Lawn Care Business Forum Lawn Care Business Book Lawn Care Business Blog Lawn Care Software
Home Forum Contract & Flyer Templates Blog Software Videos Podcast Calculators / Estimators Store Mower Review Design It Yourself Lawn Business School

Go Back   GopherHaul Landscaping & Lawn Care Business Marketing Forum > Graphic And Web Design Support Forums > Search Engine Optimization and Website Design Discussions.

Search Engine Optimization and Website Design Discussions. Need a lawn care business website built? Talk about search engine optimization. Or ask your lawn care and landscaping business web building related questions here. Show us your landscaping business web site for review.

Need Opinion on Our Website & to attract Customers


Search Engine Optimization and Website Design Discussions.

Need a lawn care business website built? Talk about search engine optimization. Or ask your lawn care and landscaping business web building related questions here. Show us your landscaping business web site for review.
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
  #1  
Old 11-24-2007, 11:43 PM
action_lawncare action_lawncare is offline
Members
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: New Port Richey, FL
Age: 43
Posts: 18
Rep Power: 8
action_lawncare
Default

My wife has been rebuilding our website lately. *I would love to get some opinions on it. *

Also what would be the best way that has worked for others in trying to advertise our website in our local area. *I believe if people went to our website that we can get more business. *But we are not sure how to do that. *Any ideas.

www.actionlawnandlandscaping.com
__________________
Rob & Dee P.
Action Lawn Care

http://www.actionlawnandlandscaping.com/
Reply With Quote

Stop guess-timating. Learn how to estimate and make money! $$$
Mow Time Estimator Lawn Care Price Estimator Mulch and Topsoil Calculator Snow Plow Estimate Calculator


  #2  
Old 11-25-2007, 12:09 AM
pnplawn
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Default

Lawn care business tipsLawn Care Business Book
Quote:
Originally Posted by [b
Quote[/b] (action_lawncare @ Nov. 25 2007,12:43)]My wife has been rebuilding our website lately. I would love to get some opinions on it.

Also what would be the best way that has worked for others in trying to advertise our website in our local area. I believe if people went to our website that we can get more business. But we are not sure how to do that. Any ideas.

www.actionlawnandlandscaping.com
Take the music off, Does not seem professional to me with it on there. Your main page looks to busy, take some that off there give someone chance to browse your site. Do not try to put everything on the front page. I like your photo page its creative and i like that. And take off that WERE A DIMOND IN RUFF. people may think your new company may not want you to work on there landscape or yard for the fear of you not knowing that you can do. You want to look very professional and do not want to give the look of not knowing if you can do the job or not.

Just my thoughts

rodman



Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 11-25-2007, 12:43 AM
action_lawncare action_lawncare is offline
Members
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: New Port Richey, FL
Age: 43
Posts: 18
Rep Power: 8
action_lawncare
Default

Ok did some changes. i forgot about the music. that was on my old webpage. i had my sound off so i didn't notice that there were on. i changed my slogan as well. I put, Small Company, Big Results instead of We are a diamond in the rough. That was my husbands slogan, i never understood that. I deleted items off my front page to make it look less so people have to click on the rest of the site to see what we are all about.
Thanks about the photo's. Those are actual work we have done photo's. I thought it would be great to put them in that type of layout. Something different than what you normally see.

I got a question for you. I went onto your website. What is the logon button for? It look like your customers can logon to see there invoices is that correct? Is that a special software program you use. We currently use quickbooks accounting addition becuase that is what I am good at. We do online billing to customers and they can go online and pay there invoice directly through paypal. Do you use something different?

Dee P.
action lawn care
__________________
Rob & Dee P.
Action Lawn Care

http://www.actionlawnandlandscaping.com/
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 11-25-2007, 12:47 AM
action_lawncare action_lawncare is offline
Members
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: New Port Richey, FL
Age: 43
Posts: 18
Rep Power: 8
action_lawncare
Default

actually i just went onto your lawn care invoicing site. That is really neat. Is that one of your software programs that you created. We have been accepting credit card payments now for over 2 years online. Not many lawn care companies do that but we have customers that love that feature. But I have never seen this type of feature that customer can logon to their own account to look at it. That is really neat. How much does this cost monthly?
__________________
Rob & Dee P.
Action Lawn Care

http://www.actionlawnandlandscaping.com/
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 11-25-2007, 12:57 AM
pnplawn
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by [b
Quote[/b] (action_lawncare @ Nov. 25 2007,1:47)]actually i just went onto your lawn care invoicing site. That is really neat. Is that one of your software programs that you created. We have been accepting credit card payments now for over 2 years online. Not many lawn care companies do that but we have customers that love that feature. But I have never seen this type of feature that customer can logon to their own account to look at it. That is really neat. How much does this cost monthly?
I built that software my self. Yes customer can login see there invoice. it also sends the customer invoice through email after you generate there invoice. Once you login generate there invoice you hit the nofifty customer its send them email telling them they have a invoice waiting. they can login print and pay there invoice from one window. They can also go back in print any invoice they may now have. Each user is assign a user name and password for each account.
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 11-25-2007, 01:23 AM
action_lawncare action_lawncare is offline
Members
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: New Port Richey, FL
Age: 43
Posts: 18
Rep Power: 8
action_lawncare
Default

That's really neat program. How much to you charge for the monthly rental?

