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How Business Directory Sites Boost Your Web Site

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Boosting Website Performance With Citations

Business directory sites are best thought of as an authority site for online marketing purposes. While you may not get a significant amount of direct traffic from a business directory site, the links coming to your site from a business directory site are considered trustworthy. This trustworthiness or authority link, is attributed to several factors.

One factor of trust or authority is location trust. If a link is coming from a local type of directory site such as the business directory in Allen:, then the local trustworthiness is in the context of your local website is getting a citation link from an appropriate local business directory. Another trust factor would be in a particular niche. Imagine you are operating a website for your locksmith business. A citation link from a business directory site that focuses on the locksmith trade, such as, would pass the trustworthiness test of having a similar niche link pointing to your site.

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Move To The Head Of The Class

Another citation strategy is to get the best position available on a business directory site. The term “above the fold” was developed as newspaper print jargon, but in web terms, it means the page as it looks before the user scrolls up.

Many sites offer premium or featured listings for a fee. This type of placement can assure that your site is seen, not only above your competition, but in the top for your particular trust factor. You could have prime position on your chosen business directory site for an authoritative link to your site, whether it is for industry/niche trust or location trust. Another point to consider is the length of time your listing is visible. Many citation business directory sites are perpetual. This means your listing is there forever. Keeping your listing up helps to establish the durability of your business and website. If your citation directory site is listing for free, maintenance is best managed by you.

Pay Attention to Consistency

Watch for this critical issue: always maintain consistency of your citation. Use the same name in the same style everywhere it is seen on the web. Your Facebook address should be the same as your YP listing. And all of the listings should be the same as what is one your website. If you use ACME CO Inc on directory sites, but your website and legal name is Acme Company Inc, you could suffer from Search Engine Confusion. Use the post office or Google Maps style of address information. Use abbreviations consistently. The post office always uses ST instead of Street.

Search Engine Confusion can also result in the misuse or omission of suite numbers. Always match what maps and post office declare for your address. Should one be different, defer to the post office as it is usually easier to get Google to change. Regardless of which you choose, use it across every entity you have access to change. Imaging two Dr. John Smiths. Both have their office on Main St. The one that succeeds in getting the best results is the one that maintains accurate and consistent citations.

Local Business Directory Summary

Here is your recap of how to use directory sites to boost your web site:

  • Select a directory with the proper trust factor
    • Local directories for local authority
    • Niche directories for niche specific authority
  • Place your business citation in the best spot
    • Premium and featured positions give better visibility
  • Be consistent
    • Match your business name, address, phone and url
    • Defer to the Post Office and Google Maps as a guide
December 22, 2018 |

The growth and transformation of Allen

Allen Eagles Football

The growth and transformation of Allen

Despite the ups and downs of the national economy, the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex expands. I find it hard to believe that at the beginning of the tech boom in the 1990s, our job base totaled 2.6 million versus 3.7 million today. At that time, our telecom corridor was rapidly expanding and Legacy was in its toddler years. Those 1.1 million new jobs fueled the expansion and creation of many business hubs.

As we look around DFW today, new development continues to flow into established areas to accommodate our growth. Other areas, however, are also emerging as potential new submarkets. One of those is Allen. Currently, Allen and McKinney are included in the broader Richardson – Plano submarket. Although that combination makes sense today, it probably doesn’t in the not too distant future.

Of all the next tier suburbs in the path of development, Allen looks to be positioned for transformative growth. Currently, the Allen corridor has about 3 million square feet of office space. All of that is located along a two mile stretch between Bethany Drive and Exchange Parkway.

While some space existed back in the 1980s, predominantly in community-scale office and medical buildings, the first notable wave of business space was developed in the mid- to late-1990s. These included Enterprise Office Center, Allen Office Center and Allen Tech Center. But after the tech bust, Allen fell quiet until the mid-2000s.

At this point, DFW’s strong economy returned and the northward progression of new development along the Tollway and I-75 continued. Development in greater Legacy picked up quickly. Trademark also started planning Watters Creek in Allen. The initial phases of Watters Creek opened in 2008 and served as a “seed,” much like Legacy Town Center’s office and retail did back in 2002.


February 18, 2018 |

Bid 2017 Farewell With These Fun Festivities

Bid 2017 Farewell With These Fun Festivities

Here are some words from the Allen Convention & Visitors Bureau. What do you think about fun things to do for 2017 NYE celebrations in Allen TX?

