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    Default Can Socrates Make Me 250K?

    I had an old static website, with tons of inner pages of content. I decided to sell it and had offers up to 250k... Right before I was entering into escrow..BAM. Panda hits the site and it's down -20 penalties for the homepage keywords and the inner pages started slowly slipping down the SERPS.. I mean all 1000 keywords on the first page (usually #1).

    Instead of crying in the corner of my office, I decided it was a nice time to convert the site to WP. I got all these quotes for a custom theme (some wanted over 1k), but then I saw Socrates 3.0 beta and thought, this will work fine!

    I set up the site and so far it looks outstanding. Some $5 well spent on fiverr for some custom graphics and this site is my best looking site by far.

    I mean, I thought converting the site over would be a pain in the butt, but it wasn't too bad. I used the .html extension on all the blog posts to keep the urls the same (and make them look different than most WP users posts) on the inner content pages and used simple 301 redirects plugin for the other pages that had new urls...

    The best part is with the video widget and everything else I threw on the site, my visitors are staying on the site 6 times longer than before and my bounce rate went from 80% to 25%!!! Incredible.

    Im going to relist the site if/when the serps come back and see if I can hit my big payday....

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    That's great.. do you care to share the url?

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    Hi Dan,

    No, not this url. My broker listed it openly on flippa last time (didn't hide the url) and everything went downhill after that. I had payday loan sites using my domain name as their post titles, crazy redirects going on, people scraping the content left and right... it was wild.

    I'll definitely post some other sites I've been working on in the future though!

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    Understood..

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    Im going to make a business site for a friend who owns a series of physical therapy centers using Socrates 3.0. I'll post that on here for sure.

    With this theme, you can have them make a video (or a commercial) and post it in the right corner and then use the contact form to capture visitors name, email and phone while they are watching the video to claim a special "first session discount". Companies go crazy when they start getting email leads from clients that actually convert into customers. Direct call ins are good too...

    I told him since he was my friend I'd do it for $500 and he immediately said "shake on it". Apparently, he had received quotes as much as $4000 for a 7 page site (not including content - that was $75 extra per page) and recurring monthly fees at almost $1000 a month to do seo + "social monitoring"... haha...That's good profit for someone if they make a sale..

    But seriously, you already have the theme, a header is $5 and most people own some good plugins to spruce up a site. So you can make a real nice website for a business and your total cost is under $20. Can't beat that. If you are like that other company and want to further your profits, you can even tell them their current hosting company stinks...and they should sign up to "insert a hosting company here", using their affiliate link of course...

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