Why use Synthasite

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I am new to create a website and I am looking to find a a web design, hosting and SEO help. I was looking at "Site Build It(SBI)" How does this com[are?
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Todd

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Ruth

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My advice Todd, is to sign up and see for yourself. We are a free service. so you really have nothing to lose!
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Monique, VP of Customer Support

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Site Build It (SBI) is a different service to what we offer. Their package teaches you how to drive traffic to your site (SEO). There is no reason why you could not apply what their principles to your SynthaSite website if you wish.

SynthaSite allows you to build and host a site for free and we have tutorials to assist you with the building of your site: http://www.synthasite.com/tutorials

But it is certainly a good idea to research web design and SEO using our materials or any other good materials you can find to help in the building of your website.

Best wishes
Monique
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Todd

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I was thinking that I would try it. Do you have any great suggestions for SEO? Where could I find good information on getting traffic to my site?
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Kershnee

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Hi Todd,

It takes time for new sites to be picked up by search engines. There are however, things you can do to increase your ranking.

When you publish your site we add it to Google's index of sites on your behalf. Then it's a matter of sitting back and waiting for Google's crawlers to reach your site. This could take as little as a few days, or as long as a few months. Unfortunately, this is out of our control.

The most important things you can do to get your site indexed is to update your content frequently, and get other related sites to link to your site. Search engines like sites with inbound links from other quality sites.

Here is a link to a tutorial that gives you some more tips on attracting visitors: Promoting your Website.   We also have a thread in our forum with more info: SEO with SynthaSite, as well as user who has created a site related to this topic: http://synthasiteseo.blogspot.com

You can start attracting visitors to your site immediately by visiting
this thread in our forum and posting a link to your site: Let's Shout Out and Share our Sites

You can also add tags to your pages. These are key words which will help search engines identify your site. In the properties sidebar for each page you will see a field labelled "Description". Type your tags in there - your location, your business, what you offer etc. This is the place to put the sorts of things you'd expect people to be typing into search engines to find you. Then republish your site.

If you haven't done so already, then I'd strongly recommend adding Google Analytics to your site. This application will not only help you track your visitors' locations and behaviour on your site - letting you know which parts of your site are the most popular/effective, but will also increase your ranking with Google.

Here's how to add Google Analytics:
1. Go to Google Analytics and sign up for a free account
2. Type in the URL of your site
3. Copy the verification code provided by Google
4. Go to SynthaSite and drag and drop a Widgetbox Gallery widget onto your page, search for 'Google Analytics' in the Widgetbox Gallery search function
5. Click on the Settings button (looks like a tool!) on the left to edit your settings and add the code provided by Google Analytics in the space provided
6. Republish your site

Alternatively, you can add the HTML code provided by Google Analytics into and HTML widget:
4. Go to SynthaSite and drag and drop a HTML widget at the bottom of each page you want to track
5. Paste the code from Google into the HTML editor on each page
6. Republish your site

Your site will then be verified and you can log into your Google Analytics account to find out all the information you want to know about the people who have visited your site.

Regards,
Kershnee
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Hi, I'm a user of Synthasite, browsing posts and I saw yours. I can offer a personal opinion.

Synthasite is an easy web builder for people without tech training. It is also a powerful and versatile web builder for people with some tech skills and also with design skills and knowledge of site optimization in design. I'm the latter.

What that means is, I can build more sites faster and I don't have to do a lot of tedious coding or rely on a coder to build a site that will actually match my specs. I can do it myself. Because I can work with Photoshop and Illustrator, I can be my own graphic design studio as well as site building shop. I don't like relying on others, so this is empowering for me, and when I do have to rely on Synthasite staff for help, they always come through.

I've learned that SEO is a topic that contains a lot of bunk and a lot of redundant sites trying to make a buck selling knowledge you can get for free. However, it is an important topic -- I prefer to call it site optimization -- and it differs depending on the type of site. Merchant sites are different from browsing sites (like my web comic sites and most blogs) which are different from others types of sites. The SEO guidelines differ depending on the site, so collecting SEO facts needs to be planned around your intended audience.

Just some thoughts for you. Oh -- want to see my Synthasite sites, to give you an idea what I have done? (They are still short of my vision but my progress has been remarkable, especially with the new editor, which is fantastic.)
webcomic
http://scratchinpostcomics.com/
webcomic
http://lilnyet.com/
webcomic resources
http://psychedelictreehouse.com/

Best of luck,
Bengo
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Bengo,

Thank you for your reply. I am going to try it. I like your websites. I have a few questions. How did you create the graphics for your comics and website. Is there a place I can find photos and webdesign graphics for my site? Sorry if this question is dumb. I am a newbie.

Todd
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Bengo

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First I write and draw the comics the traditional way, using pens and markers on a pad.
Then the comics are drawn on a Wacom Tablet using Adobe Illustrator by my wife. The tablet is like drawing on a pad but having the lines appear on your screen.
Photo of tablet ----> http://z.about.com/d/graphicssoft/1/0...
Coloring is done with Adobe Photoshop. Word balloons are done in a combination of Photoshop and Illustrator.
When a page is done, she saves it to the optimum size and resolution and sends it to my computer, and I upload it onto the site. I make certain things for each page, like navigation arrows or page numbers, depending on the comic. ScratchinPost.com is more complicated because it has many more link buttons. It takes about six hours for the average LilNyet.com page and two days for a ScratchinPost.com page, not counting the original drawing and writing.

You are asking about what are called stock, or royalty-free photos, and Googling those terms will bring up many sources. "Free clipart" and "free graphics" will produce results for images. When you are ready to have something custom made, simply ask around -- don't try to hire a designer over the web for a masthead or other small task. Someone you know, or someone they know, is eager to show off their Photoshop skills for a gratuity. That doesn't mean they have good design sense -- for that, you have to get lucky or approach someone whose work you like.

Thanks for asking -- I don't get to talk about work technique outside of the comics community very often.

Best,
Ben
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Todd

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Bengo,
I am interested in having some cartoon graphics on my site. Do you create any? where could I go?

Thank you
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Thanks for the glimpse in the life of a comic artist, Bengo! I learned something new!
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Green Girl

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wO.ow..!! i never knew how people produced e-comics :)
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Bengo

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Todd, here is a list of some webcomics people who accept commissions:

http://psychedelictreehouse.com/commi...
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Kershnee

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Thanks for this info Bengo, I'm sure Todd will appreciate it!
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Todd

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Bengo,

Thank you