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Forum: Search Engine Optimization 3rd July 2009, 12:52 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 3,521
Posted By chesa7
BrianFuller mentions a sudden decrease in...

BrianFuller mentions a sudden decrease in backlinks - have I misunderstood that backlinks are generally permanent?
Forum: Newsletters and Email Marketing 3rd July 2009, 12:43 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 5,789
Posted By chesa7
I recommend Constant Contact - you may be...

I recommend Constant Contact - you may be starting out with only 50, but you can build your list over time within Constant Contact (although when the number starts getting up there, they do charge...
Forum: Viral Marketing 3rd July 2009, 12:38 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 4,823
Posted By chesa7
I am missing something here about the enhanced...

I am missing something here about the enhanced marketing potential - how is this any different than sending emails to your email address database?
Forum: Search Engine Optimization 3rd July 2009, 12:31 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,353
Posted By chesa7
Website Age And Ranking

I'm wondering if anyone knows how important the age of a website is to Google? The reason I ask is that I see websites all the time that rank much better for keywords than mine, but are not nearly as...
Forum: Search Engine Optimization 3rd July 2009, 12:27 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 3,452
Posted By chesa7
SEOCentro has a very good tool for monitoring...

SEOCentro has a very good tool for monitoring your rank for priority keywords (you can even plug in competitor websites to compare rank).
Forum: Search Engine Optimization 22nd March 2009, 10:46 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,981
Posted By chesa7
Can You Communicate With Google?

I have been working for almost a year at optimising my site and have made very good progress with Yahoo and MSN, but still no progress what so ever with Google. For the same keyword I am #5 in Yahoo...
Forum: Search Engine Optimization 20th March 2009, 08:23 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 4,220
Posted By chesa7
Do you emphasize SEO or SEM?

Do you emphasize SEO or SEM?
Forum: Social Media 19th March 2009, 10:01 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 12,840
Posted By chesa7
How Are You Using Social Networking?

I am very interested in learning more about how to use social networking to expand business -- would others be willing to share some of your tactics?
Forum: Social Media 19th March 2009, 09:57 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 11,379
Posted By chesa7
I am interested in learning more about how folks...

I am interested in learning more about how folks are using social networking to expand their business -- can you share some of your tactics?
Forum: General Small Business Issues 19th March 2009, 09:53 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,992
Posted By chesa7
My business is way down - we sell gourmet gift...

My business is way down - we sell gourmet gift baskets, not a necessary purchase when times are tough. My business is still quite young (2 years) so I don't have a lot of data to compare it to, but...
Forum: Website Development 7th March 2009, 11:00 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,637
Posted By chesa7
I've used LunarPages for 3 years now with no...

I've used LunarPages for 3 years now with no problems at all.
Forum: What Type of Business Should I Start? 7th March 2009, 10:56 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,929
Posted By chesa7
Mgrow, Definitely read the book "Making a...

Mgrow,

Definitely read the book "Making a Living without a Job" by Barabara Winter -- I guarantee you will love reading it and generate lots of ideas for your weekend business. It is this book...
Forum: Ecommerce 7th March 2009, 10:33 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 6,380
Posted By chesa7
I'm surprised you could launch without it -- most...

I'm surprised you could launch without it -- most (if now all?) banks and credit card processors will require it, assuming you are taking credit cards?
Forum: General Online Marketing Information 7th March 2009, 10:26 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,541
Posted By chesa7
When you say you use your customers, can you give...

When you say you use your customers, can you give us an idea of how extensive that is? And are you asking their opinions, or do you base it on some measure such as traffic, sales, etc.?

appreciate...
Forum: Reviews 5th March 2009, 01:10 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 4,056
Posted By chesa7
It looks great. I do have one suggestion,...

It looks great. I do have one suggestion, though. I think it would be helpful if you could add a tagline or a very brief description of what kind of restaurant it is somewhere prominent. For...
Forum: Website Development 5th March 2009, 01:01 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 3,509
Posted By chesa7
Seems to me design will always be important. ...

Seems to me design will always be important. Visitors aren't just coming to your site from search engines, they are also coming from your email campaigns, links, directories, etc. Also, based on...
Forum: Direct Mail 4th March 2009, 12:48 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 14,771
Posted By chesa7
I don't have an answer to your question, but...

I don't have an answer to your question, but rather another question -- what is the effectiveness of mailing post cards and can it be measured?
Forum: Small Business Finance 22nd February 2009, 11:45 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 3,445
Posted By chesa7
I had the same thing happen not too long ago...

I had the same thing happen not too long ago (although a lot less money). If you can provide proof of these sales (I had to submit a million tracking numbers for example) they should be able to...
Forum: General Online Marketing Information 19th February 2009, 08:27 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 6,170
Posted By chesa7
when you say "social book marking works the best"...

when you say "social book marking works the best" -- could you be more specific? what specifically is working for you -- "social bookmarking" is so general? for us newbies, I'm not sure what you...
Forum: Social Media 30th January 2009, 07:57 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,494
Posted By chesa7
When you say an ad campaign, do you mean that...

When you say an ad campaign, do you mean that literally as in buying advertising?
Forum: Reviews 25th January 2009, 12:40 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,386
Posted By chesa7
OSCommerce is one of the best known open source...

OSCommerce is one of the best known open source shopping carts. I have no technical ability what so ever, but after I had someone install it for me a couple of years ago, I have been able to...
Forum: Ecommerce 25th January 2009, 12:28 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 12,409
Posted By chesa7
Having set up a store online recently (almost 2...

Having set up a store online recently (almost 2 years ago now) my advice would be to learn everything you can about search engine optimization right from the beginning! I believe I lost a number of...
Forum: eBay & Other Auctions & Marketplaces 11th January 2009, 09:38 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 2,321
Posted By chesa7
I have quite a few products on Silkfair, but have...

I have quite a few products on Silkfair, but have had zero sales -- even through the busy Christmas season -- and the products I have out there sell well elsewhere. I don't know what kind of...
Forum: Small Business Trends Forum 2nd December 2008, 07:52 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 11,781
Posted By chesa7
If you want to get off to a super clean start,...

If you want to get off to a super clean start, you might want to consult with a professional organizer like Clutter Busters.
Forum: Ecommerce 2nd December 2008, 07:43 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 4,985
Posted By chesa7
Check with your web hosting company to see who...

Check with your web hosting company to see who they recommend -- at least in my case they had a company they worked with regularly.
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