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OurChurch.Com Search Newsletter
May 2007

Is Your Ladder Leaning Against the Wrong Wall?

Greetings,

Hope your websites are all doing great and moving up the search rankings. We've got a number of things to talk about in this issue and hope you find it insightful in helping you bring more visitors to your website.

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) AIDS Clickathon Extended
2) Beyond Traditional Search to Social Media
3) Church Website Improvement Awards
4) Is Your Ladder Leaning Against the Wrong Wall?

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1) AIDS CLICKATHON EXTENDED
On April 12, OurChurch.Com launched the AIDS Clickathon. The AIDS Clickathon is like an online walkathon. You make a free click... and the Clickathon sponsors donate to a home for AIDS-orphaned children in Africa. There is no donation required, no registration, no email lists - absolutely no strings attached. All it takes is 30 seconds to make a free click and make a difference in the life of an orphaned child.

The AIDS Clickathon was original scheduled to end May 10, but it has been extended by 4 weeks to give people more time to click and spread the word. If you haven't already done so, please take 30 seconds to go to AIDSclickathon.com and click the link. If you want to make an even bigger difference help us spread the word by emailing your friends about the Clickathon. Thanks!

2) BEYOND TRADITIONAL SEARCH TO SOCIAL MEDIA
While search engines are still the primary source of new visitors for most websites, the importance of social media is growing. These are sites like MySpace, Facebook, YouTube, and del.icio.us which allow users to include their own content and connect with others. There are also several websites that are similar to these examples but specifically designed for Christians. Networking through these sites can be a great way to get the word out about your church ministry, business, or website.

In conjunction with the AIDS Clickathon, OurChurch.Com has taken some initiatives to spread the word through social media. If you'd like to hear about some examples of what we've done and consider whether some of these steps might help bring visitors to your site, you can read about social marketing strategies.

3) CHURCH WEBSITE IMPROVEMENT AWARDS
May is Church Website Innovation Month at OurChurch.Com. We're putting special emphasis on helping churches to take their websites forward. One of the ways we're doing this is through the Church Website Improvement Awards. If you're the administrator of a church website and you've made improvements to it in the last year, submit an article explaining those improvements and the impact they have had on your churches ministry and you could win an award and prize.

4) IS YOUR LADDER LEANING UP AGAINST THE WRONG WALL?
In his best selling book, 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, Stephen Covey writes, "Most people are so busy climbing the ladder of success that they fail to realize it's leaning up against the wrong wall." We see this same problem when it comes to search engine marketing. Most people are so busy trying to get their site to the top of the search rankings that they fail to realize selecting the right phrases to target makes all the difference.

Keyword research is hands down the most important aspect of search engine optimization (SEO). After all, what good is it if you're #1 in Google for a phrase that gets no searches or is not relevant to your site? With OCC's Guaranteed Top Search Ranking and SEO Management services we perform extensive keyword research for your site to ensure that when your site gets to the top of the rankings it brings lots of interested visitors.

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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