Chilehead's website ver. 5.0

Discussion in 'Digital Marketing' started by Chilehead, Jul 5, 2013.

  1. Chilehead

    Chilehead LawnSite Bronze Member
    Male, from Stockbridge, GA
    Posts: 1,898

    Much thanks! I think I'll do number 1, but keep the current design. What Tony stated about how good it looks on mobile devices is the main reason (FYI, I never even considered this aspect because I am a technology grouch and don't have any such devices). I looked at MOZ--good advice. Pertaining to number 3, what do you mean by "tons of citations"? Me citing/linking to other relevant topics on other sites, or vice versa?
     
  2. Chilehead

    Chilehead LawnSite Bronze Member
    Male, from Stockbridge, GA
    Posts: 1,898

    Thanks, Tony. Can you please elaborate on "done properly"? I'd like to pay a webmaster to code properly for me, but here in Atlanta it's too easy to get jipped by supposed "great coders". A buddy of mine went through four web designers in a year for his business (unrelated to mine) and wasted nearly $10K on what amounted to a superb design, that could NOT be found anywhere on any search sites--I can't have that (this industry is far too competitive). If I had some resources you could point me to, I could attempt to recode myself. Have a good one!:usflag:
     
  3. Ben Bowen

    Ben Bowen LawnSite Bronze Member
    from PNW
    Posts: 1,058

    [. Pertaining to number 3, what do you mean by "tons of citations"? Me citing/linking to other relevant topics on other sites, or vice versa?[/QUOTE]

    Neither. A citation is a mention of your business name, address, and phone number. While this is different than a backlink, many citations include your website and are also, therefore, links. The citation is important for local SEO. It lets search engines know that you really exist, where you exist, and how you can be contacted. They try really hard to make local info accurate, so they prominently feature companies with lots of consistent citations.

    You can read more here: https://getlisted.org/static/resources/why-citations-are-important.html
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  4. tonygreek

    tonygreek LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,415

    It comes down to following best coding practices, how and when to add content, adding citations, and creating and optimizing the 3 Local pages of Google/Bing/Yahoo.

    One of the best ways of identifying a "good" coder would be to go to their portfolio sites and do a "view source". If you can do a good job of actually reading the content from within the code, they probably have a solid understanding of what they're doing. If you run in to a lot of actual code within it, or inline CSS, they may not be the best for the job. As a loose example, where one, less than skilled, coder might take 800 lines to do your home page, a good coder could do it in 150 lines. Or if you look at their CSS file or Wordpress theme and see a theme name for it, it's likely they didn't actually build the site at all. (I see this almost as much as sloppy code.)

    If you have potential developers in mind, feel free to PM or email me. It takes me less than a minute to rule one in or out.
     

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