A member of Calvary Baptist Church in Cowpens South Carolina contacted me. They had an “unofficial” website up, and he wanted to know what services we offered.
Calvary Baptist Church in Cowpens is a small church, and there is another church in Cowpens called Mt Calvary Baptist Church. If you tried to find Calvary Baptist Church in Cowpens South Carolina on Google, you would end up with Mt Calvary Baptist Church. It would bring up their picture, and address (of interest is the fact is the website attached to Mt Calvary Baptist Church is another one of our “unofficial” websites).
The funny thing about though is in the listings, the first listing is an unofficial Facebook Page for Calvary Baptist Church in Cowpens, the second listing is an unofficial Facebook Page for My Calvary Baptist Church in Cowpens and the third website listing is the unofficial website we have up for Calvary Baptist Church in Cowpens South Carolina. The fourth listing is another directory listing for Mt Calvary, then a Yellow Pages Listing for Calvary Baptist Church in Cowpens South Carolina, which, interestingly enough lists a bunch of “Calvary Baptist Churches” all around the area, but NOT ours.
So – I see the point; the church would like to make themselves visible.
We had a brief discussion, and I did some research, apparently, someone in the past had the church listed with Google as “Calvary Independant Baptist Church.” Yes, they misspelled independent. Also apparently, the address of the church appears in two places on Google maps. This poor little church has their share of problems.
We discussed domain names, and they decided in the domain name “calvaryincowpens.com” which should help give Google (and other search engines) a good idea of where the church is when someone does the search. I registered the domain, and built a starter website for them with some pictures I was provided with and with some limited information.
I contacted Google, and uploaded one of the pictures, with the name “Calvary Baptist Church” and had the name changed from “Calvary Independant Baptist Church” to “Calvary Baptist Church.” Google has already addressed that change, but it may take a while to work its way through their search algorithms. Ultimately, both churches should come up when one searches for Calvary Baptist Church in Cowpens South Carolina.
I also went to the Facebook unofficial page (which had NO information and added the address, phone number and website. Facebook is already updated.
Overall, I think we are on the way to making this internet “invisible” church more visible.