Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Search Engine Scams

Over the past 12 years we have encountered literally thousands of spam emails CLAIMING that they could GUARANTEE that MY SITE could be on the FIRST PAGE of the major search engines. We've even received a few telemarketer calls of this nature, but mostly by email.

Either way, we do not recommend spending extra money on the search engines. We have been able to achieve first page results without ever paying any search engine a nickel.

I am not saying they are not a legitimate company, but let's analyze something...

WHAT IF, out of the millions of spam email (unsolicited, you did not ask them to email you), WHAT IF they got say... 1/10 of 1% of the people to buy in to their deal. 1/10th of 1% of 1 million spam emails would mean about 1000 people could have their websites on the first page.... hmmm.... let's see, there are usually 10 per page... see my point?

I have to laugh at companies who send out an infinite amount of spam hoping to sell something finite that they CANNOT guarantee.

It just doesn't add up and they know it. They are COUNTING on thousands of people to just say, 'what the heck, it's only $12.95 and if I lose it, so what'.

Like I said, my recommendation is to delete the email or ignore the telemarketers. If you feel that your website is not getting enough traffic, then we can certainly take a look at the same things they would and we'll do it for our customers for free!

Monday, February 2, 2009

New Network Radio Station

We are excited to announce that we have added a new radio station to the Hale Broadcasting Network... KGYN in Guymon, Oklahoma! This is a powerful 10,000 watt 24- hour station that reaches all of the Oklahoma panhandle as well as most of the northern Texas panhandle and even into parts of Kansas, Colorado and New Mexico. Click here for a Coverage Map.

More radio stations means more exposure for our clients. We will let you know what programs they will be carrying as soon as we finalize the details.

Newest Website Clients

We have been heavily involved with our larger projects over the past 3-4 months (Auction-Corner & AgMarketOnline), but we did find time to launch a few new client websites;

  • Bethel Baptist Church - Scottsbluff, Nebraska
  • Bruce Laird Horses - Torrington, Wyoming
  • Colorado Horse Coalition - Longmont, Colorado
  • Crofoot Ranches LLC - Lubbock, Texas
  • Crossing Fellowship - Gothenburg, Nebraska
  • Ferguson Agency, Inc. - Scottsbluff, Nebraska
  • Homestead Appliance - Scottsbluff, Nebraska
  • JBC Inc. - Scottsbluff, Nebraska
  • Jones Mortuary - Mitchell, Nebraska
  • Kleager Insurance - Scottsbluff, Nebraska
  • Living With Meaning - Gering, Nebraska
  • M 4:2 Ranch - Brady, Nebraska
  • Midwest Pest Control - Lisco, Nebraska
  • Prairie Sky Foods - Minatare, Nebraska
  • Prairie Vine - Mitchell, Nebraska
  • Schafer Elevator - Scottsbluff, Nebraska
  • Sunflower Clydesdales - Plainville, Kansas
  • Valley Bank & Trust - Gering, Nebraska
  • Western States Bank - Ft. Collins, Colorado
  • Whole Farm Energy Systems - Scottsbluff, Nebraska
  • Zach Anderson Memorial - Williston, North Dakota

    Welcome to all of our newest website clients! You can find these websites by going to or
  • Google Mail Servers

    We recently learned that Google has been providing free email servers since 2006 and decided to look into this as a possible option for us. We knew if it worked for us, we could assist our clients in making the transition.

    We set up our own email accounts on google apps for It was easy to setup and we noticed an immediate reduction in spam and how easy it was to use google mail with our own domain. It did not take long to make the decision to advise all our customers of our new recommendation to use the google mail servers. We will even make the switch for you at no charge.

    What does this mean to you? it means that will have better email service and the only thing we will have to do is walk you through changing a couple settings in your email program. Once those are reset, you won't do anything any differently than before. Your email address won't change and you won't have to do anything any differently... That is unless you want to take advantage of their easy to use web interface to check and store your email. I liked it so much, I don't use anything else now unless I need to dig up an old email. It even has contact manager and calendar that are super easy to use. Stats

    We debuted on Nov 26th, 2008 with 36 days left in the year. The first few days Andi and I were the only ones getting on the site, but by the end of November (our first full month) we were averaging 28 people every day viewing around 560 pages a day. We felt pretty positive about this since it was only our first month.

    Our growth in the second full month was spectacular. We averaged 119 unique visitors viewing 1443 pages per day in January 2009. Totals for the month of January : 44,746 pages viewed by 3700 visitors. More than 26,000 local searches were performed and clickthroughs exceeded 30,000 in a single month! is working!

    Anyone who upgrades their free listing to a Featured Business gets access to their own statistics plus several other benefits. Upgrade for as little as $12 per month.

    Remember, this search engine is advertised every day on several local radio stations. Get your business listed if it isn't already. History is a LOCALLY FOCUSED search engine developed by Hale Multimedia primarily for the WyoBraska Area.

    My passion for search technologies began when I was programming in dBase back in the 1980's. Databases are developed to organize your information so that you can find what you're looking for FAST. That's exactly what search engines are supposed to do. However, most major search engines give you results that are not well organized. I think this is what has motivated me to develop a more well-organized, easy-to-use search engine that will provide you with relevant results quickly.

    This 'little' search engine already has quite the history behind it since is really a culmination of several previous search websites dating back as far 1996.

    My first search site was really more of a links site that was created before I knew how to tie my database programming into a website. Therefore, I handcoded every link, one at a time. I was very fortunate that the area I selected to make a directory for (Southwest OK) only had a couple hundred websites at the time! This is how The Internet Gold Pages began. I moved back to Western Nebraska in 1998 and by 2000 I was starting to learn php and mysql and it wasn't long before we had our first truly database driven search site. I wanted to focus on helping my hometown community so I created a WyoBraska Area Gold Pages website and produced a printed version that was distributed for free. The database just kept growing and I soon realized we would have to expand our scope beyond our area. Therefore, was born. This site was designed to incorporate several different areas of the country in one database, while still keeping them seperated by region or area of the country. became a widely used search engine in several countries but it was becoming too much like the major search engines. Since there were so many links submitted by the public, the directory became cluttered and was in dire need or reoganization.

    However, the reorganization had to wait.

    By this time we were getting extremely busy just keeping up with all the website design work. Between 2000 and 2007 we went from 45 website clients to almost 300 with our average website value tripling, leaving little time to work on our own sites.

    Finally in 2008 we made the decision to bring back the Gold Pages under a new name and improved functionality -

    We launched the new on November 26th, 2008 (the day after Thanksgiving). Our goal is to create and maintain the most comprehensive, well-organized locally-focused search engine.