Are you missing out?
Local business owners in the Wollongong area are missing out on many potential internet customers.
The phenomenal successes of eBay and other online businesses clearly demonstrate that more and more people are using the internet to find goods and services.
Even though locally bought goods and services have enhanced value due to the fact that local business outlets can more easily and quickly respond to customer needs, it is clear that a sizeable proportion of the population are opting for the internet to find products and services.
It is therefore in the interests of local businesses to develop strategies for tapping into the growing internet marketplace.
Conventional Business Directories?
One simple inexpensive strategy is to list your business on an internet directory.
A problem with this strategy is that internet business directories generally use categories to organise listings. Many businesses don't fit neatly into these predefined categories which are often non-intuitive or too obscure for the average user.
A second strategy is to get a website that can be found via the major search engines.
This option can be expensive. Often you will find that you will need to pay extra for Search Engine Optimisation if you want your site to be seen near the top of the results provided by the major search engines.
Many local website owners, will attest that their sites fail to rank high enough for keywords relevant to their businesses.
Local businesses can now utilize a powerful new cost effective option. TheGong.com.au provides a user-friendly search engine dedicated to connecting internet users with relevant businesses and other organisations within the Wollongong area (Helensburgh to Gerroa).
With TheGong.com.au your business doesn't need to fit into any particular category, nor do you need a website designed to outrank thousands of others. You don't even need a website.
By signing up for a listing on TheGong.com.au, you get to choose keywords or phrases that are relevant to your business and that local internet users will be likely to use in their searches.
How it works
When users type in keywords to search for what they are interested in, a set of results containing listings with matching keywords will be generated.
The more keyword matches, the higher a listing will appear in the results. This is the great strength of keyword search and probably why it is so popular. The higher a listing appears, the more relevant the listing is likely to be to the searchers needs.
All listings on TheGong.com.au undergo an approval process to make sure they are indeed relevant to the Wollongong area. This constraint ensures that the level of competion on keywords is minimal.
Rather than relying on alphabetical sorting when listings tie with the same number of keyword matches, random sorting is employed ensuring a level playing field.
Standard Listings (FREE)
With a Standard Listing, you get up to 50 keywords of your own choosing plus keywords derived from your business/organisation name, suburb name and postcode.
The search results include:
- Listing Name
- Brief Description
- Phone Number
- Link to your Website (optional)
- The name of your business or organisation will also act as a link to a Details Page (as below).
Along with the basic information above, you get a Details Page which includes provision for the following:
- Fax Number
- Business Hours
- Up to 500 words for describing your business in detail.
- Up to three pictures to give that professional edge. Please see some examples of nicely finished listings below:
What's more, you'll be able to modify your listing at any time!
How to sign up?
If you are interested in signing up for a Standard listing use our simple 'Quick Easy Submit' form to provide the details for your listing and submit it.
Click on the button below to go to our 'Quick Easy Submit' form now!
Gong Special Websites - for just $150 per year
A Gong Special provides you with an easy, no-fuss website that offers incredible value as well as a fully set up standard listing on TheGong.com.au. Yes! You get a fully functional website with a Gong listing for an incredibly low price!!!
The following listings and websites all began life as Gong Specials:
- Listing: Port Skips - Port Kembla Website: Skip bins for rubbish removal
- Listing: Superior Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning - Unanderra Website: Carpet and upholstery cleaners
- Listing: Go2 Automotive - Unanderra Website: Auto Repair Centre
- Website: Rat Rod Trucks
- Listing: JSC Plumbing - West Wollongong Website: Plumber Wollongong
- Website: Lawyers - Wollongong and Nowra
- Listing: Illawarra Glass - Unanderra Website: Glass Wollongong
- Listing: Dave Collins - Davertainment Website: MC/DJ Wollongong
- Listing: ABV Excavations Website: Excavator and Bobcat Hire Wollongong
- Listing: Luna Custom Covers - Marine Trimmers Website: Boat Covers - Wollongong
- Listing: Marianne O'Connor - Celebrant Website: Marriage Celebrant Wollongong
- Listing: Turkish Paradise Restaurant Website: Restaurant Wollongong
- Website: Builder Southern Highlands
Listing: Catch Fraze Musical Duo
Website: Wedding Band Wollongong
Listing: Southern Marble & Granite
Website: Marble and granite kitchens and bathrooms
Listing: Thin & In Excavations
Website: Excavation Wollongong
Listing: In The Zone Music
Website: Music Store Wollongong
Listing: Sawadee Thai Massage
Website: Massage Wollongong
Listing: Office Furniture
Website: Aussie 1st Office Furniture
Listing: Wollongong Dentist
Website: Wollongong Dental
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