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Search Engines Find More, More Directly

Friday, November 02, 2012 View Comments Comments (0)
Google and Bing are the search engine giants of the Internet, but they also do more than take you to the home pages where you can find your answer. Often, they just take you to your answer. A recent New York Times article showed many examples, including:
  • Want a flight status? Skip going to the airline home page. Just enter the flight number in the search field.
  • Need a definition? Skip looking for a dictionary site. Enter the word plus dictionary in the search field. And you'll get your definition from a dictionary site.
  • Need directions? Just type in the address in the search field.
  • Want a local movie? Enter movies and your zip code
  • What's the forecast? Enter weather and a zip code
 

New E-zekiel Theme

Friday, October 26, 2012 View Comments Comments (0)
Tempo offers an upbeat, clean design that's easy to read and navigate. The right column adds visual interest and helps group your website content, making your entire site all-around more pleasing for guests. Add a scripture reference or your church's mission to the slogan field and bring the masthead area alive with clean, oversized type that differentiates your site and welcomes visitors. See Tempo in action on a sample site. View all the recently released E-zekiel Themes.
 

Why Create a Blog

Friday, September 28, 2012 View Comments Comments (0)
Blogs are a way to connect, inspire, encourage and educate – and you can easily create blogs for your site through E-zekiel’s syndication manager. Blogs benefit Search Engine Optimization, for one reason, because they provide fresh content and search engines like fresh content. Additionally, blogs increase the size of the site, which adds authority and provides more pages for internal links – other SEO benefits. And there are also reasons that Christians specifically should blog, to find out more read this blog post from Pastors.com.
 

The Sticky Issue of Unfriending

Friday, September 14, 2012 View Comments Comments (0)
Facebook friendships can be fun, inspiring and useful. But they can also be uncomfortable, annoying, irritating or offensive –  depending on how you feel about certain comments, photos and videos that fill your newsfeed. “Unfriending” someone – even someone you don’t know well – can seem awkward,  especially for those in ministry. What can  you do? This article gives tips on managing not-so-fun friendships.
 

Password Overload

Friday, September 07, 2012 View Comments Comments (0)
It seems as if passwords are the currency of life today. Whether accessing your work files, paying bills, buying stuff online, sending or receiving email, reading news from your favorite site, entering or exiting your home and a whole bunch of other stuff … you’re going to need a password for that. Experts tell you to change your password routinely so that you won’t be a target of ID theft. Yet people don’t like to do it. In fact, studies show a lot of people really, really don’t like to change a password. Just how unpopular is the common activity “thinking up a new password”. View this article on the results of a recent survey.
 

Online Videos Continue to Increase in Popularity

Friday, May 18, 2012 View Comments Comments (0)
Americans are increasingly turning online for content of interest, including surfing the Internet, watching online video and checking email. According to a Nov. 2011 survey conducted by JZ Analytics for Broadcom, nearly 87% of respondents consumed more than 11 hours of online content each week, at home or at work. Additionally, more than two-thirds of respondents said they watched at least one online video a day, while one-fourth said they watched three or more videos a day. Just as reminder: E-zekiel.com's media manager and companion site, E-zekiel.tv, make it easy to post and share Christian videos for free.
 

What Can You Do on LinkedIn

Friday, May 04, 2012 View Comments Comments (0)
The social-networking site LinkedIn is considered a site for professional connections – as opposed to the connections of Facebook, which often bring in friends from past and present and mix them with family as well as acquaintances from all areas of life.  With Facebook’s 900 million users compared to LinkedIn’s 150 million, the former apparently seems easier to employ than the latter. However, Business Insider recently offered helpful insight: 13 things you never knew you could do on LinkedIn. Take a look at the link below and see if some of these things could be applied to your church. For example, LinkedIn can be used to help find applicants for church positions, as well as for creating groups to organize and promote volunteer activities. Or since many people entering the workforce used LinkedIn, you could create a group for young professionals within your church.  Or since many people want to learn more about the staff of the church prior to visiting, staff contact information on your website could be linked to individual staff profile pages on LinkedIn. Or you may find some other ideas from this link: http://www.businessinsider.com/how-to-use-linkedin-2012-4?op=1#ixzz1tdzCVE2t

901 Million and Counting

Friday, April 27, 2012 View Comments Comments (0)
Facebook disclosed this month that it has 901 million users – which means it’s likely to go past 1 billion users this year. Twitter is the second largest social media network with 500 million users (although Twitter reports that only 140 million of those accounts are active). Is your ministry active in social networks? For E-zekiel customers, Facebook and Twitter icons can be added to site toolbars by adding the URL (web address) of your Facebook and Twitter pages into the fields in the Account manager. Additionally, if you’re using an E-zekiel theme for your design, E-zekiel also offers “Social Promoter Easy Panels” to promote your social content on your site.
 

Identifying Your Social Media Leader

Friday, April 20, 2012 View Comments Comments (0)
Social media offers tremendous opportunity for staying connected to church members. But, like most efforts, someone or some ones need ownership over the need as well as empowerment to tackle the deeds. How can you choose the right social media team to promote your ministry? You can start with these tips from “Small Biz PR Report” for identifying “social media stars” and apply them with an eye to ministry.
 

Interacting with Blogs

Friday, April 06, 2012 View Comments Comments (0)
In E-zekiel, you can enable the commenting feature on a blog if your plan includes the People manager, which allows visitors to register on your site. Comments are just one more way to engage with your audience. By posting your blog on social media outlets such as Facebook and Twitter, you provide another means for comments and interaction. Additionally, social media serves some of the same functions for your blog that RSS readers have because they allow people to follow content of their choosing.