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Great Garden Speakers User Guide

Thank you for joining Great Garden Speakers!  Here are answers to some of our most frequently-asked questions.  This should help you get started creating your listing.  Please send us an email if you have any questions not answered here.


Also, please check your inbox for emails from us as you move through each step of the process.  Those emails contain helpful information.  If you don’t hear from us, please check your junk mail folder and make sure your filters are set to allow emails from GreatGardenSpeakers.com

 

Here's a list of what you'll find  in this user guide:

 

Setting Up Your Speaker Profile


Creating Your Speaker Listing


Using Categories to Make Your Listing Stand Out


Using Keywords to Make Your Listing Stand Out


Formatting Questions


Creating a Simple URL For Your Listing


Making Changes To Your Listing


Creating a Photo Gallery


"Coming to a City Near You" Event Listings


Spotlight Featured Listings


Search Engine Optimization


Making Payments


Questions/Contact Us



 

SETTING UP YOUR SPEAKER PROFILE

 

Go to http://www.greatgardenspeakers.com/contactus.php anytime you want to sign in to your account.  Just use the Sign In box on the right and the username and password you created. Then go to Manage Speakers to edit your listing.  Click the icon that looks like a pencil to make edits.


Here are a few things you might want to gather together before you begin.   

 

*****We strongly suggest that you type this in a text editor  or your word processing program and paste it into the site, to avoid losing information if something goes wrong.*****


--A short, one or two-line bio of up to 250 characters, including spaces and punctuation.


--A longer bio


--Up to 3 websites you'd like to link to (perhaps your own website, your blog, your company, a place where your books can be purchased, etc.)


--A list of topics you speak on, with short descriptions for each.


--A small, low-res photo of you, and photos of your book covers, design work, etc. 


--A list of up to 10 keywords that best describe your areas of expertise, or that best describe your topics as people might search for them.   (Think about this from the perspective of the person doing the searching.) Each keyword or phrase must be less than 50 characters long, including punctuation and spaces.


OK, I'm ready to go!  What's first?


When you click "Join Now," the green button on the About/FAQ page, you'll get to a screen that says "Welcome!  Please read this before you sign up."  (Click here to go straight to that page.) Read through that information, then scroll down and click the green "Order Now" button.


Done!  What's next?


Now you're on a page that will let you set up your account and billing information. (Click here to go straight to that page.)  Where it says "Select a Package," choose the length of time you'd like to sign up for. 


What do I put in the Account Information area?


Choose a username and password that you can remember.  Be sure to click that you agree with the Terms of Use.


What do I put in the Speaker Information area?


Put your name here.  If we have given you a promo code, enter it here, but we don't use this feature much so you'll probably leave it blank.


What do I do in the Category/Subcategory section?


Choose up to five categories that best respresent your speaking topics. (Click "Add" next to the categories you choose.)  You can make changes to this later.   See below for more information on why you can only choose five categories.


What goes under Billing Information?


At a mimimum, we need your name and email address.  The rest is optional.  This information will not display on the site.


What are my options for Payment Method?  Can I still pay by credit card, even if I don't have a PayPal account?


To pay by check, do this:  Select the Print Invoice and Mail a Check option.  If you choose to pay by check, it will take you to a "Place Order and Continue" screen.  You'll be able to finish setting up your Speaker Profile, and when you're ready to print your invoice and pay, you'll click Check Out under Payment Options on the left.  Just print the invoice, and carefully read the instructions on the invoice about who to make your check out to and where to mail it.


 

To pay by credit card or PayPal, do this:   Chose PayPal if you want to pay by credit card or with your PayPal funds.  You do not need a PayPal account to pay by credit card.  PayPal simply acts as our credit card processor.  So to pay by credit card or PayPal, choose the PayPal option.


  Then click Continue. If you chose PayPal, it will take you to a PayPal screen where you can either log into your PayPal account or choose the option that says, "No PayPal account?  Pay using your credit or debit card."


