New Local Website Gives Small Towns A Big City Presence

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Richmond, Indiana – Most medium to large cities around the world enjoy professional-grade web portals for local information and online communities. However, smaller, more rural areas are represented largely by outdated websites with outdated information or blogs that have been abandoned for lack of interest.

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This is definitely a site by locals for locals, and you can tell a big difference in the content and activity as opposed to how people interact on the big international local portal sites.

While places like New York and Chicago have many high-tech blogs and community information portals to choose from, all the way down to block-by-block “hyperlocal” sites, this is not the case for smaller population centers.

“Many of the people who are getting into the local blogging and community portal business are going for the population centers they feel will give them the traffic they need to become profitable,” says Jack Humphrey, the Editor of a new local site for [http://www.gowaynecounty.com Wayne County Indiana.

“We feel that every interesting, vibrant community deserves to enjoy what the big cities take for granted. And that it can still be a profitable business model even in lower population areas. Businesses still need advertising and are always looking for new ways to generate new and returning customers.”

The site is called Go Wayne County. It serves several small towns, with [http://www.gowaynecounty.com Richmond, Indiana (the county seat) being the epicenter. It boasts several services and functions that no other site in the area has provided before.

“We have a community area where local residents can sign up for free accounts and gain access to a forum and networking capabilities, along with a lively blog which focuses on events, people, and places that make the area a great place to live, work and play,” said Humphrey.

While that might not seem like a big deal to people who are used to sites like this in their cities, for smaller areas all over the country, it seems to be a source of pride to have a place to go online that isn’t part of a “chain” local portal.

“This is definitely a site by locals for locals, and you can tell a big difference in the content and activity as opposed to how people interact on the big international local portal sites.”

As far as the profit potential, Humphrey indicates he’s optimistic about business support for the site and has been getting very positive response to the opportunity the site gives local businesses to reach key consumers in the area.

For more information, visit http://www.gowaynecounty.com

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