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SearchCap: AdWords AMP landing pages, Google & Apple tracking & SEO mistakes

by Barry Schwartz @ SearchCap: Daily Search Engine News Recap

Below is what happened in search today, as reported on and from other places across the web.

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#29: Should You Get a Loan for Your Handmade Business?

#29: Should You Get a Loan for Your Handmade Business?

by Mei @ Creative Hive

Subscribe: iTunes | Android | Stitcher | RSS | More Thank you for listening! Thanks for hanging out with me today! If you have any thoughts, ideas or feedback, feel free to leave a comment below. If you enjoyed this episode, please share it using the social media buttons above and below this post. And […]

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21 Actionable SEO Techniques You Can Use Right Now (Updated)

21 Actionable SEO Techniques You Can Use Right Now (Updated)


Backlinko

21 insanely practical SEO techniques for higher rankings and more search engine traffic.

#37: How to Make Passive Income in Your Handmade Business

#37: How to Make Passive Income in Your Handmade Business

by Mei @ Creative Hive

Subscribe: iTunes | Android | Stitcher | RSS | More Thank you for listening! Thanks for hanging out with me today! If you have any thoughts, ideas or feedback, feel free to leave a comment below. If you enjoyed this episode, please share it using the social media buttons above and below this post. And […]

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13 Ways to Immediately Improve SEO Ranking of Your Website

13 Ways to Immediately Improve SEO Ranking of Your Website


Jeffbullas's Blog

Discover the easiest ways to improve SEO ranking of your website almost overnight. Increase your rankings in Google and other search engines.

“Hair Salon Madison WI” SEO Google Page 1 Analysis

by eaganheath@gmail.com @ Get Found Madison

What does it take for a hair salon in Madison, WI to appear on the first page of Google? We analyzed the top known local search engine optimization (SEO) factors to let the businesses currently ranking lower what it would take to earn a spot higher up on the first page. Here’s an indication of […]

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Online Marketing Strategies to Make Your Business Shine in 2017 | Part 1

by Get The Clicks @ Get the Clicks

(Video Transcription.  See video below.) Stephan: Good morning guys, how are you all? Good. My name is Stephan, I work with a company called Get The Clicks and the FSDA has asked us to go ahead and come out and talk to you guys a little bit about web marketing today. Just kind of so I…

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Video Tutorial: Give Your WordPress Site a 3-Minute Makeover with Ultimate Branding

by Raelene Morey @ WPMU DEV Blog

According to WPMU DEV lore, our Ultimate Branding plugin was born out of our CEO’s frustration with rebranding Edublogs as Edublogs, not WordPress. As CEO James Farmer tells it, he was “slightly obsessed” with branding Edublogs and each time there was a new release of WordPress he’d spend half a day replacing all the icons […]

10 Basic SEO Tips To Get You Started

10 Basic SEO Tips To Get You Started


Business Insider

Simple ways to improve your Web site's search rankings and get more traffic.

AMP and Ranking 0 are Becoming More Important

by John E Lincoln @ Ignite Visibility

This week: You can now edit local business info in search results, Instagram is testing canvas ads, and wait until you hear about how many of the top results don’t get clicks.   Here’s what happened this week in digital marketing. DemandJump Cloud Tool Shows Where Your Traffic Came From A new DemandJump tool, just...

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The simple method we used to kick-start sales for new eBay listings

by Victor Levitin @ eBay Sellers Journey to $100,000 a Month

Does this sound familiar? You create a great listing. You invest hours in its content and design. Your price is competitive and you offer fast shipping. Not to mention your feedback is stellar! Still, once the listing goes live, nothing happens. Days turn into weeks, and still nothing. You barely get any orders.  You wonder how this can be? You offer a better deal for the shoppers and your listings look more professional than others,...

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What Will You Sell if You Give Away Your Best Blog Content for Free?

by Ramsay @ Blog Tyrant: Start a Successful Blog

If you give away your best blogging content then what’s left to sell? It’s a very interesting question that a lot of bloggers worry about when it comes to deciding how they are going to make money from their blog in the short and long term. Many of us get concerned that if they post...

F*ck Cost Per Lead

by John Doherty @ Credo

I am going to say something that many of you will disagree with: You should not base your marketing investment decisions off of cost per...

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How to deal with emails more efficiently to save time and your sanity!

by Mei @ Creative Hive

This is the time of the year when you're probably getting at least a dozen emails that go like this: “When will my order arrive?” “Can I get this custom order on time for Christmas?” “I ordered this yesterday. Why hasn't it shipped yet?” If any of these look familiar to you, you know that […]

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Your business can’t live without this

by Mei @ Creative Hive

What if your business was homeless? That's tragic, isn't it? But there's an easy fix. Having your own website for your business is a necessity for anyone wanting to build their creative business online. An Etsy shop is great for starters, but if you're getting serious about growing your business, you must consider setting up your […]

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How to Start a Creative Business on the Cheap, Even if You’re Really Really Busy

by Mei @ Creative Hive

Have you always wanted to start a business but just don’t have the money for start-up costs and room for inventory? Are you super creative and artsy and make beautiful paintings, drawings, graphic design or are just plain great with words? Are you a stay at home mom or full-time worker who always dreamed of […]

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How to Do a Cartwheel

How to Do a Cartwheel

by @ How to of the Day

The cartwheel is a basic gymnastics skill that will strengthen your upper body and help you work your way up to more advanced moves. There are two basic types: the front-to-back and the side-to-side cartwheel. With the side-to-side cartwheel, you'll start and end in the same direction. Performing the front-to-back cartwheel will land you facing the opposite direction in which you began. The front-to-back is the most common type of cartwheel. To learn either type you’ll need to find a safe environment in which you can practice placing your hands and feet in a way that’ll propel you forward and upside down.

This Week's Must-Read Small Business Articles

by Square @ Business Resource Center | Town Square

Welcome to our weekly series of must-read small business articles. Every Friday, we’ll be doing just what it sounds like—sharing the articles we think will be the most interesting to Square sellers. (Also, just some fun stuff). Here’s what we’ve got this week:

It’s never too early to start thinking about the holiday season. Here are tips for planning your holiday party, and another article with advice on how to get your website ready for Christmas now.

Speaking of holidays, have you taken a vacation this summer? If you’re a small business owner, it’s unlikely. Fortune reports that fewer than half of small business owners have plans to take a vacation this year.

This week’s viral trend is the Ice Bucket Challenge. Time Magazine takes a deeper dive into why dumping frigid water on your head is a good idea, kind of. Even Mark Zuckerberg got involved.

PowerPoint is getting a lot of attention this week after one CEO offered 1,284 slides of “wisdom” titled “Lessons From My 20’s” and another entrepreneur raised $2 million with five slides about nothing.

GoatCloud SEO Podcast Episode 18: With Dylan Hall of Light the City

GoatCloud SEO Podcast Episode 18: With Dylan Hall of Light the City

by @ GoatCloud Internet Marketing and SEO Podcast

We discuss essential tips on how to create and manage an effective online presence. We were interviewed by Dylan Hall of Schenectady's Light the City initiative.

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The Etsy Argument

by Mei @ Creative Hive

Are you at a crossroads? Can't decide if you should have an Etsy shop or set up your own website? I spend very little to no time marketing my Etsy shop. I make a few sales a week and it's a great place for side income with minimal effort and maintenance. Etsy is great for starting […]

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Get the Most Out of Square: The Hottest New Features We Launched in October

by Square @ Business Resource Center | Town Square

We’re constantly releasing tools to help you start, run, and grow your business. In October, we launched a bunch of cool new features that already have thousands of power users.

To make sure you’re getting the most out of Square, here’s an October highlight reel of what’s new.

Sick leave management in Square Payroll

Square Payroll now makes it easy to manage your sick leave and time off policy. Just set your paid time off policy for each team member, and Square Payroll takes care of the rest. Each time you run payroll, your employees’ remaining balance is calculated and included on their pay stub. When employees take time off, simply enter the hours they’re out, and those hours will be paid in your next pay run. (This feature is currently available in California.) Learn more.

Sync your online and in-store inventory levels

Now you can quickly import items from your Square account to your Bigcommerce-hosted online store. And when you connect Square with Bigcommerce, you can instantly reconcile inventory levels when you make sales both online and in-store. Learn more.

New time-saving invoicing features

To help you close the books faster, you can now add multiple recipients to your invoices and easily apply discounts. We’ve also made the cancellation policy on invoices a lot more flexible. Learn more.

Quickly take your brick-and-mortar store online

Our new integration with Ecwid makes it supersimple to take your brick-and-mortar store online in minutes — and start selling across other channels like Facebook and Tumblr. Learn more.

Customer activity in Premium Profiles

In your Customer Directory, Premium Profiles now include a running list of recent customer activity. You can see when and what your customers buy, which emails you’ve sent them, who is sending you feedback, and more. Premium Profiles are available to Customer Engagement Pro subscribers. View your Customer Directory.

California’s New Paid Sick Leave Law: What Employers Need to Know

Sell Online and In-Store? Our New Bigcommerce Integration Helps Streamline Inventory Logistics

How to Craft a Stellar Holiday Marketing Campaign

Part 3: How to use email autoresponders to make automagic sales

by Mei @ Creative Hive

Let's dive a little deeper into building an email list quickly with your target customers! If you haven't yet, I would recommend going back and reading Part 1 and Part 2 of Building an Email List. At the end of Part 2, I concluded that the fastest way to build an email list for product based businesses […]

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Beginners Guide to Coin History

by Square @ Business Resource Center | Town Square

Before paper bills, credit card processing, complex taxation, and electronic money, there was the beautiful, simple, artistically crafted coin. Its history aligns uniquely with the evolution of civilization. Today, its use is widespread in most major regions and countries of the world. While the way that they're made has evolved, the basic concept of exchanging bits of metal for goods has lasted through the ages and become an essential part of the human experience.

Early Coins

The first move away from the barter system may have been the exchange of cowrie shells, which eventually evolved into metal nuggets and pieces. Metal money exchanges started in the form of small knives and tools in China. In the 5th century BC, Chinese hollow spade money was commonly used. While not using "coins" per se, these were some of the first exchanges of valuable, standardized metal materials. This eventually evolved into the recognizable, rounded Chinese coins. In the west, the first official, minted currency was possibly the famous Lydia coin, which was created in modern Turkey and featured an image of a lion. It was made of gold. These were pounded out with a hammer and were create for King Croesus. In the greater history of money, this was a very important next step to opening up the Mediterranean to trade and an exchange of goods and ideas. In the next centuries, coins began to be exchanged and accepted on a global scale.

Types of Coins

While paper money started to become the dominant currency in China as early as the 13th century at the behest of Emperor Kublai Khan, coins were absolutely essential to several empires, which all had their own mints. In the Persian Empire, the coin of choice was the daric. In Greece, the ancient currency was the drachma, which is still used in its modern form today. In Rome, on the other hand, the currency was based around the silver denarius. During and after the fall of Rome, in the Byzantine Empire, the major coin was the golden solidus, which was also known as the nomisma. In China, the coin design stayed by and large the same, in the form of a circle with a square hole, which was called the ban liang coin. In the Renaissance, the florin was quite common, and the pound was used in England.

How Coins Are Made

Throughout history, coins have traditionally been struck using blanks and a set of dies. Many types of dies have been used throughout history. The Romans made popular a hinged set of dies that joined together like tongs. The dies were made out of a harder metal than the softer coin materials, which were often made from alloys of gold, silver, copper, or bronze. The blanks were cut to consistent, uniform thickness. Then, the material was placed inside the die and struck with a large hammer or a set of machinery that involved pulleys. Eventually, the fly press made this method much faster and easier. Modern American coin production is a little bit different. It closely resembles a manufacturing process. Large sculptures are made for the dies in clay and plaster, then created as epoxy models, which, using digital machinery, are used to create the metal dies. Rather than being formed by cutting ropes of metal, coins are punched out of long metal sheets. Production then moves at a lightning pace (with the press stamping about 1,750 coins per minute). In other countries, like the U.K., the coin-making process is treated with a high level of respect and combines hard science and art to create consistent, flawless pieces. While we may no longer feature the gods and goddesses that so often frequented ancient coins on our money, the basic methods of coin minting have mostly stayed the same.

Collecting Coins

Coin collecting has become a popular hobby in the U.S. and many other areas of the world, possibly because coins have been made for thousands of years and seem timeless. Modern coin collectors especially love lesser-known, rare coins, which are specific to a time and place in history. Collectors are often fascinated not only by the age nor necessarily how much a coin is worth but by the beauty of the dies and the uniqueness of every piece. Some collectors treasure the imperfect, ancient coins that were just barely folded out of lumps of flawed alloy, whereas others want the rare U.S. pieces that were examples of exquisite craftsmanship but just never became popular. If you're thinking about getting started collecting coins and joining numismatic groups, always keep in mind the story of each piece. Successful coin collecting should inherently be about education and understanding both how these coins were made and their place in the history of civilization.

Marketing Day: AMP links at large, August’s top 10 YouTube video ads & FTC news

by Amy Gesenhues @ Marketing Day – Marketing Land

Here’s our recap of what happened in online marketing today, as reported on Marketing Land and other places across the web. From Marketing Land: How Facebook’s, Instagram’s and Snapchat’s audience size estimates compareSep 15, 2017 by Tim Peterson Facebook’s and Snapchat’s self-serve ad-buying tools estimate the size of advertisers’ target audiences. Here is how those […]

Multiregional Tracking in Unamo SEO

by Adam Coombs @ Unamo Blog

With Multiregional Keyword Tracking you’ll be able to track keywords in multiple regions in your Unamo SEO campaign. ​ Multiregional tracking only applies to Google; however, with a variety of local search engines in various countries, you can check the success of your keywords in one region against their success in another. By doing this, […]

The power and purpose of knowing your customers

by Maria Scarpello @ WooCommerce

“What got us here won’t get us there… I want to have design leading the way. A lot more user research. A lot more mockups.” – Matt Mullenweg At WordCamp US 2016, Matt Mullenweg’s State of the Word outlined a vision for WordPress being design-led. Since then, WooCommerce has doubled down on our efforts to […]

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SEO Case Study: 3,537,806+ Page Views in 3 Months

by Ali Haider @ BlogRex

Today, let’s simply get you ready for being #1 in ranking. I mean what I did exactly to get there. I’m going show you every single step I did. So, you may follow the same. But before that, you need to start thinking the about the scenarios of your own niche. You need to do […]

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A History of America's Credit Cards

by Square @ Business Resource Center | Town Square

The fast-paced financial world of plastic credit cards and their interest rates is relatively new in the grander, larger history of the U.S. Only since the late 1950s have Americans started to use credit, and the craze has resulted in a multimillion-dollar, powerful industry that affects millions of Americans every year. Both merchants and consumers would be completely stuck without the little plastic cards, with slowed transactions and virtually no online purchases. When did we really start using credit cards, and when did this change in monetary systems really start to affect not only our economy but the global economy?

The First "Credit Cards": Tally Sticks

It's very difficult to say when the first credit card existed, as credit exchanges as a concept were around as early as the Middle Ages. They were called tally sticks and were a system of financial record-keeping used when currency, which was heavy, expensive coinage, was not available. These sticks featured notches for the amount of debt owed and were split neatly down the middle, making them very difficult to counterfeit as each one's grain and split was completely unique. Tally sticks were an essential part of tax collection in England for more than 700 years.

The Forgotten Wallet and the Diners' Club Credit Card

The first credit card as we understand it in the modern sense was created as late as 1950. It was called the Diners' Club card. A man named Frank McNamara came up with the idea in 1949 while having dinner in a New York City restaurant. He was caught without his wallet. Urban legend has it that he offered to sign for his dinner, promising to pay for it later, then called his wife to bring over the cash. It is a fact, though, that he created the first consumer-facing credit card company, called Diners' Club.

The Move to Plastic

While most merchants weren't happy with these cards initially, the credit card started a craze that began to take shape in the 1950s and early 1960s. The Diners' Club card was technically a charge card; it required members to pay in full each month. It had been historically made from either cardboard or celluloid. American Express issued the first plastic card in 1959. As a competitor to Diners' Club, the company did very well. Plastic soon became a mainstay. Also in 1959, a new concept was introduced: the concept of the rolling balance, which was revolutionized by MasterCard. Cardholders didn't have to pay in full each month, but allowing rollover would increase fees.

The Development of Money, Metrics, and Convenient Billing

While credit cards started to become common, not everyone could have one in the 1960s. Credit cards began to really take off later on, starting in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, when conventional loans became too highly regulated. In the 1980s, Citibank moved to South Dakota because of its looser laws in combination with what became known as the Marquette decision, which freed up regulations on how much banks could charge their cardholders in interest. This deregulation allowed more people to get credit cards, and the industry expanded a great deal (for better and for worse).

Future Advancements and the "Smart Card"

While the technology for the so-called "smart card," which has an embedded chip, was developed as early as the mid-1970s, it's only now starting to become mainstream. This technology became widespread in Europe in the form of payphone cards as early as the 1980s. The EMV system, which stands for Europay, MasterCard, and Visa, has started to be included in cards as of October 1, 2015. This is considered to be a more secure method of transaction, as these cards are more difficult to counterfeit.

Get a lifetime subscription to Serpstat, a powerful SEO tool, for just $35

Get a lifetime subscription to Serpstat, a powerful SEO tool, for just $35


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7 Top Plugins to Turn a WordPress Site Into a Mobile App

by Brenda Barron @ WPMU DEV Blog

Your website is a critical piece of your business’s online presence. This is why you spend so much time perfecting every little nook and cranny. It’s also why you make sure it’s responsive and optimized for any and every device. But is it really? A responsive site is great for presenting all the information from […]

Video SEO: Factors for Ranking in the Top 10 on Google

by Adam Coombs @ Unamo Blog

What does it take to rank your video in the top 10 results on Google? And on YouTube? Well, these are two very different enterprises entirely. A recent study found that 64% of all YouTube videos appearing in Google search results had a different rank hierarchy when searched on YouTube. In other words, videos ranking […]

How to Use Customer Feedback Loops to Reduce Churn

by Today's Industry Insider @ The Kissmetrics Marketing Blog

Churn is a fascinating thing. When users keep coming back month after month, it helps you grow your business rapidly and it makes you a very happy business owner. But when you’re losing more customers than you’re gaining, it can spell disaster for your business. What makes it frustrating is that you don’t always have […]

On-Page SEO: Techniques To Boost Your Rankings In 2017

by Ali Haider @ BlogRex

Whenever a topic about On Page SEO comes all started sharing their knowledge about Subheading tag, keyword Density or Keyword Competition, or Meta Tag. And I’m sure guys you also listen to all this thing while you started doing SEO. If you all are searching for the best guide on On Page SEO, then your […]

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How to Get More Backlinks and Rank Higher on Google

by Ramsay @ Blog Tyrant: Start a Successful Blog

Backlinks are still the major indicator Google uses to determine the authority of a blog. The better your backlinks, the better you’ll rank in search results. But they sure aren’t easy to get. Building backlinks is a tricky business because many of the “easy” ways go against Google’s terms of service. What’s more, if you...

