Cleaning Talk - Professional Cleaning and Restoration Forum banner

21 - 40 of 51 Posts

·
Registered
Joined
·
192 Posts
All very nice tips and you must keep them in mind when getting a website done for your business.

But you guys missed on very powerful tool, a Blog. Blog are extremely powerful tools that will allow you to share your knowledge and show your industry you really are an authority in your field. Not to mention that it will have great influence in your search engine rankings and help drive qualified traffic to your website.

I agree! Blogs are a very powerful tool of the online marketing. Having your own blog as well as guest posting are quite useful when it comes to search engine rankings. :thumbsup:
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
5 Posts
The growing importance of having a good website to enhance your overall marketing strategy has become obvious to nearly every business owner.Datacenters are for the most part the same, and more often than not many resellers are located at the very same datacenter.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
32 Posts
Second. Though you should think about where your customer is ... for you blokes in the US, it probably doesn't matter much, but here in New Zealand it's important to find a local server. Hosting on coal-fired data centres in California might be cheaper than those in NZ, but the trans-pacific connection can be slooooow.

closer = better
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
40 Posts
I would recommend looking at getting a wordpress website. the number of templates out there for these kinds of sites is incredible!

another tip would be YES - do update content regularly, google and similar prefer this. You can do this through a blog or newsfeed. You can link twitter and your website, so everytime you tweet, it updates your website.

don't have spelling mistakes or grammar mistakes - it's lazy and looks bad.

the argument about getting a website up and having content "coming soon" - you can just have a single page of your website and add new pages as you have got the content. but seriously, like someone else said you don't need long pages of writing - nobody will read it anyway
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
20 Posts
these are good pointers. heres a couple more:

less is more. most people will only be at your site for a few minutes. giving them a half hour of reading materials isn't doing any good. Get to the point quick.

Look professional.

make it easy for a customer to contact you.



Check out www.bidcleangrow.com for useful tools and a nice blog on starting and running a cleaning business.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
65 Posts
Business cards, online advertising with search engines, etc. Google ad words is a good way to start getting some exposure. You can even set a budget on a daily basis if you don't want to spend too much. It should help start generating some traffic to your web site. For a local site, 5 visits per day would be considered very good! Hope that helps you.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
7 Posts
I see a lot of websites from members and sometimes I'm asked to review them.


Here are a few things I look for when reviewing a website.
  • Is it easy to navigate
  • Does the site give good information about your company and the services your preform.
  • Is the domain name relevant to the company and easy to remember?
  • Is the design easy on the eyes. This doesn't mean that you have to have some really pretty design but focuses more on if you have something is hard to read or use such as yellow text on a white background.
  • Does it have some form of contact page so customers can get a hold of you. Preferably a request an estimate form.
There are a lot of times I see people trying to do too much on their site. They have all sorts of things that the customer has no interest in or at the very least takes away from the site. Your website's number one goal is to be a introduction to your company and to give customers a way to get a hold of you such as a request an estimate form. Think of it as a brochure for your business.


Some overdone things to avoid!
  • Hit Counters - Nobody cares how many people have visited your site and more than likely it's going to look less than impressive.
  • Page Transitions - This is when the website makes your browser fade or swipe from one page to another. Very Annoying!
  • Jokes/Current Events/etc... - Your website is a brochure about your busienss... not a social place for people to hang out.
  • Advertisements - I've been on a few sites that have ads on them. For some this is because they are using a free host and if this is your ONLY option then it's ok (if its not a pop up)... However I have also seen a few people actually charging for ads on their sites or advertising other services on their sites for vacation homes or realtors. I think this looks really cheap and I doubt you will get any money out of it anyways. Stick with your core business.
What do you look for in a good website?
Would or could you review mine? www.dustbusterscleaningnc.com
I am having such a hard time with it. I posted in another topic, and really have not received contructive criticism.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
18 Posts
If you had to choose, is it more important for your website to be friendly to users or to search engines. I know both are important but what would you rather have and why?
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
32 Posts
Users!

A professional web developer should be able to design a site that does both, but if it comes down to one or the other, design for users. Two reasons:

1. Search engines are basically trying to mimic, via an algorithm, what a human user would choose if they had the time to go through hundreds of results. If the algorithms were perfect (and they improve every day) designing for users and designing for search engines would be the same thing.

2. More practically, if you get 100 hits per day and only 1 enquiry, you're getting half as much business as the website with 20 hits and 2 enquiries. Ranking on Google is just part of the game. Once you've got a potential client to your website, you've still got to make the sale. If your website is unprofessional, difficult to navigate... you won't bet getting the sales - no matter how much traffic you get from Google. :thumbsup:
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1 Posts
Hi,

Want Your Business on the Top of Google? Let your business benefit from getting tons of calls from people searching for your services on the internet. We can get you on the first page of Google (and Yahoo and Bing) - and it's GUARANTEED.

Please email us at [email protected] or call us at 1-800-557-9134 to get free consultation about improving your online presence.

Thank you,
Top Dog Search Results Team

our website is: www(dot)TopDogSearchResults(dot)com
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
55 Posts
Must look professional
Must carry your biz color and identity
Must be informative(people want info or they wouldn't be there)
No cheesy "Balloon" font
No typos
No links that say "coming soon" if your site isn't complete don't publish it.
I agree, and a professional look doesn't have to come with a professional price. A Cleaner Business provides cleaning businesses with a professional website, helping them grow their business for only $49.95 a month.
 
21 - 40 of 51 Posts
Top