Solo LCO's with websites

Discussion in 'Digital Marketing' started by Big C, Jan 4, 2009.

  1. Big C

    Big C LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I am thinking about building a website for my business....from what I have seen it seems like a really cheap investment with a potentially big upside. Is a website for a solo guy overkill?....how much did it increase for business?....all opinions/advice appereciated......thx
     
  2. Woody82986

    Woody82986 LawnSite Silver Member
    from DFW, TX
    Posts: 2,128

    Quite a bit of my business comes from the internet through my website. Well more than half. It's one of the best decisions I have made.
     
  3. birdturd9726

    birdturd9726 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 235

    if you live in a densely populate area, that is computer literate, then it will help a lot. I only advertise in the spring trough fliers and such...all year long my website brings in my work, and it brings 2-3 calls a day.
     
  4. kmclawn

    kmclawn LawnSite Member
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    I think you need one as a business. It will also give your customers a way of reaching you on their own time. You can use it for things like newsletters, savings coupons and just keeping your customers informed. I think that customers both current and future, use the net for information before deciding what company they will chose to hire.
     
  5. Tyler7692

    Tyler7692 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,086

    Get a website and put its address on everything, your invoices you send out, business cards, postcards, magnets, commercial bids, EVERYTHING.

    I believe that pretty much no one gets online to look for landscaping services. So who cares about search engines?

    The point is just to have a website and just being able to have www.ClarkUnlimited.com will make you look much more professional.

    Its only like $5 a month. Seriously easy and cheap investment. Think big man, I'm sure you'd like to run a large organization one day rather than cutting grass 'til your 75 by yourself. The single best business advice I ever received was "You won't get rich on your own labor."
     
  6. ryry278

    ryry278 LawnSite Senior Member
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    I got one. All together for 3 years paid up and a host was $250 i think. I would suggest finding someone to atleadt guide you through doing flash and stuff like that but its a great idea for you especially if you the businesses around you don't have one it will give you an advantage. I also listed myself with google and yahoo so you get your website preferred
     
  7. birdturd9726

    birdturd9726 LawnSite Member
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    i think you have gone crazy. So many people going online looking for landscaping. Typing in their city and landscaping. here are the stats for my website in the past 7 days:

    41 visitors
    156 actions
    1 minute 25 seconds average time spent


    here are some of the google searches to get to my website they used:

    landscaping suffolk county new york
    gutter cleaners 11788
    suffolk county landscaping
    town of brookhaven & residential snow removal
    snow removal riverhead
    photos for maintenance services
    home maintenance services
    nassau county light demolition
    snow shoveling west islip ny
    snow cleaning in suffolk county
    clean parking lot maintenance long island
    lawn cuttings and cut backs, suffolk county
    gutters cleaned in suffolk county
    "Gutter Cleaning" 11743
    Tree removal, Suffolk County, New York
    bbmaintenanceservices.com
    suffolk county parking lot sweeping
    price sod installed ny hampton
    maintenance companies in ronkonkoma, ny

    today i have received 3 hits but all 3 were from this forum so 3 of you out of the 5 above me clicked my link.

    A website is essential. If you don't want to be bothered getting optimized onto google, yahoo, yellow pages and such... then a website is probably a waste of time. Yeah it will give you a great image but you looking for a means of advertising. I would recommend creating a merchant circle account along with a website, you get automatically listed on search engines. if you post you website address around everywhere google will pick it up... just keep linking to your website. you can make a free website at webs.com that's where i made mine. i think i payed 100 for the year for domain and premium hosting.
     
  8. jeffex

    jeffex LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I'm solo with some help from my wife in my pressure washing business. I used tripod.com to build it myself for free and godaddy.com as a host for $21 for a year. i just built a simple web site for mowing for the spring as I believe I may have to step up the lawn mowing side in the tight economy. www.AmericansCutLawns.com not fancy but easy to remember from a sign on a lawn.
     
  9. guys, i have a friend who wants to design a website for me which i will have him do very soon. What do you think is the most important things to include on a website? dont respond with stupid comments please.....
     
  10. mowerbrad

    mowerbrad LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 6,273

    I will be getting a website up this winter or spring. My dixie chopper dealer will be making it for me. I was a little nervious at first about getting a website, but he was able to talk me into it so I will have that up well before I start. It seems like a good way to pull in business without really doing anything.
     

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