"lendgend lawn" feels that competing for a keyword that is not connected to my own personal business is somewhat unethical.
If that's the case, so is conventional advertising like the Yellow Pages.
What is my "personal business?"
Yes, I am a "hired gun" just like any Yellow Page account rep. People pay me to promote their business. I just do it using organic (mostly) SEO methods.
If some guy got a hold of me from Dothan AL who wanted to promote his lawn site, I would.
On the other hand, if I just wanted some Ad Sense revenue, and I saw an underdeveloped market, that's fair too.
I could also compete for the SERP "blue bananas on Ferris wheels." Why not?
Nobody has any moral or ethical right
to a keyword.
Just so everyone knows, what I'm doing here is showing them that given the correct approach, a small geo-specific website is not that hard to rank.
Dothan AL "lawn care", population under 100,000? In 3 or 4 months, doing it right, anybody
can get on the first page!
Denver CO lawn care?
Now you are in a different league (the majors). If you don't know what the SEO pro the "Company on page#1" hired to optimize their site knows, you are out of gas my friend. And even though you will (when you read my report) it ain't gonna happen overnight.
Anyone who has a website needs to promote it. If your site is on page 11, what commercial value are you gaining? You ether need to be 1-5 (called above the fold) or number 10 (10 ain't a bad place to be because eye-tracking research has shown someone would rather hit the last link than move to the next page. I actually try
to have a #10 link for some clients.)
You may get direct traffic from someone writing down the URL you have written on your truck, but how often does that happen?
The Yellow Pages are going the way of the rotary phone. My advice? Don't buy stock in them!
Why do you think they run all the ad's saying "Dex knows" promoting their online directory? How many ad's have you seen in the last couple of years promoting "let your fingers do the walking?"
The Yellow Pages are used to level couches in 2009, not find businesses.
People are on their computers, whether at work or at home, more and more.
When the thought hit's them "man, I really need to get that tree pruned", are they gonna get up and rummage through the closet to find the Yellow Pages under the Christmas wrapping paper, or minimize and Google (verb) "tree service Dothan AL?"
You tell me.
On another note, I'm taking the gentle chastising I've received here to heart over my "fire starting" posts.
Even though Mother Teresa might have waded in swinging fat biscuits after being called an "extortionist" and a "rip-off", I have mended my ways.
Here is an offering of conciliation: paste this in to the Update box in your WordPress admin area http://pingates.com/
don't worry about duplicate pings. 'slow down cowboy' doesn't apply.
I've got about 50 more ping sites to give you for your WP, but this beats the pants off of the 'default" auto pinger -http://pingomatic.com/
This tip alone will add a bunch of links per post.
And I reiterate: Matt will get a 301 hosted
(it's paid for a year) re-direct when I'm done, to his website. Instead of 7 out of 10 he will have 25 out of 30.
I bet Mother Teresa would find that generous (as it's worth at least a grand to one of his struggling competitors. I could find that guy in five minutes.)
P.S., yes 'richiem", your sites are smoking hot for SEO potential.
Anybody that does not already have a site, why not get a static WordPress from him. Kill 3 birds with one website: Static, WP, and RSS.
Too cheap to last at the current pricing.
get it here: http://www.thelawnblog.com/
Google will kiss you on the lips.
If you don't have a WP installed on your HTML site server, and you want to crawl out of your 1999 cave, have Richie install you one.
Name it your keyword, as in "www.BobsLandscaping.com/DenverLawnCare
If you don't, some other "extortionist" ***hole like me will!
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