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Designing Beautiful Websites with Artisteer


Artisteer allows novice website designers to make professional-looking sites quickly and easily. Make basic HTML templates and themes for Content Management Systems such as Drupal, Wordpress, and Joomla. The lack of HTML and CSS knowledge has served as a major hindrance to those who otherwise would experience a great measure of success from their website ideas. If you are a Do-It-Yourself kind of person; not being an expert website designer or having the money to hire one, is no longer a problem, thanks to Artisteer. Read on to learn about all the pros and cons of this helpful web designer.

How Google's 13% of Organic Results Affect Small Biz

An article written on the Tutorspree Blog last week reports that a search done on Google.com now only returns 13% organic listings. Organic listings are the ones that aren't sponsored ads or part of Universal Search features such as maps, images & video, or the Knowledge Graph.  Here's the example given on the blog from what a search for "auto mechanic" looks like on a desktop.   

Is HostGator Any Good?

The short answer is, YES. As you know I offer managed hosted services for my clients, but if you're a DIY kind of a person and you're looking for a trustworthy and reliable shared hosting plan consider HostGator and take advantage of my 25% off discount with coupon code ELTONVINSON.

HostGator Company Profile

HostGator's OfficesSince its establishment in 2002, HostGator has grown from a small hosting company with just three servers into a world leading and industry recognized hosting provider with more than 15,000 servers under management. HostGator has been a world-leading provider of web hosting service, and as of 2012 it hosts over 8 million domains. HostGator moved from its original office in Boca Raton, Florida in 2007 into a new 20,000 square foot office building in Houston, Texas and also added an office in Austin, Texas in 2010. Although based in Houston, Texas, HostGator provides top tier service to clients from over 200 countries internationally with a staff of over 750 employees. HostGator.com, L.L.C. meets all BBB Online participation and Better Business Bureau membership standards and currently has an A+ rating with the BBB.

The Raging War Between Local Biz & The Chains

If you didn't know, I'm a fan of small and local businesses.  CustomMade, an online market place that matches buyers with Makers, recently released this infographic showing why it's good to buy local.

Defining A Purpose For Your Website

Got Purpose?Before a website is created, it's purpose should be defined with clear objectives.  Otherwise you stand to waste a lot of time and money. The design and content of your website should support it's purpose and help site visitors complete the objective.  The website's objectives should be quantitative, because ultimately you want to be able to create measurable goals around these objectives, and then measure whether or not your website hits the desired goal.

A Hacked Website Can Get You Delisted From Google


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One of the first websites I created was herbalcocktails.com.  It was a niche website focused on cocktail recipes that included herbs and other produce. It used to rank number one for the term herbal cocktails and ranked well for many different drink names.  This was a hobby site for me that I used to test theories and techniques.  My time began to be limited, so I decided to sell herbalcocktails.com on Flippa last year.  Even though I don’t own the site anymore I like to check in from time to time to see how it’s doing.  To my dismay I found that it had been hacked, and the new owner hasn’t done anything to fix it.  As a result of this hack, the website has been totally delisted from Google.

Getting Quality .EDU Backlinks

The Value of Links

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Search algorithms, like the one that Google uses, partly depend on hyperlinks for finding new websites and measuring a website's authority on a subject.  Generally the higher a website's authority on a subject the higher that website ranks in Google search results.  Links from other sites to your website are like votes that say, “hey this place knows what they’re doing”.  Of course over the years this has been exploited, and has caused Google to change their algorithm a number of times...with infamously named algorithm changes like Panda and  Penguin which resulted in the devaluing of low quality backlinks.  Even after all the exploits and the algorithm smack downs, quality links still hold value when it comes to Search Engine Optimization.

Facebook Announces Graph Search

Mark Zuckerberg Announces Graph SearchToday Facebook held a highly anticipated media event at their offices in Menlo Park.  The big announcement wasn't a Facebook Phone or that Mark Zuckerberg was stepping down as CEO, it was something they've been sort of working on for awhile; Search!  Facebook already offered search courtesy of Bing, which was pretty basic.

2013 Resolutions for your Small Business Startup

Here are twelve resolutions you can make in 2013 to help your business succeed online. There's twelve items, so if you work on one item per month this will take you through the 2013 calendar year.


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