In my previous article I talked about the 3 top things to keep in mind before hiring your next website contractor. In this article I’ll discuss the top 3 things you should do as you are interviewing your next website contractor.
1) CHECK OUT THEIR WEBSITE
Any website contractor that wants to build your website for you should have an impressive website themselves. Any website contractor that says they don’t need one is flat out wrong, and you shouldn’t overlook that. Moving forward, take notes on what you like or don’t like about the contractor’s website.
Before you even meet with them take note about whether or not they invite you to check out their website. If the website contractor isn’t proud of their website do you think they’re capable of creating a website that you would be proud of?
2) SEARCH FOR THEM ONLINE
Search for the company on Google. Does their website come up when you search for it? If its not the first search result that tells you they may not care about their search engine rank. Wouldn’t you want to show up first when someone types the name of your business directly into Google? If the website contractor’s website doesn’t show up first when searching directly for their company name do you think your website will? Hmm..
So the website contractor you’re interviewing has a website, and they actually show up when you search for them directly. Good for them! These are 2 very basic things every business should have. If they don’t have these things its obviously not a good fit, and its time to find another company to interview.
3) LOOK AT THEIR REVIEWS ONLINE, FOLLOW UP WITH THEIR REFERENCES
The next thing you should do is check out their online reviews! Any company that is established should have at least 5-10 reviews, but more than 10 is preferred. If they have less than 5 reviews it means they may not care about their rank on search engines, which again should be a red flag for you. Beyond just looking at the number of reviews they have, are their reviews good? Do they look legit?
I strongly encourage you to check out reviews for several contractors you are considering and taking notes on their reviews before moving forward with them.
That about does it for this blog. The last thing I would encourage you to do is shop around, don’t sign with a website contractor until you’ve spoken with at least two. Good luck!