Also in your opinion what is the best way you market your webpage and your company out there. We have tried almost everything I think manageable to market us out there that doesn't cost much money.

Examples of our marketing techniques:
Post Cards to individuals and business that have just purchased their homes or bought the new business. We would go on our counties appraisor page and look at new sales. That has worked for us but you can only get so many because as you know there are not too many recent sales out there right now.

Faxes: We would go onto our county commerce page and get fax numbers to local business. We would fax over our flyer to introduce ourselves. We have gotton to commerical hits off those that we are currently do right now and we have had 3 other calls for estimate. Those were left at estimates. We have not heard from them. We have tried to call back to do an update on our proposals but no response yet.

Cold Calls: This is something new we are doing. That's a little tough because most companies have people they do. We have had 3 hits so far, out of 3 hits 2 (one apartment complex and other a trailer park) have been proposals and one we just called day before thanksgiving and they will be contact us on Monday or Tuesday to get us over to give an estimate (nursing home). Now we have not heard from the other 2 yet, we just turned in the proposal for the trailer park and we are waiting. The other we may have bidded to high. But there was a lot of work that needed to be done.

Emails: We tried emailing HOA out in our areas. We had some responses back but they state they are locked in until a certain time. So now have that info for the next bidding process.

Do you have any other ways that don't cost money to try to advertise our company out there that has worked for you. Any ideas would be greatly apprechiated.

Like I mention before in another section have been in business since 2004. As you know in this business customers come and customer go. We are trying to wean out our residential customers and get more commerical accounts or group accounts. We want to build our business more that route. Residenital are starting to become a pain. They pay when they want to and they seem to make their own adjustment on their invoices when they feel like it. That is just driving us nuts now. We do have a couple of commericla accounts like chic-fila, comfort inn, pregnancy center, and we do work for our city of npr code enforcement. But we want to expand even more .
__________________
Rob & Dee P.
Action Lawn Care

http://www.actionlawnandlandscaping.com/
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 11-25-2007, 01:42 AM
pnplawn
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Default

What you think I can get your website listed first in thr google search engine in your city and county. when they go to google they lawn care in your city or county your site will show up first.
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 11-25-2007, 04:01 AM
ABurlison
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Default

One thing I can notice right off the bat with your website is that it has several mis-spelled words or incorrect words in different places. For example chose instead of the correct word in its place choose. Also, it appears you mis-spelled hurricane. Those are just a couple examples. May I ask what program you use to build and edit your website? Does it have a spell checker feature?
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 11-25-2007, 10:49 AM
ritchiem
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Default

Hello Action,

I am going to take this time to review your site and list my opinions on what should be changed and improved to give your website a professional look.

The following is a list in no particular order of my findings.

1. The contrast of background image and text is a bad mix. It makes it hard to read the text and hurts the eyes. If you want to keep the stone background try making the backdrop for the text black or about 80% opacity...that way you will still get the bleed effect from the stone background.

2. The flash on your index page is neat but not necessary. It increases page load times and requires pluggins to view (I know everyone has flash player, but you never know). And if you do not want to get rid of it, at least take it off of loop so it only plays once.

3. Incorporate your logo into your header of every page. Only seeing your logo on the index page is not enough. Experts say that on average people need to see something at least seven times before they recognize it and up to thirty times before they remember and tie in an association with it.

4. Add your contact information to the footer of every page. Having your contact information on every page allows the visitors to, well, contact you faster. Plus it adds to the overall uniform look of the site.

5. Your photo page is a little jumpy when you change your screen resolution. They don't seem to be in fixed tables, therefore allowing them to move about the page loosing the intended justification. Make sure to do testing on different resolutions so you can see how your site reacts.

6. Misspelled words.

Index Page - residential, commercial
Service Agreement - hurricane (twice), immediately
Services - appearance, re-freshened, commercial

That is too many...you NEED to run a spell checker when you are done your editorial. There could be more errors, however, I stopped at the services.htm page.

