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Old 03-23-2014, 12:19 PM   #21
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It probably hasnt been indexed yet. You need to add another 20 pages to your site at least. It is too small, not enough content, I cant even use it due to the large header that stays in my face, the pics are meh and yes the on page is horrible. But the header design is quite nice.
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Old 03-23-2014, 12:34 PM   #22
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Picture I took of someone else's multi-million dollar job in progress that I use. Because another contractor did this job does not give me the right to take this picture and use if for advertising. I am not advertising that I did this job. I am advertising that this is the type of work that I can do.

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I won't, but someone else might.
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I will agree that the joke falls a little flat- that is the first thing I did notice. However, I think your website actually looks great. The contrast between colors works well and you have a professional, clean look. Just browsing around for a few seconds I have found everything I wanted to know so far looking sharp!
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All in all, it's a great start.

My only significant criticism is that it's not responsive. Why on earth do web design companies still build static websites that don't work on mobile? What the hell are they thinking?

As to the above comments, I agree that your pictures should be more compelling. But DON'T steal your customer's jobs and put them on your own marketing. That may have worked for the poster that suggested it (so far), but it's bad biz. Not only is it ethically objectionable, even if they don't sue you, if word gets out that you stole your competitor's jobs and put them up as your own you will be smeared across the coals. It's an easy way to screw up every inch of goodwill you may have built so far.

Just. Don't. Do. It.

Frankly, the fact that you only have one testimonial means that you don't need a page for them (it). It looks like you're brand new and your Mom's friend hired you.

I'd remove that tab and pepper the testimonials throughout the site as you get them.

I wouldn't worry too much about the grand canyon joke. It's a silly thing that will be buried deep in your blog as you update it (you are going to update it regularly, right?)

As far as whether or not it's ready to go and the dev company to be paid, I'd ask them what it would take to make it mobile-ready and pay that, whatever it is.
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Picture I took of someone else's multi-million dollar job in progress that I use. Because another contractor did this job does not give me the right to take this picture and use if for advertising. I am not advertising that I did this job. I am advertising that this is the type of work that I can do.

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Is this your site? http://bestlineplumbing.com/

I saw you posted that link in an old thread directing someone to a specific page of yours. I can see where you need a ton of photo's because there's a crap load of pages.
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Worst website I have ever seen.
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As a web and graphic designer there are some key things missing here. One that everybody pointed out is the non responsive. If it takes too much for them to fix this issue then I would suggest a dedicated mobile site. Whatever you do the site needs to be mobile friendly. My only other suggestion is to have a Call to Action somewhere. Overall the site has no UI/UX which means as a visitor I dont really know what to do or where to go. The site should literally take me by the hand and navigate the site with me. The landing area is just not engaging either, the before and after picture is kind of too soon. As somebody who knows nothing about your business I want to see what you do, I want to see you offer free estimates (if applicable) I want to schedule a free estimate or schedule you to come out via a form. They are using Oswald Light for heading titles, suggest to them using Oswald Bold or Bevan or Bebas, this will contrast nicely with the body font. On page SEO isnt too bad a few hits and misses here but nothing too alarming. If this is a brand new site it will take a couple of weeks or so to start seeing any results via search engines. It could take longer but there are so many factors that go into ranking your site its literally not even funny.

Anyways hope this helps and if you need anything else just let me know
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Sorry to spam post this thread but I ran a quick report for your sites SEO and again its not the worst I have seen and this report isnt very comprehensive but it should help point them in the right direction. JBM was right the header is pretty good at least.
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Is this your site? http://bestlineplumbing.com/

I saw you posted that link in an old thread directing someone to a specific page of yours. I can see where you need a ton of photo's because there's a crap load of pages.
Sorry for the thread jack OP....

But, Mr. PCP, I'm just wondering why you list that you've got an A+ rating with the BBB http://bestlineplumbing.com/Asbestos...oval_90405.htm

And, the BBB has no rating on you? http://www.bbb.org/sanjose/business-...rdena-ca-13038

I guess I'm just saying, before I would give any advice to someone else on their website, maybe you should police your own.
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I suppose he will says its just "marketing"
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Sorry to spam post this thread but I ran a quick report for your sites SEO and again its not the worst I have seen and this report isnt very comprehensive but it should help point them in the right direction. JBM was right the header is pretty good at least.
Which site are you saying is not the worst? I think JBM is doing multiple reviews in this thread
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Ya no PCP's site is a horrible trainwreck.

