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Handling Online Returns – Turning Customer Problems into Success

Handling Online Returns – Turning Customer Problems into Success

Last father’s day I received a soda siphon – a pressurized bottle that uses CO2 charges to make sparkling water.  I had one as a kid and always thought they were the coolest thing ever. The excitement quickly faded when rather than creating a fizzy drink my siphon effectively soaked

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To Niche or Not To Niche – Why Narrow Topics Can be Bad

To Niche or Not To Niche – Why Narrow Topics Can be Bad

If you’ve ever searched a “should I start a niche blog” type question on Google you’re bound to have received a million and one reasons why blogging around a tightly knit niche is the only way to blog. Everything from refining your blog’s content for SEO reasons to keeping your

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Branding your Business by Thinking like a Child

Branding your Business by Thinking like a Child

I’m often amazed at how perceptive children are. My son can bring things to my attention that I would never notice myself. While driving in the car my little guy often points out the minutest of changes or anything that strike his interest. A freshly painted building, a strange car

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Using Firefox to Debug Website Redirects

Using Firefox to Debug Website Redirects

I’ve recently written a few posts around WordPress hosting while moving this site to its new home on Passive Press. One of the things I found curious is how testing a new site can become a pain in the backside simply because your browser’s caching ability. In order to keep

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Which Ecommerce Software is the Best?

Which Ecommerce Software is the Best?

The world of online business can be a frustrating one and I often pull my hair out trying to find a solution to one problem or another. As a blogger I can turn a bit of that frustration around and reclaim wasted time by publishing my adventures in the form

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Never Delay Starting Your Online Business

Never Delay Starting Your Online Business

I have a friend whose family makes incredible Canadian maple syrup. He takes orders throughout the year and every spring we anxiously await the delivery of his freshly made stock. Which reminds me, I still didn’t get this year’s order… Recently he mentioned wanting to start a boutique-like website to

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Why Use SEO?

Why Use SEO?

Search engine optimization may seem like a no-brainer for most website owners but many people new to the world of online business really don’t know much about it. Some have heard the term SEO but aren’t sure what it means, some don’t understand why they should use SEO, while others

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Using Hyphens in Domain Names

Using Hyphens in Domain Names

Selecting the perfect domain name for your online business can be difficult and time-consuming. Not only are you trying to find a name that’s catchy, easy to remember and relates to your business, but also one that’s available for purchase. Recently a friend of mine was researching domain names for

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2 Ways to Get Your Unused Domains to Pay for Themselves

2 Ways to Get Your Unused Domains to Pay for Themselves

Whether I’m stuck in traffic, in the shower or shoveling snow off of my driveway, my brain is never at rest.  It’s the curse of the entrepreneur.  I constantly struggle to think of new online business ideas or to come up with improvements for existing sites or products. If you’re like me then first of all, I’m

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Free SEO Analysis – The IIS SEO Toolkit

Free SEO Analysis – The IIS SEO Toolkit

The Microsoft IIS team has been hard at work on a wonderful tool called the IIS Search Engine Optimization Toolkit.  Simply install it, point it at a website and give it some time to crawl all of the pages.  The tool will mimic a search engine spider and create a