How can I get clients as a freelance designer

This can be the most important post I've written so far. Provided you meet the minimum requirements to be a freelance designer on the Internet: you need to know English, Paypal, Quality Online Portfolios … What can we do to get a job?

As I have said many times that supporting our services is key to this business, do not think that because very good people come out of the box and ask them to work for them. This is the biggest mistake you can do.

This is the idea:

  1. Get as many people as possible to visit our website.
  2. Be in good relationship with search engines.
  3. Trafic to potential customers.
  4. Re-use of customers: newsletter.
  5. Local publicity.
  6. To get a good representative.
  7. Direct contact with companies.

1. Get as many people as possible to visit our site.

Why? Silly question, is not it? Obviously, while more people visit our website, the more chance they are to get customers. HIBA !!!!

Let me give you a little stress … one example: SOSFactory has visited 4000 visits a few months ago a long time ago I got in touch with a lot of traffic and now More than 25,000 say that the number of customers grew? … Well, no, that's still the same. But the consumed bandwidth has increased, maybe you will need to update my betting plan, which will invest more money. The idea that, to a certain point, the quality of traffic is more important than quantity.

The question may be in your head, why would you like us to visit our website? If you have more than one visit, increasing the number of people you're talking about, more people will link to your site (as long as you offer quality content) so you get a better position in search engines (Google, Yahoo, Msn).

Example: what is masquerade design, imagine being a visitor and whenever I see them you like them. If you have a web site, you would like to do something like this in the links section: " mascot design " (a link to "SOSFactory" with some keywords: mascots design). If many people do the same, Google will understand that my website is about "mascot design," and this is an important webpage for these search terms. So Google searches for my "website" when I search for "mascot design". This traffic is very important … depending on the search term, more or less competitors will be able to appear in the first results.

How to get it:

  1. Get People Get Links to Your Site with Free, Original and Funny Content (Tutorials, Articles, Games …)
  2. Links to your site (forums, blogs, directories, social networks …). Always with respect, what? No SPAM.
  3. Ask your customers for the links. This is voluntary, if you accept it, great.
  4. We're exchanging them with other webmasters. This is difficult and hardly effective.
  5. Buy Massive Links. As far as I know, this does not work well, it may be bad for your business.

What you should never do:

  1. Using Flash, if so, just use a little … no full Flash website.
  2. Forget greeting pages or popup windows. 50% of visitors leave after 30 seconds … so go straight to the point
  3. Try to keep your site from being difficult in graphics, the better the text, the better the text.
  4. Design your site at 1024×768 pixel resolution.
  5. Never design for just one browser. You should be at least in Internet Explorer and Firefox.

2.- Good connection with search engines

This is SEO (search engine optimization), especially for Google. We have thousands of forums, manuals, and blogs, so we will only explain the basics.

It has made it important for us through links from other sites to make Google better understand what our site is. This will increase the chances of first search results.

How can we do this? Well, especially with the HTML code and the structure of our website (as well as with the links mentioned in the previous section):

Title of the Site: Addresses keywords; If you look at the source code of the page (IExplorer: View> Source Code), you will first see something like this:

<title> For Freelance Designers &#8211; SOSFACTORY </title>

This tells the search engine what the site is, so we need to provide the keywords that Google wants to search on the site. The most important ones are those that describe and keywords.

Titles "": The search engine recognizes the relevant texts of the tags in the webpage text. Here, too, we need to provide the keywords.

Key words in "" and "" and "" in bold: repeat the keywords in bold and italic in the content of the site

Keywords: repeat the keywords on our website content.

Photos: Google prefer texts instead of optimizing images. Mostly, keywords are placed in the "Alt" and file names (for example: my-keyword.jpg)

Site structure:

  1. From your website, Google follows the links to other pages on the pages, so it's good if you want to have a sitemap … if Google does not find the page if it does not exist.
  2. Name your address as a keyword (for example: my-website.com/my-keyword.html)
  3. Enter your site's folders as keywords (for example: my-website.com/my-keyword/my-keyword.html)
  4. Do not put the pages in a thousand folders up to 3 levels.
  5. Use keywords to link pages on your pages.
  6. External links: link from text to similar content to yours (not competitors, of course)

3.- Trafic is directed towards potential customers

First, until the search engine turnover does not last, be the resource source. This is only about promotion where there are potential customers.

Forums:

There are two things to keep in mind in the forums: first, in job opportunities, usually low budget jobs, but can help build a good portfolio; On the other hand, you have to appear in the other tables where you can meet the best customers, help people, and find good relationships.

