It's amazing. Congress could ruin your online business. What a shocker. A new proposed bill, called the "Stop Online Piracy Act," or SOPA, is aimed at combating piracy. On the surface, these seems fantastic. Proponents of the bill are pitching it as a great way to stop intellectual property theft.
All of this isn't to imply that your business relies on stealing other people's content. of course, if you're a content scraper, then you probably deserve to be put out of business. The problem for the rest of us legitimate businesspeople is that the proposed bill has broad and far-reaching implications. Since the bill proposes to force ISPs to shut down and remove offending sites, it could mean that your Internet business could literally be wiped off the face of the Internet if you are accused of stealing content.
As long as you don't steal content, you should be safe, right? Wrong. If you aggregate content from other sites, you...
When you hop onto Facebook, Twitter, or any other social site, you might have the urge to use it for marketing purposes. Don't worry. It's not evil. However, it is different from traditional marketing and online advertising. Social sites are, well, social. They're a place where individuals come together to share stuff. If you don't know how to interact with the folks on social sites, you're sunk.
You have to take the social media crowd by surprise, and show them that you're not just trying to hock a bunch of junk:
1) Be a real resource, even if you don't make any money on the deal (at least, not right away). By adding value to your tweets and Facebook updates for free, you may not make any money. However, you increase the possibility that other people will share your valuable communication. Also, by helping other people, you are effectively extending your hand out to them and saying that you are a business, but you also...
We live in an age of technology, and it has changed every aspect of our lives. The way we shop, the way we communicate, and the way we work, are all a direct result of the latest technology. The world has become a global market, and enterprising businesses are utilizing websites to take advantage of a growing consumer base. It's a new century, and every business, small or large, needs a website. If you still don't have a website for your business, it's time to jump on the bandwagon.
Phone Books Are Obsolete – Search engines are the number one source for information. With instant access to the Internet via all wireless devices, most consumers go online to search for the products and businesses they want. Smart phones work from everywhere, and offer maps to direct people to business locations. Without a website, your business won't be found.
Consumers Read Ads Online – Consumers bookmark the websites of the businesses they frequent. Website...
While there may be some debate about whether or not the world is already in the "Post-PC" era, it's undeniable that consumers nowadays are whipping out their smartphones to check their emails, log on to their social media accounts, and make purchases. It's important for businesses to catch up with their customers even when they’re out and about, which is why more and more mobile sites and apps are entering the space.
Mobile Movement 2011: The Year That Was
Earlier this year, Google, in partnership Ipsos OTX MediaCT conducted a study to determine how consumers use their smartphones, and the role that mobile phones play in making decisions about products and services. Their findings indicate that out of 5,013 US online adults, 89% of them said that they use their smartphone throughout the day. In addition, 79% of users turn to their smartphones for shopping related activities, indicating that mobile phones are already deeply embedded...
Article marketing has turned out to be mostly a waste of money. It's not because publishing articles is bad SEO. The problem is in the way it's been done. When you explain to the Internet marketing world that building backlinks is as easy as writing and submitting articles, there will inevitably be someone who hires a code monkey to write a program to automate it.
This kind of thing ripples throughout the SEO world and eventually everyone is automating their article submissions. It's not that these guys really want to flood the Internet with high-quality content. They want to rank for a specific keyword. The result is a search engine filled with low-quality garbage. At best, you might see mediocre content.
With the advent of article spinning software, SEOs started pushing clients to create one article, and then spin it over and over again. Some of these software programs were integrated with an article submission feature. Some of these programs weren't...
In April 2011 Google's Panda update gave a huge boost to bloggers and webmasters who rely on content rather than code for their traffic. Google now penalizes websites with thin or duplicate content by dropping them down its search rankings. After Panda all the SEO tricks in the world can't compensate for poor content.
Google wants happy users who find interesting, trustworthy websites every time they use its search. It has declared war on regurgitated, paraphrased and stolen content. Websites with shallow, uninteresting text that is only there to contain keywords are dropping out of the charts faster than disco records in 1979. Having unique content is no longer enough. Your text now has to be both original and engaging.
Google based its Panda update on the results of tests where people rated the value and trustworthiness of thousands of websites. It discovered that websites with well-written, original text and few adverts were the most...
Wordpress is a powerful content management system that enables companies to manage their blogs effectively on the website. It can be of great use to any online business and can help in quickly updating and sharing information with their customers. Moreover, Wordpress is an open source software that is quick and easy to use and is highly economical for the users. Lot of people prefer using this software as it is extremely user friendly and offers a host of features as a single program. It was never so easy to update your blogs and share updated news and information with the online visitors earlier. Now with Wordpress, you can organize your blogs, update content and save valuable time and efforts in managing your website.
The best part about Wordpress is that it allows you to customize your blogs according to the changing needs of your online business. You can choose interesting themes and even add new applications, pictures and maps with the use of plug-ins...
When asked about customer satisfaction, and to what lengths a company would go, many corporations are actually overextending their workers onto a point of losing money. Companies will fight for their online reputation as well as their offline reputation by always trying to please the customer. This ideal actually prompted the well-known phrase, "The customer is always right." Which is heard in almost every restaurant known to mankind and is abided due to the seemingly good advice. Unfortunately this advice can actually have a bad effect on companies, as well as websites. If you are spending tons of time on social media or replying to emails about customer satisfaction you may actually be wasting a significant amount of time that should be spent working. There is a clear and present danger associated with getting too caught up in your customers thoughts... think about it this way, at what point is making one customer very satisfied more important than...
An attractive squeeze page can do wonders for your online business and provide greater business opportunities to improve your sales prospects. Both small and medium sized companies can benefit a lot by using squeeze page as part of their company's marketing campaign. Online companies that use effective squeeze pages can generate more number of customers, as it helps in building a high amount of traffic for their websites. As a result, their products and services get greater publicity and recognition by the visitors and they can enjoy tangible returns from their business.
If you have an interesting squeeze page for your website, then you can build a strong customer base and entice your customers to try your products. At the same time, it gives you a chance to promote new products to your customers and also helps in sharing useful and relevant content with them. In addition, you can build a targeted list of customers who may be interested in buying your...
One very interesting topic that is often unheard of by many tech savvy people is the topic of secret Google search codes. Now an intelligent code master will of course have heard of these different ways to use Google, but I believe for the average person this will be some important information to have for the future. When I say secret codes I am specifically referring to codes that can utilize the normally straightforward Google search into much, much more. These codes have been around for a long time, possibly even available when Google came out originally but many people these days still do not understand how to use the search engine to its fullest.
First up we will start with some of the more common, yet still fun ones. These days you can actually just type the word 'weather' into the search bar followed by your choice of a city, and Google will give you a full forecast in the results page. As simple and easy as that it, I found it to be a great time...