Promotion

WordPress is a great platform to manage your blog with. Many bloggers rely on it to manage their content. You could also use the platform to set up killer landing pages and optimize them for conversion. Here are 5 landing page plugins that could help you with your landing pages:

Premise: you can use this plugin to create membership sites and landing pages using WordPress. The Premise plugin works with any theme and design framework. It lets you create sales, social, email, video, content, pricing and tabbed landing pages fast.

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Developing an iPhone or Android application can take a lot of time and effort. But your job is not done with coding only. You are also going to have to promote your app like a pro. Putting together a mini portal for your app is one of the best ways to build your brand and get your app(s) more attention. Here are 5 responsive site templates and themes that let you promote your apps online and look great on mobile devices too:

Grizzly: a responsive theme for those of you who use WordPress. It has plenty of icons, 7 custom widgets, and 3 ways to showcase your apps.

FluidApp: a fully responsive site template you can use to promote iPhone, iPad, Android, and Blackberry apps. It has valid HTML5 and CSS3. [click to continue…]

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Having the best content around gives your business a great chance to stand out but it is not everything. You also need to promote your website like a pro. Social media gives you the opportunity to do that and go viral. Google+ happens to be a fast rising social network. Considering that it is run by Google, you don’t want to ignore this community. Your contributions to this community could bring you great rewards in the future.

Plenty of webmasters have added Google+ buttons to their websites to encourage their visitors to share their content on G+. That’s not the only way to get Google+ shares though. You could always give away premium content or coupons in return for +1s and Google+ shares. Here are 5 plugins that could explode your number of Google+ shares:

Google +1 Content Locker: hides certain parts of your content and unlocks them when your visitors share your website on Google+. You’d be surprised how effective this tactic can be as long as you give your visitors a good taste of what your premium content is all about ahead of time. [click to continue…]

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WordPress is the perfect platform for small businesses. It is not only secure, it has a huge community behind it. Best of all, WordPress is pretty good in what it offers. There are plenty of free themes available for WordPress. These 5 premium themes have a lot to offer to businesses:

FaultPress: perfect for developers, this theme creates a bug tracking system on WordPress. It allows businesses to create a support system for their customers.

Chapters: useful for those of you who have written a book and want to promote it the right way using WordPress. You can share sections of your book using this theme just to encourage people to purchase it. [click to continue…]

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As a business owner, you will have to wear multiple hats. Developing content and creating your own products are not everything you will need to focus on. Promoting your work is a must if you want to get your work the recognition it deserves. Every online business owner should know the basics of search engine optimization. Even if you don’t intend to do your SEO yourself, you should still know enough to make the right decisions for your venture. These 5 SEO cheat sheets won’t make you a SEO master but will save you time learning a bit about this topic:

WordPress SEO Cheat-sheet: many online business owners take advantage of WordPress to manage their content online. This powerful SEO cheat-sheet shows you how to optimize your WordPress site for the search engines.

15 Minute SEO List: contains over 70 factors that you may want to pay attention to get your website higher in the rankings (or at least give it the best chance to go higher).

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Any online business that does not want to have more visitors have something wrong with it. The more visitors you get to view your landing pages and offers, the better chance you have of converting and increasing your revenue. Some small businesses get lucky or catch a break from larger sites. Not everyone is that lucky when it comes to traffic. The good news is there are simple ways all business can drive traffic to their websites (without sending a rocket to the moon). These 5 traffic tactics are not everyone businesses can do, but they can get you started with your e-promotional efforts:

Social Bookmarking: the easiest way to get some traffic coming to your website. Not only you should add social media buttons to your website, you should encourage your visitors to submit your pages to top bookmarking sites. Services such as Social Maximizer could be helpful too.

Social Media: every small business owner with a website needs to have a Facebook and Twitter page. Better yet, you need to have a social media strategy. Twitter and Facebook can drive a ton of traffic to your website if you are serious about them.

Article Directories: article directories won’t bring you a ton of traffic, but they can help you get the word out about your website. EzineArticles.com and iSnare.com are good places to start.

