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how to find local companies w/o a web site

Discussion in 'Making Money' started by seoreports, Sep 4, 2012.

  1. seoreports

    seoreports Junior Member

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    I'm looking for ways to find local companies that don't yet have a web site yet. Anyone have any tricks up their sleeve?
     
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    Often I use Google maps, search for a product or service.

    Most of the time when you hover over the store there will be a URL.

    If not, search a little more for that company online and that should give you an answer..

    As far as I know, there is no sure way to tell.

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  3. EyeSight

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    try yellowpages :D
     
  4. QuietZorg

    QuietZorg Regular Member

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    I suppose you could build up a list of business name, contact name, email, phone number, address, using gumtree, yellowpages, craigslist, google business listings, local newsletters, phonebooks and newspapers, and simply search in Google for that business name, and take notes. There is software in the download section which may help with that (I can't recall the name of it now, sorry)



    I wrote the following without really thinking, it doesn't answer your question, but it may help someone someday, so I'll leave it here. It's only a few bytes.

    Google each and every one of them,
    ->first for "business name"
    If they don't appear to have a website in the top 10, then make a note that they dont have a site. Also take notes on how the competition looks (should be low...), and if they are appearing at all in the results (business listings..) Take a screenshot of this page.
    If they do appear on the top 10, make a note that they have a site. Note their position, and competition (use market samuri it's in the download section!) Take a screenshot of this page

    -> second search for "Dentist in MyCity"
    Do the same thing. take screenshot, make note of whether or not their site appears, and check competition.


    That would take a long time. But now you have great information for starting an offline blitz!
    you will have businesses with:
    No website : sell them a site and seo
    a website with low rank : sell them seo if you think you can improve their ranking
    a website with high rank: if it looks like crap, offer them a redesign. If they done have a mobile site, sell them one

    And you have screenshots showing their sites placement, use that in any promotional material you email, post, or approach them with.
     
  5. seoreports

    seoreports Junior Member

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    i suppose i could target poorly designed web sites as well...that will open it up a bit.
     
  6. smalboy

    smalboy Junior Member

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    Honestly, Start walking the streets. Probably the best way to spot if a company does have a website.

    If not, try searching Yellow Pages. Most of them are still stuck on "traditional" forms of advertising.

    "those who advertise, advertise"
     
  7. QuietZorg

    QuietZorg Regular Member

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    Absolutely! Check out this thread, and there are other footprints you can search for too left by other companies who offer similar solution. In addition to that, you could search in Google for "Dentists in mycity site:.blogspot.com" , try others too like weebly.com, wordpress.com, etc.

    The good thing here is that these people obviously value having an online presence, but you need to tell them what they are doing wrong, how it's unprofessional, and how your web package will surge their site's performance!

    Good luck!
     
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  8. seoreports

    seoreports Junior Member

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    I can start asking places I frequent if they have a web site.
     
  9. linkchamp

    linkchamp Regular Member

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    I feel yellow pages would be the best bet for you. Also seek some telemarketers really a good choice to get some nice leads if you can carry the cost for it.
     
  10. seoreports

    seoreports Junior Member

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    Thanks for the share -- I read that thread about 2 months ago and completely forgot about it. Perfect technique for finding poor designed web sites. I can even through in a few other footprints, like godaddy hosting.

    update: that yahoo footprint is a gold mine...I couldn't resist, and just sent out an email, asking if they were interested in a redesign.
     
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  11. hamish11

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    I use PlacesScout. It gives you a wealth of information on local businesses. Burns through proxies like nothing else though. Paid for itself the first day. I am not affiliated with them yet, but I will be.
     
  12. seoreports

    seoreports Junior Member

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    Thanks -- didn't know about PlacesScout - looks a bit overkill for what I'm looking for, but if I get a few clients I'll look into it.
     
  13. MikeElektro

    MikeElektro Newbie

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    I look for such companies through popular company directories or online phonebooks. I check all the companies, which didn't publish a url in their online business card.
     
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    0_00_0 Senior Member

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    Thanks guys there are some good ideas here. I'm always looking for new ideas to pick up local clients - they convert a lot better than online leads. PlacesScout looks interesting but I'll have to do a lot more homework on that to figure out if its worth the investment (it's quite pricey).