7. Your images are not optimized for fast download speeds. Here is an example.



This is the actual size of the image on your services page, but you have it squished into a smaller cell. The file size for this image is 375KB, and that is huge for an image of that quality and size. Optimize the image size to the size you want and lower the quality of the jpg to 70-80% to save KB's. Do this throughout your site.

8. Get rid of the flames page counter on the bottom of the site. Sure it is important to know how many visitors you are getting, but most hosting comapnies will give you the stats (in incredible detail) for free. And if your hosting company doesn't you can get imbedded scripts that are not visible that produce .txt documents detailing your stats saved to your ftp account.

9. It is nice to see that you have tags in the >, but they can be better. Make sure to match your tags with your site title and content. It should be a waterfall effect starting with your tags and ending with your content. Metatags are not as important as they once were however they still have relevancy today.

10. Keep your text the same. I see that you used Arial for the most part throughout your site. But on one page you reverted back to New Times. Consistency is key when making a clean professional website.

So those are some observations I have made. I hope they help you out a bit. If you have any questions please don't hesitate to ask.

Cheers,
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 11-25-2007, 01:34 PM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is offline
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 37,246
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by [b
Quote[/b] ]Small Company, Big Results
I do like this a lot. This is a great way to position your business. It makes you feel like you are going to get special attention a larger company won't be able to offer.
__________________
- Subscribe to my Lawn Care Marketing Blog Feed and get daily tips sent to you. Free!
Download your Free trial of Gopher Lawn Care Software.
Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Forum Jump

