September 2009 Newsletter

In This Issue:

Random Free Hosting Site

We'd like to congratulate Garden Manor 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.

Embedded Google Maps

Google Maps is the poster-child for maps with the ability to zoom in and out, move around city streets, and get driving directions in a flash. We now offer the capability of embedding a map in your own site. Being able to provide an easy-to-understand map and directions can bring more customers through your door or your reservation service.
 
Adding a Google map embedded in your site does two things. First, it allows visitors to manipulate the map and request driving directions between their location and your business. Second, it keeps the visitor ON your site and doesn't require them to leave your site to find your location.
 
If you'd like to see (and play with) an example of an embedded Google map, visit Der Stall Bed and Breakfast Barn and click on DIRECTIONS.
 
It takes us about an hour of scripting (about $45) and latitude/longitude stuff to embed a map. If you're interested in having us embed a Google map on your site just send us an e-mail.

Google's Local Business Coupons

A great way for any business to attract new customers and generate repeat business is to offer coupons. The Google Local Business Center Dashboard provides an easy way to add coupons to your listings.

Whether you offer a free initial consultation or a percentage off your most popular offering, coupons can be a great way to differentiate your listing from the competition. And coupons provide another feedback mechanism to show that people are finding you through local search.

If you haven't claimed your business on the Local Business Center, please review our Jul 09 newsletter.

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.