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How to Get Out of Building Websites for Family and Friends

How to Get Out of Building Websites for Family and Friends

Jul 21, 2014

We all know people who don’t have web development skills who ask us to build a site for them.  Unless they need something complex and custom coded or you know they will keep up a blog, a simple inexpensive solution is to send them to a website building solution. Free Website Templates That Anyone Can Use from zundy Save Time By Knowing How to Use a...

Optimizing Your FAQ to Maximize ROI

Optimizing Your FAQ to Maximize ROI

Dec 5, 2012

One of my favorite tools to use for customer support is a frequently asked questions page (also referred to as a FAQ). These pages have been in use since the dawn of the Internet, and the concept behind them is simple; visitors will often have questions, and the majority of the time those questions have been asked and answered before.   A savvy website will...

Blogging Isn’t a Rocket, It’s More Like a Roller Coaster

Blogging Isn’t a Rocket, It’s More Like a Roller Coaster

Nov 19, 2012

Compared to other marketing blogs that have launched in 2012, Social Media Sun has enjoyed quite a bit of success. We’ve had some awesome guests, we’ve attracted a ton of traffic and for some time our posts were averaging nearly 500 social shares.   Every project is going to have a different level of potential. The success of a website depends largely...

Why People Are Not Engaging With Your Brand

Why People Are Not Engaging With Your Brand

Oct 15, 2012

The success of your blog rests on a lot of different variables. Your writing, your marketing, the site layout and design, features, and the branding all contribute to your overall product. There are hundreds of quality writers out there, and if you have enough money you can buy a great design or the marketing to go along with it. Often the popularity of a blog...

The Best Glossaries for All Types of Online Professionals

The Best Glossaries for All Types of Online Professionals

Oct 12, 2012

What do you do when the bread crumb navigation stops rendering in certain browsers because they cache minified JavaScript incorrectly? How about when the holdover audience of your vertically integrated industry publication doesn’t fit the psychological segmentation profile your content marketing strategist projected in their original qualitative research...

Simple Web Development Skills Every Blogger Should Know

Simple Web Development Skills Every Blogger Should Know

Oct 9, 2012

In the late 1990s I began learning HTML code by reverse engineering the designs of other websites. I searched heavily for information and programs that were affordable to do graphic design with, and I struggled daily with uploading and configuring CGI scripts through an FTP client. Once everything came together, I had a feeling of accomplishment that hasn’t...

My First Social Network: A Modern Developer’s Right of Passage

My First Social Network: A Modern Developer’s Right of Passage

May 7, 2012

For the last couple months, I’ve been the primary developer for a new social network with a unique spin on dating. While I have gained quite a bit of knowledge and experience from this project, I feel like I have also seen the direct results of making the wrong moves when it comes to dealing with users, and specifically site features. Even though there was...

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