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LinkMarket - The Link Exchnage Network

by srpatterson on Tuesday, February 23, 2010 2:23 PM

LinkMarket – The Link Exchnage Network

I was receiving many varied request to exchange links with webmasters on a number of different sites. I began to search for a network where I could do all my link exchanges without having to email individual site owners. LinkMarket.com came up in the search results from Google and I have been working with them since that time.

Using the ASP.Net Ajax Accordion

by srpatterson on Thursday, February 11, 2010 12:32 PM


Using the ASP.Net Ajax Accordion

It was suggested that we utilize the Ajax Accordion control in a recent project and although the software is easy to install finding decent documentation on a quick solution was not as simple. I did finally stumble upon a couple of examples and modified the code from them to come up with an easy way to implement an image based menu with the accordion style navigation.

The first thing to do is register the Ajax Control Kit in the page header.

<%@ Register Assembly="AjaxControlToolkit" Namespace="AjaxControlToolkit" TagPrefix="ajaxToolkit"%>

Place the Script Manage on the page itself or on the Master Page.Placing the Script Manager on the Master Page worked well in our case as multiple pages used Ajax .

    "ScriptManager1" runat="server">
            

The main body of code contains the Accordion definition, a Panes area, an Accordion Pane definition, a Header, a Content area, and closing tags. The unique thing that we did was to place an asp image object within the header group instead of text. Our content area also contained a user control but the links of the menu could have been created directly on the page just as well.

    "Accordion1" runat="server" FadeTransitions="True" 
    SelectedIndex="0" TransitionDuration="100"  HeaderCssClass="accordionHeader" 
    ContentCssClass="accordionContent" AutoSize="None" ToolTip="Something">
     
    "AccordionPane5" runat="server">
    
"server" AlternateText="Some Text" ImageUrl="~/Images/Menu1.png" />
... ... Links to Menu items. ...

Maximize Your Promotional Efforts by Sending Out Press Releases

by srpatterson on Friday, January 29, 2010 12:59 PM


Maximize Your Promotional Efforts by Sending Out Press Releases

If you want your target market to become updated about what’s happening in your business, often you have to broadcast it to the general public. Writing and sending out press releases is one of the best ways to gain massive exposure for your website.

What is a Press Release? A press release is nothing more than an announcement. You can see lots of them in the online and offline business world. If you run an online marketing business, then it naturally follows that you should write press releases for Internet readers. All you do is to share any exciting development or update you have in your business. By spreading...

How to Use Signature Texts Properly For Free Advertising

by srpatterson on Thursday, January 28, 2010 10:03 AM


How to Use Signature Texts Properly For Free Advertising The signature line of your email or forum profile has more purposes than simply writing your name on it. Some people simply avoid using the signature line, not knowing how much business and future profits it can give them. If you are a serious home based online entrepreneur, do not ignore the massive potential of your signature text.

In grade school, teacher taught you how to write letters. You probably remember how important it is to include a salutation at the end of any letter. In the Internet world, this salutation can very well be your signature line. If you haven't been utilizing this, you're probably missing out on a lot of free...

How To Use Video Marketing To Showcase Yourself Online

by srpatterson on Wednesday, January 27, 2010 9:56 AM


How To Use Video Marketing To Showcase Yourself Online Articles are not the only pieces of content that online surfers are looking for. What they really want and in need is fresh and useful content in any form. Alternatively, you can also use videos to get more traffic to your site.

You don't have to create highly sophisticated videos with professional effects and all that stuff. With a simple laptop or desktop, and some default video software, you can start shooting videos. You may also choose to use a webcam with video recording capabilities and you are ready to become an online video sensation.

Start by getting in front of the camera and tell your own story. Perhaps it is an inspiring...

Participate In Online Business Forums to Gain Exposure

by srpatterson on Tuesday, January 26, 2010 9:32 AM


Participate In Online Business Forums to Gain Exposure If you want to interact with other online entrepreneurs who can potentially help you in your business and vice versa, you should try joining an online business forum in your niche. Keep in mind that networking is give and take. As you learn from other entrepreneurs, you can also share them what you know. You can also indirectly promote your business website while doing all that.

Perhaps the main benefit of joining niche forums is the possibility for making new connections. You will be able to interact with people who are already successful, or the so called "big guns" in your particular industry. Best thing is, everyone is equal in the...

Get Hordes of Free Website Traffic by Offering Coupons

by srpatterson on Monday, January 25, 2010 1:41 PM


Get Hordes of Free Website Traffic by Offering Coupons Because of tough economic conditions, consumers are on a constant lookout for companies who will help them save money. You can help people save money without putting your business profit on the line. A good option is to offer coupons to potential customers.

Coupons are not new to us. We use them to buy goods at the grocery stores. Retail shops offer special promos and discounts as an “ethical bribe” to get you to buy from them. Likewise, online stores can use this advantage by making coupons available to lower the total price during checkout.

Do you know that coupons can singlehandedly increase your website traffic and conversion...

How to Use Article Directories to Drive Website Traffic

by srpatterson on Sunday, January 24, 2010 4:30 PM
How to Use Article Directories to Drive Website Traffic

People often come back to the internet primarily because they're seeking content. By providing information that they are searching for, you will be able to gain loyal readers who will repeatedly visit your website. Providing the information they seek can lead readers back to you again and again. If you are a writer, use your skill to promote your website through article directories.

What are article directories? These are places online where webmasters usually go to find valuable content related to their specific field or industry. Regular people surfing online also stumble upon article directories in their search queries.

As an online entrepreneur, you can use article directories to your advantage. If your content is published in any of the top directories, you can gradually build a massive readership base on the internet. The more articles you post, the better chances you have of being seen by the internet crowd. Doing this...

Comment Regularly On Blogs and Forums

by srpatterson on Monday, January 18, 2010 8:17 AM
Comment Regularly On Blogs and Forums

It is possible for anyone to spend a great deal of time online. If you have an online business, or if you do any sort of online promotions, then you’re probably spending majority of your time on the internet. While at it, why not make the most out of your time to maximize your profits and results?

The importance of building long term relationships with customers cannot be overemphasized. In fact, establishing relationships with your customers is the key to stay and succeed in business. People who feel a strong connection towards you and your company will buy from you repeatedly over long periods of time. That’s why, even from the start, you must work at building rapport with potential consumers.

One of the best ways to do this online is to post comments regularly in blogs and forums. When in one of those community sites, don’t just be a bystander and watch things happen. Show others that you’re involved and that you’re an active participant in the...

Combine Your Business Resources to Gain a Competitive Advantage

by srpatterson on Tuesday, January 12, 2010 1:29 PM


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Combine Your Business Resources to Gain a Competitive Advantage

Marketing your business is pretty much like exercise. Each small thing you do usually accumulates and eventually leads to giant results. It is a good thing to focus on building your online reputation, but it also equally...

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