The new search engine creates an inclusive, online space for cannabis-related businesses and services that have long been banned from advertising on other search engine platforms.
Denver, Colorado (PRWEB) April 27, 2015
The WeedLife Network has come up with a ground-breaking solution to a problem that has been troubling cannabis businesses with their online search marketing and advertising campaigns: by announcing the launch of WeedLIVE, the first-ever cannabis website search engine of its kind.
Officially launched today, WeedLIVE.com is designed specifically for the cannabis industry and was created to index only marijuana-related business websites.
WeedLIVE deals directly with the major challenge facing cannabis businesses that want to advertise online: the anti-marijuana policies of search engine giants like Google, Bing, Yahoo and Yelp that, according to a Huffington Post article published January 22 of last year, ban the advertising of cannabis-related products, services and websites on their search platforms.
"New businesses starting in this rapidly growing industry depend heavily on the Internet advertising to be found in search results by their future customers," says Ken Tapp, cofounder of The WeedLife Network. "It's a rude awakening to them when they find out they will instead have to rely on older traditional offline marketing methods, to get their advertisements out to their customers."
"And it's even more disheartening for them when they get the bill," he adds, "especially when you consider the prices some local newspapers and print publications charge monthly for advertising in their publications and on their local websites."
The WeedLIVE cannabis search engine was also created to eliminate the roadblocks that marijuana businesses deal with everyday. It provides online shoppers and customers with real-time search results from tens of thousands of cannabis business websites, by indexing their websites every day. This simple method cannot be achieved by the big search engines, because there are simply too many websites online to index daily, or even weekly.
"We know firsthand that new and existing businesses are fighting an uphill battle to get their websites searched and indexed by providers like Google, so they can have a chance of showing up in the search results for online shoppers in this industry", says Andy Rodosevich, cofounder of The WeedLife Network.
By searching cannabis business websites daily, WeedLIVE can eliminate the long weekly and sometimes monthly waiting periods that businesses have come to expect before they see their website show up in search results. "This is the edge that the cannabis industry needs if it's going to keep up with consumer demand; to stay ahead of would-be customers searching online for the new products and services that are entering the marketplace every day," says Rodosevich.
Before its debut today WeedLIVE was in beta for more than six months, actively indexing more than 2.5 million cannabis business website pages and images from the over 5,000 businesses and dispensaries currently found in its WeedCircles.com cannabis business directory.
"We are searching and indexing our customers' websites every day," says Tapp – who notes those cannabis business and dispensaries also take part in WeedCircles.
"We encourage all cannabis businesses that are not currently using our free business social network and directory services to check them out," he continues. "We provide you with dozens of free marketing and advertising tools to use, as well as the benefit of being indexed in our new WeedLIVE search engine… so why wouldn't you?"
About WeedLife Network
The WeedLife Network is a series of free-to-use websites, apps, and social marketing tools specifically designed to expedite the growth of the cannabis industry and shorten the business learning curve for new companies entering the marketplace. WeedLife's network creates an online social platform for the exchange of ideas, products and connections that work with both cannabis producers, distributors and dispensaries, as well as the tens of thousands of ancillary companies supporting the industry.
The WeedLife Network allows cannabis consumers and businesses to communicate and learn more about each other in a more rapid timeframe -- helping them to better target their products, services and customer needs -- as the cannabis sector's consumer demographic changes, evolves and matures.
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