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Success doesn’t always come easy. While many aspiring entrepreneurs would like to start out on top, it often takes years (or decades) of dedicated and diligent work to grow your small business into a corporate powerhouse.

Luckily, there are plenty of examples of businesses that started from humble beginnings and eventually grew into successful giants of their respective industries. Here are just a few examples of how far hard work, ingenuity, and a dash of business sense can take you.

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How was your 2014? Thanks to our great users, we had a strong one here at Webs, and we’re excited to continue to grow and improve in 2015!

The turn of the year is a good time to reflect on how you run your business and make any needed adjustments. In that spirit, we’ve put together a list of 5 Easy Rules you can follow in 2015 to set your business on a great path for growth in the New Year.

1. Keep a to-do list that actually gets done
Trello is a quick, easy, and visual way to create tasks and track their progress to completion.

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With so many digital advertising options available these days, it can be hard to decide what, when, where, and how much to advertise for your company. These questions are especially pressing for small business owners who lack the budget to compete with their larger competitors for screen time.

So what do you need to consider when it comes to getting the most bang for your ad buck? Advertising tech company YuMe is here to tell you. Based on some pretty detailed research, the infographic below provides lots of insights about consumers’ digital lives and their responses to on-screen advertising. The most prominent question they seek to answer is ‘what role does screen size play in ad effectiveness?’

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We’re incredibly excited to announce the addition of a new tool to the Webs platform that will help businesses save a significant amount of time, money, and headaches in getting their business listed everywhere online.

Introducing Webs Local Search: The easiest way to list your business everywhere online.

What Is Local Search?

In a recent Webs blog post, we described the importance of local search for small businesses, how local search differs from SEO (Search Engine Optimization), and how you can check if your business is listed today.

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If you’re thinking about starting a small business, or have recently undertaken any entrepreneurial venture, you might be looking to expand your bookshelf. And since we’re all about saving small business owners time here at Webs, we thought we’d offer up some of the best, most inspiring, and most helpful titles we’ve read over the years. We hope you find it helpful, and please leave your own recommendations in the comments at the end!

Title: The $100 Startup: Reinvent the Way You Make a Living, Do What You Love, and Create a New Future
Author: Chris Guillebeau
Why I recommend it: There are few books that I’ve read as inspirational and as actionable as The $100 Startup. The focus of this book is not how to found the next Google, Facebook or Apple. Instead, it facilitates the creation of time and money in order to pursue a meaningful lifestyle. I only read this book once, but reviewing it here has prompted me to dust it off and read it again. It’s hands down one of the best books that I’ve read. – Collin T., Search Marketing Specialist

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We often hear questions from Webs users about how they can make their small business websites more effective, attractive, and professional. And that’s good news because it shows that those people have taken the first step toward success: recognizing that there is a difference between putting up a website, and having a professional online presence.

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It’s easy to start a small business website – just think of a domain, find a hosting service with a builder (like Webs!), and hit publish. But what sets a successful website apart is the execution. The devil is in the details, as they say, and you’d be surprised how many people forget them. So to help you make sure that your website is doing your small business justice, we’ve created an infographic based on insights from the experts right here at Webs.

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We might be coming a little late to the party with this one, but there are still two days left to join in on the fun with Small Business Advice Week, going on now throughout the UK. For more than 10 years now (since 2003), Small Business Advice Week has been working with well-known brands and subject matter experts to gather tips and provide examples that can help small businesses grow and succeed.

Here’s how you can get involved:

1. Read advice on the SBAW website
On the SBAW homepage, you’ll find dozens of articles written by small business experts and experienced brand representatives.

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As digital marketers, here at Webs we’re obsessed with testing and optimizing. As important as gut feelings and marketers’ intuition are, they simply must be backed up with data in order to be successful in the long term.

There are myriad ways to perform tests that will help you optimize various areas of your business. One option is user testing, in which you select participants to give you feedback about something you have questions around. A larger-scale option is to do A/B testing on your website in order to optimize your design and functionality. But your website it’s the only thing you can test – you should also be constantly optimizing your promotions, like A/B testing your email marketing.

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One of the big differences between the life of a full-time marketer and the life of small business owner is the time frame in which you live your daily life. The entrepreneur is often living in the moment, putting out the fires of the day, and making sure everything is running smoothly. The marketer, on the other hand, is already spending their days planning the next month, quarter, and even year.

The challenge that small business owners face as they decide to grow their businesses is that they must also become marketers. This requires that they split their focus and see not only today’s performance, but also next quarter’s goals.

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Google recently announced AdWords Express: a simpler way for small businesses to advertise in search results. AdWords Express promises to help you find valuable new customers, even if you only have a small budget. Is it a good fit to grow your business? How can you get the most from search advertising? Let’s take a look.

Why advertise on search engines?

Search engine advertising is one of the most efficient ways to grow your business. If you mail out postcards or buy a radio ad, you pay to reach a certain size of audience. But the majority of that audience doesn’t need what you’re offering, or isn’t looking for it right now. You pay whether or not a single person actually considers your business.

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