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How to claim your Seek And Find listing

You’ve read it in LPi’s monthly newsletters many times: taking advantage of a free, useful tool like Seek And Find is a smart thing to do. But how do you get started?

First, you’ll need to sign in to Seek And Find for the first time. This creates an identity unique to you. Part of this process is creating a login name you’ll use to access your listing in the future. You can’t claim a listing if Seek And Find doesn’t know who you are, so signing in once to create a login you’ll use in the future is how Seek And Find remembers you. Click on "sign in" button on the upper right corner of the screen and follow the on-screen instructions to create your login.

You won’t need your login to use Seek And Find to search for your own or other churches, businesses, and organizations, but you will need it to access your listing page and make changes. 

Once you’ve logged in using your login information, follow these steps to claim your listing:

  1. Claim listing button

    Navigate to your listing page by searching your business or organization name on SeekAndFind.com. When you arrive at your listing page:
  2. Scroll down to the "claim this listing" button in the middle right hand side of the page (pictured at right), and follow the steps on screen. This action allows the owner of the listing to make changes to the main information on that page. As the listing owner, you can add contact information, business hours or Mass times, publications, and more.
  3. You may need to wait up to 48 hours for LPi approval once you've followed the steps above. We must verify your e-mail address as being associated with your church/organization name to ensure that a third party isn't attempting to take ownership of your page without the right to do so. Once you’ve received approval, you can log in to your listing page and start adding information. For more on what makes a good description and where to make those changes, check out the blog post “Make your listing description standout and be found.”

Once you’ve received approval, you can log in to your listing page and start adding information. For more on what makes a good description and where to make those changes, check out the blog post “Make your listing description standout and be found.”  

How to install the Seek And Find widget on your website

Did you know you can display your bulletins on your church or organization’s website by using the customizable Seek And Find widget?

The widget is a window on your website, placed where you choose, in which members can click on a cover image to download a PDF version of your publication. Once it's installed, you don't need to do anything; your bulletin or newsletter will appear in the widget automatically, and each will include the sponsor page that makes it possible for your publication to be printed and shipped. In addition, your members can sign up to receive your publication automatically via e-mail, keeping them informed whether they're at Mass or not.

To install the Seek And Find widget, you’ll first need to have claimed your Seek And Find listing page. If you haven’t done so, directions are in the post above entitled “How to claim your Seek And Find listing.”

If you're already using the widget, you know what a useful tool it is in providing your members instant access to your bulletin or newsletter content right from your web page. But if the widget on your page has a grey and red Seek And Find logo with a circular arrow, you're using the old widget and need to update it to gain access to new features.

Whether you're adding the widget for the first time or updating from old to new, these simple directions will help you add this tool to your site today:

Widget buttonStep 1: On your listing page, click on the "Get Widget" button found in your "recent publications” section shown here:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Step 2: Create widget boxBecause the widget and the publications displayed within it will be visible to anyone visiting your website, you’ll want to title the widget "Our weekly bulletin" or "Our publications," then determine the number of publications to display from 1 to 12; and the widget width and height (in pixels) you'd like to display on your site.

If you leave these options blank, the widget will conform to the width and height of the area you paste it into. Click Next.

 

 

 

 

Step 3: You’ll see a small pop-up window that will display special HTML code you can use to embed the widget on your website:

Widget code box

Unless you also manage and regularly make changes to your website, you’ll need to pass this code along to your webmaster, who will paste it into your website in the appropriate location and ensure the widget functions correctly.

 

If you are managing your own website, here are some popular site types and their help pages:

Wordpress          Squidoo          Drupal          Joomla

Make your listing description stand out and be found

Add a description to your listingHave you checked out the all-new Seek And Find? It’s now much easier to make your listing page a resource for your business and its customers. To edit your listing, simply log in to your account and find your listing page. Since each section of your page is directly editable, all you need to do is move your cursor over the section that needs to be changed, and click the Edit button in the upper right corner. Once changes are made to each section, they’re instantly updated on your listing.
 
To ensure your page is found by as many of Seek And Find’s nearly 300,000 monthly visitors as possible, you’re going to need a great description. Whether you’ve already entered one for your listing or not, now is the time to make it reflect who you are and what you offer. In your listing name, avoid acronyms or shorthand, and always use your business name. Along with your listing name, your description is the most important element on your page. Did you know that when a Seek And Find user does a key word search, the words used in your description are what’s being searched? Therefore, a detailed description will dictate whether or not your page will turn up.  
 
For example, a restaurant might have a description that includes this sentence: “Among other specialties, Brett’s Italian Bistro offers homemade pasta and handcrafted pizzas using only fresh local meats, cheeses, vegetables and other ingredients in a family-friendly restaurant atmosphere.” Sounds good, doesn’t it? Anyone searching for the words Italian, restaurant, pizza or pasta would see this listing in their search. So, be descriptive. Think of what words you might enter in a search if you were looking for a place to eat, or for Italian food in particular—if your description passes that sniff test, you’re on the right track.

Have you visited Seek And Find this week?

Check out the new Seek And FindIf not, you are missing out on the new and improved version, which makes it easier to find church bulletins, community newsletters, and the advertisers that support them.

Since you previously claimed your listing page on the old Seek And Find, your old username and password still work. Visit the new and improved version today to see how much easier it is to make your Seek And Find listing page a resource for your business and your customers.

Find your listing page, log on, and take 5 minutes to look around.

Starting in next month's Seek And Find 5 we'll give you a tour of the new features and tips on how to use them to publicize your organization. But don't wait, take 5 today and get started.

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