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I am a new web designer and I need to know of the best way to get the word out about my work. I dont have thousands of dollars for advertising so where do I go for cheap?
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by:KenAdney
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IMHO, beyond the obvious answer of having a good SEO page that shows your work, you should market your work using many of the same marketing ploys that those with a product to sell use.  Check out Levinson's Guerilla Marketing books, do some demo projects for local non-profits, join a local chamber of commerce or other opportunity to meet and greet others, do some cold calling of small, local businesses that you know don't have websites, run ads in cheap local papers (something like your local computer shopper), etc.  
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what is a SEO page.
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search engine optimization...it's the techniques used so search engines will find your page easier...there's more info at http://www.bruceclay.com/web_rank.htm , http://www.seochat.com/ et. al.
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What about demo projects? How do I do this?
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You can always just create multiple pages in different designs to show off your work, but I'm a believer that content and function are important.  Find a local charity that you like and see if they have a web site.  If they don't, create one for them.  Of course, if you pick a charity that you care about, the quality of your work (and the content of the site) will be better.  As an example, I'm on a committee to improve the downtown area.  They needed a place to post minutes from their board meetings, etc. so I made up a simple page (olympiapbia.org if you're interested).  Then I added the ASP coding and a database so folks could leave their comments...something their previous website did not have.  The design for this site is crappy, but then I'm not selling my services so I just wanted something functional and simple.  If your work is really outstanding, you could probably fetch a little cash from them for maintaining their sites.
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great. thanks for all of your help and info.
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