposed to be salesy on social media. It's supposed to be mostly a place to hang out and socialize.

    As a result, it takes a little finesse to use social media for prospecting, since messages like "Got any design work for me?" tend to get you unfollowed, disconnected and/or blocked, depending on the platform.But if you focus on specific marketing and network-building activities, social media can be well worth your time investment."
    copied from another place

    Imhabibone, thanks for sharing!

    I decided to start blogging. Later Ill start with the social media, one by one. The only social media that Ive never used is Reddit. I have some doubt about it. But this will be a future problem
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  • Profile picture of the author avemfly619619
    I think you should use social media for promote web development services. you have to use facebook,google plus, linkdin, twitter, pinterest,..
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  • Profile picture of the author hrishivardhan
    Blog and social media will do the bang for you. You also can try the web2.0 it's also worth trying.
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  • Profile picture of the author hynds
    I think there're many methods that you need to do in order to promote your site to get traffic, revenue or lead,.... There're many, for both free methods and paid methods.

    Free methods such as: Doing SEO strategies, Social Media Content sharing, Youtube Sharing, Facebook Content, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest,...and many other channels that give you free using and promotions

    Paid methods such as: Doing SEM such as Google Adwords, GDN, Solo ads, Facebook ads, banner ads,...

    So it depends on your budgets that you will choose which methods that can give you the best effort, or you need to combine between free & paid methods in order to get the effective results

    I hope this helps.
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  • Profile picture of the author opahopa333
    Just do a cold calls
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  • Profile picture of the author NicolasDevDes
    Originally Posted by Get Mega Rich View Post

    all three of those ideas in the topic post are good, I have nothing bad to say about any of them. What I recommend is that you specialize in one of them and become really good at it. You'll make a lot of money. Just remember. Branding is a long term game, not a short one. Choose an occupation and stick with it, you'll win big money in the end!
    Very inspiring comment!

    I know that the brand have more weight to set a price than experience. For this reason I have a very competitive fee right now. I prefer making contacts and showing my how I work.

    Thank you!
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    Originally Posted by claw22 View Post

    I would set up a blog/website to share some of your work and value you have. Then market your service by attraction marketing via facebook fanpage or group .

    Look in other forums in your niche and see the top 5-10 questions people are asking and create a give away to get emails & phone numbers.

    This is a start . Connect me if you want help or advice.

    All the best
    Thanks for the information!
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    Originally Posted by avemfly619619 View Post

    I think you should use social media for promote web development services. you have to use facebook,google plus, linkdin, twitter, pinterest,..
    Thanks Amit!

    I saw that you are in the same business. Id love to know your experience marketing with that.
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    Originally Posted by hrishivardhan View Post

    Blog and social media will do the bang for you. You also can try the web2.0 it's also worth trying.
    What do you mean with web2.0? I understand interaction between users, for example social media and blogging. What else are you suggesting?
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  • Profile picture of the author NicolasDevDes
    Originally Posted by hynds View Post

    I think there're many methods that you need to do in order to promote your site to get traffic, revenue or lead,.... There're many, for both free methods and paid methods.

    Free methods such as: Doing SEO strategies, Social Media Content sharing, Youtube Sharing, Facebook Content, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest,...and many other channels that give you free using and promotions

    Paid methods such as: Doing SEM such as Google Adwords, GDN, Solo ads, Facebook ads, banner ads,...

    So it depends on your budgets that you will choose which methods that can give you the best effort, or you need to combine between free & paid methods in order to get the effective results

    I hope this helps.
    Hynds, thanks for the information!

    I have some doubts about paid traffic. I'll post those before starting with it.
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  • Profile picture of the author NicolasDevDes
    Originally Posted by hynds View Post

    I think there're many methods that you need to do in order to promote your site to get traffic, revenue or lead,.... There're many, for both free methods and paid methods.

