Search Engine Optimization (SEO) Tips

Then, I received another e-mail directly from a "seo specialist" who said he could improve my web site rankings if I just hired him for $xx per hour. He gave me his web site information to look at client testimonials. Most were measured in terms of competition, like if you type in "affordable web site design" and Google says, these are results 1 - 10 of 158,000,000. For that phrase, there are at least 158,000,000 sites that come up. That is the competition. The guy's site also had a list of phrases that his clients are coming up as #1 for in the search engines. From an outsider perspective, it looked very impressive. Then I did some digging...

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Affiliate Program Quick Tip

Tip: If you own an affiliate program, please be prompt in paying those who represent your company. Today’s tip was prompted by a recently received e-mail. This e-mail was a PayPal payment notification for an affiliate program payout. As phishing e-mails are common, I was skeptical. Rather than click on …

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Understanding Small Business Taxes

Tax season is upon us. For most of us it’s the time we gladly pull out our old receipts and calculate how well we did with our businesses last year. For others, it’s a season of dread. Below, we have compiled three key resources to help make your tax preparation …

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Keep your Computer Virus-Free

News about computer viruses has been popping everywhere, from your computer screen to the nightly news. As hackers become more sophisticated, computer users need to know how to protect themselves from the latest onslaght of viruses. Use these tips to keep your computer virus-free.

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Beware of Fraudulent E-mails

Have you ever received an e-mail like this? "Hi. I just received an official looking e-mail from my small business payment processor that looked suspicious. It said that the company noticed fraudulent activity on my account and wanted me to log-in to verify that the account was mine. I clicked the link in the e-mail. The company's homepage and a form popped up asking me to enter my ATM card number, user name, password and social security number in order to verify and unlock my account. What do I do?" Read on to find out how to protect yourself from e-mail spoofing and phishing.

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Year End Evaluation

I received this in an e-mail today. It contains some things we need to think about as the year draws to a close. Jim Rohn's Challenges to Pursue (excerpted from the 2004 Weekend Event)

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Collecting Unpaid Debts

Mr. Man seemed like the perfect client. He found you through your latest advertising campaign and was eager to work with your company. After meeting at his office, he immediately signed the contract and gave you a deposit. You fulfilled the product or service order in record time and are sure this project will be closed out in the next month. Great turnover, right? Fast forward to 4 months later...after numerous phone calls, e-mails, and invoices, Mr. Man has STILL NOT paid his remaining balance. In some cases Mr. Man will even start to deny he owes you. In other cases he will complain that your product or service was substandard and insist that he should not pay (despite the glowing comments he gave your work before). What should you do about this?

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Ten Tips for Buying your Next PC

Are you in the market for a new computer? Perhaps you're looking for the perfect holiday gift; or maybe your computer is on its last legs, and you're due for a treat. In either case, buying a new computer can be daunting. This guide will tell you what to look for in your next hardware package.

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Market Wisely

Today I checked my business voicemail to see if a client had returned my call. There was one new message, but it wasn't my client. A pre-recorded voice reminded me to call now "for a custom designed website starting at only xyz dollars...hosting included!" I laughed for a good 5 minutes. Why is this so funny?

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You’ve Got a Web Site, Now What?

Does this sound familiar? "My web site has been up for 3 months, but I still haven't had a single customer. I thought once the site was built customers would pour in." Assuming that building a web site will automatically draw in customers is one of the most common misconceptions about online marketing. Creating an online business is similar to creating a brick-and-mortar business, you MUST advertise. We've got several online and offline tips to help your web site get the exposure it deserves.

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