Tips and Tricks on how to use website tools, social media and small business in general

Use Events and Wacky Holidays to Attract New and Returning Customers

Part of marketing your website involves getting seen by people searching for a solution to a problem that you can solve. Just invent events and holidays.

Secrets of Building a Small Business Website Revealed

About one-third of small business owners still do not have a website. Some might not want to invest in the cost. Others might think they can get by with just a Facebook page or Google My Business Profile.
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6 Easy Ways to Attract More Website Traffic

Put the six tried-and-true traffic-building strategies to work for your online business today. The search engine results will speak for themselves.

From TED Talks to Snoo, 15 Histories of the Future

I love TED Talks and, although I haven't been watching since their inception, it certainly has been a long time. This article came across my auto blog feed and I knew you would like it.
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To Blog or Not to Blog - that is the question

One of the advantages of Wordpress is the CMS platform that allows you to blog. Unfortunately, few clients take advantage of this great opportunity. Blogging is something that people can do, regardless of their business, I thought this would be a great topic my Wordpress Meetup group.
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The SurfSafe Browser Extension Will Save You From Fake Photos

Determining whether a photo that's been meme-ified and screenshotted a thousand times over depicts something real requires a different level of forensic analysis.

Introducing the Simple Payment Widget

Use the Simple Payment Widget to add a quick payment option to the sidebar or footer of your or Jetpack site.

Zero Is the New No. 1 (At Least for Google Ranking)

Most people think of featured snippets as a bit of highlighted content from a paragraph, but they’re not all like that.

4 Content Assets You Can Publish on Your Website to Attract Attention

You need to publish content -- I'm sure you have heard that a million times -- but there is a big difference between just throwing up blog posts and creating compelling content that will attract attention

Microsoft Calls For Federal Regulation of Facial Recognition

Over the past year, Silicon Valley has been grappling with the way it handles our data, our elections, and our speech. Now it's got a new concern: our faces. In just the past few weeks, critics assailed Amazon for selling facial recognition…

4 Unconventional Ways to Bring Traffic to Your Site

Because of increased participation in social media, however, success with conventional online advertising has become harder to come by.

Mark Zuckerberg: Nobody's perfect!

On a rare call with journalists Wednesday, Financial Times reporter Hannah Kuchler asked, "Has the board discussed if you should step down from chairman?" Zuckerberg replied with a cocky tone quite unlike his often robotic-cheery responses: "Not that I'm aware of."

How to Make Your Website More Secure (So Google Doesn't Punish You)

The folks over at Google are known for paving the way for Internet behavior. Last month, they took a monumental step forward in helping protect people from getting their personal data hacked.

Unfiltered: How to Show Up in Local Search Results

If you're having trouble getting your local business' website to show up in the Google local 3-pack or local search results in general, you're not alone.

5 Ways Professional Copywriting Elevates Your Website and Your Bottom Line

Every web page is an opportunity to capture a customer. But writing high-quality content requires time and skill. Furthermore, web copy needs to satisfy two audiences: your customers and search engines.

How to Rev up the Success of Your Website

How do you know which combination will not only attract more visitors but keep them coming back? The top-performing websites, it turns out, have something in common...

Top 10 Plugins you should install on your Wordpress Website

After years of installing websites I have a great list of standard plugins I install on every website. Remember that every plugin takes memory to load.
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Everything you want to know about Backlinks

Backlinks are, perhaps, the most influential part of the Google Algorithm for your website SEO. The exciting thing is that you can do something to improve your backlinks. Here we give you some ideas on how to do that.
What is Wordpress?

What is Wordpress

There are two distinct legs that operate independent of one another. Wordpress is Open Source Software, which in my opinion, is the BEST! It is like democracy on steroids.
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How to use your blog: The Scoop Alaska

The Blog The Scoop Alaska is one of our newest personal blog clients and it has hit the ground running. If you think this story doesn't pertain to you because you don't have a personal blog, you would be wrong. The People First, let me tell…
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How to build a link strategy for your website

This week we promised to give you more idea's on how to build a link strategy for your website. There are different types of links, inbound and outbound links. Inbound links are links to your site from another and outbound links are links you…
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Finding Free Images on Google Chrome

There are many ways to find free or inexpensive images for social media. Because so many of the services I use are Google based, like Gmail, Google+ and Google Analytics, I prefer to use a browser that is compatible with those services for most…
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Mailchimp Snap: A Great New iPhone App

Now you can send a photo to the people who subscribe to your newsletter right from your iPhone! Mailchimp just built something new. It's an iPhone app that lets you easily take a picture of new merchandise and email it to your customers. Mailchimp…
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Freebie: “Walk & Ride” One Page Website Template

We love to see new developers and what they produce because it is always a fresh look. If you are looking for a clean, simple one page website theme this is a great one, and it's FREE! If you would like this template on your website let…
eCommerce Payment Options at Gulf Coast Web Net

eCommerce Payment Options

We deal with eCommerce almost everyday as a customer, but when it comes to selecting an eCommerce solution for your website it seems more complicated. Here are some of the most common payment options. A payment gateway is one of the…
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Calendarize It Wordpress Events Calendar