2017 is rapidly coming to a close, but we’ve got the scoop on how to make your final moments of the year memorable and kick off the new year on the right notes.

Looking to celebrate the New Year with style? Bar Louie’s NYE bash is going to be popping (and not just the bottles, either!) with your favorite hits playing, your beers of choice on tap, and piquant plates being cooked up and dished out to you from 8 PM to 2 AM. Click here for tickets to guarantee a great night.

Sports fans can cheer on the Allen Americans on New Year’s Eve as they take on the Wichita Thunder. You’ll be on the edge of your seat as you watch our hometown hockey heroes try to claim their fifth championship at Allen Event Center. Don’t miss out on the action — score your tickets today!

Dance your way into the New Year at Kelly’s at The Village! The 6th Annual Red Solo Cup Bash kicks off at 9 PM, so grab your friends and raise your glasses to new beginnings with a complimentary champagne toast at midnight. DJP will be spinning the best beats and hottest mixes to add fire to the dance floor.

Don’t worry; we haven’t forgotten about the kids! For family-friendly festivities, Topgolf and PINSTACK will both be hosting their own respective NYE parties. Catch a break and test your swing at Topgolf. Special NYE packages include unlimited game play, party favors, chef-inspired cuisines, and more. Plus, a live DJ will ignite the night with a hot playlist!

PINSTACK, one of our newest attractions, is all fun and games this New Year’s Eve with special packages offering unlimited video games and entertainment, delectable dishes to keep you and your family energized, and a champagne toast for the grownups. Get the ball rolling and get your tickets for an exciting evening that should be up any family’s alley!

This article came from the Allen Visitors & Convention Bureau. Look to make your source for business listings in Allen TX.

December 27, 2017 |

Stacy Rd Fast Food Lane

stacy rd in allen tx fast food lane

With the The Village at Allen on one side and The Village at Fairview on the other, Stacy Rd is quite the happening shopping area. Let’s not forget Premium Outlets on the west side of Central. These mega-draw retail areas bring thousands of shoppers and with their shopping tasks, they get hungry. To fill this need to feed, in steps the fast food cartel with their various offerings of quite bites and beverages.

This is where Fast Food Lane comes in. From the west we have In-N-Out Burgers, Raising Cane’s Chicken, Panda Express, Chick-Fil-A, McDonalds, Taco Bell, El Pollo Loco, Whataburger and Jack In The Box. Last, but not least, is Taco Bueno. I have them listed last because they are actually on Greenville Ave, not Stacy Road.

chick-fil-a on stacy rd Allen TXChick-fil-a

Chick-fil-a, is open 6 days a week. Sunday is closed for employees to have family time. They have a play area for the kids, convenient drive through, outdoor seating during nice weather and a very courteous staff.

They also provide catering and are eager to meet your dining needs. Here is their information:

PHONE NUMBER: (972) 678-3001


Monday – Friday
6:00 AM-10:00 PM
6:30 AM-6:00 PM

El Pollo Loco on Stacy Rd Allen TXEl Pollo Loco

Next in line is a new addition to Fast Food Lane, El Pollo Loco. From the name, you can believe they serve some crazy chicken. Considering it is flame grilled and not fried, that will be the truth. Here is their information:

El Pollo Loco #6143
386 E Stacy Rd
Allen, TX 75002
Phone: 469-854-6525
Fax: 714-874-5280

Mon-Sun: 10:00am-11:00pm

Drive-thru open until closing. Dining room typically closes 1 hour prior. Check with restaurant for details.

Now accepting mobile pay Now accepting mobile pay

Free Wi-Fi Free Wi-Fi available at this location

in-n-out Allen TXIn-N-Out

Allen gets to boast of having the first In-N-Out restaurant in Texas. This California favorite is bringing in friends and new fans every day. They also have a “not so secret” menu.

Allen TX – 190 E. Stacy Rd., 75002

Number One with Onions
In-N-Out Burger – Allen, TX, 190 E. Stacy Rd..
Welcome to our restaurant in Allen, TX.
At In-N-Out Burger we use only the freshest ingredients with no heat lamps, freezers or microwaves to deliver on our promise of Quality You Can Taste®.

