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  • #16
    I've been feeling a bit incompetent that I don't have a website. I don't want to pay a lot of money for someone to build one, and I have no idea how to maintain them. Besides that, I'm not really sure how much business flow I will gain from a website.

    How do you feel having a website has benefited you? Have you ever gotten a call from a customer saying "I was google-ing lawn mowing and your website came up"?
    Or do you simply have it because that's what businesses are supposed to have in this day and age? Maybe because it makes you look more professional?

    I got a call from this woman yesterday trying to sell me a website. She wasn't a telemarketer or anything. Apparently, she was hired to build a website for another landscaping company, but they backed out, so she's left with a built webpage. She asked me if I wanted to buy it? Of course, she would change the info to be true for me, but she's asking $500.
    I would assume that she was already paid for her work. Website designers probably want the money upfront.

    At what price would you think this would be worth it?
    If she's just going to hand the template over to you, I would pay maybe $100 bucks tops. Chances are she's attempting to mass market this template to landscapers nationwide.

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    • #17
      That all depends on the type of client that you are trying to attract. Commercial clients are less likely to go with a craigslist ad.
      I'm not sure I agree with you there. I've had 5 commercial clients call me the past 7 days from that craigslist ad, and I literally just received an email from another one 30 minutes ago.

      The point is, you don't need a website to be found online. You just need to be able to be found. Plus, everyone has to start somewhere.


      Also, Cleaning Dr, you have a good option for themes and is basically what this girl is trying to sell our friend for $500 bucks as a 1 off:

      http://www.gopherforum.com/showpost....01&postcount=1

      If I were not experienced in web marketing, I would take you up on this offer - although, I'd want ownership of the theme.

      In fact, if you have a "lawn care" portfolio of themes you could show me, I might would by one off you right now today.
      Last edited by BLC7; 04-11-2013, 11:54 AM.

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      • #18
        I use developer versions of different themes. I change them to suit my needs and the needs of the customer. I don't have a set of themes myself but that is in the works.

        Most of the time it is seeing or picturing what something could look like from the demo sites. Most people can not see what that would be and I have been known to change the theme just because the logo does not look right.

        For instance, this is the demo of a theme that I used recently

        http://www.elegantthemes.com/demo/?theme=DeepFocus

        And this is the outcome

        http://carlislepressurewashing.com/

        Or this one

        http://www.elegantthemes.com/demo/?theme=Minimal
        http://www.pressurewashingcleveland.net/

        It is not always about the theme being designed for the niche/business but the ability to change it to look better. Heck even just changing the background can make a tremendous difference.

        There is also a new theme that I have found that is going to allow me an unlimited amount of customization. And the theme is responsive which is great for mobile users.

        Many times what you do on the back end helps you tremendously on the front end of things. I have several sites that I have done in some of what I consider mid to high range competiton areas and the sites are on page 1. Saves them money all the way around. There is one customer where we have done absolutely nothing to the site in 4 years and he is still #1 in Louisville KY.
        Last edited by The Cleaning Doctor; 04-11-2013, 12:37 PM.
        Pat

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        • #19
          I use developer versions of different themes. I change them to suit my needs and the needs of the customer. I don't have a set of themes myself but that is in the works.

          Most of the time it is seeing or picturing what something could look like from the demo sites. Most people can not see what that would be and I have been known to change the theme just because the logo does not look right.

          For instance, this is the demo of a theme that I used recently

          http://www.elegantthemes.com/demo/?theme=DeepFocus

          And this is the outcome

          http://carlislepressurewashing.com/

          Or this one

          http://www.elegantthemes.com/demo/?theme=Minimal
          http://www.pressurewashingcleveland.net/

          It is not always about the theme being designed for the niche/business but the ability to change it to look better. Heck even just changing the background can make a tremendous difference.
          Nice. What about that Lawn Mowing theme in your original post. Do you have that available.

          Wouldn't you be able to take the theme develop a demo toward lawn mowing, and sell the newly designed theme en mass allowing us to edit, etc?

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          • #20
            Nice. What about that Lawn Mowing theme in your original post. Do you have that available.

            Wouldn't you be able to take the theme develop a demo toward lawn mowing, and sell the newly designed theme en mass allowing us to edit, etc?
            That is what I have in the works. These will be basic themes to start with. I want to get say 30 themes and then open that portion up for those that just want themes. I will slowly increase the number of themes and hopefully have over 100 of them before I am done. That is why I was guaging the interest before I just go out and build a bunch of them.

            It all just takes time... LOL

            One advantage I can think of over Craigslist is that you don't have to keep posting the ads. It is not a lot of work but it is one more thing that you need to do.

            Most of my sites are in the $600 range because of all I do if it is paid in full. I even help you to learn how to post new blog articles with photos. If you need photos when I design the site then I buy stock photos. This is all included in the price. I even take a chance and help new owners with sites. You know those that are on a budget. I ask for $149 down and $29 a month for 24 months. This includes the domain, email and hosting. After that it is just the hosting and domain that comes to less than $50 a year.

            I am not here to make a killing, just a living.

            On the themes, I am thinking that a subscription of $29 a year that includes any updates would be a minimal price for some good looking themes.
            Pat

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            • #21
              1&1 web is great. they give you a thirty day free trial also.

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