I’m a Freelance Web Developer (Toronto) who focuses on developing simple, clean, low-cost websites for freelancers and consultants such as mortgage brokers, insurance agents, naturopaths, chiropractors, lawyers, and other individual or small businesses.
Although I can create websites with all the bells and whistles, I do believe the majority are just that: bells and whistles. They do nothing for your business, unless you’re in the business of modeling, design, or something that requires wowing people with looks.
I believe people pay too much for fantastic looking websites when they don’t need to. Why pay $60, $70, $80 or more per month and several hundred or even thousands for development, when it doesn’t even bring you any visitors?
Did you know there are over 1 billion websites on the internet? Do you think a nice website gets ranked better than an ugly one? Not really.
Go ahead and take a look at my consulting page on sas. Search for “sas consulting” on Google. I’m on the first page out of 34 million results!
It has absolutely no fancy bells and whistles. It basically looks like this page you’re reading right now. No sliders, no slide-in or fade-in text or images.
But, hey, I’m on the first page. And you know what? That’s what counts!
I do have one image and one sample video that’s not even mine, I am using someone else’s from YouTube.
High search engine ranking has to do with SEO or search engine optimization, NOT how good your site looks.
In fact too many fancy crap on websites can actually lower your ranking! You can learn more about ranking your website higher on my SEO Consulting page.
It is important to make your site look good because you don’t want a crappy site that is not mobile friendly and so slow that people will just go elsewhere. Then being on the first page of Google is also useless.
But, all you really need is a clean, fast-loading, simple site that makes sense to navigate.
If you’re on the first page and people click on it, then as long as you’re meeting their needs with respect to what they want, you have a good chance of getting a customer.
Once you have the customers rolling in, then you can focus on spending more on the fanciness.
There are lots of factors to consider to get ranked highly in Google, looking good is not one of them! So why pay for it?
Are you in any of these professions?
- Mortgage Broker
- Author / Writer
- IT Consultant
- Business Coach
And are you paying $50 / month or more without getting any leads from your site? Send me a note below and let me do a free assessment. For that price, I can probably include ongoing monthly marketing and hosting your website with minor maintenance included.
What will you get if you hire me to develop your site?
- A clean and simple website that users can navigate and integrated with SEO
- A responsive website that is viewable on smartphones, tablets, or desktops
- I use WordPress which is the #1 Content Management System used by websites on the internet
- I usually use a theme (Genesis) that is considered best in class in the industry
- I install security features
- Hosting on the #1 rated web hosting company in 2017 by PCMag
- You get VPS hosting which is faster and more stable than shared hosting
- You get SSL which is uses https instead of http – this is good for SEO, e-commerce, and security during transmission
- Email support to make changes to your site
- Ongoing Marketing, depending on assessment
How much does all this cost? As low as $20 / month for the simplest sites. More depending on how busy your site is, how many pages you have, and how complicated your current site is. I may charge a setup fee or a higher monthly price for the first year to pay for the setup cost, we can negotiate that.
Want to see if I can create something a bit more fancy than what you’re seeing right now? Click here.
Send me a note below and I’ll give you a quote!