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Forum: Reviews 24th June 2010, 05:28 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,962
Posted By ErnstG
Lots of work

Hi

I'm in awe of the work you did. But how are you going to monetize it?
Forum: General Online Marketing Information 19th March 2010, 05:55 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 6,461
Posted By ErnstG
Personal and telephone marketing research

It you are potentially interested in businesses with up to 1000 workstations, there is more to it than social media.

IMHO you could do a lot worse than talking to a few target customers...
Forum: Computer Software 2nd March 2010, 05:05 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 2,387
Posted By ErnstG
Business Opportunities From XBRL?

I understand that XBRL is becoming more important internationally as a requried way of filing information to regulatory bodies (including tax returns). Does anyone have a view of the business...
Forum: General Small Business Issues 16th February 2010, 08:49 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 3,434
Posted By ErnstG
You asked what we think of it. From where I sit...

You asked what we think of it. From where I sit (in England):

- it probably underestimates the non-productive use of internet function by employees;

- it probably overestimates the use of...
Forum: Pay Per Click Advertising 9th February 2010, 01:01 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 2,659
Posted By ErnstG
Thank you for the very quick and helpful replies

Thank you for the very quick and helpful replies
Forum: Pay Per Click Advertising 9th February 2010, 11:20 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 2,659
Posted By ErnstG
Accuracy Of Google Adsense

My Hosting site makes available to me a tool called AWSTATS. Its reports of how many visitors I get is very different from that I get from Google Adsense. Has other people discovered this?
Forum: General Small Business Issues 9th February 2010, 10:53 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 4,492
Posted By ErnstG
Hi I was interested in your post but got a...

Hi

I was interested in your post but got a 404 when linking to the referenced URL
Forum: What Type of Business Should I Start? 28th January 2010, 12:36 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 11,115
Posted By ErnstG
The other big mistake it to start a business that...

The other big mistake it to start a business that not enough people need enough to pay for. You might do it well, and like doing it, but you need enough paying customers to make a living.
Forum: Search Engine Optimization 8th January 2010, 11:42 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 6,700
Posted By ErnstG
So what would you regard as good directories...

So what would you regard as good directories then? Any names that immediately come to mind?
Forum: Pay Per Click Advertising 11th December 2009, 03:57 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 4,697
Posted By ErnstG
What does it mean for a site to be sandboxed?

What does it mean for a site to be sandboxed?
Forum: General Search Engine Marketing Information 25th November 2009, 09:51 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 14,391
Posted By ErnstG
Just to be clear -- Facebook would be an example...

Just to be clear -- Facebook would be an example of a 2.0 site? Is this forum? Are blogs?
Forum: General Offline Marketing 23rd November 2009, 08:14 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 6,649
Posted By ErnstG
A numerical example

Here is a numerical way of looking at the issue:

- First of all you have to get to someone who will talk to you -- on a cold call that is 1 in 10; for a pre-qualified call its 1 in 3 prospects;
-...
Forum: What Type of Business Should I Start? 17th November 2009, 12:23 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 9,304
Posted By ErnstG
I think in a field like this, where there is a...

I think in a field like this, where there is a relatively small number of large purchasers, that you really make sure that there is room in the market for you. The large purchasers may have long term...
Forum: Computer Hardware 12th November 2009, 01:36 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 24,450
Posted By ErnstG
IMHO the one to buy is the one that can get...

IMHO the one to buy is the one that can get serviced (including warranty service) close to you. If there is more than one such, buy the cheapest made by a company you've heard of.
Forum: Chat 12th November 2009, 03:08 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 5,279
Posted By ErnstG
Try to make enough money to support my wife and I...

Try to make enough money to support my wife and I (the kids will be on their own by next summer), and play as much golf as I can.
Forum: Search Engine Optimization 11th November 2009, 12:14 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 4,854
Posted By ErnstG
Crawling vs submission

I also pondered this question and the related one of whether to use a robot. My hosting site lets me see all the hits and I know that I get visited by at least 5 bots -- google and yahoo seem to come...
Forum: Social Media 9th November 2009, 01:29 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 6,718
Posted By ErnstG
Page5?

I tried registering on Page 5 this afternoon and was surprised. . . . . most of the posts are one-liners and there are lots of pop-ups. Doesn't look like a real forum -- say, one like this. Something...
Forum: Pay Per Click Advertising 8th November 2009, 03:05 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 5,511
Posted By ErnstG
The whole way in which Adsense is rewarded is...

The whole way in which Adsense is rewarded is quite mysterious -- does anyone have an idea on how your payment is linked to the number of page impressions and clicks?
Forum: New Member Introductions 2nd November 2009, 01:22 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 845
Posted By ErnstG
And more . . .

I guess I should have added that I set up a website to see if I can make a go of green lifestyle information and products.
Forum: What Type of Business Should I Start? 2nd November 2009, 12:13 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 4,233
Posted By ErnstG
The main thing is to sell something that people...

The main thing is to sell something that people want to buy -- not something you feel like selling. So unsatisfied demand is what its all about.
Forum: Ecommerce 2nd November 2009, 12:07 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 8,047
Posted By ErnstG
E-commerce is too wide a term. How about a...

E-commerce is too wide a term. How about a slightly more granular approach:
- Internet Marketing is likely to become more important as more and more people use the internet as news and information...
Forum: New Member Introductions 2nd November 2009, 03:34 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 845
Posted By ErnstG
Good Morning

This is a new world for me -- happy to share and learn
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