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Forum: General Small Business Issues 22nd September 2009, 08:31 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 20,090
Posted By smallbizmkter
The other advice I would give is to purchase used...

The other advice I would give is to purchase used machines on ebay rather than from the manufacturers. The prices from manufacturers can be $300 per machine, when you can buy pretty decent used...
Forum: Website Development 22nd September 2009, 08:24 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 11,881
Posted By smallbizmkter
If your friend is really wanting to make ongoing...

If your friend is really wanting to make ongoing changes to the website on her own, and she is not necessarily techie - I would recommend her looking at a software package called XSitePro...
Forum: Print Advertising 22nd September 2009, 08:09 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 4,843
Posted By smallbizmkter
Hi Citycliq, Definitely good idea, depending...

Hi Citycliq,

Definitely good idea, depending on the business type. I have worked with businesses of many types and it is not always appropriate. Some industries, however, it is almost expected by...
Forum: Search Engine Optimization 22nd September 2009, 08:05 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 5,321
Posted By smallbizmkter
Hi Imaginary, Well done for getting indexed...

Hi Imaginary,

Well done for getting indexed - now with some tweaking you should be able to improve on those results. Check around this forum - tons of good advice here - also...
Forum: Sales 16th September 2009, 09:05 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 20,308
Posted By smallbizmkter
Just installed 'live chat' on my site last night...

Just installed 'live chat' on my site last night as an experiment - I will be monitoring it myself to see what types of requests for information I get - at least initially.

My thoughts are that I...
Forum: Search Engine Optimization 16th September 2009, 08:53 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 3,885
Posted By smallbizmkter
I use a service at www.submityourarticle.com -...

I use a service at www.submityourarticle.com - once you have it set up, you submit your article and then they submit to multiple article sites. It has several useful features which might help you: it...
Forum: Blogs and Blogging 16th September 2009, 08:49 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 4,450
Posted By smallbizmkter
A pretty neat application I came across recently...

A pretty neat application I came across recently is something called 'comment sniper' - www.commentsniper.com. What this does is it alerts you when one of your subscribed blogs has a new post - then...
Forum: Trade Shows, Conferences & Expos 8th September 2009, 11:23 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 4,963
Posted By smallbizmkter
Have you considered sending out an html email...

Have you considered sending out an html email using Aweber, Constant Contact or similar? I have used this to promote trade shows before - virtually free, just got the design costs if you outsource...
Forum: Sales 8th September 2009, 11:20 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 9,175
Posted By smallbizmkter
Most salespeople do make this mistake, rather...

Most salespeople do make this mistake, rather than a more consultative approach - asking questions, listening and then offering solutions when appropriate.
Forum: Search Engine Optimization 8th September 2009, 11:17 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 5,192
Posted By smallbizmkter
Hi Katie, I think one of the most important...

Hi Katie, I think one of the most important aspects of keyword research when it comes to SEO (or Adwords PPC, for that matter!) is to pick relevant keyword phrases which are not too broad and that...
Forum: Pay Per Click Advertising 1st September 2009, 04:58 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 5,960
Posted By smallbizmkter
Here are some stats I have just reported back to...

Here are some stats I have just reported back to a client: Comparing July to August 2009. In July, my client was managing his own account - we started work 1 week into August.

The account received...
Forum: General Search Engine Marketing Information 1st September 2009, 03:56 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 11,147
Posted By smallbizmkter
I think the previous posts sum it up: It's FREE -...

I think the previous posts sum it up: It's FREE - it gets you to the top of the page for a local search - no PPC, no SEO - what more could you ask?

Just wanted to share one thing I implemented...
Forum: Pay Per Click Advertising 1st September 2009, 03:36 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 9,083
Posted By smallbizmkter
Hey Artie - good luck with your campaign! Make...

Hey Artie - good luck with your campaign! Make sure you have conversions set up in Adwords so that you can track sales back to the ads, keywords, etc that generated the sale.

That way, you can...
Forum: Search Engine Optimization 1st September 2009, 03:11 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 13,001
Posted By smallbizmkter
Agree that the Adwords tool is probably the best...

Agree that the Adwords tool is probably the best one to start with. If you are doing PPC, make sure you have all of the columns visible in the display - it will show the the max CPC, the monthly...
Forum: Link Development 1st September 2009, 03:03 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 9,971
Posted By smallbizmkter
Regarding article writing, I tend to write them...

Regarding article writing, I tend to write them myself if it is a topic about which I feel I have some useful material to share - rather than writing just for SEO benefit or links.

I have also...
Forum: General Online Marketing Information 25th August 2009, 08:28 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 6,967
Posted By smallbizmkter
I see your point about the coupons. It does not...

I see your point about the coupons. It does not have to be a coupon based incentive, it just happened that for this particular industry, coupons are almost expected (bit like pizza industry).
...
Forum: General Online Marketing Information 25th August 2009, 07:01 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 6,967
Posted By smallbizmkter
Idea To Generate More Leads From Your Website

Just thought I'd share some advice that seems like a no brainer, but almost no websites that I see actually implement. Especially small business websites which are for bricks & mortar type...
Forum: Pay Per Click Advertising 22nd August 2009, 04:14 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 13,430
Posted By smallbizmkter
Hi Lynn, a 0.1% CTR is low - you should be at...

Hi Lynn, a 0.1% CTR is low - you should be at least 1% or more if your campaign is well optimized. 10% is possible, but would be achievable with very tightly grouped long-tail keywords and using...
Forum: Newsletters and Email Marketing 22nd August 2009, 03:52 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 6,124
Posted By smallbizmkter
I use Aweber (http://mwsm.aweber.com), IContact...

I use Aweber (http://mwsm.aweber.com), IContact (http://www.icontact.com/a.pl/182844) and Constant Contact regularly. The first 2 are autoresponders as well which is worth considering if you have...
Forum: Search Engine Optimization 20th August 2009, 10:49 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 5,579
Posted By smallbizmkter
Hi, just wanted to share my experience with...

Hi, just wanted to share my experience with web-building software. I have built many sites for my clients using XSitePro, most of which were found on the search engines within a few days with 1st...
Forum: Search Engine Optimization 15th August 2009, 03:29 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 4,797
Posted By smallbizmkter
The other thing to bear in mind is: If you are...

The other thing to bear in mind is: If you are competing for a certain geographical market, you can compete more easily through SEO if you pick keyword phrases to optimize that you can actually show...
Forum: Search Engine Optimization 14th August 2009, 11:29 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,131
Posted By smallbizmkter
I do this for clients so my answer might seem...

I do this for clients so my answer might seem strange! If you have the time, you can certainly do this yourself.

You can learn a lot about SEO all over this forum and many other places on the web....
Forum: Pay Per Click Advertising 14th August 2009, 10:43 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 3,530
Posted By smallbizmkter
I agree that this might not be the best idea. You...

I agree that this might not be the best idea. You don't really have as much control with the content on the Yellow pages landing page and you will not be able to test conversions, which in my opinion...
Forum: Pay Per Click Advertising 14th August 2009, 10:39 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 3,251
Posted By smallbizmkter
Absolutely good advice! You would be amazed how...

Absolutely good advice! You would be amazed how many clients' adwords accounts I see with only one ad! They have no way of knowing whether it is the ad that is not performing or the keywords, etc.
...
Forum: Reviews 14th August 2009, 10:30 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,423
Posted By smallbizmkter
I think with some more work on layout and...

I think with some more work on layout and content, including additional images, you will not be far off from where you want to be.


I like the header - fits your market - dramatic. However, the...
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