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Resources

Website resources for small businesses

This is a constant work in progress, so check back often, or add me to twitter @amy_e_garrett to get notified when it’s updated. If you see something missing, shoot me an email at amy(at)amygarrettdesign(dot)com

Client specific information

WordPress/WooCommerce


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: www.facebook.com

Facebook Pages: www.facebook.com/pages/create.php

(make sure you’re signed in and give your business it’s own page)

LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com

Biznik: www.biznik.com

MySpace: www.myspace.com

Twitter: www.twitter.com

Orkut: www.orkut.com

Friend Connect: www.google.com/friendconnect

Squidoo: www.squidoo.com

Technorati: www.technorati.com

BlogCatalog: www.blogcatalog.com

MyBlogLog: www.mybloglog.com

Google: www.google.com/addurl

www.google.com/profiles

www.google.com/products

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)

Craigslist

www.craigslist.com

Backpage (Craigslist alternative)

www.backpage.com


Blogging

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

Blogger: www.blogger.com

LiveJournal: www.livejournal.com

TypePad: www.typepad.com

Xanga: www.xanga.com


Enhance your website

WordPress Plugins:  wordpress.org/extend/plugins


Just for women and mothers

Blogamama: blogamama.ning.com

BlogHer: www.blogher.com

WAHM.com: www.wahm.com


Hosting

Inmotion Hosting offers great service and all the options you’ll need for a comfortable price. This website and many of my clients are hosting successfully with InMotion.