So, growing up in Westerly RI had many advantages. We have the beaches in the summer and we’re close to everything. We have a train station, and can be in Boston in an hour and a half.
Sometimes we get so caught up with looking for something to do, that we forget what is right in our own backyard. The restaurants, the public spaces, the events, the people and of course the beach.
Most of us reading this, have had some interaction with the tourists in the spring, summer and fall months. The newbies always have the same question to ask, “What is there to do around here?”
With our modern lifestyle, it is not uncommon for people to constantly have to be doing something. Just sitting still and doing nothing isn’t relaxing to people.
WesterlyLife.com was built with this in mind. It started off as a simple classifieds site for the Greater Westerly Area, and has grown into what it is today.
Our mission is to put all of the local area businesses on line, so we can create a local database that has advanced search capabilities to bring the business owner and consumer seamlessly together.
We understand that a website needs fresh content to be successful, so we also offer articles about the area. The articles offer interesting tidbits about the people, places, events, restaurants and anything else that deserves attention. Once you create an account on WesterlyLife.com, you can post comments on almost anything on the site, and join in on the conversation. Our motto is ‘Good news, reviews & the truth’.We offer a recipe of the day feature, where we highlight recipes from local area residents that other people might like as well. We post these recipes in the morning, so you can plan your evening meal. The recipes are also archived and highly searchable, so you can plan your entire meal on the site.
The Events Calendar is a popular feature that highlights events in the area. It has advanced search features built-in, so you can find what you are looking for very easily. It also works and looks great on your phone, so you can find out who has live music at a moments notice.
The Greater Westerly Area Business Directory is more than just a “phone book”. It is a highly customizable directory with advanced search features to help your customers and you find exactly what you are looking for. The “search tags” allow you to type in something you need; for instance, say you are looking for a certain type of pet food, you would type in “certain type of pet food” in the search box, and if any business in the area sells that brand, they will pop up in the search. The directory specializes in the area, so your search is now narrowed down to local searches.
As businesses join the WesterlyLife.com network, we post articles about the business, and help them with there listing so people in the community can find them. This helps with our listings in Google and the other search engines.
How can you help with the site?
Very simply put, all you have to do is go to the site. Use the site to find what you are looking for in the area, and promote local businesses. All of the businesses that are part of the network, are right in your backyard, and probably have exactly what you are looking for.
Follow us on social media — facebook, twitter & instagram. You can click on the links to the left, or the icons at the top of the page. Following us on these social media platforms will keep you abreast to new content added to the site — whether that is articles, recipes, events, etc.
You can join our newsletter that we send out monthly, and it is a recap of the previous months activities. New businesses, restaurant reviews, movie reviews, what happened in the area, as-well-as other interesting tidbits.
You can sign up for an account on WesterlyLife.com and contribute to the wiki. What is a wiki you may ask? Well, a wiki is an encyclopedia of sorts, that is built, maintained and updated by the users of the community. It is user generated content, that becomes indexed by Google and the other search engines, and helps people find our town. Do you know the history about a specific part of town that you would like to share? Write about it! We have created a platform where people can post content for free, and a conversation can start and flow.
Who is this site for?Well quite frankly anyone who can read and enjoy the beauty of a picture. If we had to narrow it down to a certain demographic, we would have to say Westerly, Charlestown, Pawcatuck, Stonington and Mystic. That doesn’t mean that other communities in the area wouldn’t benefit.
Small and medium sized businesses benefit from the exposure on the Internet. With everyone walking around with a smart phone or tablet in their pocket, it only seems natural that you would want to attract those potential customers.
We have made the site so easy to use, even she could use it!!!
WesterlyLife.com will be celebrating 1 year on May 15th, and we couldn’t be more happy with the progress. Currently as of this writing, we have just hit the 8 month mark; we still have a lot more work to do. We are constantly monitoring and adjusting the site based on the feedback we receive from you, and closely watching the site traffic.
We welcome the feedback and look forward to continually building the premier site for the Greater Westerly Area.
The Westerly Life Team