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Rebecca Gill

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My focus is small business marketing, so I encounter a lot of people who have tried a do-it-yourself SEO approach to internet marketing. The semi-savvy business owner thinks his SEO knowledge is pretty darn good, yet he just can’t figure out why he isn’t seeing increases in website traffic. In our conversation he provides obscure long-tail keywords to illustrate his SEO tactics are working. He also tells me he lacks traffic and real revenue resulting from all the time he has allocated to his SEO research and implementation efforts. He finally informs me that he cannot allocate a large budget to SEO. Hmm, I think we have encountered a conundrum. Why is this the case? Is the small business owner really SEO savvy or is he lost in a web of SEO confusion? I’d say both. He knows enough to make him dangerous. I generally see very old SEO practices being used and many times ... (more)

When is Your Small Business Ready for an ERP System?

A common question small business owners ask themselves is when their business is ready to implement an ERP software application that will replace their existing small business software. Fortunately for the small business owner, there are a number of small business ERP software solutions on the market today that serve as a viable replacement for QuickBooks, Peachtree, and other small business accounting software packages. In my experience, there are three telling signs of when a small business is ready to migrate from its existing small business software to a more sophisticated ER... (more)

Current Craze in the Open Source World: Responsive WordPress Themes

Responsive WordPress themes are the current craze in the open source world.  But are they a true requirement or just a bunch of hype thrown out to sell more premium themes to unsuspecting buyers?  Do WordPress users really need to consider upgrading their existing themes to one that is responsive and mobile friendly? At first I was a bit skeptical, but responsive websites have grown on me and it is now a part of daily life for me and my coding team.  I will admit that I considered it hype at first, but once I understood what responsive was all about, I now consider it a requirem... (more)

Have a Seat Mr. Website Owner, It’s Time for a Little Introspection

When a client signs a contract with me for a web design, the first thing I do is send them a three page questionnaire and request they answer as many questions as they deem appropriate. This questionnaire helps me get inside their heads and it helps me better understand their marketing objectives, the opinion of their existing website, and their overall view of internet marketing. I ask a lot of questions about the current and future state of their sales process and marketing programs. While these questions are informative, I definitely have a few questions that are my favorites... (more)

It’s All Fun and Games Until the Website Flops

It’s the moment of truth.  The moment when you finally know whether your new website is a lead machine or a money pit.  It happens. Virtually every business owner with an internet presence has been there.  The moment when your new website is live and you can finally determine if your web design project was a huge success or a dismal failure.  This is the thirty-day mark and what I call the moment of truth. Thirty is the Magic Number Once a new website or redesign is thirty days old, you can start to tell what the world thinks about your SEO, usability, and general esthetics.  Are... (more)