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Create an Appealing and Visually Connected Tagline

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Great taglines are short, memorable, and visually connected to your logo. Think about it, when you hear “just do it”, do you think of the Nike swoosh? Or when you hear someone say “eat fresh” you think of Subway! That’s because these companies have done a great job integrating their taglines with their logos.

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7 Magic Product Tricks That Improve Website Conversion Rates

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What may be the biggest obstacle to a person buying anything is the pain they experience during the consideration phase of the buying process. If the perceived pain of purchasing is smaller than the perceived reward of purchasing, the purchase will be made. If it’s the opposite, the purchase will not be made. But the key word here is “perceived.”

In my childhood, gas prices hovered in the $1 – 2 range in the U.S. As we all know, that is no longer the case. For the most part, it now hovers in the $3 – 4 range. When gas first hit $3, people felt the pain. Some altered their vacation plans. Some visited distant family less. We cursed under our breath as big oil companies reported record revenue quarters.Continue Reading


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Make Your Text Scannable

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Every page of your website should be easily scannable. Not all visitors (probably most visitors) want to read every word, so making your content scannable helps them find what’s most important to them more quickly.

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Planning a New Website? Don’t Launch It Until You Do This

Planning a New Website? Don’t Launch It Until You Do This

Planning a Website?

Can you imagine how happy your website users would be if they were always able to complete the tasks they came for easily and efficiently? Can you imagine how your bottom line would be affected?

A major problem with the way a website is planned and built is that it typically starts with decision makers and web developers/designers looking around at industry & competitor’s websites – reacting favorably or unfavorably, creating their own version, suggesting changes and repeating until all decision makers are happy. Then comes site launch. This seems reasonable and normal.

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How Web Hosting Makes Your Site Increasingly Inviting

How Web Hosting Makes Your Site Increasingly Inviting

Imagine the exceptional party host, one that learns of attendees’ favorite foods, drinks, and forms of entertainment. That’s a classy host, one who was likely raised by good hosts or observed the accommodating ways of others. A superior web hosting service is like a mom or dad ‘raising’ their child the right way, to respect others especially when hosting in one’s own ‘house.’ Your site makes scores of obvious and subtle impressions, ultimately affecting the ambiance and subsequent actions of visitors. Consider the following site-related pleasantries that augment the ambiance of your site and improve experience for visitors.

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5 Website User Experience Mistakes That Hurt Your Bank Account

Most business owners and executives want their businesses to grow. In order to do that, (let’s talk basic accounting) the total amount of deposits has to consistently exceed the total amount of withdrawals, or else the business is just treading water; or maybe even drowning. In this day and age, websites are one of the tools that can ultimately determine which direction your business goes. While it may not make or break all businesses at this point in time, it’s certainly critical for most.

Profit Loss Sheet

What I’d like you to do for the next few minutes is to think about your website like you do your balance sheet. But, don’t just think about the numbers or how much the website costs to maintain versus how much revenue you can directly tie to it. Take it back a step. Take it all the way back to the user experience, because this is where it starts. Think about how a user’s experience with your website affects their relationship with your brand. Because when it comes to the numbers, the user experience is the cause. The numbers are just the effect.

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21 Things Every Web Developer Should Do

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Ferros Bueller Quote
Bueller, anyone?

If only Ferris knew what was ahead. That quote comes from much simpler, and slower times. With the web and all it’s related technologies, we have seen life change faster than ever. If life was fast during Ferris’ day, it’s at lightning speed now!

But the faster life gets, the more we have to slow down to take stock of things. This is no less true in the ever-changing web. But let’s start at the beginning: web development. This is usually the starting point of a business’ web presence outside of social media. Sometimes, in haste to “get going” business owners look for web developers to build their website quickly, cheaply and… wrongly.

I think it’s time to slow web development down.To not look at how quickly it can be done, but at the process in which it is done. Hop on over to Search Engine Journal to see the full post.


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Questions Every Web Developer Should Ask

businessman checking off a listWhen it comes to websites, there’s a history of disconnect between SEOs and web developers. An SEO is concerned with optimizing usability and site structure. A web developer is concerned with function of code and site design. In order for a website to perform at its greatest potential, the two disciplines must make nice and work together. If the two can work in tandem from conception through the launch of a site, a lot of time and energy can be spared from reworking what has already been done.

To help this process go as smoothly as possible, I’ve created a list of questions in my latest Search Engine Land post, 100+ Questions You Must Ask When Developing A Web Site.


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Avoiding Website Navigation That Makes Users Never Want to Come Back

In my experience, grocery stores are one of the most frustrating places I go. I really try to avoid going at all costs. Why?  Because when I go, I’m usually looking for unusual ingredients for something special my wife is planning to make. She sends me there for things like ground red pepper, evaporated chicken broth, rare beans or chopped green chiles.

If I were going there for some milk, then no problem, because I know they always put the milk in the back corner of the store. But when I (the non-frequent grocery store user) go for unusual items, I have no idea where these random things are located (the frequent shopper who’s been up and down the aisles hundreds of times might). Anybody with me?! Can I get an amen?!

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