Prova recently learned a little more about one of our great designers, Fred Michael. Fred's a 31 year old designer living in Montreal Canada. He's been designing for the past 10 years. Fred started his journey with Macromedia products, & has continued using them despite Adobe's buyout of the company.
I know most of the actual designers use Illustrator and Photoshop...but I am more a Fireworks guy. I love it with a passion. I've always thought Photoshop was not user friendly enough! But Vectors are definitely what you need in the Graphic Design World.
Fred loves Prova because it's like a constant challenge that pushes him to create better designs. He's pitched several great designs to clients already, & we're glad he's a part of what makes Prova great: the designers.
Fmgraphics stands for Fred Michel Graphics. You can find his company on the web at www.fm-graphics.com, or view his portfolio at Prova.fm.
After about a year in development, DIYSEO.com goes live, bringing advanced SEO techniques into the hands of small business owners.
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If you have a specific industry and target market you cater to, then you may still want to look into advertising in industry publications. Print publications are desperate for advertising revenue and can give you a good deal if you advertise for multiple months. Search out trade magazines that your market reads and contact the advertising manager for deals. Sometimes they will provide the design for you as part of the cost. If not, you can get an ad designed quickly at http://prova.fm Right now you can get one FREE if you're one of the next 8 to post a need.
Affiliate marketing is a great way to get advertising on the web for not a lot of money. That’s because with affiliate advertising you can pay per action completed. So for instance, you sign up with an affiliate network and provide internet ads and materials for affiliate marketers to use to market your website. They go out and drive people to your site. You can structure the deal so that you will only pay those people when a person they send to your site completes some sort of action whether it’s completing a form or purchasing a product. Some of the bigger affiliate networks include Commission Junction at www.cj.com and Hydra Network at www.hydranetwork.com.