Online marketing basics: affiliate marketing

Commission-based business transactions are familiar to most readers when it comes to the real estate or insurance industries: If a broker manages to successfully sell a flat or insurance to a customer, he or she receives a commission. The same principle applies for the classic discipline of online marketing: affiliate marketing. The players here are registered merchants and affiliates, who calculate their respective commission based on the number of clicks, sales, or leads. [...]  

How to organise sales in your web store

Think setting up a successful online shop is just about providing a selection of cool products and nailing a good search engine ranking? Think again. As you start receiving your first orders, you should already have given some thought to how you’re going to distribute your wares. When it comes to keeping up with your competition, a well-organized sales strategy is just as vital as making money. Learn the essentials about setting up a sales strategy here. [...]  

The right marketing mix: online vs. offline

Online or offline advertising: which marketing method should you choose for your business? The answer is both; traditional marketing and online marketing go hand in hand. While print and TV campaigns can get your brand noticed in the public eye, SEO and SEA measures aim to personalise online advertisements to specific user groups. Both types of marketing have their advantages and disadvantages, so it’s important to find the ideal marketing mix by intertwining aspects of traditional marketing and online marketing. [...]  

E-mail encryption: how PGP secures the content of your e-mails

Online privacy is a sensitive issue that affects experts and amateurs alike. Whether you’re posting on social networks, carrying out banking transactions, or buying from an online store, your data is not always sufficiently protected. The same applies to e-mails. Don’t let cyber criminals get their hands on your content by encrypting your e-mails. [...]  

Building communities: forum software comparison

Whether you’re searching for help on how to change a tire, or you desperately need make-up tips for an upcoming wedding, you’ll sooner or later stumble upon a forum. These community platforms have been around for years and are still going strong. Even today there are countless successful online communities that attract thousands of users daily. If you want to create one of these platforms for private or business reasons, you need a suitable forum system. [...]  

Cloaking – SEO tactics against Google policy

Cloaking is a technique used by website operators to deceive search engines and in doing so gain a better ranking. By learning about this black hat SEO method, you can make sure to avoid implementing accidental cloaking tactics for your website and so ensure you’re not at risk of being excluded from the index of the leading search engine results pages. This introduction to cloaking will explain how it came about, the way webpage operators manipulate it, and how Google attempts to prevent it. [...]  

Content counts: creating a content strategy in 8 steps

There’s more to expanding your online business than just increasing sales. Using content marketing, a business can inform, entertain, and reach out to potential customers in order to win their trust. It’s therefore important to create strong content with valuable information, tailored specifically for your target group. But this kind of content doesn’t just appear overnight. If you want long-term success for your business, you need to start with a solid content marketing strategy. [...]  

Contao CMS: a sleek alternative to TYPO3

The right content management system (CMS) is fundamental for every successful web project. Known names, like WordPress or TYPO3, dominate the market, but there are alternative CMSs. With their sleeker yet-still-adequate range of functions, such options often prove to be the better choice. One such example is Contao. The open sources solution wins over users with intuitive user interface, selection of practical extensions, and web accessible set-up. The system also offers interesting perspectives for e-commerce needs. [...]  

First important tips for domain registration

First impressions count and that also applies to domain names. They should be short, concise and creative and obviously not be in use by anyone else. There are countless possibilities to create a good domain name thanks to new top-level domains, special characters and lots more. Just make sure to keep in mind name and trademark laws. [...]  

Alchemy CMS: the open source project based on Ruby on Rails

While most content management systems are based on the PHP scripting language, Alchemy CMS uses a less common but more dynamic programming language: Ruby. There are also countless add-ons available from Ruby on Rails that can help to extend your web framework to create complex projects like company websites or online shops. Find out what makes this intuitive CMS a good bet for beginners. [...]