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Forum: General Small Business Issues 20th September 2007, 04:41 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,533
Posted By Vacation Mamma
Do What You Love; Love What You Do

Even if you've been a "stay at home mom or dad" for the whole 18 years or so since junior and missy were born, chances are very slim that you have done nothing work related or transferable since you...
Forum: Social Media 7th June 2007, 05:49 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 8,737
Posted By Vacation Mamma
Finding Social Media Sites for your Target Audience

Ok - now I know what SMO is but I keep coming back to "what does this mean for me specifically?" and which social media site(s) should I target?" Then the lightbulb went off...even though it isn't...
Forum: Viral Marketing 7th June 2007, 05:29 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 3,491
Posted By Vacation Mamma
MySpace and Viral Marketing

I'm still struggling with this. As a parent of teens/preteens, myspace is something im on to keep and eye on them more or less. i guess i just don't get how it's used for those besides bands. so...
Forum: Viral Marketing 21st May 2007, 09:17 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 3,491
Posted By Vacation Mamma
So do you advocate using MySpace and the like for...

So do you advocate using MySpace and the like for professional businesses? I'm looking for more of a 30-50 something audience...
Forum: Computer Hardware 21st May 2007, 09:13 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 4,623
Posted By Vacation Mamma
Oh, man...easy for people who haven't had a dell...

Oh, man...easy for people who haven't had a dell dog say that it must be the people...I had a defective laptop and finally, after months of calls, emails, and then a botched repair attempt, I sit...
Forum: Viral Marketing 15th May 2007, 11:04 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 3,491
Posted By Vacation Mamma
Jennifer, I love the quiz idea this is...

Jennifer,
I love the quiz idea this is something I can do! What kind of travel accomodation are you? Hotel, condo, etc...and the possibilities are flurrying in my head. It's execution I'm...
Forum: General Online Marketing Information 8th May 2007, 06:57 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 2,543
Posted By Vacation Mamma
I was fortunate enough to be interviewed recently...

I was fortunate enough to be interviewed recently for a podcast on fighting vacation rental bans...
Forum: General Search Engine Marketing Information 2nd May 2007, 09:50 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,261
Posted By Vacation Mamma
I can't believe how sometimes I need reminding of...

I can't believe how sometimes I need reminding of the basics. I work hard to create content and market my business, and then never get around to adding the social bookmarking and feed buttons. ...
Forum: Search Engine Optimization 11th June 2006, 04:16 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 3,611
Posted By Vacation Mamma
The other entrances to google unveiled

Thanks for the additional Google marketing ideas.

After 6 months of self education, web redesign, and diy seo, but no top 10 in Google; I got 1 of my places up on Google Local and "voila" a top...
Forum: Small Business Finance 11th June 2006, 04:11 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,572
Posted By Vacation Mamma
Easy, Reliable, Cost Effective Merchant Accounts

Interesting series of posts here.

The initial numbers posted by Pat here look pretty lousy to me.

Costco offers merchant accounts at much lower rates via Nova.
No equipment even needed if...
Forum: General Online Marketing Information 3rd June 2006, 12:44 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 8,424
Posted By Vacation Mamma
But is it News?

Press releases are indeed a great tool as part of a balanced marketing strategy. Let's be honest though, do most of us have something newsworthy once a month? Once a year? Press releases are...
Forum: Newsletters and Email Marketing 31st May 2006, 11:33 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,823
Posted By Vacation Mamma
Bloglines

I use Bloglineshttp://www.bloglines.com and can't imagine life before my RSS aggregator. I just wish every site had a feed so I could keep up with changes not only on my favorite news sites and...
Forum: General Online Marketing Information 28th February 2006, 05:29 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 1,225
Posted By Vacation Mamma
Google Base Tips

I already use Craigslist (http://sandiego.craigslist.org/vac/136250613.html) for marketing purposes and from what I gather Google Base (http://base.google.com/base/about.html) is a similar model, by...
Forum: General Search Engine Marketing Information 28th February 2006, 05:18 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,834
Posted By Vacation Mamma
Extreme Tracking follow up

