Delray Beach, FL – ( NewMediaWire ) – October 12, 2020 – As a business owner, you likely understand that the majority of your customers use the internet to discover new businesses and local products. But most business owners aren’t sure where to start when it comes to pushing their business up in the search engine rankings. According to Forbes, 93% of searches on Google and Bing never get past the first page. And with ad space, videos, and informational snippets taking up more and more valuable real estate at the top of the results page, there are only about eight spots available on that first page.

Enter business directory listings – the unsung hero of search engine optimization (SEO). Scott O. Hirsch, CEO and founder of Media Direct and digital marketing pioneer, explains how business directories can take your business from obscure to the front page in a

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ALBANY — In other circumstances, they might have welcomed the sharp drop in greenhouse gas emissions that last spring’s lockdown triggered.

They were environmentalists who consider themselves socially responsible. But the pandemic “has been a shocker for all of us,” said Owusu Anane, Albany’s 10th ward common  council member. “It brought businesses to their knees.”

Anane spoke Tuesday afternoon outside the aptly named Green’s Appliance store on Central Avenue as he and others gathered for the official launch of the Buy Local Grow Local online directory, a compilation of more than 250 green and socially responsible businesses and services, all locally based.

The idea for a directory gathered steam in March, as Covid-19 was spreading rapidly in New York and other parts of the country. People of Albany United for Safe Energy led the effort, with PAUSE’s Sandy Steubing serving as project director.

Anane knows first-hand the important role small

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FREDERICKSBURG, VA — The founders of the Virginia Black Business Directory and Fredericksburg Black Restaurant Week have discovered an untapped market for their services. They are hoping to build on their success in 2020 by hosting the inaugural Virginia Black Business Directory Expo in Stafford County on Oct. 17.

The organizers, Ernisha Hall and Tracey Hall, want the expo to serve as a place for Black business owners to promote their services and products and for attendees to learn about many of the Black-owned businesses in the state. They plan to mine the hundreds of businesses listed in their nonprofit Virginia Black Business Directory to attract business owners to the Saturday, Oct. 17 expo, which will run from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

In January, the Halls launched the Virginia Black Business Directory, an online platform that lists Black-owned businesses in Virginia and the Washington, D.C. area. Earlier this month,

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Julie Stallman had big plans earlier this year after launching TriangleSeniorYear.com, an online business directory with everything families with high school seniors would need — from photographers for senior pictures to tutors for test prep to details about the college application process.

Then came the pandemic, forcing her to switch up her plans a bit. But she’s still been able to provide valuable content to a growing readership that has had to navigate senior years like no other.

The inspiration for the site, Stallman tells me, are her own two children — Ryan, 21, and Kelsey, 18. At the same time, the longtime marketing and graphic design professional also has an entrepreneurial spirit and loves developing new ideas. I checked in with Stallman, who lives in Cary with her husband, for more details about TriangleSeniorYear.com. Here’s a Q&A.

Go Ask Mom:

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Press release from the Town of Danville:

Sept. 2, 2020

As Danville’s business community continues to be hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic it is more important than ever to support these small businesses that have become part of the fabric of the community. To help residents stay connected with their local businesses, the Town of Danville has launched a cloud-based digital directory.

The new Danville Business Directory https://open.bludot.io/cities/danville/businesses is the digital version of the Live Locally Guide. This user-friendly online business directory allows “Brick and Mortar” businesses to showcase their offerings to residents and visitors by featuring their menu of services, hours, promotional offerings and link customers to their social media platforms. It is easy to search by business types, view a map of business locations, browse current offers and promotions, and even check available delivery/pick-up options available.

This online resource is a helpful tool for either those searching

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