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Jun 19, 2008

My First 30 Days On Twitter

It was after watching a video on Twitter Marketing 101 posted on Doug Karr’s blog that I finally signed up for Twitter . I had probably made it to Twitter.com numerous times after reading other blog posts or print articles on Twitter, but for some reason I held off on getting involved. Looking back I compare it to late 2006 when I finally started business blogging after sitting on the sidelines (for far too long). Now 30 days into Tweeting, I ...

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Jun 17, 2008

CSS Gallery Love From CSS Vault Makes Our Day

I was so busy tending to a few web projects and tomorrow’s Five e-letter that I didn’t bother checking out our Woopra account to see how the daily traffic was flowing. It seems I was missing out on some big things as the Five website made the front page of CSS Vault today, one of the most respected CSS Gallery websites out there. Nothing like a surge in traffic (over 350 users) and some street cred among peers. The ...

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Jun 10, 2008

SEO: Keeping Search Engine Optimization Simple

We’re all aware of the KISS theory, keep it simple stupid.  So I was reminded the same should apply to SEO when reading a post by Eric Enge on Search Engine Land and the power of simplicity in explaining SEO to clients . Search engine optimization can be complex with all of it’s facets and processes, but the true root can still be a simple one.  For me, the most simple sentence explaining SEO to non-search types was ...

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Jun 9, 2008

Web Design Projects In June

Five has a few web design projects that are getting ready to go LIVE in the next few weeks so I thought I would give you a sneak peek. If you are in need of a great Minnesota web design firm, holler at us! Besides looking good, these sites have functionality including e-commerce, an account/user management system and more.

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Jun 4, 2008

Google Search Inside of Google Search

After reading a story about the top newspaper websites (thanks to Ed Kohler’s Tweet ), I wanted to view the San Francisco Chronicle website since it received an “A” grade. Upon typing in “San Fransisco Chronicle” into my Google search field (bad article, no links!) I saw something I had never came across before. A search feature to search the SF Chronicle site , right from Google. As you can see, Google is ...

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Jun 2, 2008

Internet Marketing Worth Reading From Minnesota

I felt like I had come across some great posts and interesting articles with Minnesota roots the past few days and I thought I would pass them along to you. Maybe it’s because we finally had a weekend of 75 degree days with plenty of sunshine to get our great MN minds going. + The StarTrib had an interesting article about the private community of North Oaks asking to be removed , and actually being removed from Google Maps.   Gets me thinking ...

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May 30, 2008

Online Review & Business Blogging Success Snippet

Last week when I posted about online reviews being used as a marketing strategy , I didn’t grasp that my post would push one of our customers to take action. Shortly after the blog post hit, which our client Sparkling Clean Window Washing subscribes to via email,  the owner headed off to one of our local pages and left us a great review .  It turns out that Ryan has been nudging clients to use online reviews for his business as well and in ...

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May 28, 2008

Writing User Friendly & Search Engine Friendly Website Content

It shouldn’t be news to you that you need to write web content that engages and informs your website user / visitor first and foremost and attracts the love of the search engines second. It can be very easy to accomplish both user friendly content and search engine friendly content when you consider that visitors to your website these days are more like the search engines than ever. 1. Be basic and straight forward. Users appreciate less ...

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May 22, 2008

Online Reviews Get Some Press And Pimp Local Search

Yesterday’s USA Today had a feature story about the effect of online reviews for businesses leading to acquiring new clients. The focus of the article was a Los Angeles area chiropractor who actively encourages clients to write reviews on Google, Yelp , Yahoo and other local sites that allow reviews. His business has increased from people finding the reviews and choosing his practice over the others in the local search results. I think having a ...

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May 20, 2008

Making A Company Overview Video For Your Website

Video, video ,video … it’s a hot topic.  But how can your small business use Internet video ? A company overview video is a great way to bring more to the table on explaining and showing who you are, what you do and how you do it.  Your website visitors are engaged with visual and audio instead of just reading text and viewing photos/graphics.  Here are just a few of the basic items you can cover and include for your own company overview ...

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