Ryan Taft

Ryan Taft is a twenty-something entrepreneur with a passion for helping small businesses use online marketing tools to reach more customers and prospects, build relationships with those folks, and ultimately grow sales.

Use Join.Me to Train Staff and Collaborate with Customers

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Do you manage a website or a blog? Do you build websites for customers? If so, then you know all that’s involved in getting your staff up to speed with tasks that need to be accomplished for the website. You know what’s involved in showing customers how their project is coming along. It’s a lot of work… especially when most of the time your staff is working remotely and your clients are miles away. In this article we are going to show you an online tool that can help make your life much easier. We will go over what it is and what it does, its benefits, how you can use it to make your life easier, and show you how to use it!

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Use Screenr to Record Screencasts for Your Website

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Are you looking to make your website more engaging? Are you in need of a new way to explain some of your website features? What if you could use a free online tool to create engaging screencasts in as little as a few minutes? Screencast software has been around for years. There are some really great tools already out there. With that said, a new free screencast program has hit the streets and it’s looking to make things even easier for users. In this article we are going to explain what Screenr is, how to use it, the benefits you’ll receive, as well as, see how it stacks up against other free AND paid screencast software tools.

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How to use Google Analytics to Drive more Traffic to Your Website

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There are probably thousands of articles on the web talking about Google Analytics, such as how to use the free reporting tool, how to set up Google Analytics for your website, and what Google Analytics reports you can take advantage of. This is all great information, especially for novice website designers. What I think is missing is the most critical piece of information, which is “How do I analyze these Google Analytics reports in order to actually make impactful changes to my website?” In this article we are going to answer that question, as well as, provide you with some examples of taking certain data from Google Analytics, analyzing it, and then using it to make changes to your website and/or website marketing.

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20 New Year’s Resolution Ideas to Become Better at Your Career

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Can you believe that 2011 is already coming to a close? 2012 is right around the corner. December is always a time for finishing up any work for the year and enjoying the holidays. One thing that separates the best website designers, developers, and writers from the average ones is planning for the coming year. The best process for new year planning is to start with evaluating what worked and what didn’t during the previous year, researching what’s new in your industry, and coming up with a list of ideas for how you can take your website to the next level. In this article we will provide a list of 20 new year resolution ideas for becoming a better website designer, developer, or writer.

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Use Paper.li to Grow Brand Awareness and Website Traffic

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Are you looking to grow brand awareness and website traffic, but don’t have the time to create your own online content? You should consider using Paper.li to create an online Daily Newspaper about your website topic. In this article we will review what Paper.li is, how it works, the benefits to using Paper.li, how to get your Paper.li newspaper noticed, crafting the perfect Paper.li newspaper, and a list of the top Paper.li newspapers.

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7 Easy Ways To Turn Old Content Into New Content

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Do you use Content Marketing as a strategy for increasing website traffic? If so, then you know just how valuable content marketing can be for a website owner. The one negative that comes with content marketing is that it’s time consuming creating valuable content that your audience will want to consume. Not only does it take time to create valuable online content, but many website owners also have a hard time coming up with new content ideas. This article is meant to provide you with 7 ideas for turning existing content into new content.

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Using The Magic Of QR Codes To Increase Mobile Website Traffic

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Are you using QR codes to drive traffic to your mobile website? If not, you should be. QR codes are the latest marketing craze here in the States, but they’re old news over in Japan. For those not familiar with QR codes they look similar to bar codes. They are those little square barcode-looking things that you’re seeing everywhere you turn. Marketers are putting QR codes in creative places in order to deliver a message or drive readers to their website.

When you see a QR code on a product, TV commercial, business card, etc. you can whip out your smart phone, open your QR code reader, and snap an image of the QR code. You are then taken to a marketing message or website landing page from whoever created the QR code. As you can probably guess, QR codes are great tools for driving readers to websites from anywhere on the planet. In this article we are going to review the benefits of using QR codes, list some of the top QR code generators, provide tips for creating successful QR codes, and review the steps you need to take to create your very own QR codes.

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Wield The Powers Of Holidays To Increase Website Traffic

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Are you looking for new ways to increase traffic to your website? Holidays provide a great opportunity for website owners to increase traffic. Over the years of managing multiple websites I’ve seen big traffic spikes on sites that I’ve published articles geared toward an upcoming holiday. Another thing that I’ve noticed is that no matter what your website is about, you can usually come up with a blog article or contest idea that’s relevant to an upcoming holiday. In this articles we will review why holidays lead to increased website traffic, the best holidays to focus on, how to plan for taking advantage of holidays, and provide a few holiday content ideas for your website.

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5 Reasons Why People Aren’t Coming Back To Your Website

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Are you wondering why visitors don’t seem to be coming back to your website on a regular basis? Does looking at your website statistics on Google Analytics make you cringe? This can be turned around with some updates to your website. First we are going to go over the top 5 reasons why people aren’t coming back to your website. Then we will provide you tips for overcoming those 5 obstacles. After reading this article and making some or all of the improvements we suggest, we know you’ll be excited to log into Google Analytics to check your website traffic each day!

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A Simple Guide For Skype Interviews To Boost Website Traffic

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Are you looking for innovative ways to increase traffic to your website? Adding educational and entertaining video content to your website is a great way to do just that. Posting videos to your website sounds like a great idea, but recording traditional videos can be costly and time-consuming. In order to get around purchasing costly video equipment website owners can leverage Skype and Skype recording software to create video content for your website. In this article we will explain what Skype videos are, review the benefits of adding them to your website, review many different ideas for Skype videos that you can create, and explain how you can create your own Skype videos.

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