Certain businesses tend not to focus on website marketing to get new clients despite an overwhelming amount of evidence that shows consumers are seeking out these businesses on the web. Handyman are a great example of an industry that tends to discount the importance of using their website for finding new clients.
One of the best things that a Handyman can do to significantly improve their chances of being found from search engines and take advantage of the fact that very few other handyman services are web savvy in their markets is to build up links to their website. Building up links leading to their website will not only bring traffic directly to the site from the websites that are linking to them, but also will increase their popularity and give them a huge bump in the chance of them coming up in a search engine for someone searching for a handyman in their local area with a search engine.
As a real estate investor that runs hundreds of different real estate related websites, I get the opportunity to both help the investors visiting my websites and help the handyman that wants to increase their exposure and links on the web.
As a handyman looking to increase the websites linking to you, you should consider finding other real estate related websites like mine that are willing to either directly exchange links with you or link directly to you without a link back. To help you thinking of the right types of businesses, let me name a few that you will want to seek out: real estate agents and real estate brokerage websites, real estate property manager websites, real estate investor websites, lenders and mortgage broker websites.
Think about the people that have referred business to you in the past. Do you have a friend in the roofing business that does not do general handyman type work? Ask him if he will link to you on his website and you can link to him from yours.
Another strategy that handyman often overlook is placing tiny classified ads on websites like CraigsList. These are one-way links coming to your website and, although there is an on-going debate over the effectiveness of these types of links in building link popularity, you should, with the right ad, be able to generate direct traffic from them at a minimum.
In conclusion, handyman services should focus some time on finding local, related websites to link to them to increase their business with direct traffic from those websites and also to significantly improve their chances of coming up for search engine searches for a handyman in your area.