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Handy software, marketing tools and publications you can use
"How-to" e-books and online tools to help small businesses and other
marketers use the Internet more productively. One of them, the classic Make Your Site SELL!, updated and greatly enlarged as Make Your Site SELL! 2002,
is a wonderland of knowledge on how to build and market a website, step by step. Virtually everything you need to know, and a great reference even if you know it all already. A few of the facts
may be outdated, but the principles and other 95% are eternal.
Other SiteSell.com titles detail how to set up profitable home-based businesses on the Web, and for
businesses of any size, there is a nifty server-side tool for low-cost pricing research.
And there is a unique package of capabilities called Site Build It!, that enables you to
build, manage and promote your website for maximum traffic with no prior experience. Don't confuse this
with the typical "website in a box"-type packages offered by ISPs. The emphasis here isn't on building a website; it's
on building a niche business based on a sound plan. It's about assuring that your site will get traffic. In other wise,
it's about building a site that works.
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How To Put Your Book Together and Get a Job in Advertising (Newly Revised Ed., 2011)
What it says. By someone who knows.
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GET IT at Amazon
If you're familiar with search engine optimization,
you're ready to get your site listed. There are right ways, and wrong ways.
SelfPromotion.com is one of the
right ways. It's sweat equity, with a major dose of
robotic (but not mindless!) assistance. You'll also find plenty of information
and tools to help you optimize your site beforehand. Plus advice on where else to put your money, and not.
Try these key pages right now:
How to make your site search engine friendly
Search Engine Submitting 101
Trends: A historical look
How to submit to Yahoo -- or should you?
Makes even sweat-equity a no-sweat proposition. GO THERE
planning, building, writing or marketing a Web site, you need to how many people are searching for
what on the Internet. WordTracker.com is one of the tools that professional search engine
optimizers use profusely, because it not only tells you what phrases are popular, but how many sites
are based on them that makes it much easier to find a productive niche. And, great news,
the free trial alone is very informative. If you need to dig deeper and wider, a membership is
a sensible investment. (But note that a tool like this, and much more, is also available in the SiteSell
Site Build It! product mentioned above.)
Software that prints
pages 2-up (etc.), previews and makes booklets, without changing your document. I used to give this product a 100% endorsement. The latest version, while more capable, strikes me
as sometimes a little confusing (why must all software favor obscure icons rather than menus?), and printer drivers now do some of these things themselves,
but it's still invaluable for most of the things I've used it for -- consolidating
printouts from various sources, printing as small as 8-up, annotating, creating booklets (even very thick, side-stitched ones), double-sided printing, etc. If nothing else,
it's super handy when you're shopping -- browse the Web, print the info you want, and take it with you to the brick-and-mortar stores. There's a companion product that makes PDF files, but
if you already have a printer driver that creates PDF files, you can print to it from FinePrint.
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• Brent Brotine Communications. If you need another good writer or speaker, but
based in Chicago, give Brent a call. Ex agency creative director and past president of the Chicago chapter of the International Interactive Communications Society.
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