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« on: March 15, 2012, 09:22 »
I made my first promotional website few days ago, and I want to share my experiences here with Microstock Group community. 

You can check it out here:

I also made a blog about this on Dreamstime (

Here is the copy of content from the blog:

It took me very little time to make it because I used Google sites as a platform.

I was rally impressed how fast and easy it was to make it.
It actually took me just one afternoon to make it :)

Here is how it works:

Google sites ( is an online site creation tool which helps you easily create websites. You can also use html to code some parts of the website, but I noticed that not all html tags are allowed :(

Google will host your website on their own servers and will give you some web address like (you are always going to have in the beginning of address). When you create site you can easily connect your internet domain (you need to rant an internet domain if you want to use one) with your website.

After I created my website I connected it with Google Analitics. Google Analitcs ( is another free web application which monitors traffic on websites and gives you many useful statistics.

Summary (Good and Bad things I have noticed)

Very simple and easy to use.
User friendly.
You don't need any specialised software to create your websites.
You don't need to worry about web hosting.
You can easily connect your site with Google Analytics to control traffic on your website.
There are numerous templates and gadgets you can easily add to your web sites

Not all html tags are allowed.
Limited possibilities.

Please leave a comments and critiques of my website.
I also hope someone is going to find this post useful :)


« Reply #1 on: March 15, 2012, 10:05 »
WARNING I got a malicious website blocked message from Norton when I clicked the link!!! proceed with caution!! (the first link)

« Reply #2 on: March 15, 2012, 10:33 »
You can check that warning in details at as you can see these warnings are reported by other sites from google sites platform, mine site just picked rating from root domain (

I registered at Norton SafeWeb as a site owner and this is the message I received concerning this issue:

    Please note that is part of Because of this, the rating that you see next to your site name may be the inherited rating from Your site will be eligible for independent rating at a later time.


« Reply #3 on: March 15, 2012, 10:36 »
Ahhh, that may explain it!
Here is the site report on Norton, it does look like the report is for the whole of Hope you can get it sorted out and re-rated.

« Reply #4 on: March 15, 2012, 10:42 »
Thank you Microbius for notifying me.

I hope everything will sort out, but it's annoying that I can't do anything about it.
Now I can just wait for Norton to evaluate my site separately...


« Reply #5 on: March 15, 2012, 11:01 »
Yeah seems silly when there are so many sites on there that are nothing to do with each other!

« Reply #6 on: March 15, 2012, 12:30 »
Amongst many, many other things when I go to your web site, especially the home page, nothing informs me that you are a photographer.  :P

Only the little note at the bottom says "Photographer" but that wouldn't necessarily indicate that the entire site is an excerpt of your portfolio.

As a start, I would write in the page title, tags and headline that this is your portfolio site. At least then the visitors know what and who they are dealing with...

Slapping a few images together onto some pages is not hard. You need to plan and organize your site. That's where the work starts.

Anyway, good luck!

« Reply #7 on: March 15, 2012, 14:19 »
Thank you click_click for your comment. It's kind of comments I was looking for.

« Reply #8 on: March 16, 2012, 10:17 »
Norton has re-evaluation website  :)

The result of this re-evaluation is a change in the Norton Safe Web rating for this site.

Old rating: unsafe
New rating: safe
For details about this site report, you can go to:

« Reply #9 on: April 05, 2012, 15:55 »
It's been almost a month since I created my website, here are some statistic for this period:
175 Visits
124 Unique Visitors
2,361 Pageviews
13.49 Pages/Visit
00:06:52 Avg. Visit Duration
70.29% New Visits

Note: Site has been expanded a lot since this topic was started.


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