Sorry Shawn, I'm in the middle of transferring 250+ websites from a host that doesn't want to lose my $5k + biz to another server company. Nightmarish.
My problems aside, my site is closed for new members at the time being but will re-open soon. Contrary to the opinions of a lot of guys here, my members think I do a good job of getting them ranked.
Lawn care marketing has some good info for free on ranking your website and getting visitors while I deal with server headaches.
Although, its probably down for the next 24 hours as well.
So, since I can't send you to my sites, listen to this cuz this is "more lawn customers gold
Buy not only your "city lawn care service.com" domain, but also whatever else you do (sprinkler repair, landscape lighting, landscaping, etc.)
It will cost you (with privatization and always buy 2 years at a time
to skip that Google spam filter) less than $25 on GoaDddy.com per domain. Or you can always just get a free Word Press site not hosted on your server.
If you are in a big city, choose the small suburbs/satellite cities around the big city. In Orlando you would get (free or WP hosted):
WinterParkLandscaping WinterParkLandscapeLighting LongwoodLandscaping LongwoodSprinklerRepair WinterSpringsBrickPaving MetroWestLawnService ETC.
Put one unique article on each site keyworded to the site. Like "Winter Park - 5 Tips to a Better Brick Paver Driveway" or whatever.. You can buy a great article for $6 at
Join/use SocialMarker.com and bookmark the site. Then take the EXACT same article and signup/post it to GoArticles.com, ArticleBase.com + Scribd.com Don't worry about duplicate content, that only matters if you dupe content on your main site.
THEN, take that same article and make a PowerPoint out of it. Submit the PPT to SlideShare.com If you don't have MicroSoft Office, get a free similar version at OpenOffice.org
Then buy screen capture software for $15 at Jing.com and using a $20 cheapo USB microphone read along with your PPT and submit it to the main podcast sites and the main video sites.
Using SocialMarker.com, bookmark all those links, i.e. articles, WP sites, videos, etc. EVERYTHING NEEDS TO BE BOOKMARKED (MrWong is a must)
THEN, take the RSS feeds of your bookmarks and submit them to FeedAgg.com + Feedage.com.
Ping ALL your bookmarks, articles, WP's at Pingler.com
Chances are, in 3-4 weeks you will either BE on page one or OWN page one, depending on how good the competition is.
Put your keyword like "Ballwood TX landscaping" in QUOTES into Google. Then look at the number of returned sites (on the left). If it is under 50k you have a real good shot of the first pager very quickly (two weeks.)
If it is under 10k you will kill it.
There ya go. Follow these steps and you will rank. Unless of course you are competing with Green Paws in Dallas, at which point you are doomed
I know it sounds like a lot of work (4-5 hours), but it beats the hell out of driving around throwing plastic baggies into peoples driveways with rocks + flyers inside of them.
You also look like less of an idiot as well.