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Jar
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If you have your own website where you attract clients, how do you do so? Do you use adsense, yahoo, etc? Just plain SEO ? How has that worked out?

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campolar
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Word of mouth and suggestions from past customers :)

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Katro
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If you are good on what you do the clients will find you! create a portfolio, use social media, don`t rush on Adsenses and stuff, if your are planning to work as freelancer, just my opinion! that works for me!

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ThemeBlvd
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One effective way is to build a theme forest presence. Since I started putting things on theme forest, I’ve gotten a lot of messages through my website, facebook page, email, etc about freelance work. You can start by finally posting your becool theme!

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Jar
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be(known)! :D (It’s the aviator glasses ain’t it :P )

I do intend on posting it once I finish, but this entire theme has been a wall of barriers one after the other… It’s a fantastic learning experience though, I suppose. :)

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Monkify
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I’ve found that submitting your site to css galleries works great, and it also helps to be good and social marketing. Having great design and promoting your work will get you seen pretty quickly though.

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OrdinaryThemes
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Run a web development blog along. :P

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Shellbot
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Word of mouth and suggestions from past customers :)

Pretty much that. When I first started I was doing the whole bidding site thing and now past clients from there (and for some reason a lot of their siblings) keep me in work. It meant it was a bit slower to start kicking off than a huge advertising push, but I’ve got to know my clients and it works for me.

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MeosMedien
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We work a lot with custom emails and the old school “I search for regional companies with bad websites or commercials in google, call them friendly on the phone and ask if we can send them a letter with our prices, skills and some of our best works (have to fit to the design problems of the company)”.

5 of 20 wanna have our letter and 1 of the 5 call us back for more.

The rest is good advertising in the regional newspaper, some nice flyers in some shops and SEO . Word of mouth and suggestions from past customers like campolar said take the last part of a good advertising package.

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EireStudio
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Find a niche you want to target, such as law practices, bands, photographers etc etc and actively market to them, you will find that once you do work for one of these, word of mouth will soon follow and you will have more work from the same.

Good luck

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