    Free methods such as: Doing SEO strategies, Social Media Content sharing, Youtube Sharing, Facebook Content, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest,...and many other channels that give you free using and promotions

    Paid methods such as: Doing SEM such as Google Adwords, GDN, Solo ads, Facebook ads, banner ads,...

    So it depends on your budgets that you will choose which methods that can give you the best effort, or you need to combine between free & paid methods in order to get the effective results

    I hope this helps.
    Hynds, thanks for the information!

    I have some doubts about paid traffic. Ill post those before starting with it.
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    • Nicolas,

      Try joining LinkedIn and Facebook niche groups among other niche online communities (like here in the WarriorForum) with lots of active members who might need a lot of WordPress development and design work (your sig says you specialize in WordPress) done for them from time to time, i.e. Groups and online communities about specific niches related to broad industries like online business, ecommerce, Web publishing, affiliate marketing, mobile and social media marketing, SEO and the like ...

      Contribute helpful content in those communities, i.e. You can recommend certain free and premium WordPress themes and plugins (yours or others) that might be useful for affiliates in certain niches, or for online businesses and ecommerce merchants, or for Web publishers and mobile marketers, etc. You can also provide quick helpful guides and various tweaks that could maximize the usefulness of your recommendations for each niche group and so on ...

      You can also create free and premium WordPress themes and plugins that could most likely be very useful for certain groups in particular niches under related industries, i.e. Online business, ecommerce, affiliate marketing, Web publishing, mobile marketing, SEO, social media marketing and so on ...

      You can integrate creative, non-obtrusive promotional tactics into your free and premium WordPress themes and plugins that could drive interest in your WordPress development and design services from your ideal users ...

      You'd of course need a good looking site with an irresistible opt-in offer for your ideal users, along with social media pages and other Web properties. It's relatively straightforward to use those while promoting your offers across your target online communities ...

      However, I think offering your services as a freelancer should be more of a short term objective, i.e. To pay bills and cover living expenses while building a more sustainable business ...

      For example, your long term goal can be to steadily grow a team of WordPress developers and designers that can:

      1. Create monthly packages of free and premium WordPress themes and plugins for your free and premium subscribers;

      2. Work on custom service contracts from your free and premium subscribers;

      3. Work on custom service contracts that your team of digital marketers and affiliates can close outside your free and premium subscribers; and

      4. Work on internal projects like sites, Web tools and mobile apps designed to get users and subscribers that you can then drive to your affiliate offers ...
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  • Profile picture of the author Jdunhin
    HI,

    I think if you want to start Freelancing you must start on websites like Upworks and Fiverr. It worked for me. You build good reputation and can show off your good work. Some clients will stick to you and just use your service. From there you start your business profile.

    It worked for me, best of luck to you!
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  • Profile picture of the author vik90
    Originally Posted by NicolasDevDes View Post

    Guys,

    After 5 years working in the IT industry Im starting as Freelancer.

    Id like to have some advice on how to promote my service.

    Ideas than I have:
    1. Forum related signature
    2. Make a Blog
    3. Contact web design agencies

    Do you recommend something else?

    Thanks!
    One thing you can do, Create quality content creation and post it on high pr blogger site. Start engaging target visitors with your blog also it is more important for maintain the criteria of Keyword density and their link building
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    • Profile picture of the author NicolasDevDes
      Originally Posted by vik90 View Post

      One thing you can do, Create quality content creation and post it on high pr blogger site. Start engaging target visitors with your blog also it is more important for maintain the criteria of Keyword density and their link building
      Hi vik90,

      I'll have to research a little more about SEO. I've work a lot with onpage SEO optimization. But I don
      't have much experience about link building and that kind of stuff.

      Thanks man!
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  • Profile picture of the author NicolasDevDes
    Originally Posted by opahopa333 View Post

    Just do a cold calls
    Thanks opahopa333 for the quote, but I've had the worst experience in my life doing cold calling! xD

    Too much effort and no results. In fact, I did a try with no succeed at all. And later, I outsourced it with a freelancer salesman and no succeed either.

