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Website optimisation and google places/maps

Hi guys just wondering if people knew the cost of the above services. Met someone today and they were wanting to charge me nearly a grand for that and for a website?! Just wondered if it was dear or not?
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Hi guys just wondering if people knew the cost of the above services. Met someone today and they were wanting to charge me nearly a grand for that and for a website?! Just wondered if it was dear or not?
well if you put tree surgeon in, and your in my postcode area via your ip, i'm number 1 - and that has not cost a penny!

for your website, just put all relevant search terms in the text and headers, in 3months it will be number 1 to 10 in those queries.
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p.s. search engine optimisation companies are a rip off
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What company are you? To be honest I don't have a site but just interested
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What company are you? To be honest I don't have a site but just interested
mine is just a home thing, nothing major - but i used to have many websites and businesses that needed to be at the top in google.
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Like "central-services" said, website optimisation is all about making sure that when someone searches in google or the like for say "Tree removal", "firewood" or "stump grinding" then a link to your site appears on the first page of results (don't get hung up on being no.1 on the list)

On you site you need to have relevant content - not just a page filled with a hodgepodge collection of key words or key words hidden in the page headers since the google algorithms for ranking pages are wise to this rubbish. You need to actually write a few paragraphs of content that describe what you do and where you work e.g:
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We're a small company based in somewhere specialising in tree removals, tree pruning and firewood supply. We also service the following areas: here, there and over there
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Now when the google robot has a look at your site it can index all of the above words so that when folk perform a search with enough relevant terms it should list your site. (In Australia at least it's also a good idea to put the word "lopping" somewhere since in these parts people still refer to arborists/tree surgeons as tree loppers. Maybe with some content like "lopping refers to cutting branches willynilly while we prefer to target prune...")

You can submit your site to google so that it knows to send its robot over for a look (this can take a few days) - no website optimisation people required.

Also, if your site is updated regularly with new content google will also see this as more relevant and push it up the rankings.

In my opinion, websites for tree surgeons need not be more than electronic glossy brochures. You just need enough relevant content and some nice pictures so that people can find your site and get a phone number to call you.

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Hi Guys, i was just wondering what the cost of setting a website up is and what the day to day costs are? i have some computer experiance obviously but nothing re websites. Any help/advice will be appreciated! Tony
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Hi Guys, i was just wondering what the cost of setting a website up is and what the day to day costs are? i have some computer experiance obviously but nothing re websites. Any help/advice will be appreciated! Tony
Saying facetiously - i was just wondering what the cost of cutting a tree down is? i have some experience cutting firewood but nothing re cutting down trees.

It all depends what you want done. The main thing is coming up with the actual content.

Annual costs once you have a simple site up and running would be no more than it costs to keep your domain name registered - say $10/year and basic web site hosting say $50-$100/year.
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Hi Guys, i was just wondering what the cost of setting a website up is and what the day to day costs are? i have some computer experiance obviously but nothing re websites. Any help/advice will be appreciated! Tony
if you want a 3 page site just ask, nothing flashy - just content, numbers and good pictures, may video links to youtube would be a bonus.

costs would be next to nothing
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Steve, thanks for your input. I am a littler wiser now! i did get a book called the idiots guide building a website. I now seek one called the super idiots guide to building a website, lol
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