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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)

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.

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:

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.

Big things are in store for Name.com and Vooza

At Name.com, we’re big on collaboration. We welcome new ideas and encourage everyone to speak their mind. That’s not just the philosophy within the four walls of our office, or the philosophy we share with our customers. It extends to forming new business partnerships, too.

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If you look closely you can see the edge of a ping-pong table. It’s there to let you know that we’re cool and hip, and that further exploration of our office might reveal a kegerator.

We recently sent Name.com community evangelist Jared Ewy to New York for a sit down with Vooza. We’re thinking Name.com and Vooza could do some great things together. Why Vooza?

  1. They’re the world’s most unbelievable tech startup, and Name.com understands startup culture. For instance, we have a ping-pong table in our office. Nothing says “startup culture” like a ping-pong table in your office.
  2. In layman’s terms, the people at Vooza are true rockstar ninjas when it comes to leveraging conversions and bootstrapping hackathons. Their burn rate is just phenomenal, and while we’re not sure what that means, it has to be good.
  3. Technically speaking, Vooza is really crushing it.

Now, nothing concrete came out of the first meeting. It was just a preliminary spitballing exposition aimed at attracting early adopters.

But if this little brainstorming session was any indication, there are big things in store … just as soon as we get all the legal stuff out of the way. Non-disclosure agreements are a necessary evil when you’ve got two companies that are just overflowing with disruptive innovation.

Anyway, you can watch the above video to see what came of our meeting. And in honor of our NDA-protected discussions with Vooza, Name.com has a new discount package that’s great for startups and small businesses. Just use the promo code “NDA” at checkout to receive the following discounts:

$11.00 for .CO domains
$8.99 for .COM domains

$8.99 for .NET domains
$4.99 for .BIZ domains
$39.99 for .VC domains (great for venture capitalists!)
25% off all shared web hosting plans
25% off RapidPress

The offer is valid through midnight MST on June 4. Start searching for your new domain here.

Breakfast at the Vooza office. Coffee: Crushed. Orange juice: Crushed. Bagels: Sliced in half, covered in cream cheese, and subsequently CRUSHED.

Breakfast at the Vooza office. Coffee: Crushed. Orange juice: Crushed. Bagels: Sliced in half, covered in cream cheese, and subsequently CRUSHED.