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Critique our Website please?
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Beyer's Carpet Care - Commercial Carpet Cleaning Specialists

please let me know of your criticism's. i can edit some content. i have to be careful though, i don't want to change things around too much and wreck Doug's SEO work (if that's possible.) i removed/changed some HWE content ... i felt it could have been taken as bashing the method. my web guy did 80% of the copy. i need to begin the Blog. i Blogged once, but Doug moved the content to the About page. coming up with fresh material of your own can be tricky for the Blog! Bang Head

i'm thinking of putting the image of my van that is in the Cleanfax article onto my site. and also the before and after photos, i am thinking of editing them and putting a text box on each: "Before" & "After"


(so Rick, this'll help my biz?)

tx in advance fellas! hatsoff
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Looks good Derek!

If possible I'd throw in more pictures to break up some of the text. You have the same problem we have, we are always wordy.

Fewer pictures of you....j/k. Tongue

Cute daughters, like the picture of you three! Cool
You never rolled in the hay
Ya never thrown it in four wheel
Climb on up in here, girl
Let me show ya how country feels


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tx Richard Big Grin

they're our nieces...we had to steal them and use their cuteness in an effort to close sales LOL that pic is on our biz card.

the wordyness i THINK is needed for SEO?? idk for sure, but Doug said not to remove much if any content so i assumed...Huh

i can see the value of more pic's for sure...i'm a pic guy and like less words. kcoff's site is nice and clean which is great to my eye personally.


thanks
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Anything we put together we are always told is too wordy. Wayne, Steve T., Ken Snow they are always telling me we are too wordy. It's hard not to be, you have a captive audience and you want to tell your story. However they are usually right, too much text and the reader will lose interest.

It's hard, but we are trying! Undecided
You never rolled in the hay
Ya never thrown it in four wheel
Climb on up in here, girl
Let me show ya how country feels


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#5
Derek, the site looks great!

Very clean and easy to read. I like it.

Personally, I don't see a problem with having too much content as long it makes sense and is captivating. Just because it's wordy doesn't mean they won't call. It just means they won't read it all. Introduction, body, conclusion. That should be a part of every page you create.

I do think having lots of pictures is a great thing as well. This is especially true if you're using original photos and not stock images.
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My brother Dan can go on and on and while we've been repeatedly told we are too wordy, Dan says it's alright those that have an interest will read it, those that don't will skip it.

I like the pictures for both, one for those that just give it a glance and two for those that read it and will have a photo to go with the story.
You never rolled in the hay
Ya never thrown it in four wheel
Climb on up in here, girl
Let me show ya how country feels


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i can see you like photos Richard, the pic's on your Home page are nice and LARGE. looks awesome. Idea
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one thing that is strange is, my site loads slow for me. anyone else notice this when they click my site?

with Firefox it always takes 9 seconds to load the Home page.

with IE9 it always takes 6 seconds.

is that long enough to deter some prospects from moving around on my site ya think?
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Your site loads fast for me and I have a dated computer.

Using a slideshow might slow things a tad I guess?

But it looks so good....

(02-19-2013, 08:14 PM)Derek Wrote: one thing that is strange is, my site loads slow for me. anyone else notice this when they click my site?

with Firefox it always takes 9 seconds to load the Home page.

with IE9 it always takes 6 seconds.

is that long enough to deter some prospects from moving around on my site ya think?
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tx for checking Damon! Big Grin Doug does a great job, tx for the referral Wink

glad to hear it is just me it is slow for. i was thinking it is the slider, but all pages move slow for me. perhaps it is the add-ons i have for Firefox. i don't remember installing any, but it says i have 19 enabled.
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Derek,

I have a fast computer and a fast internet connection. Your site takes from 7 to 10 seconds to load here. I tried it in 5 different browsers, so I don't think the slowness has anything to do with your browser. Most likely has to do with your web host.
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tx for letting me know Steve!!

stinking GoDaddy! Angry
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(02-20-2013, 10:29 AM)Derek Wrote: tx for letting me know Steve!!

stinking GoDaddy! Angry

Love their commercials though!!!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O5WwnQ0Mh6Y
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just got off the phone with GoDaddy - they're switching it to a "grid platform" which is better for Word Press...also switching it to Linux instead of Windows which it is now. those should speed it up they say.

thanks for helping me out fellas
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OK, it took about 4 hours but GoDaddy switched my site's server over to a Grid based platform, switched it from Windows to Linux and switched it to SSH (no idea what any of that means) and now it loads pretty quick. about 2 seconds.

tx again fellas for the assistance! i think a prospect will likely hang around my site a little longer now. who wants to wait 9 seconds for a page to load anyways Violin
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(02-19-2013, 08:14 PM)Derek Wrote: one thing that is strange is, my site loads slow for me. anyone else notice this when they click my site?

with Firefox it always takes 9 seconds to load the Home page.

with IE9 it always takes 6 seconds.

is that long enough to deter some prospects from moving around on my site ya think?

you can download a plugin from wordpress to help speed up the site loading.
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Really? Pretty cool, I'll have to look for it. I'm impressed with wordpress, what a great tool. Tx for the info k Big Grin
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k, which specific plugin are you referring to? do you have a link?


tx! --- Derek.
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Derek,

Had a little time tonight... I really like your site a lot.

I love the idea of the commercial customer list (I need to steal that idea).

I'm not mastering the WordPress like you have...

Not sure on the method idea.. although I now have a video page (first time I've mentioned method when we went to trsorg.com). So far, I don't notice any difference in questions, so.... don't know if good or bad?
Coby Gibson
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(02-24-2013, 11:23 PM)Coby Wrote: Derek,

Had a little time tonight... I really like your site a lot.

I love the idea of the commercial customer list (I need to steal that idea).

I'm not mastering the WordPress like you have...

Not sure on the method idea.. although I now have a video page (first time I've mentioned method when we went to trsorg.com). So far, I don't notice any difference in questions, so.... don't know if good or bad?

tx for the feedback Coby!

i am not a huge fan of talking about method. i do mention the bene's of low moisture to prospects, but that isn't my main focus. and i really dislike even mentioning HWE, like it's a bad thing or something, as we all know it isn't in the hands of an experienced pro. the truth is my web guy made all of those pages and i think it is necessary for SEO. not necessarily speaking about HWE, but mentioning the bene's of my system is...i am not totally sure on that though. i edited the content enough to where it in my opinion isn't method bashing. at least i hope it comes across that way.

anyways, i don't have any mastery over W.P. Big Grin i watched this 1 hour youtube vid: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Jv47_VIBOQ which helped me learn a few things, but i mostly look at what Doug (my webguy) did and he has helped me some to. Doug does great website work!

now you obviously have the video / youtube thing down pat...i WISH i had that. it will pay off for you!
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The tools I use or have on the van ... in order from most used, to least used:  Dyson ; 19" Cimex ; Multi-Sprayer ; Orbot ; Oreck-Orbiter ; Hoover-Conquest ; Cyclo Polisher ; DryPod ; 20" Whittaker Trio.
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