No Habla Espanol? Expand Your Reach by Becoming Multilingual

Many small businesses gear their websites to the customer next door, keeping in mind the local community. But in a nation that is becoming increasingly multilingual, can small businesses afford to assume everyone who views their site or sets foot in their storefront speaks English? The U.S. Census says no. In 2009, 20 percent of … Read more

How to Use Google’s Link Disavow Tool to Improve Search Rankings

The world of search engine rankings has changed, leaving many bloggers and site owners watching helplessly as their pages drop down in search results. But Google hasn’t left site owners stranded. With Google Webmaster Tools, webmasters have what they need to succeed with its changing algorithms. As many site owners learn these new tools, however, … Read more

How Free Press Release Services Can Promote Your Website

Press releases have always been an important tool for marketing and public relations pros. By crafting a professional press release and blasting it out to various news media outlets, publicists have a chance at widespread coverage, bringing attention to a new product or service. But press releases have always been a gamble. Media outlets are … Read more

Is it Time to Plan a Giveaway?

It’s a story that has become social media legend. When Kraft was preparing to release its revolutionary water enhancement product, the company chose traditional television advertising but combined it with a new way of marketing: social media. Using Facebook, the company offered free samples of its product, Mio, to the first 100,000 Facebookers who “liked” … Read more

Best Sites for Finding Inexpensive and Free Photos for your Blog

If your small business is still grabbing images from basic Google searches for your website, you may be forced to pay. It’s no secret that Getty Images and other copyright holders have been sending payment demands to those illegally using photos. The news has many small business owners scrambling to find sites where they can … Read more

Plan Your Social Media Strategy in Advance with a Content Calendar

Some businesses seem to always be at the top of their social media game. Just when you might forget the company has a new product or service, a social media post is there to remind you. That business must have someone seated in front of a computer, waiting to post at the perfect time of … Read more

Are You a Social Media Bore?

Business owners have repeatedly heard about the importance of social media marketing. As anyone with a social media account has likely learned, however, some people appear to have misunderstood the message. Yes, social media marketing is important but, as with any other marketing campaign, it’s possible to overdo it and scare people off. Consumers have … Read more

Is Tumblr the Social Media Site for Your Message?

Social media marketing efforts are often concentrated on the major social networking sites. Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn all show up prominently in marketing strategies, since they land at the top of most “top social media sites” lists. But several other sites are emerging as popular with select demographics, making them ideal for businesses that are … Read more

How to Use Hashtags to Boost Your Search Rankings

You’ve seen them on Twitter and maybe even Facebook — they’re denoted by the pound sign, immediately followed by a term. Hashtags are tools used by Twitter users to ensure tweets are grouped with other tweets on the same subject. A tweet about issues relating to small business, for instance, might be followed by #smallbusiness. … Read more