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Ideas for my Geo website

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  1. SF

    SF Well-Known Member

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    Hi Guys,

    I run my local website for our town, but my main competition is the council who run there own site with help from an i.t guy.

    They are number 1 on google, and i am number 2.

    They have just set up a couple of webcams which are located on the high street in a shop window.

    I am really wanting to add something equally cool, so i can attract some visitors,

    Does anybody have any fresh cool new ideas that i can use? Can be anything willing to try anything that will attract visitors to the site.

    oh i have the .co.uk and the .com but the council use .net.

    I can pay paypal for any ideas i use?

    Thanks guys
    DB
     
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  3. Blossom

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    It's not really 'new', but have you tried getting some local businesses on board? E.g. offering 'limited time only' deals and vouchers as a co-promotion? I can imagine lots of food places in particular would try something like that out. You could also go halves with a company for a promo ad in the local paper to get your link in there.

    I don't know what your site is like or where the town is based but if there are events happening then can you get down there and take photos (or request that events organisers send you pics? They usually will to push their next event). Proud parents and pet owners and so on love passing on those kinds of pics/links.

    There's the potential to hold some kind of contest around photos as well, for example you could ask people to send in their best pics of the local area and have a poll. They will ask other people to vote for them & you'll get more visitors that way.
     
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    Stand in front of the webcam holding a banner with your site url on it :)
     
  5. SF

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    LOL thats fantastic made me chuckle that,

    I have just pm you the website, and anyone who replies - i dont want to post in the thread,
     
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    Lol!



    DB, I just visited the site. Do you keep track of page load times in Google Webmaster Tools? Just asking because it took quite a long time for the page to load and this may be having an impact for both visitors and SEO. May be your redirect causing the issue, I didn't check.
     
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    I had the site built by a guy on here, but he told me my imiages are to big causing it to load slowly, plus all the plugins, i really need someone to over haul it for me
     
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    Lol - where's that "like" button gone? :)

    A few ideas:
    - Focus on the providing information / news / review / video interviews that match the exact match searches that feature your town name, I've just taken a look and the following phrases get decent searches:
    [Gxxxxxxx Golf Club] 1,300
    [Gxxxxxxx FC] 1,000
    [Gxxxxxxx High School] 880
    [Elite Motors Gxxxxxx] 590
    [Gxxxxxxx Marina] 260
    [Gxxxxxxx RUFC] 260
    [Gxxxxxxx Cricket Club] 170
    etc etc
    - Free advertising & links for local businesses on the site in return for a small poster in their windows and a money off offer if site users print out a voucher.
    - Free email for businesses or local people - their.name@townname.co.uk etc.
    - Free basic template website on a subdomain for businesses without a web presence - businessname.townname.co.uk - this can be done pretty easily in a semi automated fashion in wordpress 3.x.
    - Free classified ads.
    - Set up something similar to freecycle within your town.
    - Go to local pubs and clubs and take pictures of people on their nights out which you put on the site with a logo burned in and hand out cards - people love posting / linking that sort of thing on their Facebook pages.
    - Set up your own Facebook page as a venue to post the above - makes it even easier for people to link to.

    I know most of the above are you offering stuff "free" but I think that that's potentially a USP in terms of getting established, and some of those things promote the address automatically.

    You can have the ideas "free" too :)
     
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    Maybe add some social elements to the site such as:

    - blogs from local people on topic of interest
    - forum
    - I see you already have a facebook page, but can't see a twitter account?
     
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    Thank you Ty, you already know the website. I think your ideas are great.
     
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    Not related but I just checked out your site and it seems to be hosted on the .co.uk however, you use .com in the logo!

    Thats quality :p
     
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