“The Long Tail” author takes note of Brownbook

I was pleased today to have someone tell me that Brownbook is mentioned in Chris Anderson’s new book “FREE” (sub-title: “The Future of a Radical Price: The Economics of Abundance and Why Zero Pricing Is Changing the Face of Business”).

Chris Anderson’s “The Long Tail” was a great influence on us when we were thinking about creating Brownbook – in fact I’d say its essential reading for anyone wanting to get mass adoption for their website – so this was great to see him taking note of us.

Thanks Chris.

Brownbook Celebrates its First Birthday and a Year of Sustained Growth

Free free global business directory that anyone can edit now lists 28 million businesses worldwide

United Kingdom: Brownbook.net, the free global business directory that anyone can edit, is celebrating its first year in business; a year of sustained growth. Today, the site continues to thrive, with thousands of businesses being added, worldwide, every week. The international distribution of listed businesses can be seen here: http://www.brownbook.net/countries.

Brownbook also regularly enjoys positive reviews about the site; these left, for example, on Brownbook’s own listing page:

“Love it… Love it… Love it. This is SEO magic for the uninitiated. Simple, quick and powerful. Love it! Have recommended BrownBook to ALL my friends! Actor Expo Team, www.actorexpo.co.uk, May 25, 2009 17.23”

“I had a wonderful review of my business appear on my [Brownbook listing] a few days after signing up for your service. It was an unsolicited endorsement from a business associate. Right on! May 22, 2009 11.06”

Marc Lyne, co-founder: “We are currently listing 28 million businesses from all around the world. One of the reasons for Brownbook’s success, I would say, is that we never stop providing innovative new features to businesses, helping them to get found online. This keeps the site fresh and on its toes. Here are 2 of our latest enhancements, for example:

1. Stats counters and stat graph on every businesses page.

2. Bidget (Business Widget) for reviews. Now anyone can add their reviews that appear on Brownbook to any other website, blog or forum. See an example here: the Brownbook page for Onedrywash: http://www.brownbook.net/business/31008544/sjk-products-ltd, and their Brownbook reviews which they have placed on their own blog: http://onedrywash.blogspot.com

Be UN-competitive to succeed!

I’m always speaking to business owners about how they can get found more on the major search engines, and one topic of a conversation I had last week as Google’s excellent Keyword Tool, and how you can use it to pick UNcompetitive keywords that make you stand out.  You don’t have to be technical to get this.

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