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SWOT Analysis

SWOT Analysis

A SWOT analysis (alternatively SWOT Matrix) is a structured planning method used to evaluate the Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats involved in a business or project. A SWOT analysis can be carried out for a business, product, program, place, industry, or person. It involves specifying the objective of the business venture or project and identifying

Understanding Search Algorithms and How They Impact Your Website

In SEO we often refer to a search engine’s algorithm. But, what is an algorithm and how does it impact your website? By definition, it is a step-by-step procedure to determine a calculation. It’s a formula. Search engines use a formula to rank websites based, in part, on particular keywords or phrases. Search engines have

Achieving More Accurate Color with White Balance

It’s a common problem: You neatly arrange a stack of gorgeous new fabrics on a clean white surface, set your camera’s exposure and start shooting. As you peer through the viewfinder, you think how great the fabrics look and how the pictures are really going to show off the beautiful colors of the fabric on

Introduction to Paid Search

My previous articles have all discussed organic search optimization of your website. I thought we should start to explore the paid side of search. So, what is the difference between organic and paid search? Organic and paid search listings both appear on the same page of the search engine, and can originate from the same

Increasing Traffic to Your Website

In previous articles, I’ve talked about how to improve your website so people will want to stay awhile and shop; we’ve covered website merchandising, cross merchandising, social merchandising, creating value, and how to manage your reputation so your customers will return again and again. Let’s back up a bit now and think about what we

Advertising With Facebook Offers

Facebook Offers, a new form of online advertising, may be the closest thing yet to a measurable, ROI-positive ad platform for small retailers. But will it remain that way? If you’re like most small business owners, you need to manage your advertising spending carefully. And if you’re the owner of an online business, you are

Shedding Light on Exposure

Are you exposed? Despite how it sounds, I’m not talking about how much (or little) you wear in your photos but how light or dark they are. Learning how to set your exposure is a crucial component of good photography anytime, but it’s an absolute necessity during the long, dark days of winter when natural

Business Building with Blog Tours

If you’ve ventured into the quilting blogosphere, you’ve probably come across the occasional blog tour. Blog tours come in many different forms, but essentially they are a series of posts scheduled on different blogs within a short time period designed to promote something. The most common blog tours are for book releases, as publishers and

The Do’s and Don’ts of SEO

Search Engine Optimization (SEO) is a moving target and requires continuous learning, tweaking, and updating. In previous articles, we discussed key steps of SEO and the process of selecting your keywords. I think now is a good time to step back and outline some of the Dos and Don’ts in the SEO process. I want

Increasing Your Online Value

Higher sales and more customers – everyone wants this! To achieve this in our stores, we create enticing displays, start new programs, make samples, hold classes and demos, offer solutions, create great customer service, and collect customer testimonials! In order to get higher sales and more customers online, we need to figure out how to

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