allCUnews Platform Overview
allCUnews.com has been developed to bring the latest content management and marketing platform with the tools and services the credit union related professional need to maximize exposure and sales. The ACN engine is a robust and scalable platform with many features including news, blogs, forums and discussions. Our syndication includes daily email delivery; RSS (Really Simple Syndication) feeds on MyYahoo, MyGoogle, MyMSN, Pluck, NewsGator, etc. We also are crawled by all of the major search engines including Google, Yahoo, MSN, ExactSeek, Alexa, etc.
What all of these tools mean for you is that you can leverage our tools along with the aggregate marketing activities to maximize your advertising and marketing efforts. If some simple tools and processes are followed, your efforts will drive more quality traffic to your website resulting in increased sales and higher overall market awareness.
About Search Engine Optimization and Marketing
In the past, search engines based rankings on the meta-tags or keywords you had hidden within you header and titles. As webmasters started adding ‘non-relevant’ metatags, search engines began getting smarter. They adjusted their process and began looking at ‘third party links’. This worked for a period of time, but again, webmasters abused the process and began setting up “link farms” that were nothing more than thousands of ‘unrelated’ links. In 2005, Google, along with the other search engines, re-wrote their algorithms and processes to ‘punish’ these link farms with negative search placements. Instead, what the search engines have done is built the process to reward sites with 1) many third party links that are on ‘relevant websites’ and 2) reward those sites with ‘active relevant links’ AND ‘relevant content’.
The search engines now crawl each website and look for relevant content and third party links that are viewed as valuable and related to the associated content. In other words, a service provider that has hundreds of links and reference content (ie articles, blogs, commentary, etc) on another site will gain favor in the search engine rankings and placement. The search engines will also produce more valuable results based on ‘key phrases’ that are built into the content rather than only ‘key words’. They do this because consumers that are searching are no longer just putting in a single word for search, they are putting in descriptive phrases. You may find the following online marketing and optimization articles and resources useful. 
allCUnews provides the tools, engines and syndication to maximize your marketing efforts. We hope you benefit as a result of your affiliation with the community.
How to Get Your Blog
You can activate your free credit union related blog on allCUnews by becoming a registered member  then emailing us  to request a blogging account. We will then review your brief background and activate your blogging account. In the process we will provide the details you need to begin posting your blog.
Why Blog on ACN
Why blog on allCUnews.com? Because we have developed the only community that is completely independent from any major company or special interest, our service is free to blog and we are automatically delivered as emails and to all the feeds needed to get your word out including: Pluck, Weblogs, Technorati, Feed Burner, My Yahoo, My Google, My MSN, PubSub, Blogdigger, Icerocket, Syndic8, BlogStreet, Blo.gs, NewsGator, and Feedster to name a few......Along with the expsoure on allCUnews, we can also provide the tools for you to publish (or syndicate) your personal blog on your company website. No other blogging or news portal offers this type of service, especially one that is industry focused for targetd readers.
As a regular contrbutor you can receive the following at no charge:
- Personalized home page with your bio, company name, and any relevant links
- Personalized URL for your blog and bio (i.e. "allCUnews.com/yourname")
- Syndication of all your blogs
- Free tools to publish your blog on your own website or any other website
We are experiencing rapid growth and increasing traffic. What this mean to you and your firm, is that you will benefit and can leverage our maketing, traffic and syndication to increase your exposure and message. We can also show you how to publoish your blog and/or allCUnews directly to your website, all at no cost.
allCUNews.com is pleased to make this site and our resources available to professionals in the credit union movement. If you plan to become a regular contributor, feel free to submit a photo (optional) and a brief bio about yourself and we will publish it upon review (optional).
If you would like to have a blogging account or learn about other dynamic content strategies to build your brand, please contact us  for more information.
allCUnews.com is glad to present the following industry professionals to the writing team. You will find thoughtful and well represented insight from each of the contributors to allCUnews.com.
Jeremy Drzal  Business and technology strategy consulting for marketing and payment opportunies.