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January 30, 2013

A good first step to search engine optimization is installing Google Analytics. This will allow you to monitor your website traffic and gain insights into your website visitors as well as your website’s performance on Google. If you don’t already have Google Analytics installed on your web pages, you should go ahead and install it now. If you need help installing Google Analytics, please contact me.

Adding an Admin to Google Analytics

The remainder of this article is for clients with Google Analytics installed so they can add a web professional to the Analytics account prior to engaging in Search Engine Optimization.

  1. First, sign into Google Analytics.
  2. Next, click the admin button in the upper right.

  3. Next, select the account you want to work with.

  4. Now select the users tab.

  5. Now click the ‘New User’ button.

    Google Analytics - Select 'New User' button

  6. Enter my gmail address (* see image below for preferred gmail address to use ‘sabesross…’). You can select the Administrator radio button then ‘Add User’ to give me full administrative access. If you need to limit my access, you can select the ‘User’ radio button and add the profile using the list boxes below and finally press the ‘Add User’ button on the bottom.

    Google Analytics - Enter new admin user information

I hope these instructions are helpful as we begin the process of analysis prior to the actual planning and implementation of your website Search Engine Optimization.

Are you ready to get started with SEO on your site? Contact me for SEO rates and details.

January 30, 2013

This article is for clients who want to add me as an administrator to their facebook page to update graphics, photos, posts and more. Please contact me if you are interested in having me update and maintain your Facebook or other social media page such as Twitter, Google+ or Pinterest.

  1. First, if we already aren’t friends on facebook, you can my personal profile as a friend.

    NEW! * Alternatively you can just enter my Facebook login email. contact me for the address I use.

    Facebook - Add me as a friend

  2. Next, go to your page on faceboook so you are looking at the page (ie. www.facebook.com/yourpage-url) and click the edit page button. Select Admin Roles.
    Facebook - Admin Roles
  3. Lastly, type in my name as a manager.

    Facebook - Manage admins

Of course I am available via my Facebook page if you have any questions.

September 6, 2010
Big Boy Toy EXPO - Charlotte Harbor Event and Conference Center

I had a great weekend at the Big Boy EXPO in Punta Gorda. I am happy to have met a diverse group of people there. I am the developer of the web site for Big Boy EXPO at bigboyshow.com and help with online marketing so I use this opportunity to participate and meet the show exhibitors and visitors.

That was my first time in Punta Gorda, a nice little harbor town in Charlotte County on the Gulf Coast between Sarasota and Naples. It’s good to see this town is alive and vibrant these days. I vividly remember Punta Gorda being directly under the crosshairs of Hurricane Charley when it made landfall in 2004. The area today seems unscathed. I should mention another one of my clients Naples Soap Co. recently opened another store location at Fisherman’s Village in Punta Gorda.

The event took place at the new Charlotte Harbor Event and Conference Center. This is a great facility for EXPOs, events, conferences, concerts, sporting events and more. I was very impressed with the level of organization and professionalism of the staff at the center. They seemed to be on top of all aspects of the event and everything seemed to go flawlessly. Marlene Rivello, the president of Shell Marketing which runs the Big Boy EXPO did an amazing job of putting this all together with help and hard work from her sales manager Dede.

Congratulations on another successful show. See you at Germain Arena in October.

Related Links:
Big Boy EXPO
Charlotte Harbor Event and Conference Center on Facebook
Big Boy EXPO on Facebook
Expo Good For Business – Punta Gorda Herald
Big Boy EXPO – Punta Gorda Photo Gallery
Fishermans Village – Punta Gorda

August 28, 2010

I recently replaced my iPhone 3GS with a Droid2. While the iPhone certainly was easy to use, I consider myself a fairly adept technology user and ‘easy to use’ will only get you so far with me. I am also looking at features and interoperability. I always felt iPhone was holding me back a little bit with iTunes standing at the gate.

Android 2.2
Android is a much more sophisticated operating system than iPhone OS. I admit it was a little unsettling at first to break out of the cocoon of simple elegance the iPhone offers. After getting over the initial shock I now appreciate the sophistication, abundance features and openness of Android. Android offers a few more screens and options to navigate and customize according to your mobile digital lifestyle. There’s simply a little more to it than screens with rounded-edge buttons.

