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Forum: Search Engine Optimization 12th May 2011, 10:41 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,869
Posted By georgechapman
I use PPC for promotional purposes only. It's...

I use PPC for promotional purposes only. It's great for new sites, but I would never recommend it for the long run.
Forum: Computer Software 12th May 2011, 10:37 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 14,284
Posted By georgechapman
Microsoft Security Essentials. Best free tool for...

Microsoft Security Essentials. Best free tool for Vista and Win7. Not an infection ever since I installed it.
Forum: Computer Hardware 12th May 2011, 10:35 AM
Replies: 66
Views: 44,813
Posted By georgechapman
Typing on a 1-year old ASUS right now. This tough...

Typing on a 1-year old ASUS right now. This tough litlle machine's been through some rough times, and I've had no issues at all from it. It's no wonder why Toshiba and ASUS rank highest when...
Forum: General Offline Marketing 12th May 2011, 10:22 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 7,038
Posted By georgechapman
No amount of incentives can match a really good...

No amount of incentives can match a really good product. Come up with a really good product or service, and your customers will be more than happy to spread the word for you.
Forum: Trade Shows, Conferences & Expos 12th May 2011, 10:18 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 51,055
Posted By georgechapman
Point taken. :)

Point taken. :)
Forum: General Online Marketing Information 12th May 2011, 10:14 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 5,150
Posted By georgechapman
When it comes to forum marketing, your mindset...

When it comes to forum marketing, your mindset shouldn't focus on peddling whatever you have to offer. Focus on real interaction and dissemination of interaction. Your audience will appreciate it.
Forum: General Online Marketing Information 5th May 2011, 10:40 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 5,150
Posted By georgechapman
It shouldn't be your sole option, but I've come...

It shouldn't be your sole option, but I've come to understand that forum posting is a must of any Internet marketing strategy.
Forum: General Search Engine Marketing Information 5th May 2011, 10:35 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 4,831
Posted By georgechapman
Big mistake if you change your bio. Quality first...

Big mistake if you change your bio. Quality first my friend. You're nurturing a presence on the Internet, and social media isn't really the place for SEO.
Forum: Copywriting 5th May 2011, 10:26 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 11,858
Posted By georgechapman
One thing I've learned though, is that you don't...

One thing I've learned though, is that you don't really have to be the best writer to be good at copy writing. You don't have to produce incredible work--with some practice, you can easily be...
Forum: Search Engine Optimization 5th May 2011, 10:03 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,530
Posted By georgechapman
Do your homework first, and start with basic...

Do your homework first, and start with basic organic SEO. You don't have to start a campaign just yet. Just learn the terms and basic techniques. That way, if you consult the services of a SEO...
Forum: Trade Shows, Conferences & Expos 5th May 2011, 09:51 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 51,055
Posted By georgechapman
USB drives are a good idea, plus they're...

USB drives are a good idea, plus they're safe--you can never go wrong with then. However, practically everyone gives them out these days, so they're not very original.
Forum: Local Marketing 5th May 2011, 09:46 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 6,481
Posted By georgechapman
Radio hands down. People listen passively to the...

Radio hands down. People listen passively to the radio, and if it's a good ad we're talking about, it'll definitely stick.
Forum: General Offline Marketing 5th May 2011, 09:31 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 4,034
Posted By georgechapman
Yes PPC is a great idea as well. It's great for...

Yes PPC is a great idea as well. It's great for getting your feet wet, if you will. And it's also great for seasonal promotions.
Forum: Blogs and Blogging 1st May 2011, 02:21 AM
Replies: 90
Views: 48,877
Posted By georgechapman
I choose Wordpress out of convenience's sake....

I choose Wordpress out of convenience's sake. I've yet to try blogger though, but from the sites I've dealt with, WP seems to have the edge in customization tools and plugins.
Forum: Print Advertising 1st May 2011, 02:00 AM
Replies: 90
Views: 65,549
Posted By georgechapman
Off-site advertising is a great way of generating...

Off-site advertising is a great way of generating interest in your site (if you have one). If you have the money for it, go ahead. God knows how many clicks we've received from car and bicycle...
Forum: Newsletters and Email Marketing 1st May 2011, 01:50 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 3,989
Posted By georgechapman
I actually do both. On ezine, I find that the...

I actually do both. On ezine, I find that the most effective articles are those that are easy to read (e.g. 5 paragraphs, each one with a sub heading, each paragraph relaying a single idea). If your...
Forum: General Small Business Issues 1st May 2011, 01:44 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 6,180
Posted By georgechapman
You need a steady source of positive income to...

You need a steady source of positive income to keep your business afloat. Even when you start breaking even, it's still not a good idea to quit your job. But's that just me, and I like to play if...
Forum: Search Engine Optimization 1st May 2011, 01:42 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 15,939
Posted By georgechapman
I still don't get how Twitter can be useful to a...

I still don't get how Twitter can be useful to a small business. Won't having a Facebook page make it redundant?
Forum: Social Media 1st May 2011, 01:37 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 5,241
Posted By georgechapman
Here's a handy top 5 list from Mashable. ...

Here's a handy top 5 list from Mashable.

http://mashable.com/2009/11/13/social-media-book-review/

Books are great if you're looking to learn the basics, as they are often presented in a way...
Forum: Search Engine Optimization 24th April 2011, 02:22 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 5,162
Posted By georgechapman
We're still trying to figure out how this whole...

We're still trying to figure out how this whole social media thing works with rankings. Looks like it's back to square one.
Forum: Link Development 24th April 2011, 02:14 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 6,496
Posted By georgechapman
Just do it right if you plan to DIY. Link...

Just do it right if you plan to DIY. Link building can be very effective, but mess up, and your site just might be banned.
Forum: General Small Business Issues 24th April 2011, 02:05 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 4,270
Posted By georgechapman
It really depends on the type of market you're in...

It really depends on the type of market you're in really. I will say this though, it doesn't matter if you don't have a real landline. What matters is whether your customers believe you have a...
Forum: General Small Business Issues 24th April 2011, 01:52 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,552
Posted By georgechapman
Thanks! Still looking for more ideas though.

Thanks! Still looking for more ideas though.
Forum: Social Media 23rd April 2011, 09:38 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 4,515
Posted By georgechapman
There's basically a shift happening from offline,...

There's basically a shift happening from offline, to online. Conventional marketing still works, but ignoring the Web is just poor business practice.
Forum: Social Media 23rd April 2011, 09:15 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 5,541
Posted By georgechapman
Good for you. Once you experiment with landing...

Good for you. Once you experiment with landing pages, you'll realize that the possibilities are endless. I suggest looking at the best FB pages on the web for ideas. One of the wife's favorites is...
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