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BE SURE TO READ THIS AND TAKE THE NECESSARY ACTIONS!
Sign up for Paypal
(if you haven't already) - It's free! Plus it is your
means of accepting credit cards. Just go to
www.paypal.com and get a
business account. Then be sure to verify the email address
you use with paypal, with your email address on file under "Edit
Some website owners wish to offer an alternative to Paypal for
credit card payments. We highly recommend 2Checkout (https://www.2checkout.com/index.html)
for this purpose. There is no merchant account required.
There is a small setup fee plus a percentage of each sale, view
their website for current rates. If you wish to use
2checkout on your website...sign up for an account and then
contact us for more information on integration, etc.
Verify Website Settings
- In the site manager menu, click "Edit Site Settings". Be sure
that all information is correct, set your listing prices, setup
your 'In the Spotlight' site. Especially be sure that
the Paypal address is the valid email address you have set up on
your Paypal account or customers will not be able to properly pay.
Set up the
Localities for your City:
In order to allow your website visitors to narrow their business
directory searches down to a particular part of town...you need to
set up "Localities" for your city. You can set up as
many or as few localities as you would like, however at least 7-10
are recommended to all your website visitors to really go local
with their searches. We also recommend dividing your
town into easily recognizable neighborhoods or areas so people can
identify them easily. After you add your localities, you
must assign each of the zip codes (up to 10 for each locality).
We have provided a link to a handy US Zip Code map to help you
with assigning them. Even though this process may take
20-30 minutes, it is a crucial element of your city guide and
should not be skipped.
up an @yourdomain.com e-mail account (if desired) -
If you would like to use any @yourdomain.com
email address for your website, we can create up to 3 of them for
you. Simply email us at
firstname.lastname@example.org and include the email addresses you
would like added, plus the passwords you would like for each
account. We can also forward the mail sent to the new account to
any existing account you may have. If you would like that service
just let us know and indicate the address all mail should be
To check your email, you may either log onto webmail at
(replace 'yourdomain' with your domain name)
...or you may set up the account in your email program. Use the
following settings if you wish to do this:
Incoming (Pop3) Mail Server: mail.yourdomain.com
(replace 'yourdomain' with your domain name)
Outgoing (SMTP) Mail Server: mail.yourdomain.com
(replace 'yourdomain' with your domain name)
Username: New Email Address
Password: Your Password
Check the box next to "My Outgoing Server Requires Authentication"
and keep the tick next to "Use Incoming Server Settings"
If you have any problems at all...just email me at
Set Banner Ad Prices
- There are many banner spaces on your website you can sell to
earn additional income. Click "Manage Banner Ads" and set the price of each banner.
Don't change the banner or links until you sell a banner as they
will help you sell them.
up for Commission Junction & Ebay Affiliate Programs - Your
website is programmed to earn you additional money without doing
anything. All you have to do is sign up for a free
Commission Junction & Ebay Partner account and input your
respective ID's in your site
settings. Click on the "Commission / Affiliate" link for
Give away free
or discounted listings to businesses to build content
- We STRONGLY advise you take a major
step in building the value of your site by either giving away or
heavily discounting about 25 or 50 listings just to make a good 1st impression on your
website visitors. If they come to the website and you only
have 1 or 2 featured businesses and 2 coupons, they won't come
back! If they visit your site and see a ton of businesses
and great coupon/savings card deals, they WILL COME BACK!
We have provided an easy link below for businesses to signup for
any free listing promotions you run. You can give them
permanent free listings or just give them a full year, it's up to
you. Feel free to add this link to your site, link to it
from your homepage, send emails to local businesses with the free
listing offer, etc, etc. The key is getting a good
number of ACTIVE businesses on your site to listing coupon/savings
card offers, fill out their description, add items, and more to
make build your websites content....SELLING LISTINGS BECOMES MUCH
EASIER WHEN THEY SEE ALL THE OTHERS PARTICIPATING ON YOUR WEBSITE!
For more info on marketing please visit our operator center by
logging in at
Free Listing Link:
http://www.yoursite.com/offer (replace yoursite.com with your
actual domain name)
Sign up for your
FREE Sitemeter Hit Counter/Tracker & Add the code to your settings
- We have partnered
with SiteMeter so you can track the traffic coming to your
website. Just go to
www.sitemeter.com and sign up for a FREE Basic account.
After successful sign up, you will be logged into your account.
HTML Code" (highlight text > right click > copy). Now all
you have to do is log in to "Site Manager" on your city guide and click on Site
Settings and scroll down until you see "SiteMeter Code".
Just paste the code into that box and submit the form and your
stats will be tracked from that point on.
