I have always been a big supporter/advocate for adding some general, related content on the small business web site. Why?…To provide keyword rich content, create another avenue into the web site and finally, to simply provide a resource to the visitor. I definitely will work with someone who seems to want to help me and provide some information, without necessarily trying to sell me something.
With the advent of local search, adding locally related material to ones web site is a smart move. There are a number of ways for the small business web site to do this.
1. Add your own local search engine- Build Your Own Local Search Engine check out this article by Chris Silver Smith at Natural Search Blog
2. Create a directory on your site – Turn Your Small Biz Website Into An Online Yellow Pages & Get Qualified Traffic check out this article byAndrew Shotland at Local SEO Guide
3. Create a local blog – Local blogging? check out this article by Kirby Winfield at Local Point
4. Use Zvents to promote local activities
5. Add local rss news feeds to your web site
Do not try to cover everything. Cannot tell you how much would be too much…but I would not do everything I have listed, unless you are a local directory web site. The goal here is to provide some local, relevent information for your customers to give them a reason to return to the web site.
Finally, in an article by Stoney DeGeyter Content is Dead. Community is King NowÂ he concludes by saying:
“I might suggest that the best ecommerce websites are not those that build content around their products but build a community around the product interest. By creating a place where shoppers can come and gain information, learn more about the products and discuss or share information with others and then make purchases as well, will do more for sales than simply creating a shopping website.
By building a community you not only sell more products but you build brand recognition and customer loyalty. And both of those are worth far more than a single one-off sell. So while content may not be dead (not by a long shot, really), there is a new king in the online marketing industry. Long live community. Long live the (new) king.”
Though he is not specifically speaking about local content, his point about creatingÂ a web site that will engage the shopper/visitor is what you are after.
Great list Larry
What have you found is the easiest way to add RSS feed content to your site? It is easy with WordPress and plugins but not so straightforward with traditional sites or other CMS
I have used and like http://www.feeddigest.com/ to add rss feeds to websites. It works great.
Content is far from dead. It’s just how you use it. A website can be a very effective sales and marketing tool. The key is positioning your product or service as a solution or an answer to a problem and inspiring the target audience to take action. This happens with a well choreographed page that includes good navigation, content focused on a target audience and pages that aren’t too cluttered. Besides credibility, turning up on local or regional Google searches can boost your business by as much as 1000% and earn you free local press in addition.