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Old 08-06-2009, 12:32 PM   #21
 
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Another thing I like about this site is that basic members get to choose ONE category, people aren't "Jack of all trades" and taking listings under; roofing, plumbing, electrical and "sure what the heck I can paint". Each company is a professional in his field competing with other professionals in the same field so you get more consistent pricing. I guess in the paid plans theirs a 3 category option but that's cause there's plenty of legitimate businesses that handle Electrical, A/C and plumbing.

the other directories I've seen there's no limit to how many trades a contractor can be listed under, and as a specialty contractor ...That sucks, cause I’m competing with ‘Generals’!

I haven't heard from one person signing up, is this thing on? Am I the only person that thinks this is a good deal? FREE advertising with a new kind of service…
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People who need the internet to get work most likely do sh!tty work or they'd have a back log by word of mouth....or so I've heard...
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Another thing I like about this site is that basic members get to choose ONE category, people aren't "Jack of all trades" and taking listings under; roofing, plumbing, electrical and "sure what the heck I can paint". Each company is a professional in his field competing with other professionals in the same field so you get more consistent pricing. I guess in the paid plans theirs a 3 category option but that's cause there's plenty of legitimate businesses that handle Electrical, A/C and plumbing.

the other directories I've seen there's no limit to how many trades a contractor can be listed under, and as a specialty contractor ...That sucks, cause I’m competing with ‘Generals’!

I haven't heard from one person signing up, is this thing on? Am I the only person that thinks this is a good deal? FREE advertising with a new kind of service…

Keep in mind the categories thing on DMOZ has nothing to do with contracting. Those were put in place 8 years ago and have everything to do with being a directory of everything.

The benefits of any media on the internet are how much traffic they drive.

If the lump sum of getting into 10 directories is 1 visit to your site a month, well you can say it's better then not getting that 1 visit and be correct.

But it's about results. Do something is better then nothing. And getting yourself listed in 10 free directories is not going to hurt you. But it is what it is. It's not going to be anything to earthshattering to boost your business in much of a measurable way.

But when it's the school of thought of hey, it's free and it won't hurt, then sure go for it. But keep it in perspective in the grand scheme of things. Not doing it and doing it aren't going to have much different effects on the bottom line.
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I subscribed to some 8 -10 free listings, including this one within the last 5 months. and already I'm working on a gate for a condo community, the head person told me she got my number from a directory website (but forgot which one), as far as I'm concerned the free listings have already paid for itself! I was told to fix the existing gate and track but I've provided the price for a new system and waiting to hear back ... either way looks like a sure sale.

you can sign up to pay $500 per month for the phone book or do a little work finding these free directories and you might get the same result, but no way in hell I'm chasing leads with SM!

Maybe I'll sign up to Angie's list just to talk about how great my service is! anyone know how much to get in?
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People who need the internet to get work most likely do sh!tty work or they'd have a back log by word of mouth....or so I've heard...
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..as far as I'm concerned the free listings have already paid for itself!
I think I know where your problem is....
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Lol! I knew that quote was gonna get picked up!


Truth is Free listings are a real helpful way to boost traffic and possibly sales, not to mention easy to do.

PGD's recommendation of the month: Sign up to Servicetrades .com for a FREE listing in their unique contractor referral directory... trust me, you'll be glad you did!

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NO WAY!!! check out that reply time stamp! exactly 12 hrs after Cdats post ... Awesome or what? (between 27 & 28)
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PGD, you mentioned you belong to a bunch of other free listings. What are they?? I just got my first "real" craigslist job, gettin a check tomorrow. I'm down for free advertising. I'm paying every month for a phone book add and haven't gotten one job from it. So far the paper, craigslist and word of mouth have helped thats about it. Oh and BBB didn't get me jack either.
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While it's better to be in DMOZ than not to be in DMOZ (and we are still listed on DMOZ) it is not vital to #1 page rank. Every link is a link and a listing and a link from DMOZ is good, but not required.
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Handyamerican.com
Laborfair
Servicetrades (you need a promocode: DIRECT for this one)
Yourcontractordirect
Contractorrolodex
Toolmandepot
Builderstep
Whatcontractor

And then theirs general directories:
Kijiji
Magicyellow
Bing
Areaguides
localwin
Hellometro
Craigslist
yellowbook
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Here's some more:

"Ok, I have quite a few free sites that let you list your company. Typically you have to create a user ID and password but none of them send solicitations or spam. So, here ya go!

www.google.blogspot.com
www.yellowpages.com
www.superpages.com
www.bestwayclassifieds.com
www.insiderpages.com
www.getfave.com
www.contractorgallery.com
www.linkreferral.com
www.yelp.com
www.stumblehere.com
www.inlocal.com
www.bizhwy.com
www.hotfrog.com
www.littleengine.com
www.local.com
www.findaho.com
www.cityslick.com
www.contractorcircle.com
www.zillow.com

Now, keep in mind I've been compiling this list for over a year now so there's a possibility there have been changes made to some of those sites. I really don't check the listings on a regular basis. Insiderpages, hotfrog, getfave and littleengine seem to generate the most interest.

Hope that helped!"
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By my count we have here 35 free directories in this thread, not all are strictly contractor directories, but the ones that aren't are generally pretty popular, the few that are strictly for contractors (my favorite kind) are great for SEO and targeted traffic.

Sign up for all these and you might get the same results as paid advertising, it may take as much as 5 minutes each to join, but in my opinion (experience) it's worth it!
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Holy crap they're all free?? Thats awsome. Better get my typin fingers ready....
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People who need the internet to get work most likely do sh!tty work or they'd have a back log by word of mouth....or so I've heard...
Every large chain, whether it's resturaunts or amusement parks or stores, all advertise on the net. Why shouldn't the little guy? Especially if it's free. I like free. I could have $300 bucks in my pocket and when the waitress asks if I wanna a side salad with that I still ask.. "Does it come with it?" then she says no and I slap her upside the chops with my menu, and I say politely, "no thanks".
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I think some people have been hurt before, like others have dangled the carrot in front of them and then at the last moment whacked them with the stick ... too afraid to try free again.




Well let me tell you something people, ... I'M EATING CARROTS!!
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delicious stick-free carrots.
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I totally hate getting whacked in the face with sticks.
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(Bumped) for those who like more targeted free traffic to their website.

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