CitySquares.com, the premiere hyper-local search site in New England, New York City and eastern New York State, has eclipsed the half a million user mark so far this month making it the fastest-growing search site on the internet, according to data compiled by Quantcast (current ranking 3110), the world’s only open internet ratings service. The company expects to reach one million users per month by September, 2008. CitySquares now has more monthly traffic visitors than such brand name sites as:

  • Boston.Citysearch.com
  • Dunkin’Donuts.com
  • Mastercard.com
  • NYC.com
  • WNBC.com
  • VanityFair.com

Ben Saren, CEO of CitySquares.com, says this data proves that consumers are finding the value of using a true hyper-local search site. “This kind of organic growth demonstrates that our model works and that we’re addressing a shortcoming in the marketplace. Consumers are finding what they want and businesses are seeing excellent results. We are proud so many businesses refer to us as a trusted online resource.”

Since its launch in 2005, CitySquares.com has been providing local businesses with an opportunity to reach out a targeted local online audience through its highly trafficked, consumer-facing website. Businesses are able to fully customize their CitySquares.com advertising campaign with SEO tools, content management, content syndication tools, email newsletters, video, offline tools, and much more. Users are able to easily find this content, rate and review businesses and contribute other kinds of content.

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Begin alvast met het lezen van de tips op 31 Days to building a better blog.

Day 1 – Email a New Reader
Day 2 – Run a ‘First Time Reader Audit’ on your Blog
Day 3 – Search for and Join a Forum
Day 4 – Interlink Archived Posts
Day 5 – Conduct an ‘About Page Audit’
Day 6 – Email an Old Timer Reader
Day 7 – Plan Your Next Week’s Posting Schedule
Day 8 – Comment on a Blog You’ve Never Commented On Before
Day 9 – Run an Advertising Audit On Your Blog
Day 10 – Declutter Your Sidebar
Day 11 – Dig into Your Blog’s Statistics
Day 12 – Introduce Yourself to another Blogger
Day 13 – Search for an Affiliate Program that Fits Your Blog
Day 14 – Analyze Your Blog’s Competition
Day 15 – Make Your Most Popular Posts Sticky
Day 16 – Create a Heatmap of Where Readers Click on Your Blog
Day 17 – Run a StumbleUpon Campaign for Your Blog
Day 18 – Create a Sneeze Page and Propel Readers Deep Within Your Blog
Day 19 – Respond to Comments on Your Blog
Day 20 – Run a Reader Survey
Day 21 – Make a Reader Famous
Day 22 – Catch New Readers Up on the Basics of your Blog
Day 23 – Go on a Dead Link Hunt
Day 24 – Do a Search Engine Optimization Audit
Day 25 – Go Shopping and Improve Your blog
Day 26 – Link Up to a Competitor
Day 27 – Find a Sponsor for Your Blog
Day 28 – What is Your Blog’s Mission Statement
Day 29 – Email a Blogger that Linked to You to Say Thanks
Day 30 – Explore a Social Media Site
Day 31 – Run a SWOT Analysis on Your Blog

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