Following the history of NoFollow

The popular and mysterious ‘NoFollow’ attribute, found in all the right places, is one of the early efforts to stop spammers from abusing blog comment posts.  Introduced in 2005, it was a response to some of the “black hat” tactics of marketers who tried to manipulate search engine rankings. Pages protected by ‘nofollow’ can’t be…

To Pinterest or Not to Pinterest

There’s no doubt about it — interest in Pinterest is on the rise. You’ll see it mentioned all over Facebook and you’re likely to stumble across “pins” from people on message boards. But does it make sense for YOU to take up your pins and start a Pinterest page for your small business? Maybe. Pinterest…

Avoiding the Dreaded Business Slump

Guest editorial by Patricia Snodgrass My father, stone mason by trade, didn’t turn his construction business into a fortune 500 company, and chances are you probably won’t either. However, like him, you can still grow a very successful business, if you avoid these five problems that plague nearly every company at some point. Pitfall #1.…

I Need A Plan? For A Home Business?

In a word, yes.   When most people start a small business or any sort of work from home, they generally leap right into things and after about three weeks start to wonder, “why isn’t this working?”  If they’re running a “business in a box” or some sort of website or program that they’ve purchased…

Bad Financial Times And Entrepreneurship

According to the University of Maryland, small businesses are beginning feel that they are healthy enough to the point where they’re considering hiring more people.  Some of the more chirpy spins on this article say that it could mean up to 3.8 million new jobs this year and reduce unemployment by over 2%.  That would…