Bizwiki.com Launch Delivers Wiki-power to Small Businesses
on: July 31, 2009, 5:32 am
31, 2009) - A new website called Bizwiki.com has launched across
the USA today, promising to change the way local search works
by enabling its users to build up the most detailed and up-to-date
index of business in the United States.
a break with traditional Yellow Pages websites, Bizwiki invites
business owners and representatives to get involved in adding
and improving their records with everything from contact details
to prices and opening hours, completely free of charge.
put up an early Alpha-version of Bizwiki.com to test it on the
web in December 2008, and already traffic levels have grown to
several hundred thousand users per month!,” said Bizwiki
co-founder Matt Aird. “There is definitely a strong demand
for the sort of information a Web 2.0 business site can deliver,
and the increasing amount of users on the site provides a compelling
motivation for businesses to get involved in adding and editing
launch is officially a fully-functional beta, but we already have
several hundred thousand pages on the site, with more being added
each day. We’ve tried to take ideas and concepts from some
of the most successful user-created websites in the world, such
as Wikipedia and the Open Directory Project, and improve them
to where the ‘anyone can edit’ principles of a wiki
can be used in a business-environment. The biggest single difference
is probably that our site is built in a consistently structured
format, allowing us to rapidly scale-up the amount of information
and also give our users an easy way to search the site.”
It’s free – Unlike many established publishers that
charge for inclusion, Bizwiki is free to search, free to edit
and free for companies to list on.
• It’s editable – The ‘anyone-can-edit’
approach is a challenge to frequently the out of date records
of conventional printed Business Directories.
• It’s a wiki – The wiki approach allows far
more depth of information about each business to be compiled than
anything conventionally available.
• It’s structured – Bizwiki is built using structured
data, allowing reusability of information, bulk updates from chambers
of commerce or webspiders, and an easy search experience for users.
Bizwiki was built by industry-veterans with years of business
directory and meta-search experience behind them, including Keith
Hinde, Matt Aird, Craig Sefton and Arthur Jenkins who between
them have helped develop directory and search products for Infospace,
local directory publisher Thomson Directories, TradePage and Webcrawler.
try the new Bizwiki site, or even add and edit a business record,
For more information email Matt Aird at email@example.com or visit