Online Directory Network

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Learn how to use our platform to its full potential.

Membership & Listing Features

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Membership & Listing Features

Members are allowed to create up to 2 Listings per Listing Package purchased, which provides an opportunity to either create multiple Listings of the same type or to branch out and create different types of Listings.

Listings can be found using advanced search and filtering.

Filters vary, depending on the type of Listing, but some of the more common filters include ‘Categories’, ‘Regions’, ‘and Tags/Keywords’.

We encourage Listing owners to fill out their Listings as completely as possible, in order to extend their customer reach.

Check out one of the search pages for yourself.

Wouldn’t it be great to already know the Listings on the other end of your search may want to connect with you?

Listings can be found using a one-way search, but the true magic is bringing Listings together based on similar needs and interests.

Each side (i.e. Listing) specifies what they offer and what they are looking for and then the searching party can use our advanced search form to “trigger” the matching in a few clicks.

At this time, Directory Listings have two-way matching capabilities.

Sometimes the timing just isn’t right for finding what you’re looking for on our platform, and searches are coming up empty.

How nice would it be to enter some quick information about what it is you’re looking for and automatically get notified via email when Listings are published and match your criteria? 

Yep, we make it super easy to stay on top of changes while you go on about your day.

Listing owners can provide various details to help other members of our community make better-informed decisions.

Depending on the type of Listing, the following details are available to all Listing owners, regardless of their Listing package.

    • Name
    • Tagline
    • Description
    • Category
    • Region
    • Languages
    • Related Listings
    • Two-Way Listing Matching Criteria
    • Contact Email
    • Website
    • Calendly Booking Form
    • Social Network Links
    • Logo or Headshot
    • Image Gallery
    • Introduction Video
    • Services
    • Price Range
    • Payment Methods
    • Offer Landing Page
    • Buy Now Link
    • Domain
    • Domain Length
    • Domain Extension
    • Domain Age
    • Domain Price
    • Domain Registrar
    • Business Sale Price
    • Business Creation Date
    • Business Monetization Strategies
    • Business Monthly Net Profit
    • Business Assets Included In Sale
    • Directory Platform
    • Directory Theme
    • Directory Plugins

All Listings include a built-in contact form so people always have an easy way to reach out to Listing owners.

The email address used when signing up for the platform will be used as the default recipient address, but this can be changed at any time.

Change your email address here.

Build up your reputation by accumulating positive ratings and reviews.

Everyone has to start somewhere and may not have their reputation built up, so not having any reviews isn’t necessarily a bad thing.

Members can be rated by different criteria, depending on their particular Listing Type.

Reviews are always moderated and can only be submitted by registered users.

Directories

  • Overall Rating
  • Team / Leadership
  • Usability
  • Customer Value


Professionals

  • Overall Rating
  • Professionalism
  • Responsiveness
  • Knowledge


Deals

  • Overall Rating
  • Price
  • Product / Service
  • Customer Value

From your account dashboard, you can easily view valuable information about your overall Listing footprint on our platform. with the ability to filter by a particular Listing and by a specific date range.

The analytics are laid out in a clean, simple fashion, that’s easy to understand and digest.

Listing Views (Unique)
This is the first time a unique visitor looks at your Listing and the uniqueness is determined by looking at their IP address.

Listing Views
If a unique visitor ever looks at your Listing again, this counts as a ‘view’.

Published Listings
This is how many ‘active’ Listing you currently have on our platform.

Pending Listings
This is how many Listings are waiting to be approved by our team.

Active Promotions
This is how many of your Listings have been promoted.

 

You can easily duplicate any of your existing Listings, using a super quick, 3-step process.

    1. From your account dashboard, click the ‘Copy’ icon on one of your Listings.
    2. Make any desired changes to what will be your new Listing.
    3. Click ‘Duplicate Listing’.

It is really that simple, to have multiple Listings on our platform that might share a lot of the same information.

We don’t let just anyone into our community and this is to everyone’s benefit.

Everyone deserves a comfortable space to collaborate with others, get advice, etc., without constantly being solicited.

Online Directory Network Private Facebook Group

We provide a generous and easy-to-use Affiliate Program, to reward those that believe in what we’re doing and are happy to spread the word.

To help people easily reach your business or brand, the following information is available and also actionable (i.e. clickable) to make things even more convenient.

    • Contact Email (Click to Email)
    • Phone Number (Click to Call)
    • Website (Click to Browse)
    • Social Networks (Click to View)
    • Calendly (Click to Book)
    • Acuity (Click to Book)
Link directly to your own website, allowing you to get more exposure and run visitors through your own sales funnel.

Link directly to your social media networks, allowing you to get more exposure and run visitors through your own sales funnel.

If you have Calendly set up on your end, you can easily add booking functionality to your Listing by simply copying and pasting in your Calendly profile link.

Calendly offers an easy, no-cost solution that allows others to schedule an appointment with you.

These appointments can sync up with your Google, Office 365, Outlook.com, Outlook, or Apple iCloud calendar.

It can take anywhere from 15-30 minutes to fully set up and test Calendly for one user, depending on your technical level.

Image galleries are ideal for communicating your branding, products, services, etc., and for those that are highly visual, the right images could be what makes them ultimately choose you.

Up to 6 images can be added to an Image Gallery.

Videos uploaded to services like YouTube or Vimeo can be easily embedded into a Listing.

    • Business or Brand Introduction
    • Testimonials
    • Product Overviews
    • Service Demonstrations

These are discounts that vendors have given to our community.

We are always working to form partnerships, with a primary focus on bringing more value to our members, and vendors interested in being an Online Directory Network partner can send us an email or jump into a quick chat with us here on our website.

This template is a full-blown project board that can be easily downloaded and imported into pretty much any project management solutions (Asana, Nifty, etc.).

It is a must-have for anyone looking to build an online business and is constantly updated to capture changes in solutions, best practices, etc.

While this template has a focus on the WordPress platform, the core principles can be applied to any platform.

Search Prominence 
Business-level Listings appear above all Pro-level Listings in search.

Promoted Listings are the only Listings that are given more prominence in search, above Business-level Listings.

Listing Prominence
Business-level Listings appear on our Home page, and other high-traffic pages, for a time, giving them greater exposure.

Business-level Listings will hold their spot on the high-traffic pages, for as long as it takes for new Business Listings or Promoted Listings to push them out.

In order to hold onto your Search and Listing Prominence longer or to help guarantee both, we recommend promoting your Listings.

Showcase galleries can be thought of as a bonus gallery, where Listing owners can showcase portfolios or further communicate their branding, products, services, etc.,

Up to 12 images can be added to a Showcase Gallery.

Business-level Listings are automatically granted “verified” status on our platform and will have a badge displayed so other members know those Listings mean business.

While we are always willing to help all of our members, those with a Business membership can get hands-on assistance from our team.

To get started, please use our website’s chat feature or schedule a FREE consultation.

We have been web professionals for 10+ years, IT professionals (Microsoft Certified Cloud Professionals) for 23+ years, and a Microsoft Certified Partner for 10+ years.

Our vast experience has exposed us to a huge range of technology environments and solutions, so we are confident that we can get you going in the right direction, regardless of the vendor or the solution.

Our business-level members are more than welcome to consider us as an extension of their team.

To get started, please schedule a FREE consultation.

Listing Management

Members that are logged into our platform, can review Listings to help others make better-informed decisions.

As part of the reviews, users can give star-based ratings for specific areas, as well as give an overall star-based rating.

Listing owners can build up their reputation by accumulating positive ratings and reviews.

Everyone has to start somewhere and may not have their reputation built up, so not having any reviews isn’t necessarily a bad thing.

Reviews are always moderated, can only be submitted by registered users, and Listing owners cannot review their own Listings.

Members can be rated by different criteria, depending on their particular Listing Type.

Directories

  • Overall Rating
  • Team / Leadership
  • Usability
  • Customer Value


Professionals

  • Overall Rating
  • Professionalism
  • Responsiveness
  • Knowledge


Deals

  • Overall Rating
  • Price
  • Product / Service
  • Customer Value

Listings are tied to a membership (i.e. subscription), so as long as a Listing subscription is active, the Listings tied to that subscription will be as well.

Business-level Listings appear above all Pro-level Listings in search.

Promoted Listings are the only Listings that are given more prominence in search, above Business-level Listings.

We recommend promoting Listings to help guarantee the hold onto their Listing Prominence.

Listing Promotions

Boost your Listings, giving them a higher priority in search, additional placement throughout our platform, and special designation badging.

Listings can easily be promoted by visiting the Listings area of your dashboard and clicking on the ‘Promote’ icon for any Listing you would like to Promote.

Promote Your Listings

Listing Promotion packages are purchased separately from your membership and each package carries with it a different priority level as well as a different promotion duration.

Listings under this promotional level:

    • Appear on our Home page as a Featured Listing.
    • Remain as a Featured Listing until other Listings with a higher priority level and rating push them out.
    • Appear higher in search results than non-promoted Listings, but lower than Level 2 promoted Listings.

Listings under this promotional level:

    • Appear on our Home page as a Featured Listing.
    • Remain as a Featured Listing until other Listings with a higher priority level and rating push them out.
    • Appear higher in search results than Level 2 promoted Listings, but lower than Level 3 promoted Listings.

Listings under this promotional level:

    • Appear on our Home page as a Featured Listing.
    • Remain as a Featured Listing until other Listings with a higher rating push them out.
    • Appear higher in search results than all other promotional levels.

Promoted Listings are designated by a solid green line next to the business or brand name.

    • Promoted Listings: Solid green line.
    • Featured Listings: Dotted green line.
    • Non-Promoted/Non-Featured Listings: No green line.