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Free Font Resource

Clients ask me all the time about creative fonts for their logos and promotional items. We use a great free font archive call Urban Fonts. Plenty of creative fonts for just about any project!

http://www.urbanfonts.com/

If you can find what you need at Urban Fonts, try Fonts.com. This is an incredible font resource and most are available at great prices. http://www.fonts.com/

Add Your Business to Bing

According to Microsoft, search is evolving. They have launched a new search engine called "bing" and it's definintely something to watch.

Microsoft says, "We took a new approach to go beyond search to build what we call a decision engine. With a powerful set of intuitive tools on top of a world class search service, Bing will help you make smarter, faster decisions. We included features that deliver the best results, presented in a more organized way to simplify key tasks and help you make important decisions faster."

The jury is still out on whether it can really put a dent in Google's market share, but does that really matter? You want your business site listed in as many directories and search engines as possible! Here's the link to list your business in bing. Do it today -- it's free!
https://ssl.bing.com/listings/ListingCenter.aspx


Are Missing Your Market by Not Being on Facebook?

According to the June 1, 2009 issue of DMNEWS (The authority for direct marketers), the fastest-growing age group on Facebook is women over age 55. More than 60% of boomers, both men and women, are regular users of social media. For this group, it's all about content. You must have great content to draw this audience in to the conversation.

So what does this mean for you?

If your business isn't exploring and using social media, you may be missing the mark! It's time to stop sitting on the sidelines and get involved. This is not just where the internet is heading, it's where it IS.

Getting started is easy. Go to http://www.Facebook.com and setup a free account. Next, add me as your "friend" (Sandy Waggett) and I'll help you get started on your business page.

Follow us on Twitter for more!
http://twitter.com/
@putthewebtowork

Become a FAN on Facebook
http://companies.to/putthewebtowork/

An Easy Way to Backup Your Computer

Before I recommend third party services to my clients, I always try them out myself. This way, I feel comfortable sharing first hand experience and providing honest recommendations.

I've been using Carbonite to automatically backup my local computer for a little over a year now. Even though we all know it's important to back up your system regularly, I have fallen victim to being lazy about it, having a hard crash, and losing everything on my system. Not good!

Carbonite continually runs in the background on your computer and backs up your hard drive daily. The backup files reside on the Carbonite server, so even if something catastrophic happens at your physical location, the data from your computer will always be retrievable. This is not necessarily the case if you are backing up on a tape or CD/DVD.

Your first backup will probably take several days, but you can schedule it to run at night so it doesn't interfere with your system performance. After you get that initial b…

Great Resources for Selecting a Website Color Palette

Not sure what color scheme to use for your website?

At MSW Interactive Designs we often design websites for brand new businesses who haven't even established a logo yet. When I ask clients what color scheme they prefer, many really haven't even thought about it.

Here are a few resources to inspire you!

COLOURlovers is an easy-to-use website with a nice selection of palettes to browse.
http://www.colourlovers.com/

Another great site is http://www.pantone.com. You need to create a free account on the Pantone site to access their library of color articles and resources. Prepare to be inspired (and a bit overwhelmed)!

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Need a professional, custom, AND affordable website for your small business? Contact MSW Interactive Designs LLC. We put the web to work for you!

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Add Your Business to Google Maps

Want your business to appear in the top section of Google's search results? Then add your business to Google Maps through their local business center.

http://www.google.com/local/add/businessCenter

It's fantastic! Not only will your business name and website link be listed, but you can include your phone number, address, photos, business hours, types of payment accepted, plus additional information.

It's easy to add your information. Google will contact you either by telephone or by US Mail (you choose) to validate your new listing and then you will appear! Sound to good to be true? It's not ... and better yet, it's free!