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Google Analytics Provides Site Activity Details

Friday, January 14, 2011 View Comments Comments (0)
What’s happening on your site? Google Analytics can provide some answers. A free statistics service, once it’s integrated with your site, you can see an overview of activity over the last 30 days.  Among the details it provides, you can find out how many times a particular page was viewed and how many were unique (non-repeating) visitors. The pages are also broken down into top content (most viewed pages), content by page (views for individual pages) as well as by other categories.  If you haven’t signed up for Google Analytics, click here to learn more: http://help.e-zekiel.com/
 

More E-zekiel.tv Categories

Friday, January 07, 2011 View Comments Comments (0)
E-zekiel.tv has added two new categories that we're eager to see how you will use to share Christ. "My Story," smartly suggested by an E-zekiel.tv user, is a place that can be used to share personal testimonies as well as other stories that highlight particular steps within your walk of faith.

"Environment," another new category, would be a logical place for media about, say, a church conducting a recycling drive or planting trees in honor of a special occasion. Showing that you're not only in your community, but helping preserve your community's natural resources, is a powerful outreach tool.
 

Online Growth Continues

Friday, December 31, 2010 View Comments Comments (0)
No surprise – online activities are increasing across generations. A Neilsen Company study says that Americans now spend a quarter of their time on Facebook, Twitter and other social-media sites – which is up 43% over the previous year. Not only that,  Lifeway Research indicates that Facebook is now used by 47 percent of churches. And according to Pew Research, “looking for religious information” and “making online charitable donations” are among several activities that are becoming uniformly popular across age groups. Other activities include online banking, getting news, search engine use, making travel reservations and downloading podcasts.
 

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

Friday, December 24, 2010 View Comments Comments (0)
Axletree Media and the developers of E-zekiel would like to wish each of you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. We hope you enjoy this special time with your families and friends. We look forward to serving your online communication needs next year.
 

Holiday Support Schedule

Friday, December 17, 2010 View Comments Comments (0)
Our offices will be closed and customer service will not be available on Friday (Dec. 24), Monday (Dec. 27), and Friday (Dec. 31) so that we can spend time with our families during Christmas and New Year’s. We hope you have a joyous Christmas and a happy and safe New Year’s. Thanks for using E-zekiel.com, E-zekiel.tv, Connect and HelpRoot.com!
 

Need another domain name?

Friday, December 10, 2010 View Comments Comments (0)
When you sign up for an E-zekiel package, we can manage the purchase of your domain name for you. You can also purchase additional domain names through E-zekiel at any time. These can be useful for many purposes, such as the launch of new programs or the promotion of special events. Some organizations even purchase incorrect spellings of their difficult-to-spell names – just visit Carrabas.com, Carrabbas.com and Carabbas.com, and you’ll see they all go to the same place. Another good point: E-zekiel offers domain names for less than other registry sites. To search for domain names, visit www.axletreemedia.com/domains, then send an email with your requested name to: domains@e-zekiel.com.
 

The Terms of Twitter

Friday, December 03, 2010 View Comments Comments (0)
Twitter is a free social media service now being used worldwide by 175 million people. If you’re new to Twitter, however, the terms and signs can be confusing at first. So let’s start with the basics:

Tweet – This is a Twitter user’s post. A tweet has a limit of 140 characters, is text-based and is displayed on the user’s profile page. Tweets are public and searchable by anyone on Twitter unless the user restricts access. Tweets can be sent and received through the Twitter Web site, as well as through other applications such as smartphones.

Followers – These are Twitter users who subscribe to receive someone’s tweets. To follow is as easy as clicking the follow button on the person’s profile page.

Retweet – Some users retweet the tweets of other people. A retweet looks like a routine post, plus, “RT @tweeterusername”. Tip: If you want others to be able to retweet your post unedited, keep it short enough to allow for someone to stay within the 140-character limit while posting your content, plus the characters needed to identify you as the source (RT @yourusername)

The @ sign in front of a username is also used for replies or references to particular people. You might see that as, “@mypastorsname great sermon today”. A reply to someone is also known as a “mention”.

Hashtags – The hashtag is a number sign (#) plus a word or phrase to help categorize your tweet for searches – examples could be #disaster assistance, #food collection, #Christmas music, etc.

URL Shorterners – Twitter can be used to link to additional information; however, your actual URL could take up most of your 140 character allotment. That’s why you see the use of so many URL shorteners. These are services such as Bit.ly and tinyurl. You paste your long URL in a box at their site, and they return with a shorter version for your use on Twitter (or elsewhere).
 

What Does Organic Mean?

Friday, November 12, 2010 View Comments Comments (0)

The Web has a language of its own – created in many instances by applying new uses to old words, such as link, anchor or cookie. One of these new uses is with the term organic. When organic is used, say, with food, it’s referring to a product coming more purely from animal or vegetable origins, as opposed to manufactured chemical origins. In other words, it’s “free” of something that some people don’t want.

Organic, in search engine terms, is also “free” of something in that it refers to unpaid rather than paid results. Organic results come from SEO strategies that include everything from effective keywords, page titles and domain names to effective navigation, quality site content and strategic anchor text. Non-organic results come from paid advertising (Google Adwords, for example).

 

A Brief Explanation of RSS and how you benefit from it.

Friday, November 05, 2010 View Comments Comments (0)

Why do some sites display an orange icon with the letters RSS inside? It lets you know that the information that is being published on the Web is distributed to its audience online (through a mean other than email).

The most common attributed meaning to RSS is “Really Simple Syndication.” The basics go like this: When “syndicated” content is published on the Web, it is distributed as a “news feed” via a “news reader.”

The person who wishes to subscribe to the content will often already have an established “news reader” account. However, RSS icons will typically lead you to a link to sign up for a reader if you don’t already use one. Free online readers included Google Reader, My Yahoo!, Newsgator, Bloglines and Feedbucket.

The upside for those who use readers is that it gives them one place on the Web to receive updates from their favorite sites. The upside for those who publish syndicated content is that it provides a means to deliver messages to a receptive audience.

For churches and ministries, for example, providing syndicated content through RSS is a way to keep people informed and inspired. It can be used for weekly news, announcements, weather cancellations, prayer requests, sermon highlights, scripture and more. Blogs (written content) and podcasts (audio/video files) are distributed through RSS feeds.

 

Audio and Video Podcasts

Friday, October 22, 2010 View Comments Comments (0)

Podcasting is a way to distribute audio or video files to people who subscribe to your “feed.”

With E-zekiel, podcasts are distributed by creating a channel within the Syndication manager. Once the channel is saved, each podcast can be added via the Item List at the page bottom; just click the plus sign. You’ll then be able to set dates to publish or remove this content and have a mechanism to archive and access older podcast files.  Once the channel is created, the RSS button automatically appears for that channel, allowing visitors to subscribe.

In Internet terms, podcasting is an older social media – having been “cutting edge” around 2006. Yet it’s still going strong. Recent studies showed that 70 million Americans have listened to or viewed a podcast. Currently, 23% of Americans listen to podcasts, up 11% from 2006. And while podcasting incorporates both video and audio, video podcasting is up 20%.