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#387716 - 08/25/11 01:31 AM What did your website cost?
Cabela Creek Offline
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Registered: 08/07/11
Posts: 4
Loc: NorCal
So I understand having a website designed can vary depending upon the sophistication of the design. But I'm curious to see what some of you folks used/ paid to make your website come to life?

Any input would be appreciated.

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#387870 - 08/26/11 04:33 PM Re: What did your website cost? [Re: Cabela Creek]
Mark Brian Offline
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Registered: 11/08/07
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Loc: South Carolina
I had to sacrifice 3 goats to get it going and 1 virgin to get to page 1.

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#387902 - 08/27/11 05:29 AM Re: What did your website cost? [Re: Cabela Creek]
Dheeraj Offline
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Registered: 07/09/11
Posts: 30
Loc: India
i have cms based website on which i have complete control what i am adding, modify so i have site that have enough feature require by us real estate agent and for that i pay only $200 to website design company

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#388565 - 09/04/11 08:35 PM Re: What did your website cost? [Re: Cabela Creek]
Steely Dan Offline
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Registered: 10/21/10
Posts: 177
Loc: Mississauga, Ontario CANADA
I work for a major brokerage firm here in Canada, my brokerage provides a couple of cookie cutter website solutions, one costs around $200/year, the second one has an upfront fee of $400 plus a monthly cost of $50. The second option obviously provides more functionality than the first. If you're not tech savvy, and you want to just establish an online presence I say go with what your brokerage offers, it's usually cheaper and easier to set up.
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#396650 - 12/11/11 09:54 AM Re: What did your website cost? [Re: Cabela Creek]
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Registered: 03/18/07
Posts: 446
Loc: Philadelphia, PA, USA
For my blog, I paid for the domain name and hosting. I created it with Wordpress (free). Total cost per year is about $70 ($9.99 for the domain name, and $4.99 per month for webhosting). I write my own posts.
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#397329 - 12/22/11 12:05 PM Re: What did your website cost? [Re: Cabela Creek]
First Rentals Offline
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Registered: 12/20/11
Posts: 42
Loc: Bangalore
I have WordPress website created by me and I've installed livezilla for Live chat . I've paid for hosting and domain name.


Edited by First Properties (12/22/11 12:05 PM)

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#398272 - 01/07/12 01:40 AM Re: What did your website cost? [Re: Cabela Creek]
SaltspringRE Offline
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Registered: 01/07/08
Posts: 213
Loc: Gulf Islands BC
My wordpress theme cost $95 and I'm happy with it. $83 per year to host it. Just 500 hours aggravation making it.

I would never use a site from a broker. What would happen if you changed firms. You need to own your site.

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#398322 - 01/07/12 10:23 PM Re: What did your website cost? [Re: RaquelMangual]
Dave23 Offline
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Registered: 02/19/10
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Loc: New York
Originally Posted By: RaquelMangual
For my blog, I paid for the domain name and hosting. I created it with Wordpress (free). Total cost per year is about $70 ($9.99 for the domain name, and $4.99 per month for webhosting). I write my own posts.


Thats about right for me too, domain is best first investment that way you have a permanent and custom email address too.
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#398479 - 01/10/12 04:22 AM Re: What did your website cost? [Re: Cabela Creek]
Jessica123 Offline
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Registered: 12/19/11
Posts: 45
Loc: Glastonbury, CT 06033
Hi,
I have paid from domain name to internet marketing and believe me choosing right domain name and get it is not so easy. There are lots of competitors already exists, having keywords in their domain names.
Other than that, now I am planning to add a video to the main page to increase the conversion rate, it includes some cost too.

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#399360 - 01/20/12 11:23 PM Re: What did your website cost? [Re: Cabela Creek]
BillW Offline
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Registered: 11/28/11
Posts: 56
Loc: Seattle, WA
I think a real estate agent should never pay more than $100 dollars for their website with the emergence of WP and Joomla. I am a fan, though, of agents spending a little extra cash for designers to make your site more aesthetically pleasing and integrating the IDX. I run into a lot of real estate websites where the IDX is horribly iframed into the page and doesn't match the exterior. Another example is if you want something a little more functional. Our site at http://visumrealestategroup.com/map-search has a neighborhood search function that requires a little more coding than we could handle ourselves.
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#399442 - 01/22/12 05:08 AM Re: What did your website cost? [Re: BillW]
LVVR Offline
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Registered: 09/11/10
Posts: 39
Loc: Las Vegas Nevada
Not necessarily true. In the web design world you get what you pay for. Your web presence is important if you're going to be obtaining clients from the net, so it's worth the extra money purchasing something better than some wordpress or blogging software which isn't meant to replace a full blown website in the first place.

