Remember when Webs got a makeover in December 2010? Well, you weren’t the only one who noticed! The Web Marketing Association recently presented us with a prestigious WebAward in Web Development for the redesign of our website.


When our designers overhauled the site, they gave it a brand new look and improved the Site Builder to give Webs users quicker access to site building tools.

Webs CEO and Co-founder Haroon Mokhtarzada notes: “To be recognized by the Web Marketing Association is an honor, and validates our team’s hard work.”

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Pagemodo–a member of the Webs Family of Products–recently conducted a survey to find out how small business owners are using Facebook pages.

The results held good news for entrepreneurs who have business Facebook pages that link to their business websites:

  • 47% said their Facebook pages are pushing a significant amount of traffic to their websites
  • 48% reported that a portion of the traffic converts into customers

To see the full survey results, and to find out what kind of content entrepreneurs are posting on their Facebook pages, check out the Facebook Survey 2011 infographic on the Pagemodo blog.

And if you don’t yet have a Facebook page, what are you waiting for? Make a unique and professional business Facebook page in minutes with Pagemodo and prepare to see an increase in web traffic and lead conversion (as well as more brand exposure)!

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Como estas, Webs?

Muy bien, gracias!

That’s right: Webs has learned to speak Spanish.

On September 14, 2011, Webs debuted a Spanish-language version of its website and its Site Builder tool at http://es.webs.com.

The Spanish-translated version has the same look and feel as the English version, and all the website-building functionality (hundreds of templates, SEO integration, domain hosting, ecommerce apps, and more).

Now Spanish speakers across the globe can easily create and publish websites.

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It’s Wednesday again, which means it’s time for yet another superb example site. Fred Astaire Dance Studios, which is named after the famous American film and Broadway star Fred Astaire, offers all types of dance curriculum ranging from rumba to the Argentinian tango. Their professional website is reflective of the high quality of service and fun the studio provides. Take a look for yourself:

Their website is clean and professional, yet still has a little bit of personality and spice to it, much like the dances they teach. Some of the Webs features that they are using well include:

I’d like to take a moment to let all of you know about a few changes to the Webs.com Affiliate Program. To make the program more affiliate friendly we are engaging a new Affiliate Management Company, adding new creatives, switching networks, and debuting brand new affiliate-friendly terms and conditions. We would like to thank you all for being our affiliate partners. We are certain that you will enjoy reaping the benefits of our new program, which is now exclusively on Share a Sale.

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Yesterday I had the pleasure of attending the Small Business Success Summit in Baltimore, MD. The highlight for me was hearing Rudy Giuliani speak about small businesses, which he believes are the backbone of our economy and of America. His talk focused on the leadership qualities that he thinks are important for small business owners.

Here is his advice for entrepreneurs like you:

  1. Have a strong and clear vision. Without one, how can you execute your business plan?
  2. Be an optimist. This doesn’t mean being a fool–it means being someone who sees problems as intellectual challenges and comes up with solutions.
  3. Have courage. Giuliani pointed out that it’s normal to feel fear when doing tough things, whether it’s launching a business, fighting a fire, or playing in the Superbowl.
  4. Plan relentlessly. Channel your fear into practicing presentations, testing products, and planning for events, advised Giuliani. It was the emergency plans he had already in place for NYC–for blackouts, for hurricanes, for suicide bombers–that helped him handle the unthinkable on 9/11.
  5. Build a team that complements you. Everyone has strengths and weaknesses, so figure out what your main weakness is and hire an employee who is strong in that area, whether it’s keeping track of details or making decisions.

Two other things Giuliani said really stuck with me:

  • If he could give kids anything, it would be a strong work ethic
  • He believes our society is over-regulated, and that small businesses would do better if the government got out of their way (when he was mayor of New York, Giuliani reduced the number of permits that restaurants had to get from 14 down to one!)

It was a really inspiring talk. What do you think: does any of this advice hit home with you?

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Did you know that women launch businesses at a higher rate than the national average? The number of U.S. businesses grew by 34% between 1997 and 2011, whereas the number of women-owned businesses increased by 50%!

As of 2011, experts estimate that there are:

  • 8.1 million women-owned businesses in the U.S.
  • 7.7 million people employed by women-owned companies
  • $1.3 trillion in revenue from women-owned firms

The Anchor Leg

While the number of women-run businesses is growing, the businesses themselves tend to have between 10 and 99 employees. If you look at entrepreneurship as a marathon, women-owned businesses are falling behind during the “anchor leg” of the race: at the 100-employee threshold and the million-dollar mark.

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