One thing I like about Android 2.2 is the inclusion of an office application (Quickoffice) out of the box. Seems like a no brainer to include some kind of office app with a modern smart-phone but is oddly missing from iPhone. Granted I am not planning on writing a manuscript or doing an annual budget on my cell phone, but I appreciate the ability to create and edit documents beyond a grocery list on a yellow lined pad. Of course all of the usual apps I need for social networking, messaging, web browsing, e-mail networking are all there. The Android market passed 50,000 apps in April and will only continue to grow as developers continue embracing the Java-based Android platform.

Music, Files & Storage
The ability to simply drag-and-drop music, video, photos and other files from any computer to my phone using it’s native operating system is a liberating experience without having to go through the iTunes firewall. I think you must be a former iPhone user to be able to truly appreciate this feature. No more being tethered to a single computer. I am now free to move files from laptop to desktop, from home to office, etc..

Android syncs with your Google (gmail) account. If you don’t already have an account with Google, you will be prompted to get one when you register your device. Just export your contacts from your current contact management system and import them into your gmail account. For iPhone users These instructions will help you do it cleanly.

I didn’t think having Flash player on the phone would be a big deal, but now that I have it I really do appreciate it. I was starting to think Steve Jobs actually had a point about excluding it from the iPhone. It’s all too clear now that this issue never had anything to do with pure intentions. Flash runs beautifully on Android. The fact that my kids can play free Flash games on my phone should save me a couple bucks vs. letting them authorize another iTunes purchase.

Real Keys
I used the iPhone screen based keyboard for over a year. While I think they did a fine job of making it the most elegant and usable onscreen keyboard possible, the ability to slide out a QWERTY keyboard mid-message is a relief.

Other reviews I have read are critical of the camera. I haven’t had the phone long enough to judge for myself. The camera on a phone was never a high priority to me, although I do like the convenience of using it for web uploads and a keeping a visual journal of sorts. The iPhone camera is impressive, but if it’s quality I am after I will reach for a dedicated camera. The camera on this phone should be more than sufficient for my needs.

Something I read in the Engadget article that I found troubling was the mention of having signal issues with this phone. Signal strength was one of the main factors in deciding to convert from AT&T to Verizon. My house just happens to be in a very difficult dead zone. It’s almost impossible to get a signal on any network from inside my house. Taking a call on any cell phone here will involve walking around the house in circles before running out the back door to find the sweet spot before the call drops. Hopefully The Verizon Network can help alleviate my ongoing signal issues. I can already tell it’s not going to solve my signal probems entirely but one thing is for certain it can’t be any worse than AT&T.

For more information on Android visit android.com…
Information about syncing your iPhone contacts to Android…
Transferrring files to and from your Android phone…
More reviews…

August 10, 2010

Creating a personal and business profile on LinkedIN is an easy and important connection in building your online presence. Claiming 50 million professionals worldwide, there is probably someone there looking for your unique talents, products or interested in interviewing your for a potential job.

LinkedIN profiles seem to rank well with Google search results. If someone is looking for you, chances are your LinkedIN profile will get top billing.

One caveat of using LinkedIN is you cannot be contacted directly unless you are already in an individual’s network. For example, if someone found my LinkedIN profile on Google and wanted to contact me, they would have to either upgrade to a premium account or add me to their network (send a request) before we could communicate directly via LinkedIN. However if you list a personal or company website in your LinkedIN profile, this link is public and you can be contacted through your website.

If you have questions about setting up a LinkedIN profile or personal or business website, please leave a comment below or contact me directly.

August 7, 2010

I have been busy on a few client projects lately including deazzle.com. I will get these into my portfolio soon. I am also involved in some on-going personal development projects that I hope to release later this year. I appreciate the support and help from those that look at my blog and are interested in my work. There are always exciting things on the horizon and new opportunities are presenting themselves as the internet and the companies that are shaping it continue to evolve.