Here is a screen shot of the page that lets you pay by credit card without setting up a PayPal account:

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Please note that because your GreatGardenSpeakers listing is like a subscription, PayPal may treat this as a 'recurring payment' so that your next payment can be made automatically.  If you don't want this option, you should be able to cancel or delete the recurring payment option.

 


OK, I've handled my payment.  Now what?


Now it's time to finish setting up your profile!  If you're not on the Speaker Information page at this point, looking at a screen full of blank spaces where you can fill in information, here's what to do to get back there:


Go to www.greatgardenspeakers.com/members.  Log into your account with the username & password you created.  Under Speakers, click the option to Add Speaker.  You'll also use this screen to add a Photo Gallery, a Coming to a City Near You event, a Spotlight Featured Listing, or a banner ad.  Instructions on all of that are below.


CREATING YOUR SPEAKER LISTING

 

NOTE:  We strongly suggest writing your descriptions, topic lists, etc in your word processing program and pasting them in, just in case of computer error.


What goes in the Speaker Name field?

Just put your name there.  If you go by a slightly different name for your books or public appearances, use that name.  People who come to the site and already know your name will be able to search by name using the information in this field.  If there are common misspellings or variants of your name, you might want to use Keywords (see below) for those.

 

What goes in the email and URL fields?

 

Use the email address where you would like to recieve requests for speaking engagements and other inquiries from the public.  Our site uses special Javascript coding to protect your email address from spammers, so even though it is visible to readers, the "spambot" automated systems that harvest email addresses from websites will not be able to find it.

 

Add URLs for your own blog, website, or publisher's website--any page with more information about you.

 

Why can I only choose five categories?  What if these categories don't represent my topics?


The database that runs GreatGardenSpeakers.com is built to search on up to five categories.  We suggest you choose the five that most apply to what you do, or the five that are most in demand by audiences.  Don't worry--you have other options!  You'll be able to enter Keywords (see below) for any additional categories or search terms you think people might use to find you.  


Also, users of the site will be able to search by location and browse lists of all speakers, so there are lots of ways that your listing will come up in the searches people do.  Finally, the Spotlight Featured Listing option lets you run a special listing that appears on most pages of the site.  This is a great way to highlight a new book or a timely topic.



Why are there three URL fields?  What does “Display URL” mean?

 

There are 3 different URL fields so you can include a link to 3 different websites:  perhaps your website, blog, publisher’s website, Facebook or Twitter profile, Amazon, Flickr page, etc. You might also wish to add a link to a particular page on your website, such as a page listing your upcoming events.

 

A “display URL” is the text that will display your link.  For instance, your website might be www.joeswebsite.com.  But you might want this text to display on the screen as the link people will click:  Joe Smith’s Website. 

 

Or maybe you want to link to your books on Amazon.com.  Your Amazon page might look like this: 

http://www.amazon.com/Author-Name/e/B001HO17M8/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_pop_1

 

So you’d put that URL in the URL #1 field, but the Display URL might read  “My Books on Amazon.com” Those are the words people will click to see your Amazon page.

 

Why do I need to put in a Location?

 

The Location fields are very important for groups searching for speakers in their area.  If you don’t want to post your street address or PO Box, that’s OK.  But we strongly recommend that you include your city, state, and zip code, because people will be searching for speakers using that information.  Zip code is particularly important—many of the search options rely on zip code data.

 

What is the Image field for?

 

This is the photo that will show up in all of your listings on Great Garden Speakers.  Upload a digital photo of yourself or your book cover.  You’ll have an option to add a Photo Gallery of additional images—more about that in a minute.  Be sure to use small, web-friendly versions of your photos.  If it's larger than 1.5 mb, it can't be uploaded to the site, but even files over 1 mb may not be accepted.

 

What is Video Snippet Code?

