Advertising options on Pickyourown.rg!

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Advertising and Dedicated Web Pages on PickYourOwn.org, PumpkinPatchesAndMore.org,  PickYourOwnChristmasTree.org and LocalFarmMarkets.org

I aim to always provide free basic listing for farms to encourage every farm to get listed here!  The goal is to provide a comprehensive, accurate and current resource for consumers to find Pick-Your-Own farms! This is who-what-where-when-how much information; factual and to the point.

Of course, it does cost money to run the website, and there are ways to get even more visibility for your farm that I cannot provide for free because they increase my costs. You may wish to build more business with larger listings, photos, graphics, banners and other advertising!

The paid advertisements for farms on the website come in four forms:

  1. Adding photos to your listing - Photos tremendously improve the visibility of your listing!  If you'd like to add photos and/or logos to your listing you need only email them to me and I'll resize them to fit the page and listing (typically about 120 px by 90 px). There is a fee, to cover the my costs which include the need for additional bandwidth.  The cost for photos is $55/year for 2 photos on a listing. If you haven't got digital versions of your photos you can mail me a paper copy and I'll scan them at no additional charge.

  2. Top of the county listings Banner Advertising - Starts at $150 per year, per page (some very popular pages are more). A leaderboard (600 px wide x 90 px high - which works on most platforms) banner ad listing at the top of the county where your farm is listed right below the county name. The ad may have a logo, image or photos (up to 2 photos and/or logos, each 120 px wide by 90 px high), links, a border and colors!  Blinking and pop-ups are prohibited, as are ads for content that is inappropriate for a family, small children, etc.  This option is ideal for farms, events, manufacturers, distributors and sellers of products and services that are appropriate for an diverse family audience that represents a wide cross-section of the population. You can make your own banner, or if something simple works for you, I can make one at no cost to you.  600 px by 90 px is recommended as it works on both pcs and most 10" or larger tablets and laptops, but 800 by 140 works on most visitor’s pc’s. I would stay with 600 px by 90 px or 600 by 140) 
  3. Top of the page listings Banner Advertising - Starts at $250 per year, per page (some very popular pages are more). A leaderboard (600 px wide x 90 px high) banner ad listing at the top of the listings, right below the listing header you will see on each page (such as, below: "U-Pick Farms and Orchards, sorted by county", "Pumpkin Patches, Corn Mazes, Hay Rides and More, by County", etc.) . It may have a logo, image or photos (up to 2 photos and/or logos, each 120 px wide by 90 px high), links, a border and colors!  Blinking and pop-ups are prohibited, as are ads for content that is inappropriate for a family, small children, etc.  This option is ideal for farms, events, manufacturers, distributors and sellers of products and services that are appropriate for an diverse family audience that represents a wide cross-section of the population.. You can make your own banner, or if something simple works for you, I can make one at not cost to you.  600 px by 90 px is recommended as it works on both pcs and most 10" or larger tablets and laptops, but 800 by 140 works on most visitor’s pc’s. I would stay with 600 px by 90 px or 600 by 140) 
     
  4. Featured, expanded listings - $125 per year. A banner-type (600 px wide x 90 px high) listing on the page that is relevant to the farm (the farm's geographic area). It may have a logo, image or photos (up to 2 photos and/or logos, each 120 px wide by 90 px high), a border and colors!  The links to you website are direct, with no banner, ads or anything else. Below is an example. And for another example, see this page: http://www.pumpkinpatchesandmore.org/VApnorthen.php#listings .  And if you have your own website, we also drop the ad banner frameset across the tops on links to your website, and give you a direct link!
     
 Rock Farm U-Pick Farm 

Pick your own sweet corn, tomatoes, blackberries, apples,
4470 Wesley Chapel Road, Marietta  Ga. 30062. Phone: 770-992-1669. Pick Your Own Fruits and Vegetables in the Atlanta Georgia area.  Click here for a map.  A former county extension agent, Ed grows crops with natural methods, using organic pest controls and natural fertilizer (i.e. manure!).
Be sure to visit their website and the farm!


  1. Custom Website or dedicated page(s) - Your farm's own web pages
     
    Websites are $275 per year for up to 3 web pages (each up to 100k of text and images), which you can design; or we can do for you (and no extra cost for 3 simple pages), containing text, images, links, etc. 

    Typically, the pages are (click on the links to see an example):

    Of course, if you need additional pages, we can add them at $25/yr each.

    The url (address) would be similar to: http://www.pickyourown.org/happyhillsfarms/home.htm  etc. 

    If you'd like your own domain name (e.g., www.yourfarmname.com ) that adds $35 /year, or you can obtain it yourself and I'll include it.

     

  2. A dedicated webpage for your farm

    $95/year. One page dedicated to your farm, event or activity, with no other content, or ads, other than the standard footer with links back to PickYourOwn. 12 free updates per year.
    This is a good option for a farm that just wants a page on the internet, dedicated to their farm, without popup ads and other junk.  Here, you can put contact information, several photos, a map, directions, seasonal hours and dates, events, etc.  Update it monthly, or as often as you like (up to 15 times per year, additional updates beyond that are $5 each, just stop avoid abuse), allowing you to keep it current to the month, season and events!  Send updates and changes via email.  This gives you the advantages of having your own dedicated website, without needing to learn how to build a website, acquiring domain names, hosting, etc. Your page has its own url, like http://pickyourown.org/yourfarmsname.htm. You can even replace that with your own domain name, www.yourfarmsname.com, for only an additional $15/year. This is probably not a suitable option for a farm that has constantly changing information, or is a large, complex operation, or has an owner that is very fussy and wants a very particular look and feel (those are situations where the farm should get their own website).  I'm not making money at these rates; this is just to help farms get their own page on the internet, who could not otherwise afford it or master the technology.
     

