SOURCE: SearchMaryland

July 07, 2008 16:03 ET

Maryland Business Directory Experiments With $1 Advertising Model

BALTIMORE, MD--(Marketwire - July 7, 2008) - SearchMaryland, a directory of Maryland businesses and organizations, is doing a trial for the next 1-2 weeks where they are offering local businesses a lifetime ad on the site for just $1. Search Maryland -- http://www.searchmaryland.com -- is doing this trial as a way to give back to small businesses as well as experiment and see if such a low-cost advertising model can succeed. After this special, the rate will likely be increased to $50.

SearchMaryland is a directory that allows visitors to find what they need by selecting a region in Maryland and a category, with its main strength being that it divides up regions in Maryland so Marylanders can search locally to ensure the organization they choose serves their area. While many directories allow visitors to narrow down their search to specific states, seeing companies listed by state can still be inconvenient for some people. For example, a visitor who runs a small business that needs network support services in the Baltimore area, might not want to work with an IT company hours away in Southern Maryland. This type of visitor will appreciate being able to select Baltimore Metro and IT Consulting to view IT companies in and near Baltimore at http://www.searchmaryland.com/baltimore/computers/it-consulting/, having the opportunity to read about the companies listed, and being able to select a company like Dataprise, Inc., which invites visitors to get more information on their network support services at http://www.dataprise.com/services_networksupport.aspx.

Another benefit of SearchMaryland is the ability to visit an organization's website directly to get more information. Visitors who search under Government can visit the Business License Information System at http://www.blis.state.md.us/ or visitors who select the Baltimore Metro Area and Real Estate Communities & Developments can find out more about Mandrin Homes by visiting http://www.mandrinhomes.com/maryland.asp.

Visitors can also search just by category or just by region. For instance, visitors can go to the Lawyers page at http://www.searchmaryland.com/law-firms/ to see all the attorneys SearchMaryland lists before selecting a region. Searching by category only is great for visitors who want to find a certain organization regardless of the Maryland region it's located in.

If you know of a relevant organization that would like to be listed on SearchMaryland, go to http://www.searchmaryland.com and click the Add Your Website button.

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