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#400862 - 02/10/12 07:24 AM Re: What did your website cost? [Re: LVVR]
MassRealtyPro Offline
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Registered: 02/10/12
Posts: 5
Loc: Ma
most agents have no clue how to code in java, php or http or anything else for that matter so they really forced into paying some degree of money for not only hosting/domain but also for development. the cost for hosting/Domain is simple (around $100 - $200 per year), the cost of a coder/developer can vary widely depending on how interactive and what features you wish to employ.

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#401192 - 02/14/12 11:31 AM Re: What did your website cost? [Re: Cabela Creek]
PlaceForUs Offline
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Registered: 02/08/12
Posts: 37
Loc: Chicago
Besides the cost of domain registration and hosting, the cost was around $700 to customize a WordPress Template for my Site.

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#409664 - 07/05/12 03:29 PM Re: What did your website cost? [Re: Cabela Creek]
Chris.Savare Offline
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Registered: 07/02/12
Posts: 3
Loc: Chino Hills, CA
The company I work for has a "tech fee" which is $199 a year, which includes your own website. We also get it made by someone for free, well not really free, I guess this comes with the $199 annual fee.
There is a lot more that comes with the "tech fee" like RREIN, Altos research, and more.
Maybe your company offers some type of bundle like this as well.

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#410581 - 07/25/12 01:44 PM Re: What did your website cost? [Re: Cabela Creek]
mwds120 Offline
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Registered: 06/29/12
Posts: 41
Loc: Indiana
Mine cost only my own time to make it. If you use Wordpress, which is very easy to learn, you can do you own site as well. There are plenty of free website themes.
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#410812 - 08/01/12 03:09 PM Re: What did your website cost? [Re: Cabela Creek]
ducourtier Offline
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Registered: 08/01/12
Posts: 108
Loc: Gatineau, Quebec
I'm paying 700$ every 6 months for 2 years for mine but its the most robust on the market thanks to this web company in Montreal

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#416190 - 11/28/12 04:34 AM Re: What did your website cost? [Re: Cabela Creek]
Chris@fl Offline
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Registered: 11/10/12
Posts: 18
Loc: USA
If you are in wordpress then the time is your expenditure not the money.


Edited by Chris@fl (11/28/12 04:34 AM)

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#422413 - 04/08/13 11:46 AM Re: What did your website cost? [Re: Cabela Creek]
Kerry Panchoo Offline
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Registered: 04/08/13
Posts: 4
Loc: Canada
as a professional web designer, my advice for web design is this:
- Get a good hosting company; hostmonster isnt bad around $250 for 2 years
- Create YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and Goolge+ accounts
- Choose a Content Management System- i prefer Joomla because there are few real estate extensions that work- but only worth it if you've got a tonne of listings
- Get a writer to write a few pages for you, your max spend should be $100 if you're using Elance
- Get someone with a good camera and lights to take good shots of you $250 max. A pro photographer will cost you tonnes, you can get a deal from the coupon companies.
- Use a company from off elance to do create the site for you. Your max budget should be $400 for logos, design and implementation.

Must have pages:
- Bio
- Testimonials
- Listings
- Awards/Successes
- Links to your social network accounts

In total you're looking at about $1000 for the first time, you should do updates every 6-9 months adding testimonials, new photos etc. changing the theme of the site, adding new technologies etc. May cost you a couple hundred for periodic updates.

Websites are marketing costs and should be treated as such, i've met a few realtors who are under the assumption that a site created in 2005 is working just fine.

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#422447 - 04/09/13 04:48 AM Re: What did your website cost? [Re: Chris@fl]
Scintillion Offline
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Registered: 01/26/12
Posts: 437
Loc: Colorado, USA
Originally Posted By: Chris@fl
If you are in wordpress then the time is your expenditure not the money.


Just saw this but this is correct....I like Wordpress sites. They are simple enough to use that someone who has never built a website before can operate them. They are also inexpensive from a price standpoint, but can definitely be time consuming. smile

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#423544 - 05/08/13 09:06 PM Re: What did your website cost? [Re: Cabela Creek]
AbbyInglis Offline
Junior Member

Registered: 05/08/13
Posts: 5
Loc: Australia
Website mostsly build within a range of $200 to $300 but ecommerce type website take much. It may starts from $800 and has no limit. Bigger the website, bigger will be the amount.

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#423817 - 05/14/13 03:20 PM Re: What did your website cost? [Re: SaltspringRE]
johnnyloans Offline
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Registered: 03/29/09
Posts: 870
Loc: Los Angeles ,CA
500 hours making it OUCH
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#424331 - 05/27/13 11:13 AM Re: What did your website cost? [Re: johnnyloans]
Scintillion Offline
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Registered: 01/26/12
Posts: 437
Loc: Colorado, USA
Originally Posted By: johnnyloans
500 hours making it OUCH


Some websites take way more than this. smile

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#424346 - 05/28/13 03:41 AM Re: What did your website cost? [Re: Cabela Creek]
Kjmendy Offline
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Registered: 05/16/10
Posts: 935
Loc: London, Ontario
I used Wordpress and the Studio Press based themes. Cost me $300 to get up and running.

