Author: Roger

5 Tips For Contractors Looking For Search Engine Optimization

If you’re a contractor involved in the sustainability industry then you are no stranger to phone call from solicitors looking to sell you leads or drive more traffic to your website. It seems to have become a cottage industry really. It’s not uncommon for contractors to get more than a dozen calls per week from these types of solicitors. For some businesses these calls are nothing more than a nuance, they have enough business to keep them more than busy already and don’t need to be bothered by people selling leads; those are fortunate ones. Many other businesses really do need more phone calls and more work. So it’s tempting for them to signup with these lead generation or SEO businesses. The problem for these businesses in the second group is that they just don’t know who to trust or what the red flags to look for are.

We asked an experienced Internet marketer, Nate Meyer of Big League Search an SEO company for a few tips for contractors looking to hire somebody to do search engine optimization for their website. Without further a due, there are 5 questions to ask to avoid shady SEO providers,

Question #1: Are there setup fees when getting started with your company? The answer should no. at Big League we roll any startup costs we have on our end into our first months service. The first month is all about keyword research, evaluating you’re completion. Getting your on-page SEO setup correctly. There shouldn’t be any extra large fee in the first month just for signing up.

Question #2: What kind of reporting will I receive? If they aren’t willing to send you at a minimum, monthly reports or if they want you to pay extra for reporting they I would look elsewhere. Every SEO company should be tracking your keywords though a service like Agency Analytics or Pro Rank Tracker, even if they use another service they will have some option for automated reporting on a daily, weekly or monthly basis.

Question #3: Will I have access to Google Analytics or Google Search Console? If you’re not familiar¬†with these Google services, they are free analytics tools that help you understand your traffic and your site health. If you don’t have them setup already and don’t want to do it yourself you’re SEO company should be able to do this for you under your own account. You want access to them even if you don’t work with them forever so if they want to set them up under there account, that’s a red flag!

Question #4: What is the time line for getting on the first page? Some companies will guarantee you rankings in just a month or two. Be very suspicious of these people because changes are they don’t know what they are talking about. If they don’t know what your website is or what keywords you are targeting there is no chance they can give you an accurate timeline for rankings.

Question #5: How much is this going to cost? The truth is that in SEO there is one size fits all solution to ranking your website. It depends on the health of your site, how difficult the competition is for your keywords and how strong your competitors are. If you’re a lawyer in a big city, get ready to pony up some money because ranking you on the first is going to be neither cheap or easy. If the deal you’re being offered seems to good to believe, it probably is. Cheap SEO tactics not only don’t work but they can get your site penalized.

Benefits of a Community Garden

Image of a successful community garden

A community garden is considered very helpful. It not only improves the quality of your life but also makes the environment healthy, friendly, and cooperative. With the community garden, you can get nutritious foods, reduce environment pollution, develop a community tie, and create a healthy and happy surrounding for the community people.

Community gardens have many benefits. First of all, it will help you to involve in a type of social gathering that promotes physical activities. It will reduce the transportation cost and the water runoff as well. Besides, it will improve the ecology of your living area.

Are you planning to create community gardens? Do you want to know all the benefits? If yes, then you can go through this article. In this article, you will come to know about all the types of the benefits that include health, environment, economic, youth, and social.

Here is a great video from K-State that goes over many different types of community gardens that is helpful as well.

Health Benefits

This garden helps the people to grow fresh and high-quality foods for their families. It inspires the people from the different backgrounds to come together and to work collectively for the benefit of the community. Research reports say that the families and kids of the community gardeners eat more healthy diets than the non-gardening communities. These children and elder members of those communities have strong immune system. And that helps them to lead a more energetic and stress-free life. It also improves the mental health and offers a great scope of relaxation.

Environmental Benefits

This garden has many environment benefits. It gives relief from the hectic and busy urban life. These gardens help the urban people to get rid of the stress and to restore peace, confidence, and positive thinking. A friendly environment helps them to fight depression and create a feeling of well-being. Additionally, it offers a beautiful and healthy environment to the community. It creates self-esteem and heightens people appreciation for the life and living beings. It helps to filter the rainwater and keep the ground water, lakes, and rivers clean. More importantly, these gardens and plants restore the oxygen to the air and that is helpful to reduce the air pollution. It recycles the huge volumes of the organic wastes, grass clipping, leaves, and other wastes into the soil. It is a great place for the relaxation for those urban people who hardly find any suitable place for the rest and motivation due to the absence of more green space.

In our beautiful city of Lafayette, Colorado you can enjoy community gardening at the Wilson Community Garden.

Youth Benefits

Community gardens are considered useful and effective for the young generations and youth. The youth of the urban come to know about the plants, foods, and their processing through these gardens. They get the practical experience about the plantation, their effect on their environment, fresh vegetables and fruits that they will not be able to get through any other means. It can also help to interact with other people of the community in a meaningful and productive way and will make them love nature as well.

Social Benefits

These gardens have many social benefits. All the people come together to work in a sociable environment. They produce different types of the crops for the entire community that creates a sense of the belongingness. They take the advantage of the elders to know about the different crops and to produce a significant amount of the foods for the community. This feeling creates a place for the cultural traditions, exposures, and other social activities. Though they come from different backgrounds, these gardens help them to create a feeling of stewardship and community ownership. It fosters a community spirit and identity. It also prevents the occurrence of the crimes. As the people come together and share their information more frequently, criminals do not find any opportunity to enter those places.

Economic Benefits

Besides health, social, and environment benefits, these gardens have economic benefits as well. It increases the property value of that community. It also reduces the transportation cost. According to the study reports, the community gardens have significantly positive effects on the property price.

The community garden has the above key benefits. It has an influence on all the aspects of life. It creates social ties, builds a trustworthy and friendly relationship, offers fresh and secure foods, reduces the cost of the vegetables and fruits, provides an enough scope for the relaxation and stress-free life, prevents criminal activities, and creates a healthy environment.

The Improved Sustainable Lafayette

Lake Waneka Park in Lafayette Colorado

Welcome to the improved Sustainable Lafayette!

We are here to be our cities resource to keep it growing healthy and strong for years to come. If you are new to our city or considering moving here than welcome!

We are located in Boulder County, Colorado just a little east of the City of Boulder and to the north of Broomfield and Denver. The population of our self governing city is just shy of 30,000 people. They city is a great place to raise a family and we have all the amenities you could possibly need close by. You will also love our beautiful Lake Waneka Park!

Make sure to stop by our site for all kinds of information for Lafayette, Colorado. You can expect to find information on:

  • Our Sustainability – the 2016 Green Business Program
  • Local Food Projects
  • Municipal Solar Installment program
  • Local Business in and near Lafayette and how we can help!
  • Things to do in our wonderful city
  • …and much more!

So make sure to bookmark us and check back often as we add more information to the site.