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    we need a private forum around here. this way people can't look up our company names on search engines and find us posting here.


    otherwise, are we able to change our ID or cancel the ID and start a new one?
    https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=336810496393655

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    we need a private forum around here. this way people can't look up our company names on search engines and find us posting here.


    otherwise, are we able to change our ID or cancel the ID and start a new one?

    I already took notice of this and thats why i never post my company name or website. I dont want to have to be tooo professional on the forum lol Its a little complicated but steve modify the way google catalogs the site but he will show up less on google if any at all. Not many people are going to take the time to really google you up anyways, only you do that

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    • #3
      not true at all, if you think "people will not google you up,"


      using the web to investigate a company or person happens more and more all over the world today. one should not assume that people in his area aren't looking up he or his company on the internet, unless he assumes his audience to be that vapid.


      if the site doesn't spider, then that helps, but i would still like to see a private forum or have a way to change my ID around here.
      https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=336810496393655

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      • #4
        Unless your badmouthing your customers, why would it be a problem? I use my name on all lawn care, truck, tractor, forums. Part of the reason is for a web presence.

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        • #5
          Because sometimes it's nice to just "talk" to each other here without fears of self-censorship.

          Even a lighthearted joke could be seen negatively by a client/potential client.


          A "Lounge" section that is only viewable by members would be nice. I've mentioned this before, as we have it on a forum I moderate.

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          • #6
            I love badmouthing clients lol.

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            • #7
              Isn't having your site in signature good for backlinks? If you are that worried about it just use two accounts and only post unprofessionally on that one. Or just use anonymous one all the time.

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              • #8
                Isn't having your site in signature good for backlinks? If you are that worried about it just use two accounts and only post unprofessionally on that one. Or just use anonymous one all the time.
                Having your site posted on other sites is fantastic, but not when it's a site you go talking about how you're going to price your next clients job.

                If I'm a client, and I saw this website where my lawn guy posted pictures of the job I asked him to do in order to find answers on how to do it, etc... Just seems bad. Wouldn't you agree?

                You: Sure I can do it, for $100.00.
                Client: Isn't that the price Cheese gave you?
                You: ... yes. *run*

                Next thing you know, your client makes an account here and starts talking about you on the forum LOL. Eliminating your freedom.

                You could see posts like this

                "Hey John, it's your client. Just wanted to know why you didn't show up? I know it rained, but can you please get back to me?"
                If we saw a client come on this forum to harass one of us, I think the client would be terrified of how we'd all respond to him. He would fear for his life.

                We'd write things like, "It's called rain (that stuff that soaks the grass) you stupid p.o.s, leave the guy alone and find something better to do. Sincerally, every other lawn guy"

                -

                Then the client would go to the extreme of messaging Steve,
                "Hey can you get a hold of John for me, I'd like for him to call me."
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                You can then see a post in 'trials and tribulations'

                "John didn't show up today. I am very disappointed"
                lolololOLOLollolol
                Last edited by CHEESE2009; 06-14-2012, 09:10 AM.

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                • #9
                  Haha true that is a good point. That would be a. Funny prank to make an account posing as a customer. If that ever really happened though you are right the client would get hell unleashed on them from the forum members lol.

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                  • #10
                    that is why u have keep a professional attitude all the time, house, etc, not just when u r working.

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                    • #11
                      that is why u have keep a professional attitude all the time, house, etc, not just when u r working.
                      agreed.

                      The only people I see this effecting is the ones that dont know anything. There going to hurt their business one way or the other.

                      If a client sees a few landscapers talking about work, different equipment and ways to improve production there wont be a issue.

                      Theres plenty of professional fields like doctors where your always finding new information and taking new courses to better serve your clients.

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                      • #12
                        not true at all, if you think "people will not google you up,"


                        using the web to investigate a company or person happens more and more all over the world today. one should not assume that people in his area aren't looking up he or his company on the internet, unless he assumes his audience to be that vapid.


                        if the site doesn't spider, then that helps, but i would still like to see a private forum or have a way to change my ID around here.
                        I am not saying it doesnt happen but it definitely is not as big of a problem as you think. For example, one of the biggest tree services here in atlanta (averaging 600k a month last year!) Has horrid reviews online and complants on the better business bureau. So how do they do soo much business then? They have 30 door to door sales guys and target affluent areas where ppl just need the work done. Now the cheap picky trash on craigslist might have time to pick at you but a doctor working 80 hours a week and making a quarter of a million a year+ is simply going to tell you to do the work and fire you if it isnt up to his standard. He doesn't have all day to google you.

                        even if your behavior here was horrid it might affect 1 in 100 potiental clients at best

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                        • #13
                          i don't really see the big deal about posting on a site like this if you use your business name.
                          what would you be saying here that would be so bad? are you talking about having satanic ritual's ?

                          i personally would never refer to any customer by name and anything i would say here about a client i most likely already told them anyway. and if they pissed me off that much i would tell them to go screw because i don't work for azzclowns and i screen my clients just as they do to me because that is the beautifull thing about america, they have the choice to hire anyone they wish as well as i have the choice to work for who i wish.

                          all my clients are gold and cool as cool can be and when i do encounter a bad seed i cut them loose ASAP.

                          it would probably hurt a new guy with no experience if a prospective client saw a post by him asking for help about how to do a job because he had no clue.
                          maybe i am old fashioned or whatever but by the time you start a business there should be nothing in the trade that you would need to learn about how to do on any type of job because you should know how to do it long before you start the business in the first place.

                          but that is why so many fail because they start the business first and figure it out later as they go and by the time the figure it out they are broke and done.

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                          • #14
                            Let my customers read what I post, those that I post nasty about already know, and the rest will find out that I try to learn new things that will eventually help them

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                            • #15
                              I am not saying it doesnt happen but it definitely is not as big of a problem as you think. For example, one of the biggest tree services here in atlanta (averaging 600k a month last year!) Has horrid reviews online and complants on the better business bureau. So how do they do soo much business then? They have 30 door to door sales guys and target affluent areas where ppl just need the work done. Now the cheap picky trash on craigslist might have time to pick at you but a doctor working 80 hours a week and making a quarter of a million a year+ is simply going to tell you to do the work and fire you if it isnt up to his standard. He doesn't have all day to google you.

                              even if your behavior here was horrid it might affect 1 in 100 potiental clients at best
                              You are soooooooooo right

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