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Here are the answers to our most frequently asked questions (FAQ).

 
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Why should I use Massage on the Web for a web site?
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Why do you have four different kinds of web sites?
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What should I put on my web site?
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What if I want to change or add to what I gave you?
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Can I upgrade?
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What if I already have a web site?
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How will people find my web site at Massage on the Web?
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What about search engines?
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How else can I promote my practice with my web site?
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What are the different types of web addresses?
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Is the web address I want available?
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I have an email address. Why should I use yours?
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Will I have to learn how to handle a second email account?
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What if I want a separate email account?
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How do I start?

 

Why should I use Massage on the Web for a web site?

  1. No one else will provide massage and bodywork content for your web site as well as design and hosting. You can have it all in one place.
  2. No one else doing web sites has our experience. We have ten years of successful business experience publishing educational newsletters exclusively for massage therapists and bodyworkers. More than a thousand of them have used our newsletters to increase their business.
  3. With our Professional and Custom web sites, we do it all for you and are patient and happy to work with professionals who aren't computer oriented. In fact, we even have one client without a computer or email! We know most therapists don't have the time or interest in computers to design and program a web site, write articles, maintain their web site and make changes.
  4. No one else will give you the attention and service that we provide our Professional and Custom Web Site clients. Read our testimonials.

Why do you have four different kinds of web sites?

We know the massage and bodywork profession. We know that practices are different. The New Practice Special is specifically designed to help new graduates get their practice off to a running start for very little expense. We recognize that a separate professional biography page may be worse than none if all it says is "Graduated a few months ago." Why pay extra for it then?

The Do-It-Yourself-er is for the therapist that enjoys working with a computer and has a practice that doesn't require full-time attention. He or she wants total control and should not have to pay for unneeded services. Having massage articles already available, however, is something of value.

The Professional Web Site is for the therapist with a successful practice who needs the extra pages to show all her or his training, client testimonials and services. She or he values the aesthetics of a professional web site.

The Custom Web Site is for businesses, generally with retail sales and those who want something personal and special to reflect their level of success.


What should I put on my web site?

We strongly recommend your contact information (phone, address, email), hours, services and rates. The New Practice Special also includes the monthly massage article link and one of the following: a quotation, testimonial, short statement of your philosophy, mission statement, etc.

At Massage on the Web, a Professional Web Site includes all the above, plus additional pages for 3 - 6 more massage articles, office policies (such as whether you accept credit cards, require 24-hour cancellation, etc.), testimonials, your professional biography and more. In fact, our Professional Web Site information form has room for more than 20 different pieces of information for your web site.

 
What if I want to change or add to what I gave you?
Email us the changes you want. Emailed changes we can cut and paste into your web site are part of the monthly hosting fees for a Professional Web Site or a Custom Web Site. Changes can be made once per month. Changes to the New Practice Special are an extra cost option and general take half an hour or less.

Can I upgrade?
Certainly. We'll credit you the full amount of the design and set-up fee for your New Practice Special when you purchase a Professional Web Site or a Custom Web Site at Massage on the Web. You can keep the same web address, making it easy for all your existing massage and bodywork clients.
 
What if I already have a web site?

Several people have transferred their web sites to us because they wanted our massage articles, especially the monthly massage article. Others have switched because they liked our designs, our prices, or our fast, friendly, service. Our transfer fee is quite reasonable.

Have a web site that is expiring shortly? Don't have enough knowledge of the web to handle a switch yourself? We generally handle everything, but can walk you through anything you need to do, if it comes to that. Most of the time, we can even arrange for you to keep the same web address and email.


How will people find my web site at Massage on the Web?

First, don't think of your web site as a yellow page ad. If you put up a pretty page and do nothing else, you shouldn't expect lots of phone calls from people who never heard of you. It doesn't work that way.

A web site is just one very important part of your whole advertising campaign. It will be as effective as you make it by including your web site address in all your other advertising, putting it in your newsletter, in your ads, on your business card, on your letterhead, on your brochures and telling everyone you know about it.

Want to guarantee that your web site pays for itself? Get other local businesses with web sites to put links on their site to your web site. Put links on your site to theirs. Put a special, gift or referral certificate on your Massage on the Web site to encourage people to refer people to you. Put up articles on massage. Educate your existing clients so they become repeat clients. Change your information frequently. Keep people coming back. Search engine referrals are wonderful, but by themselves they won't be enough to justify the cost of a web site. Instead, focus on existing customers, link exchanges with local businesses and putting your web site address in your other promotion.


What about search engines?

Since you are going to have a web site and you are going to work it to make it pay, you might as well also submit your site to search engines so you can be found. Our Professional and Custom Web Sites are both designed with search engines in mind. Go to our support page and follow the link to submit your web site.

Search engine experts agree that having a lot of content about your subject, changing that content, and having a lot of links from other web sites are among the best methods of appearing on the search engine result pages. That is why we offer several massage articles, including one monthly article, and your monthly changes as part of our Professional and Custom Web Sites.

 
How else can I promote my practice with my web site?
See our advice pages.
 
What are the different types of web addresses?

There are three different types of web addresses. The most expensive and the most professional is www.YourName.com or www.YourName.net or www.YourName.org. This can cost as much as $35 a year just to own the name and many of the good names are already gone. Another type of web address is YourName.MassageOnTheWeb.com. There is no additional charge for this type of name at Massage on the Web.

The third type of web address is www.MassageOnTheWeb.com/YourName. This last type tells anyone who is familiar with computers and the Web that you are just renting a small amount of space on someone else's web site. That is why we do not use that type of web address for any of our clients.


Is the web address I want available?
If you want the www.YourName.com type of web address, you have to check to see if anyone else on earth (literally) has already registered it. (If you would like to do that yourself, click here.) If you want a web address like YourName.MassageOnTheWeb.com, you only have to register it with Massage on the Web. So, even though someone else had already registered www.DallasMassage.com, Dallas.MassageOnTheWeb.com is still available.
 
I have an email address. Why should I use yours?

There are two good reasons. First and most important, why not advertise your massage and bodywork services every time you send or receive an email? If your email address is sue3774@aol.com, you are advertising AOL, not Sue's Massage! Doesn't Sue@MassageOnTheWeb.com do a better job of promotion for you? Mary384@hotmail.com does not tell anyone about the relaxation you can bring about through massage and bodywork. Using Relaxation@MassageOnTheWeb.com does.

The second reason for having a Massage on the Web email address is that you can track your web site promotion. When you see an email addressed to your Massage on the Web email address you will know that it was related to your web site.


Will I have to learn how to handle a second email account?

We program your Massage on the Web email address to go directly to your existing email address. Therefore, you do not have to do anything differently than you are now. You continue to use your usual email account, whether it is hotmail.com, AOL, or whatever.

However, when you get email from your Massage on the Web email address it will say, "To: YourName@MassageOnTheWeb.com" instead of "To: YourName3452@aol.com." The people sending you email will not have to do anything differently nor do you, but you will be advertising and tracking your advertising results all the time.

 
What if I want a separate email account?
Perhaps you have a second person for whom you want to get an email account. Perhaps you just do not want to mix your personal and professional email. No problem. We can set up a separate Massage on the Web email account for you. This is an extra cost option for the New Practice Special.
 
How do I start?
We believe in the personal approach. So, give us a call at 727-369-8017 (Eastern Time Zone) and we will introduce ourselves, answer any questions, sign you up and send you an email with our automated information procedure.
 

If you have any other questions, call us at 727-369-8017.
We'll be happy to answer them.