Webhostingtalk.com: This is a forum that is hosting a business (and other things), there are people who have lots of money and thousands of domains … which means they need a lot of plans. Free and in English. When it starts, this is a good place to create a good portfolio and at the same time get a higher level of customer experience on the same forum.

Sitepoint.com: basically the same as the previous one.

Paid Websites for Freelance Designers:

Getafreelancer.com: This is the typical web site where people make projects and you as a designer offer to work, everything in it, decent jobs And his eyes. The site is English and is pretty ugly, and it accounts for one percent of the income.

Scriptlance.com: This is more about the programmers, but there are jobs for designers. It works like the previous one,% sales, but the website is much better design, in English.

Elance: design jobs do not have a big budget, but there is a lot of work, if you're fast, you can make a lot of money. They have a complicated system, but in English and very expensive, so it's an investment … if you start, maybe you will not pay for it.

Art Communities:

This is the most risky way to find work where "bad" people are looking for young people to use them. Remember to pay in advance … ALL! !! The best thing is to find partners, inspiration and good time.

Deviantart is the art community of Capital Letters. The work table is not very serious, but the rest of the site offers wonderful, great content and good design … if you want to be able to watch the rest of the world, you need to sign in to this site

GFX artist : Two types of job offers, low budget customers and "entertaining" projects, and job offers for businesses that need to rework in the country of supply. This is a little elite community, you have to give the pictures on the server, or you have to pay for a super. We could say we have more experts.

Digital Strap: If you're crazy enough to live comics, this is one of the best places. I would never recommend merely to comics, as the fund is great, helping to grow as an artist … this is not a good deal unless you are a painter and well known.

4.- Reusing Customers: Newsletters

Newsletters or subscriptions are a good marketing tool, though a dual sharp weapon

is able to remind an old customer to do anything … but you must be cautious or qualify as SPAM. I think there is no need to say that you have to rent again, do a good job as freelance designer, fame is very important

5.- Local Publicity

Always Useful Money is invested Printed matter, such as posters, leaflets, business cards … and leave them in computer-related shops. I do not think I have to say that you have to print all your portfolios URLs.

Dissatisfaction is that it takes a lot more time to invest in customer meetings

The advantage is that there is no brutal competition on the Internet, especially in Asian companies.

6.- Buying a Good Representative

Another option, your Representative, will do all your promotional work as a percentage of your sales. The agents that are worthy of asking very well, so if you do not have a good portfolio, work with them … maybe even if you have it.

Folioart.co.uk: Like Gez Fry or Jason Brooks, but others are mediocre.

Centralillustration.com: he's looking for a bit more alternative artists.

Mendolaart.com: the artists of all styles, some of them are good, and others do not.

glasshousegraphics.com: Representative for comics. There are many people, so they do not pay much attention, but you can try.

7.- Direct contact with companies

Jobs:

Jobs for a company, sometimes freelance designers, but this is rare. Requirements are demanding and you will have to go to the company's headquarters. You will need a curriculum and a presentation leaflet.

Coroflot.com: lots of job offers, especially in the United States. Recently, your website has been developed, now it looks like an artistic social network.

Malakye.com: Job Vacancies only for Sport Games: Billabong, Rip Curl, Adio … Who Do not Want to Work for Such Trademarks? There is a very interesting newsletter where you can give a lot of advice in preparing your curriculum in your time.

Gamedev.net: job offers for the video game industry.

Yellow pages: for spain, I think they can have similar services in other countries. If you want to see hell in life, I advise you to work as a designer in Spain with thousands of job offers, ridiculous pay, asking for the requirements, not even 5 people to be able to co-operate 🙂

Large companies job offers:

The most direct route between two points in the straight line. Many companies are offering jobs on their own site … this is just the search query in the company stages and it does very well what you do.

Corporate.disney.go.com: I'm sure this is

Pixar.com/companyinfo/jobs: if your arm is here to come in here, what are you doing reading?

Mattel.com: If you like toys, work here is the best.

Blizzard.com/jobopp/: Starcraft, World of Warcraft, Warcraft … who does not know this man?

Marvel.com/company: for Comics

This post is "hard" and many people do not read them … You know it's just for some people who are really out Wanting to live in design and ready to work hard

If you want a magic formula for $ 10,000 for logos, you're on the wrong side … if I knew I would not write this Article:

Source by Sergio Ordonez

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