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‘Internet Essentials’ Low-Cost Broadband Event at Seahurst School Saturday

‘Internet Essentials’ Low-Cost Broadband Event at Seahurst School Saturday

Cable company Comcast will be holding an ‘Internet Essentials’ focusing on low-cost broadband adoption this Saturday, Sept. 8 at Burien’s Seahurst Elementary School. Comcast is working... [Read more]

PHOTO FRIDAY: See Our New Server, Which Just Happens to Have a Great View

PHOTO FRIDAY: See Our New Server, Which Just Happens to Have a Great View

Regular Readers may recall several recent, oftentimes severe Server problems at The B-Town Blog that caused our website to either slow to a crawl or not load entirely. Well, we got really tired of these... [Read more]

Have An Opinion About Comcast? The City Of Burien Wants Your Feedback

Have An Opinion About Comcast? The City Of Burien Wants Your Feedback

According to its website, as part of the franchise renewal process, the City of Burien is interested in “hearing residents’ opinions about cable television and other services provided by Comcast”... [Read more]

Hey Internets – Burien’s Elmers Pub Is NOT ‘Permanently Closed’ Like You Say

Hey Internets – Burien’s Elmers Pub Is NOT ‘Permanently Closed’ Like You Say

BTB Reader Ed Dacy alerted us to an interesting internets find the other day – according to Google Maps, Burien’s Elmer’s Pub is “permanently closed.” The only problem is, it... [Read more]

October Sets Traffic Record For B-Town Blog – Over 75,000 Visitors!

October Sets Traffic Record For B-Town Blog – Over 75,000 Visitors!

We’d like to send a GINORMOUSLY HUGE shout-out to all our Readers, both new and old, who helped make October 2010 The B-Town Blog’s most-visited month ever – over 75,000 Unique Visitors! According... [Read more]

Learn How To Market Your Business Online From Local Experts June 22

Learn How To Market Your Business Online From Local Experts June 22

The Southwest King County Chamber of Commerce, along with the Small Business Development Center (SBDC), is sponsoring a seminar called “Limited Visibility!” on Tuesday, June 22nd that is targeted... [Read more]

Better Business Bureau Warns Of Phishing Attack From "seatac@bbb.org"

Better Business Bureau Warns Of Phishing Attack From "[email protected]"

On Monday (April 12) the Better Business Bureau announced that it had discovered that counterfeit BBB complaint notices are being sent out to businesses across the country from the email address “[email protected]”... [Read more]

Former Burien Couple Plead “Not Guilty” To Charges Of Raping Their 4-Year Old Daughter

Former Burien Couple Plead “Not Guilty” To Charges Of Raping Their 4-Year Old Daughter

The former Burien couple that was charged last week with filming themselves raping their 4-year old daughter pleaded “not guilty” Tuesday (Nov. 10th) in King County Superior Court. Hollie Beston,... [Read more]

You Can Now Get Free Wi-Fi At Sea-Tac Airport, Thanks To Google

You Can Now Get Free Wi-Fi At Sea-Tac Airport, Thanks To Google

You can now get free wi-fi at Sea-Tac Airport, courtesy of Google, which announced Tuesday that it is now sponsoring free wireless access at 47 airports around the US. Sea-Tac’s free offer (along... [Read more]

Puget Sound Skills Center Now Offering Online Classes

Puget Sound Skills Center Now Offering Online Classes

Burien’s own Puget Sound Skills Center announced Monday (Oct. 19th) that it is now offering online classes in the hopes of better serving students who want to gain skills for the growing information... [Read more]

Kennedy High School’s Football Season To Be Broadcast On Internet For Second Year

Kennedy High School’s Football Season To Be Broadcast On Internet For Second Year

Beginning Saturday (Sept. 19th), Burien’s John F. Kennedy High School’s football games will be broadcast on the internet for the second season, thanks to Ronnie Wald of Waldcast.net. If you... [Read more]

An Open Letter To KOMO And Fisher Broadcasting

An Open Letter To KOMO And Fisher Broadcasting

by Scott Schaefer Recently the B-Town Blog’s business model was soundly endorsed by Seattle’s KOMO/Fisher Broadcasting, when they launched numerous “local blogs” of their own. We,... [Read more]

THANKS READERS For Another Record Month – August Traffic UP +25%!

THANKS READERS For Another Record Month – August Traffic UP +25%!

August 2009 was another record traffic month for The B-Town Blog, and like we did in July, we’d like to shout out a huge THANK YOU all our beloved B-Town Blog Readers and Advertisers for another... [Read more]

Thanks Readers For Our Best Month Ever! Here’s Our New “Traffic Transparency Policy”

Thanks Readers For Our Best Month Ever! Here’s Our New “Traffic Transparency Policy”

We’d like to take a moment to thank all our wonderful B-Town Blog Readers for making June, 2009 our best month ever!: 19,951 Unique Visitors – a +26.1% increase over May! 40,575 Page Views... [Read more]

Shameless Self-Plug: April Was Our Best Month Ever!

Shameless Self-Plug: April Was Our Best Month Ever!

