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g.man
09-07-2007, 05:49 PM
I was wondering if I had a web site build would it pay off , how often do people look at the internet for a lawn care service ?

Grn Mtn
09-07-2007, 06:10 PM
they are not much trouble at all, and not having one is just plain dumb. your cost can be as little as $5-10 per month and can reach a lot of people. you can show off your skills and explain why your lco is better than others, you can provide a place to use credit cards, have customers look up your schedule to see when they are going to be mowed next, etc.

Lots of good discussion on this topic in the business section.

topsites
09-07-2007, 07:02 PM
Well it's that yin and yang crap, see...

If you don't have one they all think you're poor so that means your rates are cheap.

But if you do have one they all think you're rich and that means you can obviously afford it so they don't think twice about skipping out on paying you.

Either way however, there are always more than a few who will think of us as a lawn 'boy,' it doesn't appear to make much of a difference there, for those always ready to dote on somebody, you could show up in a limousine and the only difference is you'll get a dirty look, but respect, no.

:laugh:

ed2hess
09-07-2007, 09:18 PM
If the web site is designed properly you can do almost all your business through the web site.....

mdvaden
09-07-2007, 09:45 PM
They can be fun to have too.

It can be like an extension of yourself.

Photos, etc..

I like the ones where the owners give some history on themselves like where they are from, hobbies, etc..

SkyLawncare
09-07-2007, 10:16 PM
You can build one for free using google page creator.

You'll need a gmail account, thats free also.

Heres a site I created a week ago using page creator:

http://passmyexam.net

It's all WYSIWYG (what you see is what you get)

It's free and easy. No hosting fees or domains to buy. Check it out.

g.man
09-08-2007, 06:18 PM
thanks for the replies , first year in business and lovin every minute of it.

capelawncare.com
09-08-2007, 09:18 PM
I built my site, Added the meta tags and after a few months was able to get ranked by all the major search engines. I get anywhere from 5-15 leads per week.

It is the ONLY advertising I do. Even If I were to have paid thousands of dollars for a site, and the rankings, it would have been well worth the money.

WALKER LANDSCAPE
09-08-2007, 09:24 PM
Hey G man
Yes I agree with everyone else its a great way to express your buisness and you can do it yourself and pay hardly anything.

bohiaa
09-08-2007, 10:19 PM
Depends on your area and customer base.......

I service a lot in the country, most people out here dont have a computer. and my only connection is satalight......
also, I have a lot of elderly customers and you know how that is.....

Y most of my'ens customersens doesnts kno what a computter issss...

it would be worthless for me....

Lawnut101
09-08-2007, 11:08 PM
I built my site, Added the meta tags and after a few months was able to get ranked by all the major search engines. I get anywhere from 5-15 leads per week.

It is the ONLY advertising I do. Even If I were to have paid thousands of dollars for a site, and the rankings, it would have been well worth the money.

That's pretty good. I should try that. How many of those leads turn into jobs? And what kind of jobs?

capelawncare.com
09-09-2007, 12:46 AM
That's pretty good. I should try that. How many of those leads turn into jobs? And what kind of jobs?

I would say 25% turn into yearly full service contracts. I pass on probably 40 % of the others. They either want 1 time cuts, or bi weekly cuts, or some other form of cheapness.

The balance of calls "go away" when I tell them what I charge. Which is OK by me. We have a lot, I mean a whole lot of Lowballers and trunk slammers, in our area. I dont mind being their competition. But I never want them to become my competition.

I could easily turn a 60-65% closing ratio on the prospects from my website, but its just not the business I am looking for these days.

Good Luck

topsites
09-09-2007, 11:53 AM
thanks for the replies , first year in business and lovin every minute of it.

Yeah you gotta excuse my first reply, I was in a mood.

It's actually kinda neat, for a small business once it's online, an economical way to keep your name out there. Look, one thing that's very important is plastering your name and number in as many places as you can, more is better, but economically and legally.

Unfortunately advertising is so much trial and error, I find the quality and type of ad makes a difference, which is to say it affects the quality of the customer. I find classified ads to be the worst, roadside signs are a pita but they do work, door hangers / flyers are good but a newspaper box ad is even better, the web site is actually up there some kind of way, haven't figured out exactly where it hangs but bad it isn't by any stretch.

The thing about a web site is once it is online the cost is minimal, maybe 20-30 a month max, you can get hosting for 10-15 then you need some listings for your link (and the good ones aren't free, a place in the Y! directory runs $300 a year) and this and that and the other, 3-4 maybe 600 a year and you're done... In this way a web site is one of the most cost-effective ways of having your name and number plastered some place 24-7, no pesky competitors, neighbors or HOA's to take it down because it annoys them either :laugh:

I recommend DIY, the learning curve is a bit long and a few parts are right treacherous, but in the end I think this is the most rewarding way, either way it doesn't matter but so much if you just want a basic thing you can do it either way.