Creating Your Own Product: Finishing Touches
żby: Ronald Gibson
Now that you have written and compiled your new product, it is time for some finishing touches.
Here, we're going to talk about how generating a specific set of graphics and using them in combination on your 'mini' website will help you earn more money and generate a better response than just a plain old text based website. Each portion of the creative process has been broken down into different sections so you can read what you need.
"COVERING" IT UP
A well known fact when selling anything to anyone is that using a picture along with a powerful description will boost your sales. So, you will need to have an image of your product. Whether it is an ebook cover, a report jacket, cd cover, or software box, you need to have an original image for your product.
Here is a product you can use, AT NO COST to begin generating some good looking cover images.
Scott's Box Shot Maker - It's A Freebie, But It's Really Good!
MAKING THE PAGE
Now it's time for the next group of graphics you'll need to create that will help improve the look and selling power of your 'mini' website. However, before you start making sensational website graphics, you need the images that will give you just the right look to showcase your product properly.
Most graphics will be comprised of images and text, but some will also contain special effects generated with the use of more expensive photo editing tools such as PhotoShop -- http://www.adobe.com -- , or Paint Shop Pro -- http://www.jasc.com -- (even though Paint Shop Pro costs just $99, it's a bargain compared to PhotoShop at a more costly $699).
First, let me give you a couple of wonderful places to look for FREE images that you can download and use, most of them anyway, royalty-free:
-- STOCK X CHANGE --
http://www.sxc.hu - It's the BEST online. Check it out, seriously.
-- WEBSOUP.ORG --
http://www.websoup.org - You can find lots of things here besides free image repositories.
-- iSTOCKPHOTO --
http://www.istockphoto.com - Even though you have to pay for the use of these images, it's pretty inexpensive at just $0.50 per image.
What good will these images do you if you don't have a tool to help you utilize them properly? So, here is another free gift for you that will help you create integral parts of your 'mini' site. **Please Note** - You will require Adobe PhotoShop to use this gift.
ACTION PAK GOLD ACTIONSCRIPTS FOR PHOTOSHOP"
This package contains 3 action scripts that will generate a header graphic, an order button graphic, and a custom designed logo background. It's a wonderful package to use. Only downfall, it requires PhotoShop.
So, now that we have our graphics all done up, there's only one thing left to do before we move on to the final step. And that is creating our 'mini' website. To help you out with this process, here is yet another free gift for you to use called
Order Page Magic created by our prot??g??, Louis Burleson:
It will help you develop a great 'mini' page, or order page if you prefer, that has been proven to convert potential customers into buying customers. This software tool will take you by the hand and lead you down the path to your 'mini' site creation.
And really, a targeted niche 'mini' site that only promotes one product is in essence an order page because you want people that come in search of more information on your subject matter that come to your page to buy your product. That's what a 'mini' site will do. It takes all the guess work out for your site visitors and gives them just one option....to buy your product.
You have sucessfully created your own information product. Now, it is time to take your new product "to the market".
Copyright 2005 Ronald Gibson