Charitable Aid in the Dominican Republic
BAMsites was contacted by a 501.3C charitable organization to update their existing site. We provided a number of services for the organization, including a new theme, online payment system (Paypal) and even a new domain name that better described the breadth of their service efforts in the Dominican Republic.
Originally their primary focus was eye care, including eye exams and eye glasses provided through the charitable efforts of the Lion’s Clubs in the U.S.
Their services have now expanded to meet other needs in medical supplies, transportation, and food distibution. These services are all done by a dedicated volunteer group that works locally to improve the lives of the very poor living in the Sosua region of northern D.R., not far from Haiti.
Dominican Eyes Plus+ is the name of the charitable organization and we altered it slightly to reflect enhanced services now available through this mission.
BAMsites is proud to work with passionate individuals who believe so strongly in their mission that they continue to find ways to help these poor people.
Hats off to DominicanAid.org! We are glad to support your efforts and believe this new website will go a long way toward drawing charitable donations to this organization where 100% of the dollars raised go directly to the services they provide.
Midwest Connector Supply offers hard-to-find electrical automotive and related vehicular electrical connectors and related elements for sale online.
The parent company Thexton Manufacturing, supplies the automotive industry with mechanic tools, diagnostic testers, and other repair solutions.
We used an alternative eCommerce solution for this store. It was build from the ground up using an open source e-store.
The result is one of the most intuitive, easy-to-navigate store sites I’ve seen thus far. The pre-built sites cannot hold a candle to this one. I know because I’ve built several sites using one of the “big box” ecommerce stores.
The Iron Range Veterinary Clinic is owned and operated by Julia Fry, DVM and Matt Stahl, DVM. They offer a complete range of vet services focusing on dogs, cats, and horses. Their previous website was from a veterinary website service and gave little personality to their business. Everything was “boilerplate”, meant to apply to any vet clinic and was generating little, if any, business.
They asked BAMsites to assess the situation and offer an alternative that would not only look good, but most importantly put them atop the search engines for the local region they service.
Since their collective goal is to be a top vet provider in the Brainerd Lakes area, the relied upon our experience in SEO to give them the boost they desired.
We garnered photography from one of the staff and added their logo to the header. They have a very visible sign at their vet hospital location on Hwy 6 north of Cty Rd 11 in Crosby.
The slideshow is designed to highlight the caring attitude of the doctors and staff as well as the clean modern facilities they offer in a very centralized location to serve Crosby, Aitkin, Crosslake, Emily and Brainerd.
The site has already reached at or near the top of page one Google for most of the related terms
Overlooked Tips to Make Your Blogs More Effective
Here is an excerpt from an email I sent to a client who likes to blog. I am trying to get him to utilize a few extra tips that can pull more traffic to the mother site and consequently phone calls and more business. Here’s what I wrote:
Each blog post should be its own cyber “sputnik”, going out into cyberspace and pulling traffic to the website. Here are some tips to get more gravity from your blog posts.
- Inter-Content Links:
Remember you want folks to click on links somewhere to follow it to your website. Therefore in a recent blog: “Family Mediation…”You could place a link on the term “family law” in the second sentence that would link directly with your family law mediation page on the website, here’s the link: http://edshawlaw.com/other-legal-services/mediation/.
- You should always have at least one link within the content that folks can click.
- Break up large tracks of text:
People don’t like to read content that is difficult to read. In the example above, I would change the format from this:
In almost all divorce and custody cases the court will require mediation. A mediator who does not work for either side tries to persuade both sides to reach an agreement. It seems easy, but getting a fair agreement that works for you is not easy. Mediation works best when the attorney and client work together on a negotiating strategy to get the client what they need. A good strategy usually involves not disclosing your bottom line right away as the other side will probably try to get you to go to less than what your bottom line is. When the stakes are high in mediation you need a good negotiator on your side.
- To this:
In almost all divorce and custody cases the court will require mediation.A mediator who does not work for either side tries to persuade both sides to reach an agreement.
It seems easy, but getting a fair agreement that works for you is not easy.
Mediation works best when the attorney and client work together on a negotiating strategy to get the client what they need.
A good strategy usually involves not disclosing your bottom line right away as the other side will probably try to get you to go to less than your bottom line.
When the stakes are high in mediation you need a good negotiator on your side.
