So I wrote an article a couple days ago about improving your church’s search engine ranking. The strategies there worked for us for 6 years, keeping my church on the top page of search queries for our local area. I know the track record because I check it once a month. Well, in a case of ironically poor timing for my article, at present the church is not ranking high at all, in fact it is several pages deep now. That was since the first of this month! So what happened? Well, I am in the process of sorting that out. Read past the break to see what steps I am taking to troubleshoot our recent ranking drop.

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A question was asked on Google+ about a “back-link” strategy for a new church’s website. This is a little different than what is commonly thought of in terms of blogging back-links. For blogging, one strategy for improving overall search ranking is to get other bloggers to link to your articles. For a church website, the strategy is different. For my church, we got our church page consistently on page one of searches on our demographic area. See how we did it after the break.

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Very sad for me…. anyone know of any web-based alternatives?

Powering Down Google Reader
3/13/2013 04:06:00 PM

Posted by Alan Green, Software Engineer

We have just announced on the Official Google Blog that we will soon retire Google Reader (the actual date is July 1, 2013). We know Reader has a devoted following who will be very sad to see it go. We’re sad too.

There are two simple reasons for this: usage of Google Reader has declined, and as a company we’re pouring all of our energy into fewer products. We think that kind of focus will make for a better user experience.

To ensure a smooth transition, we’re providing a three-month sunset period so you have sufficient time to find an alternative feed-reading solution. If you want to retain your Reader data, including subscriptions, you can do so through Google Takeout.

Thank you again for using Reader as your RSS platform.

Today I say goodbye to a faith friend. In April of 2009, I bought the LaCie itsaKey 4GB flash drive (they don’t even make that model anymore, but here is the latest Lacie itsaKey). At that time, I really thought it was the best choice and value. I paid just under $20 for it. I chose it because I was looking for an all-metal, rugged flash drive that would take the daily abuse of being attached to my key-chain. And boy has it seen some abuse, as evidence by the many dings and dents in the metal housing. I’ve used for so many things and inserted it into so many USB ports!  Well it’s time to retire it for more space. Find out what I replaced it with after the break. Continue Reading…

One thing will always be true for every pastor who pours himself/herself into ministry – there is never enough time to do it all. Maybe I am biased, but I think this is especially true of small church pastors who find themselves doing more than they probably should. One thing I’ve come to value as a pastor is simplicity. The more things you can simplify, the better – even important things can be made simpler. By now, most of us know how valuable a website is for your ministry as it has become the first-stop people make when exploring your ministry. But being important does not mean that a website also has to be complex. Here are my strategies for keeping our church website from becoming a time-management monster. Continue Reading…