Fuck date without signing up
If you decide to sign up for HA, be sure to read the fine print, because by signing up with them, you give them the rights to use your business name for marketing purposes such as directing links back their own site.
That is the ultimate question I’ll answer in this article.Several contractor’s and handymen have found out the hard way (including myself).Not only does HA build links back to their own site in the small business’s name, but they also list HA’s phone number.However, I don’t agree with some of their business practices, namely how they use a company’s name to direct leads back to their website. I personally no longer use HA, and I dropped them as soon as I could keep my schedule filled without them.I view this service as a tool for jump-starting a small business, but not as a long term marketing tool.Most of the complaints are about HA sending low quality leads and “scamming” well-meaning contractors.
While there are some low quality leads for sure (I’ve experienced this myself), I think that a big source of the complaints is from businesses who can’t close the sale.
If you are just starting your business and you can’t wait to grow your business slowly while you implement your own marketing strategies, then Home Advisor is probably worth a test run. However, if you’re more established and/or your business isn’t going to fail if you don’t get more customers now, then there are better ways to generate leads, they just might take a bit longer to start working.
Either way, just don’t make the mistake of totally outsourcing your marketing to these companies.
I couldn’t believe it myself until I read their terms of service and then did a quick google of my business name.
Sure enough, I found that my listing had all of my business information, but the wrong phone number.
Upon dialing that number, I was connected with Home Advisor! Not only that, but they spelled my business name wrong. This is a pretty big issue for me and it definitely hurts Home Advisor’s image in my eyes.