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steve's picture
3 weeks ago
by steve

Just a quick screenshot of the new Messanger service I'm working on... It's fully operational and so far looks pretty fluid. Starting to look forward to sleeping again.

Hoping to launch this massive project by Canada Day.



steve's picture
1 month ago
by steve

The new generation of TownPost sites will likely launch on the July long weekend. Many late nights developing and testing the new features and functionality this update will bring. As I mentioned in an earlier post we're going back to basics somewhat with a stronger focus on individual towns.

A representative from Government who heard about TownPost contacted us to discuss our thoughts on economic growth and what technology or new strategy could help local businesses from our perspective. I gave them my elevator pitch on how Alberta needs a "Local Amazon", that businesses need to be encouraged to participate in a more local infrastructure. The US tech giants have helped many businesses in the short term but in many ways these have become a bait and switch. Small businesses in Canada need to recognize that we need to compete with these services on a local level.

The timing of the Alberta Government reaching out couldn't have been better, but I fear the narrative I presented may have fallen on deaf ears.

On a positive note TownPost traffic has not only grown 72% since last year this time, but increased engagement and a wider demographic using the service.



dexcts's picture
1 month ago
by dexcts

The new version of TownPost is underway... Very exciting to develop all of the new and improved features that I have been dreaming up for the last couple of years since the last major update. In other ways its back to basics, going back to what made TownPost popular in the first place.



steve's picture
1 month ago
by steve

Business owners in small communities need to recognize that a large number of shoppers look online for what they want before ordering or going to buy it. With local sites like TownPost we can help you target those residents searching online for the products or services you provide.

» Do something new
» Do something exceptional
» Show people what you have to offer

How can TownPost help you Advertise?
We can help you show off your product or service in a new and professional way.
We can help you reach potential customers with what you are best at!
We can help you reach hundreds of local consumers in your town.



steve's picture
1 month ago
by steve

This fellow, Josh Bachynski, is an SEO guru and Google critic created a documentary about "Google's Secret War". He interviews various business owners and SEO experts and explores the ethics of the Google Search algorithms that are supposedly impartial.

Small businesses have a growing dependence on Google's organic search results and at the mercy of the algorithm, which makes it all the more concerning that dropped it's unofficial slogan "Don't Be Evil".

So is Google simply a private company offering a "free" search engine service to the world, or does the power they have accumulated give them a greater ethical responsibility?

Rent it or buy it on iTunes here.

Watch the trailer here:



steve's picture
2 months ago
by steve

Auto Parts Search Engine for Auto Wreckers and Dealerships storing old car and truck parts.

It seems to me this is a good idea, what about a
"Amazon Local" for car and truck parts could prove to be quite successful if salvage yards, auto parts stores, and dealership parts departments were all on board.

As I write this there are people buying car parts on Amazon that are being shipped from China. Meanwhile, the exact same parts are collecting dust on some shelf in that person's home town. This is a very inefficient market when you consider the shipping, storage, customs fees, and interest being paid on old inventory that could be replaced with newer parts.

I actually built a rough pro-to-type of this site for someone here: https://albertawreckers.ca/

The biggest challenge I see setting something like this up is obtaining the lists of parts from these dealers, the ones sitting on the most inventory are the least likely to have the motivation to send in the lists (or they would already be doing something with the excess stock). Another problem is that one would need a large number of auto parts companies to participate in order to make the search valuable to parts seekers.

ATV, Motorcycle, Snowmobile, Quad, and UTV parts instead? I don't know the Auto industry that well, perhaps car and truck parts have already been done to death. Maybe focusing on Motorsport dealers is a better angle.

Farm Equipment parts would also be a great niche but you would really need a specialist to dabble in the Farm Machinery business.



steve's picture
2 months ago
by steve

If you're building an online business that monetizes using advertising there needs to be a plan to move to native ads (at least in part). It's too risky to put all your chips on Google Adsense revenue. For this reason, I am weaning off banner ads and enhancing the premium/paid ads that users can purchase.

On one of my sites the website Traffic is up and incredible 75% but Google Adsense Revenue down 39% (Some Banner ads were removed to show less advertising which constitutes some of this drop). Revenue from direct paid ads is up 70%.

Overall I am very happy with Google Adsense as a service. They have demonetized some of the ads for certain content, which is disappointing, but they have good tools and notifications to let webmasters know about the offending pages so they can be fixed. Even if some of our content is not advertiser-friendly, I do not anticipate ever being tossed of their platform. However, every serious webmaster, YouTube creator, or online media business needs to have control over at least 50% of their revenue rather than completely relying on Adsense, YouTube Ads, or Patreon.



steve's picture
2 months ago
by steve

Well, Facebook banned another one of my pages so I had to write another rant here: https://bizuns.com/internet/facebook-bans-sprucegrove-buy-sell

Here I get a little into an idea I am working out for an "Amazon Local" type service. A type of online service that may be huge in the future where shoppers can purchase items locally either used from other people or from businesses who have items for sale.

TownPost has a little bit of this baked into our search engine, some of my web design customers have their inventory in the TownPost search. So if you are looking for a specific item it will show you used results followed by local retailers that may be selling exactly what you are looking for.



steve's picture
2 months ago
by steve


steve's picture
2 months ago
by steve

You need to increase your productivity. - “Time is what we want most, but what we use worst.” —William Penn

“Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage. If you want to conquer fear, do not sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy.” —Dale Carnegie

“Willpower is the key to success. Successful people strive no matter what they feel by applying their will to overcome apathy, doubt or fear.” —Dan Millman



steve's picture
2 months ago
by steve

One of my favorite projects to work on is Intranet sites. In my opinion, every business could save a ton of time if they had their own document management system.

See my latest progress at https://21c.ca/



steve's picture
2 months ago
by steve

Here's a billion dollar idea for Instagram or Snapchat (maybe they're already doing it). For every photo people take with filters enabled the companies should store the unfiltered versions and then sell them to people in years to come. When many of these kids and teens get older they will realize they want to see their photos without fake makeup and dog ears on their heads. Just a thought...



steve's picture
2 months ago
by steve

Where are your customers pulling you? Don't push customers. If your customers are hacking your product to do something it wasn't intended to do pay attention and double down on those features!



steve's picture
2 months ago
by steve

Book Recommendation
"Jobs to be done" Framework book.



steve's picture
2 months ago
by steve

The best companies create their own market.