» Recent Threads
  RatingTitle, Username, & Date Last Post Replies Views
what's the big deal...
Tony317
Yesterday 02:19 PM
Today 11:03 AM
by Matther777
1 47
These are the days on...
ExtremeLawncareServices
01-11-2015 10:41 AM
Today 08:25 AM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
59 5,282
New company in Michigan
SEM
04-24-2015 09:27 PM
Today 05:18 AM
by Sprinkler Buddy
3 70
Total yard rehab
SGL1
04-23-2015 03:59 PM
Yesterday 08:25 PM
by SGL1
7 156
mowing pic
joshlawncare
Yesterday 12:34 PM
Yesterday 08:09 PM
by avetslawncare
1 62
Big (to me) mulch job
tl757
04-23-2015 05:32 PM
Yesterday 08:01 PM
by avetslawncare
7 173
Lawn Care Service in...
Friscobob
04-24-2015 03:33 PM
Yesterday 05:35 AM
by Sprinkler Buddy
2 85
Newb Question - Multiple...
DependiLawn
04-24-2015 11:36 PM
04-24-2015 11:36 PM
by DependiLawn
0 52
maintandlawndispatch...
SGL1
04-21-2015 03:31 PM
04-24-2015 04:42 PM
by Steve
9 220
Thoughts on Undocumented...
element009
09-25-2011 11:08 AM
04-23-2015 09:32 PM
by Chilehead
56 15,513
Hello Everyone
DesignsByBnC
04-22-2015 04:07 PM
04-23-2015 02:19 PM
by DesignsByBnC
2 103
The upcoming rainy...
5StarLawnscaping
04-21-2015 01:22 PM
04-23-2015 12:54 PM
by Steve
7 197
color fliers?
holymoly
04-18-2015 02:32 PM
04-23-2015 12:50 PM
by Steve
12 368
I'm Back With The Best...
aduttonater
02-21-2015 12:41 AM
04-22-2015 07:04 PM
by Just for Cuts
59 2,541
WARNING! Especially to...
SC93
04-19-2015 12:05 PM
04-22-2015 01:39 PM
by Steve
14 433
Could be great news for...
SC93
04-14-2015 11:06 PM
04-22-2015 01:28 PM
by Steve
15 516
quick pic
joshlawncare
04-14-2015 07:49 PM
04-21-2015 05:01 PM
by joshlawncare
4 341
Got Inspected today
swstout
08-09-2010 10:31 PM
04-21-2015 03:53 PM
by SGL1
10 3,998
Smoked my first belt!
SGL1
04-20-2015 08:46 PM
04-21-2015 03:28 PM
by SGL1
4 168
Pictures of commercial...
avetslawncare
04-01-2015 09:47 PM
04-21-2015 12:47 PM
by Steve
25 1,020
lawn care business...
holymoly
04-18-2015 02:56 PM
04-21-2015 06:18 AM
by holymoly
3 261
landscape insurance
clarkslawn
03-30-2015 10:14 PM
04-20-2015 10:02 PM
by SGL1
4 476
Poll & Discussion...
CHEESE2009
09-16-2011 06:16 PM
04-20-2015 08:20 PM
by avetslawncare
27 5,680
weed
avetslawncare
04-16-2015 07:56 PM
04-20-2015 01:08 PM
by Steve
4 269
Aerating / Dethaching...
Hard-Body lawn & garden
04-12-2015 07:53 PM
04-19-2015 08:49 PM
by Chilehead
17 606
Start LIKING FACEBOOK...
rlclawncare123
02-26-2015 12:06 AM
04-19-2015 09:21 AM
by KJ90
8 1,018
bidding a cemetery....
NPM_LLC
03-28-2015 10:56 AM
04-19-2015 05:26 AM
by RSE
22 1,029
Hustler Raptor
SGL1
04-13-2015 09:27 PM
04-18-2015 07:53 AM
by SGL1
15 526
is craiglist good to...
JBENI
04-16-2015 11:11 AM
04-17-2015 10:25 PM
by Wolf4dk
11 431
Am I missing something...
googus
04-11-2015 06:33 PM
04-17-2015 08:01 PM
by avetslawncare
10 551
Hello
sonny54
04-16-2015 09:49 PM
04-17-2015 03:10 PM
by Steve
1 207
Unreal
Chilehead
04-09-2015 09:12 PM
04-17-2015 08:27 AM
by Chilehead
11 578
starting a lawn care...
JBENI
04-14-2015 09:03 AM
04-17-2015 08:03 AM
by JBENI
14 559
Finally got a warehouse
avetslawncare
03-12-2015 07:52 PM
04-16-2015 07:52 PM
by avetslawncare
23 1,378
New 14 x 7 Enclosed...
whitepropertydetail
04-15-2015 06:46 PM
04-16-2015 03:40 PM
by Steve
1 263
older used dump trucks
SECTLANDSCAPING
09-22-2011 12:33 AM
04-16-2015 12:41 PM
by biglee
21 8,062
Tax Poll
Steve
04-15-2015 02:13 PM
04-15-2015 02:13 PM
by Steve
0 245
lawn care by Aj
aj10261984
04-14-2015 06:50 PM
04-15-2015 01:43 PM
by Steve
2 283
Contact last years...
googus
01-28-2015 08:13 AM
04-15-2015 12:54 PM
by SC93
7 1,278
trying to sign up for...
JBENI
04-14-2015 10:20 AM
04-14-2015 12:11 PM
by Steve
1 763
Charging customers for...
Hard-Body lawn & garden
04-14-2015 07:34 AM
04-14-2015 10:35 AM
by Steve
1 319
New member
Jdlandscaping,LLC
04-11-2015 03:24 PM
04-14-2015 05:45 AM
by Jdlandscaping,LLC
2 340
hello
oasis_greenscapes
04-01-2015 06:18 PM
04-13-2015 12:03 PM
by Steve
8 582
New Member
Greenturion
04-11-2015 02:00 PM
04-13-2015 11:59 AM
by Steve
1 301
Client with...
OldSalt
04-07-2015 09:47 PM
04-13-2015 11:57 AM
by Steve
8 528
Getting rid of "mulched...
Mr. Mow
04-12-2015 04:21 PM
04-13-2015 11:26 AM
by biglee
3 342
String trim BEFORE mow...
Mr. Mow
04-12-2015 08:13 AM
04-13-2015 11:11 AM
by biglee
7 456
Billing methods
jcurr33
03-26-2015 01:33 PM
04-13-2015 11:07 AM
by biglee
15 960
Landscape Fabric
CurbAppeal1
04-10-2015 03:58 PM
04-13-2015 08:02 AM
by Chilehead
4 384
I lost a long term...
Sprinkler Buddy
09-04-2011 02:24 PM
04-12-2015 04:27 PM
by Mr. Mow
17 4,024
» Popular Tags
ad landscaping aerocore apartment bid apartment lawn care estimate applying auger billy goat brushcutter blowout bush commercial contract help curb appeal services deliquentaccounts demonstration design ditches door hangers employee problems estimate facebook foreman google growing a lawn care business how to hydraulic jobs john deere quik trac landscape services lawn lawn aeration lawn care lawn care busines plan lawn care business seo lawn care business website lawn care business website seo lawn care seo lawn care website lawn care website seo lawn mowing managing a lawn care business marketing marketing secrets mulch new mower patio install per hour service pricing pto scag v-ride search engine optimization secrets to landscaping seo shell shreaded snow plowing sq ft starting a lawn care business steep lawns theft toro toro grand stand tractor auger trailer mate pro up sell employee web design website website design wood wright stander rh www.greenturion.co.za
Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.1.0

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 11:46 AM.


(C) 2011 Riggs Publications - Terms of use & Privacy Policy

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 11:46 AM.

(C) 2011 Riggs Publications - Terms of use & Privacy Policy