Despite starting off with a somewhat-controversial April Fool’s issue where every story was fake (re-live the silliness here), April 2009 was by far the best month ever for The B-Town Blog, and for that we’d like to say:

THANK YOU READERS!

As you can see in the statistics chart below, our April traffic continued to grow to record numbers, at a steady clip of +24% for Unique Visitors (19,108) and +18% for Pageviews (over 33,000!):

Since January of this year, the number of Unique Visitors for The B-Town Blog is up by nearly +49% and +55% for Pageviews.

And since launching, our daily traffic growth has been an almost-unfathomable +7,249%!

Did we mention how thankful we are?

We credit our recent traffic surge to a few things:

  • Our ridiculous Aprils Fool’s issue became a viral hit, tripling our traffic over two full days.
  • After doing an online survey, we decided to re-focus on frequently-updated Local News and Event Listings, something we strongly believe our local media competition isn’t doing well.
  • Our continued, focused online paid Advertising efforts using Google AdWords.
  • Our ongoing focus on being involved in the community, from being an active member of Discover Burien and the Southwest King County Chamber of Commerce to holding various fundraisers.
  • Viral marketing efforts using Facebook and Twitter (we have some secrets too that we’re now offering on a Social Media Consultation Service, where we’ll help your business utilize these amazing tools).
  • Our recent :30-second TV spot that aired locally on CNN via Comcast Spotlight.
  • Sponsorship of the Highline Vintage Jazz Festival, which gave us eight radio mentions on KPLU.
  • The hiring of freelance journalists who bring more unique, credible coverage exclusive to The B-Town Blog (you can help us continue this cause by donating to our “Freelance Fund” which goes directly to them).

Like last year, we have a booth at the Burien Farmer’s Market, where we will serve as the one and only “official blog.” Come on by every Thursday between 11am and 3pm – we’ll be on 10th Ave SW between SW 151st and SW 152nd (and at the new location when it moves to Burien Town Square), so come over and say hi!

We’d also like to extend a special shout-out to all our Advertisers, as they are the ones who have taken a chance on our product, and hopefully are seeing rewards.

If you’re a business considering Advertising, email us for our brand new Media Kit, which includes some amazing testimonials from happy Advertisers like the Highline Athletic Club and others.

Again, thanks for being a Reader of The B-Town Blog – keep in mind we’re still in our infancy and there are a lot of great new elements coming soon!

Open Mic Night At Cafe Mundi Is Thurs. 4/23 At 6pm+

Open Mic Night At Cafe Mundi Is Thurs. 4/23 At 6pm+

Every second and fourth Thursday night, the good folks at Burien’s Cafe Mundi (located at 447 SW 152nd downtown) turn over their mics and stage to regular B-Towners for Open Mic night, and since this Thursday (April 23rd) is the fourth one of the month you can expect to see lots of poetry, music and comedy.

Here are the details…

City Of Burien To Impose 20% Tax On All Internet Use

City Of Burien To Impose 20% Tax On All Internet Use

BREAKING NEWS: In an emergency afternoon session, the Burien City Council voted today to impose a 20 percent internet tax on all users within the city boundaries. “With the downturn in the economy... [Read more]

Final Print P-I Is Tuesday; Here’s A Local Connection

Final Print P-I Is Tuesday; Here’s A Local Connection

Tuesday, March 17th, 2009, will be the final print edition of The Seattle P-I, which is transitioning over to an online-only venture. The local angle for this area is that several P-I staffers live in... [Read more]

Announcing Our Latest Sister Site: The Waterland Blog!

Announcing Our Latest Sister Site: The Waterland Blog!

We’re proud to unveil our latest Local Blog, for our southerly neighbor Des Moines: The Waterland Blog! It will be updated frequently with Local News, Feature Stories, History, Events, Photos, Videos,... [Read more]

It’s Now Easier To Post Comments On The B-Town Blog

It’s Now Easier To Post Comments On The B-Town Blog

We recently upgraded our Commenting functions, this making it easier to Comment on stories, and we invite all our Readers to try them out and see how they work. Our goal at The B-Town Blog has always been... [Read more]

The City Of Burien Has A Brand Spankin’ New Website!

The City Of Burien Has A Brand Spankin’ New Website!

Hey everyone – the City of Burien’s new website is live online! To put it all into context, let’s first take a look at a screenshot of the old website: And now, the new one: Our initial... [Read more]

Follow The B-Town Blog On Twitter

Follow The B-Town Blog On Twitter

Twitter is the new black, even though their mascot is a blue bird. And since we’re oh so ding dang fashionable at the B-Town Blog, we now use it as well. Daily. Hourly. Sometimes even…minutely. You... [Read more]

JFK Football Games Broadcast On Internet For 1st Time

JFK Football Games Broadcast On Internet For 1st Time

For the first time ever, Burien’s John F. Kennedy High School football games are being broadcast on the internet, thanks to Ronnie Wald of Waldcast.net. To listen to Saturday’s game against... [Read more]

Craigslist Ad O’The Day:WoW Character For Sale

Craigslist Ad O’The Day:WoW Character For Sale

Found on seattle-tacoma craigslist > seattle > computers & tech: You may be familiar with the cult-like, time-and-life-sucking online video game called “World of Warcraft.” Or... [Read more]