Normal Hours of Operation

Sunday – Thursday 10:30 a.m. – 1:00 a.m.
Friday – Saturday 10:30 a.m. – 1:30 a.m.

JackInTheBox Restaurant Stacy Rd Allen TX

Jack In The Box

This long time established fast food chain has lived the battles of exploding clowns, burger wars and more. Now Jack has a nice location perfect for the cravings of tacos and Jumbo Jacks.

Our Stacy Rd location is open 24 hours to meet your cravings. Brunchfast, Breakfast, Jack’s Munchie Meals, Chicken, Burgers and Tacos round out the fast food aficionado’s meal list.


Especially good for those with midnight cravings…


McDonald's on Stacy Rd Allen TXMcDonald’s

I’m loving it. Two drive through lanes, a modern play area, flat screen tvs with usually news channels on and your best McDonald’s fair. Bring the kids, you know you want to. World famous fries and occasionally, Ronald himself will visit.

  • Drive Thru
  • Wi-Fi
  • Mobile Deals
  • Indoor PlayPlace
  • Indoor Dining
Restaurant Hours:
  • Mon—Wed:5:00 AM-12:00 AM
  • Thu—Sat:Open 24 hr
  • Sun:4:00 AM-12:00 AM

Taco Bell Stacy Rd Allen TXTaco Bell

When you want to make a run for the border, this place has all the fast taco munchies for your taste.

ALLEN, TX 75002
(214) 383-9006





Whataburger Stacy Rd Allen TXWhataburger

This Texas tradition began in 1950. Whataburger® is still made to order—when it’s ordered. We still use 100% pure beef and serve it on a big, toasted five-inch bun.

For you late night/early morning types, this Whataburger is also open 24 hours.

Double drive through lanes, loyalty rewards, and fresh burgers make this the place to get your meat on.

388 E Stacy Rd
Allen, TX 75002

Open Now

(972) 649-6913

Panda Express Stacy Rd Allen TXPanda Express

Got the craving for Chinese food?

Order online for quick pickup.

Drive through until 10:00pm each night. Open at 10:30am
170 years of Chinese food in the US distilled to this family born chain of good, quick, satisfying meals.
Make your way today to the Panda Express on Stacy Rd.

Store Hours

Mon—Sun 10:30 am – 10:00 pm

340 E Stacy Road, Allen, TX 75002

Drive through hours are until 10:30pm

Taco Bueno Greenville Ave Allen TXTaco Bueno


Looking for the best fast food salsa in the world? Taco Bueno will give you a good shot. Fresh salsa bar and TVs in dining room. Dallas based restaurant chain.


Store location.

Taco Bueno – 3201
1709 N. Greenville Ave.
Allen, TX 75002
(214) 383-0931
Hours Sun—Sat: 9:00am-11:00pm

Raising Cane's Stacy Rd Allen TXRaising Cane’s

190 E Stacy Rd Ste 800
Allen, TX 75002
Phone: 214-383-7501
Birthday: 11/25/2011
Hours of Operation:
Sun-Thu 10:00am-11:00pm
Fri-Sat 10:00am-12:00am

Although we are big fans of the Ozzy Osbourne song “Crazy Train,” our nickname actually comes from the infamous train tracks that run nearby the Restaurant. There are local monuments and stories regarding the many antics that took place along these tracks.

January 2, 2017 |

Allen Eagle Football – Varsity Schedule


Texas UIL State Champions 2008, 2012, 2013, & 2014

Date      Opponent         Location       Time/Result
 Arlington Martin*  Eagle Stadium  10:00 a.m. NA
 8/26 Hoover, Alabama  Eagle Stadium 7:30 p.m. W
 9/2 Evangel, Louisiana  Eagle Stadium 7:30 p.m. W
 9/9  Coppell  Buddy Echols Field, Coppell 7:30 p.m. W
9/16 open open open
9/23 McKinney Boyd   Ron Poe Stadium, McKinney 7:30 p.m. W
9/30 Plano West**  Eagle Stadium 7:30 p.m. W
10/7 Plano  Clark Stadium, Plano 7:30 p.m. W
10/14  Denton Guyer  Eagle Stadium 7:30 p.m. W
10/20 McKinney  Ron Poe Stadium, McKinney 7:30 p.m. W
10/28 Plano East   Kimbrough Stadium, Plano 7:30 p.m. W
 11/4 Wylie*** Eagle Stadium  7:30 p.m. W
 11/11 Euless Trinity Eagle Stadium  7:30 p.m. W
 11/18 Belton Mesquite Memorial Stadium  7:30 p.m. W
 11/25 San Angelo Central San Angelo Stadium  4:00 p.m. W
12/3 Duncanville AT&T Stadium  2:00 p.m.

