Monday, May 31, 2010
It's the last Monday of the month and that means it is YOUR day to get help growing your online store.

Let me show you how it works:
  • Submit your URL and question at http://ecomquestion.com/

  • We will review your entire website and look for specific problems in regard to SEO, Usability, Landing Page Optimization, and help you to increase conversions.

  • During our live podcast at 6:00 PM Eastern, we will answer your questions and provide you with a quick review of your website.

  • You can listen live to and chat with friends by going to http://www2.webmasterradio.fm/chat/
It really is that easy.

So let's get started by submitting your question to http://ecomquestion.com/ and I will see you at 6:00 PM Eastern!


by: Shawna Seigel



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Wednesday, May 26, 2010
Google TV was recently unveiled at the Google I/O Conference. For those of us watching online, it was truly fascinating to see what the future holds.

Instead of watching our television screen, we will be able to interact like never before.

How does this new technology impact ecommerce?

First, watch the short YouTube Video below and view how Google TV works.

Then, listen to our podcast "Tips on Using Google TV for Ecommerce."

Third, come back Friday when we take a deeper look into the new left hand navigation menu just released by Google and what it all means for the future of online store owners.

**In our broadcast, we HIGHLY recommend still using a blog to send customers to your website, add unique pages to your store, and they are great for training Google. Order any design package in the next 3 days and we will add a matching blog - FREE.









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Monday, May 24, 2010

Just wanted to let you know a few things:

  1. Ecom Experts is LIVE at 6:00 PM ET with our special guest, Verisign. We will be discussing increasing conversion rates. You can listen live, ask questions, and chat with friends by going to: http://www2.webmasterradio.fm/chat/

  2. Ecommerce SEO Webinar Replay is available now. You can view the rebroadcast by going to: http://bit.ly/dhnukc

  3. Make sure to watch our blog this week for lots of NEW video tutorials!

  4. Don't forget we are changing all of our packages in June and will be changing the prices as well. If you are looking to get a new design for your Yahoo Store, make sure to give us a call this week - 888-312-7839.

I will talk to you soon!


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Friday, May 21, 2010
Hi Everyone,

I have been getting lots of requests and letters asking when our webinar replay will be online. Normally these are available within a few hours and I want to thank you for being so patient while we attempt to get the Ecommerce SEO Webinar on our website.

I thought I would take a moment and give you an update.

As most of you know, I moved to the boonies. Love it here, hate the internet. I am unable to do online webinars from home like I use to. Unfortunately at home, is where I have all of my great recording software and equipment.

We have a T1 line being installed the first of June and I hope to be back and running again!

In the meantime,
  • I go into the office
  • Record using Gotowebinar
  • Come home and rerecord using Camtasia Studio
  • Do some quick editing
  • Wait a few hours for the file to upload
This time, the process has not been quite so easy.


I am still working on it and will try to have it up as quickly as possible. Then I will be able to work on those other videos for you as well.

The new videos that I will be creating will cover:
  • Setting up a blog using Blogger
  • Having your new blog have the URL http://blog.YourStore.com
  • Setting up a RSS Feed for your new blog
  • Enabling your visitors to have your blog postings emailed to them
If I forgot any videos you would like me to create, if you have ideas for new videos, or if you have videos you want to see... please post a comment below and let me know!

I am going back to work on this thing and will talk to you all soon :)


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comScore, Inc. (NASDAQ: SCOR), a leader in measuring the digital world, today released its Q1 2010  U.S. retail e-commerce sales estimates, which showed that online retail spending neared $34 billion for the quarter, up 10 percent versus year ago. The strong acceleration represented the first time growth rates reached double-digits since the second quarter of 2008.

