This week we’re featuring professional web developer and Udemy instructor, Robin Haney. He helps bloggers and entrepreneurs get started in blogging and building their own WordPress sites.
Q: What is the number one mistake that you see with beginners building WordPress sites?
A: The number one mistake I see the most when it comes to people building their WordPress websites is not fully SEO Optimizing their posts and pages. When I design websites for people I usually will give them a crash course in Search Engine Optimization so that over time their website will get more traffic from search engines which is very important!
Q: How can they avoid this mistake?
A: Installing a good plugin like WordPress SEO by Yoast will take care of most of the work and its pretty easy to set-up, but the best way to avoid this mistake is to educate yourself on SEO, the problem is that there is a lot of mixed information out their and everyone likes to do things a little bit differently. The good news is that the core stuff that works is generally done the same, its the small details that everyone does differently.
So even if you were to take a little bit of time to go on Google or Youtube and research how to do basic SEO you will learn a lot that will help you out. The main problem is people who I deal with think that SEO is super complicated stuff but it really isn’t. I’ve made a few courses and lessons on SEO and its pretty basic, it just takes time and patience which is key.
Q: What are some things you wish clients understood before working with you?
A: The biggest problem most people have when they get someone else to design a website for them is that they do not know what they want. This is fine but as a web developer it takes a lot of hard work and effort to design a website so its really important that the client knows what they want before you start the designing process. I will usually sit down with the person and won’t even start building the website until we both have a clear picture of what it is we are building together.
This avoids having to restart the project, charging the client extra money, or in the end having someone not get what they want.
Q: When should someone not struggle to build a site on their own and simply contact you for your WordPress expertise?
A: The great thing about WordPress is that it is very easy to use and build a website with, the problem is that there is still a little bit of a learning curve, even for the basic stuff. It really comes down to how much time someone wants to invest to learn how to use WordPress. Anything to do with the back-end or coding will take some time to learn how to do so often you will need to look up tutorials or get a developer to do the fix for you.
I have a course on Udemy that shows people step by step how to design a basic WordPress website and use the Interface of the content management system.
Q: Who are your favorite clients to work with?
A: This really comes down to what I mentioned earlier but again people who are prepared and have a good idea of what they are looking for in a project and the best to work with. It’s also nice to work with people who have good communication skills and are friendly.
Repeat business is where a good chunk of your income as a web developer will come from so working with the same people on multiple projects will usually happen. Its always nice to have good people to work with on a consistent basis.
Q: How can folks learn more about you and your services?
A: As of right now I haven’t been online for too long, I’m fairly new to the web development world but am learning so much every single day. I spend most of my time on Udemy teaching various courses related to my field and writing on my own personal blog.