Internet Business

WordPress plugins: Do You Need Them?

by Doug Samuel on 6 May, 2009

Unless your WordPress site is very simple, and not open to the public, you certainly do need plugins.

Think of each plugin as solving a problem, or part of a problem.

So as a website owner, what problems might you have with WordPress? [click to continue…]

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WordPress Plugins

by Doug Samuel on 5 May, 2009

WordPress plugins: what do they do?

When you first install WordPress, it has a limited range of behaviors.

You can write posts and pages, allow visitors to leave comments, add a list of links to the sidebar of your blog … quite a few things actually. WordPress is quite capable out of the box.

WordPress can do quite a few other things as well. The basic version is really pretty good. [click to continue…]

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Short URLs – Helpful or Hindrance?

by doug on 5 May, 2009

Short URLs – tinyurl, cli.gs etc., are a handy way to turn a long and ugly URL, into a short, handy one.  They are very popular in Twitter posts to keep links from wasting too much of your precious 140 character message.

Shortened URLs have a number of other uses.  They are perfect for cloaking affiliate links.  For some reason, some people don’t like affiliate links, and bypass them.  By giving them a short URL, the destination and affiliate link are hidden. [click to continue…]

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Install WordPress – Fantastico or Manually?

by Doug Samuel on 2 May, 2009

Installing WordPress in cpanel is a straight-forward process.

There are two ways you can install WordPress in cpanel: the fast and easy way with Fantastico, or the manual method.

Each has its pros and cons.

Fantastico does most of the work for you, and you can enter all the information it needs on one simple page. This makes the job of setting up WordPress very convenient. For beginners, it also saves you the slight complication of accessing several different areas of cpanel, and avoiding some common mistakes that can result in a failed WordPress installation.

Fantastico does have some drawbacks though. For one thing, Fantastico does not always install the latest version of WordPress. It is usually up to date, but when a new WordPress version is released, the version installed by Fantastico will be out of date until Netenberg, owners of Fantastico, get around to updating it. [click to continue…]

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WordPress: is it the Right Choice for Your Website?

by Doug Samuel on 30 April, 2009

WordPress: is this always the best bet for your website?

If you need a content management system (CMS) or blog (hint: if you are serious about your internet business, then you do need a CMS/blog), then you have many choices of software.

When I say choices of software, I mean free software! Besides WordPress, you could use Joomla, Drupal, movable type … just to name a few.

A few years ago, I tested quite a few content management systems. At the time, I didn’t know anyone I could trust for advice, so I spent many hours downloading different packages, installing them on my server, and checking them out.

I ruled out quite a number of them for various reasons. Some were very powerful, but took too much time and effort to do even the most basic things.

Others were not powerful enough, or too awkward to use. [click to continue…]

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Internet Business and Teamwork

by doug on 29 April, 2009

Internet business development is seen by many as a solo operation.

Most of those many are probably just starting out.

All of the big-name marketers I talk to have a team they work with.  They usually have a close inner circle that they trust (either business partners or employees) and an outer circle of support staff – employees and contract workers.  They trust these people too.

This may come as a surprise.  It did to me.  I always pictured the internet marketer as the lone wolf, leveraging technology and the internet.

This turns out not to be the case.

Why is team work so important to your online business?  Because it is a major internet business accelerator.  Here’s why.

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Internet business effectiveness was covered in an earlier article on this website.

There are a number of reasons why being effective, and effective first, then efficient, is so important.

Being effective means achieving your goals.  This is not quite the same as being efficient, which is all about getting things done.

So you got things done, good for you.  Where those effective things you got done?

When you start an internet business, a lot of your tasks focus on you doing things for the first time.

It is hard to be efficient when you don’t really know what you are doing. [click to continue…]

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Internet Business Effectiveness – how important is that?

Internet business efficiency seems like job 1.

But first ask yourself the question: are you being effective?

When you place efficiency first, you fall into a trap, without even realizing it. [click to continue…]

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Internet business website design and implementation can be a long, expensive and tedious operation.

That was the old way of making a website.

You will be glad to know that the new way of making a website is fast, relatively easy, very powerful, and exceptionally flexible.

In case this already sounds too good to be true, let me add one more.

Free.

Yes, you read correctly, the new way of creating a powerful, flexible website that you control, is free.

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Internet business website is central to your success.

As I have said in other articles, the website is not the business.  The website certainly performs some very important functions.  It is even possible to have an internet business without a website.  Interesting?  It is true.  But not relevant to this discussion.

For now, lets assume that you need a website for your internet business.  The best businesses have at least one.

Lets look at what a website can actually does for you: [click to continue…]

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