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Our Hometown introduces Audio Articles

Our Hometown introduces Audio Articles

Our Hometown is excited to introduce our newest feature, Audio Articles! Audio Articles allows visitors to Listen to the news, using cutting edge text-to-speech technology to convert your website’s articles into audio files that are played back to the reader at the click of a button. With Audio Articles, visitors can listen to the news “on the go” or while multi-tasking. With no need to scroll through an article or […]

Our Hometown Improves Publishing with Google Docs

CLIFTON SPRINGS, NY — Our Hometown’s Google Docs Add-On allows authorized users to publish articles to their WordPress website directly from Google Docs. The tool aims to simplify the standard newsroom workflow by giving content producers full control over an article’s status – from an outline, to a draft, to a published article – without ever leaving Google’s popular word processing suite. Recent updates have further improved the convenience and […]

Conversation over Comments

Conversation over Comments

I recently came across an interesting article from the International News Media Association titled, “Comments on news articles are dead, paving the way for conversations.” The article highlights how many publishers have moved away from allowing comments on their digital content due to the toxic nature that overtakes many online comment sections. However, the article also touches on some ways to improve your comments section – primarily by making it […]

Feature Highlight: Blurred Borders on Article Sliders

Feature Highlight: Blurred Borders on Article Sliders

Our-Hometown’s Article Slider widgets are a great way to prominently feature some of the more important or interesting stories on your website. However, not every important or interesting story has a high-quality image associated with it, and using low quality or oddly-sized images can result in an ugly-looking slider that seems to zoom in on a random area of whatever image is used – until now. We are happy to […]

Feature Highlight: Pickup Locations

Feature Highlight: Pickup Locations

A relatively simple way to add extra value to your website is to include a Pickup Locations page that highlights all of the newsstands, shops, and businesses that your readers can purchase a copy of the print edition. Our Pickup Locations pages are built on GeoDirectory – the same plugin used for our Business Directories – allowing you to plot each Pickup Location on a map and enter some additional […]

Newsletter Sign up via In-Story Insertion

Another great way to advertise your newsletter and gain new subscribers is to include a prompt within your news articles themselves. We accomplish using AdRotate Pro‘s Post Injection feature, along with some custom CSS for styling. Our friends at SignalsAZ.com have utilized this technique with great success. If you read any of their articles, whether on desktop or mobile, you’ll see the following note at the end of the article: The […]

Basic Methods to Improve SEO on Google

As more readers search Google for local news, it’s important to take steps to improve your SEO and search ranking. Below are some best practices that will help your site rise to the front page of Google. Fresh Content:  More important than anything else in gaining traction on Google would be uploading new content to the site on a regular basis. The more often you upload content, the more likely […]

Using Polls on your Website

Using Polls on your Website

Online Polls are one of the easiest ways to interact with your website visitors. Polls can be used to collect data and feedback, host a small voting contest, or gauge reader interest in any number of topics. With local elections just around the corner, polling readers on who they’ve voted for or who they intend to vote for would be a great use of the feature. ProTip > Using polls on […]

Newsletter Marketing Opportunities for Publishers

Newsletter Marketing Opportunities for Publishers

As a customer of Our-Hometown, you’re probably aware that you can use the included Newsletter plugin to send e-mails to your subscribers and anyone else who has enrolled in your mailing list. What you might not know is just how valuable this mailing list is to local businesses and advertisers looking to market themselves to a new audience. Take advantage of the data you’ve collected and use it to generate […]

Publisher Interview: The 5 Point Digital Advertising Platform

Publisher Interview: The 5 Point Digital Advertising Platform

In this month’s Publisher Interview, Guy Roginson of SignalsAZ.com joined Matt Larson once again, this time to discuss how he is leveraging FIVE different forms of digital advertising available on our platform in a single campaign for a large client. In this campaign, Guy put together a package for his client that utilizes virtually all of the major advertising tools that we offer to benefit both the advertiser as well […]

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