February 2012 Blog Posts (21)

Growing Your Business with Backlinks: Link Building Techniques Used by the Pros

The term “Search Engine Optimization” often brings to mind visions of large, intimidating companies that can be hired for a small fortune, with promises of having your website listed on the first page of Google. What many small business owners don’t realize, is that most of the techniques used by SEO experts can be accomplished successfully by the novice as well. With a few…


Added by Carol M. Aldridge on February 28, 2012 at 10:30pm — No Comments

4 Overlooked Basics to Get People to Follow You on Twitter

When it comes to social media – especially that on-going conversation also known as Twitter – many people think that there's some super-secret way to get people to follow you. But, what's really going on is that people are forgetting that the most basic, the most simple tricks are the ones that actually work.

So, whether you're new to Twitter or need a refresher course, here are the 4 overlooked basics to get people to follow you.

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Added by Michael Cusden on February 28, 2012 at 12:30am — No Comments

Effective Internet Marketing for Small Business

Marketing your business is key in generating potential customers. Internet marketing for small business is one way to get your to that. However, many do not know how to market their business, especially on the internet. For many, the reason is fear. You don’t have to be afraid of marketing your business on the web. In fact it can be fun and exciting. You may have been afraid on opening your opening your own business, but you did didn't you? Fears can also motivate you instead of making you…


Added by Elizabeth Silva on February 27, 2012 at 5:00pm — No Comments

Blog Writing and Putting the Customer First

Blogging in the current business market is not only effective, it is imperative. Blog writing allows a person or company to quickly create new content for consumers or customers to read while allowing them the ability to provide feedback. There are many key points to keep in mind while making a blog, such as; page set-up, content, providers, maintenance, etc… the focus is keeping the blog simple and adhering to a few simple rules of thumb to keep the buzz on your site and have returning…


Added by Robert David Normington on February 25, 2012 at 1:30am — 2 Comments

Announcing the Bonfire Guest Post Swap!

Guest posting is a rewarding experience for a lot of reasons, but sometimes finding blogs that accept posts in your niche is very time consuming.

For that reason, I've created an open spreadsheet on Google Docs for Bonfire members to list guest posting opportunities on their blogs. I've filled out the first entry so you can see how it works.

Those looking for…


Added by Emily Suess on February 24, 2012 at 9:30am — 16 Comments

How to Create an Autoresponder

First you need to figure out what different types of autoresponders you need.

• A “welcome” autoresponder to any person that signs up for your email, fax, SMS and social media pages. Also, welcome autoresponders is a great tool for any new customer creating an account online or in person.

• “Gentle reminder” autoresponders pokes your wayward customers nicely while reminding them…


Added by Michael Cusden on February 23, 2012 at 11:00am — No Comments

How to Create Winning Email Campaigns

Though a catch phrase favored by the erstwhile Charlie Sheen, “winning” is actually a fantastic way to create an email campaign.

But, what is a winning email campaign?

The best way to look at it is that winning is akin to achieving. So, to create winning email campaigns is to focus on what your goals are. Meaning, what do you want to get out of your email campaign in the first place?



Added by Michael Cusden on February 21, 2012 at 11:30am — No Comments

6 Tips to Effective Blogging

Blogging can sound like an overwhelming process for many of us. However, it doesn’t have to be. With more and more people reading blogs, it might be a good idea to set one up for your company. When surfing the web you probably run into all sorts of blogs ranging from mainstream to obscure.

Connecting with Customers/Readers

Blogging is a great way to get customer’s feedback (whether it’s good or bad) and allows you to have a better…


Added by Elizabeth Silva on February 17, 2012 at 8:00pm — No Comments

Get Free Windows Themes

If you have Windows 7, you probably noticed a big improvement in screensavers, desktop themes, wallpaper – whatever you like to call them. They brighten up our screens and days with the different sceneries and themes offered.


Microsoft offers free…


Added by Lynn Dye on February 17, 2012 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Tips for Using Pinterest for Business (15+ articles)

Have you been overtaken by the Pinterest craze? Me, too. :)

On the main blog, I just shared a list of 15+ articles that provide tips, best practices and examples on using Pinterest for business. I have literally been studying these articles to help get my footing and ramp up the way I use the site to promote my business. 

