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How to Open an Online Store

How to Open an Online Store

 

If you are considering opening an online store there has never been a better time. There are a wide variety of tools available to get you setup and you do not need to know anything about programming. But to make it a success you need time, hard work, perseverance, and a bit of luck.

 

Your store doesn’t even need to compete with Amazon in order to have a chance of success. Steady small and medium sized businesses are the lifeblood of the internet - just like they are in the offline world. So take a lead from traditional bricks-and-mortar businesses and start out on the small side.

 

Is Guest Blogging Dead Like SEO?

Is Guest Blogging Dead Like SEO?

This is of course a rhetorical question, and for those that do not realize, is also a satirical poke at the many eulogies we have heard for SEO over the years. SEO is not dead and neither is guest blogging.

Reason number one – Nothing has happened… yet

The blog post by Matt Cutts is just that, a blog post. It is a lot simpler (also faster and cheaper) to announce that you do not like a particular SEO practice than to actually roll out an algorithm to fix it. This means Penguin 3.0 anti-guest blog edition is on the horizon but will not be here for a while.

Reason number two – How can you tell?

Guest Blogging and SEO Strategies for 2014

Guest Blogging and SEO Strategies for 2014

 

Is guest blogging dead? After reading the latest blog post from Google’s Matt Cutts you might think so. He is the search giant’s chief spam fighter. He said “guest blogging is done: it’s just gotten too spammy.” So should guest blogging be part of your marketing strategy in 2014? And in the light of what Matt Cutts has said, how should you keep up with the Joneses of SEO this year?

 

Email Marketing Strategies that Work

Email Marketing Strategies that Work

 

Most people in the world of online marketing are like skiers who go to the top of a slope, point their skis straight down, push off, and hope for the best. They are the type of people who no longer focus on email marketing strategies because email marketing is not new enough, cool enough or fast enough. But they are wrong.

 

Is your Online Store preparing for Valentine’s Day (or Mother’s Day for that matter)?

Is your Online Store preparing for Valentine’s Day (or Mother’s Day for that matter)?

Brick and mortar retailers are preparing for holidays earlier and earlier every year. Your online store should as well! If you have been thinking of selling your products online you should set up your website as soon as possible. If you are already an online retailer who sells products that are popular gifts, you should prepare at least a month in advance!

Is Affiliate Marketing Right For You?

Is Affiliate Marketing Right For You? 

 

Affiliate marketing looks to be an attractive way to make a living at first glance. You get to sit at home on the internet all day and, if you want, you can do it in your comfy pajamas. Plus you get to set your own hours and be your own boss. It sounds promising so far, doesn’t it?

 

But now it is time for the reality check: affiliate marketing is not all plain sailing. Before you get started you should really ask: is affiliate marketing right for you?

 

Get Rich Quick – Get Lost

 

Affiliate marketing involves getting people to click on links to merchant websites. If those people then go on to make a purchase, you get a commission. It sounds easy right? Well, it is not.

 

What You Need to Know About Google Hummingbird

What You Need to Know About Google Hummingbird

 

Hummingbird is the name Google calls its new search algorithm (the thing that determines which results to display when a user types in a search), and it means a lot for your website. Google says the name Hummingbird is used because of the “fast and precise” birds that we find in nature. So let’s have a look at the hummingbird so that we can get a better understanding of Hummingbird.

 

Agile, Vigorous And Sexually Potent

 

Five Tips to Attract Last Minute Holiday Shoppers

Five Tips to Attract Last Minute Holiday Shoppers.

#1 Post Signage / Advertise –

Last minute shoppers are in a rush so they do not have time to look for you, they may purchase from the first store, spa or restaurant that fits their needs, is convenient and well-priced. How will they know that your business fits their needs unless you announce it to them via a sign, an email or a social media post? Don’t forget to update your website as well, since many customers go there first.

#2 Make it Quick and Easy –

Top Five Ways to Use Google Webmaster Tools

Top Five Ways to Use Google Webmaster Tools

 

Who wouldn’t want to be called a “Master” of something? Not in the sense of a university degree, but a real master. The allure is not just about the title – it’s also about the tools and equipment that you get to use. For example, a quartermaster has control of an army’s night vision goggles and fancy weapons. Or what about a yacht master? Is there really anyone on earth who doesn’t want to be on a yacht? A kung fu master gets to wear a cool black suit and where would a master craftsman be without the appropriate tools. And we can’t forget Jedi masters who get to use light sabers. Finally, we have webmasters, who can make websites fast and safe with Google Webmaster Tools.

 

Cloud Hosting – What is it?

Cloud Hosting – What is it?

 

It’s not easy to come up with a simple metaphor to explain cloud hosting. One example is to use electricity and explain how a large grid serving millions of people is more cost effective and efficient than each one of those millions having their own mini electricity power station. But that is a bit boring. You could also use the sewage system and explain how it deals with increased loads, but that is a bit hard to stomach. Another idea is to discuss animal herds and how they are stronger, safer and more efficient as a group, rather than each animal trying to survive on its own. But this one is way too complicated!

 

So, the easiest way to explain cloud hosting is by using the example of your own business.

So here goes…

 

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