"My offbeat vendor listing paid for itself, and I'm building my business with creative clients. The affordable ads with Offbeat Bride have gotten me such fun referrals, I wouldn't go anywhere else." –De Nueva Photography Businesses often have questions about how things work with our vendor directory. Below are answers to the most comment questions we receive. We encourage you to take the time to read this page carefully before purchasing a listing — as per our Advertiser Agreement, it's your responsibility to understand what you're purchasing before you make your payment. Listing Basics for Offbeat Bride vendors How long do vendor listings stay up? 365 days from the date of being published (not the date of purchase). This means that even if it takes you a month after purchase to get your details submitted, you still get the full 365 days you purchased. How can I get more visibility for my listing? We can introduce you to our 170,000+ Facebook and Twitter followers, you can do a one-time social media blast! More information over here. Alternately, we can write a whole post on the main blog about you — that's called a Vendor Spotlight. Can I log in and update my listing over the year? No. Due to server security concerns, Offbeat Bride listings are not like eBay or Etsy where you can log in and make ongoing updates to your listings. We understand that some wedding websites do their vendor listings differently, so we want to be really clear: once your Offbeat Bride vendor listing is published, the text is considered locked. We do not allow businesses to log in and edit their own listings. If you're looking for ongoing listing update functionality, a vendor listing on Offbeat Bride is not a good fit for you. We have no plans to add this functionality. Can I update my listing at all? YES! We totally understand that a lot can happen during a year, so we offer updates starting at $50. Please understand that this is an issue of scale for us: since we maintain hundreds of business listings, it's simply not feasible for us to provide updates without a fee. How much do listings cost? Check our rate sheet! Where do vendor listings appear? Listings appear in our browsable, searchable directory at vendors.offbeatbride.com, which is linked at the top of ever single page across Offbeat Bride. Your listing then appears categorized in the location and vendor type you request. Who writes Vendor Listing copy? You do. Think of it as like a personal ad — we give you space to tell brides all about your business, how you cater to nontraditional couples, share examples of your work, and more. There's no limit on how many words you can write, or how much you can share. Location information What locations do you serve? We have location pages for United States, Canada, United Kingdom & Ireland, Australia, and New Zealand. For vendors in other areas, we have a Destination wedding location page. How will my location be shown? For United States and Canadian vendors, each listing includes one state/province location, and one city location. For UK, AUS, and NZ vendors, each listing includes the country location, as well as a city location. I run an online business — what location should I choose? We have a "location" called Online Vendors, designed exclusively for internet-based businesses who ship worldwide. Online Vendor listings will show in any location category without regional vendors. Wait, where do Online Vendors appear? Listing in the Online Vendor location appear several places. Let's say you're an Online Vendor selling jewelry. Your listing would appear in the following places: In the Jewelry category listing, with all other Jewelry vendors, both online and regional. In rotation on regional pages where there are no local listings, for example Kansas. On these pages, 10 random Online Vendors displayed in rotation. On the Online Vendors "location" page, linked prominently from the navigation and main vendors page, and our second most popular location page! …This is all to say that Online Vendors get a lot of visibility in our directory! Listing display and details How do you choose what order to display listings? Listings are in the same order as blog posts — with the newest at the top. If your listing is a few months old and has slowly been pushed down your category or location page and you want to bump it back up to the top of your category or location, you can purchase a $50 "bump" upgrade. Some vendors also opt to do annual campaigns to remain in the top 3 slots for any given category through the year. If you're interested in doing an annual campaign, email us! Will I get a badge or button that I can put on my site? Yep! We'll email you a link to a "Offbeat Bride featured vendor" badge that you can use on your website. Do listings use a direct link? Yes. When I submit my listing, how can I note links or other formatting I'd like included? If you know HTML, feel free to use basic text formatting (hrefs for links, bold tags, etc.) in your listing when you submit it. If you do not know HTML, just note the links you'd like included in brackets, for instance: You can see examples of our offbeat weddings right here.[http://mysite.com/offbeat] Will the links to my site be followed by search engines? No. We respect Google's stance on paid links and use "nofollow" links in all our vendor listings. This ensures that neither our site nor yours gets penalized for any perceived SEO rule-breaking. Trust us, you want to make sure Google knows we're being cool about our links. Here's more information from Google about avoiding perceived linking schemes. Renewal information If I renew my listing, can I update the text and photos? Yep! If you like your existing listing the way it is, you don't have to make any changes when you renew, but your renewal fee does include ONE total update of your listing if you'd like to add new photos or updated text. You can update your listing at any time during the year. When I renew my listing, does it get bumped back up to the top of my category pages? Yes. How much do renewals cost? $250. Payments & Policies Can I make payments monthly? No. Payment is due up-front for your one year of listing on Offbeat Bride. That said, if you qualify, you can use PayPal's Bill Me Later program. How do I pay? We prefer PayPal (which means we accept credit cards and international payments), however if you'd like to send a check, that can be arranged. It will cause a delay in your listing going live while we wait for the check to arrive and clear, but we can do it! Still have questions? We're always here to talk over your questions! Email us. My listing isn't getting as many clicks as I want. Can I get a refund? Our listings are sold by duration of publication. We do not guarantee delivery of views or clicks. We'll ensure your listing is published in the category and location of your choice, and that it includes all text and photos submitted, but we are not responsible for how it performs. Whew, got all that? Alrighty then, LET'S DO THIS THING!