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About Diane Hughes

Diane Hughes
http://ProBizTips.com
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Business Not Producing? Stop Guessing and Find Out Why!

It seems each January that many small businesses (especially online businesses) sigh as they wonder why their company is not producing and what to do about the situation.

Preparing Your Site for the Holiday Rush

Well, the predictions are in and according to Investor’s Business Daily, Forrester Research, Inc. states that despite concerns over consumer confidence and the impact of gas prices, U.S. consumers will spend $18 billion online during this holiday season [2005].

Whose Site Is It Anyway?

I spend a lot of time emailing with online business owners. Since that’s my specialty, I find a lot of people asking me questions about my success. What amazes me is that many of those people are asking the wrong questions!

Building Consumer Confidence Builds Sales

Many small online business owners have yet to understand the sheer power that comes from building consumer confidence. They struggle with sales month after month, but still, when someone tells them their site design needs help, they get offended. “I spent a lot of time building my own site!” is the reply.

5 Strategies to Boost Your Affiliate Sales

Are you promoting affiliate products?

Tracking & Troubleshooting for Increased Sales

So many times, online business owners are confused about where their sales come from. They think they are helpless after a visitor arrives at their site. Nothing could be further from the truth!

Your Proposal Was Rejected … But Why?

When a request for proposal (RFP) comes in, you get excited! It’s a chance to earn income, develop more business contacts, and expand your client base. You work your little heart out in order to be thorough, compelling, and professional. Everything is in place. Your RFP is geared to show why your product or service will meet or exceed the client’s goals. With fingers crossed, you submit.

The Hidden (and Powerful) Benefits of Frequenting Forums

While most people understand the benefits of forums from a “gathering information” perspective, many don’t think about the hidden benefits of forums. The most common reason for visiting is to ask questions or get advice. That’s a good enough reason to go, but there are other – more beneficial – reasons to become a forum frequenter.

Little Known Tax Deductions That Can Save You Big

When you say “end of the year”, most small business owners think of two things immediately. The second is the holidays. The first is taxes! While almost all of us pay taxes quarterly, we still have to file in January.

Complaints Are Actually A Good Thing!

Nobody likes to get complaints. They make you question your judgment, they can ruin your day, and they almost always leave you in a bad mood. But what if I told you that complaints are actually a good thing?

Trial and Error + Persistence = Successful Marketing

A few honest and successful Internet business owners will attest to the fact that they have made countless marketing mistakes.

All The Comforts Of Home – Or Home Office!

With the continued explosion of small business startups these days, home office setups are becoming more and more of an issue. You need all the standard equipment of a brick and mortar business, but can you afford them? And does it really make a difference? The answer to both questions is yes!

Think You Cant Afford the Help You Need? Think Again!
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So many small business owners – especially those who work from home – are very pressed for time.

Sneaky (But Legal) Places To Insert Keywords For Higher Rankings

The battle for high search engine rankings rages on! The engines themselves continually make changes which makes our jobs, as Web site owners, much more difficult. But, one thing has always remained the same… Keywords.

What the Taco Bell Manager Taught Me About Customer Retention
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I didn’t plan to get a marketing lesson. I really just wanted a steak chalupa! But as I went through the Taco Bell ordering line, my day took an interesting twist.

Practical Money-Saving Tips For Small Businesses

One of the primary concerns all small businesses have is saving money. When it’s time to trim the fat, most look for one giant expense to decrease or eliminate in order to stay within budget. More often than not, it doesn’t work that way.

Advertising Costs Getting Too High?

Everyone knows that advertising is essential to growing a business. One problem that small business owners have always faced is the high cost of marketing. Most, however don’t realize that there is an effective way to reduce the cost of your advertising while – at the same time – increasing its reach.

Creating A Network That Works

Do you ever stand in awe of those people who seem to know everybody and everything? I know I do! Regardless of what you’re looking for, these people have their finger on the pulse of the ‘Net and know where to find it. Their network of resources and people is incredible! Yours can be, too. It’s actually very simple to create a network that works to bring you business, offers feedback and provides those resources that we all need to have.

The Best Traffic Generation Tool Is Free

Although search engines have been around since the beginning of the Web, many businesses (large and small) are just now waking up to the gigantic benefit search engines provide. What other medium gives you – at absolutely no cost whatsoever – a way to drive unlimited traffic to your site? None. That’s why, once people understand search engine optimization (SEO), they get hooked!

How To Find the Best Merchant Account For Your Business

What a great idea! Start accepting credit cards and watch your profits soar. Nothing could be simpler. Or so you thought until you began researching merchant accounts. It can all get extremely confusing. There is an easy way to find the best deal that suits your business. You’ll be able to compare apples to apples and have a clear picture of what the merchant account will cost you.

Who Says the Customer is Always Right?

We all know the old adage, “The Customer is Always Right.” If you are an online business owner or offline for that matter, you are on both sides of the subject almost everyday.

Were You Bamboozled by Google?

It’s still happening. “Florida,” “Boston,” “Ginger,” and “Brandy” are just a few of the many Google updates that have hit within the last few months. And Google is still issuing periodic updates as we speak. No one can say for sure what’s going on or what to expect. One thing is for sure… unless you want to get bamboozled by Google (again!), you’d be wise to take action to prevent it now.

Raising Your Rates Can Increase Your Business

How many times have I heard literal horror stories from Internet business startups? Too many times to count! I get emails from those who just simply can’t seem to make a living online. They’ve tried everything (according to them) and are still struggling to make ends meet.

Now More Than Ever…You Need To Optimize Your Site for Search Engines

As the economy begins to recover in certain parts of the world, more and more online marketers are looking for affordable ways to drive qualified traffic to their sites. That’s why, now more than ever, you need to optimize your site for the search engines.