Sally Jones

While attending the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s graduate school for journalism and public relations in the late 1990s, Sally began a long career researching and writing about business, technical and scientific topics. Her decades of experience as well as a passion to stay on top of the latest online tools and resources combine to help small businesses (and freelancers like herself) flourish.

Best Keyword Research Tool: Build A Proven SEO Foundation

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If you want a site that kills it against your competition, targeting the best keywords is a no-brainer. Keyword research can be a time-consuming chore, unless you have a tool that simplifies the process while optimizing your results. Here, we give you the best keyword research tools, whether you’re a beginner or need to advance your SEO strategies…

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A Comprehensive Guide To Building Your Website

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What would your business be without a website? That’s where it all begins, and we’ve got plenty of information for you on how to get started. We have a handy DIY guide that takes you through a step-by-step process where you learn everything you need to know about launching a website — including securing your domain name and hosting provider, SEO, ways to make money from your site and much, much more. For the nerds out there who like to get their hands dirty, we’ve got a web development series with all the juicy technical details. We also cover CMS (content management systems) in detail, easy-to-use website builders, CDNs (content delivery networks; to make your site faster), security solutions, and more…

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Our Ultimate Guide To E-Commerce

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Are you thinking about starting an online business or adding an online component to your existing brick-and-mortar store? There’s a lot you need to know about e-commerce (electronic commerce) and its unique challenges and benefits. We can help you start your business on the internet, and we review some of the unique e-commerce tools you’ll want to consider, including e-commerce platforms, website plugins and more. We also help demystify the industry jargon by explaining in laymen’s terms what everything means…

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A Beginner’s Guide To Commerce In The 21st Century

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When you’re trying to get your retail or service-oriented business up and running or streamline your existing practices, there are a ton of details to iron out — and an overwhelming number of options to consider. Have you found the most efficient way to track your inventory? What cost-effective ways can you process and manage your customers’ payments?  What do you need to know about running an online store? We have some ideal solutions to help you run your small business as smoothly as possible…

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Our Experts Help Bring Your Business’ Finance Solutions To The Next Level

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Keeping your finances organized and running like a well-oiled machine can make or break any small business. Don’t have time to stay on top of it all? Who does?! Our finance experts comprehensively review the latest solutions for small business owners and entrepreneurs. Our articles cover everything from accounting, payroll and taxes to online lending, crowdfunding and franchising opportunities…

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Getty Images Review: Does This Powerhouse Live Up To Its Reputation?

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Getty Images is arguably the largest and most well-known stock photography agency in the world. This company has a huge collection of premium conceptual media and exclusively licensed, high-res art that’s perfect for traditional media on a multinational scale. Does Getty Images live up to its prestigious reputation? And is Getty Images the best bet for your stock photography needs?…

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