Free Spreadsheet Templates

While it can be easy to find free spreadsheet templates, it is not easy to find GOOD spreadsheet templates . I’m sure you’ll agree with me after spending a bit of time poking around the web. However the people at Vertex42 have years of experience building the largest collection of spreadsheet templates on the web. If you are looking for templates for Excel, Google Spreadsheets or OpenOffice, Vertex42 will...

Google SEO Starter Guide in 1 Minute

I just went over Google’s Search Engine Optimization Starter Guide.  It’s a solid foundation to have if you’re just starting out in SEO.  The PDF file provided by Google is only 22 pages long, but I decided to make it even shorter. 1.   Create unique, accurate page titles        a.   Accurately describe the page’s content b.   Create unique title tags for each page c.  ...

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 up hiring...

WordPress Plugins for Business (Link) Directory

During my own search for a WordPress directory plugin, I came across the ones below. I have installed and tried all of the free ones. After using some of them, I learned that WordPress isn’t exactly the best platform for building a standalone directory. But, there are some pros to using WordPress as a directory – by using a plugin, it integrates nicely with your blog. And because these are plugins/themes...

Search Query Suggestion Feature and SEO

I’m a little late on this topic, but I wanted to share my thoughts on it.  I think it was Google who first implemented it, but the others quickly followed. To me, the search query suggestion feature is just another blow to the SEO industry.  Although the feature adds convenience and saves time, I believe it also alters natural search behavior.  This hurts the little guys the most because people...

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...

List of Affiliate Networks

Over the years, I’ve had the opportunity to work with a number of different affiliate networks.  I tried many, but not all of them. These are some of the most popular networks that I’ve come across during my career. For the most part, these networks are reliable, but I do not endorse any of them. I’m providing this list for your convenience. Acclaim Network (credit cards) Ad Fish Ad Fusion Ad...

Beware of SEO Scam Emails

Nigerian 419 Scams?  Nope.  Now the scams are right in our backyard. Today, I received this email: Dear Website Owner, 65% of people searching the Internet will never find your web site unless you’re ranked on first page of Google, MSN, or Yahoo. If I help you obtain as much as 4 times more WEB traffic to your online business by promoting you to the first page of the search engines would you be interested? Our...

Are Directories Worth Submitting to?

This is the age-old question that never seems to go away. I think the answer depends on a number of factors. I always try to do some preliminary research on the directory I’m thinking about submitting to, especially if I’m spending money on it. Here are some questions to ask yourself before deciding to submit. How old is the directory?  Websites are like fine wine, it gets better with age. Is...

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 you visit...

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