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Party Store Website

I met Tony at church.  He is a very nice guy with a big family.  I knew that Tony owned a party store in Saginaw and it wasn’t his first one.  One day we needed some assistance and Tony helped us in a time of need.  After a day of hard labor he said he had to go run his store.  Having heard that Tony made a mean Chicago style pizza we decided to go to his party store to get some food.  The rumors were correct . . . Tony makes a fantastic Chicago pizza.  Being a nice guy…

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Image / Banner Rotation Software

As a web designer it is always good to have some software in the arsinalthat makes the development process easier and faster.  Why spend time on programming when someone else has already done a great job and the software in reasonably inexpensive.  In working on a re-design for Labadie Toyota’s website they wanted more menu items on the home page.  The problem is the website is a template that is very limiting.  I have no server-side ability to put scripts or programs on the account.  So I needed something that would work from another server, can be changed whenever necessary,…

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Crazy Busy

Things have been crazy busy for me this past week.  I haven’t had time to make an update so I figured that I’d type while I’m choking down a quick lunch.  So what’s been happening? Trying to help get the steamboatscene.com website launched.  They are looking at opening the site in a week.  The site is using Joomla and it seems that every time we go to install a new component that I have to tweek the php.ini file for the server to get it to run.  I’m not a fan a Joomla after this project! Working on updating the…

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Photography Website Redesign

I’m on the 3rd redesign of my photography website.  The current one was easy for me to update but I’m getting feedback from potential customers that they want to see more of my work.  The work is on the website but it’s not organized very well.  I was using a blog format with is easy for me but is not effectively meeting my customers needs. I looked at some online resources and have not been very happy with what I was finding or the pricing.  It seems that a lot of photographers website look a lot alike and that is…

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Google Analytics

I’ve tried out a few website traffic reporting systems, Hubspot, Quantcast, Sitemeter and of course Google.  No matter which site I use the results are similar but different.  And the stats never seem to match my WordPress Blog Stats.  So which one do you use?  Which one provides better information? All but Hubspot can be used for free (with advanced features being subscription based).  Granted Hubspot is way more than a visitor statistics provider and is a very useful system at a reasonable price. Quantcast – the free statistics break-up the visitors into US and Overseas.  The Quantcast counter on…

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Form Boss Software

Working on my day job for Labadie Auto Company, we decided that it was time to streamline some of our submission forms.  This is an attempt to get more form submissions and less abandons.  After several meetings with the departments involved we were able to pinpoint the minimum amount of information needed for each form.  My next decision was if my time was best spent creating a bunch of secure forms or to hire an outside developer.  After a little research using google I was able to find FormBoss.  This was inexpensive enough and seemed to be the answer.  I…

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SEO Worth the Money?

I was speaking with an acquaintance of mine the other day about website design and search engine optimization.  This person has been working on websites for years and is freelancing for some websites.  One of the sites that this acquaintance works for recently hired a, so called, SEO specialist to help with one of the sites. This person that I was speaking with was explaining that this “experts” suggestion was to make sure that each product listing contained at least 400 words.  This was very difficult to execute because of the nature of the products.  This word mandate would require garbage verbiage…

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Why I love bit.ly

I would love to say that I have thousands of Twitter followers and hundreds of friends on Facebook and that I’m a social media marketing aficionado.  Truth is that I have a lot of knowledge that I’m experimenting with. This brings me to url shortening. I have been using websites to shorten my url’s for posting on Twitter and Facebook for a while.  These are great and I can see in my website stats that it generates some traffic.  But I wasn’t sure if my efforts were really being rewarded.  I kept seeing bit.ly used by people who were SEO…

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I’m A Geek

Ok it is now official (or so my wife and co-workers say), I’m a geek!  I was so excited when the shipment arrived and had the SEOmoz 6 dvd Advanced SEO Training Series inside.  I couldn’t wait to get home and start watching it. So far I’ve only gotten through the first and 2.3’s of the second dvd’s.  Aside from some blatent advertising the SEOmoz’s pro features there has already been enough information to make the DVD’s worth the money.  But buyer beware.  This is not basic SEO.  If you are not familiar with SEO, web-design and site architecturethis is not the…