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What Does An Online Business Look Like Today? - The SiteSell Blog

What Does An Online Business Look Like Today? - The SiteSell Blog | Internet Presence |

Starting an online business today isn’t like how it was when the Internet was young and new. Find out what it takes.

Are you familiar with the California Gold Rush? Back in 1848, James Marshall found gold at Sutter’s Mill, and within a year there were hundreds of thousands of miners flocking to California to pan every river, stream and creek-bed for a handful of those valuable nuggets.

The promise of “free money” brought in settlers by covered wagon or sailing vessels, and since there wasn’t yet an established State or government, there were no laws or property rights.

But quickly, things changed. Government was formed, a constitution drafted, and within months the new state of California was formed. Legislation and regulation was put into place, and the ‘rush’ evolved into a more long-term period of resource mining.

That’s exactly how the early days of the Internet looked.

There was no legislation, no government… just people jumping in and taking advantage of the situation. While simply being first didn’t guarantee success (which we saw clearly with the Gold Rush, where discoverer James Marshall died poor and bankrupt years later), being first certainly made a lot of things easier.

As services like Web Crawler and Alta Vista developed databases and search capability for the Internet, being among the first to create a website and online business meant there was little to no competition.

If you wanted an online business back in the 1990’s, it was relatively easy to put up a webpage or two that offered a product or service, and achieve some real success.

But it’s not like that anymore. Read more: click image or title.

Marc Kneepkens's insight:

I have worked with Sitesell for years now. It's easy to build a site and start out the right way: choose the right keywords, integrate the content, use social media, blog directly from my site, find ways to monetize all of the free traffic I created....

Learn more about Sitesell:

or if you are using WordPress:

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Entrepreneur Spotlight: How On Earth Was I Going To Start a Website? - The SiteSell Blog

Entrepreneur Spotlight: How On Earth Was I Going To Start a Website? - The SiteSell Blog | Internet Presence |
Susan only knew how to surf website, but not how to build one. Now she runs her own e-business from home, selling ebooks and video courses.
Tell us about your website, When and why did you start your site?

The housing bubble had burst and people were getting laid off from their jobs.  To be honest, that didn’t really affect me because I’ve always had that entrepreneurial streak … since the young age of 15 when I worked on dad’s farms for pocket money and learned that hard work pays off. My dad is a great teacher and a hard worker, himself being self-employed since leaving the (British) Army.  His work ethic rubbed off on me.

In 2008, I was working from home doing mechanical engineering design (with my brother) and then the recession began. Work dried up. What to do? I tried selling stuff on Amazon à la “FBA” (Fulfillment By Amazon) but the only ones being fulfilled were Amazon themselves …

Fast-forward to 2010 … I was watching Glenn Beck when he was on Fox News and he stated that his family had stored dehydrated food down in his basement – for emergency food purposes. The light bulb went off in my head.  You see, we’d been through back-to-back hurricanes in 2004 and we were without power for a couple of weeks. Fresh food ran out and frozen food languished in the freezer … what a waste.

I researched the food dehydrating topic and realized I wouldn’t be the first to start a website on food dehydrating.  I must admit I was a little scared of starting my own website … but excited too.

And then it hit me. How On Earth Was I Going To Start A Website?

I didn’t know a thing about websites, aside from how to surf! And on other websites I noticed “become an affiliate and sell our items on your website.”  What’s an affiliate? I wondered. I then did what we all do: I Googled “get a free website” …

The results yielded what I deserved to see from the search – but seeing as this is a family show I won’t repeat what I read here.  I then did a more realistic search “build a website” and up came a nice young lady who had an SBI! site.  I thought, What’s SBI? I continued reading the lady’s home page, and I was hooked, or rather I was persuaded with common-sense information that SBI! was the “real deal” – chock full of business guidance that “the other” website hosts just don’t offer.

On December 23, 2010, I became the proud parent of a brand new bouncing baby website I’d decided to call Easy Food Dehydrating.  And the rest, as they say, is history! Read more: click image or title.

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My favorite too, I like SBI for its complete package and step by step building of a great looking site.

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Top 12 Free Image Sites

Top 12 Free Image Sites | Internet Presence |
One of the best visual techniques in capturing your users' attention is the use of images on your site. They are especially useful to bring a point across, beautify the website and enhance articles...

There are many stock free image sites on the web where you can purchase such images for reasonable prices. However, there are also many sites that let you download such high quality images free-of-charge. Find the best selection the internet has to offer:

1. StockFreeImages– This site belongs to and used to be in their free section. In March of 2012, all of the images were ported over to this current site. The images from this site alone has saved me thousands of dollars as I have literally used hundreds of their images for my niche sites. You will need to register one time in order to download and it has a liberal attribution policy (only required where possible). They currently have more than half a million large high-quality images (yes, you read that correctly, it is more than 570K images) for free download. If there is only one site you can choose, you definitely will not go wrong with

2. stock.xchng – This is one of the most well-known and popular site on the internet that has a large collection of free-to-use stock photos. Currently has almost 400K free images to choose from. Registration is a must to use the photos and attribution does not seem to be required at the moment.

3. – This site has plenty of images that are pretty original and it a very good site to source for new ones. Registration and attribution are required in order to download and use the images. The images, although smaller than most, are still great alternatives to the other sites.

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Marc Kneepkens's insight:

This is a great collection of free sites for downloading images. Even some pay sites too, but with great discounts and pricing. Thanks.

Be careful though and always read their terms and conditions. Don't get tricked into using free images and not following the conditions (listing credentials for example in some cases).