6 SEO Mistakes That'll Put You on Google's Naughty List

6 SEO Mistakes That'll Put You on Google's Naughty List


Smart Blogger

Did you know Google can make your blog disappear from its search results? Here are the six mistakes most likely to land you on their naughty list.

The SEO Career Kickstart : How to get a Job in SEO

The SEO Career Kickstart : How to get a Job in SEO


Builtvisible

How to get a job in SEO. If you're just starting or considering learning more about the SEO jobs market, take a look at this guide...

SEO Backlinks 101: The Complete Crash Course to Backlinks and SEO

by Steven John @ Monitor Backlinks Blog

Feel like something’s missing from your SEO? I know what it is, and it’s right under your nose. It’s the almighty SEO backlink—a detail that’s overlooked all the time, by SEO newbies and experts alike. Yup, there are people with tons of SEO and keyword research experience who still have questions about backlinks. What are they? ...

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History of Marketing

by Square @ Business Resource Center | Town Square

A business that sells products or services must have a way of attracting customers. The process of promoting a company's products or services to gain customers is known as marketing. Successful marketing also goes one step further because a business should also pursue ways to retain customers for future sales. The size of a company determines marketing strategy. Some companies may have a department dedicated to performing this work. Other companies may need to pursue these tasks while performing other work, too.

What Is Marketing?

People who buy products and services must have a way of learning about the various companies that provide them. To succeed, companies must have a plan for advertising products or services so people who want them have the opportunity to purchase them. Successful marketing involves a variety of different tactics, with everything working together to promote products or services and retain customers. In-depth research is the crux of successful marketing because a business owner must have data that indicates that a product or service will resonate with consumers.

History of Marketing and Timeline

Enterprise and economies have a long history dating back to ancient eras. People have been engaging in commerce for thousands of years. Hence, ancient people utilized some forms of marketing as they conducted business. The Industrial Revolution paved the way for more modern forms of advertising and retailing of goods and services.

Print Advertising, 1450s: Print advertising made it possible for retailers to pass out brochures and fliers to potential customers.

Magazines, 1730s:The first magazines were developed and released.

Posters, 1839: France banned posters on private property.

Billboards, 1867: People began renting billboards for advertising.

Radio Advertising, 1922: Businesses began purchasing advertising time on the radio.

Television Advertising, 1941: Records indicate that people began purchasing television advertising at this time.

Telemarketing During the 1950s: Telemarketing was born, with businesses utilizing the telephone to reach potential customers.

Mobile Advertisements Between the 1970s and 1994: Advances in technology enabled new marketing capabilities via the Internet such as e-commerce promotions, database marketing, guerrilla marketing, and computer-oriented spam.

Search Marketing, 1995: Companies began the process of working to promote a business by getting search engines to send traffic to a website. Firms also began utilizing search engine optimization, or SEO, to drive traffic to websites via the use of keywords typed by consumers in search engines.

Blogging, 1998: Businesses and individuals began creating blogs as vehicles to share professional or personal information.

PPC, 2000: Pay-per-click surfaced in this year as an Internet marketing technique in which a company pays a small fee for every click on an advertisement.

Social Media, 2003: Social media websites became popular at this time as a way for people to share information and ideas with others on the Internet, including commercial messages.

Google Analytics, 2005: Google provides website owners with information about people who visit their websites that can help them see if they're reaching their audience.

Types of Marketing

Companies can utilize different types of marketing for promotion. Internet marketing is prevalent with today's advanced technology. This type of marketing includes any promotions that occur on the Internet, such as social media marketing, email marketing, and search engine marketing. Direct marketing includes activities such as cold-calling potential customers, sending newsletters, and purchasing space on billboards. Another marketing strategy includes maintaining a connection with previous customers via thank-you notes and special promotions.

The Role of Marketing

Marketing has a direct impact on sales and a company's overall profitability. Researching sales forecasts will determine how a company plans its production. Careful planning is crucial to ensure that a company remains solvent with expenses and income. Marketing enables a business to learn about its potential customers, which helps it to fulfill the needs and desires of consumers. Marketing also enables a company to test certain products or services to see whether they are successful with consumers. With a positive consumer response, a company can proceed with a sales plan. A meager response might lead to reorganizing a campaign and trying again to test consumer response.

9 B2B Research Tips to Read Your Customer’s Minds

by Brad Smith @ ✅ SaaS + ✌ B2B Content Creation ✍ Experts | Codeless

In 1995, Sheena Iyengar, a professor of business from Columbia University, conducted a study about jam. She set up a sample booth of Wilkin & Sons jams in a California gourmet market and switched from offering a selection of 24 jams to a group of 6 jams every few hours. Each customer tasted (on average) […]

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SEO For Photographers Made Simple | Get Found By The Right Clients

SEO For Photographers Made Simple | Get Found By The Right Clients


Prime Focus Lab

SEO for photographers can be a challenge, but there's no need to get overwhelmed or confused. Get found by more of the right clients with SEO made simple...

Top Rankings! How To Get To Number 1 On Google Using SEO

Top Rankings! How To Get To Number 1 On Google Using SEO


Hobo

Replacing something that’s genuine, aged and valuable with something similar but ultimately a poor copy of what is already available is not without its perils. SEO (search engine optimisation) was, and still can be, a bit like this and if you try to force Google’s hand where it is ranking sites organically, based on ‘merit’, …

Top Five Ways To Get Your Shop Seen on Etsy with SEO

Top Five Ways To Get Your Shop Seen on Etsy with SEO


Creative Hive

Richie Peplin, the co-founder of Marmalead, an Etsy SEO and market research tool, shares with us The Top Five Ways To Get Your Shop Seen On Etsy With SEO!

#33: How to Stop Comparing Yourself to Other Makers

#33: How to Stop Comparing Yourself to Other Makers

by Mei @ Creative Hive

Subscribe: iTunes | Android | Stitcher | RSS | More Thank you for listening! Thanks for hanging out with me today! If you have any thoughts, ideas or feedback, feel free to leave a comment below. If you enjoyed this episode, please share it using the social media buttons above and below this post. And […]

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The Secrets to Getting a Lot of Freelance Work

by David Attard @ WPMU DEV Blog

So you’re just getting started in freelance web design/development? One of the biggest fears freelancers face before they jump into doing this full-time is: will I be able to consistently get enough work to sustain myself and my family in the long term? It’s a valid concern. After all, nobody wants to quit a safe […]

Offline Mode: Works in Nowheresville

by Square @ Business Resource Center | Town Square

Building new tools and features means little until business owners like you find them useful. That’s why we’re excited to report that since the recent launch of Offline Mode sellers have accepted more than $2 million offline. That could have been two million dollars worth of lost sales due to loss of connectivity. With Offline Mode, businesses are making sales no matter what.

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How to raise your prices

by Mei @ Creative Hive

You need to raise your prices. Have only about a quadrillion people tell you this about your products? Or deep in your heart, you know you're not getting paid what you're worth. But you really love making your products. You could spend all day just making, creating and crafting in your workspace. Just because you love doing […]

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Creative businesses: should you raise your prices?

by Mei @ Creative Hive

Running your own business is hard work. Especially when you have no one to answer to, you're your own boss! The problem we have is not knowing the answers to the questions that live in your head. One of those questions that I get asked by my clients over and over again is a big juicy […]

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How to Optimize the Product Pages of Your Ecommerce Website

by Joydeep Bhattacharya @ Unamo Blog

Someone may perform a Google search for an item in your store, but unless that product’s page is optimized correctly, they may not be able to find it easily in the search results. So, unless you wish to miss out on potential visitors, you should make sure your product pages are optimized. The recommendations below […]

10 Things You Need to Do After You Publish Your Blog Post

by Mary Fernandez @ Smart Blogger

Can I ask you a question? What do you do after you hit the “Publish” button? If your blog isn’t getting any traction, you probably aren’t doing the right things. Let’s be real. You can’t just post to social media a few times and move on to the next post. That’s not going to cut(...)

8 Easy Tips for How to Teach Your Craft Online!

by Mei @ Creative Hive

Tutorials, videos, live streaming… these are all great ways to get yourself and your business out there. If you want to make something people will share, knowing your stuff isn't enough, you have to know how to teach. So is teaching some magic thing? Well, for some people it is, they instinctively know what to […]

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Marketing Day: E-commerce SEO mistakes, Facebook tests new ad format & interactive native content

by Amy Gesenhues @ Marketing Day – Marketing Land

Here's our recap of what happened in online marketing today, as reported on Marketing Land and other places across the web.

Dream Business Plan: The Five Numbers You Need To Get Intimate With

by Mei @ Creative Hive

You’ve got an Etsy shop, a website, you do craft shows or you do all three. You think you're doing okay. I mean, you’re making stuff and it’s selling! But how do you know if, when and how this can become your dream business? We'll be giving you a map that shows you how! It's like painting by […]

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License: GPLv2 or later License URI: https://www.gnu.org/licenses/gpl-2.0.html Add login form using [login] shortcode or using widget.

The Conversion Rate Conundrum: Common Mistakes and What to Do Instead

by Today's Industry Insider @ The Kissmetrics Marketing Blog

In real estate, the axiom is location, location, location. It’s first and foremost. The number one consideration. For your digital efforts – email, web pages, eCommerce platforms – an argument could be made for a few different ones: search engine optimization (SEO), the user experience (UX), conversion rate optimization (CRO), or perhaps something else entirely. […]

How to take perfect product photos on a white background

by Mei @ Creative Hive

Have you ever wondered how other people get such perfect shots of their products? The ones where the product appears to be floating off the page? With a seamless white background? Yeah, that one. You see these photos on top brands like Paper Source, Burt's Bees, ModCloth, Nordstrom and more. I'm going to show you how you […]

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Accounting 101: 4 Things You Probably Aren’t Deducting (But Totally Should Be)

by Mei @ Creative Hive

You're a small business owner, and sometimes as a creative you find it difficult to manage some of the more “business” aspects of your business. You think you've finally got a system down with some of these tedious tasks, ahem, like taxes, and then you hear about just one more thing you should be doing. […]

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Not Segmenting Your Audience? Big Mistake if You’re Chasing Conversions

by Today's Industry Insider @ The Kissmetrics Marketing Blog

You’ve done your best to find your target audience, but if you’re treating each of your leads the same way, you’re basically throwing conversions out the window. Even though your audience shares an interest in your brand, they’re not all at the same stage of getting to know you. So speaking to them as if […]

Three surefire hacks for success with your SEO formula

Three surefire hacks for success with your SEO formula


NBC News

Learn how to master on-page and off-page SEO with these tips.

Revolution and evolution: The power of WordPress and WooCommerce

by Kat @ WooCommerce

Imagine you live in a major city but WordPress is virtually unknown. Websites with presence are run by the government, there’s no WordCamp or meetup or startup culture, and people think you make keyboards when you say you’re a computer engineer. Now imagine that same city five years later. A multitude of diversified voices can […]

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Why La Colombe Chose Square to Help Fuel Its 100+ Location Expansion

by Square @ Business Resource Center | Town Square

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Todd Carmichael has lived and breathed coffee for 32 years. He’s the founder of La Colombe, a coffee shop with 12 locations across Philadelphia, New York, Chicago, and D.C, and the host of the Travel Channel series Dangerous Grounds. Fueled by Carmichael’s passion to push the U.S. coffee scene forward, La Colombe sits at the forefront of the ethical trade movement and regularly dabbles in new terrain like brewing the first-ever latte on tap. And it’s all paid off. The company is rapidly expanding, with plans to open 100+ locations across the country over the next few years.

But until recently, there was a problem — La Colombe’s old-school point-of-sale system. Slow, clunky, and confusing, the system didn’t move at the speed necessary to support the company’s growth. What’s more, it was big and ugly — a jarring contrast with La Colombe’s sleek design aesthetic, creating what Carmichael calls a “barrier” between his employees and the customer. So they ripped it all out and replaced everything with Square.

La Colombe is now a Square power-user, using Employee Management to streamline operations and manage employees across all its locations. And as La Colombe expands to 100+ locations, Square will be there to support it with our ever-growing suite of sophisticated tools for larger businesses.

As we were helping La Colombe make the switch to Square (we have to admit, it was satisfying to rip everything out), we caught a few minutes with Carmichael. Below is our interview, where we talk coffee, design, and why Carmichael chose Square.

Interview Excerpts:

How did you decide it was time to expand?

I’ve come to the idea that America deserves better coffee. And I believe that we are the people to deliver on that promise. But I can’t deliver on that promise alone — I need partners. I need people who understand. We couldn’t have done that type of expansion without tools like Square. It’s impossible. Without you guys I probably wouldn’t succeed.

Why did you make the switch to Square?

You can’t make beautiful coffee over the Berlin Wall. In so many ways the old-school register was that. I’m going over these huge barriers — and that’s not what it’s about. You and I right now are talking without anything between us. That’s what Square offers to me.

Customer experience seems to be at the top of your priority list

What counts is making transactions quickly. Let’s get that part done and go to the part that counts — the interaction between us. I’m not just seeing the top of your head over a huge register. Architecture and design matters. It tells a story about who we are, which is about interaction with our customers. Square is beautiful, small, and quick.

Why is design so important?

I felt like my old register system were these anchors at the end of chains — and I’m floating on this beautiful ship. You guys have come along and you’ve changed that, you’ve caught up with me.

What does the switch to Square mean for your business?

First off, I know how to actually operate Square. I want mobile people and I want people out front. I’d like you to come into my café and have a great experience. Square makes my cafés a happier experience. It’s a fact.

Learn how to put Employee Management to work for your business. Get started with a 30-day trial.

10 Tried and True Tactics for Getting Your First Coaching Client

by Sonia Thompson @ Smart Blogger

You’ve seen their posts on social media… Bloggers boasting about their multiple six-figure coaching businesses, telling you how much they love their work, their clients, and their lives. They tell the tales of their premium coaching packages and the waiting list of clients eager to whip out their credit card. It seems like an awesome(...)

How to respond to “I could make that” in your handmade business

by Mei @ Creative Hive

You're busting your butt doing a craft show on a hot and humid Saturday. Your booth catches the eyes of two women and they walk over. They look interested! They flip your product over and look for a price tag. Oh uh, sticker shock. They don't quite notice you standing there in your booth. One of […]

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How Cori O’steen Donated to Charity and Grew Her Online Business to $10M/Year

by Victor Levitin @ eBay Sellers Journey to $100,000 a Month

This July, I had the opportunity to share our eBay journey with other sellers while lecturing at the eBay Open event in Las Vegas. eBay invited two sellers – Cori O’Steen and myself, to share our insights with other sellers to help them grow their businesses. While my lectures focused on how Max and I optimized our listings to constantly increase sales, Cori shared how she used charity and personality to get a competitive edge....

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15 Awesome Tools for SEO Competitor Analysis

15 Awesome Tools for SEO Competitor Analysis


The Mention Blog

To outrank your competitors, you need to know their strategy. These 15 tools will help you get started with SEO competitor analysis.

E-commerce Marketing Plan

by eaganheath@gmail.com @ Get Found Madison

It’s not enough to throw up an ecommerce store on a platform like Shopify or WooCommerce and wait for customers and their dollars to roll in. You need to think through how people will get from where they are on their computer to your site so they can even consider buying your products. Here are our top suggestions for […]

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How to Grow Your Business Through Online Search

by eaganheath@gmail.com @ Get Found Madison

Huge thanks to Wegner CPAs for hosting us at their Wake Up With Wegner event at the Sheraton on John Nolan Drive. We spoke on “How to Measurably Grow Your Business Through Online Search,” touching on pro tips, strategy and tactics for SEO, Google AdWords campaigns and Google Analytics set up and tracking. Here’s a […]

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Five promotions to use for your shop that make you sales

by Mei @ Creative Hive

How do you make more sales in your ecommerce site? Have you ever tried using coupon codes or other promotional strategies within your website to increase sales? They can work really well if you use them right or send them to the right people! In order for a promotion to work well, you need two […]

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Celebrating Local Business Growth With Square Capital

by Square @ Business Resource Center | Town Square

To start your own business, you need a combination of hard work, creativity, and guts. You probably also need some money.

We’ve extended nearly $50 million to more than 10,000 independent businesses through Square Capital, our financing program. With a new investment from Victory Park Capital, we’re now able to support even more sellers.

To celebrate the businesses that are growing with Square Capital, we’ll be sharing their success stories over the coming months. We’re starting with jux·ta·pose, a women’s fashion and accessories store in Tampa and one of the first recipients of Square Capital.

jux·ta·pose is the brainchild of sisters Lindsay and Kallie Wesley. They were killing it at their Hyde Park Village location and started to set sights on opening a second store.

They applied for a small business loan and were denied. Among other reasons, the bank told them that they didn’t have enough credit history to qualify (both sisters are in their mid-20s).

Square saw a different story. With a deeper understanding of jux·ta·pose’s sales history and growth numbers, we recognized their potential and extended them capital. “Square believed in us when no one else did,” says Kallie Wesley.

Come this fall, we’re pleased to report that jux·ta·pose will be opening a second store in St. Petersburg, Florida—thanks in part to the capital they received from Square. They used the money to build out the new location, hire a store manager, and add more merchandise.

Now, they’re focusing on what what they consider to be the ethos of their business—offering merchandise from local designers. “These types of pieces are a bit more expensive but we always want to support local, local, local,” says Kallie Wesley.

So congrats to jux-tapose. If you ever find yourself in Tampa, be sure to pop in. Their stuff is beautiful.

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How To Improve Word of Mouth Marketing + Branding

by Mei @ Creative Hive

I started my business in 2006; I was clueless about marketing and branding my business. Do you feel that way too? As creative business owners, we grow organically. In time, we learn and understand ourselves and our why with being in the market. You don't always “get” it from the get-go and that's okay! That's why […]

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Websites You Don’t Want Backlinks From

by markedseo @ SEO Mark

You need other websites to link to your site to improve your ranking in Google, however, getting backlinks from some types of websites can do more harm to your site than good. Therefore, it’s important to know what types of sites you don’t want to link to your site. There are […]

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Common mistakes you’re making in your about page

by Mei @ Creative Hive

In the private Facebook group, Creative Marketing That Works (you should join! Here's how), writing your about page is something that comes up often. Your about page on your site is one of the most important pages there is. The pressure is on to make sure your about page is the best it can be. It can […]

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3 easy ways – How to be more productive and get more done in your life and business

by Mei @ Creative Hive

Do you want to do more with your time? Imagine how much more you could do for yourself, your family and your business if you could make these simple “mind hacks” to increase your productivity. You needed to launch your business yesterday. You needed to run your giveaway last week. You needed to write that […]

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Backlink Tips & Advice

by markedseo @ SEO Mark

Backlinks are links on one website that, when clicked, take the user to another site. For example: this is a link, click here, Example, example.com, http://www.example.com. Backlinks can be in the form of an image as well as text. If a link is an image, the anchor link text is the […]

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The Challenges and Triumphs of Starting a Business

by Square @ Business Resource Center | Town Square


We’re thrilled that Square seller Liz Fiedler, owner of Loving Cup in San Francisco, is featured in USA Today as part of their Small Business Saturday section. Below is her interview with our CEO, Jack Dorsey, where they discuss the challenges and triumphs of running a small business.

