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  • I'm interested - How many of you are optimized online?

    I'm just curious;

    How many of you have websites for your local business?

    Are you optimized? (listed on the first page of google)

    Do you have a Facebook page?

    Do you update your website frequently or just have one to look professional?

    Do you generate leads from your website/facebook page?

    What do you feel is the most important thing about a website is? (what are your prospects visiting your website for?)

    Do you have pictures on your website?

    Do include your website on all printed promotional products?

    WHAT KIND OF ROI DOES YOUR WEBSITE PROVIDE?


    This is a big question ^

    I really am curious so be honest. I want you guys to think of your website in a different way for a minute. Think of your website as an "investment" ... because that's what it is right? an investment of time and money?

    Now...What kind of ROI (return on investment) are you getting from your website? Think of how much you are paying to keep the site going. vs. how much you are generating from the website. Do you even know how much the website is generating? Do you trace online vs. offline leads?

    I'm curious to hear some answers / opinions from a different group.
    Mitch Howard - Internet Consultant - www.webchoppers.com

    I'm here to help and answer any questions that I can about your business's online presence.

  • #2
    I know nothing.

    lol

    I use my website to hold some information, so when a customer calls and I don't answer, the voicemail will tell them to check out our website.
    ...or it will begin a self destruct sequence for callers who call way too much.

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    • #3
      How many of you have websites for your local business? YES

      Are you optimized? (listed on the first page of google) YES

      Do you have a Facebook page? YES

      Do you update your website frequently or just have one to look professional? YES

      Do you generate leads from your website/facebook page? YES

      What do you feel is the most important thing about a website is? (what are your prospects visiting your website for?) Information, references, Photos of work

      Do you have pictures on your website? YES

      Do include your website on all printed promotional products? YES

      WHAT KIND OF ROI DOES YOUR WEBSITE PROVIDE? YES

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      • #4
        What Kind Of Roi Does Your Website Provide? YES
        Lmao!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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        • #5
          Very interesting. Those of you that are optimized, are you ranking #1-5 for "landscaping (city)" or "lawn care (city)"?

          What steps did YOU take to get your website there?

          What was the most difficult part when optimizing your website?
          Mitch Howard - Internet Consultant - www.webchoppers.com

          I'm here to help and answer any questions that I can about your business's online presence.

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          • #6
            I have a website,is it optimized I don't think so. ROI same the I don't know I pay $20 a month. I designed it myself and I update it also. How can I optimize my site for my area? Do you know how I can get a mobile app made for my site. (MITCH)
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            • #7
              How can I optimize my site for my area? Do you know how I can get a mobile app made for my site. (MITCH)
              - I posted a thread about this; http://www.gopherforum.com/showthread.php?t=15974

              - We don't actually create mobile apps for our clients. With our web packs we have a plugin that we install that automatically converts the website to a mobile site when a mobile browser accesses the website.
              Mitch Howard - Internet Consultant - www.webchoppers.com

              I'm here to help and answer any questions that I can about your business's online presence.

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              • #8
                It seems on the forum, we have a large group of members that don't know much about this or don't feel it is as important as it is.

                Then we have a few small group that are really into it and seem to also offer seo services along with lawn care.

                I think the toughest part about this is finding if, in medium to smaller markets, seo can really effect a lawn care businesses bottom line and then selling the business owner on that.
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                • #9
                  I am in the top 3 results for my main city terms and get on average 20-30 calls a month and 75+ between march-may. 1,500 likes on facebook =P

                  http://www.grasscarebatonrouge.com and now working on http://www.grasscareplano.com

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                  • #10
                    I am number 4 on google, and here is the kicker-I got a call yesturday from a guy in Washington State, he looked on google for a lawn service here in florida, and saw mine listed. As I was the only one that said I served the town I live in, he checked out my website. He then hired me for a commercial site (it took some phone tag and going out to look at it) 750 per month for complete care package. It will take me about 4 hours once a week to mow trim edge, about 8 hours once a quater (two guys) to trim hedges, and about 50 bucks worth of fertilizer a quarter. God Bless Google

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                    • #11
                      hi there id like to know who you guys are using for your optimization or if your doing it yourself and if you can share some pointers on doing it

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                      • #12
                        hi there id like to know who you guys are using for your optimization or if your doing it yourself and if you can share some pointers on doing it

                        You either learn to do it yourself or hire a company to do it. As far as costs....that all depends on who you hire to do it. If you live in a competitive area and are trying to get #1 spot on Google SERPS, it's going to cost you because it has tons of value.

                        Unless you are trying to rank for a very low competition keyword(s) in a low population area, I would suggest hiring someone to do your optimization work. Your time is better spent elsewhere.
                        Mitch Howard - Internet Consultant - www.webchoppers.com

                        I'm here to help and answer any questions that I can about your business's online presence.

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                        • #13
                          I am new to the lawn care business, however I have 2 mentors that have their own lawn care business and have very nice websites and do SEO. They got a ton of jobs and contracts from their websites. It really is worth the investment even if you have to hire someone else to do it.
                          http://www.fentonslawncare.com

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                          • #14
                            If you go to a competitors website, and you have Google Chrome as your browser (or others, but I'm familiar with Chrome) you can use tools > View Source.

                            You can copy your competitors 'keywords' and also see how their html/css is designed.

                            I have a feeling that if your site itself has no relation to the keywords you use, it's not that effective. If you have a blog however, I think you will have a better chance, but imo there is only so much typing you want to bother with.


                            You might not understand what I mean because I'm insane:

                            I could write a blog, but I am picky to what I allow my clients to see without seeming as thought I am a small company that just says anything about their day, giving me the appearance of being less commercialized and cheaper than my competitors. I want my company to have nothing to do with my personal life, characteristics, or thoughts when it comes to text.

                            Some guys will write,
                            "Wow today was hot, we did a garden job and it took us all day, but we managed and got our work done! The client even ordered us pizza! Here is a beautiful *photo* of our work" - to me this just sounds too 'small time' by making it personal. Sure I suppose it has it's advantages, but clients may most likely assume that you are cheaper and I'd rather not bother with that lol.

                            I'd rather have,
                            "This was a garden project that we had accomplished recently *photo* if you would like for us to provide this service for you, please feel free to give us a call *phone number*"

                            Leaving the emotions and what not out of my posts just seems right.



                            any comments on that?

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                            • #15
                              I like your reasoning. I would use as a tool to put up before and after pics and you could also periodically post some home gardening tips such as why it is beneficial to cut lawn more frequently or how aeration services can benefit lawn, etc.

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