3 Simple and (Extremely) Affordable Website Options

Over the last month I have talked with several business owners who have expressed a need for something different with their website.  They have one of two problems: they are paying too much for their website with not enough return, or they currently don't have a functional website.

The good news is that there are some great do-it-yourself website options available today - options that are affordable, beautiful, and easy to use.  Honestly, I have seen these DYI drag-and-drop sites look and perform MUCH better than “professionally developed” sites.

While there are numerous website platform builders available, I have chosen three to discuss.  These have been chosen based on popularity, functionality, design, and ease of use.  You really can’t go wrong with either of these three options though each has...

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5 Things They Don't Teach You In Business School

In working with numerous entrepreneurs over the last decade, I have often heard one main theme: “I never went to business school.”  To these entrepreneurs, they feel that their businesses are somehow at a disadvantage because they are not experts in business.

But why would they need to be experts in business?  After all, business owners need to be experts in their specific industry.  Well, these entrepreneurs understand that their business does have a “business side,” which can result in HUGE returns - if properly managed.

The good news is that I don’t believe that anyone is at a disadvantage for not having gone to business school.  In fact, I feel that not going to business school can actually be an advantage for a business owner.

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What Is a Buyer's Journey?

Every buyer takes a journey with your business.  Some of these journeys last years and produce great profits, while journeys end before they really begin.  Instead of thinking of sales from the prospective of a business, the buyer's journey focuses on how a customer evolves in their engagement with your business.

In developing a business model, it is important to understand that there is a natural progression every buyer takes in regards to their engagement with your business.  It take time to build trust with a buyer and it takes a pretty significant effort for them to walk through their journey of doing business with you.  To understand a buyer's journey, we must start by looking at the stages a buyer takes during their journey with a business.  There are four stages to a buyers journey...

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What Makes a Business Healthy

When we look at a small business, we can usually tell pretty quickly whether or not a business is healthy.  We can tell if the business is mature and strong, right?  The parking lot is always full, they always have what we need, and the staff make you feel welcome and leave a desire to return.  On the other hand, we can also tell if the business is weak and dying.  We have all seen it.  

I remember going into a local hardware store for the first time after moving to a new town.  Within moments of being in the store, I was asking myself

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How a Business Coach Can Help Your Business

If you are the one on top - the business owner - the buck stops with you.  If you want to make money this month, you push harder and make it happen.  If you are tired or just not feeling it, you can sit on your butt.  It is completely up to you.

The winds of motivation are constantly changing and this is where a business coach can help you stay on course.  Here are a few ways to find a business coach without necessarily breaking the bank...

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5 Reasons Why SEO Should Be Important For Your Business

While everyone seems to understand the importance of Search engine optimization (SEO), I am absolutely amazed at how many businesses do not utilize the most basic tactics of SEO.

For example, I have been talking to my son's taekwondo studio for several years about the importance of SEO. For whatever reason, they delayed and delayed implementing basic tactics on their website. When they finally did implement a few SEO tactics, they ended up with so many

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Big things coming...

I have some big news coming that I am excited to share with all of you, but I can't let the cat out of the bag completely yet.  That said, here is a little piece of what I (along with my wife, Jessica) have in the works.

We would love to hear your thoughts.


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3 Ways to Find Keywords for Your Small Business

As the hack of the week is to incorporate keywords into the website of your small business, I thought it would be important to share with you a few ways to find good keywords to focus on.

After all, if no one is searching for a keyword then what is the point?  Here are three ways to find good small business keywords.

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Alternative to Yellow Pages: Using Local Keywords

Just a decade ago, most businesses would purchase a space in the Yellow Pages book and just wait for the phone to ring.  They didn’t need an alternative advertising option - Yellow Pages just worked.

Oh how the times have changed.  Small businesses can no longer just rely on Yellow Pages because 80% of consumers use the internet when they are trying to find a new product or service.  Therefore, small businesses must find an alternative to Yellow Pages.

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Hack of the Week: Using Keywords on Your Website

Let’s face it.  We live in a digital world; if you don’t have a presence online then you don’t exist.  At least in the eyes of those who are actually searching to buy a product or service that you are offering.

According to Forbes, “consumers report using the internet first (80% of the time) when they need a new product or service, and printed Yellow Pages only second or third (about 50% of the time.)”  

This means that if you are a small business owner, you can no longer...

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