JD: What was the biggest barrier to starting a business?

LF:
I had no idea what I was doing! I learned as I went, working every shift, every day. My biggest hurdle was bookkeeping.

JD: How did you learn?

LF: Trial and error. I learned from my mistakes and really listened to customer suggestions. Some of our best-selling items were created by employees and customers.

JD: Has the government been supportive and what could they do to help?

LF: I’d love to see lower taxes, especially for small businesses that are just getting started. They seem to give tax breaks to big corporations that have the money to pay more taxes. I don’t know if that’s necessarily fair. Small businesses do a lot for the city, like maintain the sidewalks outside our stores. It would be nice to get something back.

JD: How do you consider your role in the community?
**LF: ** I want to make a product that is good for my customers and the environment. My business is primarily to-go, so I thought a lot about waste. That’s why everything here is compostable.

JD: That’s very cool and real leadership. What advice would you give someone starting a business?

LF: Stick with it. It’s incredibly hard work. You have to do everything, like learn how to replace circuit breakers. Eventually you hit your stride and it’s all worth it.

Online Marketing Strategies to Make Your Business Shine in 2017 | Part 7

by Get The Clicks @ Get the Clicks

(Video Transcription. See video below.) Stephan: First in the areas of the circles you’ve identified on the worksheet. Meaning on this particular worksheet what I am going to tell you to do, whatever is highest. So, let’s say this first row is word count, whoever the competitor is that has the highest amount of word…

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Webinar: Smart Strategies to Streamline Your Business with Square and QuickBooks

by Square @ Business Resource Center | Town Square

Tuesday, January 26th

10:00 am PT | 10:45 pm ET

45 minutes + Q&A

Having a best-in-class, integrated platform on which to run and grow a business isn’t just for the big guys. With a little know-how and some smart strategies, connecting the industry’s top tools into one seamless system is simple and will benefit your small business.

Join us in this free webinar to learn how you can leverage the power of Square’s payments with QuickBooks’ robust accounting solution to streamline your business. We’ll show you how to easily connect Square and QuickBooks using the free Sync with Square app. Plus, we’ll walk you through the hottest new features from Square and QuickBooks and share insider tips on how to get the most out of them.

In this power session:

  • Learn how to easily integrate Square, QuickBooks, and other top business tools

  • Get expert tips to help you track sales and expenses, pay employees, and more

  • See a behind-the-scenes look at Square and QuickBooks newest features

Register today!

Tune In: Jack Dorsey and SBA Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet Talk Payments Security

by Square @ Business Resource Center | Town Square

We’ve been keeping you in the know about all the upcoming changes to payments technology on this blog. And now we’re taking that knowledge on the road. We’re excited to announce that we’ve partnered with the Small Business Administration (SBA) to host a series of educational talks about all the new, more secure payment technologies. Specifically, we’ll be focusing on authenticated payments like NFC (think: Apple Pay, Android Pay, etc) and EMV.

Tomorrow, we’re kicking things off in Miami with an event featuring Square CEO Jack Dorsey and SBA Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet. They’re hosting a discussion about why all of these changes are so crucial for small businesses. The event is sold out, but you can still tune in live via our Periscope stream. (If this will be your first time using Periscope, you can download the app here).

The event starts at 10 a.m. ET. Follow us on Twitter to be alerted when we’re live.

Here’s what they’ll be covering:

  • What EMV chip card technology is and why it’s more secure than the technology in magnetic stripe cards
  • What the transition to EMV chip card technology means for small business, including new fraud liability rules that take effect October 1, 2015
  • How to prepare for the transition not only to EMV technology but also to other secure, authenticated payment methods like NFC/contactless (i.e. Apple Pay, Android Pay, etc)

For those who can’t watch the Periscope broadcast, we’ll be posting a recording of the talk on this blog in the next few days. And to find out when Square and the SBA will be coming to a city near you to discuss secure payments, be sure to follow us on Twitter.

How I built my six figure handmade business (and how you can make more sales too)

by Mei @ Creative Hive

Are you finding it hard to make sales in your handmade business? Some days you feel like you're not sure what you're doing. What's the magic key, the secret that other businesses that have “made it” aren't telling you? I want to peel back and show you the exact strategy I've used to take my business to consistent five […]

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Why Instagram Feature Accounts Don’t Work + What To Do Instead

by Mei @ Creative Hive

Who loves Instagram? Raise hand. Instagram is the social media platform of choice for many makers, artists and designers running a small business. It's a great place to have meaningful, one on one relationships with your customers. And most importantly, it's proven to bring you sales. I mean, that's why you keep posting on Instagram, right? […]

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#1: Welcome To The Business Buzz Podcast!

#1: Welcome To The Business Buzz Podcast!

by Mei @ Creative Hive

Six months ago, my assistant, Brittany Dunlap sent me this text: “I'm on my way back to Ohio for a few days and thought of a podcast idea for you!” It's taken this project a lot of time to put together, but I'm excited to finally launch The Business Buzz Podcast today. I share more about […]

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What to do when people complain that your prices are too high

by Mei @ Creative Hive

Did you just get yet another angry email from someone complaining that your prices are too high? Or you just got back from a craft show where you overheard passersby commenting about your high prices. You're hurt, disappointed, confused and upset. But you're not alone. Here's a screenshot of an email I got from someone […]

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How to Diamond Paint

How to Diamond Paint

by @ How to of the Day

Diamond painting is similar to painting by number, except that instead of using paint, you are using tiny, flat-backed rhinestones, crystals, or diamonds. You can purchase diamond painting kits online and in some well-stocked arts and crafts stores. The process can look intimidating, but it is actually quite simple. Once you know what to do, you can find the project both relaxing and rewarding.

Top Five Ways To Get Your Shop Seen on Etsy with SEO

by Mei @ Creative Hive

When customers are looking for your products, can they find your shop? Are you getting found quickly in Etsy search results? Search Engine Optimization (SEO) can be a confusing topic to maneuver, but it's so important to get straight for making Etsy sales. Richie Peplin, the co-founder of Marmalead, an Etsy SEO and market research tool, shares […]

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Search Engine Optimization - SEO | ThriveHive

Search Engine Optimization - SEO | ThriveHive


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Improve your website’s organic search ranking today with Propel Marketing Search Engine Optimization. Generate traffic and leads for your business!

GoatCloud Podcast Episode 11: Free SEO Tools Part 1

GoatCloud Podcast Episode 11: Free SEO Tools Part 1

by @ GoatCloud Internet Marketing and SEO Podcast

We discuss free tools you can use to review your SEO practices. Is your website optimized for visitors and search? Use these tools to find out.

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GoatCloud Podcast: Interview with Dan Alcorn

GoatCloud Podcast: Interview with Dan Alcorn

by @ GoatCloud Internet Marketing and SEO Podcast

We sat with Capital Region businessman Daniel Alcorn to talk about how he makes use of hardware, software, social media and cloud services to get the job done.

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How to Comfort Someone Who Is Crying

How to Comfort Someone Who Is Crying

by @ How to of the Day

You may want to help someone who’s crying but not know where to start. The most important part is to show that you care. Extend any help that you can and support their needs. Ask a few questions to make sure they feel safe or assess if they need anything. Overall, be generous with your time and allow them to talk about what’s on their mind.

40 Ways To Get More SEO Clients. FATJOE

40 Ways To Get More SEO Clients. FATJOE


FATJOE

Are you looking for new SEO clients? Here are 40 ways to win more SEO clients and be an awesome SEO Agency.

5 Popular SEO Practices Which Don’t Work Today

by Christopher Flores @ Monitor Backlinks Blog

The SEO world is extremely competitive, which, in turn, leads to competing ideologies and best practices. If you are new to SEO, it wouldn’t take you very long to get confused about which techniques actually work, and which ones don’t. In the recent months, we have seen a whole host of updates from Google. Hence, ...

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103 Experts Explain How to Learn SEO (If They Had to Start Over)

by Nathan Gotch @ Gotch SEO

Wondering how to learn SEO? Keep reading because 103 legit (and vetted) SEO experts are going to show you how to get started. But before you jump in, I want you to know one thing: This isn’t like other “expert” roundups. Since expert roundups have become an over-saturated content marketing tactic, my team and I […]

Amazon SEO: How to Rank Products on Page 1 of Amazon Search

Amazon SEO: How to Rank Products on Page 1 of Amazon Search


The BigCommerce Blog

44% of product searches begin on Amazon. Here's how to optimize your Amazon SEO to land on page 1 and increase your sales in 2017.

Search is live on Credo!

by John Doherty @ Credo

Over the last couple of years I’ve learned a valuable lesson in building a product – the time is never right but eventually you’ll find...

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Real Estate SEO: 7 Ways to Earn Traffic & Leads

Real Estate SEO: 7 Ways to Earn Traffic & Leads


Bruce Clay, Inc. Blog

Real estate SEO is critical; 89% of home buyers are using the internet to search for a home. Get 7 tips to capture real estate-related traffic.

Obama's Plan to Fight Credit Card Fraud

by Square @ Business Resource Center | Town Square

We’ve been talking a lot recently about EMV — a more secure payment technology that’s coming soon to the U.S. EMV or chip cards (already the standard around the world) are embedded with a tiny microchip, which is way harder for fraudsters to clone than the magnetic-stripe cards we currently carry. (Here’s an in-depth look at why they’re safer.)

This morning at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, President Obama signed an executive order that requires all government-issued credit cards and readers to come equipped with EMV technology starting next year. And in response to recent high-profile security breaches, large retailers like Home Depot, Walgreens, Target, and Walmart are moving fast as well, pledging to adopt EMV by early next year.


We’ve got independent, local businesses covered with the same protections. In the coming months, we’ll offer affordable Square Stands and Readers that can process EMV cards. You can sign up here to be notified when they’re ready.

And for a primer on how exactly EMV technology works, watch our video.

How To Use Link Bait To Attract New Leads

by Jonathon Ohayon @ Monitor Backlinks Blog

Link bait is content you have on your site that naturally attracts inbound links. Key word: NATURALLY. Everyone knows the importance of links for organic rankings. And everyone knows that BUILDING links can land you with a whopping penalty. So what’s left? Link Bait. Google’s own Matt Cutts thinks of link bait as “something interesting ...

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5 Practical Tips On Balancing Business And Motherhood

by Mei @ Creative Hive

Are you a mom and feel like you can never get any work done for your business? Do you often feel guilty when you spend extra time on your business instead of with your children? How can you let these precious moments with your children go on the back burner occasionally so you have make your […]

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Here is Why! My SEO is Not Working

by Afraz @ BlogRex

I am doing everything as per my knowledge of SEO but still stuck somewhere far from the success i heard about. And at this point, i am usually worried where exactly the fault is….! Why my SEO is not working the way it should be?  Well…! if you are a horse from the same race, […]

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YouTube SEO for Beginners: How to Get More Video Views

YouTube SEO for Beginners: How to Get More Video Views


WireBuzz

Admit it…You want your YouTube videos to get a lot of views. And while video views aren’t always the best metric for evaluating your video’s success, they are an essential ingredient.Views are all about exposure. As you get more video views, you should also generate more leads. So how can you get more video views and leads from YouTube? Find out This Week In Video Marketing!Read More

SEO Tools: The Complete SEO Tools List (2017 Update)

by Ali Haider @ BlogRex

If you want the Best SEO Tools List at one place then you’ll surely love this Article. I collected and made 200+ Best SEO Tools (Paid+Free) list. SEO Tools List 1. Anchor Text Over Optimization Tool This tool is used to identify your anchor text diversity and highlight those areas where you are at risk […]

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SEO Services: Grow Your Website Traffic and Get More Customers

SEO Services: Grow Your Website Traffic and Get More Customers


Yokel Local

Are you ready to increase your organic search traffic and generate new leads daily? Our SEO services can help. Get started with our free SEO analysis.

Spot Any Familiar Faces in our New Ads?

by Square @ Business Resource Center | Town Square

Catch our national TV ads last night? If you’re from Minneapolis or Phoenix, you may have recognized some familiar local faces.

We had a ball filming these ads and getting to know the sellers featured — they’re the true stars of these spots. And we’re glad they had as much fun as we did. “The shoot was really fun for our staff and customers,” says Kelly Sharp, owner of The Barber Sharp in Minneapolis. “We’re so excited to see it on TV.” We second that excitement, and we couldn’t be more thrilled to highlight these thriving local businesses for the whole country.

Spot anyone from your neighborhood? Here’s who’s featured:

Minneapolis
Phoenix

We hope you enjoy the ads — and thanks to these Square sellers for letting us into their world. You rock. And you inspire us every day.

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What WooCommerce developers can expect at WooConf 2017

by Patrick @ WooCommerce

Conferences have a few important features, two of them being content and people. Yes, a great venue, beautiful city, and awesome swag all add to it, but at the end of the day it needs to count to invest time and money in going somewhere. We get this. Excellence has consistently been top priority at […]

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Increasing your site’s visibility to search engines

Increasing your site’s visibility to search engines


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This guide shows you how to use Squarespace's SEO-targeting features and other tools to increase your site's visibility to search engines.Note: Before you begin, please note that SEO strategy fal...

How to Look Good when Traveling

How to Look Good when Traveling

by @ How to of the Day

Whenever you travel on an airplane or sit through a long car, bus, or train ride, it's easy to end up looking tired and messy. Jet lag, exhaustion, and being cramped into a small seating area can contribute to a rumpled look. However, you can be comfortable yet still stylish by choosing wrinkle-free fabrics, wearing layers, and keeping your skin moisturized. Choose simple but chic makeup and hair for traveling to look your best when you arrive. Take advantage of down time on the plane or in the car to catch up on your rest. Don’t forget to freshen up before arriving at your destination.

Hot Indian: A Food Truck That Doubles as a 'Mobile Innovation Lab'

by Square @ Business Resource Center | Town Square

When Amol Dixit set out to bring contemporary Indian food to the masses of Minneapolis, he knew accepting credit cards would be critical to make sales and keep the line moving. He chose Square for its reliability and the “wow moment” with customers.

Square quickly became more than a way for Amol to get paid. With so many food trucks in the Twin Cities, Amol treats the Hot Indian truck as a mobile innovation lab—and Square’s free sales reports help him make informed decisions on when and how to change up his menu.

Watch his story:


Learn more on how to open a restaurant and the key ingredients to restaurant performance.

Streamline Scheduling with Square Appointments [Video]

by Square @ Business Resource Center | Town Square

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Endless rounds of phone tag. No-shows. A calendar covered in erase marks. These are the headaches of scheduling appointments. And they’re not small pain points. You can lose sales when people don’t show up, waste time on the phone, and even miss out on new customers who don’t feel like calling to book.

To help service businesses spend less time scheduling and more time with clients, we’re excited to announce Square Appointments. The tool is an easy way for your customers to book their own appointments and reschedule existing ones without your help. And to help reduce no-shows, Square Appointments automatically sends text and email reminders to your customers. You can determine how far in advance you want to send them out.

We worked alongside entrepreneurs—from math tutors to salon owners—to pilot Square Appointments. They saw an immediate positive impact on their businesses. Some stats: Out of 200 business owners surveyed, 144 sellers said the system helped generate additional revenue, 124 sellers saved more than 30 minutes per day, and 108 sellers said that now they get 10 percent more appointments per week.

You can test-drive Square Appointments with a 30-day free trial. After that, it’s $30 a month for individual sellers, $50 if you have two to five employees, and $90 for unlimited staff. Square Appointments is available to businesses of every size, even those not using Square Point of Sale.

Square Appointments is rated one of the most popular, user-friendly, and affordable software products for salons by Capterra. Try Square Appointments and see for yourself.

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Online Marketing Strategies to Make Your Business Shine in 2017 | Part 6

by Get The Clicks @ Get the Clicks

(Video Transcription. See video below.) Stephan: Contact Google. We had to do disavows, we had to do all sorts of– Erica actually over there in the blue shirt she has been through this. We literally have to compile lists of these crappy links and submit them to Google and say, “No no no. That was…

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#4: Finding Confidence To Run Your Business And Sell Your Products

#4: Finding Confidence To Run Your Business And Sell Your Products

by Mei @ Creative Hive

Subscribe: iTunes | Android | Stitcher | RSS | More Thank you for listening! Thanks for hanging out with me today! If you have any thoughts, ideas or feedback, feel free to leave a comment below. If you enjoyed this episode, please share it using the social media buttons above and below this post. And […]

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Bloomberg Businessweek: The Future of AI Depends on a Huge Workforce of Human Teachers

by humangrid @ clickworker.com

VCs are investing heavily in startups that tap people to make artificial intelligence better at speaking, seeing, and driving. more

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3 Old-School, Data-Driven Marketing Mistakes to Avoid

by Christian Brink @ AddThis Academy

With so many decisions to make regarding data, it’s easy to keep making old-school mistakes. Check out these three data-driven marketing mistakes and how to avoid them.

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20 Reasons Why You Should Steal B2B Copywriting Ideas

by Brad Smith @ ✅ SaaS + ✌ B2B Content Creation ✍ Experts | Codeless

Palm Springs is a desert resort town located 111 miles east of Los Angeles. It grew to fame as Hollywood’s elite flocked in the mid 1900s, and has been a popular tourist destination ever since — pulling in a million and half visitors each year. And I’ve been vacationing there for as long as I […]

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Anchor Text Guide for 2017

by Nathan Gotch @ Gotch SEO

This is Premium Content from Gotch SEO Academy. Enjoy! What is anchor text and how do you use it? Don’t worry! This guide will show you how to use anchor text so that you can maximize your SEO results. Let’s jump right in: Table of Contents What is Anchor Text? Anchor Text Before Penguin 10 […]

Link Building: The Most Important Part of SEO

by Eagan Heath @ Get Found Madison

We started ranking in the top 3 organic results on Google for “seo madison” after launching our website last July, and we believe links played a deciding role in this ranking.   The paid SEO tool Ahrefs shows we’ve earned at least 184 backlinks. That number of links would probably be overkill for most local businesses, but […]

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LinkedIn SEO: How to Get your Profile Ranking - Ignite Visibility

LinkedIn SEO: How to Get your Profile Ranking - Ignite Visibility


Ignite Visibility

One of the best ways to make your LinkedIn profile stand out from the crowd is by applying some search engine optimization (SEO) tactics to it.

Announcing the Credo SEO Calculator

by John Doherty @ Credo

Today I want to show you a new tool that we published recently onsite: the SEO calculator. I’m excited about this tool because it works towards...

