March 2013 Newsletter

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Random Free Hosting Site

We'd like to congratulate Frantzen, Kaderli & Klier Insurance for being the winner of this month's free site hosting. 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.

Best Citation Sites

A citation is a mention of your business name with another piece of business information, such as your phone number, address, website, or a combination of the three. Citations are thought to be important for ranking in Google's local search results, so the more of them you have from quality sources, the better your business is likely to rank. Submitting your business to the sites listed below is likely to improve your rankings. So make sure your business is listed on each of these sites.

Print Friendly Printing

Ever want to print just a few paragraphs from a Web site and end up using half a ream of paper? Well there's valuable extension if you use Google Chrome as your browser.

Google Chrome extension Print Friendly and PDF lets you print only what you need. Specifically, it strips out the ads and other clutter from the Web pages, formats them for printing, and gives you the option of removing individual elements you might not want.

Old Article Worth Seeing Again

Yelp was founded in 2004 to help people find great local businesses. As of January 2011, more than 45 million people visited Yelp in the past 30 days and Yelpers have written over 15 million local reviews, 83% of them rating a business 3 stars or higher. In addition to reviews, you can use Yelp to find events, special offers, lists and to talk with other Yelpers. Every business owner (or manager) can setup a free account to post offers, photos and message their customers.

Yelpers, on their smart phones, are on a mission. They are motivated customers looking for the closest cup of coffee, a new pair of jeans, affordable lodging, or a nearby towing service, and they want it now!

Did you know nearly 100 million smart phones are expected to be sold in the United States this year? With that many Blackberry, iPhone and Android devices walking around, it's no surprise that last month:

  • 35% of all searches on Yelp.com came from a Yelp mobile app

  • Every two seconds someone generates directions to a local business from a Yelp app

  • A photo was uploaded every 20 seconds from a Yelp mobile app

  • 3.3 million unique visitors used a Yelp mobile app last month

  • The Yelp iPhone app is in the top fifteen most downloaded apps of all time

Apple CEO Steve Jobs said it best when he stated, "People aren't 'searching' on a mobile device like they do on a desktop.... When people want to find a place to go out to dinner, they're going into Yelp."