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The Renovation of the Body Soul & Spirit Website
Posted by on 22 August, 2010

Chandler Stephon ArmstrongWebsite is undergoing renovations, upgrades and improvements will better represent the growth of our Expos, Magazine and Online Community and Social Network . The New site will provide tools and resources that will support those who are a part of the Body Soul & Spirit, at the expos, and throughout the year!



Do You Remember When It All Started?

We just renewed our domain for 100 years, how is that for positive intention in action? While we´ve now been online for fifteen years, I believe that this is just the start of our journey! Relatively speaking, fifteen years is a LONG TIME relative to the history of the internet!

19 years ago this month, Tim Berners-Lee publicly released his WWW project, making August 6, 1991 the offical birthday of the internet!

According to Wikipedia:

"On August 6, 1991, he [TBL] posted a short summary of the World Wide Web project on the alt.hypertext newsgroup. This date also marked the debut of the Web as a publicly available service on the Internet."

How we became one of the Original First 3%

For us, it all started about three years after the launch of the internet with the persuasion of a close friend that worked at one of the original Bulletin Board System, or BBS - the early predecessor of the commercial internet!

Although the internet had not been hear of by the majority of the public, her boss was about to launch one of the first independent IP’s in Canada, and was also offering web hosting! With some assistance, the Body Soul & Spirit became of the first sites on the internet, and is now older than 97% of all website on the internet!

For us, it all started about three years after the launch of the internet with the persuasion of a close friend that worked at one of the original Bulletin Board System, or BBS - the early predecessor of the commercial internet! Although the internet had not been hear of by the majority of the public, her boss was about to launch one of the first independent IP’s in Canada, and was also offering web hosting! With some assistance, the Body Soul & Spirit became of the first sites on the internet, and is now older than 97% of all website on the internet!

This early start was tremendously fortuitous! Seniority is, as one of the key algorithms search engines look for when rating a website, in fact it is often the most trusted one when search engine spiders gather information about a site as it’s the one constant that cannot be “spoofed”!

Keyword density, number of reciprocal links, citations by credible websites such as Wikipedia, or other official sites such as governmental agencies also has considerable bearing on who high a site is placed on the top link of search engines – but the registration year, once all other factors are considered, is the winning factor that will assure top organic position - a position which our site has obtained in many of our search categories!

Our Incredible Traffic Statistics

Since our first site, the Body Soul & Spirit has continued to grow and dominate as in web presence! Over the past 15 years, our website has accumulated as many as 14,000 reciprocal links, citations from major sites and page rankings as high a 2, 3, and 4 with Google! With as many as 80,000 unique visitors in a given month, and an average of 24 page views per visitor, our page views have almost reached 20 Million!

Rebuilding Our Site Better Serve Our Community

Since our first Things have certainly changed since we first launched our site, and since our first major over-haul and upgrade almost a decade ago, the ever expanding horizon of internet technologies have expanded to include social networking, real time content management systems, and online collaboration tools that have to potential to change how we work together!

We’ve known for several years that we have only been harnessing the minimum potential the tremendous amount of traffic our site has to offer our community! The possible benefit to bring our community together in the act of co-creation and mutual support by building an online portal has become more than just a goal… it’s become a quest!

The Right Team

One of the most common stories we hear in dealing with 1000’s of the independent holistic businesses, healing arts practitioners, spas, and many other clients has been their website woes! We share their pain, as we to have gone through several stops and starts. We’ve shopped the executive summary and proposal to dozens for development firms and received a lot of offers!

In most cases those who seemed qualified would come back with astronomical quotes, and those who seemed to fall within our price range seldom inspired the confidence in their ability to deliver what we were asking for!

This was until the spring of this year! At the time we had been considering a proposal from another web development firm, when we first connected with Brendon and Christine!

After just a few brief encounters, it became clear that not only did they had the skill set needed, but also share our vision and commitment of providing the tools, resources and service to foster the growth and foster the success of community which our expos, magazine and website serve!

What We Want to Create

Our vision is to create an NEW and IMPROVED online portal where you can share what you offer, interact and connect with 1000´s of people and create as much success and growth for EVERYTONE who would like to join us!

While the Body Soul & Spirit Expo is part of "What We do" it only represents one of the more tangible expressions of our primary purpose - to bring our community together to share and support each other’s journey towards, wholeness and self-understanding! We are confident that while the improvement and expansion of our online offerings will also improve the quality of our events, it will also provide a new level of opportunity for the many people we’ve connected with over the years.

Over the next several months, we plan to begin work on creating the needed is the tools as well as the programs by which we can ALL collaborate and create all various aspects of our event in each person’s OWN TIME and in REAL TIME!

We plan to introduce a system the “facilitates” by allow each of those involved to FREELY create THEIR “part” of OUR expo, online community and magazine – while also building our community and supporting the effort of all who are involved!

Our goal is to provide EVERYONE - whether you attend, exhibit, present, post articles, events, or just want to connect with our community - with the best possible online experience, tools and resources!
We look forward to share our adventure and journey with you as we work together to co-create something wonderful!

A Taste of Things to Come

We´ve put a lot of thought into creating the ideal online home and have thought of how we can best provide an online environment for EVERYONE that is a part of our events, magazine and community!

Our NEW & IMPROVED website will feature the integration of the many social networking tools and feature that have become popular over the past few years! This will allow us to create both a much more social experience online, as well provide a more efficient and effective way for members to interact collaborate and work with us.

Although the application are to numerous to outline here, we are excited to share some of the possibilities with you.

"We learned years ago that the more we gather to share as a community - the more growth and success we all experience. These new online tools are going bring about more positive growth than anything we´ve ever offered before." - Chandler Stephon Armstrong

Connect Before During & After Our Events
Exhibitor Lists, Lecture Schedules and Workshop Listings will include a social networking component that will allow our FREE MEMBERS and those visiting our events to "RSVP" and interact with those who are exhibiting, or presenting. This will allow visitors to asked questions, invite friends, connect with others that are attending, and much more.

Share and Connect with Other Members
Some of the other great tools will allow members to post events and invite other members to attend; tag members on articles they post; comment on other members content; upload videos, audio clips and pictures: start and moderate discussions and forums; schedule web and attend conferences sessions; and much more.

Integration with facebook, twitter, YouTube, Personal Blogs and more. If you are already steeped in social networking you´re going to love how easy you can automate the integration of our site into your other sites. Your content can automatically be posted to many other social networks, blogs, icalendar and more.

Conclusion


As always we are grateful and for the opportunity to share our adventure with the many people who have been a part of our growth and continue to support our vision! Your continued support and participation in our events, magazines and online community is the fuel that propels our collective dreams to fruition.

Chandler Stephon Armstrong



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