Myths About Building Your Own Business Site

About two years ago, one of my relatives sent me a link to his business site. The turnkey site acted as a virtual business card, but didn’t do much else. It was also expensive, and used almost no meta tags or search engine keywords for his profession. The biggest insult to injury was despite the expense, the company who built his site, offered very little in ways to change or update the site. They now also own his domain. Which means he has to pay extra if he wants to keep the domain if he switches to a new host.

Yesterday, I got a message from a friend, who went through a freelance designer. While the service was more personal, he was shocked when the designer took his deposit and ran. My buddy is still without a web page, and I’m afraid to ask how much his deposit was.

Many people are scared to create web pages for their small business. Which is sad, because not only is the code easy to learn, but thanks to things like Wordpress, you don’t even need to know code or programming. The pricing has also dropped dramatically. So let’s debunk some of these myths and settle some of your fears.

#1: Web sites are expensive, especially for your business. I just got spam from one turnkey company offering to build my site for $500. That is outrageous! Prices have plummeted to set up your own hosted site. Hostgator.com charges less than $4 per month, and they ask you to pay for three years in advance. That means for less than $200, your can pay for your hosting and forget about the bill for three years. It’s far cheaper than many turnkey companies that charge to set up business sites.

Too cheap to pay even that? Create a blog instead. You’re reading this on a free blog, courtesy of WordPress. There are many other blog sites out there, but I’ll stick with the nod to WordPress at the moment. If you want to own your own domain, it is simple to purchase your domain, then forward it to your blog. I did this for years. If someone enters the domain into a browser, they are then sent directly to your blog.

#2: All the good domains are already taken. Nothing could be further from the truth, and new extensions make creating custom domain names even easier. It is also easy to buy multiple domains and forward them to one site or blog. Once again, Hostgator has a domain service, NetworkSolutions.com was one of the first big names in purchasing domains, but most people go through GoDaddy.com, which is one of the best priced domain services out there. Go over, start experimenting, and see what isn’t taken.

Also, don’t get too caught up in using your personal name as a domain. Unless you are a big celebrity, people are not searching for your name, they are looking for the service of what you do. For example, if you are in Los Angeles and sell real estate, instead of JohnDoe.com, you should use JohnDoeRealEstate.com, or better yet, LARealEstate.com or BestLosAngelesRealEstate.com.

#3: It is too hard and expensive to build and maintain a site. If you can update your Facebook page, or use Twitter, you can build and maintain your web site. In fact, it scares me a bit that people who do highly technical and specialized things are intimidated by the web. If you’re forwarding to a blog, half your work is done.

Most major hosting companies, especially Hostgator offer what’s called a Content Management System. This very intimidating name is actually a technical way of saying they have simple software like WordPress (yes, you can also get your own personal version of WordPress on your web page), Joomla, or Dupal that let you build and manage your site. Hostgator has tutorials and instructions that make help make this easy. This software often comes with free templates, and you can also find customized templates for low prices. 

#4: Huge companies use big design firms and require serious customization. Wrong! Many use WordPress, Joomla and Drupal, because they allow for multiple employees to log in and make updates. You could easily be in charge of your hosted site, and create logins and passwords for different employees to post press releases, updates, and photo galleries. If this easy to use software works with CNN, People, and Fortune magazine, why not use it for your business?

#5: You need a big company to get good SEO results. These guys say they’ll get me on Google and Yahoo. The letters SEO can be some of the biggest snake oil you’ll ever see. What is at stake are key words on your site, in the title of your post, and in your meta tags. I’m using a simple plug-in I got for free through WordPress.org for my site. It asks what words I want people to be looking for, and checks to see if I’m using the search terms in my titles and content. I’m also given options to add search words in meta tags. Many free blogs also already generate SEO, especially if you’re using their tag features.

Google and Yahoo results are how I get most of my visitors. Changing my domain helped increase those results, and including key words in my titles, posts, and meta tags mean I don’t need a snake oil company to improve my search rankings.

