By Margo Frink
(Sept. 1, 2012) It’s been one month since we launched our new website and I have to say we are very pleased with the results. We thank Cazenovia resident Don Crossman for our new look and the countless hours he spent building us what we asked for.
We streamlined some categories to make searching a bit easier and to eliminate some of the redundancies. Chances are if it happened in your community, you will find it listed under your community tab.
We welcome any and all feedback and because of some of that feedback changes were made. Some laptop users were unable to view all of the communities at the dropdown tab at the top. So, Don added the community list along the left rail. You can find news pertaining to your community there.
Along with our long-standing columnists, we have added a Blog category. My co-publisher Martha Conway has already begun to blog. I and other bloggers will be added very soon.
One feature that we find very attractive is our rotating ads. On our former site, if your ad was at the top, it stayed there. If it was at the bottom, it stayed there. We felt it was a good business practice to allow all of our advertisers an equal amount of sharing time at the top of the page.
And in the past your ad was purchased by pages. Now, your ad will appear on all pages for the same price, which we have reduced dramatically. As small business owners we understand the value of a dollar. We wanted to allow other small business owners the opportunity to advertise on the web at affordable prices.
If you haven’t met our new director of sales, Cathy Nagle, to hear about how you can advertise on the Madison County Courier website, then email her at email@example.com or call her office at 315-684-8053 or her cell at 315-527-1627. Cathy has been a wonderful addition to our team.
Another feature that we added is the Beyond our Borders category. When our parent company M3P Media LLC began, it started with one website and continued to add sites. At one time there were 7 websites focusing on Madison, Oneida, Onondaga, Herkimer, Jefferson, Chenango and Oswego counties. As time constraints continued to mount on our small staff, we painfully made the decision to place all but the Madison County Courier inactive.
Adding the Beyond our Borders allows us to bring you news from these other counties once again.
With our other site, our loyal followers signed up for our daily newsletter and received all the news posted to our site in their email each morning. Through the transition to our new site, we lost these emails. If you would like to receive our daily newsletter, just click on the “By Email” feature at the top right of our site and add your email. It’s very simple.
Our Twitter feature is also back so you can follow us there. You can also like us on Facebook and receive all our posts that way. These features are right above our first ad at the right of the page.
If print is how you would like to receive your news, we have a weekly print edition. To pick up a copy of the Madison County Courier, you will find our newsstand list at the top of our page. If you would like a one-year subscription to the print edition, send your name, address, phone number and a check for $35 to M3P Media LLC, P.O. Box 3, Wampsville, NY 13163 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Senior citizens and veterans pay only $25 a year.
We welcome and encourage submissions to our print and web editions. Send your news to email@example.com. Photos encouraged.
Thank you and keep reading!
Vice President M3P Media LLC
Publisher Madison County Courier