New Online Business Directory Launches In Dalles Area
(Newswire.net via Emailwire.com -- February 15, 2013) The Dalles, OR -- The total number of websites in December 2012 was calculated at 633,000,000. Even with only ¾ or 186 million of those considered to be active and updated regularly, rural and small businesses have a difficult time competing in the search engines against giants like Amazon, Staples, Apple, Sears, Netflix, etc.
“Too many small business owners have invested time and money in a website that nobody sees,” Harmon began. “Online marketing is quickly becoming more complicated faster than most entrepreneurs can keep up with. It is estimated that 86% of online searches could be satisfied by a local business if they can show up in search results.
“Internet Marketing is so much more than search results. Your strategy must include Reputation, Reach, Relationship and Referral marketing if you want to succeed online.” Harmon continued referring to his book How To Create Protect and Promote Your 5 Star Reputation, “In my book I explain the need for a proactive approach to developing and protecting your online reputation.”
When asked how DiscoverTheDalles.com will help local businesses Harmon stated, “I have 2 core philosophies. First, “You Be All You Are, Son”. That is what my father would say to me when he would drop me off at school, implying that I had more potential than I was using. It took me two decades to learn that the only way to reach my full potential was to help others reach theirs. The second is, All Boats Rise When the Tide Comes In.
“Instead of trying to help 600+ businesses rank 600+ websites, we could work together and rank one website that promotes our community and the 600+ businesses in it. What if we shared resources and worked together to attract a “Tide” money into the area and “Raise” our businesses together? Hence the creation of DiscoverTheDalles.com.”
Any business can claim a listing on the site at no cost, creating backlinks and citations that will help a business’s sight rank better in searches. For a nominal investment, members can participate in a co-operative email marketing program and have their online reputation monitored and be part of a private online review site.
“Most business directory sites purpose is to create revenue for the site. My goal is to grow a community, strengthen the local economy, and bless the lives of the families that live in the Columbia River Gorge.”
R Bradley Harmon
U B All U R Business Solution - Internet Marketing and So Much More!
The Dalles, Oregon 97058
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