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Get ideas, information or inspiration for running your business. In addition to all of the information presented in Web Resources, these Web sites can help you take your business even further.
Small Business Advice
BusinessKnowHow.com is a leading source for information, ideas and strategies for starting, marketing and growing traditional and Internet-based small businesses. The site, which attracts close to 3 million visitors a year, features thousands of free articles and a free newsletter.
Manta is the largest free source of information on small companies, with profiles of more than 63 million businesses and 13 million monthly visitors. Business owners can “claim,” or add, their company’s profile and change basic information such as the name and address, contacts, phone numbers, email addresses, Web site, logos and business descriptions. In addition, they can provide more specialized information such as products and services, social networks and links to articles and videos.
Looking for a small business loan? Businessfinance.com is the Web’s best resource for small business financing. Find over 4,000 lenders who are interested in making a loan to your business. Also, discover tools to improve your business like credit card processing and 401k financing.
Winmark Business Solutions (WBS) is the Web’s premier, free business resource for small business owners and entrepreneurs. With over 6,000 pages of business-critical information such as articles, tools, checklists, calculators and downloadable forms, WBS is a one-stop shop to help businesses grow smarter and faster.
Doba is the leading distribution facilitator of wholesale products for the online retailer and small business. Doba provides instant access to more than one million products that can be drop-shipped directly to customers. Doba’s service provides a single catalog with product descriptions and images, data export tools and a standardized fulfillment process.
Social Small Biz is a resource for any small or medium sized business looking to invest in social media marketing or improve the ways in which they currently use social media or digital marketing to communicate with their target audience.
BusinessOwnersIdeaCafe.com is the #1 source for information and insights about how to succeed in business. It is an entertaining and upbeat, highly valuable resource for entrepreneurs and business owners. Wall Street Journal calls it “Best of Breed,” Business Week Online calls it “the most visited,” and CNET simply says it’s the “BEST Website For Small Business.”
SCORE “Counselors to America’s Small Business” is a nonprofit association dedicated to educating entrepreneurs and the formation, growth and success of small business nationwide. SCORE is a resource partner with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).
SiteProNews is “The net’s most widely read Webmaster news source.” You can sign up for a free, daily newsletter or visit the Web site for a thorough collection of software tools, general resources and expert articles.
The U.S. Small Business Administration is an independent agency of the federal government that provides a variety of programs — loan guarantees, training and counseling and contract assistance — to assist small businesses get started and succeed.
Free Web Site Tools
One of the best things about the Internet is the wealth of free tools available to help businesses maintain their Web site. Here are some tools you might find useful:
Find out how much traffic your competition’s Web site is getting, and use the comparison feature to see how your Web site measures up.
Get all the info on your competitors— including which keywords they’re using in their online campaigns, top organic keywords, daily ad budget and average cost per click.
Keep your Web site in working order—find any broken site links with Xenu’s Link Sleuth.
Submit your Web site to Google and learn how to optimize your Web site to gain more traffic on one of the most popular search engines.
Whether you use it for your pay-per-click ads or just to find the best keywords for your Web site, you can use this tool to find out which keywords generate the most searches locally and worldwide.