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How to I search for a business if I can not see a category for it?

Some businesses provide more than one specific service, especially in categories such as the category "Building Services". We have not created every kind of category for all services as the list would become very long and not necessarily very useful. Also, we have found that many users of online directories go to the search bar and type in what they are looking for rather than look for the category in the listing. For example, if you are looking for a "Kitchen Fitter", you will find businesses in the Building Services and Handyman category who will offer this service. The quick an easy way to find a kitchen fitter is to type "kitchen fitter" into the search bar and a list of businesses who offer this service will come up.

Can I add a new Category?

If you would like to add a new category to the Fleet Business Network please email us directly and we will certainly consider it. The site is growing and changing all the time as we update and improve the site for you, to ensure it works for both businesses and locals alike.

What are KEYWORDS and why are they so IMPORTANT?

Using the right keywords on your site is the vital first step in effective search engine optimisation (SEO). When someone uses a search bar, they type in one or more words describing what they are looking for, for example: Lifestyle Manager in Fleet or decorator. These words or phrases are known as keywords. The search engine then comes back with a list of businesses, with content that relates to the keyword used.

We have optimized each individual business on the site to ensure that when customers search for relevant keywords, your business listing appears in the list of results. That is what search engine optimisation (SEO) is all about.

It is very important that you have the correct keywords on your business listing. Please contact the site administer if you would like your keywords updated.

Why join the Fleet Business Network?

  1. Allows local people to find a local recommended business in one place.
  2. Designed by locals for locals! We are not a franchise and we genuinely have a passion for supporting where we live plus we will work with you to help bring more local business to you. If you don't see the category best suited to you talk to us and we will add it for you.
  3. Wider audience than standard printed advertising in magazines/local news papers. Online advertising can potentially reach more customers in more places and allow small companies to do business with more people in the local area.
  4. It gives smaller businesses without a website a web presence, complete with social media links, integrated google map, images, logo, contact details, description and recommendations from clients it's almost a website in its own right!
  5. Recommendations are current businesses are listed according to the number of recommendations and how recent they are. All recommendations are validated manually and we only allow positive recommendations.
  6. It helps with your own websites search engine rankings and improves your overall web presence.It works alongside the Fleet Parents Facebook page (nearing 11,000 members) when recommendations are requested on Facebook, a link is posted back to the Fleet Business Network

With hundreds of businesses advertising on the site and over 60,000 page hits annually it really is the fastest growing local online business directory.

Who can join Fleet Business Network?

We welcome businesses to the site from Fleet and surrounding areas. All businesses that have clients in Fleet are welcome. The majority of our listed businesses are from Fleet, however, we also have businesses from Odiham, Yateley, Dogmersfield, Crondall, Camberley, Farnham, Farnborough, Hartley Wintney, Hook, Winchfield, Eversley and Basingstoke.

Why pay to be listed on the Fleet Business Network?

Unlike other community websites, the Fleet Business Network is not covered with paid for adverts and flashing or moving images. We have kept the website clean and simple so that you can quickly and easily find the business you are looking for without these distracting adverts, plus our unique recommendation system enables an up to date and relevant rating system for all the businesses. Click here for full details on the Recommendation system

In order to maintain the website, keep it up to date with businesses and recommendations, ensure it has great visibility on Google and to continually improve and enhance the service it provides, we need to charge a minimal fee to all registered businesses. We think you will agree that £69.50 a year is minimal compared to the extra business it generates for you and the benefits it provides:

  • Positive Positive Positive! All our recommendations are manually assessed and added to your listing and are positive, we don't agree with publicly criticising a business or service. If you don't like it, don't recommend it!
  • It gives smaller businesses without a website a web presence, complete with social media links, integrated google map, images, logo, contact details, description and recommendations from clients, it's almost a website in its own right!
  • Recommendations are current, businesses are listed according to the number of recommendations and how recent they are
  • It helps with your own websites search engine rankings and improves your overall web presence
  • It works alongside the Fleet Parents Facebook page (almost 10,000 members)  when recommendations are requested on Facebook, a link is posted back to the Fleet Business Network
  • Designed by locals for locals we are not another franchiseand we genuinely have a passion for supporting where we live!

How do I pay?

You can pay by sending us a cheque/cash or by our preferred payment method - PAYPAL. Use the Payment page to make a payment using paypal.

How do I pay if I do not have a PayPal account?

If you don't have a PayPal account you can pay your annual fee using a credit or debit card online. Click on this link and complete your details and select the annual package payment Basic or Platinum. This will take you into PayPal. At the bottom right of the screen you will have the option to "Pay with a debit or credit card". Select this option and follow the instructions online.

You can also pay by cheque or BACs if you would prefer. For payment made by cheque, please make them payable to "Fleet Business Network" and post to 5 Marrow Meade, Fleet, Hampshire, GU51 1HH. For BACs payments please email us and we will email you our BAC details.

How do I update my listing?

If you would like to update you business listing please email your updates to us and we will make the updates for you.

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