December 2009

Looking for three quick ways to grow traffic and improve search engine rank this holiday season? Quality links to your website are the key. Three ideas for good links:

1. Which vendors sent you holiday cards? Do they have sites? Ask them to link to yours.
2. Sending seasonal email greetings to customers? Include a link to your site. 
3. To
o busy these holidays to build your own blog? Instead, identify 10 busy blogs that are relevant to your business. Bookmark them. Twice a week post a thoughtful — not commercial — comment. You'll usually be asked for contact info, including your URL, which links back to your site. Voila! A link is born. 

eCommerce in this Economy


This holiday season, online sales are expected to rise 8%, outpacing offline retail sales which are expected to show no gain, per recent Forrester research.

What's driving growth? A more affluent customer base, a rise in comparative shopping and market share stolen from offline retail stores. 

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Where is your traffic coming from? Which links produce the most traffic? Find out where visitors are coming from and how to maximize those relationships in our Web Resources article Where is My Traffic Coming From?

Brain Teaser

How many reindeer are needed to pull Santa's sleigh?

a. 8

b. 9

c. 126,667

d. I don't believe in Santa.


We hope you didn't answer d!

The answer is: a, b & c.

Clement Moore's "Twas the Night Before Christmas" names 8 reindeer.

If it's foggy, you'll need to add Rudolph. So that's 9.

If you like math: Assume each of the world's 1.9 billion children  each gets 2 lbs of gifts. And assume that a magic flying reindeer can pull 100 times the 300 lbs force of a normal reindeer. Then 126,667 reindeer are needed to pull Santa's very heavy sleigh.

Happy Holidays from the Hostway Team!

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