LocalBizBlogs is a one-stop for marketing your business on the web. A BizBlog increases your visibility on search engines like Google and connects you with customers on social networks like FaceBook and Twitter. We make it easy for you to reach new customers, and sell your products and services online.
It's also a place to find unique local businesses in your area or while traveling. Read their BizBlog and get to know them before you walk in the door.
A BizBlog is your business's page, consisting of a profile, blog, and business tools. The profile contains a description of your business, hours of operation, and contact information. Use the blog to keep customers informed and up-to-date about your business. Customize your BizBlog with one of our many tools, including: coupons, events, menus, links, photos, and videos.
For more information, visit our About page.
LocalBizBlogs is for small-independent local business owners and staff. The BizBlog was designed from the ground up to meet the needs of independent businesses everywhere. Because LocalBizBlogs places a high priority on a business's location, the business benefit by having an SEO advantage for local searches. We serve:
To keep the integrity of being a destination for quality independent businesses, LocalBizBlogs requires that businesses have a demonstrated local component, i.e. a storefront, retail location, or catering to clientele in a specific geographic location. Multilevel Marketing, Formula Retail, and Non-Location-Based businesses are not allowed to use the BizBlog platform.
Yes, your BizBlog can be used as your primary web presence. Or it can complement your existing website. Sometimes more web presences are better than one. Generally a BizBlog attracts more visitor traffic from search engines than a static brochure-style website.
Your BizBlog is available to anyone on the internet. BizBlogs are highly optimized for search engine crawlers, so expect your content to get indexed by the major search providers during your first week.
For administering your BizBlog, we highly recommend the use of modern internet browsers like Firefox 3.5 and Safari 4, Internet Explorer 8, and Google Chrome. We no longer support Internet Explorer 6 (or lower) for administering your BizBlog as is not able to take full advantage of modern web technologies.
If you're unable to access your BizBlog, make sure your internet connection is up and running, and you are able to access other websites.
If you are connected and still can't access your BizBlog, please contact LBB support via email
Share your BizBlog by clicking the Send to Friend button at the top left of your BizBlog. This sends the recipient an email containing your business's profile information and a link back to your BizBlog.
Adding your BizBlog URL to your email and forum signatures is another way to spread the word. Also include your BizBlog's URL on advertisements, business cards, signage, video advertisements, and even voicemail.
Your blog's URL is http://www.localbizblogs.com/YOURBUSINESS and can be found at the top of your Account Tab when logged in.
While not everyone will agree on everything, we encourage civil and respectful discourse amongst our users. However, we do not encourage abusive or offensive behavior on LBB.
If you discover an offensive or inappropriate comment on your Blog, please send us an email with your report.
Comments can be deleted by logging in to your BizBlog, and clicking the delete icon in the upper right hand corner of the comment.
Although a BizBlog is designed to maximize your visibility to search engines, we have no control over when and where your Blog will show up in search engine results. It can take up to 2 weeks from when you first created your account for search engines to find your BizBlog.
Rankings on search engines are based on what the search engine knows about a site. Make sure your BizTags are filled out and your Profile contains a good description of your business (Google uses the first 160 words (including spaces) as descriptive text when displaying results.)
Search engines will give you higher placement if the content is updated frequently. Every time your BizBlog is crawled, the search engines are keeping track of how often it is being updated. Blogging frequently helps satisfy hungry search engines, and helps increase your page rank.
Visit The Exchange for more information on how to increase your search engine rankings. And check out these
Blog frequently. At least once a week. Write about your business, your customers, and your community. Include important keywords that customers would use to find your business on search engines. Set up your Profile and BizTags. Link to other sites and ask them to link back to yours. Get inspiration by reading what others are posting.
Take a look at these posts from the LBB blog for more tips:
If you've forgotten your password, or need to have it reset, simply use the 'Forgot your username and password' link below the sign-in fields. After you've entered your username and email address, an email will be sent to your address with instructions on changing your password.
Have an idea to improve LocalBizBlogs? Or perhaps you've discovered a bug? The best way to share your observations and thoughts is through the forum. LBB staff and community members will be glad to hear from you.
You can also contact LocalBizBlogs directly. We'll do our best to respond to you as soon as possible.
You can purchase a domain from any registrar and set the domain to forward to your unique BizBlog URL, which is formatted like this: http://www.localbizblogs.com/mybusiness. Your URL can be found in the Account Tab.
Tools can be turned on or turned off inside the Tools Tab. When turned on, Tools display immediately inside your BizBlog's righthand toolbar. Newly added Tools display at the bottom. Tools disappear immediately when turned off.
Any tool can be repositioned by clicking-and-holding its title bar, and dragging it above or below other Tools. To make dragging easier, it might help to "collapse" Tools before you move them. Collapse a Tool by clicking the arrow on the right of its title bar.
Have you accidentally disabled a tool? Don't worry! Simply turn it back on, and the Tool will immediately reappear and your information will still be there!