May 2016 Newsletter

In This Issue:

Random Free Hosting Site

We'd like to congratulate Quality Homes 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.

Customer Reviews

It's no secret that customer reviews and ratings are a good thing. Social proof is a demonstrably powerful effect, with more than two-thirds of online users being influenced by customer reviews and testimonials in their purchasing decisions. They may see a review and be prompted to take immediate action, thus affecting your on-page conversion rate, or they may be indirectly influenced by the review, influencing them to refer friends and family to your business, or causing them to buy from you at a later date.

Off-site reviews are reviews made on a third party site such as TripAdvisor or Yelp. Accepting and publishing online reviews also gives you an opportunity for a free stream of regularly updated content, which Google likes to see. This won't provide much of a boost in rankings, but it will show site visitors that you're dedicated to keeping your site up-to-date, which may boost conversion rates. It's important to acknowledge that the more reviews you have for your business in third-party directories and other off-site sources (and the better those reviews are), the more likely you'll be to earn a better search engine ranking.

The bottom line is, more reviews will build your reputation, earn your site more traffic, and bolster your site's conversion rate - you can't go wrong.

Local Ranking

How can you make sure your Web site gets listed in the local results in relevant areas? Google has published official information on how to get listed for relevant searches in your area:

  1. Make sure your data is complete - Local results favor the most relevant results for each search, and businesses with complete and accurate information are easier to match with the right searches. Make sure you’ve entered all of your business information in Google My Business, so customers know more about what you do, where you are, and when they can visit you. Instructions on how to edit your business data can be found there.

  2. Provide as much information as possible - Provide information like (but not limited to) your physical address, phone number, and category. Make sure to keep this information updated as your business changes.

  3. Verify your business locations - Verify your business location to give them the best opportunity to appear for users across Google products, like Maps and Search.

  4. Keep your opening hours accurate - Entering and updating your opening hours, including special hours for holidays and special events, lets potential customers know when you’re available and gives them confidence that when they travel to your location, it will be open. Updated opening hours Google that your business is still in business.

  5. Respond to reviews - Interact with customers by responding to reviews they leave about your business. Responding to reviews shows you value your customers and the feedback they leave about your business. High-quality, positive reviews from your customers will improve your business’s visibility and increase the likelihood that a potential customer will visit your location.

  6. Add photos to show your goods and services - Adding photos to your listings shows people your goods and services, and can help you tell the story of your business. Accurate and appealing pictures may also show potential customers your business offers what they’re searching for.

Old Article Worth Seeing Again

Phishing Bills From Domain Services

When we administer a domain for one of our clients we always insert our business name as the contact information in order to hide our client's information. But we do have a few clients that believe if our business name is on the domain that we could do something nefarious to them. We only insert our business name on domains we manage so we can filter our trash like what's below and not have our clients send money to a company that isn't even connected with the domain. True case - a number of years ago we had a client from Canyon Lake that sent $300 to a company in Canada just because she received a fake bill from them. If you receive a bill for Web hosting or domain renewal that's not from us, give a call and we'll let you know if it's a valid bill or whether to just throw it away.


Attention: Important Notice, DOMAIN SERVICE NOTICE
Domain Name: OurClientsDomainName.COM

Complete and return by fax to:
ATT: One Of Our Clients
One Of Our Clients, 575 PLAINVIEW RD WIMBERLEY TX 78676 US - - - - - - -
Please ensure that your contact information is correct or make the necessary changes above
Requested Reply
MAY 16,2014


Attn: One Of Our Clients
As a courtesy to domain name holders, we are sending you this notification for your business Domain name search engine registration. This letter is to inform you that it's time to send in your registration and save.

Failure to complete your Domain name search engine registration by the expiration date may result in cancellation of this offer making it difficult for your customers to locate you on the web.

Privatization allows the consumer a choice when registering. Search engine subscription includes domain name search engine submission. You are under no obligation to pay the amounts stated below unless you accept this offer. Do not discard, this notice is not an invoice it is a courtesy reminder to register your domain name search engine listing so your customers can locate you on the web.
This Notice for: WWW.OurClientsDomainName.COM will expire on MAY 16,2014 Act today!

Select Term:

[ ] 1 year 05/16/2014 - 05/16/2015 $75.00
[ ] 2 year 05/16/2014 - 05/16/2016 $119.00
[ ] 5 year 05/16/2014 - 05/16/2019 $199.00
[ ] 10 year -Most Recommended- 05/16/2014 - 05/16/2024 $295.00
[ ] Lifetime (NEW!) Limited time offer - Best value! Lifetime $499.00

Today's Date: _____________________ Signature: _____________________
Payment by Credit Card
Select the term above, then return by fax: 1-716-242-0405


By accepting this offer, you agree not to hold DS liable for any part. Note that THIS IS NOT A BILL. This is a solicitation. You are under no obligation to pay the amounts stated unless you accept this offer. The information in this letter contains confidential and/or legally privileged information from the notification processing department of the DS 3501 Jack Northrop Ave. Suite #F9238 Hawthorne, CA 90250 USA, This information is intended only for the use of the individual(s) named above. There is no pre-existing relationship between DS and the domain mentioned above. This notice is not in any part associated with a continuation of services for domain registration. Search engine submission is an optional service that you can use as a part of your website optimization and alone may not increase the traffic to your site. If you do not wish to receive further updates from DS reply with Remove to unsubscribe. If you are not the intended recipient, you are hereby notified that disclosure, copying, distribution or the taking of any action in reliance on the contents for this letter is strictly prohibited.

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.

  • Open Range Tours - A Texas Hill Country based tour and transportation company specializing in custom winery tours, special event transportation and custom tours around Fredericksburg, TX.

  • Griffin Pest Control - Specializes in residential and commercial pest control services in the Texas Hill Country and areas around San Antonio, Kerrville, and Fredericksburg, TX.

  • Featherstone Ranch - A wedding venue outside Fredericksburg, TX can accommodate 300 inside guests with a tenting area for 800+ guests outside. Large outdoor area attached may be used for ceremony.