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e-Newsletter - Volume 4, Number 72
Online Ministries Special-Interest Community's Summer Activities
by Bill Anderton

It is summer and many people are involved in vacations, out-of-town church conferences, picnics, summer camps, days at the lake, children out of school and hundreds of other distractions. Plus, it is just too darn hot to get too enthusiastic about doing much of anything.

Called “caniculares dies" (days of the dogs) in ancient Rome, we’re in the period of summer from the first week of July to the second week of August.

It is the dog days of summer.


However, the Effective Online Ministries Community is very active during the dog days. Grab a tall iced tea or lemonade, kick back and login to catch up with all of the summer activities in our online community. Click here to login.

Rookie Blog – Bill is in the middle of a series on “Cat Herding” about how to recruit and train volunteers to work on your website and social media efforts.

Webmaster Blog – On Tuesday, Bill will start a new multi-part series on “How to Write for Web Pages” which is a tutorial for developing better content-creation skills for church websites.

Goolge’s Webmaster Tutorial Videos – We’re now carrying Matt Cutts’ ongoing video series that teach basic concepts and techniques for getting the best results from search engines.

Moz’s Whiteboard Friday Videos – For the more advanced webmaster, Moz continues its very innovative and instructive Friday lectures on search engine optimization and inbound marketing that build traffic to your website.

Webmaster News - Always current, our webmaster news feed aggregates webmaster news from dozens of sources from around the country.

About the Community

The Online Ministries Special-Interest Community is dedicated to teaching the planning, building and operating the online assets of churches. The community allows interactive participation among its members as well as with subject-matter experts dedicated to mentoring the community. This free online community is the first of a series of resources for helping churches improve their websites, social media and other online presences.

Some of the most important constituencies served by this community will include people without previous technical backgrounds such as clergy, church Boards, leaders and volunteers, without prior experience, who need to plan websites or lead teams that develop and operate online assets for churches.