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  1. Chris Haught
    February 15, 2012 @ 5:23 pm

    Great testimonial! I remember when Andy first got your review and have noticed the improvements, well done! Sometimes getting an objective, experienced eye is the best thing a business owner can do, whether it be website, business plans or marketing materials. I know when I started my blog, Darren had some insightful tips and I am still grateful for his contributions! Keep up the good work Darren!

    • Darren
      February 15, 2012 @ 6:18 pm

      Thanks Chris! I will…You too over there at Blogging Painters.

  2. Andy
    February 15, 2012 @ 6:43 pm

    Absolutely right Chris, the 3rd party eyeballs definitely helps, especially when they know what they are looking out for. What I like especially is how much info Darren shared and a lot has stuck. A lot hasnt stuck obviously, but I’m still young.

  3. nick dunse
    February 15, 2012 @ 7:17 pm

    Best $199 I have spent in a long time! Had my site reviewed by Darren and I suggest if you are serious about marketing then give Darren a shout.

    • Darren
      February 15, 2012 @ 7:29 pm

      Thanks Nick! I appreciate that!

  4. Chris Spoerl
    February 16, 2012 @ 8:51 am

    We already had some good ideas, but Darren is the king of “TWEAKS”
    Highly recommend.

    • Darren
      February 16, 2012 @ 9:00 am

      King of tweaks. I love it, thanks Chris!

  5. Tim
    February 18, 2012 @ 4:27 pm

    Known Andy from a UK paint forum for a while now and seeing his site, before he got in touch with Darren (which was a great site I may add) and to what it is now, I can see why with some good info off Darren where he has generated even more hits and even more income. Fair play to you, Andy for listening and utilising.

    Thanks for your help, Darren.

    • Andy
      February 19, 2012 @ 5:58 am

      cheers Tim, you introduced me to Darren’s site.

      What I would say from following loads of threads on your Painters Pitstop forum, I am glad I researched the CMS options, not just standard website software. And glad I nailed my colours to the WordPress mast, because it is a completely scalable platform and there is no dead end or limitation on what it can do.

      Also I am glad I listened to Darren, because he is someone who actually knows what they are talking about! Whilst taking the step of actually contacting him wasn’t instant, I am the sort of person who, if my van breaks down, I get a mechanic to fix it because I am not mechanically minded. So once I looked at my site critically, the idea of handing an imperfect website, my business face online, to a website pro like Darren was a no brainer.

      Obviously many of the guys on the forum have also seen the need for a website in this day and age, but many seem to get drawn into deals and taken down paths that are not to their benefit. I see two predominant themes

      1- the perception is that cookie cutter websites are good because they are “easy” to set up – but even if the software is drag and drop, and you are profficient with web stuff, I dont think there is an easy way to set up anything that is really good. Average, yes, but you need effort beyond “easy” if a site is to be individual and personalised, especially with copy that reflects you, not any ole Mr yellow pages painter.

      2- with talk of websites, there is rarely any mention of setting up a website AND a blog, and if there is a mention of blogs, there is little comprehension of how powerful a blog is. Google ranks pages not websites. My homepage is by no means the first port of entry into my site, not even close. Looking at the stats, my blog accounts for 80 to 90% of the traffic. My “website” ie the blog section, is answering a lot of questions beyond the simple “Painter and Decorator in Chester’ and opens a lot of different doors.