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Win Custom Stickers to Promote Your Website


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At name.com we love small businesses and startups! That’s why we’re always on the hunt for opportunities to help you promote all of the amazing stuff that you’re doing and building. Our latest opportunity for you to share your awesomeness with the world is a contest with Sticker Mule that could land you a bunch of free stickers with your logo on them. The rules of the contest are simple.

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6 Great WordPress Plugins for Business Websites


Do you have a website or blog for your business that runs on WordPress? If you do, there are a lot of plugins out there that promise to help you optimize your site and increase sales. We decided to sift through them and find the best. These plugins will help you keep users on your site longer, help people discover your business, and streamline your WordPress experience.

1. Yoast’s WordPress SEO:

This plugin is a fantastic because it’s the complete package. It lets you change page titles, meta-descriptions, keywords, etc., and shows a preview of  how the page will appear in Google search results.

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(Download it here)

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How to Create a Custom .US URL Shortener


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The shorter a web address is, the easier it is to remember and share. That’s why a lot of sites that have long URLs are turning to link shorteners. By now, you’ve probably noticed on Twitter that there are tons of short URLs such as bit.ly, ow.ly, and t.co. Sure, you can use one of these services, but what if you want to have your own branded URL? It’s easy to create your own custom URL shortener, and .US is a perfect domain extension to do it with, because it’s only two characters and it’s easy to remember.

Say for example you have a WordPress blog. The URL for a blog post might be http://blog.name.com/2013/marketing-tips/5-reasons-to-use-a-us-as-a-url-shortner/… that’s a really long name and doesn’t look too nice if it’s getting shared...

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The Benefits of Bringing a Small Business Online


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The benefits of bringing a small business online far outweigh the disadvantages. In fact, it could be argued that there are no real disadvantages when it comes to bringing a business online because the Internet is the resource people turn to when they want to learn about products and services. The Internet has become the new first point of contact a customer has with a brand, which means that an online presence is an important strategic weapon for a business to have in its marketing arsenal.

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7 Marketing Tips You Can Learn from David Ogilvy


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David Ogilvy was an advertising wizard. He moved from Great Britain to New York City to become the King of Madison Avenue. He became the King by creating some of the most iconic, and in turn, successful advertising campaigns of all time. What’s arguably just as impressive is that his marketing strategies, which he crafted from the ’60s through the ’80s, were so thought-provoking that they can still be applied to products and services today.

We found and dissected a handful of great quotes from Ogilvy to help ignite your marketing mind:

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5 Best Social Media Management Tools


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If you’re looking to generate new leads and increase traffic to a website, social media is one of the most effective ways to do so. Managing your presence on a social network can be a bit difficult, especially when it comes to focusing on engagement with fans. To help you get through the clutter, here are name.com‘s 5 best social media management tools.

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4 Ways to Help Your Brand Conquer Social Media


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One of the most difficult aspects of social media marketing is how overwhelming it can appear. There are countless ways to position your brand online, which makes it difficult to figure out how to tackle websites like Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, or Tumblr. You and your brand can begin conquering social media by having a fundamental understanding of four social media tactics: engagement, creating quality content, being pure and original, and constantly experimenting.

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10 Creative Landing Pages


Startups spend a lot of time working on their landing pages. This is for good reason, because the landing page is the first time a potential user meets your company and your product. If they like what they see, they’re more likely to sign up for the service or purchase the product. A good landing page gets users interested in a product or service and converts visitors into users. We decided to look at 10 creative landing pages. This list is no particular order, it’s just a random sampling of pages we think are fantastic.

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Name.com spokesperson Vic Dixon gives an in-depth review of the Moto X


Name.com spokesperson Vic Dixon learned about the brand new Moto X “Google Phone” that was announced yesterday. After his analysis of the phone, he wanted to share some of his thoughts on it, wondering things like if the phone was really called the “moto cross” phone and he shares a terrifying story about how he was once in a motorcycle accident.

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WordPress now powers 18.9% of the Internet


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Ready for an absolutely mind-boggling statistic about WordPress? The blogging and website platform now powers 18.9 percent of the Internet, according to WordPress creator Matt Mullenberg.

“We’re now up to 18.9 percent of the web running WordPress,” Mullenberg said. “… We’re going to see the number of people who have WordPress as part of their daily habits grow exponentially.”

Mullenberg shared this staggering statistic at the annual San Francisco WordCamp conference. In the talk he also chatted about the next two versions of WordPress in the pipeline, including some insight about how the company envisions its own growth.

Most of the sites and blogs that use WordPress are in English—about 66 percent of them. Monthly pageviews for WordPress-powered sites is now massive, with 4 billion projected pageviews for all WordPress sites combined in 2013.

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