Marc Kneepkens's curator insight, September 7, 2013 12:01 PM

It's important to have resources like this available to you.

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Rise of the grey entrepreneur: meet the over-50s starting their own businesses

Rise of the grey entrepreneur: meet the over-50s starting their own businesses | Internet Presence |
With pension pots shrinking, many retired people are starting a small business. We meet three older entrepreneurs

Entrepreneur Sam Taylor was 63 when he retired. He'd worked hard all his life, had a company that floated on the stock market and made enough money to live a life of leisure in southern Spain. So why, eight years later, did he swap sipping sangrias in the sun for starting an online art business in his native Scotland?

"Six months into retirement, I couldn't really hack it. I was bored and I missed the buzz of business," the founder of Creative Arts Gallery explained. After a brief spell as a business angel and directorship roles in Edinburgh he realised the only way he was going to enjoy his later years was to return to self-employment.

He said: "During that time my wife was doing textile art and we got to a position where she had built up a considerable amount of material. We were talking one night and decided we needed to start selling some of it. We recognised that online retail was becoming much more acceptable and thought, let's put my business experience and her artistic talent together and set up an online art gallery."

The site now boasts more than 200 individual pieces by over 30 Scottish contemporary artists. But the couple are not alone in choosing to be their own boss. According to the Prince's Initiative for Mature Enterprise, there are currently 4.17 million self-employed workers in the UK, of which 42% (1.75 million) are over 50. That's up from 38% in 2008. About 1.4 million are between 50 and 64, and 375,000 are 65-plus.

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More and more baby boomers are using their knowledge and experience and creativity to create another income. Put your 'passion' to work, take a look at what this company does to help entrepreneurs monetize their knowledge, expertise, hobbies, passions...

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These 39 Sites Have Amazing Stock Photos You Can Use For Free

These 39 Sites Have Amazing Stock Photos You Can Use For Free | Internet Presence |

It can be insanely hard to find high quality, high-res free stock photos for personal and commercial use. A growing number of websites have amazing photos you can use for your work. Some of them cost money. Not everybody can afford those high quality photos. Fortunately most of these sites have images you can use for free.

We’ve curated a list of awesome sites that have great stock images you can use for free. You may have seen some of them already on other stock photos lists. But you will still find this list useful.

Most of the photos you will find on these sites are free from copyright restrictions or licensed under creative commons public domain dedication. You can copy, modify, distribute and use for even for commercial purposes, all without asking permission. However, some photos may require attribution. But they are all free to use. Read more: click on image or title.

Learn more about funding, find great funding sources, get a free business plan template, post your funding request for free, and more:

Marc Kneepkens's insight:

Finding good quality images can be a challenge and a huge waste of time. This is a good source of websites that offer free photos for use.

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How To Grow Your Traffic With Google

How To Grow Your Traffic With Google | Internet Presence |
How can a small business rank higher than a large corporation? Create unique, original content, have strong authorship, and be agile says Google.

“…It’s not the case that a smaller site with superior content can’t outdo the larger site, that’s how often the smaller sites become the larger sites…” -Matt Cutts

To read the full article, click on the title or image.

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Marc Kneepkens's insight:

Exactly what SBI/Sitesell has been saying for years, take a look at what they are doing:

Stefano Principato's curator insight, May 1, 2014 4:18 AM

There is a big difference between consuming content and being inspired to create your own and consuming content then regurgitating it back onto your blog with very little new insight or added value.

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15 Tips To Increase Blog Traffic! | Blogger's World | Dallas | Texas

15 Tips To Increase Blog Traffic! | Blogger's World | Dallas | Texas | Internet Presence |

The blogosphere is a big and busy world with over 100 million blogs and growing. How do you attract visitors to your blog? Follow these simple tips to drive ...

1. Write Well and Write Often

Frequently updating your blog with useful content is the first step to building your blog's audience. The content you write is what will keep readers coming back for more. Make sure you have something meaningful to say to them and say it often to maintain their interest and keep them loyal.

Furthermore, post frequently to increase the number of chances you have for your blog's content to be noticed by search engines such as Google or Technorati.

2. Submit Your Blog to Search Engines

Get on the radar screen for the popular search engines such as Google and Yahoo! by submitting your blog's URL to them. Most search engines provide a 'Submit' link (or something similar) to notify the search engine of your new blog, so those search engines will crawl it and include your pages in their results.

It's important to understand that simply submitting your blog to search engines doesn't mean your pages will appear at the top of a Google search results screen, but at least your blog will be included and will have the chance of being picked up by a search engine.

3. Use and Update Your Blogroll

By adding links to sites you like in your blogroll, the owners of those blogs will find your blog and will be likely to add a reciprocal link in their blogrolls. It's an easy way to get the link to your blog in front of many readers on other blogs. The hope is that some of those readers will click on the link to your blog on the other blogs' blogrolls and find your content interesting and enjoyable turning them into loyal readers.

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Marc Kneepkens's insight:

Excellent reference list, all of the important points to remember when blogging or adding a blog to your site.

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'Why Offline Businesses Need Online Marketing'

'Why Offline Businesses Need Online Marketing' | Internet Presence |
You have a local based brick and mortar business, so no reason to invest in online marketing, right? Location based businesses couldn’t be more wrong.
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Did you know about these percentages? '97% of consumers use online media before making local purchases' ? If you haven't done so, it may be time to put some attention in your online presence!

Take charge of your own website, learn and know what it all means with SBI, a great website building organization with tens of thousands of successful clients, taught at universities world wide.

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