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Starting an online business is not without its challenges. You will need to have a business plan, register your business, design a logo, and tackle many other tasks. You are also going to need a set of tools and services to help you run your online business more effectively. These 5 services help you bring your site online and start growing your business:

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HostGator: many businesses start their journey with HostGator. Their prices are reasonable and their services are very decent. You do want to make sure you get a plan that lets your site grow fast. [click to continue…]

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In order to run a small business effectively and grow it, you are going to need to have to wear multiple hats. You can’t do everything by yourself either. Outsourcing some of your tasks is a good idea. Picking up some of these tools would help too:

SEOmoz: not a cheap solution by any means but if you want to be successful with your SEO efforts, you are going to need this tool. The site has plenty of tools and resources to keep you in top shape SEO-wise.

Sucuri: a web integrity monitoring service that keeps track of the changes happening on your website and helps you clean up attacked sites. [click to continue…]

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Social media is a powerful channel for small businesses to take advantage of to promote their brands and generate more leads. Mastering it and getting the highest ROI do take a lot of effort though. You are going to need a real strategy to get it done. Details count too. For instance, you should pay attention to the times you publish your posts to make sure they get the most attention from your visitors. Here are 4 tools that show you how to choose the best times to schedule your posts:

Tweriod: this gives you the best times to tweet. It analyzes your tweets and your followers’ tweets so you can start posting at the best times. [click to continue…]

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People who have had to run a website in the past know the importance of investing in tools and services that can protect their website against disasters and hack attacks. Some of these tools can cost a ton of money but may be worth it for large businesses. These 4 tools give webmasters peace of mind and are affordable for small business owners:

VaultPress: one of the best services to sign up for to protect your WordPress website with. It helps webmasters backup their WordPress sites. It can handle security issues too. [click to continue…]

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Being an online entrepreneur is not as easy as some make it to be. This type of business can be quite volatile, depending on the markets you are involved in. Every entrepreneur should take time to keep up with the news in his/her markets and keep an eye on the trends. These 5 tools can help you do just that:

LinkedIn Today: a quite useful service that shows you which stories are being shared in your community more often. You can narrow down your results to get the stories that are relevant to your market. [click to continue…]

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Infographics have been quite popular on Facebook, Twitter, and other social websites. If done the right way, they can help businesses attract a ton of links to their web properties and get a lot of love in the top social networking sites. Most businesses are better off hiring experts to help them create infographics. But that could cost money. If hiring a designer to help you with creating infographics is not something you can handle in your budget, you can always create your own. Here are just 6 tools businesses can use to create their own infographics:

Adobe Illustrator: a professional software from Adobe that every professional publisher or designer needs to have. Mastering it can take a bit of time. Illustrator is not a cheap product by any means. At the same time, it has all the power one would need to create a killer infographic.

Gap Minder: gives you access to a ton of data you can use to perfect your infographics. It can save you time doing research. [click to continue…]

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Those of you who have owned your business for a while or have been around business professionals in the past know the power of visuals. These folks use visuals to make presentations, convey information to their team, and get their business done more effectively. Visuals can be very for online businesses too. Flowcharts, site maps, and diagrams can help business owners get their minds together and get things done more effectively. Thanks to these 5 tools, you can start making sense of data using diagrams and visuals right now:

Visualizing.org: it is not necessarily a tool per se, but it is a community of people who try to make sense of their data through diagrams and charts. Just explore the diagrams available through this website to get some ideas for your own. Some of these visuals can actually save you time.

Spicynotes: a powerful tool that lets you create powerful visuals to help your visitors explore your website more effectively. It can handle other types of charts too. [click to continue…]

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Twitter Lists are very powerful. They let businesses and individuals keep their followers and conversations organized and get more out of their Twitter experience. If you have more than just a couple of lists, things can get a bit overwhelming. Thanks to these Twitter list tools, you can manage your lists more effectively and get some real value out of them:

Formulists: the best Twitter list tool hands down. It helps you automate the process of organizing your followers and conversations using lists. It can even show you who has unfollowed you recently. A wonderful idea by a wonderful team of entrepreneurs. [click to continue…]

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One of the best ways to keep your business going in the right directions is by learning from your competitors. Every business makes mistakes. While you do not want to pick up those, there is no reason you should not look at the positive strategies adopted by your competitors to see if there is anything you can adopt in your own business. Those of you who own an online business can benefit a lot from keywords spy tools. They can tell you what keywords your competitors are using and how they are spending their money online. This information can help you improve your advertising efforts and find new areas to focus on.

If you are ready to take your competitive intelligence game to the next level, these 5 keyword CI tools are must try:

iSpionage: a complete competitive intelligence tool that shows you information on any website’s PPC and SEO efforts. It helps you go through your competitors’ ads and build your own campaigns more effectively.

Keyword Spy: one of the most powerful keywords spy tools around. It enables you to keep track of the most profitable keywords, find new markets to tackle, and expand your keyword list significantly. [click to continue…]

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Those who run an online business are always in need of storing things. You certainly want to backup your sensitive information as hardware crashes happen all the time. Besides, if you want to share documents and information with your team, you are going to need a place to store your files. Online storage is not always cheap, but it is very necessary for anyone serious about running their business.

There are so many online storage solutions available for businesses. While you can spend thousands of dollars for your file storage needs, these online storage solutions can help you get the job done in a more affordable fashion:

DropBox: DropBox is a pretty straight forward solution to store your non-sensitive files and documents online. The system is secure enough and aims to protect your privacy but don’t go overboard with it. The pro plans are pretty affordable too.

iDrive Sync: a very affordable service that lets you share your documents across multiple computers by sharing them online. 2 GB of free storage is provided to get you started.

Backupify: lets you backup and restore your sensitive information in a convenient fashion. It can backup WordPress, Blogger, and all kinds of other services. [click to continue…]

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