25 Feb

Callers: Publicizing Yourself on the Web

If you’re here, you have access to the web. So you might as well take advantage of that access and make sure you’re maximizing your visibility to the web square dance community.

  1. Create a web site. You’ll want a site that’s attractive and informative. I’ve written a highly-opinionated piece on how to get started.
  2. Get listed in all the caller listings you can find.
  3. Join the The Square and Round Dance Web Ring. Can’t hurt and it might help people find you.
  4. Participate in the square dancing related mailing lists. This can work for or against you depending on your opinions and how you express them. Be sure to put your web address in your signature. Here are some lists:
    • sd-callers: calling-related discussion for both callers and dancers. To subscribe, go to the sd-callers mailman web page and enter your email address.
    • square-dancing:Discussion related to square dancing. To subscribe, put subscribe square-dancing in the body of your email.
    • trad-sd:Discussion related to traditional square dancing. Both MWSD and contra and traditional callers post here. To subscribe, go to the web site; it’s a yahoo group.
    • challenge-sd: Discussion related to challenge square dancing for both callers and dancers. To subscribe, go to the challenge-sd web page and enter your email address.
  5. Submit your site to various search engine and directory site. When people look up your name or even square dancing, your site should come up.
  6. Put your URL on your business cards, along with your email address. Might as well make it easy for people to find you.

If your site is informative enough, it might get referenced in other people’s sites. This is, as Martha Stewart would say, a good thing, but not anything you have control over (except by writing good content).

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