Ecommerce

SEO Report Card: Back40books.com

November 7th, 2007

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Originally published in Practical eCommerce

In this SEO report card Jeff Muendel, Analyst for Netconcepts, reviews a site called “Back40books.com.” Jeff writes, “According to the siteâ??s â??About Usâ?? page, Back 40 Books is run by back-to-nature people and the books they sell on their site are predominantly focused on issues related to that lifestyle. It also sounds as if the website was put together by these same outdoor people with little help from web professionals. This is to be commended, but everyone needs a little help sometimes.”

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Ecommerce Facebook Applications

November 5th, 2007

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Originally published in Practical eCommerce

Facebook.com â?? a company that less than a year ago looked like fools for not accepting Yahooâ??s bid to purchase it â?? has become the powerhouse of social media websites. Itâ??s been said that much of the success is due simply to Facebook being the latest in a string of recently-hip online socialization sites, with MySpace being the last destination to peek out and then slow as the â??true hipstersâ?? move on, drawing the semi-hip behind them. A large part of that rise, however, has been Facebookâ??s open source policy with regard to the creation of Facebook applications. The result has been twofold: A huge demand for fun and informative applications and the corresponding, explosive proliferation of applications created for the site.

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Video: SEO Website Update

October 29th, 2007

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Originally published in Practical eCommerce

In September 2007, Spencer revisited the SEO progress of Balancedlifeproducts.com which he reviewed in this initial “SEO Report Card” and reports his findings in the video tutorial below.

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Video Tutorial with Stephan Spencer

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Tooling around on PTS

October 1st, 2007

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Originally published in Multichannel Merchant

Shopping for industrial tools online can be a major production â?? especially if a site is not up to snuff. Production Tool Supply sells such complex items as precision measuring instruments, carbide inserts, hand and power tools, workholding devices, safety supplies, fasteners, machinery, and accessories. We decided to see if the Warren, MI-based mailer markets with precision online. Critiquers Amy Africa, president of Helena, VT-based Web consultancy Eight by Eight, and Stephan Spencer, founder/president of Madison, WI-based SEO agency Netconcepts, gave a thorough review of the PTS site, with Africa examining the site’s content and functionality, and Spencer testing its search capability. Does Production Tool Supply’s site hit the nail on the head, or does it get a hammering from our experts? Read on to see.

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Nuts & Bolts: Case Study

October 1st, 2007

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Originally published in Target Marketing

In this article written by Kate DeBevois for Target Marketing, she talks about the success of Netconcepts’ client Steve Spangler. She writes, “Steve Spangler, famous for creating a 30-foot geyser of Diet Coke by dropping Mentos into a soda bottle, not only has mastered the art of science, but also the art of blogging to optimize natural search results and increase Web sales.” Read more about how Netconcepts helped Mr. Spangler achieve success in this case study article about Steve Spangler Science.

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SEO Report Card: Link Building Could Improve Strong Site

October 1st, 2007

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Originally published in Practical eCommerce

Candlesandsuch.com is a website run quite frugally by its two main proprietors. For a site that hasnâ??t had a lot of professional help with regard to search engine optimization, it possesses some positive SEO attributes. Thatâ??s not to say there arenâ??t issues, but some of the main facets of good SEO are observed and incorporated.

In this SEO report card originally featured on Practical eCommerce, Netconcepts’ Search Analyst Jeff Muendel takes an in-depth look at how inbound links and sculpting PageRank can help improve the overall site.

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Interview with IBM’s Mike Moran

September 26th, 2007

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In this interview, Stephan Spencer, Founder and President of Netconcepts, sits down with Mike Moran, Distinguished Engineer for IBM Corp. Mike is an author and search marketing pioneer, who brought SEO to IBM and was able to use techniques to implement best practices on a massive scale. From establishing ROI to savvy uses of corporate resources, we talk about how powerful SEO can be for huge corporations, and how search marketers can navigate their way through corporate channels to effectively test new marketing strategies, attract customers, and incorporate SEO into their daily lives.

If you prefer to read this interview, check out the transcript.

This podcast is now available for you to listen to.

SEO Report Card: Beachaudio.com

September 12th, 2007

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Originally published in Practical eCommerce

In this website audit published on Practical eCommerce, Netconcepts’ founder and President Stephan Spencer reviews one of the Internet Retailer 500 companies, Beachaudio.com. Stephan’s review came at a key moment for their business; they had performed an SEO overhaul of their site back in April.

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Outsourcing and Delegating

September 12th, 2007

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Originally published in Marketing Profs

Stephan Spencer writes, “The more effectively you delegate, the faster you will excel in your career. Even if you don’t have any direct reports in your job functionâ??perhaps you are in an entry-level marketing assistant positionâ??you can still delegate by having one or more virtual assistants, or “VAs.” In this article, Stephan talks about how savvy resource management can affect your bottom line.

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SEO: Heads or (Long) Tails?

August 31st, 2007

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Originally published in Practical eCommerce

“Search engine optimizing for the “Long Tail” is fundamentally different from optimizing for the head. Therefore, itâ??s important to initially point out that the strategies and tactics for â??Long Tailâ?? SEO are more automated and extensible than for traditional SEO,” writes Stephan Spencer, President and Founder of Netconcepts. In this article about the “head” vs the “long tail,” Stephan writes about how you can capture the “long tail” to help your site.

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