Give the article a read, and add any links…


Added by Alyssa Gregory on February 17, 2012 at 4:36am — No Comments

Real Life Do’s and Don’ts Straight from Your Inbox: Sales / Promotion Emails

Sometimes the best place to learn about how to improve your email marketing campaign is right in your email.

Victoria’s Secret: the Good

  • Frequency / Timing: Seriously, I don’t need a watch because I know exactly what time it is when I see my daily VS email. Predictability is one of…

Added by Michael Cusden on February 16, 2012 at 3:30pm — No Comments

How Has Twitter Hindered or Helped Your Business?

Once again I'm looking for feedback from fellow Bonfire members for a future article on the main blog. Your replies may be included in the article with a link back to your Twitter profile. Simply leave a reply in the comments here if you wish to contribute feedback on the topic.

The Question:

How has…


Added by Emily Suess on February 15, 2012 at 2:00pm — 14 Comments

Lead Generation with LinkedIn 277% More Effective than Facebook or Twitter

In a new study of over 5,000 businesses, HubSpot found that traffic from LinkedIn generated the highest visitor-to-lead conversion rate at 2.74%, almost 3 times higher (277%) than both Twitter (.69%) and Facebook (.77%).

linkedin lead generation

LinkedIn's conversion rate also outranked social media as a channel overall. In other words, of all the traffic that came to these business' websites via social media, 0.98% of that traffic converted into leads,…


Added by Larry Levenson on February 14, 2012 at 7:30pm — No Comments

Sample Small Business Loan Project - Weemba.com

Small businesses can use Weemba as a great tool for getting in front of Lenders. See the business loan project below for tips and information.

The Basics

Below is an example of how anyone visiting Weemba will see the loan project. The top part of the page includes the basic information:…


Added by Annette Gallagher on February 13, 2012 at 6:00pm — No Comments

Boost Your Productivity with Free Cloud-Based Business Tools

It's always fun to share the tools that make my life easier. Here are five of my favorite free, cloud-based business solutions. If you don't use them already, give them a try - you'll be glad you did!

EVERNOTE - A notebook for every aspect of your business and personal life.

Evernote is amazing - I use it all the time for my business, family, hobby, committee and club information. I even use it to write this blog. It has simplified and organized my life in ways…


Added by Carol M. Aldridge on February 8, 2012 at 8:00am — 2 Comments

How to Prevent Affiliate Marketing Frauds

Listed below are essential pointers on how to spot and avoid online affiliate frauds:

  • Check the company’s reputation. Before joining a company offering an affiliate program, check its background and reputation.  Affiliate marketing scammers may put up a website that looks like the real thing overnight only to disappear after victimizing people.  Never sign up in a rush or without conducting your own investigation.
  • Don’t…

Added by Mar Gonzales on February 7, 2012 at 8:30pm — No Comments

5 Tips for Using Google+ for Business

Google+ now has over 90 million members... and has achived this in only a few moths! You need to be there are be one of the pioneers.

Google+ allows for business pages, like Facebook does. Here are 5 quick tips on how you can use Google+ for Business Pages.

You Can +1 a Page to Show Support or Add Them to Your Circles

You already love some brands and businesses. Others you may want to show a quick note of support, but not see all their…


Added by Larry Levenson on February 4, 2012 at 11:30am — No Comments

Business Loan Types You Can Post for at Weemba

It can get confusing, trying to pick exactly which loan type or purpose to use when creating your project. Here’s a list of types…


Added by Annette Gallagher on February 3, 2012 at 11:00am — 2 Comments

Get Genuine Windows Kit (and get a legal copy of Microsoft Windows)

Today we’re going to go over how to make your copy of Windows legal (assuming it isn’t). Perhaps you bought a computer from Ebay  or Craigslist or a friend or family member ‘worked’ on your computer and installed a bootleg copy of Windows from a shady site.

The latter happened to a client of mine and she called saying she was getting pop-ups (from Microsoft), letting her know her copy of Windows wasn’t valid.

If you get WAT (Windows activation tool) popups saying your copy of…


Added by Lynn Dye on February 2, 2012 at 2:30pm — No Comments

How Weemba Compares With Other Sites

Weemba is unlike any other existing site, with different characteristics of the internet, blended to create something new and unique.

By now you’ve probably seen some info on this site that tells you…


Added by Annette Gallagher on February 2, 2012 at 12:03pm — No Comments

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