Stolen Horse International + Google = horses located.
Stolen Horse International and Google work together to help find missing, lost, and stolen horses. A Facebook page vs. a website, which one makes the most sense when your horse is missing?
Stolen Horse International, Inc., also known as NetPosse, along with their website www.netposse.com, have helped find horses weeks, months, years, and even over a decade later.
Opie, a Paint horse stolen from Texas, was found 10 years after he was stolen. Soldier, the mule, was found 11 years later. Another horse was recently found 10 years later as well. And those are not the only ones!
What do all of these recoveries have in common? All of the owners had filed a report on www.netposse.com. Stolen Horse International’s webpage for each horse was found when a search was performed on Google. Those results helped bring closure to the owners who searched for them for so long.
Technology and Finding Stolen and Missing Horses
Finding missing or stolen horses requires a strong digital presence in today’s world. Technology has changed tremendously since Stolen Horse International, Inc. started searching for the first stolen horse with an alert on the internet in 1997. The horse was named Idaho and she belonged to the founders of the 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, Harold and Debi Metcalfe. Stolen Horse International was a presence on the internet long before most people knew what the internet highway was about.
The internet was in its infancy when Idaho was stolen from Shelby, NC and AOL was king. There was no such thing as social media or Facebook. Emails were slowly taking over snail mail. Websites were encroaching into the brick and mortar space. The way we communicated with each other, the way we shopped and the way we looked at the world was changing fast.
Fast forward to 2021 and younger people find it hard to remember the purpose of letters, stamps, a dictionary, or even a phone call. Traffic on many websites is way down compared to two decades ago. Everything is fast-paced, instant and a text or social media post is now king. Or is it?
The #1 go-to resource these days seems to be Facebook when it comes to spreading the word about a missing or stolen animal. Decisions about where to spend your time marketing the animal are really important.
Although there are many reasons to add Facebook, and other social media, to your search, that doesn’t mean it should be Facebook vs Stolen Horse International’s website, www.netposse.com. Both should be used. The two work very well together and strengthen the chances a horse will be located.
Stolen Horse International-NetPosse.com has a strong presence on Facebook with over 53,000 followers and a reach into the millions in a year. Unlike many similar pages on the platform, Stolen Horse International is far from ‘just’ a Facebook page.
Stolen Horse International also has a long-standing website, since 1997, and this is where the heart of the organization is located. Here you will find all of the report listings, educational articles, videos, educational information, the NetPosse Store, and much more. Facebook is just one of the many tools used by the organization for their NetPosse Alerts, the equivalent to the missing children’s network, in the horse industry.
Over the last 365 days, the website has had 602,513 hits and 297,193 unique visitors with 440,504 of those come from mobile phones. Considering how much social media has replaced traffic to many websites, those numbers are phenomenal for a small nonprofit organization whose only advertisement is word of mouth and Google.
Let’s look at 10 things for you to consider as you decide on choosing between Facebook, NetPosse.com, or both.
How Google Finds Stolen Horse International’s Website
So, what does this have to do with you, and why your missing horse should be on NetPosse.com?
Before you search Google, their web crawlers have gathered information from billions of websites. They have that information organized in a search index.
Think of Google like you would the index in the back of a book. Google has an entry for every word seen on every webpage Google indexes. When they index a webpage, they add it to the entries for all of the words it contains. Keep in mind that Stolen Horse International has been around for almost 24 years so the crawlers have been crawling on www.netposse.com for decades.
Stolen Horse International’s website is indexed in the back of Google’s book! Although Facebook pages are indexed, your post on Facebook, depending on where it is located, is most likely not listed in that Google book.
Don’t you want your information in the Google index if it could mean bringing your horse home?
How Google and Stolen Horse International Help Find Horses
Stolen horse, stolen horses, and missing horse are the most common phrases used on NetPosse.com and are the most used words in an internet search on Google when a horse is missing.
So if those words are most common on NetPosse.com’s website, what do you think is going to happen when someone enters those words into their search feature? The NetPosse.com website may come up first in your Google results!
If you put other key phrases in the search like the name of a horse that is missing, the location, or the type of a horse then there is a high likelihood that one of the many indexed report listings on NetPosse.com will pop up.
If you know you saw a NetPosse Alert somewhere, add the words NetPosse or NetPosse.com to your search criteria. That increases your chances of finding the listing you want to see.
Let’s break it down.
If you file a report on www.netposse.com it gets indexed. Because it is indexed then days, years, even decades later someone can put in specific keywords or phrases and a NetPosse Report can come up in the results.
Unlike much of the information on Facebook that is not indexed, the NetPosse.com webpages may be searchable in Google forever.
Now you know the rest of the story as to why you should always file a report with Stolen Horse International on their website. Facebook may be one of the best tools for you to use, but it pays to understand why you need to keep that NetPosse report listing going as part of your online search strategy.
Seeing your horse again may depend on it!