I am pretty excited.
Overall--- 2009 has been a pretty mediocre year---however slate and tile roof work has been a bright spot for me.
Final figures aren't in- but it looks like slate and tile work was over 25% of my year-and carpentry another 15%
I haven't made any secret of my desire the past few years to mostly leave asphalt shingles behind and the Slate and Tile-particularly the tile work has been growing for me-- BOTH as the number of jobs done-and as a % of the work
Declining volume of Asphalt shingle work does skew the %,LOL,
however- I think I can increase the Slate and Tile work even more--- right now I am at the tipping point-about to cross over into the realm where I do more Slate,Tile & carpentry then asphalt shingle work.
so-- with the back story out of the way- I am looking into starting a web site. I suspect this will be the first in a series of evolving websites over the next few years. It's a tool right--was your first router- the LAST router you ever bought
I need some guidance--because there is SOOOO much I don't know about web sites and computers
1) domain name.- Is this portable---- specifically-- if company a sets up and hosts a web site for me---and 2 years later I want co. B to develope a bigger/better web site will I be able to use the SAME domain name?
2) Basic- very basic costs involved in this?- for example---talking with my sales rep for the yellow pages. I recieved-- somehow- 2 tile jobs last year directly from the customers finding me on the internet--- I have ZERO idea how they did that-- since I don't think I have any web presence( ads) referring to tile work----- however-- the phone company will set me up with a small, basic 5 page site-- for zero $ up front and $50/month
do I really need anything more than that at this time?- I figure a home page- some company info, a few pictures and maybe some links to a few suppliers.
3) Key words---- is this a scam?- it sounds like a scam! Ma Bell informs me- that due to arrangements they have with Google and Yahoo--- for $100 a month they gaurantee 30 hits, for $170/month they gaurantee60 hits and for $90 they gaurantee 320 hits--- the rep tells me- that nationwide in September 3600 people googled "Slate Roofs" and nationwide5400 people googled" Tile Roofs"----- He is unable to tell me how many people in my area googled slate or tile roofs because he notes the area is too small
but do I really care if somebody in Peoria googles Slate roofs ?
this "gaurantee" to provide hits---sounds bogus.- Off the top of my head-------- who verifies that?
I am kind of intrigued by the low cost of this-- but how effective can it be?- how effective does it need to be?--- all I think I really want-is that if someone in the Akron/Canton area googles Slate or Tile roof repair-- my site comes up.
folks-- my apologies for being so dense.-- I accept that there must be other question that I should be asking--- but I don't know enough to know WHAT the questions are-- so any advise would be appreciated