The Secrets to Becoming an Influencer in Your World

The Secrets to Becoming an Influencer in Your World
“Influence is moving from your best to the best of others.” I do not remember where I read the quote above but I did write it down because it is the essence of influence and it is not easily reached. Life is a journey not a destination and I’ve been on the path to growing my influence for years. I think the Christian word equivalent would be “Discipleship”. Influence, Discipleship, leadership, or however you word it, we should always be striving to make a positive difference in the lives of others. When I was a young man, people poured into my life and it has helped me to go...
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Quick Tip: Grab the Vanity URL for Your Facebook Page

Quick Tip: Grab the Vanity URL for Your Facebook Page
I was sharing a few web tips the other day with a friend and in looking at her Facebook page I quickly realized that she did not yet have a vanity (personalized) URL set-up. This is something FREE and easy to do in just a few minutes. I’m referring to what you see in the browser’s address bar when you open a Facebook page. For example, I have a page for my non-profit DIRT Crew Student Ministries. If you click the following link my Facebook page opens and you can see my vanity URL in the address bar:  https://www.facebook.com/dirtcrew2001 (please visit and like!). Before I claimed my free...
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What Marketers Stole from the Church!

What Marketers Stole from the Church!
Can you believe anyone would steal from the church?  Well they have and we should be appalled! Marketers of large brands and corporations have stolen a very important word from us and the sad part is they’re doing a much better job with it! The word is “Evangelist”. Growing up in church, I have always thought of an Evangelist as someone who is passionate about sharing the good news of Christ. So passionate that it becomes a calling that drives them in all they do. Now big business has claimed our word, tweaked the meaning, and are adding staff ‘evangelists’ to share their...
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The Web Chameleon: Staying Alive On the Web!

The Web Chameleon: Staying Alive On the Web!
What Color Are You Today? Your web presence should be like a chameleon that changes color based on its surroundings. When the color of the environment changes the chameleon changes its color to match. This is a great protective strategy for staying alive. I don’t think the chameleon puts a lot of thought into changing colors, it just happens naturally. What a shame that when it comes to the web we are not able to change as easily. If you want to stay alive in the ever changing world of web you have to be committed to changing along with it. This is this very reason that so many web sites,...
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First Steps to a Successful Web Presence

First Steps to a Successful Web Presence
Building a successful web presence may be easier than you think. All it takes is a little time and attention to have an effective presence on the web that will present your organization, define your community, reach the unreached and touch lives! Here are the first three steps to getting started online: 1. Claim Your Web Real Estate Do a search of your church or organization’s name on the web and see what appears in search results. Wherever your name appears, try to go in and claim the profile. Top places include google maps, yellowpages, citysearch, yahoo, etc.  Read more here: Free Real Estate...
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10 Sites That Will Put You on the Fast Track!

10 Sites That Will Put You on the Fast Track!
It is Impossible to Keep up with the Speed of Technology That is why you need a pit crew. Have you noticed our Blogroll on the sidebar? That is my Pit Crew. Ten sites that are worth you time to visit if you want to stay on the fast track of communication technologies. You may not need all ten, but several will be exactly what you have been looking for. These are my current top ten that include everything from the latest web tips to free graphics for your next worship service. I am going to give you my quick intro to each one and what they offer (in no particular order)… 1....
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Web Site Skins, Themes & Templates

Web Site Skins, Themes & Templates
There are thousands of ways to skin a web site. Find that “just right” look for yours. The top layer of your web site, what the visitor sees, is the “skin” of the site. Also referred to as “themes” or “templates”, skins are designed to be interchangeable. The idea is, if you get tired of one, you can take it off and put on another. The fact is you will probably have to do some tweaking but you are not having to build a whole new web site. This is why WordPress is such a great option for building a web site. WordPress has a theme gallery of over 1400 FREE...
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How to Claim Your Domain Name

How to Claim Your Domain Name
One of the first steps to building your organization’s web presence is to claim your domain name. The biggest challenge you will likely face is finding one that is available. This is especially true for churches (firstbaptist.com, org or net, are long gone!). The easiest way to see if a domain is available is to search for it. If you type the desired domain into your browser and a web site opens, then the name has been claimed by another organization. If your church has a more common name like “Bethel” you may have to get real creative to come up with an available domain. Today there...
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Land Grabbing Is A Social Thing Too!

Land Grabbing Is A Social Thing Too!
The web estate land grab does not stop with search engine results (see previous post). Try this web estate discovery technique with social networks. Go to Facebook and search for your church name. I believe you will find that it’s already there. Often you will find auto-generated pages created by Facebook which may include a company page, interest page or location page. In addition, you may find that someone has already created a page or group about your church. Having someone interested enough to create a page in your behalf is great, but it is important for you to make sure the content being...
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FREE Real Estate for You to Claim!

FREE Real Estate for You to Claim!
Did you know that you have web real estate just waiting to be claimed? If you have a church, non-profit or business, it is very likely that it is already all over the web. To find out, all you have to do is search for it on google. I just did a search for my church, First Baptist Acworth, and there are multiple pages of results. Everything from maps to city pages. So claim all that web estate! Top places will include google maps, yellowpages, citysearch, yahoo, and Facebook. There will also be many local profiles as well, including the Chamber of Commerce and church listing sites. Wherever your church...
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