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Retail E-Commerce (Non-Travel) Growth Rates
Excludes Auctions, Autos and Large Corporate Purchases
Total U.S. – Home/Work/University Locations
Source: comScore, Inc.
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Quarter     E-Commerce Spending ($ Millions)     Y/Y Percent Change
Q1 2007     $27,970                                     17%
Q2 2007     $27,176                                     23%
Q3 2007     $28,441                                     23%
Q4 2007     $39,132                                     19%
Q1 2008     $31,178                                     11%
Q2 2008     $30,581                                     13%
Q3 2008     $30,274                                      6%
Q4 2008     $38,071                                     -3%
Q1 2009     $31,031                                      0%
Q2 2009     $30,169                                     -1%
Q3 2009     $29,552                                     -2%
Q4 2009     $39,045                                      3%
Q1 2010     $33,984                                     10%
_______________________________________________________________________________

“The first quarter returned the U.S. retail e-commerce market to healthy double-digit growth rates,” said comScore chairman Gian Fulgoni. “While these spending gains provide reason for optimism, we should note that upper-income households are currently shouldering much of the growth. Should the economy falter in the second half of the year and upper-income consumers return to a savings mode, we could still see growth decelerate. But for the time being, this momentum is encouraging.”

Other highlights from Q1 include:

  • Growth in the first quarter was predominantly driven by upper-income consumers, with spending among the $100,000+ household income segment up 14 percent.
  • Pureplay (online-only) retailers continued to gain e-commerce spending market share from multichannel retailers.
  • Larger online retailers continued to generate higher growth rates than smaller retailers, but the smaller retailers are finally beginning to see positive growth once again. 

Webinar Series: State of the U.S. Online Retail Economy through Q1 2010
Join Mr. Fulgoni as he presents an update of the state of the U.S. online retail economy through Q1 2010 in a live webinar on Thursday, May 27 at 2 p.m. ET/1 p.m. CT.

The webinar presentation will include an overview of changes in consumers’ online spending patterns through Q1 2010, survey findings that highlight consumer sentiments regarding the economy, as well as an analysis of spending patterns across key product categories, retailer sectors and consumer demographic segments.

To register for the webinar, please visit:

About comScorecomScore, Inc. (NASDAQ: SCOR) is a global leader in measuring the digital world and preferred source of digital marketing intelligence. For more information, please visit www.comscore.com/companyinfo.


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Wednesday, May 19, 2010
Last night I gave a presentation on Ecommerce SEO to the ECMTA Chicago Chapter. I had SUCH A BALL!

This group was so much fun and everyone was so wonderful. Dave White, Chapter President, is just awesome and I can see why he fell in love with his beautiful fiancée. She is just wonderful!

Anyway, I had such a good time doing this presentation... I scheduled a webinar for today to do it again for everyone else in the rest of the world :)

Here is what we will cover in today's webinar:
  • What is SEO?
  • Why do you even need to learn about SEO?
  • What factors affect your rankings in the search engines?
  • How do you connect with your customers?
  • How do you create content?
  • How do you keep creating content?
  • How do you train Google?
  • How do you find keywords?
  • What do you do with those keywords?
  • and much much more!
Make sure to bring your thinking caps. I am also giving out LOTS of prizes!

Register now for Ecommerce SEO Webinar. It's at 1:00 PM Eastern.

I will see you there!


by: Shawna Seigel



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Monday, May 17, 2010
In this month's newsletter we explain:

What's The Difference Between Where Customers Find You and Where You Send Your Customers?

You will also learn:
  • Creating SEO Friendly URLs for your Yahoo! Store
  • 5 Easy Steps For Changing The Names of Multiple Files
  • Yahoo Floating Shopping Cart Settings
  • and much much more

Check out http://www.1choice4yourstore.com/may-2010-news.html today!

Sincerely,

Shawna Fennell


P.S. This June we will be changing and upgrading many of our packages and there will be some price increases as well. This will be the first time we have changed our prices in almost 3 years. If you are looking to get your store designed, make sure you give us a call today to lock in our current pricing. Call 888-312-7839 and ask for Rene or Michael.


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Do you know how many calls that you receive from your website and where they come from?

Have you ever wondered if you could peek behind the curtain and see the history of someone’s website session to better answer their call?