Tip: When you are logged in at SiteMeter, if you click
on "Manager" you have several options that may be desired.
- "Stats by E-mail"...have your stats emailed to
you at the time interval you select.
- "Password"...change your password to an easier
to remember one
- "Meter Style"...Change your meter style if you
want visitors to see the hit count.
- "Privacy Level"...Set it so that visitors
clicking on your meter cannot see your statistics
- "Starting Count"...Pad your stats for visitors
by starting with a higher starting count.
Also, if you want to add a copyright to the bottom of your
website, simply enter a line break and type it below the SiteMeter
code. An example is
Copyright © 2008 YourCityGuide.net. All Rights
Community Savings Card Information
(Optional but Recommended)
(a.k.a. - The Fastest Way To
Make Your Site a Success!)
The Community Savings Card links & pages are not activated when we
upload your website. If you decide to order the cards
to take advantage of this great marketing angle, simply go to
"Site Settings" and next to "Activate Savings Cards" select "Yes".
If you have any Featured Businesses, we suggest you use the
"E-mail All Members" feature to notify them of the program.
We have implemented an
incredible way to spread your websites popularity like
wildfire....it is called the "Community Savings Card".
The concept is simple but brilliant. The Community
Savings Card allows local customers to take advantage of great
discounts offered by your participating Featured Businesses, and
all they have to do is show them the Savings Card, which is
completely FREE! No more coupon clipping! When you
activate the Savings Card program on your website, all of the
coupons offered by your Featured Businesses will also be their
Community Savings Card offer(s). Keep reading
to find out how the Savings Card will not only drive traffic to
your website, but also make it easier to sell Featured Listings
and create a buzz about your city guide throughout your town.
How can it
increase my sales/traffic? -
This is the best part! Let's
say you purchase just a minimal amount of cards to start out with.
After giving away some free or discounted listings to get some
great Savings Cards deals on your website from local
businesses....you start giving them away EVERYWHERE! Leave
them on the counters of businesses, hand them out on the street,
leave them in restaurants, put them ANYWHERE you can think of.
The card is FREE and promotes your website by offering them deals
and discounts for local businesses. How do they find out
where they can save? They simply hang on to the card and
visit your website and check your "Community Savings Card"
page that lists all of the great deals they can get simply by
showing their savings card.
People talk, and
so it won't be long until they're telling their friends about the
Savings Card. You can even pick out some of your
"Featured Businesses" to be "Pick up points" for the cards....it
will bring customers to them....so of course they'll want to do
it. The whole thing snowballs, all the while bringing you
traffic, plus it is a great selling point to sign up PAYING
FEATURED MEMBERS! They don't want to be left behind!
sure to tell your
website visitors where to get their Savings Card -
We have given you a spot on the
"Savings Card" page to tell your website visitors how to acquire
your Savings Cards.
We suggest starting by allowing them to send you a self addresses
stamp envelope (be sure to include your address so they know where
to send it!) to receive their "Savings Card". However,
it is a fantastic idea to approach some businesses about becoming a
"pickup point"...it drives customers right to them, something they
should welcome! When you have some pickup points, list them
here as well...just go to the "Edit Page Content" page to edit
your Discount Card page.
How Much are the
Savings Cards? These
cards are incredibly affordable and of amazing quality.
Please log into your account at
for prices and for ordering information.
We have much
more information on the "Savings Card" on our marketing
website...just log in to the operator center at
for more info.
EDIT YOUR SITE SETTINGS:
To edit general settings such as your email
address, phone number, price for your site and more...just click
on the "EDIT YOUR SITE SETTINGS" link. Be sure all
information is correct and edit anything you need to edit before
submitting the form. There is a short description of each of
the fields in the form to help you out.
SET UP YOUR LOCALITIES:
Setting up localities
for your city is one of the most important things you can do
to improve your city guide. It allows your website
visitors to narrow their business directory searches down to
the areas you define here. So they can not only find
Barbers, but Barbers in their area or neighborhood. The
more you can narrow it down, the better your website will be,
but it is completely up to you!
localities should cover all areas of your city. Once
you have decided on and added the localities you want to
use for your website, you will need to assign the zip
codes in your city to those localities. They can
overlap if they have to, meaning you can have the same zip
code as part of more than one locality.
Here is a great reference for assigning the zip codes to your
localities. It is a zip code map overlay on Google Maps:
REORDER, EDIT, AND DELETE LINKS
The links on your website are able to be reordered
how you like them. Just click the
▲ to move a link up, and the
to move a link down down. Click the
edit the button title.