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How to Build a Lead Magnet Into Your Product to Fuel Growth

by Today's Industry Insider @ The Kissmetrics Marketing Blog

If you’re looking for new ways to prospect new business for your product or service, a lead magnet could be a valuable investment. A lead magnet is essentially a gateway drug or a bribe to coax your target audience into your marketing or sales funnel. You ‘bribe’ a prospect with a specific piece of value […]

30 BuzzFeed Headline Tips You Need to See to Believe

by Brad Smith @ ✅ SaaS + ✌ B2B Content Creation ✍ Experts | Codeless

BuzzFeed is a joke. Ridiculed far and wide. But the savviest copywriters know that’s far from the truth. They know BuzzFeed writers are alchemists. Able to make something out of nothing. They possess an exceptional ability to use mystery, shock, intrigue and humor to get you to click… even when you know exactly what’s in […]

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How Push Notifications Can Increase User Engagement (With Examples)

by Sherice Jacob @ The Kissmetrics Marketing Blog

It’s hard to imagine going anywhere without your mobile device these days. From kids tethered to their phones, to grandmas Facetiming with their grandkids, our smartphones have become as much a part of our lives as our opposing thumbs. But just how do companies get those opposing thumbs tapping when you’re not in store, checking […]

How to Welcome the New Kid at School

How to Welcome the New Kid at School

by @ How to of the Day

Coming into a new school can be very difficult for anyone. You’re in a new environment with people you don’t know instead of your old friends. If you want to help a new kid feel welcome, making a good first impression is crucial. From there, you’ll want to help them get a handle on their new school and integrate themselves fully.

No B.S. SEO Tutorial: 10 Shortcuts to Understand What's Going On

No B.S. SEO Tutorial: 10 Shortcuts to Understand What's Going On


✅ SaaS + ✌ B2B Content Creation ✍ Experts | Codeless

Search-driven marketing isn’t dead. In fact, it’s thriving. Here's a no B.S. SEO tutorial, along with 10 shortcuts to understand what the hell is going on.

The ultimate guide: how to pitch magazines and blogs

by Mei @ Creative Hive

Do you ever wonder how magazines and blogs find all of the products that they feature in their articles? Some of them come from the research efforts of the writers and bloggers. But a lot of those ideas come from business owners pitching their products. You, too, can pitch the media and see your products […]

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Organic SEO Tips Learn what to do to gain better organic ranking

Organic SEO Tips Learn what to do to gain better organic ranking


San Antonio Web Design - WordPress Responsive Websites

Read our Organic SEO Tips to find out how to gain better organic ranking on google. These SEO Tips will help you dominate the search results

8 Steps to Starting a Kickass WordPress Business

by Brenda Barron @ WPMU DEV Blog

If you’re reading this, then you’ve already decided to make the leap into the wonderful world of WordPress web development and design. While I’d love to take this time to celebrate and welcome you to what’s bound to be an exciting adventure, I think we should jump right into talking business. Shall we? Starting a […]

Set Up Your Menu Or Inventory In Square Point of Sale

by Square @ Business Resource Center | Town Square

Add something new to your list of things that are totally worth the effort: Creating an item library in Square Point of Sale. If you’ve been putting this task off, here are five reasons you shouldn’t wait any longer. And even better, we have a new way to get even the largest item libraries set up:

1. Speed through your line

When you input your menu or inventory into Square Point of Sale, you’ll ring up sales faster and avoid errors.

2. Give your customers better receipts

Automatic itemized receipts help your customers with expenses, taxes, or budget tracking.

3. See what’s selling

Selling by item allows you to look at your sales by product and by product category.

4. Never run out

Choose to track inventory levels on any item you sell and get alerts when stock is low.

5. Manage just one library

Your Square item library integrates across Square Point of Sale and Square Market.

Lots of items to set up?

With our new Bulk Item Import tool, you can set up or modify many items at once. Check it out.

Google Penalties & The Causes Of Them

by markedseo @ SEO Mark

Google may penalise your website for one of two reasons – using manipulative methods to increase your site’s rankings or providing a poor experience to people who visit your site. Manipulative methods fall into one of two categories – on-site or off-site. On-site refers to methods used within the technical […]

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7 powerful SEO & management tools to make your social media efforts more effective

7 powerful SEO & management tools to make your social media efforts more effective


Marketing Land

Looking to give your social media efforts a boost? Columnist Jordan Kasteler shares info about his favorite SEO and management tools so you can add them to your arsenal.

SearchCap: Amp links at large, Google AdWords demographic targeting & more

by Amy Gesenhues @ SearchCap: Daily Search Engine News Recap

Below is what happened in search today, as reported on Search Engine Land and from other places across the web.

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Payments 101: How to Get Set Up and Manage Payments [WEBINAR]

by Square @ Business Resource Center | Town Square

There’s a lot to think about when you start a business — naming, choosing a location (or if you’re online, building a site), determining a business structure, obtaining licenses, registering for taxes. And there’s even more to think about once you’re running it — inventory, payroll, marketing, etc.

But the most important thing to get in order when you run a business is payments. After all, even if you started a business to fulfill a passion, you still want to get paid.

So put this at the top of your list: You need to determine what kind of payments you are going to accept, how you accept those payments, and how you manage those payments.

If it sounds like a lot, don’t worry, we have you covered.

Dave Talach, Square’s head of payment products, recently joined Mark Vega, program manager at BusinessBlocks, for a discussion that covers everything you need to know about payments, including how to get started with a payment system that will grow with your business.

Writing Product and Service Descriptions: Features vs Benefits

by ThriveHive @ ThriveHive

Having a great product or service is step one. After that, you have to find a way to poetically string together groups of words to not […]

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How To Use Your Website Analytics: SEO, CRO & Remarketing

by Eagan Heath @ Get Found Madison

Thanks a million to Social Media Breakfast Madison for hosting us yesterday to speak about “How Should I Be Using Analytics?” If you need a re-cap or if you missed it, you can check out the video below. If you’re looking for the slides, you can find them here. Please share this blog post with […]

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5 Things You Need To Know About Etsy Teams

by Mei @ Creative Hive

If you're a handmade business owner with a shop on Etsy, you could be worried that your shop is stuck in a rut. You've read blog posts, articles on Pinterest, but your sales are not coming in. How do you find the support need?? You’ve started an Etsy shop. You’ve perfected your SEO. Now you’re at a dead end. […]

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How to get 10,000 Instagram followers in less than 9 months

by Mei @ Creative Hive

Are you using Instagram to promote your Etsy shop? If so, you're probably wondering how to get more out of it. The more followers you have, the more people you can reach and the more people are seeing your products. I'm not talking about buying fake followers that have zero interest in what you have […]

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Pricing Handmade Items Guide

by Mei @ Creative Hive

Pricing handmade has been a discussion among artisans for the longest time. It's also what makes or breaks your business. Here's what I mean: When your prices are too low… You won't make enough money to stay in business. You risk running a loss because you don't have enough money to pay for your marketing. […]

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3 Things You Need To Do To Close New Clients

by John Doherty @ Credo

Do you want to close more of the leads coming to you into new clients and therefore more revenue? If so, you have to follow...

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Selling on Soldsie Review: How to make sales directly on social media

by Mei @ Creative Hive

Do you ever wonder why you're constantly publishing content on social media? What's it all for, what's the bigger picture? As a small business, your top goal is to make sales. Social media can help you improve your bottom line and let me show you how! I use a tool called Soldsie and it has been […]

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Don’t make this mistake when giving away free stuff

by Mei @ Creative Hive

Do you give out free stuff in your creative business? It could be your incentive to sign up to your mailing list, like a free PDF or an ebook. It could be a free gift with every order or a giveaway prize. When you give out free versions of your product, there's the assumption that […]

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SEO for Beginners: How to Optimize Your Content for Search

SEO for Beginners: How to Optimize Your Content for Search


AddThis Academy

Get our SEO tips for beginners and learn how to increase traffic to your website by optimizing your content for search.

This Week’s Must-Read Small Business Articles

by Square @ Business Resource Center | Town Square

Friday: We made it. Sit back, put your feet up, and take a minute out of your day to catch up on our must-read news and small business stories. We’ll be here at the end of each week with a roundup of things you may have missed. Here are some articles we found to finish out July.

We never expected to take career lessons from Weird Al Yankovic. Turns out he’s a pretty savvy businessman.

Would you hire these famous people based on their former job applications? Lessons learned from Leonardo da Vinci and Madonna.

On that note, Madonna’s handwritten resume may not have been the only thing that didn’t get her a second-round interview. Here are 10 other ways to blow a first impression.

Our morning routine involves coffee, coffee, and more coffee. How do you get going each day? Here are some tips for starting your day off on the right foot. One thing you might add to your morning routine is doodling during that 9 a.m. staff meeting. New research shows that doodling can help you stay focused, grasp new concepts, and retain information.

Finally, there’s been a lot of chatter this week around planning for retirement. Both the Wall Street Journal and The New York Times report on why you should start thinking about your 401(k) sooner rather than later. There are lots of services out there making it easier for small businesses to get a jump on saving for the future.

On-Page vs Off-Page SEO

by ThriveHive @ ThriveHive

Advancements in search engine capabilities, as well as their widespread use among consumers, have shifted marketing priorities of businesses big and small today. It’s no longer […]

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What Makes A Website A High Quality Website?

by markedseo @ SEO Mark

In short, a high quality website is one that provides relevant, useful content and a good user experience, however, there are many individual factors that need to be considered beyond that summarisation. Spending a lot of money on a site is no guarantee of it being classed as a high […]

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WooCommerce in Botswana: An interview with Ziigie.com

by Job Thomas @ WooCommerce

WooCommerce is used by store owners from all over the world – store owners such as Tshegofatso Tlhong. Tshego is a young woman from Botswana with a strong entrepreneurial spirit, and is also the managing director and founder of Ziigie.com. We sat down with Tshego to find out more about how WooCommerce is helping her […]

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What Should a Local Business Blog About?

by Ben Ratkey @ Get Found Madison

Your local business should have a blog; it demonstrates expertise, builds trust with potential customers, and helps you rank higher on search engines. Maybe you added a “Blog” section to your WordPress site, but there’s nothing living there except the default “Hello World” post. Maybe you started out writing a post every week, but it’s […]

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The Top Spot Guaranteed – Placement as a Featured Snippet on Google

by Thomas @ clickworker.com

Is the Featured Snippet the Holy Grail of search engine optimization? After all it earns a website placement above the first organic hit. So for that reason, we’re going to take a closer look at the Featured Snippet today. What is it exactly? How does it work? And how can you also find this Holy […]

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How to make your own logo for under $5

by Mei @ Creative Hive

Are you starting a new business? Or maybe you're considering a rebranding. You'll probably want a new logo made but you're worried it's going to cost a lot of money. I'll show you how you can design your own logo and save thousands of dollars! It's really easy and you don't need any skill and […]

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3 amazing things you can do with WooCommerce Bookings

by Nicole Kohler @ WooCommerce

WooCommerce Bookings isn't just for making appointments. Find out how you can use it to sell your time, rent products, and more.

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10 Tips to Make Your PDFs SEO Friendly

10 Tips to Make Your PDFs SEO Friendly


Search Engine Journal

Google can crawl, index, and rank PDFs. However, SEO for PDFs requires a different set of tactics. These 10 tips will help your PDFs gain more traffic.

Revamp Your SEO Strategy with Schema Markup and Structured Data

by Ruchi Pardal @ Monitor Backlinks Blog

Schema markup is one of the most crucial yet least used optimization techniques in SEO. As reported on Search Engine Land, around 80 percent of websites haven’t yet implemented schema markup. However, it is something that can boost your website in the search engine result pages (SERPs), if you grasp its concept and method. According ...

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How To Retain Your SEO Rankings When Redesigning a Website

by Sam Cyrus @ Monitor Backlinks Blog

This is something a website owner dreads more than almost anything else, the task of revamping a website without disrupting the delicate balance of a business’ internet presence. The risks of losing customers, losing website information, and losing the very important search results rankings are very real and can do long-term damage to the bottom ...

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Web Design Trends 2017

by Eagan Heath @ Get Found Madison

This is a guest blog post from our partner Tingalls Graphic Design in Fitchburg, WI. Check them out for inexpensive, great-looking websites! Website Design Trends for 2017 We are already halfway through the year 2017 and we’re starting to see some pretty cool website trends. Whether you’re looking for a brand new website for your […]

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✅ 34 Search Engine Optimization Tips - Best SEO strategies

✅ 34 Search Engine Optimization Tips - Best SEO strategies


Monitor Backlinks Blog

The best Search Engine Optimization tips to help you take your organic traffic to higher standards. Read 34 SEO tips and improve your rankings.

YouTube SEO: The Advanced Guide (2017 Updated)

by Ali Haider @ BlogRex

Ranking a YouTube video is not a tough job at all? It only seems like that! Yes! You are right, It’s about YouTube SEO. If rightly done, you will hit the 1st spot on both search engines. I’m talking about Google & YouTube. But to be number one, it’s not only about SEO. A big […]

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How to keep up with social media changes

by Mei @ Creative Hive

Do you get frustrated every time Facebook releases algorithm changes? One day you're told you need to post links. The next, you're supposed to avoid URLs like the plague. How can anyone keep up with social media changes? As small business owners, you don't have time to scour the web for trade industry articles and keep […]

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How to Make $3,000 in Two Months with SEO Writing

How to Make $3,000 in Two Months with SEO Writing


Location Rebel

It's totally possible to make money SEO writing within 60 days of starting. We show you exactly how to start an SEO writing career in this post. And what works right now in 2017.

Review of the Top Bookkeeping Apps for Makers

by Mei @ Creative Hive

Bookkeeping! Every creative entrepreneur’s favorite topic. One of the first steps with setting up shop is to choose and set up a bookkeeping system for your business. It can be challenging to navigate the murky waters of options if you aren’t totally clear on what you should be looking for in a bookkeeping system. As […]

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My thoughts on spending money on brand awareness

by Mei @ Creative Hive

As small business owners, we work extremely hard to make every penny that comes through Paypal. Where does that money go? You spend them on supplies, listing fees on Etsy and on a new tool you've been wanting to get for months! You've probably also encountered moments in your business where you are asked to […]

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“This doesn’t work for me” is the biggest mistake you’ll make in your business

by Mei @ Creative Hive

“This doesn't work for me.” You probably remember the last time you said that. You've tried many tips and tricks for marketing your handmade product but it seems like nothing is working. Feelings of frustration and disappointment creep in. How do other makers, artists and designers make it seem so easy? How are they able to […]

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How to make time for your business

by Mei @ Creative Hive

How many times have you said, “I don't have the time” in the last week? As small business owners, we're guilty of this. But we have just as much time as any successful person in the world. We're all gifted with the same 24 hours in a day. As a solo entrepreneur, there are a […]

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Making a decision? How to get unstuck

by Mei @ Creative Hive

We make decisions in every second of our life Running your own business is no easy feat. We face difficult decisions daily! From picking the beads for your new necklace design to deciding whether to ship USPS First Class, Priority, Parcel Post, Media Mail…? Should I sell on Etsy, my own website, or both? We […]

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Local Links And Local SEO – A Full Guide

by Raul Harman @ Monitor Backlinks Blog

Today, a major internet marketing strategy cannot afford to neglect the local dimension. This essential level is not just a playground for pop-up shops to exploit, but a field of rich opportunities every business can snatch. Many entrepreneurs have realized this following the introduction of the Pigeon update in 2014, when reaching the top of ...

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How to Sell on Etsy - Etsy SEO Tips to Get More Traffic

How to Sell on Etsy - Etsy SEO Tips to Get More Traffic


Instructables.com

In this tutorial I will share my process on how to get more traffic to your Etsy store with search engine optimization. You will learn how to get your items to t...

SEO Tip: How To Get DoFollow Backlinks For Free

by Ali Haider @ BlogRex

If you want to make Dofollow Backlinks which will boost your ranking, then you’ll surely love this article. After doing the hell lot of research, I am finally able to choke down some sites which give Dofollow Backlinks. And today in this post am going to mention those sites which provide do follow backlinks here in this […]

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What Is SEO / Search Engine Optimization?

What Is SEO / Search Engine Optimization?


Search Engine Land

Get started learning all about SEO from the industry's most trusted source, Search Engine Land. Review basics of search engine optimization, ranking factors & more.

Finding Websites To Get Backlinks From

by markedseo @ SEO Mark

There are multiple methods, which are listed below, that you can use to find websites to get backlinks from. It’s recommended that you use all of the methods, so as to discover as many sites as possible. How many websites you need to find depends on how many backlinks you need, but […]

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Getting Started with Automated Email Marketing

by Sherice Jacob @ The Kissmetrics Marketing Blog

Email marketing is one of those pivotal, game-changing facets of online marketing that nearly every serious marketer needs to not only know how to do — but do successfully. As you’ve learned to grow your business, you no doubt have come across email marketing jargon such as segments and drip feeds. But what does it […]

Introducing Tools to Manage All Your Locations

by Square @ Business Resource Center | Town Square


Opening one store is no small feat. But opening 40? Now you’re in the big leagues. Our mission at Square is to empower you every step of the way as an entrepreneur and help you grow into your ambitions — whether you’re just revving up or already on the road to becoming a full-blown franchise. And today, we’re excited to announce a new, powerful tool for larger businesses — Employee Management.

Employee Management offers a robust set of features that’s on par with what the biggest businesses have in their arsenal — at a fraction of the price. With Employee Management, you can easily oversee multiple locations from within one account, manage your employees, and view and act on detailed information about every part of your business, all in one place.

Here’s what it’s got:

Supercharged sales reports

Now you can filter your sales reports by employee, device, or location. So you can see which employees are ringing in the most, or which location did particularly well that day. You can download CSV files for simple reports or get an end-of-day report.

Open a new location in just a few clicks

Setting up a new location can be a ton of work. But Employee Management makes it much easier. Now you can import your item libraries from other locations, so you can start selling in your new store immediately. It’s also easy to customize item libraries by location — say, if you offer coffee and sandwiches at one of your shops, and only coffee at another.

Customized permission levels

Everyone has their “A team.” With customized permission levels, you can give your stellar employees access to more stuff. Assigning different roles to different employees is a snap to do — it’s all right in your Dashboard. You can assign people to be a Cashier (where they just have restricted access at the register), an Accountant (where they can view sales reports, transactions, and timecards), or an Administrator (where they can manage all aspects of your business). This is a handy feature if you’d like to take a (probably much needed) vacation.

Employee passcodes

You should never have to worry about the safety and security of your business. Employee passcodes keep things locked down. What’s more, you can keep track of who processed each transaction, all from your Dashboard. So it’s easy to keep tabs on what’s going on at each of your locations.

Built-in timecards

Keeping track of your employees’ hours is tedious. The timecards feature puts this on autopilot. Your employees can clock in or out right from the register. And you can monitor those hours (and make adjustments if they’re needed) remotely. So you don’t need to physically be at each of your locations to know who’s been working and when.

