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Old 05-15-2011, 11:09 AM   #21
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Good stuff...one recommendation if I may:

Take the areas served out of the bottom. Google (and the rest of the search engines) deem that keyword stuffing and could penalize your overall site since the blog is attached to your primary site.
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Thanks for the advice Darren.
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Old 05-15-2011, 12:36 PM   #23
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Thanks for the advice Darren.
No problem! And remember, POST POST POST. Search engines LOVE blogs because the content is updated so often. If you can't find time to write, shoot videos instead, much faster and easier than sitting down to try and knock out a 300-500 word post.
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I have a ton of content both in writing, and video. I just have to organize it and process the video. It actually takes me longer to do the video than it does to bang out 10 paragraphs.
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Old 05-15-2011, 03:27 PM   #25
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Good blog, mate. Great content, photos, vid, contact details. That'll work. (Darren reviewed my site and pointed a series of mistakes I was making, the call to action, or lack of it being the main error. You got that covered.)

Has it generated enquiries yet?
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I dig it. Great template and layout. Good writing. Good luck with it.
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Old 05-15-2011, 08:56 PM   #27
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Just read your new one, very good read and well done video, one of the best I have seen, make sure youenter here.
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Thanks Chris. I entered already, used the door refinishing write up.
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Good work, looks very professional.
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The blog looks pretty good! I see that the blog is hosted with your website. Just curious....what blogging platform did you use?

I am interested in possibly setting one up with our website.

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Its a wordpress blog with a template made by my web designer.
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Thanks Chris. I entered already, used the door refinishing write up.
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I don't see it showing up as an entry.

Go here and post a link to it in the comment section. That would be a good entry in the Project Division!



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Pretty good SL.
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I don't see it showing up as an entry.

Go here and post a link to it in the comment section. That would be a good entry in the Project Division!
I will re submit Scott, don't know what happened.


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Looks good straight_lines!

I like the way you mix photo and video into the posts, so important for something as visual as painting projects.

Also, like that you've still got your "contact" and "click for quote" on your blog. If someone's reading and decides they want to work with you it's easy for them to get in touch with you.

Do you track how many people get in touch with you through your website? One thing to look at as more people visit your site and blog is conversion rates. How many visits on average per online lead? Know that percentage and you can start testing changes to see if you can improve your visitor to lead conversion rate.
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Thanks for the tips Bob especially on conversion rates. I do track how many contacts I get from the site, or rather the form submission software does.
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I like your blog. The main thing I would add is that content is good for ranking but not the best for conversions so keep your landing page simple for better conversions.
I built my blog about a year ago and it is converting pretty well. I get about 6-7 leads a month from it. Its a Wordpress blog on a Theme from mojo themes.

Also the live chat gives me an edge for those seeking immediate gratification.

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@ JT that is an impressive site you have there.

I have updated the site regularly since I made this thread. I will be tracking hits again at the end of the month. I will be doing my first proposal from a client who read the blog, and was impressed.

Todays post is about exterior rust and the products I now use to remedy it.

http://www.johnsonhomeconstruction.c...6&preview=true
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This week I blogged about refinishing cabinets in Wilmington NC using Advance hybrid oil.

I really like this stuff! Looks like satin imprevo.

http://www.johnsonhomeconstruction.c...-wilmington-nc
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This week I blogged about refinishing cabinets in Wilmington NC using Advance hybrid oil.

I really like this stuff! Looks like satin imprevo.

http://www.johnsonhomeconstruction.c...-wilmington-nc
How about a full blown product review of Advance? I'd like to link to it since I am not planning to review that one.



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