There are a lot of cookie cutter website creation services out there and due to their large advertising budget they have gotten a lot of businesses to use them to create their business website. I don't have to tell you how bad of an idea this is.
But, maybe you can tell the business owners when you contact them!
Here's how to find more than you can contact!
Go to google and search for any of these:
"Featured on YP.COM"
"Website Building Software & Website Design Tools by Intuit Small Business"
I have many more to share if you want them!
You can replace the word nashville with any city and you will see tons of businesses in that area that have chosen to use one of these inferior website creation companies to create their business website. Call them, email them, do whatever it takes and tell them why this is a bad idea and why your web design service would be better!
Searching for sites listed as under construction. I don't know why but tons of companies will buy their domain name, and put up an under construction message and never finish building their website. This is where you come in. Find these companies and offer to do their websites for them!
Here's how to find them.
Go to google, and type any of the following:
plumber "site is currently"
plumber "under construction"
plumber "has been disabled"
plumber "This website is closed"
Of course, you can change the word plumber to any service industry such as dentist, doctor, roofer, painter, chiropractor, etc etc etc.
If their information is not listed on the webpage, I use whois to look up the domain owner. Some will be whois masked, but not all!
if you don't know what whois is, do a google search for domain whois and type in the domain name to do the search.
Looking for old, non-updated websites that need a redesign. You can search for websites by copyright date, and contact the owners about updating their website. If they haven't updated in at least 5 years they are a great candidate to contact.
Here's how you find them.
Go to google and type:
restaurant "© 2007"
restaurant "copyright 2007"
of course, you can change the word restaurant to any service based industry.
Also, don't forget to change the copyright year.
restaurant "copyright 2006"
restaurant "copyright 2005"
Etc. Go as deep as you want!
Finding businesses websites whose hosting has been suspended, and fixing their problem. You can find businesses that need help getting their website back up on their hosting, or people who might just want a website redesigned and moved to a new hosting service.
Here's how to find them.
Go to google and type this:
"To reopen this Web site, without losing any information, please call"
I have more of these if you want!
This is a yellow pages site that has been suspended. There are tons of other hosting companies out there youc an find the text for their sus[ended pages and search for them and find more businesses to help!
I'm sure your mind is racing with different ways you can find business owners to pitch your services to. If you have any ideas or suggestions you should post them here so everyone else can benefit.
What do you guys think?