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In short You must be located in The Colony, Frisco, Little Elm, Texas area.

This is a place to share local current events, advertise, coupons and more.

To begin with to advertise your business, you must be listed our directory 1st.

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Let's Talk!

This is a place to talk about advertising and marketing, business planning or just ask for help / advice.

What do you get for Free:

As A Resident:

  • membership allows you to write reviews on most businesses listed (text only)
  • Also allows you to join in and post in our forums, post pictures, videos, emoji and links.

As A Business

  • membership allows you to write and respond to reviews on most businesses listed (text only)
  • Also allows you to join in and post in our forums, post pictures, videos, emoji and links.
  • Advertise your business 24/7 with coupons, pictures and videos

Sign Up and Be A Member Today! (Must be in The Colony, Frisco, Little Elm area only).

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The Best Way to post videos in our forums:

  • Post your video to YouTube 1st and have it linked to your website (This creates a backlink to your website and gives more ways to be found).
  • Now to post in our forum / go to the share button on your YouTube video copy the embed code / now come to our forum type in your text and then click on the {;} above and paste your code. That's it now just add reply.
  • Just a little added feature by putting a link to your business page (in our directory) in your text Too, you are creating more links to your program.
  • You can also do this to Facebook, Twitter, your website, etc and it is creating links to your site that is important. 
  • What you are doing is creating authority / popularity and the more popular you are the better rankings you will get in the search results.
  • Now, all of our pages do get indexed, when you post to a Facebook Page it too will get indexed BUT posting in FB groups it does not. So that being said post it to your FB page 1st then share it to groups for better returns. 
  • An extra little feature, share your post you just made here in our forum to FB page, now think about it, you have text on your post / a link to your business page / a video from Your YouTube account that is linked to your website posted on a FB page now share that to any FB group.
  • That my friends is the way to maximize your post and how much did that cost?
  • make sure we have your business listed and you are a member too. https://thecolonytownguide.com/contact/   
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To post picture in your post / just copy the original picture and paste it into your post! Always remember in your text to make a link to your business page too. Also as a member you may post (text only) on your business page. Again you may share either post to a FB Page then to a group.  

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One more thing, at anytime you may copy the post and directly put into a FB post. To get the link just go to the top of any post on the right side and get the link or share. 

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The primary goal of corporations and businesses is to generate profits, while having a fair price and keeping expenses low and Advertising is one of the major expenses in your business.

So let's talk about Web Visibility and of course it is one of the hottest forms of exposure.

In some respects, Google is now the granddaddy of web directories, so how do you get on the 1st page or on the top of the 1st page when people search for you, your service or products?

Google wants to bring you the very best results when you search, now that being said with billions of websites let's talk about how you get there. Sure Google wants to make money, so their ads (if any) will be 1st / Maps too and then the organic listings

Folks let's look at it this way no matter what anyone says, it is and always will be a popularity contest. The website with the most quality links to them must be really somebody, they have authority or very popular with people so they must have a good website with good information. You can have the very best looking website but if not set up correctly no one will ever know you are out there unless you promote it. 

So you do not think being in local directories work or it is a waste of time!

What are the Pro & Cons about getting your business listed in local directories?

  • Pros:
  • Trust and authority – good directories are human-reviewed and scrutinize every submission
  • Increase Web Visibility, allows you to be found in many more ways.
  • For this reason increase Web Traffic. Posting a link into a business directory will only help to increase traffic to your website.
  • Improve Online Visibility
  • Rank Higher on Search Engines, you see local directories are still one of the best ways for you to be seen in more ways and gives you more backlinks to your site, show you are popular and have more authority. Example of directories: Yelp, Yellow pages, chamber of commerce, social media sites like Facebook Pages (not group pages), not all social media platforms will be indexed they have follow or no-follow embedded into the post.
  • Our Town Guide is designed to be indexed with most search engines and every submission is done one by one by a real person!
  • Cost Effective Advertising - most good directories will have entry level pages for Free and no membership fees. Submit Your Business To Our Directory!

 

  • Cons:
  • However Automatic inclusions are basically spamming - Automatic Inclusions are frown on by search platforms like Google, they are considered spam. This is one of the main reasons why folks will tell you not not to do directories.
  • So many of the directories are not maintained, kept up or lack of contact
  • More serious problems like inconsistent Name, Address, & Phone Number data, duplicate listings, or listings in low-quality directories can have an even more negative effects on a business. Beyond confusing search engines and frustrating potential customers, bad data can damage your overall brand.

Let's Talk About This / post a comment or ask a question below

 

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Are You Depending On Facebook Groups For Your Advertising?

For the most part only a small amount of active friends will see your ad, the same people over and over.

How Facebook algorithm works in 2022!

Facebook says Feed “shows you stories that are meaningful and informative.” As of 2022, the Facebook algorithm figures out what those stories might be using three main ranking signals:

  1. Who posted it: You’re more likely to see content from sources you interact with, including friends and businesses.
  2. Type of content: If you most often interact with video, you’ll see more video. If you engage with photos, you’ll see more photos. You get the idea.
  3. Interactions with the post: Feed will prioritize posts with a lot of engagement, especially from people you interact with a lot.

Each post is ranked based on these main signals to determine where it appears in your feed.

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Have you ever gone to a chamber of commerce or any networking meeting, gave your 15 second spill along with another 50 people 🤔? Now You took time to go to it, you show up for all the functions, etc. Only to see the same people over and over doing the same thing, What were your results?

well that is what happens in a FB group too.

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So Why Do You Join The Chamber or Any Networking Group, What is your ROI?

Let's say you have 400 Paid Members, only about 10% will be active, so out 400 members you will be promoting to about 40 to 50 other members doing the same thing. 🤔 

Meanwhile, I hear everyone say, well we just Google a business when we need something. That Is A Great Idea, I Agree! 

So why do you spend so much time with the 40 to 50 members promoting to each other and not venturing out and investing into other avenues. 

Don't get me wrong, I do think everyone should be a member of the chamber of commerce but only for the right reasons. Yes you get to meet, greet, interact and be part of the local community.

Subsequently You need to drive traffic to your business if you are going to stay in business.

I agree Most Everyone (even if it is a referral by a friend or word of mouth) will go to Google and search that business, product or service also reviews.

Google is here to make money, so 1st thing you will see (if any) are their ads, this is where you have paid them to place your ad on many websites. 

The 2nd thing (if done correctly) is Google Maps and folks this is Free!

And the 3rd thing will be the organic listings, this is where if your website is done correctly you should come up, folks 1 letter can change your ranking in search results.

So where are you when folks search for you? To begin with the organic listings can be very competitive as even the Google Ads are Too! So it is STILL important to be listed with the same information consistently throughout the different search platforms.

So How Do You Get on the 1st page or at the top of the 1st page organically.

  1. Your Website has to be created correctly 
  2. Age of your site has a lot to do with rankings
  3. How popular is your website? Do you have a lot of websites linking to your website (or Backlinks) such as Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Local Business Directories (including the chamber)(some have a no-follow, so it does not help you). 
  4. Ads can be like Backlinks too, if set up correctly.

So would you like to talk more about ranking in search results or more ways to get your business found? Join us as a member and Let's Talk!

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