Local Business Directory Guide

More and more people are using search engines to find local businesses.  If you’re not being found in these local searches, your competitor is.

Here’s a nice list of business portals and directories which are essential to to your local search marketing efforts : http://www.ecommerceoptimization.com/local-business-listing-guide/

Google AdWords Wrapper Tool

Here’s a handy tool for automatically generating Phrase Match and Exact Match keywords for use in your Google AdWords campaigns because if you’re only using Broad Match, may God have mercy on your soul.

http://www.mikes-marketing-tools.com/adwords-wrapper.html

JavaScript Generic Form Validation Script

Here’s a simple JavaScript form validation script that is easy to implement.  It’s not rock solid but it’s a decent solution for a lot of sites.

http://www.techtoolblog.com/archives/javascript-generic-form-validation

Styling Unordered Lists with CSS

I always seem to forget the steps I take in order to style unordered lists with CSS so I’m outlining the process below so I’ll always have it to check back on for future use. And maybe you’ll find it useful, too.

(Note: I ALWAYS use a “reset.css” stylesheet to strip out all of the browser-default styles. Doing so means that I won’t have to reset those styles in the declarations below.)

Style for UL

ul.class{
padding-left: 10px;
}

Style for individual listed items

ul.class li{
background-image: url(images/bullet.gif);
background-repeat: no-repeat;
padding-left: 8px;
background-position: 0 12px;
line-height: 20px;
padding-top: 5px;
padding-bottom: 5px;
}