Starting a web-based company can be rather difficult. You have to consider the right marketplace, create and market a product, build an online store and cater to all of your customers’ wants and needs without getting buried by the already large number of competitors. There are things you can do all by yourself without breaking a sweat, but there are also those that require professional help if you wish to avoid shooting yourself in the leg, metaphorically speaking. That’s why we’ve prepared this nifty little list of tips that will help you successfully start your own online business. (more…)
Having your own personal website used to be a right reserved only for developers and those who can afford it. Today, however, people can create an entire website, complete with contact info, various pages filled with content or even an e-commerce store with just a couple of clicks. With so many websites being created every day, hackers are presented with a unique opportunity to get as much information they possibly can, using various shady methods and techniques. That said, let’s go over some of the most common cyber-attacks used by hackers worldwide, as well as some tips on how to prevent them from happening in the first place. (more…)
Optimization of your website in order to provide a better user experience is an important thing, and even more so when it comes to ecommerce. You see, the average conversion rate of most sites online is about 2.35 percent of all visitors. On the other hand, with a proper amount of optimization, you can easily achieve as high as 5.31 percent, which is more than double. This would mean that for every 100 visitors to your website, you would get 5-6 customers instead of 2-3. Still, how do you optimize your ecommerce website? Let’s find out! (more…)
An ecommerce website requires growth tactics different from non-commercial websites. What’s more, online traders focus on higher conversion rates, rather than mere traffic. Because of that, e-stores need a special approach when it comes to creating growth strategies. Everything they post or think of should be related to sales. However, being aggressive and invasive in talking customers into buying your products can boomerang back and bring no benefit. Therefore, here are some clever ways of growing your ecommerce website into a popular e-shopping place. (more…)
WordPress (WP) is a platform which stands out from the rest of the content management systems (CMSs). It is estimated that around one-fourth of internet content is managed via this solution, which is already enough to strike awe. The driving force behind this stellar success is certainly WP’s user-friendliness. You do not have to possess coding or web design skills in order to get the digital show on the road. Also, there is a myriad of available themes and plugins. So, is WP simply the best or are there other systems out there that are worth our while? (more…)
Research conducted by Stockholm School of Economics goes to show that offering continuous value to consumers creates advertising equity that compels users to take action. The research basically confirms the definition of content marketing provided by Content Marketing Institute that states:
Content marketing is a strategic marketing approach focused on creating and distributing valuable, relevant, and consistent content to attract and retain a clearly-defined audience — and, ultimately, to drive profitable customer action.
In terms of content marketing, consistent content stands for advertising equity. You have to give consistent value to the readers in order to attract new and retain already clearly-defined audience. (more…)
Leading IT companies are trying to put in place an infrastructure to support their mobile workforce and a range of complex connected devices. On the other hand, they are also trying to meet the compliance challenges. Data recovery and protection has higher priorityas cybercrime is on the rise. The expense of data rapture is increasing because of the new set of data protection regulations. IT companies are looking at cloud backup as an effective way to secure and recover data.
Domain extensions are flying of the shelf in the last few years. Current expanding market forced ICANN to introduce hundreds of new generic TLDs. Their ultimate plan is to release more than 1300 new domain name extensions, and experts predict that this move might completely change online branding industry.
Online branding today is as hard as it comes. Internet and social networks made everybody visible, which is why many companies want to make an extra step that will enable them to position their offer higher than everyone else’s. Some of these companies saw introduction of new generic TLDs as a turning point that will boost their brand’s visibility and make them stand out from their competition. They were right!
Great branding opportunity
Most internet users still don’t realize the advantages generic TLDs bring. More than 55% of them don’t even know that new TLDs are introduced. This represents a great opportunity for entrepreneurs and marketing agencies who want to build strong brands on these new and much less expensive TLDs. Since researches show that these extensions are sometimes as successful as ‘.com’, entrepreneurs need to act fast in order to catch the best offers. Unlike ‘.com’ and other regular TLDs, these generic extensions allow entrepreneurs to share more information about their business within its domain name, which completely changed online branding. Many content marketing agencies already seized this opportunity and managed use the strong bond between SEO and content marketing to implement their strategies.
Some company’s acted fast
Many big and small businesses realized the benefits of new generic TLDs, and these are some of the most successful examples:
- Abc.xyz – An ultimate example of the best generic TLDs usage comes from Google. Alphabet Inc. is a conglomerate that will take over all Google owned companies and it will start its business with a highly brandable domain name.
- Dekora.fashion (previous domain name was Dekoraconceptstore.com) – Dekora managed to make their domain more memorable and easier to type. Since good ‘.com’ domains are really hard to get these days, they used a gTLD which explains their business in the best way.
- Risurisu.paris (used to be Risurisu.fr) – Most SEO experts advise companies to choose country code TLDs for businesses that target customers at the local level. Risurisu fashion store went far beyond that with adding their exact location, which is also one of the biggest fashion capitals of the world.
- Wheretotravel.today – This traveling website made its domain name more intriguing, and used this catchy question as a great branding tool.
- Printnw.rocks (before it was called Printnw.com) – Another great example how creative generic TLD can turn a regular domain name, into a catchy slogan.
How new TLDs affect SEO?
New generic TLDs will definitely have an impact on search engine optimization. Currently both internet users and Google search algorithms are getting used to them. This process won’t take long and soon generic TLDs will be fully integrated into search results. Matt Cutts, the head of Google’s Web Spam team said that his company will need some time for determining the ways for validating new TLDs. But, this transition won’t last long and soon enough this search engine will present the most relevant results with the range of TLDs that go from ‘.com’ to ‘.whatever’.
What should entrepreneurs do?
Although generic TLDs bring huge benefits, ‘.com’ will still represent the ‘main street of internet’, at least for some time. Since ICANN will release around 1,300 new TLDs, we can assume that only one part of these will gain higher traction. Companies should choose generic TLDs that match products and services they provide. This is definitely a safe bet, which is why TLDs like ‘.law’ and ‘.fashion’ will soon become very popular.
Same goes for location-specific TLDs. Now companies will be able to add specific cities to their domain name (at least the ones that do business in metropolises like New York and Paris). This will also allow specific branches of big companies to open their own websites, with both company and location specific domain names.
Companies that have younger customer base and that can have less formal marketing approach can choose wide variety of different generic TLD’s in order to create catchier and more memorable slogans. Domain extensions like ‘.me’ and ‘.ly’ allow marketers to play domain name scrabble and attract their audience with funky sounding web addresses.
Although the launch of new generic top level domains generally passed unnoticed, we are actually witnessing internet evolution that’s happening due to huge increase in the number of its users. This is probably the best proof that from sixties and the ARPANET, there hasn’t been any other invention that was such a drastic leap forward in the world as we know it today.
USB drives are outdated, not to mention the remains of CD/DVD technology. Cloud is the future of digital storage and, today, everyone knows this. Speaking about file hosting services, California-based DropBox serves as the flagship of the industry. However, although most popular, it is far from being the only such platform out there. With this in mind, if you ever find yourself in desperate need of a cloud storage service other than DropBox, here are five completely adequate alternatives. (more…)
Nowadays, choosing the internet connection type truly is one of the most important factor you need to account for when running a small business of any kind. Being offline is like being in the dark for most types of business out there, from retail to utility.
The fact is that 78% of U.S. residents have a social media profile. An even more impressive stat is that U.S. ecommerce sales in 2015 have reached 1.5 trillion dollars. Both of these statistics only support the claim that having an online presence of any kind is an imperative in 2016 and beyond. (more…)