(Hey Robin - good to see you here! Fellow vrbo-er)

anyway did you mean to add the code to all sites or pages? Is there any harm is using the free stuff besides savvy competitors checking out your...
Forum: Pay Per Click Advertising 6th February 2006, 08:59 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 3,370
Posted By Vacation Mamma
Poor Man's Tool - Outlook

For years now I only used outlook to manage my email and calendar. Sometime this fall I discovered the power of the reminders of which Jennifer speaks. Just in time too! As my vacation rental...
Forum: Search Engine Optimization 6th February 2006, 08:51 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 3,810
Posted By Vacation Mamma
Links & Their Relevance - But What's the Best Way to Keep Track

As someone who tries to play by the rules and is relatively new to SEO for my business, Google paying attention to relevancy is the only thing that really makes sense. That said, link aging...
Forum: Website Development 6th February 2006, 03:17 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,767
Posted By Vacation Mamma
Usable typical visitor data

[QUOTE=copywriter] some credible source to fill in this blank:

"_____ % of visitors - on average - move from the home page of a website to other pages."

QUOTE]
I'd love to know too, what is a...
Forum: General Search Engine Marketing Information 9th January 2006, 10:16 PM
Replies: 160
Views: 205,572
Posted By Vacation Mamma
Thank goodness you're back!

[QUOTE=thejenn]Full Text: http://www.searchengineguide.com/laycock/006476.html

QUOTE] I was just plain starting to wonder if I'd get my "30 days" fix! Welcome back; can't you continue the...
Forum: General Search Engine Marketing Information 30th December 2005, 09:05 PM
Replies: 160
Views: 205,572
Posted By Vacation Mamma
Talking Blogging for Business- Monetizing sites

show myself as an "expert" worth listening to
provide addtional resources for guest to my site
draw new traffic that I might not otherwise reach to my site
have an outlet for my hidden author...
Forum: General Search Engine Marketing Information 29th December 2005, 12:46 AM
Replies: 160
Views: 205,572
Posted By Vacation Mamma
Inspired to Blog

Thank you Jennifer for this inspiring series! I've been pondering blogging publicly for months now (been doing it privately for a year) and thanks to this series, I started my first related to my...
Forum: General Search Engine Marketing Information 24th December 2005, 12:16 AM
Replies: 160
Views: 205,572
Posted By Vacation Mamma
Great PR b4 Media Push?

I'm back from a vacation to snow country (with great fodder for my planned blog on by owner vacation rentals (http://www.rentthisplace.net) - but that's another story!

Congrats on the great...
Forum: General Search Engine Marketing Information 7th December 2005, 10:55 PM
Replies: 160
Views: 205,572
Posted By Vacation Mamma
Jennifer, Boy am I thankful that you...

Jennifer,


Boy am I thankful that you mentioned this. I've been dragging my heals with my travel blog plans b/c my seo "coach" said it would be better to host it w/ my site host and a subdomain...
Forum: General Search Engine Marketing Information 1st December 2005, 11:02 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 18,553
Posted By Vacation Mamma
So glad to see these questions come up! Jenn is...

So glad to see these questions come up! Jenn is doing a serious business experiment with an in your face product and fun approach. This is PR of the new generation at its finest. I straddle this...
Forum: General Search Engine Marketing Information 19th November 2005, 01:04 AM
Replies: 160
Views: 205,572
Posted By Vacation Mamma
Another Slogan Idea

Jenn,
You know your doing something right when someone who stopped breastfeeding over 9 years ago is thinking up slogans in her sleep.

For your Milk Bank fundraisers how about:
"Express...
Forum: General Search Engine Marketing Information 18th November 2005, 01:14 AM
Replies: 160
Views: 205,572
Posted By Vacation Mamma
Key Phrases - Check Them Out For Free

I'm using two free tools you might want to check out:
Digital Point - Free Keyword Suggestion Tool (online) (http://www.digitalpoint.com/tools/) and
Good Keywords - Free Windows Download...
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