- ALWAYS put in a Meta SEO Title for the blog posts, otherwise the SEO title will pull from the blog title above, with no reference to Brainerd or other geographical tags. In the example above, I would consider making the SEO Title something like this (you can use dashes or “Shift+Backslash” for the | separator to segregate keywords:
- SEO Title
Brainerd, MN Family Law Mediation | Negotiators | 218-825-7030 | Ed Shaw Law
- Meta Description
Brainerd, Bemidji, Wadena, Little Falls, Minnesota and surrounding areas – family law attorney and mediator. Call 218-825-7030 today for help with your case and mediation. - rather than what you have below, which was auto-populated by the plugin. There is no geo-tag in the SEO title which is imperative to aid the Google bots in ID’ing where you guys are practicing.Here’s what the current SEO region looks like for that recent blog post using a WordPress SEO Plugin.
Also, notice my use of bullet points and bolded text in this blog to help the scanners pick out areas of interest.
As much as you blog, these tips can help you get a lot more traffic to your website.
Service First Cleaning & Restoration – Williston, N.D.
These folks have been serving the greater western North Dakota and eastern Montana region since 1995. Service First uses the latest technologies and equipment to ensure both residential and commercial companies get the service and results they desire.
Whether it’s disaster resolution or regularly scheduled carpet cleaning, Service First leads the way with a fine seasoned staff of professionals who take great pride in their work.
BAMsites was asked to create this, their first website, after creating a number of similar sites in this industry, including:
The site is designed to quickly acquaint the visitor with offered services with a very prominent telephone number always present when they’re ready to make the call.
BAMsites Welcomes Chi Omega Fraternity
Chi Omega is a national fraternity of women that was recently installed for the University of Minnesota – Minneapolis Campus.
Whether it is football, hockey, wrestling, volleyball, or any other sporting event on campus, you can count on a group of Chi Omegas showing up together fully clothed in Gopher gear!
We are proud students of the University of Minnesota and one of our favorite things to do is cheer on our teams! Ski-U-Mah!!
The fraternity is characterized by the following ideals of:
- High Standards of Personnel
- Sincere Learning
- Creditable Scholarship
- Participation in Campus Activities
- Career Development
- Community Service
BAMsites was asked to develop a simple website highlighting the various attributes of the fraternity and embellishing the site with lots of photos and slideshows.
The first one, design, was easy since they wanted it to look exactly like the Dickinson Astoria Hotel & Event Center.
Glendive is known best for rock hunting and paddlefish coming out of the Yellowstone River.
It’s a nice community and one of the main attractions in eastern Montana, as well as a base for exploring other attractions, especially to the south of eastern Montana such as the Little Bighorn Battle field and much more.
The community of Crosby-Ironton has a long tradition of excellent amateur sports with heavy support from the public. C-I Sports Boosters is a group of enthusiastic town folk who raise money to support extra-curricular activities. These monies buy equipment and pay for activity related costs that are not typically covered within the school budget.
They also strive to ensure that all students, regardless of financial background, have the opportunity to pursue and compete in their chosen sport or other competitive activity.
BAMsites built a site to highlight the mission of C-I Sports Boosters and allow caring supporters to donate online and view the related Facebook page, as well.
The Astoria Hotels are a chain of moderately priced, but well appointed hotels with a full list of amenities for the business traveler, family, or event planner.
BAMsites was asked to expand on the layout of the the initial site at stayastoria.com. We took the logo and color scheme and embellished the site to make it more engaging with a very visible booking widget and attractive home page slideshow.
In addition, we also developed and implemented an SEO solution to aid in drawing free traffic to both the website and the mobile website.
The key to any hotel site is to have an easy to navigate booking widget integrated within the website.
Selling Firewood Throughout the U.S.!
Paul’s Fireplace Wood in Little Falls, MN sells more fireplace wood, cooking wood, and decorative wood than anyone else. Firewood.com has been managed by BAMsites for at least six years and our SEO and web design have made them the number one place on the internet for buying various types of firewood.
This family business sells:
- Residential Fireplace Wood – delivered to the Mpls. – St. Paul area of Minnesota
- Commercial Restaurant Cooking Wood
- Birch Logs
- Barbecue wood as Chips, Chunks, and Split Wood
- Pizza Oven Wood
- Natural and Kiln-Dried Kindling
- Fragrant Firewood
- and many custom orders
The result is a sister site (temporarily): MinnesotaFirewood.com.
We will keep the original, seen above left alive for at least six months to take advantage of the current high traffic levels.
Eventually, we will make this new online store the anchor Firewood.com.