 

If you have a video on YouTube or another video site, you can go to the site and copy the “embed” code – a snippet of HTML code that allows you to put a video on another website.  Just copy that code and paste it directly into this field.

 

If you have a video on YouTube but you don’t know how to get the embed code, here is a video that will show you how to do that:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kG2BYhjQIKQ

 

If you don’t have a video, or if you do have a video but you can’t get the embed code for it,  just skip this part.

 

What is the Attach Additional File for?

 

Anything you want to upload, really. It could be a PDF of a couple of pages from your book, or another photo, or a Word document.  However, this additional file will only show up as a link people can click on.   Be sure to enter a caption to explain what it is, like “Sneak Preview of My New Book!”  Those are the words people will click on to open the attachment.

 

You can also just skip this if you prefer.

 

What is the Badge section for?


Some speaker's listings are sponsored by their publisher or another organization.  You would know if your listing is sponsored by someone, so just  skip this if you don't know what it is.  (And if you think your publisher or other organization would like to sponsor speaker listings, have them contact us at info@greatgardenspeakers.com)

 

If your listing has been sponsored by your publisher/organization, they will have given you a badge to upload here. The instructions on the page say it all:    "Publisher sponsored listings only: Upload publisher logo here if you have one. Maximum dimensions: 410 x 50. If your listing is not sponsored by your publisher, leave this blank."



When a .jpg is uploaded in this area, it will appear on your speaker page.

 

What goes in the Summary Description?

 

Just put a short version of your bio here, or something short and clever that will make people want to read more about you.  This is not a good place to put website links--it's better for a slogan or one-liner that sums up why people would want to book you as a speaker.


This must be less than 250 characters, including punctuation and spaces.  Just a single sentence will work!

 

What goes in the Description?

 

This is where you put your full bio.  Describe who you are and what you do.  Describe your books or your areas of expertise--whatever you want people to know about you when they're searching for speakers.


Notice there is a toolbar at the top so that you can format the text, changing the font size, making certain words bold, adding links or photos, etc.  

 

Hey, some of the formatting looks weird!  What's up with that?


Fonts:  We strongly suggest that you use black or grey lettering.  Bright colors can be hard to read on-screen and even more difficult to read if someone prints out your listing. Our standard font on the website is Georgia, and we use a 12 point font. 


To change the font color, look for an icon similar to the text color icon you might see in your email program.  It's a letter A with a line under it, off to the far right, second row.  The line under it indicates the color in use.  So highlight the text, hit that letter A with the line under it, and choose another color. 


To put spaces between paragraphs, you often have to insert a double space.  It will show up on the screen as a single space.


If you write your text in a word processing program and paste it into this area, you might find that the fonts are wrong, or lots of confusing-looking computer code gets pasted in.  Some word processing programs do that.  To avoid this problem, paste your text into Notepad first to get rid of unnecessary computer code, then copy it to Great Garden Speakers.  (On your computer, go to Start--Programs--Accessories--Notepad.)


If you don't have NotePad or WordPad, try saving your Word document as "plain text" or "text only" and see if you can then cut and paste from there.  You can also use a Firefox add-on called Write Area, or another one called Xinha, to compose your text and then copy and paste.

 

For Mac users, write your text in TextEdit and then paste it in.


Another option--this one's kind of silly, but it works:  Paste it into an email, format the email as Plain Text instead of HTML, and email it to yourself.  You should end up with plain text, no extra HTML code.

 

TIP:  Update this section often with new information about yourself.  Regular updates help keep the site fresh and attract new visitors to the site.

 

How do I add a photo to the Description?

 

You don't have to add photos to the Description area, but if you want to, be sure to use small, web-friendly versions of your photos.  If it's larger than 1.5 mb, it can't be uploaded to the site, but even files over 1 mb may not be accepted.


On the toolbar, click the “iBrowser” icon between the anchor and the filmstrip.

 

Choose the Insert button, upper left.