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#424508 - 05/31/13 07:37 PM Re: What did your website cost? [Re: Kjmendy]
johnnyloans Offline
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Registered: 03/29/09
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If your time is worth that of an office assistant $10 an hour and you spent 500 hours on a website that website cost you $5,000.
If your time is worth that of a real estate professional $50 an hour for 500 hours that website cost you $25,000. What is your return on investment?
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#424609 - 06/03/13 04:01 AM Re: What did your website cost? [Re: johnnyloans]
Bigtoe Offline
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Registered: 10/14/07
Posts: 2238
Loc: Outer Banks
Originally Posted By: johnnyloans
If your time is worth that of an office assistant $10 an hour and you spent 500 hours on a website that website cost you $5,000.
If your time is worth that of a real estate professional $50 an hour for 500 hours that website cost you $25,000. What is your return on investment?

The problem is it is next to impossible to hire someone to create and maintain a good site and get someone who can get the job done. Over the years I have hired close to 10 website developers and the money lost because of them far exceeds $25k.

There are some of them on this forum and the empty meaningless posts they make for the links are an embarrassment to the agent who hired them.
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#424920 - 06/10/13 02:39 PM Re: What did your website cost? [Re: Cabela Creek]
Investorguy601 Offline
Member

Registered: 12/21/11
Posts: 23
Loc: Lewisville, Tx
Everyone is talking about the website, don't go spending $1000 on a website. You should easily find someone to do a great job on your website for about $500 or less. What you have to focus on is the seo. Getting traffic to your site. If know one see your site it don't matter how good it looks. So spend your money on getting traffic too your site. Wordpress is great for seo and it's easy to manage. Wordpress also have plugins that you can use to fix the site how you want it. One thing every website need is a free gift that will attract buyers and seller to their site. Create a free report and give it away in exchange for a name and email. That way you will have leads that you can follow up with.

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#426315 - 07/25/13 06:49 AM Re: What did your website cost? [Re: Investorguy601]
Nashville Homes Offline
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Registered: 07/25/13
Posts: 113
Loc: Nashville, TN
As a web professional working for an agent, I absolutely agree on this. SEO is more important than the website, bar none. If you come up at the top of a google search for real estate in your area, you are guaranteed a certain amount of clicks. A good website will just help increase your conversion.

For example, if you have a massive, custom-coded content with deep, superior content? Expect a good $2000 for top-of-the-line. However, the ROI on that if you have great SEO is impressive if everything goes well once you establish client contact with the lead. :)

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#426461 - 07/29/13 05:40 AM Re: What did your website cost? [Re: Cabela Creek]
Carina Roan Offline
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Registered: 07/29/13
Posts: 4
Loc: NC
I understand that most of you are focusing on a Website for desktop users, But did you know that more than 20% of world's Internet traffic comes from Mobiles and that is one of the most shopaholic traffic.

You are losing out a lot of customers and clients if your website is not mobile friendly.

Checkout a Demo mobile site I made : http://www.boxincart.com/mobile/simulator/

Thanks! :)

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#429182 - 10/08/13 11:21 PM Re: What did your website cost? [Re: Cabela Creek]
philpropexpert Offline
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Registered: 10/08/13
Posts: 32
Loc: Philippines
For me, it initially cost $500 (Phil peso P20,000) graphics, all the customized touch that I want. Then around $50 to $ 100 (depending on the upgrades)

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#430150 - 11/10/13 04:19 PM Re: What did your website cost? [Re: Cabela Creek]
Joe Hayden Offline
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Registered: 03/10/13
Posts: 52
Loc: Louisville, Kentucky
I don't want to get into the cost of my site specifically, but I definitely suggest getting at least a basic template site from a reputable real estate website provider (I use Sierra Interactive). I know lots and lots of people swear by Wordpress sites and I have my fair share of those sites in my arsenal, but unless you know what you are going a good basic template site can be your best investment.

Just start blogging and adding content to the site on a regular basis and keep in mind that your goal is to provide value to your customers and clients. If you take that approach, in time you will begin to see success with your site.
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#430165 - 11/11/13 10:28 AM Re: What did your website cost? [Re: Cabela Creek]
Nick Zara Offline
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Registered: 09/30/13
Posts: 17
Loc: Toronto, Canada
1. Your website should be built on a popular platform (Wordpress, Joomla, etc...). Otherwise, you're going to have a hard time finding a programmer for updates. Even if you find them, it will cost you a lot of money (a new platform for a programmer requires extra work to figure out how it works, etc...)

