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Forum: General Small Business Issues 12th August 2010, 11:17 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 4,120
Posted By Red Paul
Barcode Advise - Alternative To GS1 Membership?

Can anyone help with advise on product barcodes?

I have a couple of small products that I currently sell online only. I want to start selling in stores via a distributer... I'm guessing I need a...
Forum: Search Engine Optimization 11th August 2010, 10:20 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 8,072
Posted By Red Paul
Thanks for the link... I've been a big fan of the...

Thanks for the link... I've been a big fan of the Long Tail and always welcome new ideas on how to exploit it
Forum: General Small Business Issues 11th August 2010, 10:14 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,650
Posted By Red Paul
Just a thought... if you're looking at a small...

Just a thought... if you're looking at a small geographical area, then Google Adwords but very carefully limited to your area could be cost-effective. But be careful you don't advertise to the wrong...
Forum: General Small Business Issues 11th August 2010, 10:12 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,650
Posted By Red Paul
Wow, I think you've got your work cut out! ...

Wow, I think you've got your work cut out!

If you think there's really potential for (yet) another free directory, then I would look at where the businesses already advertise. Contact direct and...
Forum: General Small Business Issues 11th August 2010, 10:05 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,620
Posted By Red Paul
Hi Geekinput, in UK you can be a sole trader and...

Hi Geekinput, in UK you can be a sole trader and trade under several names, as long as you put "Joe Bloggs, Trading as MyBusinessName" on your invoices etc..

But if you feel you need a company...
Forum: General Small Business Issues 11th August 2010, 09:54 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,667
Posted By Red Paul
Pricing For Wholesale & Distributers?

Hi all,

I've been selling various things direct online (retail) for some time, but am now looking at selling my own products to distributers and/or to high street retailers.

So, the obvious...
Forum: Ecommerce 1st January 2008, 05:26 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 4,076
Posted By Red Paul
Thanks guys, I've signed up now o will try it for...

Thanks guys, I've signed up now o will try it for a while. One good thing is that there's no commitment beyond the monthly fee so I can easily drop it if it's not working for me.

I hadn't heard of...
Forum: General Small Business Issues 31st December 2007, 01:05 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 3,139
Posted By Red Paul
Will I work night and day, give up my friends,...

Will I work night and day, give up my friends, put it before my wife and family? Abandon my principles, my ethics and morals? Tread on other people to get to the top?

Nope. I don't want it that...
Forum: Website Development 31st December 2007, 01:07 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 9,243
Posted By Red Paul
I hope it's a lot more involved than that! I find...

I hope it's a lot more involved than that! I find it difficult to imagine that working among the mirriad of FREE search engines, directories and comparison sites, but good luck with it and I'll be...
Forum: Website Development 31st December 2007, 01:04 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 2,780
Posted By Red Paul
For an easy entry into e-commerce EKMpowershop is...

For an easy entry into e-commerce EKMpowershop is good - fully hosted store, easy to set up, good support
Forum: New Member Introductions 31st December 2007, 01:02 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,787
Posted By Red Paul
Hi Patty, nice to hear from you. Good luck with...

Hi Patty, nice to hear from you. Good luck with your new enterprise. :)
Forum: Reviews 31st December 2007, 01:00 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 3,368
Posted By Red Paul
Hi, looks fine in Mac Safari My main comment...

Hi, looks fine in Mac Safari

My main comment would be that it seems like a rather small range... especially in this very competitive market. But a professional-looking website - a good start
Forum: Ecommerce 29th December 2007, 11:51 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 4,076
Posted By Red Paul
PayPal 'Website Payments Pro' Vs Standard

Hello all,

I've been using PayPal's Website Payments (std) for some time now on my website www.marsguitars.co.uk and also offer Nochex and Google Checkout.

I've been thinking about changing for...
Forum: Link Development 6th December 2007, 02:42 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 12,984
Posted By Red Paul
I spend no cash, but far too much time! But...

I spend no cash, but far too much time!

But it works, it really does.




PS: Quick tip. Keywords in anchortext. Always. ;)
Forum: General Search Engine Marketing Information 6th December 2007, 02:39 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 4,487
Posted By Red Paul
I mean per day! I do get thousands ;)

I mean per day! I do get thousands ;)
Forum: General Search Engine Marketing Information 6th December 2007, 02:38 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 4,487
Posted By Red Paul
What Do You Consider A Good Conversion Rate For An Online Store?

Hi all, I was prompted by this in another thread:


What are other's experience of conversion rate? Is there any recognized target rate?

Mine seems to be around 6% at the moment - is this...
Forum: General Search Engine Marketing Information 6th December 2007, 02:32 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 14,418
Posted By Red Paul
Johnny Lew, can I just join others in saying...

Johnny Lew, can I just join others in saying thanks for the advice - some of it I can directly relate to, some things I hadn't thought of... but I agree with all of it! Very very useful - thanks for...
Forum: New Member Introductions 2nd December 2007, 04:24 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,259
Posted By Red Paul
Hi Hilarie, I'm pretty new here too :imnew1: ......

Hi Hilarie, I'm pretty new here too :imnew1: ... but it seems like a useful forum. Look forward to hearing more about your business.


PS: do you do guitar straps? ;)
Forum: Viral Marketing 2nd December 2007, 02:03 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 29,263
Posted By Red Paul
Usually viral marketing uses something funny or...

Usually viral marketing uses something funny or quirky and just mentions your business or website in a subtle way... it needs to be something that you'd pass on to friends/colleagues with 'hey, have...
Forum: New Member Introductions 1st December 2007, 02:45 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,172
Posted By Red Paul
Hi Matt, I only signed up today too, so nice to...

Hi Matt, I only signed up today too, so nice to meet another newbee!
Forum: General Small Business Issues 1st December 2007, 02:44 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 3,043
Posted By Red Paul
Sounds like a good concept, except for the...

Sounds like a good concept, except for the charging model - personally I think this will put people off, and a simple pay-per-card with sliding price scale for quantity would make it more popular....
Forum: Newsletters and Email Marketing 1st December 2007, 01:23 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 52,969
Posted By Red Paul
That's great information - thanks. I didn't know...

That's great information - thanks. I didn't know I could do this through Google and have been looking at special software and web services - the Google route could be ideal for my modest needs. :)
Forum: Search Engine Optimization 1st December 2007, 01:13 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,872
Posted By Red Paul
I've just seen the same question in 'another...

I've just seen the same question in 'another place.!

There's so many images available... we need to understand exactly what you're after - presumably you have a specialist need that a simple...
Forum: Search Engine Optimization 1st December 2007, 01:10 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 6,088
Posted By Red Paul
I agree with the previous posters that terms like...

I agree with the previous posters that terms like SEO are not generally understood by non-techy people. Words like marketing, search engines and promotion are better to focus on.

FAQs like:
How...
Forum: Computer Software 1st December 2007, 12:35 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 2,081
Posted By Red Paul
Can Anyone Recommend Accounting Software For Mac

I really need to get my accounts under control - can anyone recommend good basic accounting software for Mac OS? I don't need multi-user or payroll type stuff, just basic accounts.

Many thanks,...
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