I just added a new menu item to the main navigation bar: Atlanta Jazz
From looking at my traffic logs, it's pretty clear that most of my regular visitors do NOT live in Atlanta. And, while I have received messages from many of my visitors, I've never heard from anyone in Atlanta. So, why am I adding an entire section for Atlanta jazz?
Atlanta has some FANTASTIC jazz musicians, but like many cities, it struggles to develop a large enough audience to support more than two or three jazz clubs. Over the past couple of years I've been trying to think of ways that I could help grow the Atlanta jazz scene, but due to time constraints I haven't done anything aside from attending concerts and writing about a few of them on my jazz blog.
Recently, my favorite Atlanta jazz club closed down. It was nearby, low-key, and featured great jazz musicians. I felt so comfortable there that I had imagined myself playing at one of its jam sessions --not anytime soon, of course, I still have a long way to go! So, when it went under due to a lack of support, I decided I absolutely had to get more involved with the Atlanta jazz scene. And where better to start than on this site!
SEARCH ENGINES LIKE ME
Several Atlanta jazz musicians have Web sites and so do some of the Atlanta jazz clubs. Unfortunately, most of them have relatively weak search engine positioning (for a variety of reasons) and therefore don't rise to the top of common search engine queries. This website, on the other hand, has relatively good search engine positioning for the topics I regularly talk about. In fact, I barely even mention Atlanta on this site, yet I already have good positioning for some combinations of "Atlanta" and "jazz" (try a Google search for atlanta jazz jam session).
Given my ability to get good search engine positioning, and given the difficulty there is in finding decent information about Atlanta jazz musicians, jazz clubs, and concerts, I thought I should take the plunge and create a section of my site devoted to promoting the jazz in Atlanta. With any luck, I'll succeed in driving at least a few more people to Atlanta jazz clubs and events.
And away we go...
BTW, you can jump right to the Atlanta Jazz section of this site with the following easy-to-remember URL: ATLjazz.com