The traditional concept of placing a phone number on a website and tracking how many calls came into the business has evolved.  You can take it one step further from basic analytics and not only how many calls came in from the web, but where they came from (Google, Yahoo, other referring sites) and from which keyword terms.

This is revolutionary!

Jennifer Whaley, Business Development Manager at Century Interactive, will be sharing useful insight into ways that you can get the most out of website tracking today on Ecom Experts.

Regardless of what type of business that you run or what you are doing to generate leads, it’s essential that you understand how you got those leads.

Join us today at 6:00 PM Eastern as we discuss:

Seven Ways to Get the Most Out of Website Tracking!

You can listen live, ask questions, and chat with friends by going to:

http://www2.webmasterradio.fm/chat/

I look forwarding to seeing you later today at 6:00 PM Eastern!


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Thursday, May 13, 2010
Today I want to show you how to create SEO friendly page urls for your Yahoo! Store.

For most Yahoo! Store owners working with a manufacturer or drop shipper, they receive one database file that contains all the product information. Then they receive a folder with all the product images.

About 99% of the time, the image names match the product code.

For instance, if my green sweater was being sold online we might have a code of 123. The image name that matched this green sweater would also be 123.gif or 123.jpg

This works really great for most Yahoo! Store owners. They can use the database upload feature and also zip all those images in one file and use the multiple image upload feature as well.

When you upload your database, the Yahoo! Store will create your items with the page id of those codes.

One problem, that means that your store product pages url will also be the product code.

For instance, if we go back to our green sweater, the page id created would be 123.html

Our customers would come to www.myurl.com/123.html

Now 123.html is not real customer friendly or seo friendly for most products. I don't care what the code is for my sweater, I want a green sweater.

Wouldn't that be better for the page id to say green-sweater? Then my url would be www.myurl.com/greensweater.html

The problem that most store owners face, they change the product url but then they cannot use the multiple image upload feature. The page ids do not match the images.

So today I am going to show you how to change those product ids, easily convert multiple images to match those new product ids, and create super seo friendly product urls.

*Please Note* You may want to check out the following tutorials if you are not an advanced user.



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Tuesday, May 11, 2010
Have you ever had a bunch of files you needed to change - fast?
  • Change file names from underscores to hyphens (yahoo_store.gif to yahoo-store.gif)
  • Add a prefix to all of your file names (store-design.gif to 1c4-store-design.gif)
  • Delete certain text from all file names (1c4-yahoo-store.gif to yahoo-store.gif)
I have been using File Renamer Basic for over a year now to do my hard work and I love it!

I have created the video below showing you step by step how to change those file names - and do it FAST.

You will LOVE how easy it really is!

Thank you Melinda Jackson for the idea! While interviewing her on our radio show yesterday, one of our listeners asked if you should name your images using hyphens or underscores. Her answer? Use hyphens for all those image names. If you have multiple images that you need to change - FAST - this video was created for you :)

Our interview is right below the video and highly recommended!

For Yahoo Store Owners, tomorrow I will post a video showing you how to use this software to upload multiple products to your store - The SEO Friendly Way!



Melinda Jackson is an eBay PowerSeller and Education Specialist. She also hosts her own online radio show and is an eCommerce Coach. She shares some of her ecommerce expertise.


by: Shawna Seigel



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Monday, May 10, 2010

Today the headlines read - "Obama Doesn't Like iPads."

You know, I really don't like the news. They seem to have a distorted view on what really happens.

Here is the original statement from Obama:
“With iPods and iPads and Xboxes and PlayStations — none of which I know how to work — information becomes a distraction, a diversion, a form of entertainment, rather than a tool of empowerment, rather than the means of emancipation.”

I may not agree with what he says all the time but, I definitely agree with this statement and so do many others.

From Michelle Price - YES i see it everyday in business, ppl complain overwhelmed because not have focus enough to know what they need to act on

From Poland Culinary -  Careful selection is a must in a world of info overload!

From Blue Phoenix NYC-  - The potential to distract is there. It really depends how disciplined you are--information is so overwhelming these days.

