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Forum: Search Engine Optimization 22nd September 2010, 01:27 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,981
Posted By SmallBizShift
You should be able to add more content - create...

You should be able to add more content - create separate pages targeting the key phrases for which you'd like to rank. As long as you don't substantially change the text on your current pages, and...
Forum: General Search Engine Marketing Information 22nd September 2010, 01:22 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 4,276
Posted By SmallBizShift
I'd highly recommend using Wordpress. ...

I'd highly recommend using Wordpress.

Wordpress.com itself or Page.ly are the easiest ways to host a Wordpress site.

There's also an article at the top of my site right now regarding creating...
Forum: Social Media 22nd September 2010, 01:20 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 9,392
Posted By SmallBizShift
The previous posters are right about Digg in some...

The previous posters are right about Digg in some ways being about popularity. Having said that, it's also about quality - no one is going to Digg your page if they don't like it.

Looking at your...
Forum: Search Engine Optimization 27th July 2010, 02:19 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,445
Posted By SmallBizShift
Don't bother nofollowing internal links - Google...

Don't bother nofollowing internal links - Google says it's useless, and even if it does something, you have bigger problems if nothing is ranking.

Google usually picks up at least your homepage...
Forum: Search Engine Optimization 13th July 2010, 09:53 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,387
Posted By SmallBizShift
Sure it's helpful, if people actually want to...

Sure it's helpful, if people actually want to link to your site with banners.

I think the bigger issue is, do people want to put up banners for your website? If you're not paying them, they're...
Forum: General Search Engine Marketing Information 22nd June 2010, 02:07 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 19,485
Posted By SmallBizShift
Thanks for checking out my site - I'm glad I...

Thanks for checking out my site - I'm glad I could help!
Forum: General Search Engine Marketing Information 22nd June 2010, 12:03 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 19,485
Posted By SmallBizShift
I'm not sure which tool you're using, but none of...

I'm not sure which tool you're using, but none of them will find every link to your site on the web. Google probably crawls the web more completely and faster than any of these tools, so there is a...
Forum: Free Links 19th June 2010, 03:57 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 2,161
Posted By SmallBizShift
Very nice. I was wondering how it could be much...

Very nice. I was wondering how it could be much better then Yahoo's Yslow and Google's Page Speed - but see it basically just brings you those results without an install. Thanks for pointing it out!
Forum: General Search Engine Marketing Information 17th June 2010, 12:17 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 19,485
Posted By SmallBizShift
Can I toss http://opensiteexplorer.org in here as...

Can I toss http://opensiteexplorer.org in here as an even better option? The only bad thing is you need to register with Seomoz to make it really usable.
Forum: Newsletters and Email Marketing 17th June 2010, 12:15 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,712
Posted By SmallBizShift
Double opt-in might be the gold standard for...

Double opt-in might be the gold standard for proving legally that you're not spamming, but I think it's almost worthless from a receiver's perspective. The only way it helps is if they happen to...
Forum: Social Media 11th June 2010, 04:42 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 2,064
Posted By SmallBizShift
The cost of advertising on Facebook varies. ...

The cost of advertising on Facebook varies.

You can pay either on a CPM (cost per thousand views of your ad) or CPC (cost per click on your ad) basis.

When you choose the geography/demographic...
Forum: Blogs and Blogging 10th June 2010, 10:50 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 4,056
Posted By SmallBizShift
Having a blog is extra work, but it's a good way...

Having a blog is extra work, but it's a good way to display your expertise, and gain links from other sites.

I usually recommend companies do not start a separate blog (such as at blogspot), but...
Forum: General Online Marketing Information 10th June 2010, 10:45 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,342
Posted By SmallBizShift
Most of the scammy work from home stuff requires...

Most of the scammy work from home stuff requires you to either buy product to sell from the work at home company, or purchase some instructional tape/book/etc.
Forum: What Type of Business Should I Start? 10th June 2010, 10:41 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 6,789
Posted By SmallBizShift
I would suggest you put together a site, keep...

I would suggest you put together a site, keep your costs low, and see if you can start to attract visitors.

If you effectively market your site on forums, social networks, youtube, etc, I think...
Forum: Search Engine Optimization 19th May 2010, 03:44 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,432
Posted By SmallBizShift
I might be in the minority here, but I really...

I might be in the minority here, but I really don't think you have to change all the content.

You can check out Google's post on it here:...
Forum: Reviews 19th May 2010, 03:21 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 4,525
Posted By SmallBizShift
Bryan - I looked the site over and think it's...

Bryan - I looked the site over and think it's doing a decent job. A few things I noticed:

- I'm in Edina. When I searched for Ring Lawn Care you popped right up, and also did when I searched for...
Forum: eBay & Other Auctions & Marketplaces 13th May 2010, 03:25 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 2,722
Posted By SmallBizShift
Britt - I think the best way to get in...

Britt -

I think the best way to get in touch with eBay is through their help section.

When you're logged in to the dashboard, click "help."

You can either click on "contact us," or go into...
Forum: Social Media 13th May 2010, 08:54 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 6,298
Posted By SmallBizShift
I tweet. It's been a valuable source of traffic...

I tweet. It's been a valuable source of traffic for some sites.

On the other hand, I think you have to be really careful not to put so much time into it that there's no way of generating a decent...
Forum: General Small Business Issues 12th May 2010, 08:19 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,190
Posted By SmallBizShift
One option might be to record the presentation...

One option might be to record the presentation with voiceover as a video - my guess would be more people will be interested in watching a video than reading a slideshow, and videos are pretty...
Forum: Copywriting 11th May 2010, 07:55 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 6,162
Posted By SmallBizShift
I'm a huge fan of writing naturally. Some...

I'm a huge fan of writing naturally.

Some of the patents filed by the search engines discuss statistical analysis of words and phrases used on a page. They take into account not just your exact...
Forum: Chat 11th May 2010, 07:46 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 3,276
Posted By SmallBizShift
You can go to http://twittercounter.com - type...

You can go to http://twittercounter.com - type the name you wanted in the search box, and then towards the bottom of the stats screen there is a link for "Claim this username."

You enter your...
Forum: Reviews 10th May 2010, 11:01 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,305
Posted By SmallBizShift
Nice! The whole header up at the top makes the...

Nice! The whole header up at the top makes the form more appealing.
Forum: Reviews 10th May 2010, 09:54 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,305
Posted By SmallBizShift
I was checking your site out before, and didn't...

I was checking your site out before, and didn't mention anything because my feedback was pretty much the same as Britt's.

The "Request a Quote" button's a huge improvement in my eyes. If you...
Forum: Search Engine Optimization 10th May 2010, 07:58 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 7,572
Posted By SmallBizShift
I think people need to be careful about only...

I think people need to be careful about only going after Google - although they have a substantial majority of the search traffic, they don't necessarily have as large a portion of the valuable...
Forum: Affiliate Marketing 8th May 2010, 12:44 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 3,325
Posted By SmallBizShift
People use these terms differently. Some...

People use these terms differently.

Some networks pay primarily for leads or other actions, which may be called CPA.

Others are more product based, paying out primarily a % of the sales (CPS)....
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