Website resources for small businesses
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Client specific information
Social Networking & Getting your name out there
Remember that you don’t need to actively participate in all these. Make an account and add your information, including website address (link backs are so important for SEO, remember!), but concentrate on networking and getting to know people on just a couple of sites that fit you best.
Facebook Pages: www.facebook.com/pages/create.php
(make sure you’re signed in and give your business it’s own page)
Friend Connect: www.google.com/friendconnect
www.google.com/local/add (Google local listings)
Yahoo: Add your website to Yahoo
listings.local.yahoo.com (Yahoo local listings)
Bing/MSN: Add your website to Bing
ssl.bing.com/listings/ListingCenter.aspx (Bing local listings)
Backpage (Craigslist alternative)
I highly recommend a self hosted WordPress blog, but there are many options available.
Note that some of these are paid, most are free.
WordPress (self-hosted): www.wordpress.org
WordPress (they host): www.wordpress.com
Enhance your website
WordPress Plugins: wordpress.org/extend/plugins
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