Why Your Church Should Avoid the $10,000 Google Grants

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If you have been on the church tech scene on the Internet for the last month, you would have seen a lot of different articles popping up about how your church could get a sweet $10,000 per month of free Google Adwords for your church website. Churchsites.co promoted it, NilsSmith shared it, and even Josh Burns of Social Media Academy did a whole webinar on it. This is nothing new. I had actually written about this two years ago on my old personal site how I had helped my missionary organization ... Continue Reading

Will Google Penalize Your Church Website?

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For years we've been saying that church, ministry, and nonprofit websites need to be mobile-friendly. Up until now, we've been preaching this kind of web design from a practical perspective. More and more people are accessing the Internet outside of the PC desktop environment by using their smartphones and tablets, so having a mobile-friendly website—or as we often say, responsive—has become more and more important. What's the point of having a website if it isn't accessible? This makes sense ... Continue Reading

Facebook Ads: Do They Even Work? [Infographic]

Facebook Ads: Do They Even Work?

Advertising online for churches is not something I want to sell you on right now, so this entire article assumes that you are onboard with the concept. Instead, I would rather have the conversation of which area of advertising online is better for churches, Facebook or Google? Yes, there are others but these two are the big impacters who are getting it right the most. In some ways, it is comparing apples to oranges, but in the more generalized sense of online advertisers, we can define which is ... Continue Reading

How Does Google Adwords Auction Work [Infographic]

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I am currently working on an eBook for ChurchmagPress.com to set your church up with success for creating a digital ministry and one of the bigger aspects that simply gets missed on church tech websites is advertisements. The process is actually quite easy to start and yet complex enough you could spend many hours there to get the most for your buck. Here are great facts from the infographic below to help your church consider if using Google Adwords is for you. ... Continue Reading

How To Be A Google Power User [Infographic]

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I love using Google because of how effective it is to search for documents on the Interwebs. So when I initially found out about using quotation marks to search for a specific phrase several years back, I was hooked. Now that I look at the infographic below, I realize how poorly of a power user I really was. Sure, I have some of the comparators and insight browsing, but there is so much more to it than this. ... Continue Reading

Draftback: Playback Your Google Doc Revision History

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If you love using Google Docs, you're going to love this cool Chrome extension. And if you've thought about switching to Google Docs, this may be what pushes you over the edge. This Chrome extension is called, Draftback, and it can play back any Google Doc's revision history. It's like watching an instant reply or movie of your document coming to life! ... Continue Reading

Google Facts, Tips, Tricks & Stats [Infographic]

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If you dig through this enough, I am sure you'll find plenty bits of Google facts, tips, tracks or stats that you didn't know. I particularly like some of Google's hidden features—both forgotten and newly discovered. Here's an infographic for both Googlers and Nooglers. :P ... Continue Reading

Who Manages the Internet’s Address Book? [Video]

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A free and open Internet can only remain if we are willing to take-action. It's not going to remain open and free if we are not willing to do our part to keep it that way. There have been many hurdles in the past and there will be plenty more in the future. In the video below, Vint Cerf, the father of the Internet, plainly talks about who manages the ‘Internet's address book’ — a sort of ‘crash course’ of ICANN. ... Continue Reading

What to Do About the Changes to Google Authorship

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A few weeks ago it was announced that Google is removing profile photos and Google+ Circle count from their search results. There are a number of different speculations that are floating around as to why Google has done this, as it really takes a big bite out of the power of Google Authorship — aka: more click-throughs. While Google has not officially (as of yet) said why they are doing this, here are the two prevailing reasons being tossed about online: ... Continue Reading