OurChurch.Com Webmaster Newsletter - September 2005
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IN THIS ISSUE
1) Last Chance to Save on Christmas Advertising
2) Half-Price Special on Ad-Free Option
3) Search Registration Specials Extended
4) OCC Search Engine Improvements
5) Will Your Site Be Suspended?
6) What's My Status?


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1) LAST CHANCE TO SAVE ON CHRISTMAS ADVERTISING
If your website offers anything that can be given as a Christmas gift, now is the time to think about advertising for the Christmas season. Do you run a Christian book/supply store? Are you an author? A musician? An artist? Books, CDs, art, handmade jewelry, and crafts are some of the most popular Christmas gifts given each year.

To help make your Christmas greener, OurChurch.Com is selling advertising for October, November, and December on eBay at a tremendous discount. A three-month sponsorship that will bring 15,000+ visitors and normally costs $900 starts at just $300. Blocks of banner advertising that will bring 1,000-2,000 visitors and normally cost $250 start at just $100. Auction ends tomorrow - Wednesday, September 21.Check it out today!

2) HALF-PRICE SPECIAL ON AD-FREE OPTION
A quick and easy way to improve the appearance of your site and reduce distractions to your visitors is to have the ads removed. Through the end of the month get a year of the ad-free option for half-price - just $60. Please note that this offer is only available through September 30, so don't miss out on this opportunity.

If you already have the ad-free option, you may renew for another year now at the discounted rate. If you recently purchased or renewed the ad-free option, we're sorry but we can't offer full or partial refunds or credit you with additional months. There is no discounted 6-month term; you must purchase a full year for $60 to receive this special offer.

3) SEARCH REGISTRATION SPECIALS EXTENDED
We have extended the two special offers on our new Christian Search Engine Registration service through the end of September. With our Christian Search Engine Registration Service, we will register your website with more than 50 Christian search engines and directories for only $60. Here are the special offers:

- Purchase our Guaranteed Top Search Ranking service and receive our Christian Search Engine Registration service absolutely free. That's a $60 savings.

- Purchase our new Christian Search Engine Registration service and receive our Basic Search Engine Registration service absolutely free. That's a $50 savings.

Again, these specials are due to expire September 30.

4) OCC SEARCH ENGINE IMPROVEMENTS
Last week we announced in our Search Newsletter several improvements to the OCC Christian search engine. Search results have been improved, inactive sites have been removed, and a new search review reminder system has been implemented. If you did not receive that newsletter or haven't read it, we encourage you to do so now.

5) WILL YOUR SITE BE SUSPENDED?
The biggest change regarding our search engine, however, affects sites hosted by OurChurch.Com like yours. We are going to begin temporarily suspending OCC-hosted sites with unresolved search review issues if we do not receive a response from the webmaster concerning the search review within 4 weeks of the initial review.

When a webmaster builds a new site at OurChurch.Com a search listing is submitted for review. If two weeks later, we review the site and find we need additional information before we can approve the site, the webmaster is sent an email notification. If after two weeks we do not receive a reply from the webmaster, a second notice is sent. If after another two weeks we still have not received a response, another email notification will be sent and the site will be temporarily suspended until the webmaster responds.

6) WHATíS MY STATUS?
To get a comprehensive report on the status of all of your listings in OurChurch.Comís search engine, please go to our Search Report form and enter your email address. You will automatically receive a report on all of the search listings associated with that specific email address. Search listings registered with another username or different email address will not appear in that report.

Additionally, webmasters of OCC-hosted sites can see the status of their search listing by logging into their webmaster page and looking in the right column about half way down the page

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

In His Service,
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Hope Academy is a Christian school for grades K through 12 located in Biloxi, MS. Their objective is to teach children how to live and to equip them for success. Hope Academy's website provides all the important information students, parents, and prospective students need to know, including information about the school, the school calendar, registration information, and photos.

Biloxi, MS took a direct hit from Hurricane Katrina. According to a brief note posted on the Hope Academy website, "Katrina put water over the school, destroying everything. [Principal] Mrs. Rodriguez's home is completely gone and Pastor Marc and Tammy had over 8 feet of water in their home." We ask that you pray for Hope Academy, their staff, students, and their families.
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