OurChurch.Com Webmaster Newsletter - March 2005
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Last Chance for Free Search Registration

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IN THIS ISSUE
1) Advertising Auction Ends Wednesday
2) Last Chance for Free Search Registration
3) Internet Evangelism Day
4) Google Ads

1) ADVERTISING AUCTION ENDS WEDNESDAY
Wednesday, March 23, is the last day to participate in OurChurch.Com's advertising auction. If you have a small business or ministry and are determined to make the most of your website in 2005, this is a great opportunity. Prices have been reduced and the minimum purchase has been lowered to just $100. Hurry, auction ends 1:00 PM EST March 23.

2) LAST CHANCE FOR FREE SEARCH REGISTRATION
Don't let all the time and effort you put into your website go to waste by not getting your site listed and ranked well in search engines. In January, OurChurch.Com launched our Marketing Services site complete with Search Engine Registration and Guaranteed Top Search Ranking services. We believe these services are so important to the success of your website that we're offering the Search Engine Registration service absolutely FREE and the Guaranteed Top Search Ranking for only $95 - half off the regular rate - when upgrade your hosting plan and pay for a year. This offer ends March 31st.

With the Search Engine Registration service, well register your site in the most popular search engines and directories on the web including Google, Yahoo, MSN, AOL, AskJeeves, and more. These search engines cover more than 99% of all Internet searches each month.

With the Guaranteed Top Search Ranking service, well research the best keywords for your site, optimize your homepage to rank well for those keywords, register your site with the most popular search engines and directories, and provide you with a comprehensive search engine ranking report. All of this for just $95 - half off the regular price. And we guarantee you'll get at least five top 30 rankings or your money back.

To receive this special offer you must upgrade to a Gold, Silver, or Bronze hosting package, and you must pay for a full year. If you currently have the Free, Plus, or Domain package you can upgrade to Gold, Silver, or Bronze. If you currently have the Bronze package you must upgrade to Silver or Gold. If you have the Silver package you must upgrade to Gold. If you have the Gold package you can renew the Gold package for a year.

If you place your order on-line, dont check the box to order the search service, but instead indicate in the comments box whether you want the free registration or the half-priced guaranteed ranking. We'll follow up with you after we receive your order.

3) INTERNET EVANGELISM DAY
The growth of the Internet over the last ten years has been incredible. There will soon be a billion Web users around the world. There are many thousands of Christian websites, but the vast majority of these are written only for Christians. Very few are designed to reach out effectively to non-Christians. Yet the potential is enormous. So the Internet Evangelism Coalition (an umbrella group of outreach ministries) has initiated a worldwide focus day on Sunday, April 24, 2005 called "Internet Evangelism Day." The website is at: http://www.InternetEvangelismDay.com

This is purely a web evangelism awareness day; there is no fund-raising element. Many churches and other Christian groups are already planning to include a short program within church services and other meetings, on or near April 24. The IE Day site offers downloadable materials for this purpose: 5-minute video testimonies from people who found God online, drama scripts, PowerPoint presentations, discussion questions, and many helpful links.

The team hopes for a range of outcomes. High on their list is that churches will create effective websites which can reach out into the community, rather than just be an online noticeboard for members. "Its an exciting challenge," says IE Day Coordinator Tony Whittaker. "The potential of the Web is enormous."

OurChurch.Com encourages all its webmasters to visit InternetEvangelismDay.com and consider using the resources provided there to make your site more conducive to visitors who are seeking God.

4) GOOGLE ADS
OurChurch.Com has begun using Google's ad services to fill some unsold advertising space. Google has assured us that they only display family-friendly ads. If you have any comments or questions about this, or if you see an ad that you think is inappropriate for your website, please post on our forums.

Thanks for hosting your website at OurChurch.Com. Please post comments and questions concerning this newsletter in our forums.

In His Service,
OurChurch.Com

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