Reaching the Unchurched in Your TownWritten by Toby Wolf
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The result? In June, St. Paul website had 724 visitors and 426 unique visitors. Only 1 person added that site to their 'favorites'. Between July 1st and July 4th, website had over 400 unique visitors, and 12 of them marked St. Paul as a "favorite". Which means that they found St. Paul website while looking for 4th of July activities, but actually took time to look at other areas of website, saw things they liked, and bookmarked us for future reference.
Another result? During July, one of slowest months for church attendance, (particularly for visitors), St. Paul's average attendance increased, AND it had an average of 5-8 visitors in attendance every Sunday. St. Paul doesn't always formally collect information on how visitors found out about them, but in this case they know at least 2 people every Sunday found Church through its website. During July and August St. Paul had 3 couples come to church to make plans for upcoming weddings - each of those couples had found St. Paul by ending up on its website.
In conclusion, staying in touch with special events in your community and helping to promote them on your church website will not only add value to members of your congregation, but will also increase your church's recognition in community, its search engine standings, and maybe, just maybe, your church will have opportunity to share God and His love to a newcomer.
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Toby Wolf has been involved in Church growth, visioning, and creating effective Church websites since 2000. Toby also is the founder of A Christian Web Hosting & Design Ministry, and AlphaOne Technology Web Hosting & Design.
How to get repeat visitors to your siteWritten by Jonathan White
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3.Checking your site for broken links This is very important when having a site. If your site does not function properly, then your visitors will not even bother with it. One of most annoying things when visiting a site is when it has continuous broken links. If you find it hard to manually check your site for broken links, then a good piece of free software to use would be REL Link Checker Lite, which can be downloaded from http://www.relsoftware.com
4.Getting other people’s opinions When having a site, other than your own thoughts, it is also a good idea to get other people’s opinions. For example, colours of your site, what parts people like on your site most, what parts people dislike most, etc. Getting opinions from your visitors like this will help you to find out what most people dislikes about your site, which means you can then improve these parts, making it better for your visitors in return.
Jonathan White has been doing marketing on the Web for over three years now and is the Webmaster of http://www.simplysearch4it.com - a general web portal where you can play FREE online games, add free articles, search the Web and much more.
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