Is your webmaster robbing you blind?
Published: July 25, 2018

Is your webmaster robbing you blind
Is your webmaster robbing you blind

You have to be very careful when dealing with random webmasters you find on the internet. Webmasters are like used car salesmen, they say whatever they want to say to get the job. In an industry where there is no oversight or certifications required, you have no idea of the qualifications of your prospective webmaster.

Here are some rules you should consider to protect yourself.

Rule 1: Make sure they speak English (or your native language) as a first language. Communication is the hardest part. If you are not sure if your webmaster understands what you want, what are the chances of it working out.

Rule 2: Feel Them out a bit. Speak to them on the phone, feel them out. See if you click with them. Ask them some questions and see how they answer them. If you do not like the answers, move on.

Rule 3: Location. If you are in North America, your webmaster should also be in North America. It sometimes seems that cut rates are attractive from webmasters across the globe but it rarely works out. The language, time zone and cultural differences are too great to overcome.

Rule 4: References. Check out their references, testimonials and third party reviews. Be careful on the fake reviews that are easy to spot.

Example: "They are great", John, New York. This review is way too short. There is no full name, No phone number or email address. There is no date or website address of the customer. This review has zero value. Third party reviews from Google reviews and other third party review sites have much more weight.

Rule 5: Monthly fee scam. Do not get trapped into the monthly fee scam. It seems like the webmaster is doing you a favor by giving you a flat fee every month. This seems like a good idea so you can budget your cash flow. How it really works is as follows, you pay a flat fee every month whether your webmaster does any work or not. Usually it is something like $120.00 per month. For that you will receive two hours of work. If you go over, you pay more. If you don't use it, you still pay. It is way better for the customer to go 100% pay per use.

Rule 6: Experience. Like every other industry, experience is king. It's not a good idea to trust your business venture to a brand new recent graduate as that person will have no experience or track record. Maybe they will be great but most likely they won't have the tools necessary to do a professional job.

Always remember that your website is a reflection of your business. If it isn't very good, you can chase your potential customers away before you ever have the chance to speak to them.

Contact us at the computer geek, we will take care of your website so you can sleep better at night.



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We discovered an issue with our Oscommerce cart pr
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I'm very new to the whole idea of having a website / blog. I used Bluehost.com and WordPress.org to create Thepredatorhunter.com and then managed to wreck it. On a Sunday morning I opened chat box with Rich and within a few hours everything was fantastic! This isn't just a company for big biz, if your new and small, The Computer Geek can help you out. In trouble? Stop fretting and start typing in the chat box. You will be glad you did!
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"I worked with Rich because my website was not working due to being old and out dated. Rich explained to me the cause of the problems and gave me different options to fix the problems. Rich was able to get my website up and running very quickly and would not even charge me! I am so impressed with Rich's honesty. When it comes time I will be calling on Rich to update my site. He has earned a loyal customer. Thanks Rich!!"
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"WOW! I didn't expect my service request to be handled so quickly. I reached out to Rich for a quote to help migrate my WordPress website and heard back from him within hours. He called me to discuss and was super friendly and straight to the point. I couldn't have asked for better service. Computer Geek will definitely be my go-to for all website and IT needs! Thank you!!"
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I want to commend you on the brilliance of the work Computer-Geek has accomplished for expHand Inc. During certain website issues, the company experienced that had the company website taken down through no fault of the company. After Google did not offer the assistance to reload the website, the work Computer-Geek undertook to have the expHand Inc. website updated and reinstalled was remarkable. I would suggest to any company looking for website assistance from development to rectifying big and small problems that they should contact Computer-Geek. The personal attention given to expHand by Rich did not leave anything to chance. He worked with us as if he was a treasured employee of long-standing. How Computer-Geek continues to be of assistance delivers a continuous piece of mind. expHand will be a client for life. All the best,
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If you're looking for a Joomla expert, look no further. We hired The Computer Geek to migrate our Joomla site last summer. The move was smooth and successful with no down time at all. I've contacted Rich with various web development issues since then and he's always found the solution. Exceptional service at competitive prices.
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Rich was friendly & immediately helpful. Couldn't
Rich was friendly & immediately helpful. Couldn't get into my website to update it & had let the situation drag on for months. Clicked on this website & Rich was friendly & immediately helpful, said he could sort things out and did so with promptness & efficiency - not rushing off afterwards, but taking time to make sure the job was done properly. I'd certainly use this company again when I next have a problem. Well worth $120.
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John Gordon
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"If you have a problem with your website, or want
"If you have a problem with your website, or want to add some special functionality, you need to deal with someone you can trust who will fix your problem without making things worse. Finding someone like this is risky. How do you know he or she can do the job? How do you know you won't be left hanging? From our direct experience you can place your trust in these guys. The word 'fantastic' is much over-used these day but these people really are fantastic. Coming fresh into our site and knowing nothing about the specific software we were using, within minutes they were fixing issues. Frankly, I have no idea how you get this good. It's almost super-human. And when they hit a speed-bump, they don't turn around and place the onus on you like many specialists or blame someone else: they just fix it and move on. I trusted our entire site to them - more than 100 man-years of content - and within days we were completely fixed."
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