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How do I change URL structure of my website without losing it's ranking?

Jef LippiattOwner at Startup Chucktown
Noreen, I don't think I can provide a comprehensive answer to your question, but I'll add my own experience to the mix.I recently switched from one content management system (CMS) to another. The previous one had a database. The new one did not (flat-file). I kept the URL structure exactly the same for porting over all the old articles I had written.Note of importance: ensure that you have a global redirect (404 page) setup. This page can be simple, but should at least have the global website navigation. The file where this information needs changed is the ".htaccess" file. If you know your way around code you can change it yourself. If not, you can search and find boilerplate code to use.Some content management systems by default don't use "search engine friendly" URL structures. The result is something like "yourdomain.com/blog/12420291942.php" that doesn't mean much to your users or search engines. Even if a user bookmarks such a page, they may not remember what it is about without revisiting it.So if you switch to search engine friendly URL structure (usually referred to as the "mod rewrite" - again search for more detail) search engines and users will be able to make more sense of your content. Having redirects (permanent or temporary) in place will also funnel people that try to visit old links to a page that can refocus their search for your content.
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How does everyone stay focussed on their business?

I am finding the stop and start quite mentally taxing. I have to mentally reconnect each time and... read more

Jef LippiattOwner at Startup Chucktown
First, I would say that this isn't unique to you. There are more distractions today than I could ever mention. However, there are definite ways to overcome or at least minimize them.Determine what time of the day you are most productive (morning, mid-morning, afternoon, evening, late-night). I won't bore you with details but this is probably when you are in an optimized period of "Flow". I've included a link to the book if you have more interest in learning about it.Once you understand personal flow, attack your tasks in focus (related to perceived impact upon completion, priority or time needed to accomplish). This makes a difference. But why? you can move less important tasks (checking email, following up on voicemail, organizing files, etc.) for times you aren't in optimal flow.Also, I've written an article on here related to this called, "3 + 1 = Improvement". I highly encourage you to read that to extend the information above further.Remember processes and routines? Sure they are less spontaneous, but they bring efficiency for reducing time and mental load. Document the processes you use so that you can make them routine. This will help reduce the feeling of having to "mentally reconnect" each time.Let me know if you would like any more detail on the information above or if you have further questions.
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How do you grow a business quickly and smartly?

Jef LippiattOwner at Startup Chucktown
Daniel,I'd tell you to focus your attention on a few key points:Get to know the Lean Startup PrinciplesFocus on only building and spending on money on what has been validated as the core essential features or your Minimum Viable Product (MVP)Validate your assumptions with customers, use paper surveys, ask people in person or use something like Google Forms to collect data.Constantly ask yourself and/or team, is what I'm creating solving a problem? Is that problem documented in collected feedback? Do I need to gather more feedback?
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Has anyone got any experience running social & influencer marketing campaigns in China?

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Julie HyneOwner at Business4Beauty
I would contact women in global business, they should be able to direct you.
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Lina BarfootEditor at SavvySME
Great article! It's very interesting that opportunities to expand into other countries seem much more accessible to smaller businesses now that it did just a few years ago.
Heather ChaiHead of Communications at Asialink Business
Thanks for the feedback Jef, glad it was useful
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Brad Lyons at Rodcha
Thanks Jef, I will be sure to do that.
Jef LippiattOwner at Startup Chucktown
Very in depth and interesting article, however, I found it a bit hard to digest since there wasn't much visual hierarchy. Next time if you could bold the section headings that would greatly help.
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Have you set up systems and processes that put you in a strong position for growth?

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Steven FreemanOwner at Evolved Sound
Short answer is yes. Long answer is that creating and refining these systems and processes is never ending as your business constantly grows and changes. Often you don't know what you need until you get there - usual life story.In hindsight it is best to set these up as though you are lot bigger than you currently are rather than simply helping with solving your immediate requirements.
Brad Lyons at Rodcha
Analytics is the short answer to that I believe.Without knowing all the information about your business you can't grow to your full potential. For those who believe in infinite growth are getting setup for failure. We live in a finite world so everything has limits.If you don't know your limits you don't know how far you can push. With business it is no different. If you don't know your limits you can find yourself in a position where viability vs return is declining. For example, how many employees per customers do you need. Too many employees and your profitability will drop. You don't have to be a mathematician to do this, it is very simple. I strongly recommend people to first understand their industry and do the maths on growth requirements. What are your growth limits and what will it take to get there. One of my old friends has been in the same industry for over 20 years, running his own company and is still chasing the dream of making the big money. Why, because regardless of the amount of times I have told him and offered to do for him, he has never looked at the real issue holding him back. Limits!He has the dream of infinite growth however is stuck making ~$5k per month running his own business, and has been like that for years. What he doesn't want to see is he cannot earn any more than that with the current limits he has, he is stuck in a rut and can't get out because he doesn't stop to think about what can be done. Not because he is lazy, because if he isn't working all the time he doesn't make money to pay the bills. So before you get stuck in a rut where you are running around like made to just get by. Do the maths on your industry. At what point do your reach limits and what can you do to push those limits further. What is the cost vs reward and the most important variable, what do you want at the end of this. I am sure you don't want to be working until you are 100, when do you want to retire and what will happen with your business then?Are you planning to sell your business, pass down to your kids or just let the business fade out. These are all factors you need to account for when it comes to growth and planning. Look for limits and work with them not against.
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Enjoyed this thoroughly Tracey, especially point 4!
Jef LippiattOwner at Startup Chucktown
Very solid advice. Also, please refrain from assigning "High Priority" to every single email (it negates the importance if over used). Ensure you are only "Replying All" when absolutely necessary, otherwise only "Reply" to the necessary recipient or recipients, others will appreciate you not flooding their inbox. Only add "read receipts" when sending Important Timely documents, no one wants to feel like you are hand-holding or babysitting them to ensure they've read your message.
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This is a scary read! hate the thought that it's so easy to circumvent regulations... Interesting article.
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Jef LippiattOwner at Startup Chucktown
Great read with some very honest truths.
Yee TrinhCo-founder at SavvySME
Agree. A happy, passionate team is a productive team. Company culture is much more powerful than leadership or talent. Great leadership fosters great culture, through hiring and otherwise.
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Yes, I laughed Thank you, and Merry Christmas too :-)
Lina BarfootEditor at SavvySME
Very funny article :) I will certainly spare a thought for Santa. Having said that, if anyone wants to get me that Millennium Falcon, feel free!
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Lina BarfootEditor at SavvySME
I love It's a Wonderful Life! Didn't really expect to take away any lessons regarding business from it but I guess I have to rethink that now!
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What is the most common headache of fast growing SME's?

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Yee TrinhCo-founder at SavvySME
I would have to agree with the two of you. maintaining company culturemaintaining quality hiring practicesmaintaining clear communication across the larger organisation with procedures and processes
Jef LippiattOwner at Startup Chucktown
I think the top 3 things aremaintaining quality hiring practicesmaintaining company culturemaintaining great customer service
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