Black Friday and Cyber Monday are over and you still haven’t found the perfect gift? Well that’s okay, because we have your back this holiday season with our Example Site Wednesdays!

This week we have a site that can help you find a gift for that classy, sophisticated friend of yours. The Final Touch Store is chock full of cute and elegant gifts that you should check out!

We love the simplicity of the site design and site navigation. Everything about this site is refreshingly simple which makes browsing the site so much simpler. This site has all of the essentials of a great web store.

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Cyber Monday is one of the biggest online shopping days of the year, and it officially marks the beginning of the holiday shopping season.

In 2009, comScore found that people spent $887 Million on Cyber Monday, and the spending trend is expected to keep growing year over year.

So, is your website ready to capture some of the Cyber Monday Spending Frenzy?

3 Tips to help you get ready for Cyber Monday:

1. Ensure prospective shoppers can find you. Your business can’t be successful if online shoppers can’t find you and the products that you offer. It’s never too early to start working on making sure your website can be found. There are several things you can do to help your site gain visibility:

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Did you know that there are spiders crawling the Internet? Web spiders, also known as ants, bots, and web crawlers, browse Internet sites in an orderly way. As they crawl, they notice things like words and links, and build up a gigantic table of contents for the Internet.

Search engines employ web spiders to find out what’s out there. Web spiders will have an easier time finding your site–and telling Google®, Yahoo!®, Bing®, and other search engines that your site exists–if your site contains relevant, well-regarded links.  Incorporating a lot of high-quality links helps web spiders find and identify your site, and therefore helps your site achieve higher rankings in search-engine resolts.

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Welcome to another addition of Example Site Wednesday, where we select a great site made by Webs users and dissect it to find out just what makes the website so great.

October is a national Breast cancer awareness month, here in United States, and in the spirit of bringing awareness to this disease we would like to showcase a great site that combines playing pool and a great cause. ‘Cues For A Cureâ„¢’ is committed to the fight against cancer and gives a portion of every purchase from their site towards helping to fund cancer research.

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Our favorite day of the week is here again, and we are ready to deliver the goods. This week our example site, ‘Style-Kicks’, brings out the shoe-a-holic in guys. ‘Style-Kicks’ is a great example of a simple site that just does things right.

Right off the bat, ‘Style-Kicks’ has a simple home page that catches the eye and tells visitors what they are about. Combine that with the simple navigation bar and this site is just begging to be browsed. Other important features that Style-Kicks use include:

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Did you know that Google provides great how-to articles to help small business owners and website owners figure out the tough landscape of online marketing?

Today, I would like to share with you a link to a downloadable starter guide to Search Engine Optimization. The guide uses simple to understand language that is perfect for beginners.

What is SEO?

SEO, or sometimes referred to by its full name of Search Engine Optimization, is a process that determines how your website link shows up in search engines like Google®  & Yahoo!® when people search for keywords relevant to the topic your site covers.  Following even the most basic SEO guidelines can drastically increase the number of people who visit your site.

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Our favorite day of the week is here and that means that it is time for another Example Site Wednesday. This week, Ellie Inspired has caught our attention with their simple and cute website design. ‘Ellie Inspired’ features patterns and tutorials for do-it-yourself dresses. The site creator lovingly describes them as “love clothes” for your special blessing.

Ellie Inspired does a great job of utilizing Webs features including:

Forums to provide a discussion area for members.

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Developing a website should be a great experience: you get to bring your business or passion to life. To give your site’s visitors the best possible experience, avoid these five common mistakes:

Stale Content.

You know how sometimes you get a whiff of staleness from something in the refrigerator, like from a gallon of milk? Afterward, will you eagerly return to that milk? Probably not. The same principal applies to your website: once people sense that your content isn’t changing, they’ll probably stop coming back.

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Today, I would like to share with you a visual guide on search engine optimization (SEO) from Infographic Labs. This guide does a great job of breaking down complexities behind a very important part of building and growing a successful website — understanding SEO.

So let’s go over a few basics:

1. What is SEO? This is a process that makes your site more likely to show up higher in search engines like  Google® and Yahoo!®. This in turn can drastically increase the number of people who visit your site.

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With summer ending and the school year coming up (or already here for some), we know that mothers everywhere are going to be busier than ever. That is why this week we are showcasing a website that is dedicated to moms. ‘Moms in the City’ is a community based website where moms can get together, share information, stories, children items and create friendships.

This week’s example site utilizes a lot of great Webs features including:

‘Moms in the City’ is an awesome example of a great site with a great community. One of the best characteristics of the site is the quality and amount of content that they offer to members. All of the information on the website is relevant to the audience and strikes a chord with their visitors, making a visit to the site fun and enjoyable.

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