What should I change???

Discussion in 'Digital Marketing' started by vanncann, Dec 30, 2010.

  1. Lefet

    Lefet LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Turboguy, what percentage does the bank take?
     
  2. Turboguy

    Turboguy LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Mals doesn't do credit card processing so it is whatever you negotiate with your bank. Most credit card processors are in the high 2% range. Something like 2.7% or so. It is not hard to find someone to process a credit card though.
     
  3. Lefet

    Lefet LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Not sure but sounds the same. Only paypal acts like the bank and you don't have to be bothered with transferring CC #'s.
    Either way, they all sound like a good deal to get into one way or the other. It's a good thing to have on standby for when you get the opportunity to close that "larger" deal and someone wants to use the CC.
    Thanks for the info.
     
  4. rbl525

    rbl525 LawnSite Member
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    No problem buddy, it isn't snowing and the grass isn't growing, I have plenty of time. Better than flipping channels all day.
     
  5. Turboguy

    Turboguy LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Paypal does process payments but you do need to be signed up with paypal. Most everyone who buys on eBay is signed up but most who don't use eBay are not. Mals will also accept PayPal payments if someone wants to which does save signing up for credit card processing. It is probably a good option for someone with a very small business.
     
  6. ratfink

    ratfink LawnSite Member
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    Paypal merchant services doesn't require the person to be signed up, will work off normal credit card payments.

    https://merchant.paypal.com/
     
  7. underESTIMATED

    underESTIMATED LawnSite Member
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    Everyone has brought a solid point or two, but here are mine as well.

    1. Header information is very important
    Make sure that meta tag/description/title is consistent on every page of your site that get's indexed/cached on the net by spiders.

    2. NEVER use uppercase when naming files. It's always good practice to use under case and very short file names as best as possible.

    Example: http://www.cannonlawncare.com/Home_Page.php
    That really should be called: http://www.cannonlawncare.com/index.php

    Actually after typing this, I found this error. /Home_Page.php
    Why are you using a .php file for the main index/home page file? Unless you're referring this page back to a database, you shouldn't be using a .php file...instead make it a .html to keep the information flowing faster.

    3. Images - As mentioned, they load slow. Try resizing them instead of telling the code to resize them for the viewer. This will require less work from the browser/server and the page load time will be much quicker.
    Page load time is the key to the internet viewer.

    4. URL's - Shorten the file names as mentioned in #2. /About_Us - should be - about.html Contact_Us - should be - contact.html etc. etc.

    5. Other images
    http://www.cannonlawncare.com/images/sm_dcl_12_5_330.jpg
    http://www.cannonlawncare.com/images/visa_mastercard_logo_1_.gif
    http://www.cannonlawncare.com/images/better_20business_20bureau.jpg

    All of these images are key images, that can be hotlinked from the average forum viewer to reference. With those lengthy image file names, it may take longer for google to index the image that someone is searching for instead of it being named: bbb.jpg or visa.gif etc. etc.

    Edit:
    6. Most important next to #1. Create a http://www.google.com/analytics/ account, and install the code on every page of your site. This will give you the best tool anyone can give you, and further help you self manage what you need to do to further improve your sites' performance.

    Hope this helps?

    Dave
     

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