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Why Join The Smoke Ring?
The Internet has become an essential marketing tool for practically every business. However, reaching your target audience on the Internet requires more than just putting up a website. The explosive growth of the Internet has made it increasingly difficult for someone surfing the web to find specific information among the tens of thousands of websites on the World Wide Web. The Smoke Ring provides a comprehensive index of BBQ products and information websites. When a person finds one member site of The Smoke Ring they instantly gain access to the index of all other sites.
The Smoke Ring has become recognized as the premier index for BBQ information on the Internet. It has been featured, and mentioned, in several newspaper, magazine, and BBQ publication articles. Future enhancements to Smoke Ring functionality, like the ability to selectively list sites by keyword, will make it an even more valuable information resource. Membership in The Smoke Ring gives your site access to the audience attracted by all the other sites in the ring.
What Are The Smoke Ring Requirements?
To become a Smoke Ring member, a website must contain content pertaining to BBQ. It may be either a personal, non-commercial website, or a commercial website that markets BBQ products. Websites with BBQ recipes, cooking tips, cookoff information, etc. are good candidates for membership.
In addition to containing BBQ content, the website must also display the Smoke Ring links. The links are used by web surfers to navigate from one site in the ring to the next. If a site doesn't have the links, a broken ring exists. A web surfer will click on the previous site's Next link and then have no way to continue around the ring. The page with the Smoke Ring links is the first page a web surfer will see when arriving at your site via the ring.
The Smoke Ring manager reserves the right to exclude membership in the ring to sites that don't meet the necessary requirements. Sites that become members of The Smoke Ring and then later remove the links will be removed from the ring.
There is currently no charge to participate in The Smoke Ring. Terms and conditions of membership are subject to change.
What Site Maintenance is Necessary?
Have you ever tried to keep a links page up to date? The beauty of The Smoke Ring is that individual websites don't have to maintain any links once The Smoke Ring links are in place. Maintaining a page of links on your site requires constant checking and verification to ensure that the links are still valid. Smoke Ring membership is maintained in a centralized database. As sites come and go in the ring no changes are necessary to individual member pages. The neighboring sites linked by your Next and Previous links are looked up from the database.
How Do You Join?
You become a member of The Smoke Ring by first filling out the membership signup form to add your site to a list of potential new members. Your site is added to a membership queue. You will receive an e-mail with instructions for adding the Smoke Ring links to your page. After the links are added and your site is reviewed, it is added to the ring. Submit your site to the potential members list NOW.
The Smoke Ring: Summary
The Smoke Ring is exactly what it sounds like it is... a ring on the web! Each page on the ring has links to a main index and also to its neighbors on the ring. You can move around the ring in either direction and if you go far enough you come back to where you started.
Instead of each web page having its own index of links to similar pages an index is maintained centrally. This way links are less likely to be out of date. Prospective members of the ring simply add their site to the queue, then the ring manager adds the new site to the ring. The ring then evolves exactly how the members want it.
The Smoke Ring is what YOU make it: Join Now!
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