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OurChurch.Com Search Newsletter
August 2007

Search Engine Updates

Greetings,

Hope you've had a good summer. We've got some updates concerning the OurChurch.com search engine to convey to you in this quarter's 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) Search Review Backlog
2) Google-powered Search Engine Update
3) Raise Your Search Rankings
4) Back to School Month
5) New Content Management System for Schools

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1) SEARCH REVIEW BACKLOG
As you probably know, to ensure the integrity of the OurChurch.Com Directory of Christian Websites our staff reviews every website submitted before it receives an active listing. Due to heavy workloads we got behind in the reviews earlier this year. In the last several weeks we've stepped up our reviews and made significant strides to reduce the backlog, which currently stands at about 3 months. We expect to completely eliminate the backlog within the next month or two and appreciate your patience in the mean time.

2) GOOGLE-POWERED SEARCH ENGINE UPDATE
OurChurch.Com continues to experiment with a Christian search engine powered by the Google Custom Search service. Only sites approved for OurChurch.Com's Directory of Christian Sites are included in the results. This list of approved sites has to be updated in Google on a regular basis, and so yesterday we updated that list once again.

3) RAISE YOUR SEARCH RANKINGS
Search engines are one of the best sources of new visitors to your website, but it takes work and knowledge to get your website listed on the first page of the search results for relevant search phrases. With our Search Engine Optimization (SEO) Management service, we guarantee to get your website at least five top 10 and ten top 20 rankings in the search engines AND we guarantee to manage the optimization of your website so it stays at the top of the search engine rankings for as long as you continue the service. You've invested a lot of time and effort in the building and management of your website. We can get it the search rankings and visitors it deserves.

4) BACK TO SCHOOL MONTH
In a little non-search related news, August is Back to School Month at OurChurch.Com. We're focusing on helping Christian schools and Christian teachers communicate effectively using the web by blogging about the subject and hosting forum discussions about issues related to school and class websites.

5) NEW CONTENT MANAGEMENT SYSTEM FOR SCHOOLS
As a part of Back to School Month, OCC recently announced the start of a new content management system (CMS) designed specifically for schools. With this new system each teacher can update their own section of the school site for their class and even provide private, password-protected pages for parents. Online tuition and lunch payment systems are available as well as calendars, e-newsletters, and a staff directory.

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,
OurChurch.Com

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Search Tip o' the Month

Search engine rankings are in constant flux. Even if you rank well now for your target keywords it's important to monitor those search rankings regularly and make regular improvements to your website.
 

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