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Start Using Your Website Email Address

Today is a quick tip – use your domain for your email address. Most of us have email accounts with free services like Yahoo or Gmail. But if you are using susieq@yahoo.com instead of susieq@thisiswhatido.com, you are missing out on opportunities to get people to your website.

I don’t know about you, but I’m nosy and when I see an email with a domain name that I don’t know, I tend to go check it out. And there just seems to be something unprofessional about a business card that says @yahoo.com. You have the domain name and the website, why not show it off.

Most website hosts provide email accounts for your domain. If yours does not, then it’s time to look for a new provider (hint, hint).

I understand that you like having your email all in one place. I do too. There are two easy fixes. The quickest is to have your domain email simply forward to your free service email. The best fix though is to use your free service email to check and send your domain email. That way you can receive your email and then send out replies using your domain.

Click here to find out how to do this in Gmail. For Yahoo users, click here. Hotmail users click here. If you use another service, simply search their help section for “check other email accounts” or something like that.

Questions? Let us know!

Get, or Correct, Your Google Places Page

One of the most important things you can do to improve your search ranking on Google is also one of the easiest to set up. Simply register, or update, your Google Places listing. Let us show you how.

You’ll see Google Places in action if you search for a business in Google. You can also see these when you look at Google Maps. Ever notice that you see businesses on the map? Ever wonder how they got there? This is how.

First, your business may already be listed with Google Places. To find out, go to Google Maps and search for your company (Neighborhood Image, Marion, Ohio) and see if you show up. If you do, it’s time to make sure all the information is correct and add more details.

Click on the company name and you’ll be taken to your Google Places page (an example is shown above). Below you can see an example of our page. It has your name, address, phone number, website address, as well as a description and keywords. Or at least it should.

If the information is wrong or incomplete, and to claim ownership of your page, click on the “Edit this place” at the top right-hand corner. Note – you may have to sign into your Google account to do this. Fill out the details and click “Publish.”

You’ll also want to claim ownership of the page. To do this, click the “Business owner?” link in the top right-hand corner of the page. Follow the directions. You will have to verify your information to complete the process.

Like I said, couldn’t be easier.

Now, you can, and should, go further by uploading some photos or your business or work. You can also encourage people to leave reviews of your business. Of course we say you should do this, but as you can see in the photo, we have not done this. I guess I need to get to work.

As always, let us know if you have any questions or need any help!

Get a Better, Custom Facebook Address

If you have a Facebook for your business, or even for yourself, you may have noticed that the url address to get to your page is long and has a bunch of numbers. What you need is a shorter, easier to remember address.

For example, the Facebook address for Neighborhood Image is www.facebook.com/neighborhoodimage.

So how do you get you this super special address? It’s easy.

  • Log into Facebook and go to your page.
  • Click on the button that says “Edit Page” (up near the top, right-hand corner) and you should see a bunch of options.
  • Click on “Basic Information” on the left-hand side.
  • You should see an option in the middle of the page that says “Username”.
  • Click on the option and go through the options to get your new, shorter, easy to remember, address to your Facebook page.

A couple notes - You must have at least 25 “Likes” to your page before you can claim a custom address. Also, be sure about the name, because once you have chosen a name, it is yours for life. There is no way to change it (at least for now).

Let us know if you have any questions and we’ll do our best to help you out.

New Site for Children Services

We recently (ok, it’s actually been a couple months now) launched a new website for Marion County Children Services. The agency has been a client for a long time and was in need of a fresh look that was more easily updated.

The public agency’s funding, not unlike the rest of us, has been shrinking and they are constantly looking for ways to be more efficient. The new design gives them a greater, and easier, ability to edit and update their own site. This saves them time and money as well as allowing them an easier way to publicize their events and programs.

Click here to take a look at the new(ish) Marion County Children Services website.



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