Thanks for wanting to know more about WhidbeyLocal.com, and who we are!
My name is JoAnna Weeks, and I live on Whidbey Island. My background is in software sales. I decided to use that background to bring a powerful website, and a powerful voice to our island in hopes of getting our local businesses found on the internet, and providing a rich source of information for residents and visitors to the island. WhidbeyLocal.com is a locally owned company.
I know how hard our local business owners work, and how expensive it is for them to continue to place advertising in print newspapers and yellow pages while getting diminishing results for their expense. While there may still be some value to these mediums of advertising, the majority of buyers are now going online to find what they want. With that in mind, I decided to build a local community bulletin board to help market Whidbey Island everywhere online! What good is advertising if nobody can find you?
We work with some of the brightest developers available in the ongoing evolution of our website. I work daily to update it with new information, so don't be surprised when new features are added. We are pleased to announce we recently added a new mobile version of our website. This is great news for our advertisers and visitors. It means our website looks fantastic on smartphones, which are used more and more to find products and services on the internet.
Just like on Google, people use keywords when searching on our website for products and services. Don't be surprised to find search results that may not look exactly like what you searched for. It means that business offers something from the category you searched for, like our friends at Les Schwab Tires who offer farm tires. When you search for “farms” you'll see their listing. Why? They carry farm tires. Because our website is “keyword driven”, these keywords also appear on the major search engines like Google, and this brings people to Whidbey Island results when they search for those keywords.
Our site is interactive, meaning that anyone on the island can post an event, classified, announcement or video. All you have to do is create an account with us. The good news? It's FREE. (We do monitor what goes on the site, as we don't wish to offend anyone).
Got a bug for writing? Add your poem, letter or blog to our discussions page. Want to start a conversation with the rest of the island? Just add something that people are talking about. Have you taken a cool video? Upload it onto our website for all to see! (No nakedness...LOL) Got a band with huge talent? Video it on your smart phone, and if you can't convert it, send it to us and we’ll do it for you. All of this is FREE.
Our website is for the entire community. We hope you’ll take advantage of all it offers. We already have over 11,000 people visit our site every month. How cool. (Thanks for that by the way).
It is my heart’s desire to help people, and with that I want to do whatever I can to help our local business owners, farmers, artists, musicians, non-profits and friends prosper.
I'm really open to suggestions that you feel will benefit the community. Feel free to email me your ideas at firstname.lastname@example.org, and we’ll consider them. I can't promise we will make everyone happy, but what I can say is we live here, work here and love our island, and we’ll do all we can to make Whidbey Island a better place to live.
If you're a business owner and are not listed on our website, the information we used to start the website did not include you at the time we put the data in. Please contact us, and we’ll get you on our website promptly. All business owners can be listed on our site for FREE.
We earn our living by promoting businesses on our website. If you'd like to find out how we can help your business get more new clients, please give Paul Hendrickson a call at 360-989-4040. His email address is email@example.com.
Please share our website with all your friends. It benefits all of our local business owners!
Will you help us? If you find a business through our website that you do business with, I would sincerely appreciate it if you would let them know you found their business on WhidbeyLocal.com. Everybody wins of you’ll do this!
Thank you very much for taking a look at us. We appreciate your interest in our website!