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Old 05-15-2015, 05:15 PM   #1
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Two Lead gens I've talked to recently are offering, as a service to "you", a unique phone number. One that they can answer and or track calls through. All a great benefit to you their customer

First i've heard of this

Pay up or they don't send you your leads that called on "their" line. Not much left to give up after having control of a phone number.

Or am I over reacting?
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Old 05-15-2015, 07:15 PM   #2
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Off topic kind of, but take that money and have someone build you a website. Im not even bullsh!tting you ive had around 100 people call me this month, maybe 500 since the first of the year.

The thought of paying for a lead is as foreign to me as paying for sex

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Your not overreacting in my book. The only number I want people to know/remember is ours.

JBM gave you good advice for how to handle getting new leads.
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Many LGS's have been doing this for nearly a decade.
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Many LGS's have been doing this for nearly a decade.
Guess this is the first time it registered or got a full monty sales pitch. Once in a while will entertain a sales pitch, morbid curiosity I guess.
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Your not overreacting in my book. The only number I want people to know/remember is ours.

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Off topic kind of, but take that money and have someone build you a website. Im not even bullsh!tting you ive had around 100 people call me this month, maybe 500 since the first of the year.

The thought of paying for a lead is as foreign to me as paying for sex
We ALL pay for sex, just not with money

Website is not turning leads, guess I need to dress prettier, talk fancier adn spent more money on booze
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Booze works good too.
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YellowPages and other advertising sources often do this too, and have been for a long time. Hell, we do it. It's beneficial to both parties - you see if/how well your advertising is working and advertiser sees if what they're doing is working, or if they need to adjust.

What's scary though is that thread around here I read about Porch.com redirecting calls to other advertisers that are actually paying them. Shady, shady. I wonder how many companies just redirect the number to another business if the advertising stops.
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It's definitely a good thing that they don't put your number out there. A lot of these lead generation companies use spam websites and advertising to drive leads to your business.

It's much better to have the lead gen company's call tracking number on a spam site rather than your prestigious main business line. Another advantage of the tracking number is so the lead gen companies can't over charge you for bad leads. If they see that a lead is only 20-30 seconds and say it's valid. They must be crazy
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It's definitely a good thing that they don't put your number out there. A lot of these lead generation companies use spam websites and advertising to drive leads to your business.

It's much better to have the lead gen company's call tracking number on a spam site rather than your prestigious main business line. Another advantage of the tracking number is so the lead gen companies can't over charge you for bad leads. If they see that a lead is only 20-30 seconds and say it's valid. They must be crazy
I have to disagree.Tried HA for a while.The number on my website and all search engines were directed to them.After I quit them all of the numbers on the search engines and other internet references is still directed to them from my business.You don't really think thy are goinfg to change them do you?Most of the search engines will not allow me to change them either so I can not rectify this issue.
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It's definitely a good thing that they don't put your number out there. A lot of these lead generation companies use spam websites and advertising to drive leads to your business.

It's much better to have the lead gen company's call tracking number on a spam site rather than your prestigious main business line. Another advantage of the tracking number is so the lead gen companies can't over charge you for bad leads. If they see that a lead is only 20-30 seconds and say it's valid. They must be crazy
So you are okay with then using your info to drive leads away from you and to your competitors?
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I have to disagree.Tried HA for a while.The number on my website and all search engines were directed to them.After I quit them all of the numbers on the search engines and other internet references is still directed to them from my business.You don't really think thy are goinfg to change them do you?Most of the search engines will not allow me to change them either so I can not rectify this issue.
I had SM for several years. I had already claimed most of my online listings. The were no redirects that I could find.
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I have to disagree.Tried HA for a while.The number on my website and all search engines were directed to them.After I quit them all of the numbers on the search engines and other internet references is still directed to them from my business.You don't really think thy are goinfg to change them do you?Most of the search engines will not allow me to change them either so I can not rectify this issue.
I believe you used the Call Tracking Numbers for the wrong use.

A call tracking number is meant to be used on the lead generation company's landing page and/or web properties to track leads/calls directed to your company.

It sounds like you also put those call tracking numbers on your OWN properties which was a mistake. You should NEVER use any other numbers other than your own on your own internet marketing material including directories, local listings and your website.
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I did not place the call tracking numbers anywhere.HA did.That's why I can not change some of them.
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You mean you advertise a number that reaches them and they do all the negotiation to land you a client? How about you set up a call forwarding to their "unique" number? This way, even if you stop paying them, you only have to stop that call from forwarding to their number.

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