In last week’s introduction to small business branding, we talked about the six criteria on which the strength of a brand can be measured; recognition, consistency, emotion, uniqueness, adaptability, and management.

Today we’re going to focus on the importance of consistency. This is a topic that was covered very thoroughly in a great post by our friends at Vistaprint on the Microbusiness Perspectives blog. Writer/Editor Robbie Vogel outlined four key reasons why your brand identity must remain consistent in order to achieve the best results for your business:
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People sure do throw around the term “brand” a lot these days. They often use it interchangeably to describe a business’s logo, or the business itself. But branding is so much more than either of these things.

Your small business’ brand is made up of a lot of different elements that the public comes to associate closely with your company. These brand elements can include things like your name, your logo, your slogan, your company colors (Tiffany’s aqua blue), a certain sound (think NBC’s chimes), a tone of voice (LivingSocial’s signature snark), or even a smell (walk by a Subway restaurant and you know it). Branding is the process through which you make decisions about your brand elements and take steps to link them to your business in your audience’s mind. READ MORE

The month of May here on the Webs blog will be dedicated to promotion and marketing of your small business and, of course, your website. We’ll kick things off today with a categorized list of places to list or promote your website or services that can help bring you more traffic, and ultimately more business.

You may recognize a number of these suggestions from a very popular post we did on this topic awhile back. As new sites have been added to the web, and we got some great suggestions in the user comments, we decided to post a shiny new version for you here today. Enjoy, and if you have any suggestions or your own, please feel free to add them in the comments below! READ MORE

There was a time not too long ago when people thought of blogs and websites as two distinctly different things. The purpose of a website was to promote products and services and provide static information. A blog was a type of website that featured articles or journal-like entries that people would bookmark or subscribe to and read periodically.

Today, websites and blogs have a much closer relationship, and frequently occupy the same space. A blog has become an invaluable tool for driving traffic, and therefore has become a permanent fixture of an increasing number of small business websites. READ MORE

Our series on How To Make a Website continues with tips for optimizing the most important part: the homepage.

Your site’s homepage is typically the first — and sometimes last — page of your site that visitors will see. So make it count!

Before we get into the details, let’s start with some broad advice. Before designing anything, make sure you understand your website’s target audience. Who are they? What are they looking for? You’ve likely already thought about these questions when branding your company in the first place, so make sure that your website reflects your brand and you should be in good shape. READ MORE

So, you’ve decided to take that entrepreneurial spirit and your big idea and start your own business. Congratulations!

You’ve got a plan, you’ve made the commitment, and you’re ready to become the next household name. But before you can do that, you’ll need that one missing piece: the name part.

Now, maybe you’re among the lucky few whose business name came naturally like a bolt from the blue – but maybe not. For a lot of new businesses, the naming process can be one of the hardest parts. Not only will it be on your letterhead, business card, and web address in perpetuity, it will also have implications for all the future branding decisions you will make. READ MORE

The following information was presented during our last webinar as a guide to help website owners  take their site to the next level. Webinar was intended to be a quick 30 minute guide to provide simple to follow tips from the Webs pros regarding the top 6 key elements that make up a good website.

Key Elements covered:

  1. Good Visual Design— Design is an all encompassing word for all the visuals elements of your website — logo, font(s), white space, theme/template, layout and colors.
    Using a theme that relates to the topic of your website can help to keep you/your content on track. When it comes to design it is important to remember to use white space and think about color usage and meaning.
  2. Content— The key to a good website is providing relevant content that your readers want.  Content should answer the question “what’s in it for me?”
  3. Navigation— Navigation is the “GPS” of your website. Navigation or Nav Bars are the buttons that get your visitors where they need to go to get information or do certain things. Usually this bar is along the top, as we in this one, or along the left side of the site.Should be simple to use and uncluttered. It is always a good idea to group like pages under the same topic to streamline navigation.
  4. Call to Action — The Call to Action is a set of words that urge your website visitors to take an immediate action on your website.  There is no magic formula to a good Call to Action. The key is to continuously test what works best for your website and your audience. Test the placement, size and color of these…make sure you use actionable words.
  5. Credibility — A good website instills trust from visitors. Good website design takes this into consideration by incorporating items that help identify that you are a legitimate resource. One way you can do so is by utilizing
    verified links, clearly stating your identity and contact info,  good grammar and employing social proof.
  6. Mobile site — More and more people are looking at your site from a mobile phone or web enabled device. It seems like anything with a screen and a microchip in it is capable of getting on the internet these days. Make sure your site is viewable on a mobile internet enabled device. Quick note: Webs websites are automatically converted into a mobile friendly site when you build it.

Webinar also covered 5 mistakes that could spell disaster for a website:

20 Free Places to Promote Your Website Online

Looking to expand your promotional channels? Check out a list of free sites through which you can promote your website.

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Social Media Bookmarking

Sites that help readers to bookmark favorite sites, links and news articles are a great way to spread information about your latest blog post and gain quality backlinks.

  1. Del.icio.us
  2. StumbleUpon
  3. Digg
  4. Reddit
  5. Pinterest

Online Directories

Submitting your website to popular online directories can help you gain more visibility through targeted searches and increase your website search engine ranking.

  1. Google Local
  2. Yahoo Local
  3. Bing Business Portal
  4. DMOZ
  5. Merchant Circle

Article Marketing

Writing an article specific for your niche interest is a good way to generate notoriety both for yourself and your business, product and website. READ MORE


Research has shown that the average visitor spends 8 seconds on a site before deciding whether or not to leave. What does this mean for you? This means you only have 8 seconds to impress and inform a potential customer before they ditch your site for good. A good first impression is vital to your business’ site, and you only have one chance, and eight seconds, to make it.

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With this being said, you may be wondering what should or should not appear on your website’s homepage. Below we have outlined what to include and how to include it. READ MORE

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