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10 Places to Find or Promote Beacon Businesses Online

Since our city's website has received a makeover, it's a good time to spruce up our city's online presence overall.

Here is a list of 8 sites that you can list your business or post your reviews with links to the Beacon section of each:

  • Yelp: Reviews are listed in order of popularity - the more reviews, the higher in the list. Dia is currently on top with 20 reviews. You can filter the list best match to your keyword, most reviews or highest rated.
  • InsiderPages: Similar to Yelp in that reviews are written by users.
  • Citysearch Beacon: We get our own page, but like all the local listing sites, this one needs some updating. Listings are organized more by categories of service.
  • Yahoo Local: This one has a convenient RSS feed to subscribe to new reviews.
  • Local.com: A nice page layout with "local favorites" featured in each category.
  • YellowPages.com: Ah, good ol' Yellow Pages. You can list for free but will only let you search using a keyword.
  • Urbanspoon:: Urbanspoon just recently began covering Poughkeepsie and surrounding areas. Beacon has 61 restaurants listed, many of which are closed. I've submitted info on Zora Dora's, Marlena's and Chill and much more needs to be corrected on this list to get it up to speed.
  • Local Harvest:For farmers and other local foodstuffs.
  • Google Local Business Center: List your business so people can find you on Google Map searches.

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Comment by Josie Gray on May 4, 2009 at 4:23pm
Urbanspoon...it's like a stroll through Beacon of yesterday! Woe the losses of Mi-Ro and Juicy not to mention Oii !!! I resisted the temptation to vote for them anyway.
Comment by Mark Roland on April 30, 2009 at 8:58pm
ggrmmphllpfff...!
Comment by Kelly Kingman on April 30, 2009 at 10:26am
PS - I fixed the link to Urbanspoon. Vote away, citizens!
Comment by Kelly Kingman on April 30, 2009 at 10:26am
Charlene! There's that volunteer spirit you always like elicit from people. And I admire your esprit de corps, I fully expect to see you at the BCN Birthday Party.
Comment by ken on April 30, 2009 at 12:22am
a major component of alexa's ranking system, in addition to "google juice" (that is, sites linking in, the foundation of google's page ranking system) and visitors, is average time spent on a site per visit. the fact i spent a minute thirty reading this post and the comments and a minute fifty composing this, multiply that by, say, an average one point five read-n-posts per visit, we get to five minutes a visit (unless my hurried maths are wrong). but whoa! bcn users average upwards of 30 minutes per visit, placing it well above youtube. people: go outside!

back when we started putting video on the interwebs when i worked for the ur-youtube the big question was: how do we make this site sticky? how do we keep people on the site? one answer, clearly, was video. the other answer, as BCN demonstrates, relies on user-generated content (the other magic ingredient of youtube).

so the big difference between COB.org and BCN, and this isn't intended to harsh anyone's mellow, is that BCN is participatory. if you'll pardon the phrasing: there is a 'there' there. and by 'there', i think i mean 'here'.

can someone help me out of this box?
Comment by Kelly Kingman on April 29, 2009 at 11:07pm
It's just a function of this site getting constantly updated - there's new content multiple times a day. I know that figures in the Google algorithm somehow.
Comment by Paul O'Hanlon on April 29, 2009 at 4:32pm
Since the top spot address's Hugh Jackman's role in the new Wolverine movie, what is "Bad" exactly? The City of Albany is at 600,000, and given the relative importance to the average person, with it being the political hub of the State, I'm surprised Beacon isn't much lower.

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