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I just started a website for my painting business here in central New Jersey as direct mail as well as other advertising venues have pretty well dried up with the economy . Anyway , I'd love to have you guys take a look at my site and give me opinions both good or bad on how I can improve it and reach more customers in my area . I appreciate any and all feedback ! Keep in mind there is still a bit of work to be done on the site yet .

Bob


http://valentiandsonspainting.com/



 

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Just a quick look.
It looks good and shows a good company.

Your too kind ! I still need to add a few interior painting pictures to the flashplayer on the homepage , So customers see we do exterior & interiors . :)
 

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I like it! Simple & Clean!
Could make that phone number a bit more prominent.

According to my web designer . Everyone wants their logo and business phone number large , He advised against it , Said it looks cheap .
 

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According to my web designer . Everyone wants their logo and business phone number large , He advised against it , Said it looks cheap .

Logo, I agree. Phone number, no way. One rule of making conversions (having people call or fill out a form) is to make it easy and have it in the same place on every page. With that being said, I think your number is fine.
 
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Looks really good. :thumbsup: Im jealous. I cant afford a web designer at this time and I still havent done anything with my site other than some SEO to move my site up and my experience at that is still pretty limited, but I do know a little. Unless I am reading this wrong, you dont have anything in your "Title text" other than "sons painting" view-source:http://valentiandsonspainting.com/ You did your "Google site verification" and thats good. You have plenty of key words, but the title text is what matters from what I've learned. I would also submit your site to as many places as possible like Super pages, http://www.superpages.com/yellowpages/C-Painters/S-NJ/T-Old+Bridge/ Google maps, etc. I dont post links to my site here or mention my company name because I dont want anything from this site coming up in searches that pertain to my site or my company. And again, I do not claim to be a SEO expert by any means. There are a several guys here at paint talk like RGordon Aaron, or RCP who could probably crush me in SEO discussions. Again, the site design is awesome, but not much good if nobody can find it. JMHO ;)
 

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Logo, I agree. Phone number, no way. One rule of making conversions (having people call or fill out a form) is to make it easy and have it in the same place on every page. With that being said, I think your number is fine.

My phone number is displayed on almost every page of the site @ the bottom . Not to mention there is an online contact form for a FREE estimate as well . If they find my site and want an estimate , The customers have no shortage of ways to contact me :)

Did anybody take a look at my interior & exterior picture galleries ?
 

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Looks really good. :thumbsup: Im jealous. I cant afford a web designer at this time and I still havent done anything with my site other than some SEO to move my site up and my experience at that is still pretty limited, but I do know a little. Unless I am reading this wrong, you dont have anything in your "Title text" other than "sons painting" view-source:http://valentiandsonspainting.com/ You did your "Google site verification" and thats good. You have plenty of key words, but the title text is what matters from what I've learned. I would also submit your site to as many places as possible like Super pages, http://www.superpages.com/yellowpages/C-Painters/S-NJ/T-Old+Bridge/ Google maps, etc. I dont post links to my site here or mention my company name because I dont want anything from this site coming up in searches that pertain to my site or my company. And again, I do not claim to be a SEO expert by any means. There are a several guys here at paint talk like RGordon Aaron, or RCP who could probably crush me in SEO discussions. Again, the site design is awesome, but not much good if nobody can find it. JMHO ;)

Are you sure about the title text ? I'll have my guy check it out ... My brother has a web design company called Prism Holdings , They did the site for me . Thanks for the suggestion about the Yellow pages ! :thumbsup: Do I have to PAY to be listed ?
 

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Are you sure about the title text ? I'll have my guy check it out ... My brother has a web design company called Prism Holdings , They did the site for me . Thanks for the suggestion about the Yellow pages ! :thumbsup: Do I have to PAY to be listed ?
No, I am not positive about your title text. Talk to your brother about that one for better info than I can give. Like I said, I am by no means an expert. Thats just how I read it. I can tell whoever designed the site has talent. Everything looks great. As for the Yellow pages, etc...? NEVER pay for those!!!! No, the listings are free unless you go with an enhanced listing in bold print or such and I think thats a waste of money for smaller companies as is paying someone for SEO when you can easily do it yourself. Google ads, etc is a different story and can be a good investment. I do recommend being aware of some scams that will come your way, like getting a phone call ....."Hello, we were just updating your listing info..." The are trying to set you up for what is referred to as "Slamming" which is basicly a monthly charge added to your phone bill. Yellow Book is one of many who will send out "listing update info" in the mail clearly stating.."This is not a bill !!!! " but soon as you sign it and mail it back, $79.95 a month is added to your phone bill :censored: Myself, I called the phone company and made sure I couldnt get "Slammed" or "Crammed" (long distance service) Heres what I did. There are plenty of free website submission sites you can go to. Now from my understanding, Google, Yahoo, and some others will pick up your site sooner or later anyway, But I would Google every combination of say "Old Bridge NJ Painters, House Painters, Paint Contractors, also, Essex County or whatever counties your targeting, etc and submit to all the Super pages, etc that come up. Once you submit, you will get an email that you will have to verify and confirm. Do that, and thats it. Theres a really good Google map thread here at Paint talk also. As for the Title text... the first 10 or so words are what will come up so I would choose them carefully mentioning your area, house painting or whatever your market is, etc. I dont feel this is good
At Valenti and Sons Painting, we know that your home is your castle. We also know that great painting and home remodeling projects don't just happen.
Because it only mentions your company name and not the area. I dont see anyone doing a Google search for "Valenti and Sons Painting" when theyve never heard of you. Most will Google "Old Bridge painters" and thats where you want to come up at the top. :thumbsup:
 