You can also increase results for free through sending out press releases, interviews, and doing link exchanges. Most hosts offer SEO services, but you should check out their free services like Webalizer first. These let you gauge how many visitors are finding your site, what they’re looking for, and where they came from. From there, you can customize.

I should also add that paying a third party for expensive SEO services is foolish when you can buy ads directly on Google instead. Google Ad Words let you experiment by choosing your budget, and making adjustments from there. Hosting services often have deals with Google Ad Words. With my host, I can get $100 worth of ads for $25.

#6: I just don’t have time. How are you reading this article? I think it took us about an hour to set up my Hostgator account with WordPress. It would most likely take less time to start your small business site, than it would to go through an expensive turn key site. And, don’t forget, by building it yourself, you keep the domain. Turnkey web companies often reserve the right to the domain you choose. Building it yourself lets you be in control.

It’s OK to be a little afraid, but don’t let that stop building a web site for your business. You’ll be amazed at what you can do, and how professional the results look.

DomCon, the World’s Fair of BDSM Professionals Comes to LA

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Los Angeles, CA- The world’s fair of female domination and BDSM, DomCon, comes to Los Angeles May 14 through 18, 2014. BDSM professionals from around the world will be descending upon Los Angeles for DomCon LA, a four day convention that covers the spectrum of lifestyle BDSM to professional concerns of running a female domination oriented business.

DomCon LA starts with business seminars and programs for professional Dommes and as the weekend progresses, expands as an exposition for the BDSM community worldwide.

The convention starts off on Wednesday, May 14th, with industry seminars on professional domination. Topics include financial planning, legal matters, avoiding infectious diseases and ways to verify safe clients. Thursday night, the convention officially opens to all fetish and BDSM enthusiasts, with a red carpet party to kick off the festivities.

Friday, the convention kicks into high gear with the opening of the vendor floor, an exposition of the newest bondage furniture and fetish gear, crafted by experts from across the country. Throughout the weekend there will be over 50 classes and demonstrations ranging from the basics to advanced sexual adventures including erotic piercing, electric stimulation and fire play.

With DomCon LA, also comes legendary parties and celebrations, such as the crowning of Mr. and Mrs. Olympus Leather, human pet show contests, a cross-dresser’s pageant and the Mistress Tea party. Friday and Saturday nights, DomCon LA will feature a shuttle from the host hotel to Sanctuary LAX for the official play parties and Fetish Ball, where guests can dress, undress and definitely impress.

This year’s Mistresses of Ceremonies are Princess Kali of San Francisco, Mistress Absolute of London, England and Mistress Shae Flanigan of Los Angeles. Special guests of honor include Mistress Ashley Reigns, Mistress Miranda and Mistress Isabella Sinclaire, owner of Gwen Media.

DomCon LA will be held at the Los Angeles Hilton LAX, at 5711 West Century Blvd. For more details on the event, go to www.DomConLA.com

 

 

Mistress Cyan and Ashley Renee, along with friends from Sanctuary LAX will be on the Intellectual Kink show, 9-25-13 at 9pm PST

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Los Angeles, CA – The ladies of Sanctuary LAX are ready to enslave ears of Los Angeles and the internet with an appearance on the Intellectual Kink show at SkidRowStudios.com. Leading the charge will be Mistress Cyan, the proprietrix of Sanctuary LAX and a long time leader in the Los Angeles BDSM community. Joining her will be Goddess Genesis, Mistress Ashley Reigns, and bondage superstar Ashley Renee.

Hosted by Insidious Muse and Service Slut, this internet radio talk show episode will revolve around the differences between professional domination, and lifestyle BDSM. Also up for discussion will be the differences between porn and professional domination with regards to health and safety issues such as HIV and other STDs.

“It is a pleasure for us to be the guests of Insidious Muse,” said Mistress Cyan. “She has supported us and our events. This will be a lovely opportunity for us to return the favor. We encourage all our friends and supporters to listen and call in.”

The show will air live, Wednesday night at 9:00PM, PST on SkidRowStudios.com. Listeners can call in to the show at 1-800-893-9562 or comment on the discussion through the very active Skid Row Studios chat room. Archives will later be made available at SkidRowStudios.com and InsidiousMuse.com/IntellectualKink.