 

Look for the word File and click the green arrow next to it.

 

Look for the word Upload and click the Browse button next to it.  Find your photo and choose Open.

 

Click the green arrow to the right of the Browse button.  That will upload your image.

 

Under the box at the top called Images, you will now see your image.  Click it and choose Insert at the bottom of the page.

 

Once you’ve inserted your photo, you can right-click it for a menu of formatting options.

 

What does Keywords for the Search mean?

 

 These are keywords that will help people find you.  You might include your book titles and some of the topics you speak on.  You do not need to include your name, because your name will show up anyway if people type it into the search box. Just enter words or phrases that you think people will use to search for speakers like you.  (HINT:  If your name is often misspelled, you might put common misspellings in as keywords--but you do not need to include the correct spelling, as that will already come up in searches!)


Don't put commas between the keywords.  Instead, hit the Enter key between each keyword or phrase.  Each keyword or phrase must be less than 50 characters long, including spaces and punctuation, and you must hit Enter between each one.

 

Remember that if people type these words into the Search box, your listing will come up, so think carefully about the kinds of words people may search for.  Also, remember that even if someone searches for only part of a phrase, your listing will show up. So if you type in Organic Gardening as a keyword, and someone searched for Organic, you'll show up in their search results.

 

What do I put in the Topics area?

 

This is a place for you to list the topics you speak on.  It’s a good way to distinguish your lecture topics from the other information you’ve posted about yourself.


TIP:   You may wish to include audience testimonials and a list of places you’ve spoken in the past here.  People who book speakers tell us they also appreciate some information about your speaking fees.

 

Please see the section above on formatting if you're having trouble getting your text to display the way you'd like it to.

 

What does View Category Path mean?

 

In our case, nothing.  Just skip it.

 

What is a Promotional Code?

 

A promotional code is a discount code that gives a free or reduced-price listing. We very rarely use this feature. If you don’t have a promotional code, don’t worry—just leave it blank.

 

OK, that’s it!  I created my Speaker Profile!  Now what?

 

There might be a short delay while we wait for your payment to arrive and approve your listing.  You’ll get an email when your listing is live.  If you need more information about how to pay, scroll down to the Payments section of this page, below.


CREATING YOUR OWN URL FOR YOUR SPEAKER PROFILE


After you have created your speaker profile, you might want to create a simple URL for it.  That will make it easier to send the link to people in an email. The URL that will be created automatically is something like this:  www.greatgardenspeakers.com/your-name/13u89qjnjknfviu3.  Confusing, huh!  Wouldn't you rather just have your name, without all the numbers and letters?


You can do that.  Log into your account at www.greatgardenspeakers.com/members.  Enter your username and password.   Click "Manage Speakers," then click on the little red arrow pointing up to the right of your speaker listing name.


Where it says "Friendly URL," you can choose the URL you want.  Most people use their first and last name with a hyphen between them, like john-smith.   This URL is easier to remember and share than the one automatically assigned when you create your listing.


To find out more about what you can do on this page, scroll down to the bottom of this User Guide and read about Search Engine Optimization (SEO).


MAKING CHANGES TO YOUR SPEAKER PROFILE

 

How do I update or make changes to my speaker listing?

 Go to http://www.greatgardenspeakers.com/contactus.php anytime you want to sign in to your account.  Just use the Sign In box on the right and the username and password you created. Then go to Manage Speakers to edit your listing.  Click the icon that looks like a pencil to make edits. 

 

We strongly recommend that you have a copy of your edits in case of computer problems in the middle of the editing process.  Be sure to hit Submit at the very bottom of the page to save all your changes!

 

What happens after I’ve made changes to my speaker listing?


 Click the Submit button at the bottom of the page.  Your changes should go live right away.


How do I create a link to my speaker profile?


Once your listing is live, you should be able to do a search for your name and click on your listing to get a URL that goes straight to you.  