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Well we are from Joizey ... :blink:
I spent some time working in Joizey a few years back. Theres some pretty country there, although I hated Newark. And I was also convinced people in Jersey probably wouldnt be able to drive if they didnt have horns to honk. Probably dont even lift the hood when buying a used car. Just test the horn and say.... "I'll take it" :) Just messin with ya Bobbo ;) But, I do have to ask now.... Does the horn on your vehicle work? LOL :jester:
 

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My phone number is displayed on almost every page of the site @ the bottom . Not to mention there is an online contact form for a FREE estimate as well . If they find my site and want an estimate , The customers have no shortage of ways to contact me :)

Did anybody take a look at my interior & exterior picture galleries ?
Which is why I said it looks fine. You're web designed was wrong in what he said about the number being prominent. Every web expert out there will tell you that your number/contact form should be at the top of the fold.

With due respect, your title tag is the result of someone that does not understand SEO.
 

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I spent some time working in Joizey a few years back. Theres some pretty country there, although I hated Newark. And I was also convinced people in Jersey probably wouldnt be able to drive if they didnt have horns to honk. Probably dont even lift the hood when buying a used car. Just test the horn and say.... "I'll take it" :) Just messin with ya Bobbo ;) But, I do have to ask now.... Does the horn on your vehicle work? LOL :jester:
Newark is in North Jersey and is a very industrial area Old Bridge is very suburban and in some areas quite country ! I love beeping my horn !!! :thumbup:
 

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No, I am not positive about your title text. Talk to your brother about that one for better info than I can give. Like I said, I am by no means an expert. Thats just how I read it. I can tell whoever designed the site has talent. Everything looks great. As for the Yellow pages, etc...? NEVER pay for those!!!! No, the listings are free unless you go with an enhanced listing in bold print or such and I think thats a waste of money for smaller companies as is paying someone for SEO when you can easily do it yourself. Google ads, etc is a different story and can be a good investment. I do recommend being aware of some scams that will come your way, like getting a phone call ....."Hello, we were just updating your listing info..." The are trying to set you up for what is referred to as "Slamming" which is basicly a monthly charge added to your phone bill. Yellow Book is one of many who will send out "listing update info" in the mail clearly stating.."This is not a bill !!!! " but soon as you sign it and mail it back, $79.95 a month is added to your phone bill :censored: Myself, I called the phone company and made sure I couldnt get "Slammed" or "Crammed" (long distance service) Heres what I did. There are plenty of free website submission sites you can go to. Now from my understanding, Google, Yahoo, and some others will pick up your site sooner or later anyway, But I would Google every combination of say "Old Bridge NJ Painters, House Painters, Paint Contractors, also, Essex County or whatever counties your targeting, etc and submit to all the Super pages, etc that come up. Once you submit, you will get an email that you will have to verify and confirm. Do that, and thats it. Theres a really good Google map thread here at Paint talk also. As for the Title text... the first 10 or so words are what will come up so I would choose them carefully mentioning your area, house painting or whatever your market is, etc. I dont feel this is good Because it only mentions your company name and not the area. I dont see anyone doing a Google search for "Valenti and Sons Painting" when theyve never heard of you. Most will Google "Old Bridge painters" and thats where you want to come up at the top. :thumbsup:

I double checked and all the title text is proper ! I also did many different Google searches and any combination of searching for painters in Old Bridge NJ yields a Valenti & Sons result at some point on the 1st page . My guy did an excellent job of adding keywords and optimizing the SEO . I am putting a link to my brothers web design company below :) He's a big Pink Floyd fan hence his logo and theme music .

http://www.prismholdingsinc.com/
 

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I am putting a link to my brothers web design company below :) He's a big Pink Floyd fan hence his logo and theme music .

I would think he would know that any type of theme music or any sound when opening up a website is a not a good thing.

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I would think he would know that any type of theme music or any sound when opening up a website is a not a good thing.

Pat

I think it's a great marriage of ideas ! Why would music put people off ? :whistling2:
 
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