Friday, February 25, 2011

Using SEO to Grow Your Business: Black Hat SEO

Recently big corporations have run afoul of Google's webmaster guidelines. Companies like JCPenny and have been caught using tactics to inflate their positions within Google's rankings. If you want to make sure your business doesn't get blacklisted, you probably want to stay away from Blackhat SEO. What is Black Hat SEO? Black-hat SEO utilizes tricks to inflate your Google ranking positions but when Google finds out what your up to they will do to you what they did to these corporations or worse. How do you avoid this? PC World has some good tips and I suggest you read them.Remember, if you hire an SEO firm to help you get better search results, it's your responsibility to keep them in check.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Problem with Square Credit Card Processing

Square has been getting  tremendous media coverage for the past few months. They now have a lot more competition but they are still getting the most press. The fact still remains that unless you are a small timer, square is not the product for you. There are some serious drawbacks to using square as far as the allowed processing amounts go, which are not listed but vaguely referenced in their terms of service. Basically if you process more than $100 a day or $1000 a month they may hold your funds for 30 days! Between that and the high rates if you are serious about accepting credit cards you are best off with a merchant service provider that offers low rates and no contracts and free software.