Sanctuary LAX is one of LA’s biggest, most legendary, BDSM play spaces, with a kick-ass staff of Dominants and submissives. Feature Mistresses at Sanctuary LAX have included Julie Simone, Jewell Marceau, Paris Kennedy and this week Mistress Miranda is visiting from the UK. The space is available for production and is well known for kinky events. For more information on the studio and the staff, go to http://www.SanctuaryLAX.com.

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Hollywood, CA – Friday , September 6th, bondage supermodel Ashley Renee will bring the ladies of Sanctuary LAX to play on Debi Diamond’s Playground, an internet radio talk show on TheJointStudios.com. The show will air live, Noon to 2:00PM, PST and listeners can call in at 888-806-8826.

Joining Renee and Diamond on the playground will be Goddess Genesis, Lady Remedy Ann Fetish, and Mistress Tetra. They’ll be on the air to talk about bondage, BDSM, sessions at Sanctuary LAX and promote the Friday night fetish event “Midnight Mass” featuring Antichrist Superstar, a Marilyn Manson tribute band.

Renee runs the bondage website www.AshleyRenee.com and does guest sessions at Sanctuary LAX, Thursdays and Sundays. Fetish superstars Julie Simone, Mistress Miranda, and Jewell Marceau are also scheduled for guest sessions this month. For more details about sessions at Sanctuary LAX, and to check out their great fetish events, go to www.SanctuaryLAX.com

Fetish Star Jewell Marceau at Sanctuary LAX This Wednesday

Jewell Marceau at Sanctuary LAX July 24th, 2013

Wednesday, July 24th, adult fetish star Jewell Marceau will be a guest Mistress at Sanctuary LAX. This will be her last available day for sessions in Los Angeles until September 2013.

“I would very much enjoy some kinky, devious, fun before I get on my long flight to London,” stated Marceau. “Using and abusing my willing and loyal slaves will be just the thing to release my tension and relax my mind before I get on the plane. I would particularly enjoy tying up a helpless slave in tight ropes, keeping him restrained as I torment and tease him with whatever pleases me.”

Sessions at Sanctuary LAX do not include sex, but they can include bondage, spanking, and more. “Giving a really good caning or flogging would certainly make this Mistress smile with delight,” added Marceau. “Electrifying my slave until he whimpers and squeals through his gag would be most invigorating.”

Marceau is a fetish supermodel and known for her intense bondage and Femdom videos. She has her own line of DVDs and also runs JewellMarceau.com. Her loyal slaves can contact her directly at JewellMarceau@Yahoo.com to book a session, or simply call Sanctuary Studios LAX at 310-910-0525. To find out more about Marceau’s sessions, visit http://www.jewellmarceau.com/main/ProDom.htm.

Sanctuary LAX, one of LA’s biggest, and most legendary, BDSM play spaces, has served many adult performers in the past. The space is available for production and is well known for kinky events. For more information on the studio, go to http://www.SanctuaryLAX.com.

 

Miss Rubber World Prize Pool Exceeds $10,000 of Latex Booty

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New York, NY – With only a few weeks to go before the New York Rubber Ball weekend kicks off and the Miss Rubber World Competition begins, the prize pool for Miss Rubber World has now reached over ten thousand dollars worth of rubber fetish wear and accessories.

Psylocke, competitor in 2013 Miss Rubber World contest. Photo by Marcus Gloger, provided by Psylocke

“The prizes are amazing!” said fetish model Psylocke, the Swedish competitor. “I’ve never been to an American fetish party so this will be very interesting for me to see!”

When crowned Miss Rubber World 2013, the winner will receive over five grand of latex gear from sponsors such as Cocolate Latex, The Baroness, Cinched Tight Corsets, Dawnamatrix, Kink Engineering, and Fetish Movies.com.

The second and third place winners will also take home thousands of dollars worth of slippery rubber prizes provided by sponsors such as Demask, AM Statik, Fetisso, and Lust Designs.

