You know the importance of your business having a presence on the internet. You may have heard or read about the buzz surrounding the new local search initiatives on the part of Google and other major search engines. Maybe you already know that 73% of all searches are somehow related to local searches and that 51% of people who search for product information characterize themselves as “shop online purchase offline”.
There’s a huge hungry crowd of customers out there. But you just don’t have the time or resources to put up an efficient, effective website for your business. You’re too busy doing what you do best, running your business.
Maybe you’ve done a few things like signing up with some directories. Maybe your industry has a directory service as well. You get your name and contact info out there along with millions of others. But have you ever received a lead or a sale from those efforts? Would you even know if you did?
Marketing is a vital part of any business. You can have the best bicycle shop, or be the best tax accountant in town, but if nobody knows you exist it just doesn’t matter does it? That’s why you spend money on the yellow pages and local advertising.
But websites for businesses are different in your mind aren’t they. With the yellow pages you call your account representative, work out an ad, pay the bill and it’s done. You don’t need special skills. But a website? A website takes technical skills and knowledge of search engine optimization so it can be found. Specifically local search engine optimization so it can be found by local people who are potential customers or clients.
You simply don’t have the time for that, which means you’d have to pay big bucks to outsource the job right?
Actually the answer to that question is “not necessarily”. There is a remarkably functional, flexible and user friendly free website software called WordPress. It is an open source platform available to everyone, and millions have used it for their blogs and small businesses. The only costs associated with it are the purchase of a domain name ($10) and a hosting service ($10 a month).
WordPress websites are loved by Google because they are structured in a way that makes it easy for the Google spiders to crawl. It’s loaded with automatic features that even let the search engines know immediately when you update the site with new content.
But the design and the structure of a blog is not ideal for either the professional look of your business or, more importantly, local search.
There is a solution though, that is effective both in terms of ranking in the search engines and low maintenance. The SmallBiz WordPress Theme provides a professional business theme and design that can quickly get you in front of local customers and do it with a minimum amount of time required by you. You can have an effective presence on the web without digging into the time you need to run the business. That of course does not count the time you spend responding to customer requests that are generated by the site.
If you want to take advantage of the enormous marketing power of local search, check it out today and at least investigate the possibilities of a search optimized website for your business.