View Full Version : Responces to your Websites
02-03-2004, 12:59 PM
I'm getting that itch to start advertising, and was wondering if the guys who have web sites are getting good responces from it? Have you ever tracked the number of hits or actual jobs you've gotten from your web page.
Next, I have a guy who agreed to set up my web page which includes designing it, registering my domain name and listing my search info on 25 search engines for a total of $60.00 and then he will set me up w/ a web host for $6.00 a month- these prices seem almost too good to be true? your thoughts?
02-03-2004, 01:25 PM
If that guy will do all of that for $60.00 I would suggest that you jump on it. Typically a professionally designed website will run somewhere between $500 to a $1000.
You can't even buy a web publishing program for that kind of money, Frontpage alone runs around $200.
As far as tracking goes, I ask all new callers how they came accross our name and number so that I can track how efficient my different mediums of advertising are working.
02-03-2004, 01:28 PM
I track visits to my site using AddFreeStats. Simple and free. Here is the link.
Add Free Stats (http://top.addfreestats.com/infos.html)
It gives you average traffic, location, many other usefull info.
02-03-2004, 02:05 PM
Really good feedback from my site... Well worth the cost.. $8.95/month.. I designed it..
02-04-2004, 08:38 PM
We have a few web templates that may be useful to you as well. Click here (http://www.gophergraphics.com/index.cgi?page=products)for link.
as of 2/27/2003 thru 2/5/2004 i've had 244 unique I.P. addresses and 1743 pages viewed with my "request a quote" page being viewed 119 times which is 6.83% of total viewing. of the 119 times i have had probably 20% request a quote and of that i do not know how many i landed, but the only way people found my site is through local ad in paper, i would not rely on my web site alone to generate more business, put your advertising money into other means, to me a website is good for info and not a good way for people to find you by browsing.
02-06-2004, 05:29 PM
He can be providing you the hosting himself and the $60.00 covers the $25 registration fee for one year and his set up fee. He probably will use a generic template to dump your info into creating your web pages. He makes the money off of the hosting fee per month.
As for response from Web sites - Ebay and Amazon.com are the only ones geared to make real money. Your site is not to bring in customers. It is a tool to inform potential customers - Customers that you have already in some way sold or directed there to find out more. It is a tool to provide information to existing customers or allow them to pay for services.
It can be a great tool in selling customers after you have enticed them there from other advertising. The estimate request forms are there for that one of a thousand who after you have sent them ten fliers handed out twenty business cards and had sixteen phone converstations with can fill it out online because they are too embarrased to say yes as they should have the first time you offered your services.
02-08-2004, 02:26 PM
25 to register a domain is crazy!
and i would want to know whos name it will be in?
you want to own it!!
i would use www.godaddy.com its less then $8.00 a year
i use then and have for about 3 or 4 years never any trouble great support to.
what about updates?
does that $60 cover updates or is that extra?
or do you have the abillity to update it yourself?
I would be a little hesitent at such a low cost
also have you seen any of his/her work? (other sites they have done?)
just things to think about
02-16-2004, 01:46 AM
Short answer - YES. Two things, first you obviously have to advertise your site and second, its easy for customer to refer you by giving someone a url (web address) or email. For many interested potential customers, its so much less confortational at first (web site or email).
I designed our site and shortly will be including private (username and password required) folders for customer to be able to enter and get up to date info regarding their account, ongoing projects, photos, billing, etc. I ask many if not all my customers about this (the ones I knew were net surfers and/or casual emailers) and the response was fantastic. I think the same could be true for you too.
02-16-2004, 08:05 AM
Nice website!! I love all the moving text!
I just think there are WAY to many words bunched together. Try putting some pictures on it or something.. Nobody wants to read pages and pages and pages of words, and not see one picture... Remember, one picture speaks a thousand words..
But nice design and layout!:)
02-22-2004, 07:56 PM
The site is worth it. It adds business. My main goal was to use it as an information tool for customers, with some advertising benefits.
In a bit over a year, my site has gone from Google's googlebar rating of zero, up to a solid 4. Number 4 is about as good as it gets without being a giant or paying some dough to Yahoo. And even a #5 googlebar rank with a yahoo listing does not mean a #1 or first result page display.
I am on the first page, or number 1 search result on Google for:
Portland landscape design
Portland landscape designer
Portland landscape designers
Portland tree service
Portland tree services
Portland Certified Arborist
Portland Certified Arborists
A lot of it was not what what my webmaster chose to do, it was dependent upon my input and other activities that I worked on. I'd hate to have seen the bill a webmaster would have sent if he did the extra stuff to get the site ranked high.
It took a lot of work, but it was worth the effort.
There was a site www.gardenaesthetics.com that was numero uno for all the design keyword searches, but that changed last month.
One change alone moved me up from worse than result #150 to #11 in just two days for "Portland landscape designers." Then in about a week, I went to #8, then #4, and last was #1.
We rate high when "Pacific Northwest" is added in, or "Oregon" or other keywords like "landscape" etc..
It was an adventure, but good learning - a challenge with a payoff.
From what I can tell, a high-ranking website will be dependent on the landscape professionals abilities, either internet related, or professional skills. Someone has to be extraordinary in the horticulture arts alone to get the world around to boost a website, but it helps.
I also do practice searches with yahoo, and others.
It was interesting to see from my web tracking page, that the robots come as often as every day to spider a site, or a page in it. I saw my site boost over 150 positions due to that robot frequency by googlebot. Yahoo has "slurp" for it's robot, and it's to our site about every 2 days. Apparently, when site's change, robots MAY visit more often to see about changing the rank or indexing the content.
Apparently the extra 1,000,000,000 (approx.) webpages that google added to their database did not hurt our page rank, nor our standings.
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