And there's a nifty feature that lets you create a "friendly URL."  A "Friendly URL" might be something like www.greatgardenspeakers.com/yourname.  This URL is easier to remember and share than the one automatically assigned when you create your listing.


To do this, sign into your account and choose Manage Speakers to edit your listing.  Click on the little red arrow that appears next to your listing, and choose your own Friendly URL.  (This little red arrow also takes you to some SEO options.  To find out more about SEO, scroll down to the Search Engine Optimization section of this page.)

 

 CREATING A PHOTO GALLERY

 

Why would I create a photo gallery?

 

A Gallery allows you to upload additional photos.  These could be book covers, photos of gardens you have designed, photos of you in front of an audience, and so forth.  These will display on your Speaker Profile below your main photo.


Be sure to use small, web-friendly versions of your photos.  If it's larger than 1.5 mb, it can't be uploaded to the site, but even files over 1 mb may not be accepted.

 

How do I create a gallery?

 

Go to http://www.greatgardenspeakers.com/contactus.php anytime you want to sign in to your account.  Just use the Sign In box on the right and the username and password you created. Then click on Add Gallery to create a photo gallery.

 

Give your Gallery a title, click to upload images, and give each image a caption if you want to.  A “thumb caption” is the caption that appears when someone hovers their mouse over the picture.  The Image Caption will appear under the photo when people view your Gallery.

 

When you’re finished creating your gallery, click Submit.   But wait---there’s one more step! You need to connect your Gallery to your Speaker Listing:


Click on Speakers on the left.

 

Under Speaker Title, you should see your name.  That’s your speaker profile.

 

There are a bunch of icons off to the right. Click on the third icon.  It looks like a little grey oval.  (It’s supposed to be a little camera.) Click that icon, click the name of the Gallery you created, and hit Submit.  

 

That’s it!  Your Gallery should show up on your Speaker profile now.

 


CREATING A ‘COMING TO A CITY NEAR YOU’ EVENT

 

Why should I create a “Coming To a City Near You” event?

 

This is a place to list your upcoming events.  The reason to do this is to encourage groups to take advantage of speakers who are already coming through town so they can book them during that time.  Please note that you must include a zip code in order for this feature to work well for venues searching for people coming to their area.

 

For instance, let’s say you’ve got two events in Los Angeles two days apart.  You might list those events here in order to encourage other groups in Los Angeles to book an event while you’re there.  This allows you to make better use of your time on the road, and it might allow groups to save money by sharing travel costs or speaking fees.  Many speakers will speak for a lower fee if they’re already in town for another event.  That’s up to you.

 

What if I don’t have an event in a particular area, but I’m going to be there for some other reason and I want to book some events while I’m there?

 

Perfect!  Go ahead and list those dates.  For every event, you have the option of indicating that you don’t have an event, but you are in town and available.

 

What if I have an event coming up, but I don’t want to accept more bookings while I’m in town?

 

That’s fine.  There’s no need to accept other bookings that come your way.  You might want to list the event anyway, just to show the kinds of events you do—but you certainly don’t have to list all events.

 

How do I create a Coming to a City Near You event?

 

Go to http://www.greatgardenspeakers.com/contactus.php anytime you want to sign in to your account.  Just use the Sign In box on the right and the username and password you created. Then click on Coming to a City Near You and choose the option to add an event.

 

All event listings are free.  Just hit Submit when you see the “free listing” screen.

 

What goes in the Information area?

 

Give your event a title, such as “Joe Smith at the Austin Garden Club.” We strongly suggest that you put your name in the Information area.  Have a look at the events listed on our Home page and you'll see how events will appear in that area.

 

Fill in other information about the event if you have it, or leave those fields blank.

 

What goes in the Location area?

 

This is very important:  be sure to fill in the city, state, and zip code.  If you don’t know the zip code for the area, go to maps.google.com or the USPS zip code finder to locate the correct zip code—or any zip code in the area.  Zip code is very important--Most searches on GreatGardenSpeakers.com depend on zip codes, so it’s important to include one.