Calendarize it is one of the best calendar plugins for Wordpress. It has lots of great functionality right out of the box, but it also has some very inexpensive extensions to give you more functionality if you need it.
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The Best Online Appointment Calendars

There are so many great online appointment calendars it is hard to narrow the best ones down. When you are looking for an online appointment calendar there are some key features you should not compromise on.   Acuity Scheduling Acuity…
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Pinterest Rich Pins

Pinterest Rich Pins are a recent addition to Pinterest. They make it easier for people to actually shop using Pinterest. So, if you are a business selling merchandise you owe it to yourself to invest some time into Pinterest. You could think…
Media Grid Wordpress Plugin

Using Media Grid Wordpress Plugin

Media Grid Wordpress Plugin was designed by LCWeb, a developer for Code Canyon. Media Grid comes with masonry layout, is designed to adapt each portfolio to any situation and is mobile optimized for responsive themes. This demonstration…
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Managing your Website Membership

Managing website membership can seem a little daunting. There are a lot of people out there just waiting to take advantage of your inattention to your website and fill it with spam comments and invalid links. So, when you are a manager of a…
How do you share your Facebook Page on your personal timeline?

Sharing your Facebook Page with Friends

Somewhere in the flurry of Facebook changes lately a feature that used to be easy to do became almost impossible to figure out... How do you share your Facebook Page on your personal timeline?   I scoured the Facebook help section,…
New Business Facebook Page

New Facebook Business Page

There has been a lot of hype about the new Business Facebook Page format being rolled out. I really like the new layout, but it is taking FOREVER for them to roll it out. I manage over 30 Business Facebook pages and only one of those has the…
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Smith: Wordpress 3.9 Upgrade

Wordpress just came out with an upgrade they are calling Smith. Managing your website from the backend got even easier and more intuitive. Thanks Wordpress. We LOVE YOU!
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Shooting Interiors

Looking Great Looking great is not just about the work you do, but about how you present it. The success of your business rides on your ability to look great. With this in mind I have presented some great tips for regular people (meaning non-professional…
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The Best To Do List Ever

Sometimes keeping a to do list can be nearly as time consuming and frustrating as the tasks themselves. So, I wanted to share with you an application that I use to keep track of all the tasks required to maintain a few dozen websites plus new…

Great Free Fonts and How to Install Them

Have you ever wondered where people get those cool looking free fonts? Or, maybe you just don't even know how to install a font once you've found one. Here you go... has so many really cool and creative fonts. If you can't…
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Etsy Trends and How You Can Take Advantage

Etsy is one of my favorite places to shop. I think it is because I can find something unique; something someone else doesn't have. Everytime I look at someones shop on Etsy I find myself saying "I can do that", "I could make a great shop". If…
Newsletter Best Practices

Newsletter Best Practices

People debate about the effectiveness of email Newsletters. My recommendation is... Why not? People opt in to your email list, so it isn't like you are spamming people. People have asked that you send them one. You should however, use an…
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Share your Google Calendar

Did you know that you could create a simple and easy Google Calendar, make it public and show it on your website? It can become cumbersome to share your calendar with clients manually or to try to sync up over the phone. Google has a great…
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Great Christmas Window Displays

A Great Window display is one of the best ways to pull people into your shop. Many shop owners believe that they should allow people to see inside the shop from the windows. However, if you are lucky enough to have a window display area you…
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How to choose an Avatar image

Before the Avatar Movie... There were avatar images. An "Avatar" is an image that represents you online. The traditional Avatar system used on most Internet forums is a small square-shaped area close to the user's forum post, where the…
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Apps for People who love to Read

People who love to read don't have to be left out of the online world. There are some really wonderful app's built specifically with the reader in mind. Here are some of the apps for people who love to read: The Daily News Digg gives…
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Manage multiple email accounts with Gmail

My favorite email client is Gmail. You can funnel multiple email addresses through it and keep all your emails in one place for easy access, prioritize your inbox automatically, reply to using multiple addresses and use canned responses quickly…
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Great Product Photography

Recently I had the opportunity to open an Etsy shop for my client, Mercader Antiques. Selling online with Etsy is easy and FUN! Fun is a big thing to me, so when I find something that is not only fun but profitable I have to jump on it. I…
Boost your blogs SEO on Google

Boost your blogs SEO on Google

What is SEO? Search Engine Optimization is about improving your page ranking with search engines, whether it is a website or social media. And it isn't as hard as it sounds. Just being yourself while being aware of how others perceive you will…
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Finding Facebook and Blog Free Images

We all know that blog and facebook posts that contain compelling images get more attention than others and most people know there are sever implications of using an image someone else owns. But downloading images from a Google search is so easy,…
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Add your Business to Google Maps

If you are a business you should be on Google Maps. People use Google Maps for so many reasons. They use it from their smart phones, from their computers and it is another method to get your name out and improve the SEO rankings. The free…
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Bloggers Block?

One of my clients biggest hangups is their blog. It can be intimidating. You sit there and look at a blank page and don't know what to write. It is funny because most people LOVE to talk about themselves and their business so you would think…