* Scrimmage ** Homecoming ***Senior Night

Games in Bold are District Contests


August 22, 2016 |

Fishing in Ray Roberts Lake



The Ray Roberts Lake is home to a variety of fishes including but not limited to largemouth bass, white bass, channel catfish, crappie and sunfish. The lake has 2,000 acres of standing timber, with a rip-rap along the dam located at the south end of the main pool. It is has 2,212 acres of floating and submerged aquatic vegetation. Some floating species found on the lake are floating pondweed, water primrose and American lotus. Submerged species, on the other hand, include bushy pondweed, American milfoil, Chara and hydrilla.

Fishing Tips and Techniques

Guided fishing trips for largemouth bass, white bass, catfish, crappie and sunfish are quite popular in Ray Roberts Lake.

catfish-478181_960_720The lake has many good spots where you can fish for largemouths. During the spring and fall, Largemouth bass angling seems to peak. If you like to fish for trophy bass, February and March are the ideal months to go fishing on the lake. When fishing for colder months, the best bait is a jig or a jig and pig combination and fish slowly around deep submerged points. In spring, a Carolina rigged worm will do the trick for you or a rigged lizard. You can go to shallow waters on the man flats between the isle de Bois Creek and feeder creeks. For summer vertical jiggling will help you with your catch, in the acres of standing timber. If you opt to go fishing in a fall, the best baits are: jerk baits, crank baits and spinners, though the most excellent choice is white spinner bait.

The white bass fish is best to catch during the spring when the spawning run-up tributaries. The summer is also a good season because the bass often schools in the main pool away from the dam. The white bass also abounds in this lake. The choice of bait for these fishes would probably be surface baits, spoons, minnows and jigs. Another fish you’ll catch during the summer is the catfish. For a catfish, your bait must be: cut bait, stink bait or shrimp. To catch some crappie, fish during the winter season, using jigs and minnows. Sunfishes, on the other hand, will are attracted to live earthworm baits.

April 4, 2016 |

Spring Break Activities in Allen


group of  women in a pilates class at the gym

Whether you are a tourist or a native of Allen, Texas, you will surely love the town’s festive spirit during Spring Break. The town offers a variety of activities for you and your family and surely you will know that in Texas, everything is bigger and better. Here are some activities that await you when you visit the town.

If you’re a health buff or love to be active, the SNAP dance, Zumba Party, Yoga and Aerobics are the activities for you. You can snap your fingers and shuffle your feet to the music or you can choose to join the party and learn Latin-based moves to your favorite party songs while doing high-intensity cardio all under the black lights. But if you prefer serene and traditional fitness activities, Yoga and Aerobics classes are also available.

Boxing and Martial Arts are also beneficial activities to spend your time on during the Spring Break. Aside from keeping you fit, boxing and martial arts will come in handy when you do get in trouble and you need some self-defence skills. So if dancing does not appeal with you then you can always choose to indulge yourself with boxing and martial arts to keep your body fit and strong.

Spring Break is also a time to learn new skills or rekindle past passion like roller skating. Have fun gliding and twirling with other Spring Breakers and relive happy childhood memories or help your children build theirs. If you want to be more productive you can volunteer and teach younger children how to skate. The smile on their faces afterwards is a good enough reason to do this. Aside from roller skating, you can also jump your heart out in a Trampoline. Just make sure if you are with your children to watch them carefully and ensure that they are jumping with children their own size to avoid any unwanted accidents as they experience they joys of jumping on a Trampoline.

But if you prefer swimming and doing water sports or activities, you can opt to windsurf or go sailing. These are fun activities that will surely give you a good tan! There are also a lot of swimming pool facilities you can choose from, all offering fun amenities that will surely be worth your time and money.

Another popular activity is Paintball, it is a make believe war between two opposing teams and uses paint balls as bullets. This is a fun thing to do with if you have your friends along. You will enhance your skills in making strategies in remaining alive throughout the game. Although it can be challenging it is really fun and will really pump up your adrenaline.