Track employee sales

You want to keep your best employees around. But how do you spot your superstars if you’re busy managing 10 locations? Now you can see revenue-per-labor-hour reports to help you find and reward your most efficient employees. You can also view which employees closed which cash drawers, which is generally good intel to have on hand.

Automatic tip reconciliation

Tips are awesome — but they can be a pain to sort out, especially when you’re tired at the end of the day. With Employee Management, you can say goodbye to math problems and speed up your closing time. Because you can see who logged in and out and when, you can easily allocate tips to employees who worked those shifts.

Mobile registers

Having a long line is a good problem to have. To make sure that queue moves quickly, you can outfit your staff with mobile registers. This is particularly helpful if you’re at an event or hosting a pop-up. A quicker line means more sales.

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Evolution Timeline of a Successful Online Business

by Get The Clicks @ Get the Clicks

Business Plan with budgets & clear goals is created. Marketing Plan with digital and traditional components is created. Reverse engineering begins.  Competition is evaluated. Battleplan is created with budget, timeline and goals. Website is constructed based on digital marketing plan goals. Initial round of local SEO is started. Website is launched. PR Campaign announces website…

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How To Sell On Facebook (Why A Deliberate Funnel Is Key)

by John E Lincoln @ Ignite Visibility

Almost every business has potential to sell on Facebook. But most do it totally wrong. Today, we talk about why you need a funnel to really sell on Facebook like a pro. There are 2 billion active monthly users on Facebook. Chances are pretty good that some of those people are in your target market....

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Blog Commenting: How To Get #1 Ranking (Step By Step)

by Ali Haider @ BlogRex

You might have seen tons of articles on “Blog Commenting“… …But one like this? No way, I’m not kidding as you are going to be a witness. After doing the hell lot of research, we are bringing this best ever Blog Commenting guide on the internet. Just for you to rock your SEO. I’m not […]

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E-Commerce 101: Sell Big with Weebly and Square [VIDEO]

by Square @ Business Resource Center | Town Square

Having a strong online presence and utilizing an omnichannel commerce strategy is increasingly important. So whether your business has been around for five months or 50 years, a website can be a key contributor to your success.

To help you get started, Christina Dam, product marketing lead at Square, recently sat down with Vitaly Odemchuk, head of design at Weebly, and Kim Chappell, Weebly’s head of communications, at General Assembly SF to discuss web design and omnichannel best practices.

They were joined by business owners Paige and Chris Curtis of Alibi Interiors and Jeff and Justin Wiguna of Kiju Coffee, who spoke with the crowd about their e-commerce experiences.

During the event they discussed:

  • Best practices for designing a great website, including creating a catchy headline and selecting key visuals for your site
  • How to build a seamless omnichannel strategy
  • How to optimize your marketing practice to save time and stay creative

GoatCloud Podcast Episode 10: Essential WordPress SEO Tips

GoatCloud Podcast Episode 10: Essential WordPress SEO Tips

by @ GoatCloud Internet Marketing and SEO Podcast

Discussing five or so basic search engine optimization (SEO) tips that will enable your WordPress website or blog to get found online.

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What the Heck Is Ghostwriting? (And Why You Might Want to Do It)

by Ali Luke @ Smart Blogger

You want to make money as a writer, right? You’ve told everyone on Facebook (including your weird aunt) that you’re available to write. You’ve been writing guest post after guest post to showcase your talent and get your name out there. Maybe you’ve even landed a few jobs already. (Good for you!) But then a(...)

Yoast SEO: the #1 WordPress SEO Plugin • Yoast

Yoast SEO: the #1 WordPress SEO Plugin • Yoast


Yoast

Yoast SEO is the most complete WordPress SEO plugin. It handles the technical optimization of your site & assists with optimizing your content.

A Complete List of Blog Sites

by Ramsay @ Blog Tyrant: Start a Successful Blog

Last updated September 6th, 2017 Welcome to the complete list of all the blog sites on the web (that we could find!) where you might consider starting a blog for the first time. The goal is to give you a list of all the options out there so you can start researching to determine what...

How to Set Up an Art Exhibition

How to Set Up an Art Exhibition

by @ How to of the Day

Whether you’re displaying your own work or that of other artists, holding an art exhibition is a uniquely enriching experience. However, it can be a real challenge to bring together so many different elements in a cohesive and meaningful way. That’s why when you’re staging an art exhibition of your own, it’s essential to have a plan. Once you’ve chosen a theme for your exhibition, you can begin taking submissions from interested artists, select an appropriate venue for the event and build marketing buzz that will allow your collection to be seen and appreciated by as many people as possible.

Get Covered for the Liability Shift—Instantly

by Square @ Business Resource Center | Town Square

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As a business owner, you’ve probably been hearing some chatter about the liability shift. And that chatter has probably been picking up. That’s because the shift happens on October 1 — two weeks from now.

If you don’t have a handle on the liability shift and what it means for your business, it’s time to listen up. Come October 1, your business could be on the hook for fraudulent chip card transactions if you don’t process the payment using the EMV technology. Previously, the banks accepted this liability, but in fewer than 15 days, it could be passed on to you. Be ready because chip cards are quickly being rolled out to all U.S. consumers.

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The liability shift is all in the name of reducing fraud, which is obviously a good thing. For both buyers and sellers, chip cards are a much more secure form of payment than magnetic-stripe cards. But understandably, big changes like this can be anxiety-provoking. Especially changes that involve the word “liability” as it relates to fraud.

But rest easy. It’s easy to get EMV-compliant with the Square contactless and chip reader. It retails for just $49 (other solutions can cost hundreds of dollars) and plugs right into the device you already have.

And here’s what else is cool: Not only does our new reader accept chip cards, it also accepts contactless payments like Apple Pay, which are just as secure, and a lot more convenient.

Aside from bringing you the latest and greatest in secure payment technologies, we’re also here to keep you knowledgeable. Just head to the New Payment Technologies section of this blog to get the lowdown on all things EMV and NFC (contactless payments), or sign up for our monthly newsletter, Town Square News. We want the switch to chip cards to be as painless as possible for businesses of all sizes, so you can get back to selling.

*Published on September 17, 2015

This Week’s Must-Read Small Business Articles

by Square @ Business Resource Center | Town Square

Welcome to our weekly series of must-read small business articles. Every Friday, we’ll be doing just what it sounds like—sharing the articles we think will be the most interesting to Square sellers. (Also, just some fun stuff). Here’s what we’ve got this week:

Here’s how to tell if your website needs a revamp. Hint: You can’t read it on your phone.

Unless you’ve been under a rock, you know Apple’s unveiling a new iPhone next Tuesday. Gizmodo rounds up everything we think we know about the iPhone 6.

Americans spent $55.7 billion on pets last year. So maybe it’s not so surprising that there’s now a food truck for dog treats, complete with a canine selfie station. At least duck face isn’t possible.

Just like you should never ask someone if they’re pregnant, you should never assume somebody’s getting married. Words to the wise to Pinterest this week.

Soon, you’ll never get the question “paper or plastic?” again in California.

Here’s what it looks like when an entire small town is converted into a Bud Light beer ad (it’s not so cool).

Yelp dodged a bullet. (Its reputation is not so lucky).

Starbucks is getting fancy. They announced plans to open a new upscale location in Seattle, along with an express mini store in New York.

GoatCloud SEO Podcast Episode 22: On WAMC Vox Pop Nov 18

GoatCloud SEO Podcast Episode 22: On WAMC Vox Pop Nov 18

by @ GoatCloud Internet Marketing and SEO Podcast

We participated November 18, 2015, in the call-in radio show, Vox Pop, on WAMC Northeast Radio, 90.3, with host Ray Graf. Focus on social media.

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How To Promote Your Crafty Biz With How-to Videos

by Mei @ Creative Hive

When we hear the word “video”, we can’t help it, we tense up. It’s a word that puts us on the spot, can make us immediately feel like an imposter and honestly, start running for the hills! But it doesn’t have to be that way. Growing up on film sets, video was always a very […]

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How to Study for a Math Exam

How to Study for a Math Exam

by @ How to of the Day

Practice makes perfect when it comes to math - that’s why your teacher assigns so many tedious homework problems! Many people try to study for math by simply memorizing formulas and equations the way they would memorize facts and dates. While knowing formulas and equations is important, the best way to learn them is by using them. Start studying early, do your homework, and ask your teacher for help if you run into any issues. Avoid cramming, try not to get stressed out, and make sure to get rest and eat well just before the test.

10 Ways to Get More Instagram Followers

by ThriveHive @ ThriveHive

With over 700 million monthly active users, and over 400 million active daily users, Instagram is a very large market place. If its users made up […]

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6 Types of Online Advertising for Your Business

by ThriveHive @ ThriveHive

As new technology continues to change how we use the internet, marketers continue to find new ways to reach their audiences. While there are many free […]

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How to overcome inaction

by Mei @ Creative Hive

Are you frustrated that you’re not doing all the things you want to do for your handmade business? That mental to-do list just keeps growing and you’re feeling like there’s not enough time in the day. You find yourself on Facebook again and as bedtime rolls around, you start to feel guilty or upset that […]

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Keyword Research: The Definitive Guide (2017 Updated)

by Afraz @ BlogRex

If you are not doing Keyword Research, there is no use of any SEO Strategy. And if you are! Let’s find out either you are keeping a good track or doing it just Okay? I would always ask you to spend a little extra time on your keyword research and claim your surety to be […]

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How To Run An Online Marketing Campaign Using Only Photos and Videos

by Maher Abiad @ Monitor Backlinks Blog

Today we’re going to talk to you about the power of visuals. The power to convey messages and thoughts where simple words can’t. We’d like to show you how you would construct a marketing campaign with video and photos as the key driver of your strategy. Today, the culture of image and visuals has taken ...

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The 2016 Instagram Algorithm Change and 5 Steps on How You Can Fight It + Remain Unaffected

by Mei @ Creative Hive

Have you heard about what Instagram is doing that will dramatically change your Instagram marketing plans? No more flying blind. No more winging it. For most makers, artists and designers I teach and mentor, Instagram is their top choice of marketing to get traffic and sales to their shop. Unfortunately, that's about to change. Instagram […]

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7 Biggest PPC Nightmares Sinking Your ROI

by Today's Industry Insider @ The Kissmetrics Marketing Blog

PPC advertising should be straightforward. You buy an ad. Your ad appears on Google. That ad gets clicked. You spend a little dough per click, and voila – you’re a marketing genius. Traffic is booming and you’re appearing in all the right places. Except that’s not always how it works. And for some strange reason, […]

History of the U.S. Currency

by Square @ Business Resource Center | Town Square

Currency became widespread in America during the colonial period. The colonists found that they needed a paper currency to help them manage the bustling trade economy that was going on in the New World. Through the course of history, economies have rested on the currencies that support them. Even in today’s global economy, simple issues like credit card processing require a strong currency to support consumers’ spending habits.

Colonial and Continental Currency

Colonial currency dates back to the late 1600s, when people in the Massachusetts Bay Colony created paper currency to simplify their active trade economy. Other colonies followed this lead, and soon many colonies were using paper money to fund transactions. This currency was to be backed by silver or gold. However, colonists soon found that they could not redeem the currency for these precious metals when they tried, so currency values quickly fell. In 1775, the Continental Congress issued the continental as the new country’s first paper currency. The purpose of this currency was to pay for expenses associated with the Revolutionary War. Unfortunately, the value of this currency was questionable because it rested on anticipated future tax revenues, which the country hoped to collect after winning the war. The combination of a lack of backing and increasing inflation took its toll on continentals. This currency lost its value, and colonists lost their faith in currency. Two successive privately owned banks served essentially as central banks for the new country between 1791 and 1836. After Andrew Jackson opted to discontinue the second bank’s charter, the United States entered into a free banking era for the next quarter-century

Demand Notes

With the Civil War looming, the United States needed a way to fund the war. To generate money, Congress authorized new demand notes. These demand notes were the first paper currency issued by the United States government since the demise of the continentals. Demand notes ended in 1862, replaced by legal tender notes, or United States notes. All currency issued since then in the United States continues to be valid and redeemable for face value.

National Banking System

In 1863, Congress passed legislation that established the national banking system. This legislation also established a uniform national currency for the United States. The new law required the national bank to purchase United States government securities, which served as backing for national bank notes. As a part of the new national banking system, Congress established the U.S. Department of the Treasury to manage and oversee the bank notes. In 1869, the Bureau of Engraving and Printing was given the responsibility of engraving and printing faces and seals on the banknotes.

The Federal Reserve

The Federal Reserve Act established the Federal Reserve system as America’s central bank in 1913. President Woodrow Wilson was in office at this time. Federal Reserve notes went into circulation in 1914, taking the place of the now-defunct national bank notes. By 1918, denominations of these new notes spanned from $1 to $10,000. National banks had the authority to issue national currency, which was secured by the purchase of U.S. bonds.

Redesigned Notes

The year 1929 was an important year in the history of U.S. currency. The federal government instituted redesigns that involved making the notes smaller and standardizing designs for each bill denomination. The purpose of these changes was to reduce expenses. In 1957, the words “In God We Trust” first appeared on currency, thanks to a law passed amid Cold War fears. By 1969, the larger denominations, $500 and up, were discontinued.

Newer technology made counterfeiting more difficult thanks to features such as microprinting and a security thread running through bills. Another currency redesign occurred in 1996: New background colors added extra security against counterfeiting. Watermarks on the bills also appear when they are held up to a light. The absence of watermarks would indicate a counterfeit bill. In 2013, the $100 bill received an additional redesign to enhance security. A security ribbon now crosses the bill to the right of Benjamin Franklin’s picture.

No B.S. SEO Tutorial: 10 Shortcuts to Understand What the Hell is Going On

by Brad Smith @ ✅ SaaS + ✌ B2B Content Creation ✍ Experts | Codeless

It never fails. You can even set your watch to it. Every 12 months, some two-bit, hack journalist pens the brilliant headline: SEO IS DEAD!. What follows, is usually some nonsensical drivel inspired written by someone who’s: Never actually worked in search before (which means, no one has actually paid them money in exchange for […]

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SearchCap: Google iOS app trends, difficult clients & content SEO

by Barry Schwartz @ SearchCap: Daily Search Engine News Recap

Below is what happened in search today, as reported on and from other places across the web.

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Three Do-It-Yourself SEO Steps You Can Take On Your Website Today

by Max Faingezicht @ ThriveHive

Tackling your business website’s SEO (search engine optimization) can be an intimidating task. Getting your business on the first page of Google may seem like quite a […]

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This Week’s Must-Read Small Business Articles

by Square @ Business Resource Center | Town Square

Welcome to our weekly series of must-read small business articles. Every Friday, we’ll be doing just what it sounds like—sharing the articles we think will be the most interesting to Square sellers. (Also, just some fun stuff). Here’s what we’ve got this week:

Trade shows are a stellar way to reach new customers, but to ace them, you’ll need to plan. Entrepreneur shares the top seven ways to get the most out of exhibiting.

The New York Times rounds up the “best small towns in America.” (Shout out to Square sellers in Santa Fe).

On the social media front, here are five small businesses setting the standard of excellence.

Taco Bell just opened their first premium, “fast-casual” offshoot in Huntington Beach, using Square Stand as their register.

The coffee wars rage on. And Starbucks and McDonald’s are turning up the heat.

Could one of these businesses be responsible for the next cronut?

Feel-good profile of the week: This hairdresser spends his weekends giving “ego-boosting transformations” to the homeless.

And finally, we would be remiss not to mention that there’s now a VENDING MACHINE FOR PIZZA.

GoatCloud SEO Podcast Episode 23: On WAMC Vox Pop May 11

GoatCloud SEO Podcast Episode 23: On WAMC Vox Pop May 11

by @ GoatCloud Internet Marketing and SEO Podcast

We participated May 11, 2016, in the call-in radio show, Vox Pop, on WAMC Northeast Radio (Albany NY), 90.3, with host Ray Graf. Social media and more!

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History of American Small Business

by Square @ Business Resource Center | Town Square

America has always been the land of opportunity. For centuries, people have come to America with the hopes of starting a new life and seizing all of the opportunities that the country presented them with. Every business that we know of today began as a dream, which then turned into a small business. As Calvin Coolidge once said, “The chief business of the American people is business.” These small businesses were the backbone of the country, and that continues to hold true today. Millions of people have started and developed a small business in America.

People who fought to get to America, whether as an immigrant, a refugee, or an explorer, have often had an entrepreneurial spirit. Entrepreneurship in America was seen throughout the country’s development. Great American entrepreneurs like Benjamin Franklin, P.T. Barnum, and Henry Ford had brilliant ideas that they took and used to begin their own small businesses. These Americans took their passion, drive, and capital and turned their ideas into functioning, profit-turning companies. These pioneers in small business set the example for what owning a small business in America would become and proved to many disbelievers that it was possible to follow one’s dreams.

Small business development dates as far back as the 1600s, when Americans would trade crops, supplies, and services. As the nation itself was developing, all businesses were small at that time. Machines were not yet available, and automation was unheard of. Transportation was extremely slow, and banks had not yet been established. America was still working out the groundwork for such things, including taxes. In the 1800s, after the nation become independent, small businesses really began to boom. The monetary system grew along with the burgeoning economy. As businesses started up and offered an increasing number and variety of products, more and more people began to show interest in what was being offered. Sometimes, these people did not have goods or services to barter with. Thus started the development of establishing credit with a small business owner. Credit coins and charge plates began being used in place of cash or the exchange of goods. These credit coins signified that a payment was due at a later date. Soon, credit card processing would be completely modernized and computerized. The credit card processing world began with the first bank card, called “Charg-It,” introduced in Brooklyn in 1946, and evolved with the expansion of a restaurant credit card, called the Diners Club card, to become a universal card accepted by a vast range of retailers.

As America grew, so did its small businesses. With the development of small businesses in the 1970s and 1980s, America was able to prove their stability. Many of the larger corporations at that time could not stand strong in the face of growing foreign competition, but small businesses rose to the challenge. Because small businesses began doing so well, people in the 1980s expressed great interest in entrepreneurship and thus, start-up companies expanded. Around that time, Silicon Valley became the center of the start-up world in California. Venture capital financing became very popular, and many people who had an idea wanted to turn it into a business.

Hundreds of schools across the nation have fostered Americans’ desire to start their own businesses and have since dedicated majors to entrepreneurship and small business ownership. In addition, interest in starting small businesses has inspired organizations like the U.S. Small Business Administration and Small Business Development Centers. Such organizations guide small businesses in the right direction so that they can grow and make a profit, and they have branches all over the United States. Organizations that help small businesses began with the Reconstruction Finance Corporation (RFC), started by Hoover in the times of the Great Depression. The RFC provided loans for businesses that were hurt by the Depression and inspired future organizations that would help small businesses in America. Since their inception, these organizations have guided countless small businesses across the country and supported them in the development of their companies. This support can come in the form of loans and counseling sessions and continues to be offered to the small businesses in America today.

