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Ok...so I use yahoo sitebuilder for my company website. It's $10/mo. It's ok.

For those of you who have company sites...

-what program did you use, if you did it yourself, and what do you pay?
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-who did you have do it and what did you pay them to set it up?
 

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I do my own. I use Dreamweaver software. I pay $17 a month, but thats for the capability of 4 web sites and subdomains and large amount of area! Currently I have 2 sites running and one sub domain(which will be removed cause we got the DPAP project on another server) I've gotten enough work off the site though to pay it for a life time!
 

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Here is our website:

http://www.WolverineCoatings.com

We have used a few people over the years. I've learned that it is best to get a 'real' company to do it! Everyone we previously used was a one man show trying to do everything. Now we use a company that has 8 employees. They can do the site... set it up with hosting... turn key! What I like about them is the ability to have the best of both worlds. Most 'one man gang' site builders specialize in some type of site building (ie... html, flash, php). These guys have a person who specializes in each thing including SQL databases and some other stuff I don't really understand.

HOWEVER... the flip side is that although there may be 8 people working on different aspects of my site, we STILL only deal with ONE dude who is the project manager!

I can't recommend these guys highly enough. In fact, I've recommended them to at least 20 people who will RAVE about them. ALL 20 ! :thumbup:

Their website is:
http://www.rhinosites.com

We use Michael... he is an ex-Marine... VERY reliable and organized! We've also learned to trust his judgement when it comes to online marketing. EVERY suggestion we have received regarding our website has been something that we went against the way Michael said to do it. DOH!

Hope this helps!
 

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hey wolv...I shot an email to rhinosites

kind of cool to see your site on there (free advertising):thumbsup:

thanks
 

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I have a supplier who has a website and decided to build a new one, that was a 2 years ago and it's still not done, you klick it on and it still says under construction.

Why is it not possible for them to build a new site, while keeping the old one running?
 

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This website: www.ecopainting.ca is our 4th generation website.
It costs about 4-5,000 a year, but it blows away the competition in SEO.
First page results or even first results on any paint relevant search.
And believe me, first page on Google in Toronto on some terms is impossible.
As far as leads go, it's nearing to be ridiculous.
We now get about 40 requests for estimates a week now,
we keep the best, decline the rest.
We do not take any more exterior or deck work.
Couple have offered to pay us a deposit before they even get an estimate to secure our availability.
Some simply tell us they don't want a regular painting company,
they just want us. Whatever that means.
Our latest customers:
The Toronto Design Exchange (Exhibit Floor work every three months)
A trendy athletic wear chain (12 locations painted every year)
A very famous actress, and other well known local personalities.

Now I need more painters that fit our mold.

So, our website costs? worth every penny.
 

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Larman if you like contact my seo guy i'm pretty sure he charges anywhere from 1,000 to 3,000 for seo depending on your keywords and location. Like George was saying it's worth every penny. We usually get at least 10 leads a week non stop year round from his services. Way cheaper than Service Magic not to mention your not sharing the lead. It's funny because we belong to service magic but with our seo services we get the lead first directly from our site then service magic offers to sell us the same lead.
I also have noticed our clients expect us to be higher in price, similar to Georges story they don't want an average painting company they want us.
heres my seo guy http://chicagowebsitedesigners.com/
 

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Gerorg,Would you mind sharing the website developer. I have been getting hits by nothing near what you are getting.
It sort of developed for about 4 years.
I do a lot of the writing and some day to day SEO.
They did the Content Management, most SEO, link development etc.
The SEO person has been with me from the beginning
but I don't think she wants anymore business as she is involved with other projects as well.
 

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I currently pay $100.00 a year for my hosting, I designed the website myself, which was the cheapest but not the best route to go. I don't run any newspaper advertising and all of my calls and contacts come through my website. As for programing the site I used Dreamweaver 8, with Contribute for editing and updating the site. The SEO was done by myself, again not the best route but the cheapest, I'm pleased with my ranking results but they can always be better.

@welovepainting I checked out your website, and was wondering what was with the text in the background? Doesn't search engines blacklist you for stuff like that. I'm attaching a pic. (If it works) Can't get that to work, but I see thousands of addresses' and words in the background
 

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Before Michael from Rhino sites did ours, you could type "Wolverine Coatings" in Google and NEVER find it even after over 40 pages... now... #1...

We've intentionally asked NOT to be ranked in other areas yet because we just can't handle any more business than we have right now. The other people that i have recommended Mike to are #1 in the areas they wanted to be ranked in...

By the way, I don't have any financial interest in his company... I'm just sold on his work. I bet I've recommended him to 20 people at least. Every person who has used him has raved... And, you will too...

PS... I have WAY less than $4000 in my site... in fact, it's much closer to $1000...
 

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Disclaimer:

Hopefully, this post doesn't violate any Terms of Service here, and the Admins and Members pardon the shamless plug, but my ears kept ringing.

The SPAM:

There are better solutions out there. Ask a lot of questions, and get a few quotes.

Facts:

We commission painters, and artists of all backgrounds.


Semper Fi,

Michael
 

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Hopefully, this post doesn't violate any Terms of Service here, and the Admins and Members pardon the shamless plug, but my ears kept ringing.
If you really need to find out if your post violates the rules
all you need to do is read the rules:

http://www.painttalk.com/faq.php?faq=painttalk#faq_adrules

My opinion is, it is outright SPAM, as you are selling to the members here.
I guess the moderators are busy tonight
 

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Hi George,

I sent Micheal a link to this site after several of the guys here called him from my recommendation above... So... it's not exactly a random spam... I'm not taking responsibility for Michaels post but I do know he is a pretty stand up guy...

I don't have any financial connection to him (other than I pay him to do my site) and I'm not related to him. In fact, I've never met him in person... What I do know is that the dude does great work, keeps his word, and gets results!

I don't recommend too many people these days. It seems like most people are just looking for the quick buck for the minimum amount of work. Many people just have low standards...

Websites are the new frontier for business. And, I believe that Michael has given us a competitive edge. I wanted to share that with you guys because i know the pain of finding a good web guy with a 'real' company.
 
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