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Weekly Small Business Roundup – August 26, 2011

Friday, August 26th, 2011

Weekly Small Business Roundup

This week’s Small Business Roundup includes 6 ways to increase blog traffic, higher taxes for small businesses, and SMB social media statistics.

Six Steps to Increase Your Blog Traffic – Some really great tips you can use to get more visitors to your blog. Unlike a lot of articles, this one gives real world examples we can relate to our individual situation.

Higher Business Taxes May Follow Treasury’s Definition of Small – The Treasury Department is considering redefining what a small business is. In my opinion, they don’t go far enough. They are suggesting there be a “$10 million in annual gross income or deductions,” where there currently is none. Make sure to take in the statistics at the end of the article.

Create a Robust Landing Page Testing Strategy – This is an interesting article, worth a read if you are considering a landing page for a new product/service. It goes into pretty decent detail about how to go about developing a testing plan and what kinds of things to test for.

Why You Should Never Build Your Site on a Free Subdomain – I really couldn’t have said any of this better myself. The one thing the author doesn’t come right out and say that I would add is: using your own domain name is professional. Yes, anyone can buy a domain name and set up a website – but the fact that you’ve made the effort and branded your website (and email!) with your own domain name says a lot. I think it’s a given.

5 Time-Saving Tools to Add to Your Twitter Tool Belt – Use these tools to manage and maintain your Twitter account. If you are currently using Twitter or are considering using it for your social media strategy, definitely check these out.

47 Percent of SMBs Still Not Using Social Media. Oy. – Really great statistics from a recent survey of small business owners. Don’t miss the suggestions in the second half of the article for how to find the time in your busy day for social media. My biggest take away: if so few small businesses are using social media – then we have a huge opportunity! Can you be the first, or – better yet – the best, in your industry with your social strategy?

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Tech news is up later today. Have a great weekend!

Weekly Tech Roundup – June 24, 2011

Friday, June 24th, 2011

Weekly Tech Roundup

I read a lot of blogs. I subscribe to a lot more blogs than I have time to read. Sound familiar? If you're like me, you don't have time to read everything you want (if you do, please tell me your secret). In an effort to reduce the chaos of life, I do two weekly article roundups: one for technical things and one for small business things.

Here's a roundup of the most interesting tech articles I found this week. Enjoy!

ICANN opens the domain floodgates – There were a ton of articles on the new top-level domains (TLDs) this week. Kind of exciting but not really useful for small businesses. Unless you have $185,000 lying around. And another $25,000 per year to maintain it.

Useful Resources, Tools and Services for Web Designers – An extremely comprehensive list. One of the reasons I love Smashing Magazine!

Five Useful Interactive CSS/jQuery Techniques Deconstructed – The five are: Extruded Text Effect, Animating A Background Image, Mega Dropdown, Animated Slideshow Navigation, and Animated Icons. Complete with explanations, code samples, and demos!

What Kind of Maintenance Do I Need to Do on My Windows PC? and What Kind of Maintenance Do I Need to Do on My Mac? – Great suggestions for both Mac and PC.

Popuload for Adobe Photoshop – This is a really fun idea! Have you ever had to sit and wait for Photoshop to process something? During these times I usually pull up my browser and try to read a quick article. Popuload is an RSS reader for inside Photoshop! Whenever the loading/processing bar appears in PS, Popuload appends a window with your RSS feed content for the duration of the processing time. Only for Mac, so I’ll still have to pull up my browser for now.

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