 

What goes in the date area?

 

You must include a start date and end date.  If you’re going to be in an area for several days, you might include the full date range.  Start time and end time is optional, but if you include it, you must fill in both the hour and minute fields, and AM or PM.

 

What goes in the Image field?

 

You can  include an image related to the event, or a photo of you or your book cover. We strongly encourage you to put some image in this field--otherwise all that will appear is the GGS logo, which won't really help your listing to stand out.

 

What goes in the Description fields?

 

Just include a basic description of the event or of the talk you’ll be giving.  If you’re in the area for other reasons, you might simply say, “Joe Smith will be in the New York area for two weeks. Get in touch now about booking an event!” We strongly suggest that you put something in this field, even if it's just a line or two.

 

What goes in the Keywords fields?

 

You can include basic keywords to help people search for you.  You might include your name, your book titles or topics, and other keywords.  You can also leave this blank.  Hit Enter between each keyword.

 

What category should I choose?

 

Choose a category that indicates whether you are in town for an event that’s open to the public, one that isn’t open to the public, or if you’re just in town for another reason.

 

What now?

 

That’s it!  Hit Submit and you’re done!  Your event should go live right away.

 

How do I edit events I’ve listed?

 

Go to http://www.greatgardenspeakers.com/contactus.php anytime you want to sign in to your account.  Just use the Sign In box on the right and the username and password you created. Then click on Coming to a City Near You and choose the option to manage an event.

 


CREATING SPOTLIGHT FEATURED LISTINGS

 

What is a Spotlight Featured Listing?

 

A Spotlight is a featured listing that appears in a box on most pages of GreatGardenSpeakers.com.  You can create a Spotlight and run it for one month for $35.  This is a great way to highlight a new book, a timely topic, an award, or a new listing.  We also encourage authors to talk to their publishers about paying for a Spotlight listing as part of a book’s publicity budget.

 

How do I create a Spotlight Featured Listing?

 

Go to http://www.greatgardenspeakers.com/contactus.php anytime you want to sign in to your account.  Just use the Sign In box on the right and the username and password you created. Then click on Spotlights and choose the option to add a spotlight.

 

What should the Spotlight Title be?

 

Choose something short and catchy, like “Now a National Bestseller!” or “Heirloom Tomato Tips from an Expert.”  You could also just put your name or book title as the Spotlight Title.

 

What image should I upload?

 

Upload your book cover, a photo of you, or a photo related to your topic.

 

What should the Abstract say?

 

This is a short bit of explanatory text that will show up wherever your Spotlight appears.  It might be something like “Audiences are raving about Joe Smith’s new book, Tomato Trouble.  Find out why!”

 

What should the Content say?

 

This is a longer bit of information about your new book or topic that people will see when they click on the Spotlight.

 

What Keywords should I include?

 

This is up to you, and you can leave it blank. You might include your name, your book title, your topic title, or other keywords people might search for.  Hit Enter between each keyword.

 

What should I pick for the Start Date and End Date?

 

It’s up to you. You can start it immediately or schedule it to start later.  Spotlights run for one month and cost $35 per month.

 

What do I enter under Promotional Code?

 

A promotional code is a discount code that gives a free or reduced-price listing. We very rarely use this feature. If you don’t have a promotional code, don’t worry—just leave it blank.

 

What now?

 

That’s it!  Hit Submit and you’re done!  Your Spotlight will go live as soon as we process your payment.  You’ll get an email when it’s live.

 

Can I have more than one Spotlight?

 

Absolutely.  You can promote several topics, books, etc.  The Spotlights rotate every time the page refreshes, and there’s always room for more.

 

How else can I use Spotlights?

