In This Issue:
We'd like to congratulate Cook's Cottage for being the winner of this month's free hosting site. At the beginning of each month we will call up our own site's homepage. Whomever's site is the featured site when the page loads will get FREE hosting of one domain for one month. It's just our way of saying thank you.
I'm talking about a contest in which you give away something free. However, this contest works a little different. Have us place a small graphic in different parts of your site periodically and then ask visitors to find it and enter the contest by telling you where the graphic is located. What does this do? It persuades your visitor to play a game and in the process takes them through your site. While they are looking, they are learning about you. See, it's not hard to get visitors to stick around long enough to actually buy something or make a reservation!
For an example of the Treasure Hunt, visit Der Stall Bed and Breakfast and see what they've done with this concept.
Many of our clients are starting to notice an entry at the bottom of their homepage that either says, "Voted one of Best Fredericksburg Texas Sites" or "Voted one of Best Texas Hill Country Sites". Both sites are run by us and are an attempt to increase our clients' site link popularity factor (how many site pages on the Internet link INTO your site).
Currently, link popularity is THE most important factor in attaining good search engine ranking. The search engines see inbound links to your site as "votes" for your site. All things being equal, the site with the most "votes" get ranked highest.
We know ya'll don't spend a whole bunch of time working on increasing your site's link popularity, so we've attempted to help by linking a number of our client's sites via the "Best of" sites.
These sites are becoming popular and you'll notice more
and more referral from these sites to your site. Hopefully some of these
referrals will bring along their credit cards and make a
purchase/reservation/listing so ya'll prosper.
In the future we'll be adding more "Best of" sites, so if we haven't covered your area yet, we will.
Help these folks by visiting their site. All ya'll will remember how hard it is to get those initial "hits" so the search engines notice your site. So take a minute and visit their site.