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The 10 Best Posts Of 2009

We’ve seen quite a few posts come through here on the Elance Blog covering a wide range of topics. Now it’s time to take a look back and see which stories that you, the Elance community, found to be the most compelling.

Now, I present to you the best posts of 2009, in reverse chronological order:

5 Signs You Need A Website Redesign Now:
If you can't tell whether or not your website is outdated, chances are it probably is. Here are 5 telltale signs that your website is in need of a redesign. After all, a modern makeover doesn’t just look nice – it could increase your bottom line.

5 Ways To Drive More Traffic To Your Website: You know your site has something to offer, but getting the right people to show up at your doorstep is the hard part. If you’re stuck scratching your head with low traffic numbers, check out these 5 basic tips to start bringing in more traffic.

Tweeting 101: How To Use Twitter Effectively For Your Business: One of the biggest sensations of 2009 was the explosion of Twitter. Many small and large businesses quickly realized that Twitter could be a great tool for businesses like yours. Check out our tweet-centric crash course to get started.

10 Things To Consider Before Quitting Your Job To Freelance Full-Time:
Making the switch from full-time to freelance isn’t something everyone ponders every day, but before you make the switch, do yourself a favor and ask yourself these 10 questions.

5 Easy Ways To Improve Your Search Rankings: There’s one thing that all website owners want, and that’s to move their search rank higher in Google, Yahoo!, and Bing. Need some basic Search Engine Optimization tips? Check out these 5 easy ways to improve your search rankings.

The 25 Best Sites For Finding Stock Photos: Regardless of if you’re running a content site, an e-commerce store, or providing services online, the use of imagery can be an extremely powerful tool that can work in your favor. We’ve put together a list of free and paid stock photo sites that will get you the image and emotion you’re looking for.

The 10 Myths Of Freelancing (And What It’s Really Like): If you’re serious about taking advantage of the “freedom” inherent in freelancing, the only way to make it work is to be realistic, because unrealistic expectations can cause extreme disappointment. So if that’s your aim, read on and take a look at the real world of freelancing; it may save you a lot of time in the long run.

@elancers: More Business With 140 Letters Or Less: As stated above, using Twitter to get more business is something that many companies have been experimenting with. Need some inspiration? Here are 5 businesses that are using Twitter in different ways to communicate with existing customers and also engage new ones.

MySQL: Why It’s Hot: MySQL has been one of the most popular technologies on Elance since the introduction of the Elance Work Index earlier this year. What is it exactly? If you’re not familiar with the open-source database management system, check out this blog post to learn more.

Reach Your Target Audience With Social Media: With Facebook hitting 200 million users and with Twitter hitting the scene hard in 2009, there’s no question that using social media would be a wise choice to promote yourself and your business. If you’re looking for several other hot alternatives to spread the word, check out our blog post here.

What were your personal favorites of 2009? Have any suggestions to get the Elance blog started off right in 2010? Would you like to be a guest contributor? Send me an email at alex@elance.com or leave us a comment below.

Happy holidays!


totally agreed with alex.