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The Marple Website is pleased to offer low cost advertising opportunities geared towards the local business community that can be of benefit whether or not you have your own web site. In addition, you will be helping to support the running costs of the Marple Website and The Virtual History Tour of Marple & District.
It's likely that you will be helping local good causes too, as The Marple Website has now donated £10,050 to local causes since 2006, an average of £1,000 a year for 10 years!
At Christmas 2011 £1,000 from the banner adverts income was donated to Friends of Marple Memorial Park's Diamond Jubilee Project.
In 2012 £1,000 was donated to Marple Christmas Cracker as their main sponsor for the 2012 event.
In 2013 £500 was donated to Friends of Memorial Park's Skatepark Project and this was match funded by Forever Manchester, effectively doubling it up to almost £1,000 (less localgiving.com fees).
In 2014 a further £1,000 was donated to the Friends of the Park's Skatepark Project.
So far in 2016 another £1,000 has been donated to the Skatepark Project, taking the total contribution to this cause to date from the advertising banners to £2,500.
Although I can't promise to do this every year (now that I've retired from the day job) I would like to continue using income from the banners for local causes for as long as possible.
Advertising banners rotate at random at the top of The Marple Website, which receives in the region of 17,000 visits per month and over 160,000 page impressions. For no extra charge they are also included on the popular Forum and Notice Board. The banners are a great way draw attention to your business and can be linked directly to your own web site or to a 'Business Card Page' if you don't have your own site (see below for more details).
The standard rental cost of of a banner advert is just £2 per month (based on a 12 month agreement) plus a one-off £15 set up fee. Up to three copies of each the banners can be rented at £1 per month extra each, doubling or even trebling the frequency at which they appear. Provide your own 468 x 60 static banner or I can create one for you for an additional £20 using your graphics. I can also do animated banners like the one below starting from £35.
Banners are strictly limited to Stockport based businesses.
All banner customers also get a link to their site on The Marple Website with suitable anchor text to help their search engine rankings.
There is also a new special sponsors' area on the Marple Website Forum for advertisers to promote their business activities.
Advertising banners can now also be added to the Virtual Tour, which in 2016 received over 365,000 image views in the year. That's more than 7,000 per week or 1,000 per day. The cost for these banners are the same as for the Marple Website - just £2 per month (based on a 12 month agreement) plus a one-off £15 set up fee - however, they're available at a 50% discount and no further set-up fee if you take a banner on the The Marple Website, or if you are an existing advertising customer.
Banners on the Virtual Tour are also strictly limited to Stockport based businesses.
All banner customers also get a link to their site on the Virtual Tour with suitable anchor text to help their search engine rankings.
These are small pages on the Marple Website containing one or two graphics and your business and contact details. They can be done in a colour scheme and style of your choice using your own graphics. They work best in conjunction with a banner advert to gain the attention of visitors, who will click this to discover your 'Business Card Page'. An additional advantage is that they will also work in conjunction with the site search engine when keywords relating to your business are used.
A 'Business Card Page' is a low cost way of integrating your business with the Marple Website Community. If you have your own web site already it's also a good way of bringing it to the attention of more visitors and the link to your site from the Marple Website will even help to boost your Google search engine rankings.
The standard rental cost of of a 'Business Card Page' is just £1 per month (based on a 12 month agreement) plus a one-off £30 set up fee.
As with the banners, these pages are strictly limited to Stockport based businesses and for Marple Business Forum members and local web design clients a 10% discount is available.