Building a successful private practice takes a coordination of activity. It takes working honing your craft, it takes a support system, the use of multiple of marketing tools and in this day and age it takes creating a web presence. If you'd like to know more about marketing tools you can go to my website and if you sign up for my news letter right now you will get a free article on marketing tools. Here I will try and give an overview of websites and what a web presence can mean.

Web Presence:
In this day and age having a web presence is pretty important if you want to attract clients. Your potential client or referral source has an opportunity to start knowing you the minute they land on your website. All the more reason to make sure your site shows you in your best light.

Let me give a quick explanation:
Website: Is a collection of related pages of text, graphics, and images, videos that rents space on the Internet. It can be as many pages as you'd like. You can create web sites with places like which charges $59 a month. Or you can have an independent web designer create the site and you can download free designs from places like which requests you give them credit on your site for use of their free designs.

You can hire web designers that can charge anywhere from $500 - $10,000 for your website. I have great designers that charge anywhere from $500 - $1000, depending upon the amount of prep work you do. Once the site is complete it usually costs around $100 a year for web hosting.

Web Hosting:(wikipedia) A web hosting service is like a landlord. You rent the space from them to place your website on. Many sites offer extras beyond space, they offer optimization, web design and advertising. The first thing to look for is load time. Have you ever gone to website and it takes forever to load, it sometimes has to do with how the pages are designed and it can have to do with load time. I also look for how often the server is down. Which means your web site would be down on the internet. I have been using Blue Host, they offer unlimited pages, The cost is about $100 per year and I have to say except for the rare incident my site has not been down. They are upgrading their systems often and improving quality.

Blog pages: are generally a page that holds an online diary. You can put one your website or start one with any blog site, most search engines offer blogs.

Social Media sites, Directories: these are all places where you can usually join for free and post information about yourself online. I would use these sites to help you improve your ranking with the search engines.

Search Engines: google, yahoo, msn, bing, etc. these are the major search engines out there. Having a web site is not enough you must have that site found by people searching. The goal is to be on the first page of a search. So for me, if you google Santa Monica psychotherapist my link is on the first page below the paid for ads. You can pay for placement or you can do what is called an organic search.. I spend very little money on advertising my site and my placement is an organic one.

Search engine optimization: This is a collection of tasks designed to create a good placement (ranking) with the search engines. Like I said you can pay, any of the search engines offer means of paid sponsorship (pay per click, sponsored ads, advertising). Or you can create an organic optimization without paid advertising on the search engines.

Author's Bio: 

Hi, I am Licia Ginne, a licensed marriage and family therapist with a private practice in Santa Monica, California. I have a full time private practice, which I have been in for almost 25 years and in the mental health field for almost 30 years. I do consultation and training in practice development, marketing, creating a web presence and website development. My therapy practice is strictly fee for service based, I removed myself from all insurance panels about 10 years ago and have been fortunate to have an overflow of referrals that I refer out or at times have another therapist working with me. I have learned how to develop and build my practice and create a web presence that has a successful organic ranking with the search engines. You can learn more about me, the services I offer and sign up and receive my article on marketing tools that can start your marketing program now, at