October 2009 Newsletter

In This Issue:

Random Free Hosting Site

We'd like to congratulate The Shelby Inn 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.

Virtual Credit Card Numbers

Virtual credit card numbers may be your best defense against credit card theft these days. A regular credit card number has real value on the Internet black market, and data breaches in which criminals steal such numbers are on the rise.

Merchants process a virtual number just as they would a standard card number, and you can use a virtual number for online or phone purchases that don't require showing your card. Virtual credit card numbers are typically good for only one purchase and then they are worthless which is why using them is so safe.

A crook who steals a virtual credit card number, however, gets only a meaningless string. If you have a credit card (not a debit card) from Bank of America, Citibank, or Discover, or if you use PayPal, you already have FREE access to this feature. Check out their Web sites for more information.

Optimize Google Maps Listing

There are several things you can do to get a better listing on Google Maps or to make your listing stand out. [If you haven't claimed your Google Maps listing yet, [read this article] You can enter your business information in Google Maps for free but to have a better change of being at the top of the list, you have to optimize your entry.

  • Enter as much information as possible about your company. Include important keywords in your description. Also add information about opening hours, payment types, etc. Choose the best possible category for your Web site.

  • If possible, include images and videos to help your listing stand out. The more information you provide, the better.

  • If your business location is in the center of the town, it is more likely it will appear at the top of the list. Submit your Web site to other local directories. Google Maps compiles its local results by crawling other online directories and databases. A good position in online yellow pages can cause your listing to be placed higher on the list.

  • Get positive reviews. Encourage your site visitors to write positive reviews about your company on Google Maps. More stars can mean a higher position.

New Sites Joining Us Or Completed Recently

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.