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.

Drive More Traffic To Your Website Using Blog Carnival

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Are you looking for new ways to drive more traffic to your website? Having a blog is a great tool for keeping readers interested in your site and continuing to return week after week. Creating new blog content on a regular basis is great for SEO, but there are additional things that you can do to drive even more traffic to your blog/website. Using Blog Carnivals can help you attract new readers to your website. In this article we will explain what blog carnivals are, how they can be used to drive traffic to your website, how to submit articles to blog carnivals, and how to create your own blog carnival.

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Part 2: Creating Your Own Architecture, Content, And Design Document

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In Part 1 of the ‘Website Planning’ series we discussed the importance of creating a website blueprint and the 5 keys to developing a successful website. Before undertaking the website build individuals and/or businesses should set clear goals for their website, identify the target audience with whom they want to communicate, set a call-to-action to ensure website visitors take the action you want them to, think through site navigation to ensure visitors know where to go and how to get there, and establish a list of keywords to help with SEO. By following these 5 steps you will have all that you need for developing your own website blueprint.

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Part 1: Website Planning & Developing Your Website Blueprint

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Building a website is a BIG undertaking for any person and/or business. It doesn’t matter if you’re building a 4-5 page website or a 15-20 page website, you want to make sure you put the time in to make the site the best it can possibly be. I liken a website to my online real estate. It’s your personal web property. When building a house it’s important to plan things out before you start hammering any nails. The same is true when building your website. This article is going to cover the importance of website planning and developing your very own website blueprint.

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Setup Surveys and Capture Data with Google Forms

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Are you looking to learn more about your website visitors? If so, Google has your back. Google Docs is an excellent free online tool that allows you to create forms (surveys) for the purpose of capturing data from your online community. Google Docs allows you to create very professional looking forms, with over 60 different themes to choose from. You can customize the questions you want to ask and the answer choices you want visitors to choose from. Once the form is setup you can easily embed the form in your website or e-mail it out to a list. Feedback is captured automatically and reports can be charted and graphed for accurate analysis. Sound good so far? Let’s dig into how the process works.

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