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Forum: Copywriting 12th April 2012, 08:15 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 3,302
Posted By The Diamond Pen
Not really. "Off-the-shelf" will get flagged as...

Not really. "Off-the-shelf" will get flagged as duplicate by Google and penalized accordingly, so it's best to avoid it. And a lot of the uber-cheap content places provide material with spelling...
Forum: General Offline Marketing 11th April 2012, 01:42 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 18,512
Posted By The Diamond Pen
Thanks!

By the way, don't underestimate craigslist as an advertising tool. It's free, takes just a few minutes a week, and gets TONS of traffic.
Forum: New Member Introductions 9th April 2012, 07:44 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 763
Posted By The Diamond Pen
Hi Jake, I like your site, save for one...

Hi Jake,

I like your site, save for one MAJOR problem: the text is almost impossible to read. I had to zoom in to 300% before I could read the words. The lines are so thin on the font you chose,...
Forum: Ecommerce 9th April 2012, 07:41 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,921
Posted By The Diamond Pen
Exactly. I recently placed an order, then...

Exactly. I recently placed an order, then cancelled it after I found out that shipping was an extra $20. I couldn't afford that based on what I was buying, so I had to cancel and look elsewhere.
...
Forum: What Type of Business Should I Start? 3rd April 2012, 05:28 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 5,480
Posted By The Diamond Pen
I have to agree with Twoby2. Loving something and...

I have to agree with Twoby2. Loving something and being successful at it are NOT the same thing.

My advice: do something that you're good at, something you can do better than is already being...
Forum: What Type of Business Should I Start? 24th March 2012, 11:22 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,312
Posted By The Diamond Pen
Not an internet cafe expert...but...1,000 square...

Not an internet cafe expert...but...1,000 square feet seems awfully small for 36 gaming systems. At minimum 2 people per, that's 72 people.
Also, consider a separate section with a few Wiis.
All in...
Forum: Reviews 14th March 2012, 08:16 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 3,857
Posted By The Diamond Pen
Nice site

The site looks very good. Info is easy to find, and I didn't have any questions about it after reading through everything. Two things to help push you over the top:

1. Make the font in the red...
Forum: Small Business Trends Forum 13th March 2012, 12:13 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 12,558
Posted By The Diamond Pen
Can you post a link to the site? Sometimes it...

Can you post a link to the site? Sometimes it helps to see it in case there's anything going on that could be a problem.

It's hard in real estate to compete against something like realtor.com....
Forum: Ecommerce 19th February 2012, 04:43 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 6,274
Posted By The Diamond Pen
You Lack Content

I just looked at the site. I have a few constructive criticisms:

1. The image scroller thingy at the top moves too slow. When I click a number, it slowly inched along, la-ti-da, finally getting...
Forum: Social Media 17th February 2012, 07:53 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 6,750
Posted By The Diamond Pen
Funny Your Should Ask....

I've been thinking this same thing. I've been wondering how to make a writing company appeal visually, so I was thinking of putting sarcastic/funny pictures with an embedded caption that highlight a...
Forum: General Small Business Issues 14th February 2012, 01:53 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 3,160
Posted By The Diamond Pen
!!!!

Wow. You just blew my mind, Logan. Thanks for that.

Maybe I didn't explain myself properly (or maybe I did, and I need to blow my mind again). I'm not envisioning something like a template where a...
Forum: General Small Business Issues 14th February 2012, 11:30 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 3,160
Posted By The Diamond Pen
Small Business Content Starter

Hey all. Not sure if this is in the right place, so mods, feel free to move it if you want.

I'm working on developing a new writing "product" for my business. I want to create something for small...
Forum: What Type of Business Should I Start? 13th February 2012, 10:10 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 3,198
Posted By The Diamond Pen
You're welcome, Kenny! I'm happy to help, as is...

You're welcome, Kenny! I'm happy to help, as is most everyone here. I agree - this is a great community!
Forum: Reviews 13th February 2012, 10:47 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,589
Posted By The Diamond Pen
Yes, there are several grammatical errors...

Yes, there are several grammatical errors throughout the website. Also, your FAQ page has a bunch of MySQL errors overlaying the text. You should get that fixed. Otherwise, I like your concept,...
Forum: Website Development 7th February 2012, 03:09 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 10,465
Posted By The Diamond Pen
Wow. I was considering iPage for the same reasons...

Wow. I was considering iPage for the same reasons you mentioned. I'm very happy to have chosen Network Solutions instead. ::relief::
Forum: Website Development 7th February 2012, 03:08 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 4,331
Posted By The Diamond Pen
Thanks! Very informative. I always question the...

Thanks! Very informative. I always question the bottom-tier prices, especially when you know how much time goes into something. It's usually either stolen or produced with well-below minimum wage...
Forum: What Type of Business Should I Start? 3rd February 2012, 12:27 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 3,198
Posted By The Diamond Pen
Focus on what you're good at. Maybe combine...

Focus on what you're good at. Maybe combine training with skiing and be a personal ski coach?

if you just do what you love, but aren't any good it, you won't be successful. Passion will only take...
Forum: Search Engine Optimization 3rd February 2012, 11:49 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 7,248
Posted By The Diamond Pen
I'm doing something similar, but in the end I...

I'm doing something similar, but in the end I decided to put my blog articles on my site. Here's why:

Let's say Article A is external and links back to your site, and Article B is on your site....
Forum: What Type of Business Should I Start? 3rd February 2012, 09:56 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 2,107
Posted By The Diamond Pen
Great Idea!

I think this could work. There are several challenges, though. As a cloth-diapering father, I speak from experience.

They are not easy to deal with, they're more work than disposables, but there...
Forum: Link Development 3rd February 2012, 09:10 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 4,460
Posted By The Diamond Pen
Thanks!

Thanks, Phil and Terry. I've done a little looking on my own about this, and most people say thew say thing - it doesn't really matter.

Re. the site - yes, it was a labor of love. I recently...
Forum: General Offline Marketing 30th January 2012, 02:46 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 18,512
Posted By The Diamond Pen
"Double the neighbors, double the savings." ...

"Double the neighbors, double the savings."

For example: Get one neighbor to sign, get $10 off. Get TWO to sign up, get $30 off ($10 for the first, $20 [double!] for the second). Get THREE...
Forum: Link Development 30th January 2012, 08:12 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 4,460
Posted By The Diamond Pen
Internal Links

Hi all,

So I hope someone can help me with this. I've been working on my website, and have lots of inter-page links. However, I developed them using shortcuts instead of full URL's. For example, I...
Forum: Reviews 30th January 2012, 08:08 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 2,140
Posted By The Diamond Pen
Updates

Hi all,

I went in and made a few changes to the content and the layout. It's still a work in progress, but some additional feedback is appreciated.

Thanks! www.thediamondpen.com...
Forum: What Type of Business Should I Start? 26th January 2012, 09:36 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,750
Posted By The Diamond Pen
Have you considered a public basketball court?...

Have you considered a public basketball court? And maybe adding a playground? A lot of recreational leagues who would rent this type of facility have participants with family and kids who tag along...
Forum: General Search Engine Marketing Information 26th January 2012, 09:28 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 3,457
Posted By The Diamond Pen
I think it's a great idea, having had to buy a...

I think it's a great idea, having had to buy a new-to-me minivan within the last year. A website is absolutely required for something like that, and is really the first step. You have to have your...
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