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For companies with websites.

Discussion in 'Business Fundamentals' started by rjets00, Sep 20, 2008.

  1. rjets00

    rjets00 Member
    Messages: 48

    Do you think that they are a effective tool? Do you gain lots of inquires about services ect? What do you think total costs are ie: design, monthly rates?
  2. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

  3. ServiceOnSite

    ServiceOnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 950

    i agree with grandview. i have a crappy web site but i have advertizing with verizon yellow pages dot com and i get a lot of commerical calls from that.
  4. Enzo

    Enzo Senior Member
    Messages: 387

    Well a good designer will cost a few bucks maybe around $200-300, as far as hosting it from a company a domain is like $10 a year and it cost like $3.95 a month for a decent ammount of storage, databases, and bandwidth usage. Some also allow you to make unlimited email accounts depending on what company you use. For some of my projects in the past I have used bluehost.com
  5. rjets00

    rjets00 Member
    Messages: 48

    nice site gv, looks good
  6. ScnicExcellence

    ScnicExcellence Senior Member
    Messages: 352

    I find the site helps me out for landscaping alot, not sure for snow plowing yet, The landscaping though it helps show the work have done.
  7. scottL

    scottL PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,613

    I use lunarpages.com Great tech support, reliable, great pricing and tools, etc, etc.

    I've used and build sites for folks. You can track your page hits, I'm ranked top 5 for my area and services. Yes, we get emails and calls every week in the winter many turn into work some are simply not in my area but are close.

    But, as pointed out it's only a piece of the marketing puzzle.
  8. gkm

    gkm Senior Member
    Messages: 305

    nice site gv !
  9. Neige

    Neige Sponsor
    Messages: 2,215

    Its actually an inexpensive way to advertise. Not much to set up, and the domain is really cheap. The French girl on the other hand is costing me a fortune:D
  10. elite1msmith

    elite1msmith 2000 Club Member
    from chicago
    Messages: 2,762

    sp please excue me being dumb on this subject.... just how would i get into this? i really dont even know were to start
  11. SS2500HD

    SS2500HD Junior Member
    Messages: 12

    see if your domain is available first i guess? ie: www.eliteservices.com or www.elitelandscaping.com or whatever, and talk to a local website programmer who can help guide you through the process of obtaining/purchasing the domain and having him create a webpage to your liking...
  12. ColliganLands

    ColliganLands PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,854

    i actually have my site hosted through vistaprint it costs somewhere around 15 bucks a month and you can design it and set it up yourself very easily/or they can do it for you for $$. also it lets you take contact forms (or whatever you set it up for) you can have paypal buttons, and you can see activity by search engine/day/location. Also the vistaprint site lets you check your domain name that want right there to see if its available.
  13. QuadPlower

    QuadPlower PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,056

    I have had one for years. I have found that the main purpose of my site is to show potential customers that I have talked to some of my projects. It gives them a look at what I can do without them driving to all the locations.

    I think it also prevents a lot of estimates from people that aren't serious or can't afford my price and quality.

    I built it my self and I have it hosted by Lycos for $4.95 a month. I need to update my snow plowing pages as I am moving away from sidewalks into condos and residential.
  14. iceyman

    iceyman 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,925

    whose the chic talkn gv
  15. lumps

    lumps Senior Member
    Messages: 365

    For me, the design was the most expensive part. I have to take her out to dinner at least once a week, haha.

    Actually, it works out pretty well. My gf is a graphic artist, so she can come up with an image of how the website should look. Then I can take that and turn it into the html and css needed, along with any backend database stuff. And I host it on my own server. It's not done yet, but when it is, I'll post a link.
  16. LoneCowboy

    LoneCowboy PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,760

    I get a lot of calls (or meetings) with people who say "I looked at your website and saw this or that and had some more questions".
    That tends to lead to work.
    I get a few emails, but mostly those are just price checkers (not always, but probably 2/3 or more)
    I think it adds more of a "we're a real company" type of thing and is part of your marketing effort.

    www.lone <dash> cowboy.com

    I think it's well worth spending the money to have it professionaly done. It wasn't really that much (considering what I spend on advertising) and once it's done, it's done for years.
    The name is easy to check (type it in, see what pops up), no reason to pay anyone for that.
    It's cheap to register the name and even most hosting is pretty cheap (under $10/month)

    It also allows you come up in searches, which is easily how 50% of the people search for business's. No presence on the web means you miss everyone who searches for numbers via google/msn/yahoo, whatever
  17. Ipushsnow

    Ipushsnow Senior Member
    Messages: 314

    I have mine set up through yahoo, its like $10 bucks a month, they will check if the domain is available, register it for you, and you can download their "Sitebuilder" program and you can have a website up and running in about an hour or two. You can pick templates and fill your info in on their pages, post your pics, do whatever you want. I started my website off with a template and gradually totally customized it. I recommend it highly, its cheap, really easy, and ALL my advertising it done online now. Here is my site:

  18. elite1msmith

    elite1msmith 2000 Club Member
    from chicago
    Messages: 2,762

    IPUSH- thats a nice simple site, might start off like that.. so who do i contact to get started?
  19. Ipushsnow

    Ipushsnow Senior Member
    Messages: 314

    Go to Yahoo.com and on the left side about halfway down is a link that says "Get a Website". Don't have to talk to anybody.
  20. elite1msmith

    elite1msmith 2000 Club Member
    from chicago
    Messages: 2,762

    now , i created a few trifolds that look REALLY nice, using micro soft pubisher.... i got TONS of compliments, on my snow one,

    anyway , i started last winter , making a rough web page using that, can i use that program to make it ? since i already have alot done with it?