Small Biz Tip: Blogs: Types of Blogs to Get Comments

Tips from March 15, 2010 The Small Business tips today discuss different types of blog posts to attract visitors and receive comments. Competitions - Read: FREE GIVEAWAYS. Encourage people to comment on your blog to interact, share ideas, or discuss your post, and offer a giveaway for the most insightful comment. Interesting/Quirky Information - Share a unique story or interesting link on your blog, and discuss. Ask your readers if they've heard of your information/link. Encourage a discussion. Debate - Pose two debating topics or opinions to your readers, and let the comments fly. State the facts for each, and again, ask your readers what they think. Lists & Resources - If you are posting a good amount of information with links and resources for your followers, your readers will comment with compliments, or with their own suggestions. For those resources you include, email them to inform them you are including them on your blog. They will mo... [Read Full Article]


Small Biz Tip: Employees: Hiring

Tips originally broadcast on December 2, 2008 The Small Business tips today will be about hiring employees. Call previous employers. Ask for information about the applicant even tho most only share dates of employment. Ask for personal and business references. CALL THEM. Drug screening, background check. Search social networks and see what they do in "spare time". Are they are someone you want representing your company? Know the job before you interview. Interview only on the essential skills. Watch for the value versus the cost an employee can bring. Daily Overview: Don't find out all of your employees faults later. Screening applicants can save you lots of time and aggravation. Point number three can be touchy and I've debated it with many. The important thing for everyone to remember is that anything you do can be easily recorded and broadcast to the world. Consider your name and your fac... [Read Full Article]


Small Biz Tip: Important Website Information

Tips originally broadcast on November 18, 2008 The Small Business tips today will be about your company's website and the important information to have on it. First thing first: get a website! Preferably your own domain name. Having a website is cheap! Place your most important information front & center. You want that to be seen first, without scrolling or clicking. Don't bury your information within your site. Make it all accessible with just a couple of clicks. List your contact information. Be obvious and consistent: footer and "contact" link in your navigation to start. Daily Overview: Simple is better so keep it that way. Have a website and be straight forward with your info. Your internet presence depends on that. [Read Full Article]