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Forum: Search Engine Optimization 27th July 2012, 04:04 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,465
Posted By focusgroup
Not saying the All in One SEO isn't effective. As...

Not saying the All in One SEO isn't effective. As I mentioned, up until recently, I used All in One SEO exclusively. In fact several websites still have the plugin active.

It wasn't easy...
Forum: New Member Introductions 27th July 2012, 03:58 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,089
Posted By focusgroup
Welcome to the forum Jason!

Welcome to the forum Jason!
Forum: Success Stories and Profiles 26th July 2012, 09:05 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 6,763
Posted By focusgroup
Hi PiaKS, When I hired my first employee the...

Hi PiaKS,

When I hired my first employee the process was overwhelming. So many resumes to go through, many of the just sent because it was job opening. You'd think they didn't read the job...
Forum: Search Engine Optimization 26th July 2012, 09:00 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,465
Posted By focusgroup
Hi Anna, I concur. These are all excellent...

Hi Anna,

I concur. These are all excellent plugins. With the exception of WPeMatic, and SEO Friendly Images (we prefer to add our own alt and title atts), these are all plugins we've used on...
Forum: Search Engine Optimization 14th July 2012, 08:04 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,744
Posted By focusgroup
Google Adwords Research Tool is definitely the...

Google Adwords Research Tool is definitely the place to start. Figure out what type of keywords you want to go after. I usually check a competitors website or whoever ranks first for the keywords I...
Forum: General Search Engine Marketing Information 14th July 2012, 08:01 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 6,679
Posted By focusgroup
JunkDawgs you really want to focus on content...

JunkDawgs you really want to focus on content that's relevant to your business. It's easy to get caught up in random topics, but those rarely help you convert visits into customers.

A good idea...
Forum: Blogs and Blogging 22nd May 2010, 12:43 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 8,205
Posted By focusgroup
The freebie IS nice. The downside to this is...

The freebie IS nice. The downside to this is mainly for those who want to add content to their site and drive traffic.

A blog is a nice addition to a website and is proven to add value and...
Forum: Social Media 22nd May 2010, 12:40 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 6,700
Posted By focusgroup
Certainly long term you may be able to make money...

Certainly long term you may be able to make money using either of these avenues. Unless you track your campaigns it would be hard to quantify your return. We typically see twitter/facebook drive...
Forum: General Offline Marketing 9th April 2010, 09:17 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 3,016
Posted By focusgroup
I think PPC is also an effective way to get...

I think PPC is also an effective way to get started. Offline marketing is a tough racket these days. People are constantly blasted with advertisements, from flyers, to coffee mugs, and such.
...
Forum: Search Engine Optimization 9th April 2010, 09:14 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 5,258
Posted By focusgroup
Janice is absolutely right. Until we understand...

Janice is absolutely right. Until we understand what your strategy is, we can't effectively give you advice.

If your ranking is dropping, have you been adding fresh content to your site? Are...
Forum: Copywriting 9th April 2010, 09:10 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 27,639
Posted By focusgroup
That was a great article. Thank you for sharing....

That was a great article. Thank you for sharing. It's amazing how many times one forgets it's about the customer not about you.

It was a great reminder!

Regards,

Billy
Forum: Sales 8th April 2010, 08:14 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 3,983
Posted By focusgroup
I couldn't agree more with Anna Liza. Listening...

I couldn't agree more with Anna Liza. Listening is so important.

Another big one, don't interrupt the customer when they are answering a question. I catch myself all the time. I'm so excited...
Forum: What Type of Business Should I Start? 8th April 2010, 08:11 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 2,710
Posted By focusgroup
I agree with Sandrah. It is all dependent on the...

I agree with Sandrah. It is all dependent on the laws in you country. There is also the question of liability. Does your country require you to have insurance. Is there a license required.
...
Forum: Blogs and Blogging 5th April 2010, 08:01 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 3,100
Posted By focusgroup
I agree with Joshua. You have to be different...

I agree with Joshua. You have to be different somehow. There are so many blogs and information we now have to sift through on a daily basis, you need to find a way to stand out.

As mentioned...
Forum: Small Business Brief Archives 5th April 2010, 07:58 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,923
Posted By focusgroup
We are still struggling with the decision. It's...

We are still struggling with the decision. It's hard to tell if it's viable or not. The upfront costs are so high versus, say, SEO marketing, it's hard to justify the added expense. We may give it...
Forum: What Type of Business Should I Start? 10th March 2010, 07:20 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 2,056
Posted By focusgroup
If you are offering good, solid information that...

If you are offering good, solid information that benefits your target market, maybe. I agree how your market your site will have an impact. Consider what you would want to see if YOU were going to...
Forum: New Member Introductions 10th March 2010, 07:17 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,311
Posted By focusgroup
:welcome: I just joined not too long ago myself. ...

:welcome: I just joined not too long ago myself. Lots of good ideas on the site. You get back what you put in. Join the discussion, engage and educate.

Enjoy.

Billy
Forum: What Type of Business Should I Start? 10th March 2010, 07:12 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 9,463
Posted By focusgroup
I like Roberts idea. You don't have to be a big...

I like Roberts idea. You don't have to be a big company to through a jewelry party. The brilliance of the party is that these women trust the person throwing the party. You have instantly been...
Forum: New Member Introductions 2nd March 2010, 10:40 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,180
Posted By focusgroup
Hello From Michigan

I'm new to the forum. I'm a small business owner from Michigan. I have been self-employed for the past 10 years. While owning your own business has it's own unique challenges, I wouldn't trade the...
Forum: Social Media 2nd March 2010, 10:38 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 4,793
Posted By focusgroup
Social media is extremely powerful because of one...

Social media is extremely powerful because of one word. Social. We are connecting with people who have similar interests with very different backgrounds. The cool thing from my own personal...
Forum: Search Engine Optimization 2nd March 2010, 10:28 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 5,868
Posted By focusgroup
If you design your site with the consumer in mind...

If you design your site with the consumer in mind (as well as SEO) I don't think you can go wrong with the right footer links. It's annoying when you go to a site and the footer links are clearly...
Forum: Search Engine Optimization 2nd March 2010, 10:25 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 4,534
Posted By focusgroup
I don't think he was suggesting that SEO being...

I don't think he was suggesting that SEO being your only means of generating business. While I agree it is slow. The benefits of SEO far outweigh any of the negatives presented in the second post....
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