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New Article - 4 Free Business Tools Your Business Should Be Using

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The following is an excerpt from our new article - 4 Free Business Tools Your Business Should Be Using

The allure of the word “free,” in our culture, is usually something that can’t be resisted. In the case of these business tools, the word “free” means exactly that – you should stop resisting and learn exactly what kind of great business services you’re missing out on.

But what do these tools do, exactly, and why are we recommending them to you? The story will unravel in the telling, especially as you learn about the free capabilities you’ve been ignoring too long and the potential applications it might have for the way you do business. Chances are by the end of this article you’ll be as excited about these free business tools as we are.

Google Voice

Sure, we’ll start with a big (and popular) one. But that’s okay. If you aren’t already using Google Voice, this quick summary should convince you that your strategy is failing you.

What is Google Voice? In essence, it’s a phone management system that allows you to look at your phone world from the filter of an Internet connection. That’s exactly what the modern business traveler should be looking for, of course, but if you haven’t even been looking for these solutions, then you need to give it a try. Send text messages online, have your voicemails transcribed and emailed to you – there’s really nothing you can’t do once you start to figure out what Google Voice is. So give it a try; we promise you won’t regret joining the herd.

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New Article - 6 Ways to Keep Your Blog's Link Profile Natural

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The following is an excerpt from our new article - 6 Ways to Keep Your Blog's Link Profile Natural

In this day and age, link building has become a bit of a no-no in the minds of many SEO marketers. Why? This ancient (well, by Internet standards) practice has clearly produced for a lot of people – so much so, in fact, that many people continue to swear by it.

The critics of link building would say that the time-tested tactic’s day has come and passed, especially as search engines like Google continue to recalibrate their formulas and grow ever the wiser. So how are you going to keep your blog’s link profile natural? Heck, you can’t even control how most people link to you!

Well, you’d be surprised, but there are ways to do it. Six ways to do it, in fact, that we’ll recommend right here:

1. Keep the Anchor Text Fresh

There’s nothing that says “spam” like placing all of your SEO eggs in the basket of one type of keyword or keyphrase. So don’t do it! In today’s Internet, you want to look as organic as possible – and, of course, be as organic as possible. If you can’t do that automatically, then do it manually by keeping your link-building efforts fresh with new anchor text all the time. Might it hurt you with one particular keyword? Sure, but so what? You want results that last a long time.

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New Article - 5 Rules for Finding The Perfect Domain Name

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The following is an excerpt from our new article - 5 Rules for Finding The Perfect Domain Name

It’s perhaps the most arduous and worthwhile pursuit for those of us looking to break into the world of domaining: finding that one perfect domain name.

Unfortunately, if you don’t own the rights to something like “Shop.com,” then you’ve probably realized that a lot of the “perfect” domain names have already been taken. What is a domainer in the world of 2012 to do? Think outside the box, of course! There are still ways you can find a perfect domain name without having to resort to buying someone else’s. Here are five such rules for doing exactly that.

1. Ditch the Keyword Research

We know, we know – this is heresy amongst the SEO veterans reading this article right now. But if you’ve done a lot of keyword research in your niche and have come to the conclusion that all of the best domain names have already been taken, then you’re facing two possibilities: 1. Your niche is over-saturated already and you’re doing the wrong thing (that’s an article for another day) or 2. You can still construct a great domain name, but you need to quit thinking like the rest of the Internet marketers in your niche. So ditch the keywords you’ve been looking up if there are no opportunities there.

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New Article - An Essential Guide to Choosing a Great Domain Name

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The following is an excerpt from our new article - An Essential Guide to Choosing a Great Domain Name

Despite Shakespeare's assurance that "a rose by any other name would smell as sweet," we know that the likely success of a website stinks unless it has a decent domain name.

Fortunately, there are a number of techniques and approaches we can use when we set out to create a great domain name. Let's take a few minutes to explore them and look for some inspiration.

1. Play Around with Words

Take a pencil and paper, or use your word processor if that makes you more comfortable, and start listing words that relate to your new website. Juggle them around a bit. Look for alliteration or other grammatical devices that aid in memory.

One of the best resent examples of this approach is Groupon. They had the idea of promoting Internet coupons to large groups of people. In the brick-and-mortar world Toys "R" Us is an example of playing with words.

You might add a word like "town," "country," "street," "mania" or "o-rama" to your idea. Admittedly some of these are better than others, but you get the idea.

2. Keep it Short

Turing to the Bard again, Shakespeare said that "brevity is the soul of wit," and equally as true is that short domain names are more memorable and therefore easier to find when web users fire up their browsers. You're allowed as many as 63 characters in your domain name and as few as two. As a rule, try to keep yours fewer than 20 characters in length and the shorter the better. However, unless your business is already well known by an acronym, it's better to stick with real words when you're developing your domain name.

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Top Cloud Hosting Providers - Top 10 list

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Cloud Hosting seems to be one of the big buzzwords of the day. For the most part, individuals and small businesses who have simple website needs won't need or benefit much from cloud hosting or cloud computing; there needs can be served by any of the web hosting providers on this site.

However, for those businesses which have lots of data storage needs and can benefit from cloud hosting, we have provided a list of the Top Cloud Hosting Providers in the chart below:

http://smallbusiness-domain.com/top_10_cloud_hosting_providers



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