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The Difficulties of Outsourcing Jobs

I’ve been outsourcing jobs, on and off, for the past 7 years.  Projects ranging from logos and banners to entire websites and articles were on my list for outsourcing.  In the beginning, I relied on services like Elance.com and Guru.com.  Then, for a little while, I looked to forums like DigitalPoint and Sitepoint to outsource my work. In those 7 years of searching, I’ve never ended...

What Happened to Customer Service?

Is it just me or have you also noticed a big increase in poor customer service (in the U.S.)?   It almost seems as if our society and culture is accepting this kind of behavior. Here are some situations that I come across quite too often: Cashiers or order-takers that have personal conversations on the phone or with co-workers while they have waiting customers. Sales people who are rude and talk-back...

Google Personal Search, SEO and Paid Advertising

Once logged in your Google account, you’ll notice that search results will look a little different vs when  you’re logged off.  This is because Google has long been working to provide a more personal search experience for the user.  This means that when you’re logged into your Google account, Google keeps track of your online activity, such as which sites you visit and which sites...

FTC to Monitor Blogs for False Claims and Compensations

Have you heard of this?  The FTC plans to monitor blogs for false claims and a lack of disclosure for compensation. As you know, there are tons of blog owners out there that recommend products or services in return for some sort of compensation, whether it be cash or free products.  I would be curious to know how the FTC intends on tackling this massive challenge.  Also, I’m a little split...

Is Twitter Just a Fad?

Twitter is the hottest thing happening right now.  Practically every celebrity, TV show, blog and magazine have been asking viewers to “follow me on Twitter.”  Is it just me, or are there others out there that think Twitter is just overhyped and overrated?  Does Twitter provide enough of a value-added service to justify the amount of praise and publicity it’s gotten?  Or, is...

What are Advertorials?

You can think of advertorials as a cross between an informative article and a sales copy. Advertorials usually start off by presenting a problem, and ends with a solution of some kind.  The solution they offer is typically a sales pitch to subtly persuade the reader into buying something. To give you a better picture of what I’m talking about, here are 2 ads that are frequently seen on Yahoo. ...

Small Business and Outsourcing SEO

In today’s economy, it’s not easy for small businesses to find a good SEO or Internet Marketer.  There are many hurdles to overcome when choosing to outsource some of your work.  Here are some of them: finding a provider within your budget finding a provider who is skilled enough finding a provider who is meticulous finding a provider who cares about quality avoiding SEO scams and rip-offs The...

Is Social Media Right for All Businesses?

According to statistics, more and more small businesses are beginning to use social media as a way to promote their business.  While I agree that social media has become the 800 pound gorilla in the room, I’m not quite sure whether it’s effective enough to justify the amount of time invested.  Before I go further, let me lay out the pros and cons of social media for small businesses. Pros: Good...

Websites that Offer Free Business Listings with Backlink

Business Listings with DoFollow Links: VentureBeatProfiles.com MerchantCircle.com Kudzu.com HotFrog.com JigSaw.com LATimesInteractive.com BizCommunity.com MyWikiBiz.com Business Listings with NoFollow or Redirected Links: AboutUs.org GetSatisfaction.com InsiderPages.com Yelp.com FreeIndex.com ...

Selling on Craigslist vs. eBay

I’ve tried selling stuff on both sites, but from my experience, I’ve had better results with eBay.  Here are the reasons why I think eBay is better for selling: Both sites get a huge amount of traffic, but eBay seems to attract the more serious buyers. Buyers tend to be more confident with eBay because they provide some protection for buyers. You would think that for local pickup items...

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