Showing posts from November, 2017

How to Register for a Free Account on GHfind Classifieds

GHfind Classifieds (GHC) is a site designed specifically to cater to Ghanaian markets where interested users can post their own advertisements (classifieds) for free, but if they are doing so for the first time then an account has to be created.  Creating an account on GHC is quick and easy, and here I will go through the three steps needed to complete the process:

1 - Go to the GHC homepage and click "Register" ("Register for a free account" on the mobile version).

2 - Enter your name, email address and password (make sure the two match) and click "Create".

3 - Login to your email, open the message sent to you by GHfind Classifieds and click the validation link.  This will redirect you back to the GHC homepage, where you account has now been validated.  You're all set!

In the future I may implement Captcha or some other type of anti-spam technology to keep fake email addresses from registering on the site, but for now I'll just fight that manually, b…

Lotty Locks (Professional Dreadlocks Hair Salon)

Lotty is an empress I met a few years back when I first moved to Somanya.  She's an accomplished hairdresser specializing in dreadlocks, and in fact most of the Rastas you may meet in Somanya at some point have had their hair done by her, but as you can see from the video below she's a master hair-braider in general.

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Lotty's lil bro, Andy, sent me some pics of her work so that we can bigup her enterprise, and these images are so outstanding that I've decided to dedicate an entire blog post to them.  So I'll stop writing now and let the pics speak for themselves:

Man do I wish I can get one of the these bad boys, a dreadlocked mohawk!

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Lotty Locks (Professional Dreadlocks Hair Salon) is located on Akusi Road within walking distance of Somanya Roundabout, the most-recognized landmark in the area.  So even if you don't live in the area but want beautiful dreadlocks, plaiting or any other hairstyle don't hesitate to give her a shou…

Tips for Using GHfind Classifieds: Internal Search Optimization

As I stated before the backbone of GHfind Classifieds is a software called Osclass, and as I'm developing the site I'm getting more familiar with exactly how Osclass works, and as such this is the first in a series of articles where I will be giving users insights into how to maximize their experience.

First let me say that in terms of capabilities Osclass' internal search definitely isn't advanced as say Google.  However if you're familiar with its usage it's still a useful tool.  For instance although Osclass offers a robust "Listing Location" feature (that I am currently inputting with every district capital in Ghana) if someone searches for you by location the results won't show.  In other words if you put your location as "Ghana - Eastern Region - Somanya" and someone enters "Somanya" in the search engine on the homepage, you will not be part of the results.  In order to rectify this when noting your location it is recommen…

Keep Your Business Contact Information Accurate and Up-to-Date

Back in the old days every serious business had its own website.  Personalized websites are good for displaying contact information because the webmaster has practically unlimited space to display such details in any manner and as frequently as the business owner may like.  In the present day most businesses, including SMEs and sole proprietorships, use social-media sites like Facebook instead of building a site of their own.  Facebook is "free" and a great tool that is patronized by over a billion people, but using such sites, which are based on templates that offer only restricted malleability, comes at the cost of being limited in terms of how much data you can present, how and where it is presented, and in some cases you have to possess a certain level of computer knowhow, an attribute not all small business people possess or readily have access to, in order to effectively get your information displayed.

That being said if like most of us you are using sites like FB to ad…

Introducing GHfind!

I began this project over a year ago as  The express purpose of Krobofind was to promote business in Kroboland.  Kroboland is a part of Ghana in the Eastern Region named after the indigenous people of the area (the Krobos), and I've resided here for the last 5+ years.  The idea of Krobofind dawned on me as I realized that all because I may be broke on a particular day that doesn't mean that everyone in the vicinity was down on cash, and if I could expedite the flow of money throughout the 'hood then there'd be happier days ahead for everyone!

Krobofind didn't work out for a number of reasons, primary amongst them being that my strategy was off from the onset.  I had hired a couple of dudes who, including myself, would actually go out and manually collect information from local merchants, including pictures and prices of individual items for sale, and enter them into a searchable online database that was featured on our site.  This method proved to be …