Once your website is launched, it means your site can not only get seen by prospective clients, but also by solicitors. These salespeople often contact potential customers (i.e. YOU) saying you absolutely must have their service and need to enroll in some payment program or renew some fee. Here’s what to watch out for:
Watch Out For:
- Anything urgent. Sit with the idea and think about it for a few days versus jump on it immediately.
- Anyone calling you or emailing you directly and asking for your credit card or login information. NEVER give this information out to someone contacting you. Instead, if you are concerned, ask us OR call the main number or contact their main customer service number through their main webpage.
- Never give anyone admin control to your site who you have not signed a contract with as your administrator.
- Anyone saying you need SEO or marketing or anything else related to extra exposure for a cost. There are many things you can do for SEO and marketing, but please feel free to ask us first what is recommended and what is a competitive cost for your needs versus signing up for a program you don’t need and won’t use.
- Add-on’s: if you do not know what you are buying with your domain or hosting, don’t add it. Ask first, as some of these items get you into long-term costly commitments, and don’t help you in any way.
- Online ads: You may want to purchase online ads, but don’t commit to anything until you have taken the time to understand how much this will really cost you and what you are signing up for.
When to take action:
- If your domain or hosting company actually contacts you for renewal. Note: If you have another company contact you about the same domain and are not sure, please ask us. Many companies send out fake renewal emails.
- If someone mentions you have a problem with your website and need it fixed, please contact us.
- You would like to increase your exposure, improve your online reach, and market, then take some time to create a budget, outline your needs, and do some research to see what company can help you attain your goals.
My two cents:
If strangers are calling about SEO/website upgrades and you already have a web designer/developer, ignore them and contact your current web designer/developer.
If you have any questions or would like help, please contact us.