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Forum: Sales 15th December 2009, 03:30 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 5,542
Posted By rlane
Why can't you maintain both sites at the same...

Why can't you maintain both sites at the same time so you can test the waters so to speak? Seems to me that would be the best choice.
Forum: Ecommerce 15th December 2009, 03:22 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 16,591
Posted By rlane
There are a ton of companies selling hardware...

There are a ton of companies selling hardware online. What do you plan to do/offer to help separate your company from the competition?
Forum: Website Development 15th December 2009, 03:17 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 6,220
Posted By rlane
I personally have used both AWSTATS and Google...

I personally have used both AWSTATS and Google Analytics. If you have never used Google Analytics I recommend checking it out as it provides some really great easy to understand info. Best part it is...
Forum: Website Development 2nd December 2009, 10:11 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 3,295
Posted By rlane
A CMS or content management system is a software...

A CMS or content management system is a software package that you run on your web server and allows you to make changes to the website via a web browser. You can update content, upload photos, etc. ...
Forum: Website Development 2nd December 2009, 10:02 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 7,650
Posted By rlane
The report provided by your web host is more...

The report provided by your web host is more accurate. The report is generated from the web server log files. I would expect the log files to show more traffic than what is being reported by Google...
Forum: Computer Software 1st December 2009, 03:51 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 7,944
Posted By rlane
Having a website and doint the whole SEO thing is...

Having a website and doint the whole SEO thing is great but it is not going to help you generate any business in the short-term. Plus the internet is packed w/computer support companies so it would...
Forum: Computer Software 1st December 2009, 03:32 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 11,752
Posted By rlane
MySQL is a great database but it is not and...

MySQL is a great database but it is not and end-to-end solution as it lacks the UI tools that MS Access provides such as Forms, Reports, etc. For desktop applications Access is the way to go.

On...
Forum: What Type of Business Should I Start? 28th November 2009, 05:06 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 10,112
Posted By rlane
I have helped start a number of online businesses...

I have helped start a number of online businesses and what I have found is this: no matter what you are trying to sell, if people can't find you in the search engines, you are wasting your time.
...
Forum: Link Development 28th November 2009, 04:42 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 5,616
Posted By rlane
I have had some pretty good luck locating...

I have had some pretty good luck locating directories that will post back links for free. Go to Google and try typing in variations of the following:

intitle:directory communications

You should...
Forum: Search Engine Optimization 28th November 2009, 04:38 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 5,061
Posted By rlane
Well put Nutty. I have been testing the relavance...

Well put Nutty. I have been testing the relavance of PR and it appears there is no real corrrelation between PR and the SERP. In fact I beleive Google wrote an article mentioning something to the...
Forum: Search Engine Optimization 28th November 2009, 04:29 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 3,670
Posted By rlane
httaccess

The httaccess file is used by the Apache web server to manage directory security settings. If you are running XP, you can use Internet Information Server (IIS) to view the site in which case the...
Forum: Sales 16th November 2009, 01:32 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 5,211
Posted By rlane
Most suppliers are willing to drop ship items...

Most suppliers are willing to drop ship items directly to the customer.

This means that a customer places an order online, the e-commerce company forwards the order to thier supplier, the...
Forum: Newsletters and Email Marketing 16th November 2009, 01:20 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 8,303
Posted By rlane
acwebguru is right on target. Unless your website...

acwebguru is right on target. Unless your website shows up in the search engine results pages using some competitive keyowrds, you are pretty much out of luck. The only way to do this is to (1)...
Forum: Ecommerce 16th November 2009, 01:10 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 7,252
Posted By rlane
Most web hosting companies offer shared SSL. This...

Most web hosting companies offer shared SSL. This means that you don't actually have to go out an buy your own SSL certificate.
Forum: Ecommerce 9th November 2007, 03:00 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 4,582
Posted By rlane
I agree. A lot of small business owners have the...

I agree. A lot of small business owners have the "build it and they will come" mentality. In reality, it takes a ton of time, effort, and money to drive traffic to the site. And this don't come...
Forum: General Small Business Issues 9th November 2007, 02:54 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,924
Posted By rlane
I have been in the tech industry for almost 15...

I have been in the tech industry for almost 15 years and I would estimate that well over 90% of the folks that I have worked with moonlight (AKA work on the side). It's not unusual for employers to...
Forum: New Member Introductions 8th November 2007, 10:28 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,711
Posted By rlane
I write custom software applications for small...

I write custom software applications for small businesses (web applications & client/server).
Forum: What Type of Business Should I Start? 8th November 2007, 05:03 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 3,342
Posted By rlane
Selling online can be very rewarding, but please...

Selling online can be very rewarding, but please be advised that it is also a very competitive sport. There are tens of thousand of websites all vying for the consumer dollar. A few tips for running...
Forum: Search Engine Optimization 8th November 2007, 04:41 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 3,865
Posted By rlane
Great SEO Book!

I recently read a great SEO book titled 'Search Engine Optimization for Dummies'. I highly recommend this book for anyone looking to optimize and promote thier website. The book is an easy read and...
Forum: New Member Introductions 8th November 2007, 04:34 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,711
Posted By rlane
Hello From Buffalo, NY

Hello,
My name is Rich Lane. I am a software developer by day and also own a small hosting company, provide IT consulting service, and run a few other websites pertaining to various business...
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