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1. In my past life, I was a certified personal trainer and yoga teacher.
2. Three years ago, I had a manic episode that drove me crazy (literally).
3. Today, I'm writing a memoir about how I overcame this mental health crisis.
4. Walking dogs at the local shelter was the biggest asset to my healing process.
5. I got so good at advertising shelter dogs online that I've found homes for 150+.
6. Cats hiss when I try to walk them; but I made a pet adoption website, which gets them adopted, too.
7. My favorite author (Dean Koontz) answered a letter I wrote. Another favorite (Jenny Lawson) follows me on Twitter.
8. Batman is my inner avatar. I find superhero stories more helpful than any self-help book. You get to see heroism personified.
9. I've written five best-selling Amazon books and hundreds of articles on every subject imaginable (many hit page one of Google).
10. The guy who played Michael Myers met me for breakfast in high school and signed my Halloween comic. He is a pleasant dude.
After the previously mentioned mental health challenge, I was depressed. So depressed it became impossible to write.
I was in a bad place mentally and couldn't escape the question: "Who are you to give advice while your life is such a mess?"
The lack of inspiration caused me to abandon the idea of writing for a bit. But I had to make money somehow, so I got a waiter job.
Sounds awful, but an easy job is exactly what I needed at the time. And it paid better than expected. I made enough money to take a gap year.
Web design felt like a good bet, because it complements my existing skill set of copywriting and search engine optimization (SEO).
In other words, I can single-handedly perform the holy trinity of online business growth. I'm basically a One Man Agency.
Plus I'm a pro at community outreach. How else do you think I got over a hundred dogs adopted? It wasn't luck.
The average web designer builds your website and... that's it. You have to figure out the rest alone.
Have you studied sales, social media, and online marketing for thousands of hours? Somehow I doubt it.
Without those skills, the most beautiful website ever designed won't do you any good (sorry to inform you).
I'm the only web designer in the galaxy who builds, launches, promotes, optimizes, and monetizes your website.
Here's the traffic from Tri Pets (pet adoption website). Bear in mind I only spend two hours per week on this project.
Last time I checked, social shares were over 4,000. Every time I share a link, the shelter receives DM's about pets in an instant.
If we design a website for your small business, I know we'll invest a LOT more time and energy into the process (food for thought).
Website speed is a big deal. If it takes forever to load, people will leave before you're able to make your case.
The next image reveals how fast my websites are, according to a site speed report from Google. They all earn an A+.
Mobile friendliness is important. Half of your potential clients are on a smartphone (source). If it looks bad, they'll hate it and leave.
80% of the people who visit my pet adoption website and mental health blog are using a cellphone. Thus, I focus on their needs first.
Security matters. This is why I don't use WordPress. 90% of blogs that get hacked live on WordPress (source). Their websites are bloated and slow, too.
WordPress forces you to use pre-made themes that are near impossible to customize. They contain a bunch of code you don't want or need. It's poor software.
Webflow is better, because their websites are more secure. You can also start with a blank slate, which makes it much easier to optimize for your business objectives.
In the past, I managed several WordPress websites for clients, and saw how easily they become compromised. One website got hacked so hard we couldn't use it anymore.
This happened despite precautions such as using unique passwords and changing them often. This has never happened on Webflow (and I've built many websites there).
I feel led to assist small businesses who are hurting because of the pandemic.
For now, I'm focused on the top three industries I know best: fitness, pet care, and mental health.
Read: I already speak the language of potential clients and customers in those niches. It qualifies as Easy Mode.
This is a good place to mention a fun fact: I've served as a ghostwriter for celebrities featured on popular TV shows.
Specifically, news and talk shows including: 20/20, Today, Inside Edition, Rachael Ray, Steve Harvey, and Anderson Cooper.
I've also acted in 20+ plays, three short films, and a full-length movie titled: "Before the Fall," which was a huge hit in film festivals.
Ghostwriting and acting require you to portray a character who isn't the same as you. In other words, I can write in your distinct voice.
Your website and associated content will fit your authentic personality. It will feel genuine to your friends, family, and future customers.
First, we'll have a deep discussion about how your product or service works and who would benefit from it.
A clear understanding of how your audience thinks is essential. This influences every website design decision.
Second, we'll build a simple but effective website that's optimized for conversions (read: every detail is in one place).
The more pages people have to navigate, the lower your conversion rate. Complexity is your enemy. I need you to embrace simplicity.
Third, we'll automate the process of scheduling appointments. There's no need for back-and-forth communication. Again, we like simple!
Resources like Calendly allow you to embed an online calendar into your website. We'll combine this with a personable video to close the deal.
Fourth, we'll monetize your website with Facebook ads that are targeted to your demographics. You'll get new customers... predictably and efficiently.
In comparison to TV and radio commercials, Facebook ads are cost effective. We can test for a few bucks at a time. No big spending until you're 100% optimized.
At this time, I'm only accepting clients who provide a pet product or service. In the future, I'll open the door for therapists and fitness professionals.
If you'd like to be notified when those websites are available, send a DM on LinkedIn or Facebook. I'll follow-up at my earliest convenience.
© Daniel Wallen - Professional Website Designer from Kingsport, TN