The truth is, the web has a magic power over people. One minute you are looking up keywords, then you find something you never heard of, you look that up which leads you to a book store, and then you are watching funny videos on YouTube.

Twitter and Facebook are two great places to find information as well. Yet, how many times have you attempted to do one thing and an hour later you haven't moved on to something else?

The information and the messages CAN get lost if you are not careful. This is when information becomes a distraction and becomes more a form of entertainment.

The best thing we can do as store owners is to manage our time wisely.

Choose what time of days you will search for information and choose how long you will spend gathering that information.

If you are going to market on Twitter, understand how long you are going to spend on Twitter and what times of day will you be visiting.

I have learned that if I come into the office and do not read any emails, view any Twitter messages, or log into Facebook. The first thing I do is create my to do list and start with the most important priority of the day.

This helps me to focus on getting important tasks done immediately.

What do you use to help you from getting information overload?


by: Shawna Seigel



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We have a fun and wonderful guest today on Ecom Experts.

Melinda Jackson is an eBay PowerSeller & Education Specialist.

Melinda also hosts her own online radio show and is an eCommerce Coach. If you haven't met her yet, she will knock your socks off!

We had the pleasure of meeting her in Vegas last month and had a BALL! She is smart, funny, and beautiful inside and out!

Melinda just got back from Ebay on Location in Dallas and will be sharing all the great information.

I guarantee you; there will be tons of laughs tonight! You do not want to be late :)

You can listen live and chat with friends at 6:00 PM Eastern by going to:

http://www2.webmasterradio.fm/chat/

Make sure to have your questions ready to go!

See you there everyone :)


by: Shawna Seigel



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Friday, May 07, 2010
In part 2 of our Yahoo Store Floating Shopping Cart Settings ( read Part 1 - Yahoo Store Floating Shopping Cart Settings), we show you some of the problems we have seen and how you can avoid any problems that could potentially lose you sales.

Should you have the add to cart action go directly to the floating cart or should they go to your Yahoo Store Checkout pages?

Should you show or hide the floating cart?

We answer all of your questions and much more!

If you have questions concerning how you can increase your conversion rates, just give us a call right now and we will be happy to go over your website. 888-312-7839

Just Remember:

"Your website, your design, your customers are all unique and one size doesn't always fit all. Test Test Test"




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Tuesday, May 04, 2010
I love Yahoo Stores.
  • Super easy to use (my 83 year old grandfather has one)
  • Very SEO friendly (which is so important)
  • You build YOUR brand (yes you are a brand)
  • Stop sending traffic to a website YOU don't own (they could get a wandering eye)
Not sure what all that means or want to know more?

Make sure you sign up now!

Our first webinar is with Web Sellers Circle today at 3:00 PM Eastern - Sign Up Now

Our second webinar is through the New Life Event Webinar Wednesday Series tomorrow at 1:00 PM Eastern - Sign Up Now

Everyone who attends who will get to try out the Yahoo Store FREE for 2 months!

We will give you more details during the webinar.

I look forward to seeing you there!


by: Shawna Seigel



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Monday, May 03, 2010

Today at 6:00 PM ET, I am interviewing the woman I call the "Queen of Social Media" - Jennifer Laycock!!

http://www2.webmasterradio.fm/chat/

Jennifer Laycock is the Editor of Search Engine Guide, the Social Media Faculty Chair for MarketMotive and offers small business social media strategy & consulting.

What I like most about her?

#1 She is really sweet
#2 She is brilliant
#3 She loves helping others
#4 She is dedicated to teaching others
#5 She explains everything in such a way that makes you say... "Oh... I get it now!"

This will be an interview you will not want to miss!

Make sure you join me at 6:00 PM Eastern.

You can listen live and chat with friends by going to:

http://www2.webmasterradio.fm/chat/

I look forward to seeing you there because I also have a brand new FREE goodie for all of our live chat room buddies *wink*

Bye for now!


Shawna


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