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selling DIY websites for 3x the monthly fee

Discussion in 'Offline Marketing' started by plonk, Oct 27, 2014.

  1. plonk

    plonk Junior Member

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    I'm still developing my whole offline/online method to get me to my goals and part of it is building websites for clients and then charge them monthly fee for "hosting, support, updates ext".

    Obvious choice would be to go with Wordpress and charge them for example upfront $300 to build the site and then $100 p/m for hosting, maintenance, support and updates + other things that makes this a good offer.

    But I keep seeing (bloody facebook and google spying on my interests) ads for these easy DIY sites that are basicly drag and drop to build a website. They charge about $5-15 p/m and if the site is built good, amateur wont be able to tell the difference and it takes 1/2 time to build.

    I personally don't like the whole idea of charging someone $300 + 100p/m for a site that I would pay $15 p/m and would take me a about 4h to build, but as part of all my packages I thought this could fit in for the savvy person who wants a site but dosnt know how to build one and I would charge him lets say $50 per month and provide updates+support.

    Now my question is, has anyone done this and made any income from this type of setup?

    I know that 1 won't make a lot of difference on my bottom line, but 10 would bring in 500 p/m (minus expenses) and the time it takes to set this up is ridiculously small.
     
  2. THUNDERELVI

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    Don't ever under-sell yourself! It's true that maybe those websites are easy for you to build, but the business owners dont know that and they certainly don't know how to build one either. Something that is easy for you is hard for someone else, remember that. Everything in this world is "buy low and sell high" and in most cases overpriced as hell. So go ahead and charge them at least $500 per website, it's a good investment for them anyway, because an online identity for their business is permanent and will last forever (as long as they are in business). Not to mention that if I was a business owner and knew the value of online advertising, hearing someone offering me a website for $50 per month would make me think you are a kid trying to make a quick buck and I wouldn't take you seriously.
     
  3. plonk

    plonk Junior Member

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    Thanks for the tip, I went away from this and now I am building WP based websites for clients, however I still think I could charge a lot more with some nice advertising and services.

    At the moment my price is 300Euros or about 320USD (fuck euro drop in value).
    After I finish a few more sites I plan on raising the prices.

    I contacted other local web companies here (in Latvia) they all charge about 500+ per site but they all have (it seems) polished appearance on the web, a lot of big name clients, big portfolios and offices (at least it seems like that)

    Could you maybe give any tip on how I could compete with these ones? Should I put the focus on that I'm a single person and that I can provide more "personal" sites for each client since I mostly work on one site a time?

    Planing on using the 7878 offline advertising method to get the ball rolling in bigger scale..
     
  4. spider7

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    $100 mth sound a little High. BUT, HEY---if you can sell it---Do it!
    No doubt in the long run it will be a better pay off.
    Only problem will be "when they wake up" and realize that they could have gotten it for 10times less.
    You gotta be prepared for a rebuttle to that objection.
     
  5. plonk

    plonk Junior Member

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    I thought the same thing thats why i went off to build sites and just charge them monthly/yearly hosting fee and any other support is p/h based.

    'however the $100p/m would not only for hosting it would have been for constant updates and such. I talked to one Aussie hairdresser who was payed around 1k for website and I think it was around 200 or smoething for hosting.
    The website looked shit as, it was like some newbie who just started built a html/css website using dreamweaver.. (and they kept paying this for a very long time before I got in the picture)
     
  6. Beaverman

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    I do this in a niche market using Wordpress themes I customise myself and charge an up front fee and then an annual hosting fee including updates. I think my prices might be too low now reading yours!

    One of the disadvantages of the free builders sites is they normally stick their banners on them somewhere and I think this is a good selling point for NOT using them. It looks cheap. I know some of them offer a paid service, but then when a customer goes down that road they are then having to design, update and maintain it themselves too all the while paying to do it.

    Im looking to expand my area I cater to a bit and move into more mainstream areas, like small local businesses. Any tips on what the kind of issues you get when dealing with small business? Currently my customers are all individuals who need website because of reasons.