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Free Business Plan for Online Startups

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Starting out with a great business plan is especially important for online startups (like blogs, professional sites & eCommerce stores) because knowledge and understanding rule the highly competitive Web based economy.

Step-by-step guide to my Google Panda penalty recovery

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Restoring Web traffic volumes after a Google algorithmic penalty (especially one like Panda or Penguin) can be a very difficult and, often, fruitless task - without any guarantees.

How to create inset text with CSS Web design (for beginners)

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Inset text can make your Web design look beautiful, and while it is cutting edge, it's also super easy for beginners to implement using CSS and a bit of HTML.

Creating text with subtle shadows and shading, that gives the impression of depth, is a widely used Web design technique on many leading blogs and websites.

You can even see it in action in the SME Pals site name - and best of all, it uses lightweight, clean CSS instead of clunky, slow images.

Create a Website Google Loves

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Everyone creating a website, regardless of whether it is a blog, professional site, or shopping cart, should keep Google and SEO in mind right from the start.

Almost every aspect of building a site from choosing a domain, Web hosting company, website builder or CMS, Web design, through to page layout and color scheme, can affect the way Google ranks a site.

How to build a website for free with Weebly

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Here's a quick step-by-step, beginner's guide to building a website (for free, or very little cost) using one of the world's best website builders - Weebly.

The reason I chose Weebly to create a website is because hosted website builders, like Weebly, are easier to use than alternative Web design methods for small business - such as content management systems (CMS).

For small and home business startups, or traditional businesses without solid Web design skills and experience, a good website builder is the natural choice to create a professional website quickly, and cheaply.

Weebly & Wix vs. Drupal & Joomla (Website builders vs. CMS)

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Drupal & Joomla are two popular CMS systems that offer powerful Web design and development features, and both have recently been overtaken in popularity (in the United States) by Wix & Weebly.

5 practical SEO tips for eCommerce

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SEO (Search Engine Optimization) for eCommerce sites plays a vital role in driving valuable organic search traffic that converts into sales and revenue.

But, over the last few years, as Google has unleashed Panda and Penguin on Web spammers, thin affiliates, and duplicate content sites, many online store owners feel that SEO is a dirty word - a way to cheat instead of compete.

How to Build an Online Store with Bigcommerce

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Hosted shopping carts, like Bigcommerce, offer a quick and affordable way to build an eCommerce site without requiring any technical or Web design skills.

Bigcommerce provides cutting edge Web design with great SEO (Search Engine Optimization), mobile support and plenty of integration with 3rd party platforms (like eBay) to help drive sales.

In addition, Bigcommerce has already handled over one billion dollars in eCommerce transactions so you can be sure of a safe and reliable platform on which to build your business.

When to use robots.txt and 301 redirects for Panda SEO recovery

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With Google's Panda update #25 lurking just around the corner, it's important that sites under penalty from previous Panda updates are taking the right steps to resolve their SEO problems.

The Panda algorithm deals predominantly with content quality, including issues like duplicate content, thin content, and generally poor quality content.

Wix vs. Weebly

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At some point, you're going to need to decide which of the most popular website builders (Wix or Weebly) to use for your own small business website.

Wix and Weebly are two of the best website design tools on the market today - accounting for around 40 million personal & small business websites between them.

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