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Google search is the first place I would start looking Peter. I suppose Yellow pages either online to in the book would be another and we are covered in both.
I am working on a questions and answers blog which I will try and promote on the radio. Just getting to grips finally with Twitter but the jury is still out on that one.
Originally Posted by neilmac View Post
We have a 10,000+ page UK website, mirrored in the USA. It is mainly for preservationists and the visitor numbers are quite high, but I'd say these days that websites are not much use unless you want to store information as a visual resource.
Very few people look for your kind of services by a Google search, most, like me would try and get a recommendation from someone they knew. I think that is backed up by your own experience.
Our company website is just a repository of data for people to look at, plus contact information. We only sell to order so nothing off the shelf and no card processing function.
We get plaqued with SEO emails daily, but quite honestly we know our market, we know who is going to spent £4k+ on a battery charger and if we had a whole page on Google it would just bring in loads of enquiries for the wrong things, just as Yellow Pages and other business directories did.
Local advertising might be a better bet, but it's difficult to know what market you are aiming at. If corporate then a targetted mailshot might be better for you, especially at the smaller end of the market. Estate Agents, small Solicitors and even try the factory estates, there are plenty of small ones around.
Also, look out for local computer repair and supply places, they might be worth cultivating for leads.
Thanks! Blimey a spelling mistake, how embarrassing.
Its been really useful this thread thanks.
I am not sure meta tags are as important these days from what I can gather. I think its all about content, clicks, links and your site being linked to. Its all a bit of a black art to me really.
It's a while since I did web design but at that time it was important for meta-data to include any keywords, such as computer, computing, network, phone, website....(for your site) and even common mis-spellings of relevant words.
I would agree that a few more pics would make the site more interesting-looking.
And do use your spell-check! ("usually offer you an houry rate"!)
I only have a hobby website so not sure that qualifies me to comment. However one thing I would say is that on arrival at your website it seems almost all text based. As you are selling IT services might a more pictorial look, at least on the front page, help you to encourage people to explore further, which increases page views. I find the text size you use is a bit on the small side, perhaps one font size bigger might make it easier to see.
Originally Posted by DJP View Post
On your 1&1 website control page there is a SEO Search engine tool. Follow the instructions there and fill in as much info as you can about your business, using key words in different lines.
It does work and will will take some weeks before it creeps up the search engine ladder. Obviously number of clicks make it faster, but by putting key information in the SEO helps.
Many thanks for all these great responses and feedback. I will take them on board and make some changes and additions.
Ive been working on it and a new blog all afternoon and Im sick of looking at it now!
Some good options there. Cheers
i run my own club and have my own website
not the best but works well enough
i have been offered $10,000 by the indian motorcycle co in the usa for it
if you type in indian powerplus on yahoo it is the first site to come up
it used to also be at the top of most of the serch engines but not any more
the site is simple and hosted by a free host company so they like to put there name in it
i was told that the domain name is important to get the best responce
but im sure some of the motorhome members will advise better than i can
i have let my site run down a little as health keeps me from the bikes and am now relaxing in portugal and feeling a lot better for it
just had a look and still get about 1000 visitors a month
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