Community-online.com Turns 7

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Pay-per-click search directory and community news portal set to reach new heights in 2006.

yes, in a basement - at a time when a "community" link on the Web would take users to a message board or a chat room and "pay-per-click" advertising was a (much disputed) concept.

"I'm extremely proud to celebrate Community-online.com's 7th birthday with our stakeholders as I feel that we have developed a very strong foundation both in terms of technology as well as strategic positioning in this extremely competitive marketplace," said Efthimios (Maki) Papadopoulos, president & CEO of Community-online.com. "In 2006, we will continue to develop innovative products and services, increase portal traffic, and capitalize on our relationship with the Internet's leading brand.

Community-online.com operates a human-edited pay-per-click search directory and community news portal. With 5,000 accounts currently under management from the business, non-profit, and government sectors, Community-online.com presents a great Internet marketing platform for entities of all sizes by offering services such as (auctioned-based) directory and community sponsor listings, banner advertising, newsletter advertising, and more. As for Internet users, they may easily find products and services in global, regional as well as local marketplaces by using Community-online.com's search directory featuring a unique and intuitive regional navigation tool. Moreover, they can access and share timely information on various "real" communities be it in the business, arts, sports, culture and more (Sample Community: http://www.community-online.com/community.cfm?communityid=2 or http://www.hellenicmontreal.com).

Well positioned as an Internet media organization, Community-online.com covers events of all types and sizes that are newsworthy and of "community" interest. "Whether it's a local charity fundraiser or the Olympic Games, Community-online.com is committed to delivering the news to its audience," said Maki Papadopoulos. At the Athens 2004 Olympics, Community-online.com became the first Internet-only media organization in Canada to be accredited an Olympic Games coverage. "It was rather funny, yet sometimes frustrating, when we first started applying for media accreditation to cover various events (in early 2002). There was no "check-box" for Internet media on application forms - only traditional media options - and when event organizers would see our "dot com" name they were puzzled, to say the least. Nevertheless, we have since built excellent relationships with various organizations. After all, we were the only media that would publish their post-event announcements just a few hours after their event was concluded. Traditional media such as local community newspapers would bring the same news days if not weeks later," said Papadopoulos. "It also gives us great pleasure - not to mention visibility - when we sponsor several of those community events and charitable causes."

With a $20 annual membership fee, businesses, professionals, non-profit organizations and governments can use Community-online.com's portal services and "connect" with their target audience. In many cases, Community-online.com would even waive the annual membership fee (i.e. affiliate advertiser, media partnership, etc.)

"In 2006 we will be announcing some very exciting and innovative services for both our clients and users. In fact, I feel that we are destined to pave they way particularly in the areas of business and social networking as well as in consumer generated media," concluded Papadopoulos.

About Community-online.com

Headquartered in Montreal, Canada, Community-online.com Inc. is a global Internet media company providing communication, commerce and community building services through an integrated and synergistic portal network. Among its ever-expanding services, Community-online.com delivers aggregated content and offers advanced advertising services including auction-based pay-per-click (PPC) listings, and much more. Currently, Community-online.com manages 5,000 accounts in the business, non-profit and government sectors worldwide.

Web site: http://www.community-online.com

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