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Submitted by on 03/21/2012 - 13:02
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The very first tweet posted on Twitter was March 21, 2006 and within this short period of 6 years, well over 500 million accounts where created.

It changed the Social Media landscape allowing many fans to talk with their favorite stars and Internet Marketers to grow the number of people who hear about them and their services or products. Many large companies are also using the system to closely keep in touch with their customers, giving them a great marketing advantage.

Like with any other Social Media system, once you created your account and are actively using it, it just ...

Submitted by on 03/11/2012 - 14:40
Categories: Internet Snap! Business

Google +1Today I was looking for a way to add a Google +1 button that looked like other buttons. Suppose you have a website where you already added buttons: Facebook, YouTube, and Pinterest. You created a very specific look for those 3 buttons to match your website. It looks really nice. Now you want to add a Google +1 button...

The image on the right shows you the default Google +1 look.
If that is not what you want on your site, you'll want to use the following trick.

Submitted by on 02/16/2012 - 16:53
Categories: Internet Website Marketing

Big stack of money!To my point of view, one of the most prominent thing on the Internet these days is:

I want to make money!

Although many people are happy with just their regular job and use the Internet to work faster, play games at home, and find delicious recipes, there is a large number of people who think of the Internet as a money making machine. Well... it indeed created quite a few millionaires and will continue in doing so.

But...

Submitted by on 01/22/2012 - 15:42
Categories: Blog SEO Marketing

Châteay de Pierrefond, FranceI often receive spam in my mailbox and on my websites. It is expected that emails will include one link that's repeated several times so the readers are much more likely to click on it at least once1. If they don't click on the first one, they are likely to click on the second or the third. When they skip all of those links, maybe they'll click the one in the P.S. area? This technique makes it easy to funnel people to a specific location on your website.

Now this is completely different from good SEO.

  • 1. As a rule of thumb, you do not want to have more than one link per paragraph, and if you have really small paragraphs, probably one every other paragraph. If the link doesn't really fit in the paragraph or you decided to send text emails, you may also place the links between paragraphs.
Submitted by on 01/13/2012 - 22:14
Categories: Internet SEO Website

Relation between pages using an IFRAME.I learned today that in the last couple of months two people tested content using an IFRAME to see whether the links in the IFRAME would generate the expected juice1 to the destination page, and it does!

The image to the right shows you what the test is about:

1. You create a new page

2. You create a link from a low ranking page2

  • 1. In SEO terms, juice means passing ranking value from one page to another.
  • 2. You do this because that's where the link really belongs! Remember that for clean SEO and high ranking, you want links to look right for the page.
Submitted by on 10/28/2011 - 20:35

Today I watched this video about Übercart which is the e-Commerce system we offer with Snap! Websites.

The last slide presented in this video1 shows a list of pages by importance. This entry really caught my eye because the order of the pages is different from what I've seen before.

If you also have a cart and offer goods to your customers, this is very important to you because if you are like me you want to increase your sales and not just spend your time on beautifying pages that are not significant to your actual customers.

For example, my company's main website has an okay front page. We actually don't change it (it could definitively be better!) because not even 10% of our traffic ever visits our front page (i.e. out of 3,000 hits or so a month, we'd get a whooping 260 hits on the home page, often not the same people who landed on another page.)

  • 1. The slide of interest appears a little after 9 minutes. Note that the video is pretty awful otherwise...
Submitted by on 10/20/2011 - 12:42

Pines under SnowOn October 18, Google announced that all the searches for logged in users (say you have a G+ account...) will make use of their secure pages (i.e. using encrypted data.) Our new upcoming Snap! Websites version will also let you log in your account using SSL.

This is important for users of Google+ since a bar appears at the top and the functionality of that bar includes a cookie. This is a security issue since your account could get hacked since your cookie is traveling on the Internet in clear while doing searches (unless you log out of G+ each time you use it?)

Submitted by on 10/07/2011 - 20:48
Categories: Marketing Knowledge

Colorful DidgeridoosToday I got a new contact in Los Angeles named L.A. Outback. Their picture made me curious. I looked at their website and they are actually selling Didgeridoos, also called Mago. This is an instrument, a long tube, created by arborigenal tribes. They create a quite interesting vibration when you blow inside them (I put a video about it below.)

The reason why I'm talking about this on Snap! Websites is because this is definitively a niche market. Where are you going to by your next Didgeridoo? You're not likely to find it at the store down the street, although some music store may have some, it certainly is a rare item in the U.S.

Submitted by on 08/26/2011 - 11:01

Armadillo on Hind Legs by GigrantulaI created a MerchantCircle account a very long time ago and at first did not see any value in it. Today, my account as a Google rank of 3. It's not the best of the best, but it points to all my main websites, such as Snap!, equally increasing their rank and this without having to do much work, really!

Link from your site

First, assuming you are a small business, you want to add a link from your main website to your MerchantCircle account. This will send some traffic to your MerchantCircle account and end up in some people connecting with you.

For this purpose, you can use your MerchantCircle vanity URL. This is done by going to your Dashboard and after clicking on Business Information, scroll down to Website Links (at this time, the last entry on the page) and then click the Edit link. Here you are given a way to enter two links: your main website and your Custom Link (or vanity link). In there, enter your preferred alias. In general, the best is your business domain name. Say your business website is http://www.example.com/ then use example. Finally, hit Save.

Submitted by on 08/18/2011 - 14:10
Categories: Snap! SEO Technology

As I keep up to date with Google Search Engine enhancements, I listen to a video (here on the left) yesterday explaining how you could increase your credibility (and thus increase the number of hits you get on your websites) by clearly specifying who the author of a post is. I immediately made the necessary changes to Snap! so it supports this capability.

For anyone who offers a blog or similar feature on their website, it is very likely that you will include the name of the author and a link to his or her account. The account should include a small biography describing the author ...