Didnt he say he doesnt rely on his website for leads....lol, no kidding...
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Sorry for the thread jack OP....

But, Mr. PCP, I'm just wondering why you list that you've got an A+ rating with the BBB http://bestlineplumbing.com/Asbestos...oval_90405.htm

And, the BBB has no rating on you? http://www.bbb.org/sanjose/business-...rdena-ca-13038

I guess I'm just saying, before I would give any advice to someone else on their website, maybe you should police your own.
The image on the review page on my website is an actual image from the BBB search results for my company, that is an official A+ rating and that was about two years ago.

At this time, the BBB has no rating for my company because there is no longer a Los Angeles area BBB. So, you can't find any BBB rating for my company, at all. The BBB doesn't exist!

http://articles.latimes.com/2013/mar...ation-20130312

The Los Angeles area BBB was doing things that were against their rules and they were shut down. At one time, I had an AAA+ rating, but the BBB did away with AAA+ ratings and changed to only to only the A+ rating.

The BBB was taken over by an organization called the Business Consumer Alliance. I am a member ($600 donation) and I think I received a paper stating that my company is accredited (can't remember and have look at the receipt).

As for my website, I agree that it lacks everything that makes web design professional, but the site is functional. Customers either click on the link, or they don't. My web pages get directly to the point and they are not overwhelmed with information nor graphics. They are easier for the baby boomers to read and that is my target market. "Keep it simple!"

I have about 60 websites for my company and 2.1 million web pages. I get about 10 to 15 very solid leads weekly where I actually provide some type of a service and my sales closing ratio is fairly high. My total cost for the websites annually is less than $800 because I host my own sites. I constantly work to improve my search engine results.

I believe that the dialogue and the offer on a web page is more important that the quality of the design. I proved this to myself too many times when I designed ugly flyers that outperformed my best-designed flyers by 10 to 1. Too many UNNECESSARY words, too many designs and too much information causes confusion.

So, you see? There is a logical answer and a method to my madness!

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I'm confused... How do you have over 2 million web pages and only get 10-15 leads a week? I would think with that kind of a web presence, you'd have 20 per day on a bad day.
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I'm confused... How do you have over 2 million web pages and only get 10-15 leads a week? I would think with that kind of a web presence, you'd have 20 per day on a bad day.
Sorry! My numbers were not accurate (true). I have about 90 websites (too lazy to count them right now). The 90 websites contain 2.1 million pages. About half of the 90 websites are for my plumbing business and the other half were to test SEO results for businesses not related to my company. So, the true number for my company is about 1.2 million web pages.

I'm thinking that 10 to 15 organic leads is above average when considering the amount of competition in the Los Angeles area. As of about 18 months ago, my website had about 400 pages and I got virtually zero leads. Then, I created the new websites, 1.2 million pages and went from zero leads per week to 10 to 15 per week. I'm ecstatic!

We had some serious threads on CT about 6 months ago regarding the software I created (really my son) that can create about 100,000 web pages in an 8 to 12 hour day. I think I have the SEO figured out fairly well, but what can be done still has limitations. Moving from zero to 10 to 15 in a short period of time is a satisfying accomplishment and maybe in the future with a little more work I will move up to 30 leads per week and I find it difficult to believe that any contractor is getting 30 quality organic leads per week from one simple website.

Even if I'm getting only 10 leads per week, at this time, that is 500 leads annually and that is a terrific number for organic leads. My last post was not accurate regarding the annual cost of $800 because I included all 90 of my websites. I think my annual cost is about $400 per year, so I'm paying about 80 cents for each lead. Not bad!

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Wow!! That sounds pretty damn interesting. You just better hope when Obama the Destroyer gives away the internet to the 'globalissimos' that they don't start taxing 'by the page' . . .

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