One simply cannot ignore the effect that small businesses have had on America: After all, every major corporation in the country today had to start small. Small businesses have forever changed the business landscape of the country. In fact, they are so important that one week of each year is National Small Business Week. Entrepreneurs and small-business owners across the nation continue to expand and develop new ideas each and every day, and with the ever-changing business model, America is sure to continue fostering unique, profit-turning businesses in the years to come.

Google Adsense Approval Within 2 Days (2017 Updated)

by Ali Haider @ BlogRex

Are you looking forward to earning from ads and, not getting Google Adsense Approval? Don’t worry! You are not alone, and I am going to tell you where exactly the problem is. Back there, it was easy to get our Google Adsense account approved. But then, Google Adsense changed their policies. Our biggest problem is […]

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Address validation online – getting the right address for next to nothing

by Thomas @ clickworker.com

Forwarding returns, two catalogues sent to the same address or undeliverable circulars – these can all be avoided with address validation. There are numerous providers who can check your addresses online. However, their services are often quite expensive. Let us explain how you can easily acquire the right address for next to nothing. You simply […]

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GoatCloud Podcast Episode 1: Using and optimizing images for website

GoatCloud Podcast Episode 1: Using and optimizing images for website

by @ GoatCloud Internet Marketing and SEO Podcast

We talked about optimizing images for your website. Some general SEO tips as well.

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#36: My Top Three Favorite Money Making Shopify Apps

#36: My Top Three Favorite Money Making Shopify Apps

by Mei @ Creative Hive

It's no secret that I LOVE Shopify. In this episode, I talk about the three apps that I can't live without because they make such a huge difference to my bottom line! Subscribe: iTunes | Android | Stitcher | RSS | More Thank you for listening! Thanks for hanging out with me today! If you […]

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Five Ways Google’s Downgrade of Pop-Up Ads is Already Affecting Your Business

by Ajay Paghdal @ Monitor Backlinks Blog

It’s a pop-up world out there. As a small business owner, you work tirelessly to attract visitors to your site and convert them into paying customers. And, if you’re like millions of others marketing your business online, at some point you’ve used pop up ads to reach your target audience. Recently, Google announced it will ...

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A store owner's practical guide to being search engine friendly

A store owner's practical guide to being search engine friendly


WooCommerce

SEO for eCommerce doesn't have to be time-consuming or complicated. This practical guide to optimizing your store will show you how.

History of Money and Payments

by Square @ Business Resource Center | Town Square

People have engaged in commerce to exchange goods and services for payment throughout the ages. These financial transactions did not always involve monetary payments. There was a time when standard money did not even exist and people utilized other forms of payment to perform transactions. With the evolution of technology, money and payments have changed drastically. Current credit card processing technology and advanced business solutions make financial transactions possible at almost any time and virtually any place.

Bartering and Livestock

Bartering was an advantageous way to exchange goods and services for people many years ago because it enabled both parties to get what they needed. For example, two parties might exchange tools for services to fulfill the needs of both people. Livestock was also considered wealth that people could amass. The more cows or sheep someone owned, the wealthier they were.

Precious Metal Coins

Ancient civilizations used to use beads and shells as coins. Eventually, they began using precious metals to make coins. People in the ancient civilization of Lydia were among the first to use coins made of gold and silver. This currency was both valuable and easily portable.

Leather Money

Leather was another material used for currency. People in ancient China utilized white deer skin for banknotes. The notes were large compared to the bills used in today's society. Leather money could have been as large as one-foot squares of deerskin.

Paper Money

Eventually, the Chinese developed paper money. Civilizations struggled with determining and maintaining the value of paper money. In addition, challenges came in the forms of both inflation and the production of the currency. Paper money went in and out of use during periods of ancient history.

Gold

England established gold as its standard of value in 1816. Following this event, Europe began backing bank notes with the gold standard. This meant the value of any currency was set by establishing its value in gold. The United States followed suit in 1900. Before this time, both gold and silver were used for dollars.

Gold-Backed U.S. Dollar

In 1913, the United States established the Federal Reserve system. This official central bank served the financial interests of the nation. Federal Reserve notes were backed by gold at this time. One of the roles of the Federal Reserve was to ensure that notes and checks would be honored and could be redeemed for gold.

Credit Cards

Consumers began enjoying credit from retailers during the 20th century. Some retailers, such as department stores and gas stations, began creating individual credit cards to issue to consumers. These cards were created to make spending money more convenient for people. Diners Club was the first actual credit card, which gave consumers the ability to purchase meals from several restaurants located in New York City.

U.S. Dollar

In 1933, the United States discontinued the gold standard to keep Americans from cashing in their currency for gold, depleting the national gold supply, amid worsening deflation. From this point forward, the federal government became the official backer of the monetary system instead of gold. However, the U.S. continued to let foreign governments trade dollars for gold until 1971. At this point, the country became concerned that foreigners would sap the national gold reserves, leading to an end to this practice.

Online Shopping

With the rise of the Internet during the 1990s, online shopping arrived on the scene. Consumers embraced the ability to peruse the Internet and make purchases. Common historical data suggests that Pizza Hut may have been one of the first retailers to execute an e-commerce transaction. The company began allowing people to order pizza on its website as early as 1994.

Mobile Payments

Coca-Cola receives credit for offering the first mobile payment transaction in 1997. The beverage retailer created special vending machines that enabled consumers to pay for their drinks by sending text messages from mobile devices. Since this time, mobile payments have skyrocketed in popularity. Now, more people than ever before are paying on the go, and more merchants can accept payments anywhere, without being tied down to a cash register.

GoatCloud SEO Podcast Episode 14: Effective and Meaningful Link Building

GoatCloud SEO Podcast Episode 14: Effective and Meaningful Link Building

by @ GoatCloud Internet Marketing and SEO Podcast

Discussing steps you can and should take (and avoid!) to earn effective, meaningful links back to your website, a factor that search engines pay attention to.

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Developing an Effective SEO Strategy in 5 Easy Steps

Developing an Effective SEO Strategy in 5 Easy Steps


Inc.com

A sound SEO strategy can lead to years of online success and growth for your business.

20+ Ways to Repurpose Your Content

by ThriveHive @ ThriveHive

Creating stellar content is not easy. It takes time, energy, and commitment. The good news is that once you’ve put together a brilliant blog post or […]

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[POLL] What’s Your Go-To Small Business Funding Source?

by Shawn Hessinger @ Small Business Trends

Let us know where you go to find a little extra money to fund your small business.

SEO: The Beginner's Guide to Search Engine Optimization from Moz

SEO: The Beginner's Guide to Search Engine Optimization from Moz


Moz

New to SEO? Need to polish up your knowledge? The Beginner's Guide to SEO has been read over 3 million times and provides the information you need to get on the road to professional quality SEO.

GoatCloud SEO Podcast Episode 15: With SmallBiz attorney Sarah Gold

GoatCloud SEO Podcast Episode 15: With SmallBiz attorney Sarah Gold

by @ GoatCloud Internet Marketing and SEO Podcast

Sarah Gold, Esq. and I discuss small business formation and the technologies Sarah deploys to gain business efficiencies and promote her practice.

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How I Made Over $2K in My First Two Months On Etsy

by Mei @ Creative Hive

Wouldn't it be wonderful if you could just add your products to your Etsy shop and the sales just started rolling in? Customers would leave you nice, positive comments. You'd be the top shop of the search engine for your products. Easy peasy. If only it didn't take some major research and smart work to get there. The market […]

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Setting Your Customer Engagement Emails on Automation Using Kissmetrics

by Zach Bulygo @ The Kissmetrics Marketing Blog

Human attention spans are embarrassingly bad. I’d be lucky to get just 5% of people to read this entire post. Most probably won’t get past the intro, so I’ll get to the point: In this age of infinite distraction, brands that can keep their customers engaged with the product are bound for long-term success. Fads […]

The History of the Trade and Barter System

by Square @ Business Resource Center | Town Square

Items that are used as money often have little value in and of themselves. For example, the paper used to print money is not particularly valuable. Money has value because it is an exchange medium that people understand and accept as such. When everyone accepts that a bill or a coin has value, people can use it as a form of payment to purchase goods or services. Before money existed, people used other systems to perform exchanges. Bartering involves a direct trade for goods and services. Although some aspects of this transaction are similar to the exchange of money, bartering required time as people hammered out the terms of the deal. Utilizing money as the medium for trade simplified transactions significantly. Trade and barter were precursors to the monetary system used in today's society. Although trade and barter may seem almost archaic, they were the business solutions for people who lived before the convenience of credit card processing.

 

Bartering is the process of trading services or goods between two parties without using money in the transaction. When people barter, everyone benefits because they receive items or services they need or want. Bartering also has an advantage because even people without money can get something they need. Bartering might involve trading a service for an item. For example, you could agree to perform yard work for someone in exchange for a bushel of apples from a tree in their yard. When people choose to barter to meet a need, they can save their money for other needs.

 

  • Native American Trade Routes and the Barter EconomyThis lesson plan is great for teaching kids at the middle school level about both the history of Native American tribes and the nature of the barter system, blending concepts into one plan.

  • History of FinanceIn the early days of the American colonies, foreign banks controlled the currency, and bartering was commonplace.

  • American Indians of ND: BarteringPractice a game of bartering with your students, and you'll quickly see the difficulties in negotiation that can sometimes ensue.

  • Trading PostFor much younger students (in grade 4), this lesson plan combines show-and-tell with bartering.

  • What Is Money? – Young students (grades 3-5) will delve into what money is, why currency developed, and how bartering worked.

  • Bartering LessonTeachers can use this printable packet, which is full of useful terms and phrases.

  • Barter and MoneyThis plan is for much older students (grade 10), and delves more into the nuances of bartering and trade.

  • Barter RelationshipsCan you create an equation and mathematically validate a trade? This article delves into that question.

 

Mesopotamia tribes were likely the starting point of the bartering system back in 6000 BC. Phoenicians saw the process, and they adopted it in their society. These ancient people utilized the bartering system to get the food, weapons, and spices they needed. Because of salt's great value, Roman soldiers bartered their services for the empire in exchange for salt. In Colonial America, the colonists used bartering to get the goods and services they needed. Even after the invention of money, people continued to barter.

 

  • Bartering Through the SeasonsThis lesson plan for grades K-5 discusses specifically bartering fabrics and coats during winter seasons.

  • The History of MoneyMost of early monetary exchanges were still a part of bartering systems. Some of the most early accepted currencies were simply valued items: cowrie shells, gold nuggets, and fine metal pieces.

  • The Transition of Barter to Fiat MoneyThe vast transition from bartering goods that had value to exchanging papers backed by what the state or government said had value was a long and arduous one.

  • The Benefits of BarteringBartering still exists today. In the 1990s, it was happening in Russia.

  • The History of MoneyThe development of money is discussed in this lesson plan for grade 1.

  • How Bartering WorksThis source discusses the pros and cons of bartering, and how it still remains useful today.

 

The simplicity of bartering is one of the main advantages of this system. Issues with international trade, foreign exchange, and unbalanced economic power are virtually nonexistent with a bartering system. However, some disadvantages also exist. For a bartering transaction to occur, both parties' wants or needs must coincide to lead them to make a deal. Without a standard measure of value of goods and services, parties in the bartering transaction will need to spend time agreeing on the terms of the deal. It's common for both parties to place a higher value on their own goods or services and a lower value on the other party's items. Trust is also a component of bartering, because the representation of the goods or services offered must be accurate. If something is misrepresented in a transaction, the other party will have little recourse when a problem ensues. When bartering, people may need to store their accumulated possessions to preserve their purchasing power. Depending on the types of items, this might be difficult and inconvenient.

 

 

Because bartering does not involve the exchange of money for goods and services, it might seem like an ideal way to avoid paying taxes on transactions. However, the U.S. Internal Revenue Service informs taxpayers that the fair market value of goods or services received via bartering is considered taxable income. Parties who engage in bartering transactions must report this value as income on tax returns. The IRS requires reporting of bartering for the year it occurs. Failure to report bartering activity could lead to tax penalties.

 

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by Square @ Business Resource Center | Town Square


Basic psychology: People are more likely to frequent businesses where they can get some free stuff. The data backs this up. A recent study by 3Cinteractive found that 62 percent of U.S. shoppers make more store visits or purchases as a direct result of interaction with mobile loyalty programs.

So what’s the holdup for small businesses?

Well, traditional carry-in-your-wallet punch cards are a pain to manage and track. For one, you print out all those cards only to have your customers lose or forget about them. And secondly, it’s pretty impossible to evaluate whether or not your program is actually helping to bolster your bottom line. So with all of these inefficiencies, the payoff isn’t exactly there.

But digital loyalty programs get rid of all these pain points. Square Loyalty, a completely customizable punch card program, is baked right into your Dashboard and your customers’ digital receipts.

The tool automatically tracks and rewards your customers for repeat purchases and visits. What’s more, you can tailor the program by selecting how often you want to reward customers (number of punches), what customers get as a reward (by percentage or dollar amount off), and how much they need to spend in order to get a punch.

But if you’re still on the fence about whether a loyalty program makes sense for your business, here are a few things to consider:

Get Started with Square Loyalty

Keep customers coming back.

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It’ll get you more sales.

Returning customers are much more valuable than repeat customers. They tend to spend a lot more than first-timers when they come back in. So targeting them is worth the investment — and a loyalty program is one of the most direct ways to do that.

It’s low cost.

The only investment you have to make here is that free tenth cup of coffee. Which is not a lot when you think about those nine other coffees that you might not have sold if it weren’t for your loyalty program. What’s more, customers are likely to spend a bit more each time they come in. As Square seller Swamp Rabbit Cafe and Grocery in South Carolina reports, “Some customers are actively trying to earn punches by spending the minimum amount per punch ($5) to get the five-percent-off reward. They’re both spending more and coming back more often.”

It’s quick to set up.

The beauty of Square Loyalty is that it takes just minutes out of your day. You can “set it and forget it” right within the Customers tab of your Dashboard. Simply customize the punches and rewards to fit your business, and Square takes care of the rest, automatically tracking everything for you. And after each purchase, your customers automatically see how many more punches they need — it’s right there in their Square digital receipt.

It gives you valuable insights.

Square Loyalty helps you track the program’s impact on your bottom line and spot trends in your customers’ behavior. You can track the number of customers enrolled, the total punches, and the total redemptions. This is all super-valuable data to help you make informed decisions about where to allocate more time and effort.

It separates you from the pack.

This one is pretty simple. Say there are three specialty coffee shops on your block. Where are people more likely to head? The one that offers them a free cup for their repeat business.

It builds your customer lists.

Loyalty programs can offer an incentive for your customers to provide their email address when they sign up for your Loyalty program. This helps build up your customer lists, which you can then target with marketing email — alerting them to things like sales, events, or announcements (which you can do right from Square Marketing).

It helps with customer relationships.

You establish deeper relationships with your customers if they come in more often. And your customers are more likely to come in a lot — and talk up your business to their friends — if you make them feel appreciated with a loyalty program.

In short, a digital loyalty program like Square Loyalty is worth the very little time, effort, and money needed to get it up and running.

Learn more about how Square Loyalty can help you grow your business.

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by Square @ Business Resource Center | Town Square

From EMV and NFC to the liability shift, there’s a lot going on right now in the world of payments. But we’re here to make sure that you’re prepared. We’re doing that by (1) offering affordable, secure solutions so that you can accept any new form of payment, and (2) making sure you’re in the know about how all of the new changes will affect your business.
We’ve been keeping you up to speed in the New Payment Technologies section of this blog. And now we’re publishing a monthly roundup of what we think are the best recent articles on the subject. So without further ado, here are a few to dig into:

To stay in the loop on everything EMV and NFC, as well as get tips on how to run your business, subscribe to our monthly newsletter, Town Square News.

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by Square @ Business Resource Center | Town Square

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There are a lot of ways that you can bolster retention — social media, email marketing, a blog, a loyalty program — but feedback is one of the key ways to make sure your customers keep coming back. Whether it’s through online reviews or email, feedback lets your customers feel heard and gives you insight into how to improve your products, services, and customer experience. It’s a win-win.

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We partnered with Yelp to dig into how businesses can use feedback to create loyal customers — focusing specifically on public online reviews and private customer feedback. In our webinar (video above), we cover:

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  • How to respond to feedback
  • How to get more feedback
  • How to use feedback to grow your business

Want to learn more about customer retention? Here are some other articles to check out:

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by Square @ Business Resource Center | Town Square

Welcome to our weekly series of must-read small business articles. Every Friday, we’ll be doing just what it sounds like—sharing the articles we think will be the most interesting to Square sellers. (Also, just some fun stuff). Here’s what we’ve got this week:

In one of the stranger reputation-management tactics we’ve heard, a New York hotel is now fining people $500 for writing bad Yelp reviews.

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If you’ve ever felt guilty about slightly exaggerating parts of your resume, this will make you feel better: 10 of the most ridiculous lies people have told on their resumes.

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by Square @ Business Resource Center | Town Square

One of the most important decisions you can make as a business owner is who you hire to support your business’s growth. After all, the person you bring on as a server at your restaurant or as an office manager for your law firm can have a big impact on how your business runs.

Whether this is your first employee or your 30th, a lot needs to happen before you extend an offer to that perfect hire.

You need to consider the expected (what the role entails, what salary and benefits cost, etc.) and the unexpected (the time it takes to train and manage a new hire, the cost of new technology to support things like payroll, etc.)

To help you through that process, Square’s talent acquisition lead, Andrew Trout, teamed up with ZipRecruiter’s senior director of inside sales, Jason Blais, for a webinar about hiring. During the webinar they discuss:

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  • How to determine what a new employee actually costs
  • How to optimize your recruitment process to get the right candidates

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The US Financial System and Alexander Hamilton

by Square @ Business Resource Center | Town Square

Alexander Hamilton was the United States’ first secretary of the Treasury, serving during George Washington’s administration. Hamilton was never president, but he made significant contributions to the financial system of this country. These contributions gave Hamilton a prominent position in history. He also has the distinction of being featured on United States currency even though he was not a president. Many of the business solutions that exist today, including modern credit card processing, are in place as a result of the contributions of Hamilton.

Hamilton was born in the West Indies in the mid-1750s, although his precise birth date is not known. Hamilton grew up in the Virgin Islands. As a young man, he wrote an essay that garnered attention from local community leaders. The leaders worked together to raise funds to send Hamilton to the Colonies to attend school. Hamilton served in the Revolutionary War under General George Washington. When Washington later became president, he chose Hamilton to become the first secretary of the Treasury. As secretary, Hamilton was involved in the institution of the National Bank and a national currency.

Hamilton had inventive financial ideas. After the end of the Revolutionary War, many states carried debts that they were not repaying. The value of these public securities was nil, but Hamilton had a solution. He proposed that the federal government repay all of the state debts at their full value. This repayment would be an effective way to legitimize the federal government. The means of financing the repayment involved issuing new security bonds to investors. These investors were excited about making significant profits. Hamilton was also instrumental in the creation of a national bank and a centralized currency.

