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Forum: General Offline Marketing 23rd July 2010, 01:32 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 4,065
Posted By JoshAk
I'm happy to help. Do you by any chance have...

I'm happy to help. Do you by any chance have analytics (such as Google Analytics) installed on your site? It can give you a lot of information about how people are already using your site. Houston...
Forum: General Offline Marketing 23rd July 2010, 12:32 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 4,065
Posted By JoshAk
Look at Where Your Customers are

Hello Kimberly,

When it comes to marketing it's best to look at your business model and see where your money is coming from. You mentioned your business parter wanting to use radio to get...
Forum: Search Engine Optimization 1st July 2010, 01:09 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 5,705
Posted By JoshAk
Do you have an XML sitemap?

If the issue is with indexing there are a few things you can do to speed up the process.

1. The best option is to add links pointing to that page. when GoogleBot finds new links it follows them...
Forum: Social Media 1st July 2010, 08:25 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,279
Posted By JoshAk
What goals are you looking to accomplish?

Hello,

There are often a lot of niche sites or local sites that you might want to try. Biznik for example is a professional networking site designed to connect local people so you can meet in...
Forum: What Type of Business Should I Start? 1st July 2010, 07:23 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,817
Posted By JoshAk
Maybe modify what you are thinking slightly.

Instead of a full fledge dealership, maybe you could start an internet service where people let you know the car they want and how much they are willing to pay and you go to the auctions and find it...
Forum: What Type of Business Should I Start? 1st July 2010, 07:08 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,817
Posted By JoshAk
There's a lot you could do.

It's hard to give a specific answer, as the options are pretty much infinite, I met a guy that made 6 figures with an ice cream trailer for his bike he started riding around park and beaches selling...
Forum: What Type of Business Should I Start? 30th June 2010, 03:29 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,817
Posted By JoshAk
Here's a few ideas to get you started

Hello,

I'd say start with making a list of the most frustrating things you had to deal with in each of the those jobs, or common activities that took up way too much of your time, etc.

Then...
Forum: Social Media 25th June 2010, 03:32 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 4,959
Posted By JoshAk
Your Welcome

Glad I could help. I also forgot to add in my last post that you can create all the queries using the "advanced search" feature if you don't want to memorize them.

A few other things you could...
Forum: Social Media 25th June 2010, 02:26 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 4,959
Posted By JoshAk
Checkout Twitter Search

I find I get the most value out of using twitter search (search.twitter.com) you can use it to see what people are interested in in your area.

I ran this search to see what came up for people...
Forum: Search Engine Optimization 20th April 2010, 02:12 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 3,083
Posted By JoshAk
Give it time

The data that Google gives is "an estimate" if you look at the data that other tools from Google provide you'll find they don't ever match up. Also 8,100/month is not a lot when you boil it down,...
Forum: General Online Marketing Information 2nd March 2010, 12:06 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 2,260
Posted By JoshAk
Good Luck

Sounds like moving to a managed server is good idea. I noticed Google only had a handful of pages indexed, if it's a small site it might be faster to port the content over to your own CMS then to try...
Forum: General Online Marketing Information 2nd March 2010, 09:28 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 2,260
Posted By JoshAk
Talk to your host

This generally means your site or server has been compromised. I'd talk to your web host and see if they can track down the issue. Also see if you can look through the log files, to find when the...
Forum: Reviews 25th January 2010, 10:12 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 2,014
Posted By JoshAk
Some more information might help.

How have you been promoting your site? You might want to try Google Base (it's free) or some other shopping engines.

Do you use any site analytics software? I didn't notice any tracking codes....
Forum: Search Engine Optimization 12th January 2010, 03:27 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 4,972
Posted By JoshAk
Can you give an Example

I know sometimes people don't want to share specifics for obvious reasons, but could you give some more details as to what they are trying to do? What I usually do is store that information in a...
Forum: General Small Business Issues 12th January 2010, 12:59 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 6,546
Posted By JoshAk
Some Quick Options

Here is a link on how to watermark a photo using GIMP (an open source alternative to PhotoShop)
http://www.simplehelp.net/2008/12/12/how-to-watermark-an-image-using-gimp/

There are actually many...
Forum: Search Engine Optimization 6th January 2010, 07:29 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 5,449
Posted By JoshAk
wordstream has one that comes in handy. it's at...

wordstream has one that comes in handy. it's at wordstream.com/keywords Adcenter also has a great plugin for excel...
Forum: General Offline Marketing 29th October 2009, 07:49 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 6,560
Posted By JoshAk
How would you use your office?

Just wondering how you would use your office, would it be in a showroom format where customers could see first hand the differences between the options? Or would it be a desk with a few brochures?...
Forum: Website Development 14th October 2009, 02:45 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 6,244
Posted By JoshAk
Try Google Analytics

Google analytics is a JavaScript based analytics package rather then a log analyzer. It can give you referrer information and much more. It's also free and installation is just a matter of copy and...
Forum: Search Engine Optimization 8th October 2009, 01:54 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,767
Posted By JoshAk
Not Directly

Google does a pretty good job of keeping paid search and organic search separate. So no how much you are spending on PPC is not part of the ranking algorithm.

That said it is possible for your...
Forum: General Small Business Issues 7th October 2009, 02:39 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 5,701
Posted By JoshAk
I'd Recommend them.

I use Google Analytics, its pretty robust, there are plenty of scripts that help to enhance it if need be, and you can't beat the price. I've dabbled with a few other Analytics packages but have...
Forum: Newsletters and Email Marketing 21st August 2009, 02:21 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 6,371
Posted By JoshAk
A few options to try

MailChimp and Campaign Monitor are email management services I have used that fit that bill. I believe Campaign Monitor charges around $0.01 per email address and MailChimp has a pricing scale based...
Forum: Newsletters and Email Marketing 21st August 2009, 07:46 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 8,674
Posted By JoshAk
Double Opt-In Helps

Hello Debby,

One thing that can help is to require a double opt-in to receive the emails this way to are only getting subscribers that really want to receive your emails. Also do you send your...
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