Ecommerce began a little over a decade ago when the Internet became available for commercial use in 1991. It took a few years to develop different security protocols like HTTP and DSL, but when finally developed, these methods provided quick access and connections to the Internet.
Around 2000 businesses in America and in Western Europe began to showcase their products over the Internet, and since then the amount of businesses using the Internet has steadily grown, although only 10% or less of all businesses are using the Internet to its full potential or using it at all for marketing and actual sales. As of 2007 the estimated retail ecommerce sales were less than 3.5% of all retail sales in the United States.
People use the Internet for different reasons like finding information about a particular subject, looking for entertainment and some use it for research but the main reason people use the Internet is for shopping. The reason people are using the...
4 billion. That's is the number of people who currently use smart phones to access the Internet. That is also the number of people who will neglect your website at the first sign of bad optimization. Lets face it, people do not want to squint at the tiny screen on their iPhone or any smart phone for that matter, just to see your site. Similarly if the buttons on your website are impossible to click on a touch screen phone or even if they are too cluttered then people will have an overall terrible experience on what should have been your first, and a positive, interaction with a customer. Now you may be wondering how this affects you, or why you should even spend the time on making a mobile compatible version of your website, but the revenue increase will speak for itself. Put plainly, if you aren't taking advantage of a mobile format for your website then you are not only losing potential customers but you are losing potential sales.
Some of the largest misconceptions...
Alexa ranking is important to a website because Alexa is a leader in providing free, worldwide Internet metrics. Millions of people regularly visit the Alexa website for data that they can use when they are making business decisions. With Alexa website businesses can discover which websites are the most successful on the Internet. Individuals using Alexa can categorize success by the country the website is registered with, by the category that the website falls into or by keywords that are associated with the website.
On Alexa, search for the top ranking websites under the "Top Sites" menu tab or the "What's Hot" menu tab. Under the "Top Sites" menu tab you will find the top 500 websites ordered by the amount of traffic on a website. The web site that has the most visitors and page views in combination will rank first.
When visiting the "What's Hot" menu tab at the Alexa website you will see the top 20 hot...
How many times have you heard that sales is a numbers game? Our sales managers have told us, sales coaches talk about it, even the sales gurus talk about sales being a numbers game. Now the world famous behavioral scientist George Dudley, who has studied sales representatives for close to 40 years came to the conclusion that sales is a numbers game.
George wanted to understand why salespeople with the same skills, talents and abilities did not make as much money as other salespeople. In the beginning George thought maybe the main reason for their income differences could be that some of the salespeople were withdrawn or shy, possibly it could be the differences in their personalities.
After a great amount of studies George realized though that success in sales is really a numbers game. He found it is really very simple, it all comes down to the more contacts a salesperson makes, the more sales presentations the salesperson gives, the more sales they will make.
Writing SEO-friendly content is one of the easier elements of SEO. While Google says that you should write for people and not for the search engines, it's also important to optimize your content in order to get more traffic to your website. At the same time, you still want to be able to provide quality content to your visitors without them even noticing that your content is optimized for the search engines.
First and foremost, you should take Google's advice, at least in part. You should be writing for your visitors and not for search engine crawlers. The most important thing is to provide content which is of value to your visitors. Do not sacrifice quality and pack your content with keyword spam in the hopes of making your content more search engine-friendly. If your visitors get turned off by such content, then you end up achieving nothing. This is even truer these days with the 2011 changes to Google's search engine algorithm which greatly...
In this day and age, you cannot afford to let your competitors get the one-up on you in any way possible. More so than 50 years ago when an effective method of advertising was displaying banners and handing out flyers, today you have to be on the ball, which means you need to be constantly available for your customers in an open style. This translates to running many social networking profiles, something that almost every respected, and publicly traded, company has to do. Though this can be very time consuming, and a waste of quality work hours for some, it is also being considered one of the best forms of organic traffic for websites these days. Not to mention the ability to create a strong bond between your company and your customer, but with social networking you can bring the quality customer service your company has been known for to a whole new level. Never before have we had the ability to tweet an 80 character message to millions of people, just by the push of a button....
Information marketing puts a whole new spin on advertising that changes the way marketing works. No matter what type of marketing methods your business uses, whether it is print advertising, radio, mail-outs, telemarketing or one of many other types of marketing campaigns, most marketing is considered out-bound. This is where the marketing is distributed to as many people as possible that are not actively looking for your business' products and services. It is like stabbing in the dark, looking for anyone that receives the marketing that may be interested. Marketing like this to what is called "cold prospects" is not very effective and costly when the advertising costs are divided between the prospects that actually respond.
Marketing to what is called a "warm prospect" lowers the cost per prospect because this type of prospect is more receptive to your businesses products and services. Finding these warm prospects has puzzled marketers...
For years, small business owners have been following the same procedure. They open a business and they put an ad in the yellow pages, which worked well for years. Many small business owners even made the name of their business start with an "A" so their business would be at the beginning of their category. Business owners that have been spending a large portion or all of their advertising budget on yellow page ads to get local customers have noticed that they are receiving fewer and fewer calls from people looking for their products and services.
Another strategy that many small business owners use to get local customers to their business is to place print ads in their local newspapers. The problem with this type of advertising is that many consumers do not read the newspaper anymore. They get their news online and from local news websites. Advertising in local newspapers can also use up a great portion of the small business advertising budget because...
SEO in 2011 has to be more sophisticated because the search engine spiders that travel over the internet to crawl through websites and gather information have been updated and will be looking for the old SEO tricks. When the spiders find SEO practices that are no longer allowed, the website will get a lower quality score or it could be banned altogether from search engine results.
First, the search engines will be looking closely at the website title tag for keyword stuffing (using the same keyword over and over again,) which is an old SEO mistake. An example of title tag keyword stuffing for the keyword Miami Hotel is: Miami Hotel, Miami Hotel Reservation, Miami Hotel Booking, Miami Luxury Hotel and Deluxe Miami Hotel. The best practice is to make a user friendly title tag with the keyword only used a couple of times in a sentence so it makes sense.
The second SEO mistake that some webmasters have used for years, but will cause the website problems...
More often than not you will hear the incorrect sentence that "Any type of traffic benefits a website." There are so many flaws behind this statement, that it would be impossible to prove every single one of them. For almost 99% of the online crowd, having meaningless page views does nothing but boost a number on a fictitious scale. To put it more plainly, untargeted page views that will inevitably never turn into sales are exactly what people like your grandmother who is blogging about recipes and food will be looking for. Now there is nothing wrong with this, but it will never amount to any financial or commercial gain, which is the principle any business is founded upon. Today we will address exactly reasons to send targeted traffic towards your site are.
The main reason behind getting targeted traffic is of course, to make money. But unfortunately, it is not nearly that simple, and will require a significant amount of effort on your part. So you may be wondering,...