2. I would recommend not to rent your website like many realtors do. Instead, pay a company do build it (or do it yourself) and host it on your own server. That way you control your website 100%.

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#431445 - 01/04/14 06:03 AM Re: What did your website cost? [Re: Carina Roan]
Kirk Craig Offline
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Registered: 12/02/13
Posts: 31
Loc: Illinois
I agree. A lot of people need that immediate answer to their question so they turn to their mobile device. If your site is not mobile friendly they'll move to the next site.

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#431717 - 01/11/14 10:28 AM Re: What did your website cost? [Re: Cabela Creek]
toddtrader.com Offline
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Registered: 05/24/09
Posts: 14
Loc: Georgia
I've got a host that I've been using since 2008. I pay $40 a month and can utilize an unlimited number of pages. I keep it pretty simple though and get the most bang for the IDX.

I am mobile friendly, but now have an app I send out for folks to search MLS properties from their phones. Much cleaner and easier to use for searches and brands me with the option to connect from every mobile view.

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#437737 - 07/21/14 07:30 PM Re: What did your website cost? [Re: Cabela Creek]
Mike Vali Offline
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Registered: 06/24/14
Posts: 12
Loc: Colorado,USA
i think so you can use word press this is a very easy to use and learn .

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#437815 - 07/24/14 05:11 PM Re: What did your website cost? [Re: Cabela Creek]
Florent Offline
Member

Registered: 07/06/14
Posts: 30
Loc: China
Yes wordpress is good, got even better with the recent updates that allow you to do cool (but still basic obviously) animations very easily. Everyone can create his own website these days.



Edited by Florent (07/24/14 05:14 PM)

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#438049 - 08/04/14 05:30 AM Re: What did your website cost? [Re: Mark Brian]
Eric G. Offline
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Registered: 02/06/14
Posts: 86
Loc: California
[quote]I had to sacrifice 3 goats to get it going and 1 virgin to get to page 1. [/quote]

LOL Seriously, i had a good laugh with that answer... :laugh:


Edited by Eric G. (08/04/14 05:31 AM)
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#438083 - 08/04/14 03:07 PM Re: What did your website cost? [Re: Cabela Creek]
OttawaRealEstate Offline
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Registered: 05/13/14
Posts: 32
Loc: Ottawa, Ontario
We are working with RealEstateWebmasters.com on a new site. After modifications it will weigh in at just over 6k. They are very pricey and not too quick on the development time (we are about 3 months behind) but the site will look and function very nice I think when it is all said and done.
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#439132 - 09/17/14 07:43 AM Re: What did your website cost? [Re: Cabela Creek]
Isabel Tinker Offline
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Registered: 09/17/14
Posts: 8
Loc: TX
I made the mistake of having a developer make my first site for me. It was very expensive, around $1000, and from tracking the traffic I know, to my disappointment, that no one visits it! It's beautiful and he did a great job, but the fact is I don't need it to be as fancy as it is. If I were to go back and do it over again, I would do a quick and free www.weebly.com site. They're so easy to set up. I've tried Wordpress in the past and found it very difficult, but Weebly is super simple. You can have a site up and running, free, within 2 hours tops. Eventually you can add IDX if you want. I understand it's not as SEO friendly as some other solutions out there, but if you are just starting out its a great first solution until you actually NEED something more robust.

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#456209 - 01/07/17 03:37 PM Re: What did your website cost? [Re: Cabela Creek]
rdayley Offline
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Registered: 12/27/16
Posts: 16
Loc: Clarksville TN
I have unlimited hosting from GoDaddy for my MMA gym so my 5 real estate websites only cost me a few dollars a year for the URLs. I use WordPress but I am looking to have a professional website made real soon. The IDX feeds and such are a pain to set up.

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#456210 - 01/07/17 03:40 PM Re: What did your website cost? [Re: Cabela Creek]
rdayley Offline
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Registered: 12/27/16
Posts: 16
Loc: Clarksville TN
No matter how nice your website is or how much you spend to have it made, you sell have to pay someone to take care of the SEO, maintenance, writing blogs if you want your site to show up on the first page. Just having a site isn't going to do anything for you.

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#457620 - 05/02/17 09:07 PM Re: What did your website cost? [Re: Cabela Creek]
Barbara Herbert Offline
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Registered: 04/18/17
Posts: 31
Loc: Grove City, Ohio, United State...
just having a website is not enough now because you need seo to make it visible in google.
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#459105 - 09/15/17 05:50 AM Re: What did your website cost? [Re: Cabela Creek]
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Registered: 09/14/17
Posts: 31
Loc: USA
My Website Costs me around 70$
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