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How to develop a large Twitter following

Website Results (NZ)

Do you want more followers on Twitter?

This article describes a method I've been using successfully over the past five months, during which I've grown my followers from around 400 to over 1200, with a current growth rate of around 100 a week. It's simple, effective and although it does require some hard work it definitely pays off.

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Don't pay for a Content Management System

A Content Management System, or CMS, is pretty much essential for anyone setting up a new website today. But if your website developer is asking you to pay for a CMS, you should probably keep looking. There are simply too many excellent content management systems out there today that are available for no license fee whatsoever.

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We are hiring!

There must be something in the air at the moment ... autumn may be approaching, but here at Website Results we are getting busier by the day and we are in need of a talented, experienced website designer to join our team in downtown Tauranga.

The role involves producing sharp, professional website visuals and designs that meet our client's expectations and our goal of producing exceptional website designs. It also involves using Drupal, our content management system of choice, to convert those website designs into smart, intuitive and functional websites.

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Get a website for Christmas

Web design, Tauranga, New ZealandWe've reached that time of year - especially in the southern hemisphere where summer is fast approaching - when people have more than half an eye on Christmas. They're taking care of regular business, but are deferring major new projects until late January or early February when they get back from their summer holidays.

Sound like you? If so, read on....

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Two Website Results customers score at Tauranga Business Awards

Mrs Website Results and I attended the 2009 Tauranga Business Awards recently, partly in support of two of our customers who had entered the awards, and partly to see what sort of a party the Chamber of Commerce can throw.

We were pleasantly surprised in both respects.

First, it was a great party - our congratulations and thanks to the team at the Chamber for such a great night.

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Is your website being indexed by Google?

One of the best things you can do for search engine optimisation is to maintain a steady stream of new unique content to your website. But how do you know whether you've got Google's attention or not?

Answer? Use Google Alerts.

Google Alerts is a great tool provided by Google themselves, which allows you to find out when Google indexes your content.

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Your website converted a visitor - now what?

Great news - your website just converted another visitor!

Joe Martin of Mount Manganui, Tauranga, New Zealand, just filled out your contact form and is interested in purchasing one of your products. He's provided his full name, email address and phone number, plus a brief outline of his requirements.

Now what?

The purpose of most business websites is to generate sales leads. But what businesses do with those leads can vary wildly:

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Analysing the ROI of Google Adwords

As a website development company, our focus is on helping our customers to drive more visitors to their website, and on ensuring the website converts those visitors to leads.

The cool thing about this process is that a well-designed website provides you with very detailed information about the sources of those visitors, what search terms they used to find you, what they did on the site, and what pages they visited before converting.

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Getting Started with eCommerce in New Zealand

If you run a business in New Zealand, you probably either have a website, or are thinking about getting one.

There's a good chance you're also considering extending your web presence to setting up an eCommerce store. After all, there's a lot to be said for being able to sell your stuff online. Your store is always open, meaning you can make sales 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. You also don't have to worry about paying sales commission - or sales people.

Sounds great, right? But where do you start?

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Getting a website Part 3: Which technology to use?

If you are considering getting a website (or having one built for you), you have two basic options when choosing the development technology you'll use:

  1. Hand code the website using HTML, Javascript, CSS and other technologies
  2. Use a content management system (CMS)

Making the right choice is a critical early step in getting a new website. If you're in a hurry, and just want my opinion (and the opinion of most smart website developers) about which option you should choose, the answer is 2. Hands down.

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