    So, no more cold calling for me
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  • Profile picture of the author NicolasDevDes
    Originally Posted by Marx Vergel Melencio View Post

    Nicolas,

    Try joining LinkedIn and Facebook niche groups among other niche online communities (like here in the WarriorForum) with lots of active members who might need a lot of WordPress development and design work (your sig says you specialize in WordPress) done for them from time to time, i.e. Groups and online communities about specific niches related to broad industries like online business, ecommerce, Web publishing, affiliate marketing, mobile and social media marketing, SEO and the like ...

    Contribute helpful content in those communities, i.e. You can recommend certain free and premium WordPress themes and plugins (yours or others) that might be useful for affiliates in certain niches, or for online businesses and ecommerce merchants, or for Web publishers and mobile marketers, etc. You can also provide quick helpful guides and various tweaks that could maximize the usefulness of your recommendations for each niche group and so on ...

    You can also create free and premium WordPress themes and plugins that could most likely be very useful for certain groups in particular niches under related industries, i.e. Online business, ecommerce, affiliate marketing, Web publishing, mobile marketing, SEO, social media marketing and so on ...

    You can integrate creative, non-obtrusive promotional tactics into your free and premium WordPress themes and plugins that could drive interest in your WordPress development and design services from your ideal users ...

    You'd of course need a good looking site with an irresistible opt-in offer for your ideal users, along with social media pages and other Web properties. It's relatively straightforward to use those while promoting your offers across your target online communities ...

    However, I think offering your services as a freelancer should be more of a short term objective, i.e. To pay bills and cover living expenses while building a more sustainable business ...

    For example, your long term goal can be to steadily grow a team of WordPress developers and designers that can:

    1. Create monthly packages of free and premium WordPress themes and plugins for your free and premium subscribers;

    2. Work on custom service contracts from your free and premium subscribers;

    3. Work on custom service contracts that your team of digital marketers and affiliates can close outside your free and premium subscribers; and

    4. Work on internal projects like sites, Web tools and mobile apps designed to get users and subscribers that you can then drive to your affiliate offers ...
    Thanks a lot man! A lot of quality content in your comment.

    I've been working a lot the last weeks, so I couldn't reply this topic. I'll begin blogging soon enough, I hope. Later, I wanna share content on social media.
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  • Profile picture of the author daronch
    You can try posting in your local forums and classifieds. Try promoting in social media, such as Facebook groups as well.
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  • Profile picture of the author mandylopez
    If you want to promote your web design company, you better start with SEM, SEO and SMM. These are the best ways to promote your business and these also the easiest ways to reach your target audience.
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  • Profile picture of the author NicolasDevDes
    Originally Posted by Jdunhin View Post

    HI,

    I think if you want to start Freelancing you must start on websites like Upworks and Fiverr. It worked for me. You build good reputation and can show off your good work. Some clients will stick to you and just use your service. From there you start your business profile.

    It worked for me, best of luck to you!
    Hi Jdunhin,

    In Fiverr there are a lot of cheap competition, its hard to make a decent money if you dont have a product on autopilot.

    About Upworks, I hate the proposal system. Its not productive to have a lot of people studying a problem/project, sending a good proposal, and later having very lower chances to get the job.

    For those reasons I begin working on PPH. For now Im happy with it. Anyway, I could change my mind and trying another freelancing network.

    Thanks for share!
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    You can also offer your service on serveces platforms and the best platform is Fiverr , you can gogle services platforms to get more exposure ang get hred for your services
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  • Profile picture of the author cmac12
    Use as many tools as possible, from Facebook to Twitter, etc. I would definitely recommend Linkedin and Reddit, promoting your service I would hit as many if not all outlets! Good Luck
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  • Profile picture of the author NicolasDevDes
    Originally Posted by daronch

    You can try posting in your local forums and classifieds. Try promoting in social media, such as Facebook groups as well.
    Thanks man. I begin with a few forum (this included). Social media is in my TODO list...
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