These are just a few of the many activities that Allen can offer this Spring Break. Don’t miss out on the fun! Make sure to visit this town with your family and friends and experience fun like you’ve never experienced it before. After all, Spring break is a break from the routines of life.

February 4, 2016 |

Tips You Can Use For Your Website In 2016


Online Marketing Tips For 2016

For your company to thrive in this ever changing time and age, one way to get your brand boosted is to make a great website. A website gives your consumers more opportunity to learn more about company, your products and services. While many people company have their own website, some of them really looks outdated. It turns off any potential customers. Making your website great and outstanding needs its proper research and prospecting.
More and more people are jumping in the internet because it’s a great way to sell your products and services. Thus, your competitors are also growing and taking action as you read this. One tip for your company to get notice in the thousandths of people in the internet is to be unique in your own space. Meaning every company has a target niche and you’re not the lonely selling things to them. So make sure to differentiate your presence online from your competitors. You can achieve this by making your website simple to navigate but it still is very pleasing to the eyes of your market. Look at these tips with considering website design SEO wordle Allen TX

1. Implement a Smart Choice of Colors

One important factor that is over looked by many when starting a website is the color. Make sure to pick colors that are complementing each other. Meaning the colors doesn’t “fight” each other so that it will be beautiful in the eyes of your consumers.

2. Keep Your Content More Simple and Informative

When placing the content in your website, your latest product and best services should easily be seen on the first page. A website can be considered great when the contents in the pages are not cramped in. That they should have ample space between each other and the borders. That content should be clear on what it is trying to convey to the consumers.

3. Stay Organized

Online visitors tend to stay longer in your website to explore it when the pages and tabs are neat and organize. When everything is not put properly in their own position, definitely it will make people confuse making them leave the site. Your chance of getting their attention is such a small time frame. In an instant, people now a days, decide abruptly whether they would like to stay on that site. They stay when they perceive that things inside the website bring value to them. They leave if they think that there is in no way the services or products of the site can help them.

4. Make Your URL Name Easy to Remember

Make sure your URL has your company name on it. If it can’t be, you can use shortcuts but still looks like your name. The reason why is because it will help people who are your customers or potential customers to remember your site easily.

5. Make Your Website Mobile Friendly

Make sure your website is mobile friendly because data shows that there are more people who are browsing the internet via their smart phones compared to the people using computers. Making it mobile friendly is such an advantage because when people go to your site and see that is all scrambled up on their phone, it will reduce credibility on your end. Responsive web designs on phones is a great way to set your goal long term because there are more and more people who use their mobile phones to browse and scan the internet.

6. Update Often

Reading on the current technology news will always benefit you. Not only will it increase your knowledge but also put you up to date with the latest trends and innovation. This is also crucial when you have an online presence because it in the internet world, it is constantly changing. What’s good today might not be a few days from now. Sometimes news about coming from the tech space will provide you data or statistics about things which will help you when it is related and applicable to your business.

Since you have already a website, the next step you would want to do once you’re website is good is that it should climb its way on the search engines. Search engine optimization is the process of getting your website to the highest ranking possible on Google search engine. Many company owners and marketing teams still believe in SEO because it is such a great way to market and increase brand awareness for your company. Investing effort and some money to ranking high on a search engine where millions of people use it to find something is a good ROI.

These are just some few ways you can do when you’re planning to start a website or if you already have one, you can incorporate these things. So go attract those clients and customers to your site and show how great your product and your presence online is. If you need help with any of these tips, please contact Total Online Marketing for more information.

January 11, 2016 |

Where is the best barbecue in Allen TX?

best barbecue ribs in Allen TX

Your chance to vote for the best barbecue in Allen TX

Some times, saying “The best barbecue” can start a real brawl. Well, we hope to be a little more civilized with this here poll to find where people think who has the best barbecue in Allen barbecue ribs in Allen TX

As for “pure cue joints”, we don’t have that many. And I know a lot of other places serve a version of this Texas staple. You’re sure welcome to add them to the results, but let’s be fair. Let us know what you think. We’ll have the results soon.

View their listing:

Soulman Barbecue

Big Ray’s BBQ

Rudy’s Bar-BQ

Dickie’s Barbecue


November 5, 2015 |
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