If you wish to completely delete a page and link, click the
button. Be careful as this is permanent!
ADD A NEW PAGE TO YOUR WEBSITE
You can also add new pages and links to your
website. This is one of the most important features of
your website, as it gives you the opportunity to personalize your
site for your community. Add as many pages as you would
like. There are 3 types of pages you can add to your
- Use this if you want to add a blank page to your website that
you can add content to using the WYSIWYG Editor (What You See Is
What You Get). If functions just like Microsoft Word and
allows you to customize your text size, color, add pictures, and
more. (see the next section of the tutorial for more info on the
WYSIWYG Editor). Want to add a "Community Pictures" page?
Just use the "Add Editable Link/Page" form to enter the Link Title
and it is created instantly. Then just click the "Edit Page
Content" link (next in the tutorial) to use the WYSIWYG editor to
add content. You can create a page about anything,
user your imagination...content only makes your website better.
Add Page with No Link
- Use this link above the form if you want to add a new
editable WYSIWYG page but DO NOT want to have a link appear in
your navigation menu for that page. You would do this if you
intend to link to your new page from somewhere else within your
website and not clutter up your navigation. After you create
the page, you can edit it and also view the URL so you can link to
it within the Edit Pages in Site feature.
"External Framed Link"
- Use this form if you want to add a link to any external website.
An external website is any website that isn't yours, for example
the local Chamber of Commerce or local Visitors Bureau website.
When you add a link using this method, it will display your logo
and links at the top of the page, and display the external page in
a frame below them. This serves the purpose of allowing the
user to browse the external site, but still keeping them on your
site and allowing them to navigate back if they choose. No
sense driving them away...right?
"RSS Feed Page"
- The last kind of new page you can add to your site sounds
complicated, but it really is not. It is called an RSS Feed
Page. An RSS feed is basically a data stream that is
provided by certain websites (local newspapers often offer them)
that you can display within your existing website design and they
appear as part of your website. They are constantly
updated by the provider so you have fresh content on your website
and don't have to do anything. The news and recipes on your
homepage are examples of RSS feeds. I've given you the
opportunity to add RSS Feed pages to your site as well.
It's easy to find RSS Feeds...just go to
http://www.rssmicro.com and find a feed you want to add to
your website. When you find the one you want, just copy the
(including the http://) - see screenshot below. Then paste
it into the Add RSS Page form in Link Manager. Add your Link
Title, submit and you're done.
EDIT PAGE CONTENT:
This is where you will edit the content
on the pages of your website. Just click the
title of the page you wish to edit and you will be taken
to the editing page.
- This method uses the "What You See Is What You Get"
Editor (shown below). It is very easy to use and
operates like Microsoft Word or other word processing
software. You can edit text size, color, insert
pictures, and more. The text on your homepage is
editable in the WYSIWYG Editor, as is any new page that
you set up as an editable page. We have put a
Quick Reference Table for the WYSIWYG Editor button on the
editor page, but you can also
Click here for Flash Tutorials and Button Explanations
for the WYSIWYG Editor
External Link & RSS Feed Pages - When you
edit these pages you are actually just editing the URL of
either the external link or the RSS Feed. Click the
link title you want to edit and on the next page you can
edit the URL. Be sure to only edit
the link portion of the above full URL:www.yoursite.com
(Only edit the part in red)
(Only edit the part in red)
MANAGE BUSINESS DIRECTORY:
This section allows you
to review submissions waiting for approval plus view, edit, and delete all of the listings already appearing on your site.
You can also easily contact any of your members from this page by clicking their email address.
Pending Featured Listings
you have verified that payment has been received, log into site
manager and click "Review" next to the listing you would like to review and/or activate.
Verify all information, enter a listing expiration date, etc...then
submit the form make the listing go "Live" on your website.
- Click this button only if you want to permanently delete this submission from the queue. CAREFUL...THIS CANNOT BE UNDONE!
Active Featured Listings
- Use this feature to resend the confirmation email containing a
customers username and password. A quick and easy
way to get that information to someone who has lost their
username and password information or didn't receive the first
- To Edit one of the listings, just click the "Edit" button to the
right of the listing you want to edit. You will then be
taken to a form that will have all of the listing information in a
form for you. Just edit the information you want to change
and click "Update". It will instantly be updated in the
- To Delete a listing from your site, all you need to do is click
the "Delete" button next to the listing you want to
delete. It will ask you "ARE YOU
SURE YOU WANT TO DELETE THIS LISTING?" Either click
"OK" to delete it or "CANCEL" to cancel the
Non-Featured Business Listings
area allows you to edit/delete the Non-Featured Yellow Page
Listings on your website in case the need ever arises.
