All posts by Ayat Shukairy

  • 109 Useful Websites & Online Applications You Should Know About

    Since it is the start of the new year, we compiled a list of useful websites that we have been using over the last year. Our goal was to come up with a list of sites that are not well known but we feel should get more attention. The list is includes web applications, project tracking tools, search tools, news sites and multimedia websites.

    Note: We extracted the description of each application from its own About us page. No one can describe a product like its inventors , so we decided we would use their own words to

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  • Minimize the Imposition of Required Registration on New Customers

    You can probably tell from the title that I’m no fan of required registration.

    As far as I’m concerned, the idea of required registration goes from bad (making prospects register before completing a sale) to worse (making prospects register to even view a website’s content).

    It’s one of the easiest ways for a business owner to stand in the way of his own profits.

    Now, there are some out there who will play devil’s advocate and claim that there are very good reasons to require registration.

    To that I’ll say that there’s never a good reason to give your

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  • Six Tips to Optimize Your Website’s Internal Search Function

    Some of you might think that great navigation is all you need to convert prospects into customers and keep them satisfied with your website’s usability.

    Some of you are wrong.

    You need internal search. Yes, need.

    That’s not it, though. Internal searches have to be modified to reflect your business, its website’s content and your customers’ own needs, desires and habits.

    Try these stats on for size:

    At least 50% of shoppers prefer to use an online business’s internal search function to find products Prospects convert at least 4x more than those who don’t use search functions The average

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  • Create 404 Pages That Are Great For Sales

    Up until now, you’ve probably thought that a generic 404 page has done you well. After all, you see them everywhere, right? What harm could they do?

    Here’s a surprise: a lot.

    Generic 404 page can mean a big loss in profits.

    How?

    Because generic 404 pages are wastes of the opportunity to market your business, retain prospects and generate sales.

     

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  • Seven Ways to Improve Your Welcome Emails

    Yesterday, I gave you a few reasons why welcome emails shouldn’t be dismissed.

    Today, I’d like to provide some practical tips for those who already utilize welcome emails.

    That’s straightforward enough, right?

    Well, not really.

    Some of these tips may require you to look at welcome emails in an entirely different light. It might even be easier for you to disregard everything that you’ve done up until this point.

     

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  • Secure Your Business’s Website to Make Conversions a Lock

    In 1999, The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants released some research about security and ecommerce after customer information was compromised on certain popular websites. I can already hear you questioning its relevance in 2009. But before you dismiss it, you should know one thing: it’s just as applicable today as it was then. Some may say that it’s even more so.

    Take this excerpt:

    “Consumers are looking for better ways to research and buy online, all the while requiring a reasonable amount of assurance and trust that the sites are safe and secure and that their information is

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  • Increase Conversion Rates by Picking the Right Pictures

    The benefits of using the right pictures with products are innumerable. They can also trigger something very important in prospects’ minds- the idea that what you are selling and what they are buying is real. In the world of ecommerce, separating yourself from the intangible and duplicitous is crucial to padding your conversion rates.

    It’s been said that, amongst other things, pictures inspire emotion in viewers. For this reason, pictures are a marketing tool that online businesses shouldn’t treat lightly. After all, connecting with your buyers and prospects is exactly what you should be doing and using pictures is another

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  • Seven Ways to Afford Free Shipping During the Holiday Season

    These are troubling economic times. That much can’t be denied. Consumers feel the pinch as they find that it costs more to buy things. But now businesses are hurting, too. It’s also expensive to sell things.

    Skyrocketing fuel costs have turned consumers to the Internet for their shopping needs. After all, it can be easier, quicker and cheaper to order something online if you find a good price and if shipping is cheap or even free. But therein lies the problem. While expensive gas has made shopping on the Internet more attractive to fuel-conscious consumers, it’s also made the

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