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bCentral July 2005  

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Little orange buttons marked RSS are changing the way people use the web. RSS is a new way to stay informed of updates to your favourite websites. You can now get our Small Business News via RSS, and you can even use it to download our monthly radio appearances on talkSPORT as MP3. We also explain why your website needs it too.

Doing Business Online

No matter how strange your business, these days you have to be on the web. If people are making money selling presents for sheepdogs or bottled water from Loch Ness, the chances are there's an opportunity for your business too. And even if you don't want to sell online, you should seriously think about getting a website together - because your competitors probably are.

Stop and search
Search engines are the number 1 source of visitors for many websites, so it's wise to boost your search ranking if you can. You can even buy your way to the top - it's cheaper than you might think, and can be very effective.

Customer relationship management
With the right data at your fingertips, you can give every customer the personal service that'll keep them coming back. See how to profit from your customer data.

Easy PC
Buying a PC can be an intimidating experience. Our guide will help you decide if you really need a new PC, and explains - in plain English - what to look for in a new computer.

Do as much as you can
People remember when they're treated well - and a few extras can make all the difference when it comes to providing great service. Get a custom plan to give your customers an outstanding experience. (Free registration required.)

July's software tip
Ever lost your place in a presentation? PowerPoint 2003 lets you see your notes on your laptop screen, as you beam the slides out to the projector. Just go to the Slide Show menu, choose Set up show, and select Show presenter view. Read more tips.

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