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Archive for November, 2011

How Much Are You Paying for SEO?

Ugh! I just had a long conversation with another small business owner who was ripped off by several, search engine optimization (SEO) firms. I hear this all the time, and it breaks my heart. As a fellow entrepreneur, I know how important it is to get value out of all the services you purchase. How [...]

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5 Easy Ways to Participate in Small Business Saturday

Note:  A couple of weeks ago I wrote about holiday marketing ideas and Liz Cies from Aweber had so many great marketing ideas I invited her to write today’s post!  I think you’ll find some valuable nuggets in her article.  Enjoy! Thanksgiving is over and the fun is just beginning.  For many people, the day [...]

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The Top, Two Words for Small Business Success

If you are just starting a business, you are probably overwhelmed with information and a huge, “To Do” list. If you are like me and have been in business for several years, you are probably swamped right now with end-of-year activities. Well, whether you are a new entrepreneur or a seasoned pro, it can be [...]

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Is SEO Scary to You?

Search Engine Optimization, or SEO, is essential if you want to get the most traffic possible to your site. However, you may be a little fearful of spending too much and seeing little results from your efforts. To avoid any scary surprises, here are three tips to help you keep your SEO program on track: [...]

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The Business of MOM and Entrepreneur

This week an article on CNN Money about Jack Dorsey caught my eye, and I could not help but to be fascinated with it.  Jack Dorsey, Twitter Co-founder and CEO of Square, works TWO 8-hour shifts every day.  Dorsey works 8 hours for Twitter and then 8 hours for Square (his latest startup in mobile [...]

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Do Inventors Need 3D Designs or Prototypes?

If you are an inventor in the early stages of development (you don’t have finished samples) and you are looking to sell or license your invention to a company for ongoing royalty payments, you will more than likely need some form of prototype or design to showcase your invention to prospective companies. In reality, most [...]

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Is PPC Part of Your SEO Plan?

Are you getting ready to launch a big, Google Ad campaign just because you think it might work? Well, it may be just what you’re company needs to boost online awareness. But before you begin your pay-per-click (PPC) campaign as part of your search engine optimization (SEO) process, there are three main questions to ask [...]

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Social Media Round-Up

Almost daily there are so many changes to social media and in turn how they impact startup business that it often overwhelming. I am sure that you feel it is hard to keep up. Recently, a few new changes were rolled out across the web and I noticed a couple of patterns that I believe are [...]

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Practice Makes Perfect – So They Say

This week has slipped away from me without everything on my list being crossed off.  This is a tough concept for someone who likes to dot every i and cross every t by Friday mid-day.  There is nothing I can do. The weekend is here, and I have a full docket with my other job [...]

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Is Your Social Media Social?

You post interesting Tweets every day and add to your Facebook pages up to five times a day. People seem to like your posts, and you are obtaining a following. Good for you! But it may be time to take a closer look at your social media efforts. After all, you may be forgetting one [...]

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StartupNation’s 10th Anniversary and 10 Million Served

Here on the eve of StartupNation’s 10th anniversary, we’d like to thank you for your support of StartupNation. Through the years we’ve helped more than 10 million entrepreneurs become more successful. And now we’re upping the stakes, cranking up the volume and pushing it to the max! Introducing StartupNation’s Next-Level Success Club. It’s a game-changer. [...]

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Gerber Hits a Nerve

One affiliation I am thrilled to have made over the years at StartupNation is with Scott Gerber. You may have seen him contributing on our Small Business Braintrust video series (http://braintrust.startupnation.com), or if you’re a Gen Y entrepreneur, you may know Scott in his role as founder of the Young Entrepreneur Council, which is a [...]

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7 Ways to Effectively Market Your Small Business

I’ve been working from home for 20 years (not counting the Kool-Aid stands I set up, and the business I had selling rocks door-to- door when I was 8). When I started my first home-based business, technology wasn’t where it is now. I thought I was so cool when my dad gave me his old [...]

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