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Do you want to promote your products or services to our lawn care business forum? Tell us what you have to offer. Post some specials or promotional offers. There is no better way to sell to a forum community than to get a few happy customers and then word will spread.
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Just be careful when asking for any monies on-line that you are PCI Compliance. I too can remember first starting out and basically doing websites for free to build up a portfolio.

One thing to keep it mind is uniqueness of each site...don't go with that template and plug in each persons logo, name, contact info.... Think outside the box a bit and be creative. Also don't limit yourself to just godaddy. If your going to be a aka web developer you really need to understand DNS structure, different forms of hosting and the best ways to upload and make changes when needed.

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Just be careful when asking for any monies on-line that you are PCI Compliance. I too can remember first starting out and basically doing websites for free to build up a portfolio.

One thing to keep it mind is uniqueness of each site...don't go with that template and plug in each persons logo, name, contact info.... Think outside the box a bit and be creative. Also don't limit yourself to just godaddy. If your going to be a aka web developer you really need to understand DNS structure, different forms of hosting and the best ways to upload and make changes when needed.

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PCI Compliance isn't an issue as I use PayPal to process all transactions on their secure servers.

All sites that I build will be unique as I don't use templates. I write the code of each site by hand in notepad. I am not running a large organization so this isn't a problem. Dreamweaver holds me back.

I understand different hosting but for this promotion (almost free) and other (totally free) promotions, I choose to use GoDaddy as this is what I am most familiar with. They are inexpensive. They support PHP.

Thanks for the luck.
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Wow, great read. Thanks for sharing.

I just finished and love the creativity you have used in the past. I plan to try some of the ideas (coupons) – scanning the paper – personal letters. I saved your book and plan to print and highlight ideas I think I can use.

Offering a pay online (PayPal) is something I have thought about adding to my site but I’m just not sure people are looking at it. If you would like take a look at it and see if you could improve.

Thanks again for the book, look forward to part 2
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Wow, great read. Thanks for sharing.

I just finished and love the creativity you have used in the past. I plan to try some of the ideas (coupons) – scanning the paper – personal letters. I saved your book and plan to print and highlight ideas I think I can use.

Offering a pay online (PayPal) is something I have thought about adding to my site but I’m just not sure people are looking at it. If you would like take a look at it and see if you could improve.

Thanks again for the book, look forward to part 2
Thanks a lot for the feedback! I really hope a lot of people get something out of this. I've always been a poor guy so I had to be creative

As far as the PayPal, I think it shouldn't be a question of "Are they looking for it?" If they aren't, they just scan by it. If you don't offer the option though and someone is looking for the convenience of using a credit card, you loose a potential customer. Just my two cents.
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With paypal, there are two ways to go about using them. You can send a money request to your customers email address, it like sending them the button by email, but you will have the total they owe you. Or they can go to your website and press the button to pay a bill. When you make the button for your website, just put a zero in for the amount then they have to input the amount they want to pay.
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With paypal, there are two ways to go about using them. You can send a money request to your customers email address, it like sending them the button by email, but you will have the total they owe you. Or they can go to your website and press the button to pay a bill. When you make the button for your website, just put a zero in for the amount then they have to input the amount they want to pay.

Absolutely correct. I'm a lazy kind of guy so I never sent them the button in the email. The furthest I would go is including the URL on their invoices so they could visit my site and enter their number in.

In my opinion, this is the best solution for someone wanting to accept credit cards and just starting out. There is no upfront cost. The only charge associated is when someone does use this service, there is a few cents you pay per transaction and a small percentage of the total. I believe Google Checkout is similar although I think PayPal is more widely recognized.
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