Hamilton’s plan for the new country’s financial system had three major parts. Assuming the states’ debts by issuing interest-bearing bonds was the first part of the plan. Hamilton also instituted tariffs for imported goods as a way of raising federal revenue and helping domestic businesses. With the establishment of a new national bank, Hamilton created a way for the United States to hold funds and use securities as capital to encourage future growth.

The Hamiltonian Economic Program consisted of Hamilton’s proposals set forth during his time serving as secretary of the Treasury. Hamilton created three different reports that outlined his program and proposals. The reports were the First Report on Public Credit, the Second Report on Public Credit, and the Report on Manufactures. Congress implemented Hamilton’s economic program.

The First Report on Public Credit included analysis of the financial standing of the United States. This report made recommendations about reorganizing the national debt and establishing public credit. The report contained 40,000 words, with a focus on assumption of state debt from the war and redemption of government securities. Congress debated the proposal, eventually reaching a compromise in 1790.

The Second Report on Public Credit is sometimes called the Report on a National Bank. In this report, Hamilton proposed the creation of a central bank for the United States. By issuing federal bank notes, the country could increase the money supply. Hamilton’s vision of the bank involved creating a stable financial system for the new country.

The third report was the Report on Manufactures. This report focused on encouraging manufacturing with subsidies to various industries and by regulating trade with tariffs. The purpose of the tariffs was to raise revenue for the new government. These tariffs would also help encourage domestic manufacturing, which would help the country’s economy grow internally. The subsidies would also support manufacturing without affecting supplies or causing prices to increase.

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Square Point of Sale: All the Things You Can Do With Payments

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To make sure you get the most out of your Square Point of Sale, we’ll regularly be posting essential intel, updates, and expert tips and tricks that help you take care of your business.

This one’s all about the foundation of your business: Getting paid. Here are six things to know:

1) You get paid quickly
Sales before 5:00 p.m. PT will usually show up in your bank account the next business day. Weekend and after-hours payments are also speedy. Check out the payments schedule.

2) You can set your close-of-day time
Maybe you close after 5:00 p.m. (say, if you run a bar or a hair salon). With Square’s flexible close of day feature, you can enter the closing time that works best your bookkeeping. Learn how to adjust here.

3) You can give partial refunds
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4) You don’t have to chase down payments
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5) You can take payments when you’re offline
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6) You can process cash too
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Trademarks

The first numbered patent was created in 1836. Since this time, businesses and manufacturers have begun trademarking products and services as a means of setting them apart in the marketplace. Companies can trademark logos to protect and distinguish them from other business symbols. An organization uses a business trademark as it builds a company image. Corporate symbols that are trademarked are protected from unauthorized use by other parties under trademark law. Filing for trademark protection involves submitting a trademark registration through the Patent and Trademark Office, which is a division of the U.S. Department of Commerce. The process involves a business meeting the requirements for a trademark prior to protection. These requirements state that trademark use must be connected with commerce. In addition, a mark must be distinctive. It must specifically identify or distinguish goods as being connected with one company.

Copyright

Original works of authorship such as music, books, academic writing, and other intellectual projects fall under copyright protection. Copyright law covers original works that are either published or unpublished. Visual arts also fall under the parameters of copyright protection. Copyright basics state that any work that someone created after January 1, 1978, has automatic copyright protection from the moment the person created it. This protection lasts for the term of the creator's life plus 70 years after death. Anything created before 1978 also has federal copyright protection under the same intellectual property guidelines. Some copyright exceptions exist. Under the definition of copyright, these exceptions include any works that have not been written or recorded. Other exceptions include short phrases, slogans, titles, and lists of ingredients. Common property that cannot be traced to a specific origin or originator also escapes copyright law. Copyright violations are commonly known as piracy. Piracy issues are widespread thanks to the easy availability of intellectual property on the Internet. Copyright law also covers computer software, giving the copyright owner rights to reproduction, distribution, and display of the software.

Patents

When an inventor or researcher designs a new product or invention, a patent license can protect the property and the rights of the inventor. The Patent and Trademark Office grants patents for new and useful inventions that are determined to be "non-obvious." Patent law states that the patent period spans 20 years from the date an inventor files a patent application. The patent gives the inventor the exclusive rights to the invention, which prevents others from making or selling the item during the patent period. Patents granted by the United States are valid only in this country. Three types of patents include utility patents, design patents, and plant patents. After creating an invention, an inventor or researcher can begin the patenting process. This process involves determining whether the item is patentable. Specific patent rules are in place, establishing required criteria for a patent. After determining that a product is patentable, the next step involves conducting research of patents to see if someone else has already patented the item. Searching for patents can be a time-consuming process. Some people opt to hire a patent agent to assist with the process of finding patents. After concluding the research phase, the next step is filing for the patent with the Patent and Trademark Office.

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Awareness about branding has grown in the business world in recent years. More companies are realizing that their brands are an important and valuable asset, and they are setting branding priorities to achieve goals. In the most basic terms, a brand represents a company to consumers. Consumers can see a brand and have an immediate idea about a company's reputation and the products or services provided. Brands also represent the marketing efforts of a company. A number of brand myths exist. Brands are not logos or identities in and of themselves. Instead, brands are the customers' ideas and feelings about products, services, and companies. As companies seek to define their corporate brands and to create brand identity, it's important to create a defined brand strategy to achieve these goals. Branding a business entails creating a company personality and defining company characteristics and values as a public entity. This process will likely involve branding new products as they are developed and released. Fusion branding is another relevant process, which involves moving forward after merging companies. Better branding doesn't just happen, but with helpful branding tips, business owners can create viable and reputable identities that resonate with consumers. A professional website with credit card processing available and an active blog are among things that are useful to have when branding a business.

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by Square @ Business Resource Center | Town Square

The United States has entrepreneurialism deeply rooted in its history as the country was founded and settled by risk takers and innovators looking for new opportunity. Americans are raised learning about inventors such as Thomas Edison and Benjamin Franklin while entrepreneurs such as Henry Ford and Andrew Carnegie are also celebrated. In the late 1970s, the United States was the first country to embrace entrepreneurial endeavors while ditching managerial capitalism.

The start of American entrepreneurship dates back to settlers engaging in trade and barter with Native Americans which resulted in mutual benefit for both parties. Following the entrepreneurial endeavors of early settlers, entrepreneurship flourished in the period following the American Civil War. Rapid growth of the communication and transportation industries due to the expansion of mining and agriculture allowed entrepreneurs to easily find success.

By the later part of the 19th century, entrepreneurs were considered among the elite. Westerward expansion and the creation of the railroad led farmers to move west, prompted by governmental incentives and subsidies for industries such as railroad, banking, and land acquisition. This led to tremendous opportunities for profit, again allowing entrepreneurship to flourish. During the late 19th century, entrepreneurship can be underscored for creating capitalists, innovators, prospectors, financiers that could provide funding, and business men who were not only creating startups but expanding pre-existing businesses.

In more recent times, the industry probably most well known for creating successful entrepreneurs is the tech industry. Apple and Microsoft helped to lead the way for entrepreneurs in the tech industry. The late Steve Jobs, CEO and co-founder of Apple, as well as Bill Gates, Microsoft founder, embody the creative energy that is so important to entrepreneurship in the United States. Industry heavyweights such as Gates and Jobs represent the hard work and tenacity that often makes a successful entrepreneur.

Throughout the history of the United States, immigrants have also played a significant role in entrepreneurship. A high number of immigrants go on to start their own businesses upon settling in America. Some studies have even suggested that immigrants to the United States are more likely to become self-employed.

Entrepreneurs have always been and continue to be an integral part of the American economy. Entrepreneurs spur a large number of new jobs and according to research are less responsive to downturns in the economy.

Famous Entrepreneurs Throughout History
  • Thomas Alva Edison- Edison is considered by many to be the greatest inventor of all time. He is credited with more than one thousand U.S. Patents for various inventions including the phonograph and the lightbulb. Edison’s work on electricity also led to the world’s first power plant.
  • Henry Kaiser - Kaiser began his entrepreneurial career in 1914 with a pavement company. In the years following, he built a series of hugely successful companies in the steel, construction, ship building, car manufacturing, and healthcare industries. Kaiser is perhaps most well known for creating the Kaiser Permanente health maintenance organization.
  • Oprah Winfrey - Oprah Winfrey is widely known as a daytime talkshow host. She went on to parlay her fame into a global brand and has launched a television network, magazine, radio show, website, and has published multiple books. Winfrey has also taken an active role in a variety of theater and movie productions through her company, Harpo productions.
  • Benjamin Franklin - Franklin was one of the founding fathers as well as being one of the first entrepreneurs. He invented many products including the lightning rod, bifocal glasses, and the Franklin stove. Franklin is also credited with creating America’s first free library.
  • Henry Ford - Henry Ford is known for creating the first car, a Model T, that helped to drastically expand people’s range of movement. Ford is also credited with creating the first moving assembly line, which signaled the breakthrough of the Industrial Age in America.
  • Steve Jobs - The late Steve Jobs was one of the founders of Apple. He and partner Steve Wozniak created an operating system and went on to create multiple products including computers, cell phones, tablets, music players, and more. Apple continues to be an innovator in the tech field and consistently releases new products.
  • Andrew Carnegie - After Andrew Carnegie’s family business collapsed at the time of the Industrial Revolution, he began working as a railroad assistant and invested his money. He went on to create Carnegie Steel which grew into a huge company. Carnegie spent the later part of his life donating to various charitable causes.

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Thank You For Doing What You Do

by Square @ Business Resource Center | Town Square

To all the small-business owners out there: Square thanks you for taking the risk and answering the call to start your own business. We appreciate your desires, trials, and triumphs—everything you do to realize your dreams. You are the reason we go to work every day. This video is a tribute to all the passion, effort, and dedication you put into your craft.

Featured Square Merchants:

  • Beau Bien Fine Foods
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Full Transcript:

“My expectation of my life was different than what it’s become, I was told, ‘You go to school, and you go to college for four years, you’ll get a job, and there’s always gonna be security. That has not proven to be true.’”

“I couldn’t find a job, and when all else fails, work for yourself. It’s my passion, and love. It’s a lot more liberating than anything else you can do.”

“I went into business after college, and started doing a couple little craft fairs, and then you realize I can maybe do this and support myself.”

“My wife and I said, ‘Well, let’s start a coffee shop.’ We dove in with both feet, and it’s history from there.”

“As entrepreneurs, we’re inherently risk-takers. It’s our job to be out there paving the way.”

“The most challenging part of being a small business owner is everything.”

“‘Can I do this on my own?’”

“With all of the reward that’s yours, all the responsibility is yours.”

“There’s nobody else to blame for your successes or failures and that’s a lot of pressure.”

“It can really get you down and it can be very, very hard at times.”

“So there’s lots of surprises, and lots of little pitfalls along the way:”
“finding your customers and marketing,”
“paperwork,”
“all of your bills,”
“the capital to grow,”
“the retail and distribution channels,”
“getting licenses and permits,”
“just having enough time.”

“But, it’s worth it. I love it. I love what I do every day and I feel really happy that this is what I get to spend my time doing.”

“That passion carries you through everything that’s hard.”

“That really is the entrepreneurial spirit is to be able to take a hit and get back up. And that people are willing to take a risk again, and again, and again.”

“Persistence, patience, and dedication would be what you need if you want to be successful as a small business. It’s just forcing yourself to get up and do it every day ’cause you’d rather do this than anything else.”

“It really means a lot to be able to work towards what you ultimately want in life. And it makes me feel really good about what I do.”

“We do one thing, and I think we do it well. And the best part is connecting with that passion every day.”

“It was a really fun journey, and it’s allowed us to grow a lot, and to grow a company that we believe is making an impact on its community.”

“I just really want people to be happy.”

“If you have an idea, you should do it. You should do it.”

“Stick with it. And never give up.”

“This is so the way to go.”

“And I think, anybody could start a business. Anybody could be successful.”

“I do sit down every now and then and watch. There’s a real sense of joy and pride in thinking, ‘I made this. I made this happen.’”

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Business Resources for E-Commerce Entrepreneurs

by Square @ Business Resource Center | Town Square

E-commerce is a strong trend across many different industries. The prevalence and availability of the Internet makes retail websites a popular way for companies to sell both products and services. While e-commerce appeals to many people thanks to the ease and low expenses often associated with start-up, it is still important for new business owners to possess basic business skills. Operating an e-commerce business successfully still demands all of the marketing, planning, and management skills that other types of business require.

Starting an E-Commerce Business

Electronic commerce includes any type of transaction that businesses and consumers conduct via the Internet, including credit card processing. With the expanding popularity of online retail sales, many entrepreneurs are exploring e-commerce business opportunities. Just as any brick-and-mortar business needs a plan, an e-commerce business also needs a plan for selling products, services, or information. A feasibility checklist is an excellent way for an entrepreneur to analyze their business solutions and ideas to determine whether their concept makes smart business sense. Many countries are devising e-commerce strategies to help entrepreneurs plan and executive successful business ventures. International guidelines are in place, which provide a voluntary code of conduct for businesses engaging in electronic commerce. Building an inventory and working with manufacturers are just two areas in which an entrepreneur will need to excell when managing an e-commerce business. A number of benefits attract entrepreneurs to e-commerce business. Low start-up costs and overhead expenses are major reasons that many people dabble in this business opportunity, especially since it’s possible to run this type of business without creating a physical storefront to serve customers.</p>

Developing a Strong Business Plan

One of the first tasks of an entrepreneur when organizing a new business is choosing the type of business structure to utilize for the new company. A strong business plan is a vital part of any type of business, including an e-commerce business. Think of a business plan as both a road map and a sales tool for an e-commerce company. With a business plan in place, the company has a clear outline of every goal along with ideas for making the goals happen. The business plan should also include an overview of all resources available for meeting goals. To be functional, the business plan must be in-depth and realistic. A plan based on only the most promising economic conditions would not be applicable or helpful during times of economic downturn. Optimally, a business plan should encompass at least three years' worth of comprehensive information about all activities that should occur to reach goals. An e-commerce business owner should contemplate several key questions when devising a business plan. For example, it's imperative to know who the target customers are, their demographic characteristics, and where they live and shop.

Guides for Business Financial Plans

A financial plan includes comprehensive planning of funding, expenses, and projected profits. Optimally, the financial plan should include an income statement, balance sheet, cash flow statement, and budget. Most businesses, including e-commerce businesses, need financial resources to get off the ground. If more funding is needed than is available, the entrepreneur will need to make a plan and create documentation that will encourage investment. A financial plan includes relevant market research and projections for income and profits. The plan should also show an outline of how recordkeeping will occur for the company, including the person who will keep these records, internal controls for accuracy, and checks and balances for ensuring transparency in finances. A financial plan should outline all needs for funding as well as when the additional capital will be needed. Any repayment terms for financing also belong in the financial plan. Entrepreneurs should avoid the common mistake of underfunding a start-up business. A careful and realistic look at all expenses and expected revenue should provide an accurate financial plan.

Tutorials for Business Marketing Strategies

Plentiful marketing advice exists for e-commerce businesses, and many different aspects deserve the owner's attention. One thing to note is that companies with an active social media presence often appeal to consumers because people like to interact with the business in real time on the Internet. Marketing ideas to promote a product or service should continually evolve to stay fresh. Businesses should engage in brainstorming sessions or use social media to poll potential customers. Providing high-quality content on a website related to products or services can be an effective way to attract customers as well. Some e-commerce businesses market their companies with a blog, which can be an informal way to write about topics related to the business. Branding is another important concern for e-commerce businesses. A part of this brand will be a professional website that shows off a tasteful and current design. Adding press releases to a company website helps promote new business activities. Identifying and watching trends is an integral part of market research. Often, competition is fierce among e-commerce businesses, so focusing on trends that fit into unique company strengths will be a plus for any start-up business. In the process of building a global e-commerce business, business owners also must strive to protect their intellectual property with copyrights and trademarks, as applicable.

GoatCloud SEO Podcast Episode 16: Google Analytics Basics

GoatCloud SEO Podcast Episode 16: Google Analytics Basics

by @ GoatCloud Internet Marketing and SEO Podcast

Learn the whys and hows of monitoring traffic to your website using the industry standard, Google Analytics. Part 1 of 2.

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How to Leverage Behavioral Data with Segment

by Today's Industry Insider @ The Kissmetrics Marketing Blog

Behavioral Data is Critical for Driving Growth Tracking customer event data, such as for Kissmetrics’ behavioral analytics solution, is an integral part to any successful online business–but I bet you already knew that. You might also know that installing Kissmetrics tracking code across your platform is relatively straight forward, though it can get complex depending […]

Top 10 SEO Scams and how to avoid getting burned

Top 10 SEO Scams and how to avoid getting burned


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With the term Search Engine Optimization (SEO) being widely used, many self-titled "SEO Experts" have popped up, making unrealistic promises and offering guaranteed rankings. Nowadays, you can't go more than a few hours without receiving some spam email ...

5 Simple Ways To Improve Your SEO Today

5 Simple Ways To Improve Your SEO Today


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You don't have to be an SEO whiz to make a few crucial changes that can improve your performance in search. Here's where to start.

How to Build and Maintain Good Credit with Credit Cards

by Square @ Business Resource Center | Town Square

Credit is a snapshot of how consumers manage their finances. With good credit, a consumer has the ability to get things such as a car or a home. These purchases typically require a loan to pay for them, and good credit ensures that a lender will decide that a consumer is a good credit risk. Poor credit means that consumers won't qualify for loans or the loans may have higher interest rates. It's preferable to build and maintain good credit to ensure purchasing power.

Establishing Credit

  • Credit history includes information about one's repayment history, the length of this history, the amount of debt, the types of credit used, new credit applications, and any defaults.
  • Establishing a positive credit history has many benefits. Having credit available to use can be invaluable in emergencies, and it is often safer to use credit cards for purchases because it eliminates the need to carry cash.
  • Having a good credit history will enable consumers to make large purchases such as cars and houses. These personal business solutions generally require financing over time.
  • Establishing good credit takes time. Maintaining a checking and savings account with a bank is one step toward establishing positive credit history. Getting a credit card is usually the next step in building good credit.
  • An older adult may need to establish credit after a divorce or a spouse's death. Applying for a department store credit card or an oil company credit card may be a suitable place to start.
  • When working to establish credit, open one credit card account and concentrate on making regular, small charges and paying them off in full each month.
  • Credit offers that sound too good to be true likely are. Avoid advertisements for credit that promise unusual financial offers. Often, hidden terms exist in these offers that will negatively impact the consumer.

Maintaining Good Credit

Credit Management Tips

Ways to Raise Your Credit Score

  • Consumers who find errors on their credit report can have them corrected. The credit bureaus and the source of the erroneous information both have responsibilities to correct inaccurate information. Inform the appropriate credit bureau and the company involved to correct errors.
  • Credit repair scams are prevalent. It's possible to raise credit scores without paying a company to assist with this process.
  • Pay down debt as quickly as possible to increase credit scores. Merely moving debt around between various credit card accounts will not improve a credit score.
  • Avoid applying for numerous credit cards in a short period of time. This type of activity can indicate financial trouble to lenders.
  • Take out a small loan with a cosigner. Making timely payments and paying off the loan in full will help raise a credit score.
  • Seek the help of a reputable, nonprofit credit counselor before you become delinquent on accounts. A counseling service can help you restructure your debts to resolve and prevent issues.

