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Growing Some Organic Traffic with Images
Here's a simple, reasonably quick, inexpensive way to add to your traffic. Pick some aspect of your community, get your camera and start snapping. Collect basic info about each of the images and upload all to a gallery where it can serve as a image directory for that area. Not only is it quick and easy, it's also low maintenance, another form of inexpensive.
We built one for the city of Dexter, Michigan. It took about 20 hours of labor between snapping pics and then finding/entering data about each. Something like this could be started and finished in a week once you have the process down.
We hosted our own using Coppermine which I think is best if you want to own the traffic. The total launch cost looks something like this:
Hosting $70/yr (I recommend HostGator) Domain Name $7 Photo Labor $100 Data Input Labor $300 First year cost: ~$500. Subsequent maintenance: $77/year.
Not sure how much traffic Dexter, Michigan will pull, likely not that much, but I'm sure the Google ads will cover that.
For smaller cities like Dexter, it works to grab every business. In larger communities go after something less generic. e.g., An image gallery of ... more
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