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OurChurch.Com Search Newsletter
June 2006

Taking Advantage of Explosive Growth in Search

Greetings fellow webmasters,

Searching the web has now become the #2 online activity behind email. The continued explosive growth of search engines and searching provides a great opportunity to bring more visitors to your Christian website if you know how to make the most of it. We'll you show you how here in our bi-monthly search newsletter.

Please post comments and questions concerning this newsletter in our forums. You can also view this message on the web with color and graphics in our newsletter archives.

IN THIS ISSUE
1) Save on Bronze Package and Ad-Free
2) Site Tools Increase OCC Search Traffic
3) Online Search Continues Explosive Growth
4) Christian Web Trends Blog Heating Up

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2) SITE TOOLS INCREASE OCC SEARCH TRAFFIC
In November 2005 OurChurch.Com added a new "Site Tools" feature to its Beacon web builder. The Site Tool enables OCC webmasters to add a toolbar to the right side of their website that includes local weather, Bible search, an OCC Christian Search tool, and more. More than 5,000 OurChurch.Com-hosted sites now have the OCC Christian Search tool on their sites making it possible for visitors to those sites to search OurChurch.Com's search engine.

In the 6 months since Site Tools has launched, there has been a 35% increase in searches of OurChurch.Com's Directory of Christian site making your listing in the search engine more valuable than ever. Be sure to check your search listing for accuracy and make any necessary updates to optimize it.

3) ONLINE SEARCH CONTINUES EXPLOSIVE GROWTH
According to Nielsen/NetRatings, Google, Yahoo, and MSN saw a collective 28% increase in searches in the last year. As the major search engines continue to refine their search ranking algorithms, getting "quality links" from other sites continues to grow in importance. Christian directories are an excellent source of quality links. That means that having your site listed in Christian directories not only brings increased traffic directly from those directories, but it also helps to improve your search ranking in the major search engines which indirectly increases traffic to your site.

OurChurch.com can list your website in 50 Christian search engines with our Christian Search Engine Registration service. We also guarantee you top 10 rankings in Google, Yahoo!, MSN, and other major search engines with our Guaranteed Top Search Ranking service. You pay a one-time fee for these services and can reap the benefits of valuable search listings for months or even years. Read more about them on our Marketing Services site.

4) CHRISTIAN WEB TRENDS BLOG HEATING UP
If you haven't read our Christian Web Trends Blog lately, you've missed some interesting articles. Pam shared how the Internet made her life-changing trip to Ireland possible. Last week's article concerning the importance of the local church has generated a record 31 comments so far. Yesterday we took a look at Yahoo! Answers as an opportunity for online evangelism. Check out the articles and post your comments.

Thanks for using and listing your site in OurChurch.Com's Directory of Christian Websites. Please post comments and questions concerning this newsletter in our forums.

In His Service,
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