Just enter all or part of a business name into the search box
and submit. You will see a listing of matching businesses,
along with Edit and Delete buttons just like with the Featured
ADD A NEW LISTING:
If you sign up a business in person, or for any
other reason need to add a business yourself, simply use this
feature to do so. There is also an option to add a free
yellow page listing.
Allows you to review your
website categories, add new ones if needed, and delete existing
categories. Generally speaking most businesses should fall
into the existing website categories, but this gives you the
option if you feel the need to add a new one.
MARKETPLACE / CLASSIFIEDS:
This is where you manage the items for sale posted
on your website. You can view all items posted by both
Featured Businesses as well as Free Classified users. Just click on "Manage your Marketplace" to go to
Marketplace manager. You will see a listing of items in your marketplace.
To delete an objectionable, fraudulent or out of date listing,
just click 'Delete' next to the item in question.
Click an item name to view the full item description page.
Finally, if you want to view or delete a Free Classified user for
any reason, just use the link provided.
Another profit generating feature on your website is the ability
to sell banner advertisements. Your website is already
preloaded with banner ad spaces ready to sell. Banner Ad
Manager allows you to upload advertiser banners, set prices for ad
space, even create your own banners online.
ONLINE BANNER MAKER
There is a link at the top of Banner Ad Manager to Create your own
banners. Use the online banner maker to create
impressive banner ads for your clients. You can preview the banner
as you go, and finally save it to your hard drive when finished so
you can upload it to your website.
UPLOADING A NEW BANNER IMAGE
In Banner Ad Manager you will see a form for each banner on your
website. At the top is a description of where the banner is
located (ex. Homepage 1st or Business Directory Bottom).
Find the location you would like to upload a new banner to, and
click the "Click Here to Upload a Different Banner" link.
You will be walked through the banner upload process. Be sure the
banner image you upload is the correct size.
CHANGING THE PRICE OF A BANNER
You obviously have complete control over the pricing of your
banners. I have set default prices which you can feel free
to use or change to your liking. If you would like to
change the price of a banner, simply scroll down to the location
you would like to change, edit the price, and submit the form.
RESETTING THE "ADVERTISE HERE"
If you have uploaded a banner ad and would like to display the
"Advertise Here" banner again, simply follow the instructions in
the Banner Link URL and Banner Image URL boxes and submit the
Your homepage has a unique feature called the "Business Card
Billboard". It allows you to upload up to 15 business
cards which transition frame by frame for your visitors to see.
Be sure to leave the first
frame, as it introduces the Business Card Billboard.
HOW TO CHANGE A FRAME (UPLOAD A
Uploading a business card is
simple and works just like uploading a banner ad. Simply
click the "Change" link next to the frame you want to upload a
business card for. Your business card image should be a jpg
or gif and using a scanner is your best option. Simply
follow the instructions to upload the business card image.
For best results, your business
card image should be as close to 350 x 200 pixels as possible.
COMMISSION / AFFILIATE:
Earn Money the Easy Way!
We have preloaded your website with several affiliate programs
designed to earn you a commission if someone clicks through from
your website and makes a purchase. All you have to do is
sign up for the free program! Plus we give clear
instructions on how to sign up for new affiliate programs and add
their banners or create links on your website. Visit the
Commission / Affiliate link for detailed instructions.
Billing Manager allows you to
view the expiration date of all your Featured Businesses.
We've made it easy for you to track the status of your Featured
Businesses, and have even provided a "Billing E-mail" link to send
expired businesses, or businesses whose Paypal payments have been
cancelled, a billing notice. Just click that link, and on
the next page, we've pre-populated a form. You can just hit
send, or change the wording if you wish. Upon submitting the
form, the business will be e-mailed the notice containing a link
for them to renew their subscription.
Keep up with your website
visitors and keep them coming back! Your website comes with
a mailing list signup form in the right hand column of every page
on your website. Use the mailing list manager to view your
members and send out emails to all of them. Use the
same username and password to login to Mailing List Manager as you
do to access your Site Manager.
E-MAIL ALL MEMBERS:
If you want to e-mail all of the
members of your website at one time, we have made it easy for you.
Simply click the "Email All Members" link. On the next page
is a text box containing the e-mail addresses of all the Featured
Businesses on your website. Simply highlight them, copy, and
paste them into your favorite e-mail client (Outlook, Outlook
COMPACT AND REPAIR
If you notice any errors or slow
loading of certain database pages...you might try using the
"Compact and Repair Databases" link and performing this function.
It is also a good idea to compact and repair your Business
Directory database every so often just to improve load time and