links for 2009-02-13

  • Sometime there are projects or clients that need to be done in one days or so. When you need a quick striped background, a CSS menu, web 2.0 badges these tools are lifesavers. Recently, these generators helped me on one of the photo gallery I was working on. Maybe your are designer who wants to create and do all your design from scratch. But these tools are just a help dose on the side when you need them. So,use these tools when you need and share them.
  • Over 20% of businesses don’t track how their web sites are used – don’t be one of them! Does your web site generate the number of visitors or sales you expected? Do you know how many visitors are landing on your web site? Do you know where visitors come from when they arrive at your website? Or where they go when they leave? Do you know what your visitors do on your site and which pages generate the most interest? Do you know which of your marketing campaigns generates the best return on investment from your web site? Without this information it is almost impossible to get the best results from your website. A web analytics manager is essential to getting the most from your web site An online web analytics manager is the easiest and most accurate way to learn about visitors and what they do on your web site. Web analytic software takes raw data and turns it into structured information in the form of reports.
  • If you’re a small business or a one man/woman show, how are you promoting your business online? On the flip side, if you’re looking for a consultant, photographer, or a web design company, where do you start your search? That’s where Qapacity jumps in; they’re hoping to be the middle-man for professionals and service seekers, adding a few unique touches to make the process painless on both sides.
  • The best way to convince someone we know what we’re talking about is not to shout harder and longer to drown out other viewpoints but to offer up our expertise freely and willingly, accepting that others may have a different take on the subject. Whatever your product, your industry or your particular field of expertise, a strategic article marketing campaign will not only establish your brand advocate as a thought leader in their field but will also significantly contribute to greater search visibility. Article marketing is one of the original cornerstones of organic optimization but recent additions to distribution outlets and the arrival of a more savvy consumer validate a fresh take on this tried and tested formula. Whereas previously article marketing would be a bolt on to link building, it should now play an intrinsic part of reputation management and stand alone as a valuable SEO activity.
  • All aboard! If you aren’t twittering yet, you’d better start thinking about how to integrate Twitter into your business soon. I think this one is here to stay. Dell has already proven that Twitter works for them, after producing over $1M on sale alerts and now offering exclusive deals to their 11,000+ followers. Sure, Dell is a big name brand… but Twitter is a level playing field. Just as people sign up for your email newsletters today, they can start following you on Twitter too. But here’s the big difference — consumers like to stay in control. As soon as they turn over their email address, they lose that control. With Twitter, consumers stay in total control with the "follow" button, and they can choose to dump you (ok, "not follow") anytime they want. Here is an example from Yahoo! merchant, an online wine retailer:
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