Making Cash On The Web is a serious attempt to compile useful information about making money on the internet. It is a combination of things that I have learned myself, as well as information culled from other sources. It is NOT about get rich quick schemes, or wierd marketing programs. I am not going to sell you anything.
You can dramatically improve your web presence (and your business presence) with a professionally done logo. The problem is that professional graphic designers are not cheap—and if nothing else, I believe in doing things on the cheap (thus, this site is created entirely with free software).
Fortunately, there is a solution: Got Logos dot Com.
For just $25, you can have a professionally drawn logo done for your website or business. You simply tell them as best you can what you need, and they get to work. Turnaround time generally is 5 days.
The only catch is that there is no guarantee. For $25, you get what they give you—any revisions are another $10.
But I believe that you’re going to love what they do for you. And you can get an idea of their quality work by looking at their extensive catalog of past work.
Jakob Nielson has a page with a list of the top ten mistakes made by web designers.
A particular beef with me are those sites that make the back button useless.
There are a couple of ways to do this. One is to have every link open in a new window. But the worst are those sites that use an immediate redirect—where you use the backbutton, and are immediately sent back to your previous location.
One of Nielson’s beefs, though, is not an issue if you are using blogging software: no archives. Most blogging software allows bloggers to easily keep their old posts.
One way to keep the content on your site fresh is to add an RSS news feed like the one in the sidebar on this blog.
Here’s how to do it.
First, you need to find an RSS feed to use. They’re on millions of websites. One particularly useful place to find one is Yahoo.
If you go to this page, you will see two buttons on the right after the name of the feed. Right click on the XML one and copy the web address.
Paste the address into the URL box, and then fill out the rest of the form. It will then give you the code you need. Copy the code and paste it into a likely spot in your site.
Now, whenever someone visits your site, they will see a fresh set of news headlines without any further effort on your own part.
Somewhere between 8% and 12% of males (and about 1/2 a percent of females) are colorblind. The most common form of this involves a difficulty distinguishing between reds and greens.
As a webmaster, you can’t afford to lose ten percent of your potential customers because they can’t make out what’s on the screen.
The most obvious thing is to make sure that you don’t have red text on a green background, or vice versa.
But there may be other parts of your site that you haven’t thought about. To find out whether your site is “color blind friendly”, go to Vischeck and run a test. It allows you to check for the three most common forms of color blindness.
If it turns out that you site has issues—especially with the text, you might consider changing some colors.
Web site speed is important. Studies have shown that you lose as much as 50% of your potential visitors if your site takes more than 8 seconds to load.
There are a lot of sites that offer free spotchecks of a site’s speed. Here are two: