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100 Free Banner Impressions per month, every month, for as long as you post one of our search boxes on your site. Post multiple search boxes and get 100 impressions per search box. Free Banners will link back to the same page that the search box is located. Banners will be displayed on the front page and the search results page for each each location. For instance if you post the search box for Anchorage your banners will appear at Alaskan Best Search - Anchorage and the Anchorage search results page. Currently there are 20 Alaskan locations with there own search portal.

If there is a community not included in this list that you would like to have added, you may email your request to the webmaster.

Once you have selected and posted the search box to your website just email the webmaster with the locations of the search box on your website along with your banners. You may include a single line of text below your banner, which has shown to be more affective. You may choose to use different banners for each location, or the same one for multiple locations. Banners must be standard 468x60 pixles.


Another way to advertise is with "Google Adwords" that appear to the right on every page at AlaskanBest.com - The advantage to using the Adwords program is that you have the option to only pay for actual visitors to your site and you can select the key words that your ad will display for.

Sometimes generating traffic to your website may be a secondary goal. Event promotion or political ads are two examples where awareness could be the primary goal. In those cases display or banner ads are the more effective alternative. In those cases the top and the top right corner (below the Visit AllAlaskans.Com link) of all the search results pages are available on a weekly or monthly basis. Contact us with your desired location and when you would like your ad to run to receive a price quote and availability.

Clearly search engine optimization (SEO) is an important part of generating leads from the Internet, however it can't completely replace advertising. It's very difficult when you are trying to set yourself apart from the millions of potential sites competing for the first twenty results for a key word or phrase.

I am and have been a proponent of reciprocal linking with other websites for a long time (Strategic Linking for Success 1998) as a cost effective way to reach your desired audience and increase a web sites search engine ranking. However it's become increasingly difficult to find link partners that have sufficient traffic to make linking with them valuable. In addition to that, Google.com has taken steps to lessen the impact of paid for links.

This confusion lies in the common belief that there are two ways for optimizing the link-based popularity of your website: Either the meritocratic and long-term option of developing natural links or the risky and short-term option of non-earned backlinks via link spamming tactics such as buying links. We've always taken a clear stance with respect to manipulating the PageRank algorithm in our Quality Guidelines. Despite these policies, the strategy of participating in link schemes might have previously paid off. But more recently, Google has tremendously refined its link-weighting algorithms. We have more people working on Google's link-weighting for quality control and to correct issues we find. So nowadays, undermining the PageRank algorithm is likely to result in the loss of the ability of link-selling sites to pass on reputation via links to other sites

So the challenge to small businesses is to invest their money in advertising that:

  1. Targets the desired audience.
  2. Is cost effective.
  3. Provides measurable results.
One very good and easy way for small businesses to accomplish this is with Google Adwords. Want your ad to show only on a particular site, no problem. How about showing it only to users in Alaska or even in Anchorage or Nome, again, no problem. You can even narrow it down to a particular section of town. Want to set a budget for a day, a week or month? Again, Google lets you control both your audience and budget in a way that no other advertising media can. You can test different text or images on a limited run and find the combination that returns the best results before you invest significantly. Want to get started with Google Adwords, but don't have the time?
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