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Basic HTML for Internet entrepreneurs

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Having a basic knowledge of HTML (HyperText Markup Language) can be a huge help for bloggers, online entrepreneurs, or anyone who might be asked to put a WORD document onto the company website (for example).

5 Web design fails (and how to fix 'em)

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Good Web design is important for success online, but big companies implement bad design all the time. So, if you've been struggling to design a site then we can help you avoid some big mistakes.

How to create a free website with Wix

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Wix is one of the world's best online website builders with over 55 million sites created, and you can get setup for free in minutes by following our step-by-step guide.

Bootstrapping Ideas for Entrepreneurs

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Having a great business idea is only the beginning of the creative journey every entrepreneur goes on when starting a new venture using their own capital (known as bootstrapping).

For many, obtaining loans and financing to grow their startup can be really difficult. Not everyone can get featured on TechCrunch and go on to obtain millions in venture capital.

Building backlinks the right way

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Making sure your site enjoys the benefits of high quality, relevant backlinks is about more than creating great content and waiting for nature to take its course.

Not all niches lend themselves to viral sharing that build up lots of organic backlinks in a relatively short space of time. This is why it is important to be proactive about getting the links your content deserves.

Top small business trends (live)

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Having access to a great tool like Google Trends means that it is easy to keep an eye on how important brands and services are faring.

Since Google search is so prevalent (weighing in at about 67% in the U.S. and 90% in Europe), monitoring how popular services are trending can give some great insight into which ones are gaining market share and which are losing the race.

Website Builders (Complete Beginner's Guide)

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We've compiled research data on the top website builders; comparing and ranking them on everything from responsive design, to SEO, value for money and even overall popularity.

3 ways to build great B2B relationships

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Having a great product or service is simply not enough to enjoy strong sales (especially online), which is why it is crucial to build strong relationships with other organizations.

But recognizing that your enterprise can succeed or fail depending on the quality and quantity of the business relationships around you is one thing - finding and nurturing those partnerships is another thing entirely.

This article highlights three techniques that have proven themselves to be invaluable when it comes to ensuring that your company is constantly growing a powerful network of allies.

Yes Google, I'm a Fugu restaurant

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About two or three months ago I decided to have a quick look at what sites Google consider related to mine using the related: search operator.

To my horror I saw a list of SEO agencies - some of which were no more than a landing page for a paid SEO service (of no doubt dubious quality). Why would Google think this blog is an SEO company?

SME Pals' tagline is 'Start a small business today', and the focus of the site is to inspire entrepreneurs to find a business idea and startup as quickly and easily as possible. Sure, search is a big part of growing an online business, so I talk about it... but is this enough to cause Google to think this blog is an SEO service?

How to pitch big new clients

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Recently I was fortunate enough to attend a meeting between my startup and one of the largest logistics companies in the country - so that we could pitch our new service.

The size of this client would almost be sufficient to reach sustainability and profitability in one go. Obviously landing a whale in your first pitch as a new startup is the ultimate dream come true, but it can be hard to turn it into reality.

The meeting went ok, but there were some hard lessons learned about how to pitch big corporate clients that my partners and I took away from the experience.

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