“There is an inherently sexual quality to latex clothing,” said sponsor Klawdya Rothschild of Klawtex. “It so resembles the texture of skin and is sleek and shiny. Latex is versatile enough to take the most subdued thing to the extreme, like a spotlight emanating out from your own body that radiates sensuality.”

Julie Simone, competitor in 2013 Miss Rubber World contest

Julie Simone, competitor in 2013 Miss Rubber World contest. Photo by VK Photography, provided by Julie Simone

Running for the title of Miss Rubber World 2013 are latex fanatics from around the world, such as adult video star and producer Julie Simone, Dominatrix Queen Titania, designer Madria of Madria Latex, and Val Vampyre, organizer of Fetish Factory in Florida. At this time, four spots are still open for the competition.

Val Vampyre, competitor in 2013 Miss Rubber World Contest

Val Vampyre, competitor in 2013 Miss Rubber World contest. Photo by Michael D Colanero, provided by Val Vampyre

“I’ve heard nothing but nice things about the entire Miss Rubber World team, said Val Vampyre.”I literally want to come into that room and have a drink with everyone there.”

New York Rubber Ball kicks off with the event launch party presented by Fixe Magazine, Thursday, April 4th at One on One on East 1st Street in New York City. The ball reaches its peak with the 2013 Miss Rubber World competition Saturday, April 6th at the Union Square Ballroom on 27 Union Square West. There’s too much rubber madness to mention here. Latex lovers can find a full schedule, see pics of past events, and even enlist to compete in Miss Rubber World at  www.NYRubberBall.com.

For broadcast rights and to sponsor the event, contact Dana Windsor phelion@nuvox.net.

Fetish Powerhouse Julie Simone Enters Miss Rubber World Competition

Julie Simone enters Miss Rubber World Competition

Fetish Powerhouse Julie Simone Photo by Lydia Lael

 

New York, New York – Adult industry star, professional Dominatrix, and BDSM educator Julie Simone recently announced her entry into the Miss Rubber World 2013 competition to be held during the New York Rubber Ball weekend.

“Kylie Marilyn, the current Miss Rubber World heavily recruited me for this year’s competition as Kylie wanted to be sure there were real rubberists in the competition,” said Julie Simone. “For me, latex isn’t about fashion, it’s about the feeling and headspace one goes into when wearing it.”

While a fetish powerhouse in the adult industry, and serious contender for Miss Rubber World 2013, Julie Simone won’t have it easy. Her competition includes slick fetish model Psylocke, designer Madria of Madria Latex, and Val Vampyre, organizer of Fetish Factory in Florida.

Giving her an edge in the challenge, Simone is collaborating closely with latex fashion designer and model Lydia Lael of Vengeance Designs. She’ll be modeling Lael’s designs at New York Rubber Ball.

At this time, five spots are still open to compete for the title of Miss Rubber World 2013, and who’ll fill those spots for the competition is anyone’s guess. Last year, professional Dominatrixes, latex designers, rubber enthusiasts, fetish models and performers came from across the world to compete for the title of Miss Rubber World.

The winner of Miss Rubber World doesn’t just take home a sash and a title. The prize pool is already up to over $8,000 in latex fashion goods and accessories, with sponsorships still coming in. Current sponsors include Fetishmovies.com, Klawtex, Cocolate Latex, The Baroness, Cinched Tight Corsets, Dawnamatrix, Kimberlicious, Vex Clothing, Kriszta Latex Wardrobe, Fetasia Latex, and Kink Engineering.

The New York Rubber Ball festivities kick off on April 5th 2013, and the Miss Rubber World showdown will take place Saturday April 6th. Tickets are available now. For sponsorship information, contestant registration, venue details, previous Miss Rubber World video footage and more, check out http://www.NYRubberBall.com

Julie Simone is currently on her Domme educational tour and runs the mega fetish site, http://www.JulieSimone.com. Her DVDs are currently available wholesale through Julie Simone Productions, bookingjuliesimone@gmail.com

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