April 14, 2010

If you do a lot of Emailing back in forth as I often do, you may want to try Google Wave.Tim the Enchanter Google Wave is still an invitation-only beta (Gmail was an invitation-only beta from 2004-2007 years before being released to the public), so you will need an invite to start using it. I have about 10 invites left, so you can drop me a note and I will send you one if you are interested in trying it and promise to post something nice in my wave. Google Wave is hard to describe as I am quite a wave newbie myself. It is an amalgamation of Email, chat, bulletin board, shared document and a live meeting.

Google WaveSince wave is currently the bleeding edge of technology, you will need a couple things besides an invite to make your web browser Wave ready. First of all I recommend using Firefox, so if you don’t have that web browser go ahead and install it. Next go install gears. Ok you should be all set! Now go visit my wave and try it out.

You will probably need to watch some of the videos and read the instructions at wave.google.com/about.html. If you have other resources and links, please share them in my wave. I am still a little perplexed by it all myself, but see some potential here. Who knows, maybe this thing will be really useful when it gets out of beta in 2013.

Thanks blog.zenika.com for sorting out the details.

March 3, 2010

I posted photos from the Big Boy EXPO in Estero, Florida on Flickr and FaceBook.

View them on FaceBook

View them on Flickr

February 15, 2010

Big Boy ShowI think everyone involved would agree the show was major a success this year. It was a pleasure participating this year and meeting so many of you at the show. I really was impressed at the number of activities and attractions, the amount of visitors and the quality of the exhibitors. If I didn’t get a chance to talk to you at the show please drop me a line and we can talk about your experience at the show. See you in Charlotte in September and back at Germain in October!

February 10, 2010

Accepting Payment OnlineThere are multiple options when accepting payment online. This post will focus on 3 of the most popular payment methods: PayPal, Authorize.net, Google Checkout and the possibilities that exist for using all 3.

PayPal offers 3 methods to use their service to accept payment online: Express Checkout, Website Payments Standard and Website Payments Pro.

PayPal Express Checkout

PayPal Express Checkout allows visitors to pay using their PayPal account. The visitor must have a PayPal account to use Express checkout. This option will be chosen by a visitor who is comfortable using PayPal versus entering their credit card information. If you have Website Payments Pro or Website Payments Standard integrated it is required to offer Express Checkout as a payment option. PayPal Express Checkout may also be offered in addition to Authorize.net, Google Checkout or any other merchant service you may use.

PayPal Website Payments Standard

When a customer pays using website Payments Standard they temporarily leave your web site and go to PayPal to enter their credit card information. This process is relatively painless but may not be ideal depending on your situation. The benefits of using PayPal Website Payments Standard include: easy set up, no monthly fee and a SSL (Secure Socket Layer) is not required on your site since the actual shopping cart and checkout page is hosted on PayPal and not your web site.

PayPal Website Payments Pro

PayPal Website Payments Pro is PayPal’s merchant service that allows you to accept credit cards directly on your site. The funds from the transaction will go to your PayPal account. As with most merchant accounts there is a monthly fee associated with Website Payments Pro (currently $30.). PayPal Express Checkout must be included as a payment option with PayPal Website Payments Pro.

Authorize.net provides a payment gateway for you to accept credit cards directly on your web site. The benefits of Authorize.net include low cost and direct integration using a trusted merchant service provider. Authorize.net can be used to process credit cards in addition to offering PayPal Express Checkout and Google Checkout.

There are a variety of ways to integrate with Authorize.net. Typically Web Site Design By, LLC will integrate Authorize.net directly with a shopping cart or custom checkout application on your web site. We are an an Authorized.net affiliate reseller. Please use the button below to start your application process. Start now by creating a login.

Google Checkout
Google provides another payment option for shoppers who prefer to checkout using Google Checkout. Visitors must have a Google Checkout Account or register for one to pay using Google Checkout. With Google Checkout, Google simply stores the visitors credit card information and transfers the funds to your bank. There is a fee associated with each transaction. Google Checkout can be implemented in addition to PayPal and Authorize.net.

Tell us about your specific plans for accepting payments online and we will help you implement the best possible solution.