Every small business owner could use more traffic to their websites. Social media traffic is especially valuable as that is usually from real live human beings in real time. There is a social media exchange site that can help you get traffic to your social media profiles. Basically you like or google + sites that are interesting to you in exchange for credits that you can use to get traffic to your own social media profiles. It’s free to try it. Check it out and let me know what you think by clicking on the word social media exchange in this post.
PayPal vs. Processing Credit Cards for New Online Businesses
New businesses are not only challenged with the question of how to make money, they also need to figure out the best way to process the transactions. I hope that this post will help you to make a good decision as to the best way for your small business to process transactions.
How Credit Card Processing Works
There are three separate expenses incurred by businesses who accept credit card payments, they are:
The cost of machinery- A simple hand-held credit card processing machine is likely to cost $50 per month to rent. The more advanced pieces of machinery obviously cost more.
The monthly rate paid per credit card company- Upon processing any transaction of a credit card company (such as Visa) that company charges the business a flat monthly rate. That flat rate could be about $10-$20. If you consider processing a few different types of credit cards, those flat monthly rates can get expensive. . The business only pays for months that they process a transaction through that credit card company. As a result, there are small businesses that refuse to take certain types of cards, not because they don’t have the ability to process them, but rather because it is just not worth it to pay the flat monthly fee.
The rate charged by credit card companies per transaction- Credit card companies usually take a percentage out of each purchase as a processing fee, much like PayPal does. The rates that PayPal, and other similarly low fuss money processing services, charge per percent of the transaction are higher than what the credit companies charge if you work with them directly. The reason that working with credit card companies rather than PayPal can be more expensive is due to the two previously listed reasons. Therefore, using services like PayPal or Google Checkout is cheaper for businesses that are just getting started out, and don’t have much income yet. This will be explained further in the next paragraph.
I spend a lot of time actually reading people’s posts on social media sites. Sometimes I’ll see them post something that is different from what I’ve read on three or four other different sites already. So quite naturally I’ll ask them for links to prove or validate what they have said. Too often they will respond with, “Google it.”. I’m always amazed when people do that. That is such an inappropriate response. Here’s why. When someone is asking you for links to back up what you are saying, you get the opportunity to show off your expertise. Of course I can look anything up on Google that I want to. However, if you are claiming to be an expert at XYZ, you should be able to provide me with proof to back up what you are saying, especially if it is different from what trusted sources are saying. Never pass up an opportunity to show your social media network that you are the real McCoy.
Many people look forward to this time of year to see classic Holiday movies. Some people look forward to seeing It’s A Wonderful Life. Did you know there were business applications in this movie? Read this post to find out more.
Okay so I’m always on the lookout for more business related forums to post on. That’s part of my strategy to keep my sites insulated from whatever craziness Google will come up with next. So far I like what I see. My only complaint is that you have to wait to get a signature. I think they do that to cut down on spammy posts. Overall I think this is a good place to hang out if you want a change of pace from the business forums you usually visit. Check it out for yourself by going to http://www.businessadviceforum.com
I’ve been waiting a while before I posted a review of Google+. I wanted to give myself a few days to play around with it before I gave an initial review here. So here are my thoughts. So far I’m impressed with this. I like how it combines the good points of twitter and Facebook. I’m still trying to get the coding down but so far I am relatively pleased. I also discovered via this article: http://blog.hubspot.com/blog/tabid/6307/bid/20529/BREAKING-Google-Profile-Images-Now-Appearing-Beside-Search-Listings.aspx that you can use your Google profile account to help with search engine results. Your Google profile picture can appear next to search results. How cool is that?
So if you want to connect with me on Google+ my profile is listed below:
DeAnna Troupe’s Google+
How to Generate New Leads Online Using Local Web Marketing
By Jake Keystone
If you’re a small business owner you need to set up a local listings account on Yahoo, Bing, and Google. It’s one of the best ways to generate more leads, prospects, and customers!
The local listings directories have been around for only the last couple of years, and can provide you with quick, easy, and free direct response advertising for your business.
Best of all, after you setup your accounts, you’ll be able to include a direct link to your website or landing page, your direct email address, your physical address, your phone & fax numbers, and much, much more.
Quick announcement for you!
I wanted to let you know about an important online event I’m taking part in on October 15th, called Blog Action Day.
Each year bloggers from more than 100 countries come together and blog about a single important issue, and this year’s topic is clean water.
The event includes thousands of blogs – including the White House blog and The Official Google Blog – and they’re looking for as many blogs to participate as possible, regardless of their size and focus.
I hope you’ll think about joining me for this event.
I always complain about how google does stuff. However, this time I think they are on to something. They are rolling out this priority inbox feature for select gmail users (don’t ask me how they determine who gets to test it first). I saw the notice when I went to check my email earlier today. They have even created a cute youtube video explaining how to use it. Here is the video. I just had to share it as an example of a good way to use video in your business.