If you are interested in either advertising or webpages, just write me by clicking on the Feedback link here.

Blake

How do these advertising costs and benefits compare with other alternatives?

Here are some examples of the costs of other forms of advertising, just for printing and distribution, not including creating the ads itself:
  • Yellow Pages: $16/month for a regular one line listing, $110/month for a 1" space ad, $1,346/month for a half page ad; a bold, one-line
  • White Pages listing runs $24.50/month.
  • Small, local suburban newspaper: $10-$30 per column inch per insertion. (A column inch is about 2.062" wide and 1" high -- a regular business card is about 2" by 3.5": $35-$105 each time it appears.) Spot color can add $100 per color.
  • Large city newspapers: $300 or more for a column inch.
  • Business cards: $20-$100, stationery (letterhead and envelopes): $200-$300.
  • Brochures can be much more expensive - a simple brochure can cost a few dollars each time someone requests one to be sent out.
  • Total newspaper advertising revenue in 2000 was $49 billion (national and local advertising) -- $4.2 billion more than broadcast TV. Local Yellow Pages advertising was $11.1 billion (national Yellow Pages advertising was $2.1 billion).

Links and compliance with Google's policies:

Paid links will carry the rel="nofollow" tag, as required by Google (see this NY Times article about JC Penny (http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/13/business/13search.html )and Google’s policies, http://www.google.com/support/webmasters/bin/answer.py?answer=66736 ).  This does not interfere with sending traffic to your website (it is behind the scenes and is required by Google)

 


Remember to ALWAYS call the farm or orchard BEFORE you go - weather, heavy picking and business conditions can always affect their hours and crops!


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Our other free, informative sites you may like:

EHSO.com - Environmental health and safety information and guidance for the home
ConsumerFraudReporting.org - Information about identity theft, frauds and scams; how to report them and how to protect your identity.
FitnessAndHealthScience.org - Practical fitness, health and diet information that works.
And our other related websites!


Care to Donate to help me keep the website going? Donate to me at Benevia here:

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Or as a last result (I reply to the forms FIRST),write me at 
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Permission is given to link to any page on www.pickyourown.org Do NOT copy and republish this page in whole or part, that is a copyright violation which will be prosecuted: link to the page instead!
Looking for jobs on farms?  Farmers:
If you'd like to advertise or have your own web page(s), click here!


Remember to ALWAYS call the farm or orchard BEFORE you go - weather, heavy picking and business conditions can always affect their hours and crops!


PYO Farms in Other Countries: [ Australia ] [ Canada ] [ South Africa ] [ New Zealand ] [ United Kingdom ]

Our other free, informative sites you may like:

EHSO.com - Environmental health and safety information and guidance for the home
ConsumerFraudReporting.org - Information about identity theft, frauds and scams; how to report them and how to protect your identity.
FitnessAndHealthScience.org - Practical fitness, health and diet information that works.
And our other related websites!


Care to Donate to help me keep the website going? Donate to me at Benevia here:

Use the feedback form for questions, comments and feedback about farmsUse this form suggest a farm to add to the website
Or as a last result (I reply to the forms FIRST),write me at 
 Write to pickyourown.org
All images and text  Copyright ©
Benivia, LLC 2004 - 2012 All rights reserved.   
Disclaimer and Privacy Policy
Permission is given to link to any page on www.pickyourown.org Do NOT copy and republish this page in whole or part, that is a copyright violation which will be prosecuted: link to the page instead!
Looking for jobs on farms?  Farmers:
If you'd like to advertise or have your own web page(s), click here!


Remember to ALWAYS call the farm or orchard BEFORE you go - weather, heavy picking and business conditions can always affect their hours and crops!


PYO Farms in Other Countries: [ Australia ] [ Canada ] [ South Africa ] [ New Zealand ] [ United Kingdom ]

Our other free, informative sites you may like:

EHSO.com - Environmental health and safety information and guidance for the home
ConsumerFraudReporting.org - Information about identity theft, frauds and scams; how to report them and how to protect your identity.
FitnessAndHealthScience.org - Practical fitness, health and diet information that works.
And our other related websites!


Care to Donate to help me keep the website going? Donate to me at Benevia here:

Use the feedback form for questions, comments and feedback about farmsUse this form suggest a farm to add to the website
Or as a last result (I reply to the forms FIRST),write me at 
 Write to pickyourown.org
All images and text  Copyright ©
Benivia, LLC 2004 - 2012 All rights reserved.   
Disclaimer and Privacy Policy
Permission is given to link to any page on www.pickyourown.org Do NOT copy and republish this page in whole or part, that is a copyright violation which will be prosecuted: link to the page instead!
Looking for jobs on farms?  Farmers:
If you'd like to advertise or have your own web page(s), click here!