 

We encourage speakers to work together to create symposiums, panels, or conference events.  For instance, three garden photographers might design a full-day workshop that could be held at a botanical garden.  Or two container gardening experts could work together to create a half-day event that they would do as a team.  You could create a Spotlight listing for the workshop, designating one speaker as the contact person for booking the full event.

 

How do I edit Spotlights I’ve listed?

 

Go to http://www.greatgardenspeakers.com/contactus.php anytime you want to sign in to your account.  Just use the Sign In box on the right and the username and password you created. Then click on Spotlight and choose the option to manage a Spotlight.

 

Once you’ve made and submitted your changes, the changes should go live immediately.  If you need more information about how to pay, see the Payments section of this page, below.

 

MAKING PAYMENTS

 

How do I pay for my listings?

 

Go to http://www.greatgardenspeakers.com/contactus.php anytime you want to sign in to your account.  Just use the Sign In box on the right and the username and password you created. Then click on Make Your Payment and click the items you want to pay.

What if I don’t have a PayPal account?

 

You don’t need one.  Choose the PayPal option, and you can pay by credit card without setting up a PayPal account.  PayPal simply acts as the credit card processor.  Here is a screen shot of the PayPal page--see the link at bottom to pay by credit card without setting up a PayPal account:



 

 

Please note that because your GreatGardenSpeakers listing is like a subscription, PayPal may treat this as a 'recurring payment' so that your next payment can be made automatically.  If you don't want this option, you should be able to cancel or delete the recurring payment option.


Can I pay by check?

 

You can, but please remember that there will be a delay while we wait to receive your check.  Simply click the Print Invoice and Mail a Check option. Be sure to read the instructions on the invoice about how to make out your check.

 

How do I change my password, address, or other account information?

 

Go to http://www.greatgardenspeakers.com/contactus.php anytime you want to sign in to your account.  Just use the Sign In box on the right and the username and password you created. Then click on Manage Account along the top.


SEARCH ENGINE OPTIMIZATION (SEO)

 

I keep seeing the term SEO and little red arrows.  What's that about?


You can add keywords and other information to your listing to help search engines better find your page.  Just log into your account to manage your listings.  Click "Manage Speakers," then click on the little red arrow pointing up to see your SEO options.

 

What does "Friendly URL" mean?

 

A "Friendly URL" allows you to create a direct link to your listing that is shorter and easier to remember than the one automatically assigned by the system.  It might be something like www.greatgardenspeakers.com/your-name.  Simply type the URL you prefer--we recommend First-LastName as a good standard format.

 

What is SEO Description?

If someone does a search and your GGS listing turns up, this is the text that appears just below the link to your name.  Write a short description of you that includes plenty of good keywords.  For example, "Linda Smith is a nationally-known floral designer and the author of Fabulous Flowers. She travels the country sharing her inspiring designs at flower shows, garden clubs, and botanical gardens."

 

What are SEO Keywords?

 

These are keywords that people might use to find your listing when they do a search engine search. Try to think about the terms people might be using in their searches,  and use those as your SEO keywords.  Include your name, book titles, and terms like "speaker, expert, author" as well as "garden club, botanical garden, flower show," along with terms like "gardening, water gardens, native plants," etc etc.  Whatever best represents you.  Put a comma between each term (and don't use quotation or other punctuation.)


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How do I know what's being done to promote Great Garden Speakers?


We'll send out an email once a month or so to keep you updated.  Read the archive here, and go here for a running list of everything we've done to promote the site.


I’ve got more questions!

 

We’ve got answers!  We're updating this page with new information all the time based on the questions we get.

 

You can also go here:  http://www.edirectory.com/manual/v7/  to search the manual for the system GreatGardenSpeakers.com is built on.  Our site has been customized, so some of this information won’t apply, but feel free to look through it.

 

Finally, you can contact us using the form here:

 

http://greatgardenspeakers.com/contactus.php

 

Remember that we are all volunteers!  We’ll do our best to answer your questions right away.