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Old 03-26-2010, 04:05 PM   #11
Mark Sun
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Re: Website Help! Newbie Affiliate Here

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Wordpress is very easy to use. I recommend at least learning how to do the back office stuff so you're not stuck relying on someone else to do your daily blog updates.

Chris, the bootcamp site looks great! BTW, you have "Guidelines" misspelled on the front page.
Will do Kris! Thanks everyone. Wordpress 101 starts tomorrow
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Old 03-26-2010, 09:30 PM   #12
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Re: Website Help! Newbie Affiliate Here

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I just emailed them to get a quote and some help.
Good to hear, check it out and see if it is right for you. Jason is really helpful and reasonable.

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Wordpress is very easy to use. I recommend at least learning how to do the back office stuff so you're not stuck relying on someone else to do your daily blog updates.

Chris, the bootcamp site looks great! BTW, you have "Guidelines" misspelled on the front page.
Totally agree with Kris, make sure you are able to handle daily posts and minor maintenance. I envy you and Chris for having the talent to develop your sites, strong work!
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Old 03-29-2010, 07:56 AM   #13
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Re: Website Help! Newbie Affiliate Here

Most of my current clients have come to me from my website! I did it myself (still a work in progress) but for those that don't have the technical skills my suggestion: Find a website designer that is interested in becoming a member and trade services. Still use wordpress or a free blog but have the designer help you set it up and teach you how to update it yourself.
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Old 03-29-2010, 03:06 PM   #14
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Re: Website Help! Newbie Affiliate Here

Congrats on you on your affiliate!
I would honestly say that working with a website is limited to how much time you are willing to put into it. Eventually, it's be a fully self-functioning entity that helps streamline your work so that you can focus more on the athletes.

I started out lucky because my I had to take web design classes for my degree. Everything I learned was thrown out of the window when I learned to use content management systems (CMSs). These make a fully dynamic site that can anyone can use with a little patience. Word Press and Joomla! are the two most popular CMS's out there. I get a feeling that a lot of affiliates prefer Word Press. Both have an extremely large community of support.

I use Joomla because I got better reviews for it. All it took was the install file, a reliable hosting service (Blue Host is mine, I heard that GoDaddy is better), and Joomla! For Dummies. I had a website up in a week that I got paid 2300 euros for. I didn't have to spend any money except for the web space. Any additional add-ons to the site is free, and it's cool to know that I can create a site on the same level as Apple(Asbru is their CMS) and the Discovery Channel(Joomla! is their CMS).

The sky is the limit on website making. There's nothing wrong with using a blog site, but there will be times when some folks can't access the site due to Cyber Nanny issues and you are extremely limited in creativity. Remember that the quality of the site is determined by the quality of work put in. Your site will do the rest for you.

It was a long reply, but I hope it helps.

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Old 03-29-2010, 10:09 PM   #15
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Re: Website Help! Newbie Affiliate Here

My website is still in the works, but I hired a programmer to write me a program for my site so that I can do the following without stress:
Input WODs
Personal Profiles
Input results
See when a member needs to pay
Members can do a WOD search

I can get you their info if you are interested. We are finishing my site up in the next couple weeks. I wanted to do blog style, but I also wanted something that would function for the business side.

www.crossfitfullstrength.com
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Old 03-30-2010, 09:57 PM   #16
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Re: Website Help! Newbie Affiliate Here

Oh, and a bit of advice. Target the front page of your site to appeal to people who aren't already your clients. Meaning keep the blog on a separate page and avoid pics of bloody hands and people lying on the floor in pools of sweat and chalk.
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Old 03-30-2010, 11:43 PM   #17
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Re: Website Help! Newbie Affiliate Here

Thanks for all the referrals and tips!

Love the tip on keeping the main page for potential noncrossfitters. No bloody hands it is!
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Old 03-30-2010, 11:46 PM   #18
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Nice site crossfit full strength!
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Old 04-16-2010, 01:50 PM   #19
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Re: Website Help! Newbie Affiliate Here

Hey Mark, congrats, man. My partner and I just opened our affiliate a little over a month ago. We use Wordpress and love it. They're phenemonal at getting back to us with answers to our questions and the posts are extremely easy to update.

You can check us out at www.crossfithiltonhead.com.

Best of luck, brother.
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