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Pack Your Fatigues . . . It’s Time for the Solid Cactus Boot Camp
eCommerce
Pack Your Fatigues . . . It's Time for the Solid Cactus Boot Camp
26 August 2010

The Solid Cactus Boot Camp is a 3-day eCommerce training operation that helps site owners grow and optimize their online businesses. We use a small group setting for increased engagement among attendees and speakers, and we offer a wide range of presentations for eCommerce users at all levels—from new recruits to veteran sergeants. The Boot Camp will be in full operation September 22–24, 2010, at the Solid Cactus Headquarters in Shavertown, Pennsylvania. Read more…

Get Ready for Bing Results on Yahoo!
Search Engine Optimization
Get Ready for Bing Results on Yahoo!
18 August 2010

If you monitor search engine traffic to your website, you may notice a distinct change in the coming weeks. Bing™ is set to start delivering results for Yahoo!® searches, and this is going to have an impact on anyone who gets visitors from either of these search engines. When the transition is complete, you’re still likely to see results labeled as coming from Yahoo!, but they’ll be “Powered by Bing,” and the change is going to make you either happy or apprehensive. Read more…

Effective SEO Keyword Research Is Like Writing a Great Novel
Search Engine Optimization
Effective SEO Keyword Research Is Like Writing a Great Novel
6 August 2010

Search engine optimization, or SEO, is a buzzword that’s permeating the world of business. My followers on Twitter are frequently asking me if I’d like them to handle my SEO, and when I log into my Gmail account, I often see “Ads by Google” that are offering me links to SEO services. Clearly, this industry is becoming more and more important . Read more…

Are Those Sleigh Bells or Cash Register Bells?
internet marketing,Mobile/Applications
Are Those Sleigh Bells or Cash Register Bells?
3 August 2010

The Christmas buying season starts November 1, and if you’re not making plans today for the Christmas season, it may already be too late! Keep in mind: During the 2009 Christmas season, a record-breaking $27 billion was sold online—a 5% increase over 2008. For many large companies, the holiday buying season never stops. Orders are negotiated and placed with suppliers year-round for the next season in hopes of keeping margins low while anticipating what shoppers may be looking for during this 2-month buying frenzy. Read more…

Did the Google Mayday Update Sink Your Search Engine Traffic or Rescue It?
Search Engine Optimization
Did the Google Mayday Update Sink Your Search Engine Traffic or Rescue It?
7 June 2010

Sources in the world of search engine optimization (SEO) will tell you that Google makes up to 500 updates to its algorithm every year. The Google algorithm is essentially a complex set of rules that determine which websites get to be at the top of search results, and which ones end up on pages two through infinity. Although most Google updates have very minor effects on an average website, a recent update has either added or subtracted a substantial share of traffic from a number of websites. Read more…

eCommerce Marketing Strategy: Applying PPC Success to an SEO Campaign
internet marketing
eCommerce Marketing Strategy: Applying PPC Success to an SEO Campaign
3 June 2010

To generate revenue as quickly as possible, some eCommerce store owners begin their online marketing efforts focused on PPC advertising. Following their success in that channel, they use the revenue they’ve generated to support their SEO campaign, which entails a much longer term commitment. That scenario sets the stage for this article. Read more…

6 Steps to Minimizing SEO Impact During a Website Redesign
Search Engine Optimization
6 Steps to Minimizing SEO Impact During a Website Redesign
24 May 2010

You’ve likely heard the old maxim: “Do it right the first time—it takes less time than having to do it over. ” This sentiment rings loud and clear when it comes to your search engine optimization (SEO), and if you’re a website owner who redesigned a site, sent it live, and then decided to learn about SEO, you know firsthand how crucial it is to ensure that your website is optimized properly from the start. A website redesign can spark fear in the hearts of many a site owner, as search engine spiders need to reacclimate themselves to your new site structure, causing many sites to see a temporary dip in rankings and traffic after a redesign. Read more…

Internet Marketing Tools: How to Market Your Website
internet marketing
Internet Marketing Tools: How to Market Your Website
11 May 2010

Getting qualified traffic to your website can be more of a challenge than building the website itself. While there are plenty of free and cheap website design templates that can give you a professional online presence, the marketing side of the Web is much tougher to master. You can get traffic from other websites, search engines, Web apps, and email campaigns, or you can even pay to put yourself in Yellow Pages directories that only exist on the Internet. Read more…

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