5 Ways to get SEO Traffic in a Hard Niche

5 Ways to get SEO Traffic in a Hard Niche


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It’s one of the biggest challenges when it comes to SEO. You can read about tons of different SEO tactics on various blogs, but will they work for you?

How to Survive After a Shipwreck

How to Survive After a Shipwreck

by @ How to of the Day

While most people won’t ever be shipwrecked, it is a small possibility for people who do travel by water. In addition to the danger of dying when the ship sinks, there are many dangers after you’ve survived the initial sinking. Possible dangers include exposure, sharks, and more. However, by getting organized, cooperating with others, and taking steps to aid in your rescue, you’ll have much better odds of surviving a shipwreck. With some hard work and luck, you’ll survive this stressful ordeal.

Why Your Competitors Are Your Secret Weapon To Success

by Mei @ Creative Hive

“Your enemy can be your best teacher”- Dali Lama It’s natural that as an artist or maker, every single item you create has a little bit of you in it. It was your creative vision that made it, and your nimble hands that painted the brush strokes, cut that pattern with a scalpel or turned […]

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Revenue Streams: How Creating a Second Product Line Turbo-Charged My Income

by Mei @ Creative Hive

You're multi-passionate. You're crafty. You can't seem to keep your creative brain still. You're always coming up with brilliant craft ideas for new things to design and make! So you grab the scissors and take out the sewing machine to create something really awesome. But you look in your Etsy shop and you're confused. Why aren't […]

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SEO Guide: The Beginner’s Guide To SEO (2017 Updated)

by Ali Haider @ BlogRex

I can remind myself the very first days I heard about Search Engine Optimization. I was eager to learn it and found every single “SEO Guide“ on the internet, wonderfully informative and useful. But unfortunately I couldn’t find somethings easily the, or I should say, something to the point for beginners. Those were quite confusing […]

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How to Master Analytics like Will Smith and Amazon

by Today's Industry Insider @ The Kissmetrics Marketing Blog

Will Smith is not just a pretty face. Nor is he just a likeable, talented actor. He’s a businessman and a master marketer. The only Hollywood star that predictably gets over $20 million per flick. Even his movies that didn’t get good reviews, like Hancock and Suicide Squad, grossed over half a billion each worldwide. […]

#15: How To Get Your Personal Life In Order For Business Success

#15: How To Get Your Personal Life In Order For Business Success

by Mei @ Creative Hive

Subscribe: iTunes | Android | Stitcher | RSS | More Thank you for listening! Thanks for hanging out with me today! If you have any thoughts, ideas or feedback, feel free to leave a comment below. If you enjoyed this episode, please share it using the social media buttons above and below this post. And […]

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14 of the Best WordPress Plugins to Make Your Blog More Professional

by Ramsay @ Blog Tyrant: Start a Successful Blog

One beautiful thing about a WordPress blog is the never-ending ability to add plugins that completely change the way your blog looks and functions. It’s absolutely essential for successful blogging. (Please hit that Pin button if you enjoy this post! We really appreciate it.) A lot of these plugins would cost thousands (or even tens...

The Creative Hive Manifesto For Creatives In Business

by Mei @ Creative Hive

Why do you do what you do? Why do you run your own creative business when it's so much easier to get a “real” 9-5 job? Why do you stay up at night creating new designs or promoting your work? What's it all for? The Creative Hive Manifesto exists for four reasons: To remind ourselves of our why […]

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How to Grow a Sandalwood Tree

How to Grow a Sandalwood Tree

by @ How to of the Day

Sandalwood is highly valued for its aromatic scent, which is used in incense and perfume. Tropical Indian Sandalwood and temperate dryland Australian sandalwood are two varieties that are commonly grown. If you are hoping to bring some of the exotic scent of sandalwood into your backyard, you’ll need to make sure there is a viable host species. Sandalwood doesn’t grow without a host plant. Once established, sandalwood is a sensuous and potentially profitable tree to grow.

How to do an Instagram Giveaway

by Halley Belt @ ThriveHive

A great way for your small business to increase social media engagement, get more followers, and attract new customers is to run an Instagram contest or […]

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10 Steps to Selling on Etsy and Making a Living with your Passion

by Mei @ Creative Hive

Do you love making things with your hands? Do you have a product idea that you think will do well as a business? Wouldn't it be really awesome to make a living selling the things you love to make? It's every maker's dream! If you're completely clueless as to where to begin, I'm here to […]

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Underperforming Mobile Pages are Sabotaging Your Revenue. Here’s How to Fix Them.

by Today's Industry Insider @ The Kissmetrics Marketing Blog

Your site gets more traffic from mobile devices than desktops. So… why are your mobile conversions so low? That’s what matters most after all. Right? Right. The typical reason? Your site sucks. Plain and simple. It’s hard to use. The organization is a mess. And it’s slow as a snail. But there’s good news and […]

How to Become an SEO Expert [Complete Guide]

by Nathan Gotch @ Gotch SEO

Are you wondering what steps you need to take become an SEO expert? Perfect because this guide is going to show you everything you need to know. Becoming an SEO expert isn’t as complicated as you may think. All you need to do is follow the framework I’m going to show you and take action. […]

Online Marketing Strategies to Make Your Business Shine in 2017 | Part 2

by Get The Clicks @ Get the Clicks

(Video Transcription. See video below.) Stephan: By an SEO company. And I looked at it and I said, “You know something? I can do this better.” And so, in 2007 we decided we were going to launch this company and we were actually wholesalers for the first four years. Meaning that we actually work directly…

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eBay SEO: How to Boost Your Visibility on eBay & Rank #1

eBay SEO: How to Boost Your Visibility on eBay & Rank #1


eBay Sellers Journey to $100,000 a Month

eBay SEO - Get your eBay listings ranked #1 and increase eBay sales! eBay's Cassini search engine Optimization explained!

4 Ways to Steal Content Ideas with Moz’s Open Site Explorer

by Jeremy Moser @ ✅ SaaS + ✌ B2B Content Creation ✍ Experts | Codeless

2 Million blog posts are created and published every day. And the top tier, long-form content generates 9x more leads. For content marketers looking to publish the next big “Definitive Guide To X”, that’s bad news. You can’t afford to slave away for weeks on a post just to get outranked by the 3,000 other […]

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Interview with Eric Ronald: Learn how he built his incredibly successful wedding photography business

by admin @ Studio Ninja

Meet Eric Ronald, a down to earth, amazingly talented wedding photographer from Melbourne, Australia! Learn how he travels the world shooting weddings, gets featured in wedding blogs and just keeps it real perfecting and loving his craft! Please tell us a little bit about yourself, your [...]

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How to build a loyal following on social media

by Mei @ Creative Hive

How do you grow your social media following? The right kind that are not only your target customers but also raving, loyal fans? You're about to find out how and see the power of a true and faithful following on social media. Two days ago I posted one of my scented bacon necklaces on @tinyhandsjewelry Instagram […]

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This Week’s Must-Read Small Business Articles

by Square @ Business Resource Center | Town Square

Happy Labor Day Weekend, and welcome to our weekly series of must-read small business articles. Every Friday, we’ll be doing just what it sounds like—sharing the articles we think will be the most interesting to Square sellers. (Also, just some fun stuff). Here’s what we’ve got this week:

This guy is launching 12 startups in 12 months. Gives a new meaning to the adage, if at first you don’t succeed … try 11 more times?

He could probably use some sound business advice from the entrepreneurs who shared their secrets for winning on “Shark Tank.” Pro tip: Start with having a plan before you walk in the room.

Speaking of startups, a flight was diverted this week after a fight broke out due to Knee Defender, a new product that prevents passengers from reclining their seats. Viral marketing at its best (or worst, if you were on that flight).

Lots of news this week for small businesses looking to grow online: The Small Business Sense blog has five tips for using Pinterest to market your business. If you want to compete with the Amazons and Walmarts of the world, we recommend this guide to e-commerce for brick-and-mortar retailers or these strategies to help small sellers level the playing field.

Trying to figure out what makes your customers tick? Here are three secrets for making people happy every time.

We posted about this earlier in the week, but this story about a coffee shop in North Dakota that charges based on the honor system is rad. Not only have they not gone bankrupt, they’re making about 15 percent more in profit than expected.

First it put up shutters so we couldn’t casually window shop. Now Abercrombie and Fitch is phasing out its logo to try to boost sales. Next thing you know it won’t be suffocating us with the smell of teenage angst, either.

Finally: a story on firms that are in the awkward position of having to fire a family member. Terminating an employee is never an easy situation. Just imagine having to eat Thanksgiving dinner with that very same employee.

What to do when your family is unsupportive of your business

by Mei @ Creative Hive

Do you have family who are unsupportive of your business? “When will you get a real job?” “How's your hobby coming along?” They don't understand it's your passion to make art. They're not aware that there's a growing demand for handmade products in the market. They don't have faith in you and they don't believe it's […]

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March ’17 Update: New Workflow Rules

by admin @ Studio Ninja

New Workflow features have been released! Improve your lead management with these two new workflow rules. We've been really busy as usual chatting with our users and finding ways to improve our product. And once again we deliver! Our users - you guys told us that our workflows need to be improved further so [...]

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4 SEO Tactics for RankBrain and Human Behavior Signals

by Ron Dod @ Monitor Backlinks Blog

In October of 2015, Google confirmed the use of RankBrain as a way to help process its search results. At the time, it was only used in about 15% of all searches. Today, it is one of the main factors that goes into Google’s search ranking algorithm (source). Therefore, it is very important that we ...

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How to evaluate a marketing agency and their marketing proposals

by John Doherty @ Credo

One of the most common things I hear from businesses that we match with agencies or consultants through Credo is “How do I know which...

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How to create and use backups with WooCommerce

by Nicole Kohler @ WooCommerce

Get tips and tools for creating, maintaining, and using backups of your store's data.

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How to Get an ROI from SEO

by Nathan Gotch @ Gotch SEO

The acronyms “ROI” and “SEO” don’t often go together in the agency world. I’ve been guilty of focusing on SEO-driven KPIs such keyword rankings, backlinks, and organic search traffic. But here’s the truth: Businesses only want one thing… RETURN ON THEIR INVESTMENT. When they invest $24,000 into a SEO campaign, they want MORE than $24,000 […]

Top 4 ways to get insane traffic to your shop (and make more sales)

by Mei @ Creative Hive

It's no secret that you want to get more traffic to your shop, right? How do other people do it? And most importantly, how can you do it too? When you get more targeted traffic to your shop, it's a given that your sales will go up, up, up! In this post, I'll uncover the top […]

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GoatCloud SEO Podcast Episode 21: AdWords and Facebook Ads

GoatCloud SEO Podcast Episode 21: AdWords and Facebook Ads

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We discuss the differences between Google Adwords and Facebook Ads, and provide some basic, essential tips on how to use each advertising network.

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How to Distribute Leaflets Effectively

How to Distribute Leaflets Effectively

by @ How to of the Day

Leaflet distribution requires more effort than it seems. Appealing to receptive customers takes a lot of planning. Keep leaflets small and brief. Hand them out where the target audience can be found, taking pains to always be polite and professional. Find creative ways to distribute your leaflets, including mailing them to homes or displaying them in friendly businesses.

5 Reasons to Avoid “Affordable” SEO Services

by Nathan Gotch @ Gotch SEO

Falling for the “affordable” SEO services trap will wreck your business. I don’t want that to happen to you! This guide will explain why you need to avoid these services (and what to look for). Then, I’ll show you what you can do if you have a limited SEO budget. Let’s jump in. What is […]

How to Better Your SEO in an Hour with Internal Link Building

by Kristen McCormick @ ThriveHive

Every small business owner wants to get more traffic to their website.  Organic traffic, in particular, is the most coveted form of traffic and refers to […]

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Online Marketing Strategies to Make Your Business Shine in 2017 | Part 5

by Get The Clicks @ Get the Clicks

Stephan: Websites move with that absolutely. So yes, I would do it. Getting back to the domain signals. The address, do you guys understand what I mean? So, ADC company dot com forward slash about us. What you have up in that URL string. Lots of people when they rebuild websites they say it’s a…

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22 B2B Marketing Ideas to Skyrocket Growth

by Brad Smith @ ✅ SaaS + ✌ B2B Content Creation ✍ Experts | Codeless

  Imagine your online marketing as a funnel. The bottom of that funnel is your goal: customers. The step before that could be email subscribers. And the step before that could be user engagement. Regardless, each step in your funnel leads people to become loyal customers. And at the very top of the funnel is […]

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Are you advertising in the wrong places?

by Mei @ Creative Hive

Do you sell finished products or supplies? If you're like me, you're catering to the consumer that's ready to buy a finished piece. They're not interested in spending the time and effort to make something on their own. Our customers are people wanting to wear your product now. They want to gift your product to […]

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How to use Schema Markup for Better SERP

by Kristina Petrick @ Monitor Backlinks Blog

When creating any content for your website, it can sometimes be difficult for search engines to crawl your content and discover the topics you’re trying to present. Schema markup is one tool you can use to help clarify your content, by including markup for SERP that explains to crawlers what your data means. While you ...

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31 Insanely Useful Resources for Writing a Bestselling Book in 2017

by Ali Luke @ Smart Blogger

You’d love to learn how to write a bestselling book, right? Problem is, it’s scary. You’re not even sure what goes into writing a book, let alone a bestselling one. The good news? Below you’ll find 31 fantastic resources to help you write a bestselling book. (If you’re feeling a little overwhelmed by how many(...)

13 Etsy SEO Tips to Get Your Products Found

13 Etsy SEO Tips to Get Your Products Found


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Starting a handmade business has become much easier in recent years thanks to online platforms l...

Four hour workweeks are overrated

by Mei @ Creative Hive

Since Tim Ferris released his book The 4-Hour Workweek, many people have jumped on the work less, make more bandwagon. I’m not one of those people and I’m going to tell you why. While I know that there is value in working smarter, not harder, I think four-hour workweeks or even four-hour workdays are overrated! […]

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What is PPC Advertising and How Does it Work?

by ThriveHive @ ThriveHive

One of the keys to a successful marketing plan is to have a diverse portfolio of methods to get your name in front of potential customers. […]

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Credo - Find The Right Marketing Agency Or Consultant For Your Business

Credo - Find The Right Marketing Agency Or Consultant For Your Business


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Credo - The Place To Find Your Next Quality Consultant

The Best Ways to Make Images Retina-Ready for Your WordPress Site

by Ioana Dragnef @ WPMU DEV Blog

We live in a high-definition world. And since most of us spend more than eight hours a day staring at different types of screens, the quality of the images and characters contained within those screens is very important. Although they’ve only been around for a few years, Retina displays are the way of the future. […]

Ultimate Guide to Amazon SEO

by John E Lincoln @ Ignite Visibility

Want to sell on Amazon, but not sure how to stand out? Our Director of Amazon, Shawn Green, will tell you everything you need to know about Amazon SEO, and how to make sure your product is optimized for as many sales as possible.   Amazon has taken the internet by storm, managing to dethrone...

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Start your new store quickly with PayPal Business in a Box

by Nicole Kohler @ WooCommerce

Start or grow your business with PayPal's Business in a Box. Get what you need to sell online, take payments, manage your finances, and more.

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The 10 Commandments of AdWords

by Ben Ratkey @ Get Found Madison

Ask many small business owners about online ads, and you might hear something like this: “I tried AdWords, but it just didn’t work for me.” Or worse still, perhaps they bought ads from Yelp and received little to no return on ad spend (ROAS). Then they threw up their hands despairingly and concluded that Internet […]

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How to Get More SEO Clients? 11 Experts Chime In

How to Get More SEO Clients? 11 Experts Chime In


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So you've ranked a few websites, worked out a process and think you're ready for the big time. The question is: how do you get SEO clients?

How You Helped Us Build Square Capital

by Square @ Business Resource Center | Town Square


Accepting credit cards is a crucial part of running a business—but it is only one part. Buying new equipment, expanding to a new space, and hiring more employees pose exciting and often expensive challenges. That’s why today we announced Square Capital, a program designed to make it quick and easy for independent businesses to get capital they need to grow.

In building the program, we spoke with hundreds of businesses about the challenges they’ve faced getting and investing new capital.

Here’s what we heard and how it helped us build the program we launched today:

You think in terms of dollars, not interest.

When it comes to getting capital, the important questions are: how much money will I get, how much will it actually cost, and will it help me grow? For example, Follicle Hair Salon is a popular salon in San Francisco who were looking for ways to help their business grow. They assessed their salon costs and used Square Capital to move into a larger space and add 12 new salon chairs. They knew the total amount of the offer and the exact cost upfront, and since that cost never changed, the math was easy. With each salon chair bringing in between $5,000 to $8,000 a month, the new cash flow ensured the advance quickly paid for itself.

You have big ideas—but need money to get started.

One of our first Square Capital businesses, art and clothing store Zero Friends, was rejected by a loan officer because the company “just puts monster art on t-shirts.” They knew there was demand for their product—they just needed the initial cash to get going. With Square Capital, Zero Friends was able to double the inventory they brought to a recent comic book convention, which let them double their sales. We believe in independent businesses like Zero Friends and their “monster art on t-shirts.”

Your Time = Money.

We heard it over and over: For growing businesses, every hour counts. Caroline Bell, owner of Cafe Grumpy in New York, said they spent more than six months applying for a loan. With Square Capital, there’s no application process and Cafe Grumpy got their money the next business day. They used the money to open a sixth cafe. (If you’re in Grand Central station, you should stop by!) Because payments are automatic, business owners like Caroline can spend time—and money—on more important things, like chatting with customers, training employees, and growing their business.

We’re extending new Square Capital offers every week to sellers already running their business with Square. The first step to becoming eligible for Square Capital is to download Square Point of Sale for either iOS or Android and start running your business with Square today.
We’re excited by the success of some of the earliest uses of Square Capital and can’t wait to see what the future holds as we expand the program.

Learn more about the program—including eligibility—in our Support Center.

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The biggest mistakes marketing agencies see their clients making

by John Doherty @ Credo

SEO can be a black box, and many business owners have minimal understanding of it. To that end, that’s why you hire a professional to...

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2017 eBay Links Policy Update – Everything you need to know

by Victor Levitin @ eBay Sellers Journey to $100,000 a Month

Starting from September 2017, eBay will begin enforcing the new links policy update. In this post I’ll cover everything you need to know and do as a seller, to make sure your sales are not negatively affected by the update. 1) What exactly is the eBay links policy update? From September 2017 linking to sites outside of eBay will be disallowed, except for specific permitted domains. For the allowed links, there are two technical requirements...

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