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Posting most weeks, please beware we sometimes get a little off the marketing topic but there is always something new here to help the small business website owner.

 


 

There’s no such thing as a Free Lunch!
General - Websites, Site Traffic and Google
By Rusty / November 30, 2020

There’s no such thing as a Free Lunch!

Anybody active on social media will have seen the advertisements for the free online website builders such as Wix, Squarespace and Weebly. At first glance, their offerings seem quite reasonable. Most offer plenty of space for a business site along with seemingly easy to use interfaces at no cost at...

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Five Reasons Emails are better than Phone Calls
General Business
By Rusty / November 23, 2020

Five Reasons Emails are better than Phone Calls

In the initial phase of designing a website for a client, it is very important for me to make a connection via a quick phone call to that person. Even if it is just to confirm that there is a real person behind my email, this initial phone call is...

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Be there for customers 24/7 (even when you’re asleep)
General - Websites, General Business, Website Content
By Rusty / November 16, 2020

Be there for customers 24/7 (even when you’re asleep)

Sit back for a moment and think of a business that you deal with regularly - one that you enjoy returning to time after time. Now, delving a little deeper, why do you go back to that particular business each time? Is it just for the price of the goods...

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Does your Small Business even need a Website?
General - Websites, General Business
By Rusty / November 9, 2020

Does your Small Business even need a Website?

Yes. Simple answer, isn’t it? Oh, you still need more convincing? Alright then – here’s ten good reasons why your small business needs to get its act together and get an online presence: #1– The World’s largest Consumer Base Over 3.2 billion people use the internet in some form on...

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How to choose the right Social Media for your Business
General Business, Social Media
By Rusty / November 2, 2020

How to choose the right Social Media for your Business

When it comes to choosing a suitable social media platform for your small business, there is no shortage of options. But with most business owners being enthusiasm rich but time poor, not every single one can be covered. In an ideal world, the small business owner would be able look...

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Top five reasons every small business needs a website
General - Websites, Site Traffic and Google, Social Media
By Rusty / October 26, 2020

Top five reasons every small business needs a website

In small towns, such as my hometown of Ingham, small business owners have relied for years purely on local customers for their income. And this has worked just fine for the most part as these businesses have built up loyal trade and trust with good service. But times have changed....

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Eight reasons why images are VITAL to your website!
By Rusty / October 20, 2020

Eight reasons why images are VITAL to your website!

Web design has come a long way since 1991 when a man called Tim Berners-Lee created the first text-only pages of the World Wide Web. In those days, web pages were drab and boring as the technology and slow download speeds didn’t allow for anything else. There is no such...

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Disaster! My site has disappeared from Google!!
Site Traffic and Google
By Rusty / October 12, 2020

Disaster! My site has disappeared from Google!!

It’s every website owner’s worst nightmare – sitting down at the computer one day, typing your business name into Google and – BAM – the site’s not there in the search results! Frantically, you scan through page after page to no avail, it has completely disappeared. What has happened? Although...

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Five Reasons why your website is so LONELY…
By Rusty / October 5, 2020

Five Reasons why your website is so LONELY…

Some small business owners mistakenly believe that when they have built a new business website, they can sit back and watch the rush of business coming their way. When the expected rush doesn’t happen, the obligatory question pops up - "Why isn't anyone visiting my site?" At this point (earlier...

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Five easy ways to decrease your site’s bounce rate
General - Websites, Site Traffic and Google
By Rusty / September 21, 2020

Five easy ways to decrease your site’s bounce rate

You have a website – and the statistics look good. At first glance. As you delve into the pile of numbers that are part and parcel of any website’s statistics, you may find that although people are coming to your site, they are not staying very long – at all....

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