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possible. One of the easiest things you can do to optimize your website for searchability is in the text. You want to use key words: industry buzzwords, the types of products you make and the region or neighborhood where your shop is located.
With strategy, and a clear understanding of the role your website plays, you’ll have an invaluable business tool.

Tike uses Lilah’s Deli’s website for three specific purposes: 1. To show up in search results. 2. To showcase the bakery’s portfolio of cakes. 3. To provide general information, such as the locations and lunch menu.

Another SEO strategy involves your photos. Be sure that you’re tagging them. “That’s something that people too often overlook,” Whitson says. And not only because it helps with SEO; it also helps with the usability of your site. “Just because you upload a visual, it doesn’t mean people will automatically get the message that you’re hoping to portray,” she says. For a bakery, especially for cake business, tagging photos is a vital tool. Custom cakes are big business, so potential customers will want to search — both your site and the Web in general — for specific examples of the kinds of cake they want, from flavors to themes, to actual sculpted pieces. So be sure that when they search, they can find the best examples of what you can do. Another tool that helps with searchability is creating a presence in local online listings, such as www.yellowpages.com and Google Maps. The benefits of these listings are twofold. It’s important to have your bakery visible when consumers search these sites. And while updating these sites is simple to do on your own, many web hosting companies can also update them in a batch for you. For example, 1&1 has a service called “List Local,” where they submit all of your web information to different online directory listings. “It’s one thing to have a website,” Whitson says, “but people can’t go to it if they don’t know it exists.” Updating the online listings with your website, as well as all your social media outlets, also aids in your SEO rankings. Not only is it just another area to get your name out there, but it’s also a place where you can link all your online tools together. The more legitimate links you have to and from your site, the better your search rankings will be. Defining the roles As with the local listing links, integrating your website with your social media sites can only enhance your online presence and search rankings. Just remember to have a clear strategy for your website. A useful, successful website requires more than just placing basic information on the Web. With strategy, and a clear understanding of the role your website plays, you’ll have an invaluable business tool.

WHERE TO START
Creating a new website can be a daunting task. Even for the web-savvy, it requires time and effort that you might not have at your disposal, what with running a bakery. If you choose to outsource your Web hosting, here are some things to look for.

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• Domain — Every website needs a domain name, like www.mybakery.com. Look for a provider that will include the domain name in the package they offer, in order to streamline your entire process. Otherwise, you’ll have to purchase it separately. • Design services — whether you have a big budget for a custom design, or you’re just looking for a customizable template, look for a host that offers options that are best for you. • Traffic — A website is a business tool, so think about it in terms of growth. Will the provider you choose be able to support traffic to your site as your business (or locations) grow? • Storage — Look for a provider that offers unlimited storage, in order to upload large files such as photos, videos and other interactive elements.

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bake - June 2012
Editor's Note - The Technology Issue - Life in the fast-food lane
Table of Contents
News Bites - Register for All Things Baking
News Bites - CSM to Divest Bakery Supplies
News Bites - Chocolatier of the Year Honored
News Bites - Culpitt Ltd. Wins Queen’s Award
Management - High-Tech Solutions
Labor Front - OSHA’s Take on Safety
Legislation - Choose My Customers’ Plate
Ingredients - Summer Bounty
New Tools for a New Generation
Well Developed
Rolling Locations
Box Up and Send It
The Rise of a Classic
Chain News
Milk Your Decorated Cookies
Prepare for the Worst
Cafe - Ice Cream Craze
Products
Showcase
Classifieds
Carta De Introduccion - Pastel creativo
Introductory Letter - Creative Cakes
Pan Y Horneo - Bolillos y Rollos Frances
Pasteles Y Decoraciones - Pastel de Quinceanera
Tendencias Del Consumidor - Una mezcla nueva en la cultura
Pastel creativo para Bodas y Quinceañeras
Perfiles - Tortas Paquime
Perfiles - Panaderia La Central
Perfiles - Carniceria Rancho Grande
Perfiles - El Rancho Market
Perfiles - Carnicería El Rancho
Perfiles - Carenicera Los Alamos
Ideas De Mercadeo Especiales
Productos - Productos con mejor resultado por BakeMark
Breads & Baking - Bolillos & French Rolls
Cakes & Decorating - Quinceanera Cakes
Shoppers Insight - A New Cultural Mix
Creative Cakes for Weddings and Quinceañeras
Profiles - Tortas Paquime
Profiles - Panaderia La Central
Profiles - Rancho Grande
Profiles - El Rancho Market
Profiles - Carniceria El Rancho
Profiles - Carnicería Los Alamos
Merchandising Tips
Products
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bake - June 2012 - Editor's Note - The Technology Issue - Life in the fast-food lane
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bake - June 2012 - Table of Contents
bake - June 2012 - News Bites - CSM to Divest Bakery Supplies
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bake - June 2012 - News Bites - Culpitt Ltd. Wins Queen’s Award
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bake - June 2012 - Management - High-Tech Solutions
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bake - June 2012 - Labor Front - OSHA’s Take on Safety
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bake - June 2012 - Legislation - Choose My Customers’ Plate
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bake - June 2012 - Ingredients - Summer Bounty
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bake - June 2012 - New Tools for a New Generation
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bake - June 2012 - Well Developed
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bake - June 2012 - Rolling Locations
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bake - June 2012 - Box Up and Send It
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bake - June 2012 - The Rise of a Classic
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bake - June 2012 - Carta De Introduccion - Pastel creativo
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bake - June 2012 - Pasteles Y Decoraciones - Pastel de Quinceanera
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bake - June 2012 - Tendencias Del Consumidor - Una mezcla nueva en la cultura
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bake - June 2012 - Pastel creativo para Bodas y Quinceañeras
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