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There is no better way to take your business to the next level than starting your own affiliate program. It’s a no brainer really. Many business owners do not want to give up any part of their revenue, which is why they may be hesitant about running their own affiliate programs. It could also take a lot of work if you have lots of affiliates. But why would one want to avoid recruiting affiliates when they can sell products without any real effort on the merchant’s side. You are only going to have a certain number of hours each day, so it does make sense to outsource your promotional efforts by relying on affiliate marketers. The risk is not that high either.

Large businesses prefer working with networks such as LinkShare or CJ. But those networks can be a bit expensive to deal with for small businesses. Thankfully, there are software solutions that one can use to start an affiliate program and control how things are run. Here are 4 affiliate software solutions to get you started:

iDevAffiliate: used by many top independent sites on the Internet. It makes it so easy to host an affiliate program and gives merchants options. It can be integrated with other software solutions as well.

Post Affiliate Pro: a nice alternative to iDevAffiliate. It is designed to handle small or large affiliate programs. Your affiliates can start their campaigns, take advantage of your banners, or create their own links. The report options are pretty nice too. [click to continue…]

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The iPhone platform is one exciting journey to be a part of. Apple may be a controlling company, and you may not agree with the company’s policies. But it’s not tough to admit that the company has a gem of a phone on its hands. Add iPad to the mix, and you’ve got millions of people who use Apple products on an everyday basis to get things done. That’s why building an iPhone app for your business makes sense. You never know how many of your prospects use an iPhone to get things done, so it never hurts to give your prospects the tools they need to stay in touch with your business.

Developing an iPhone app is not too easy if you do not know any programming. But you don’t need to know programming to get your business app on iPhone. All you need is a partner to help you with the technical side of things. Thanks to these 5 iPhone app builders, you won’t have to worry about the technical side of things:

BlogApper: a very easy to use and quick way to get your app submitted and displayed on iTunes. If you own a business blog and want to give people an easy way to stay in touch, BlogApper is quite a useful service.

MyAppBuilder: a handy service for anyone who is interested in target the iPhone community. Whether you own a blog that you want to bring on iPhone or start selling your products on the platform, MyAppBuilder enables you to get a fast start for as low as $29 a month.

uBuildApp: uBuildApp is another easy to use iPhone application development service that makes it easy to bring your ideas to life. It costs as little as $99 to get your app live. [click to continue…]

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How To Add Your Blog To Alltop

by cyrus on Mar 5

Blog directories can be a good source of traffic for your personal or business blog. You do need to have decent content on your blog to keep people coming back for more. But you can’t just sit on your content and hope for others to make it to your blog. You’ve got to promote your blog. One of the best ways to do that is by making sure that your blog makes it to Alltop. Alltop is the brainchild of Guy Kawasaki, top entrepreneur and venture capitalist. You can think of it as the yellow pages of websites and topics on the Web. But here is the catch. Only quality sites make it to AllTop. So when you log on to the site, you know you are not going to get a bunch of splogs.

Adding your website to Alltop will not allow you to gain more credibility with your readers, it can help bring more people to your website as well. As AllTop grows, your traffic grows as well. So everybody wins. Before submitting your website to Alltop, you want to make sure you have a decent, professional looking website with a decent amount of good posts on it. So if you have just started your blog, you want to take the time to develop 10 or 20 high quality posts before going after top blog directories such as Alltop. Once there, you are ready to submit your blog to Alltop:

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Writing a book is not everyone’s cup of tea. Not everyone can come up with killer content for a book. But if you can, you are in the driver seat to bring a lot of publicity to your online business. A while ago, many didn’t even want to touch this topic as publishing and promoting a book was difficult or next to impossible for everyday business individual. With the emergence of devices such as Kindle and platforms such as Kindle Publishing, you can publish your book or blog and publish it on Amazon fast. So if you can write, you are going to have the opportunity to get your work noticed as well.

There are two ways you can go about publishing your work on Amazon. You can use Amazon’s Digital Text Platform to bring your work to Amazon. Even if you don’t have a book, you can use Kindle platform for blogs to get your work published.

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