Podcasts I love to listen to

Since the Pandemic started, I don’t get as much time to myself as I would like, but when I do, I like to listen to podcasts. I try to squeeze them in when I’m out taking a walk, or even when I’m grocery shopping (which makes it easier to keep focused on my list.) I …

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How solving a clients problem led to them hiring me

How solving a clients problem led to them hiring me

When I’m talking with customers who are wondering what to blog about, I always suggest starting with their frequently asked questions from their customers – what are the common problems that motivate a customer to reach out to them. Pick one of those and write a blog post exploring the question and then your answer. …

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What scheduling service should I use on my website?

What scheduling service should I use on my website?

There are many different reasons you might want to enable your customers to book an appointment directly on your calendar without the inevitable back and forth emails trying to find a suitable date and time. Website Scheduling Services Here’s a rundown of some of the more popular appointment scheduling services: Acuity Acuity offers a 7 …

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Do I have to do social media?

Do I have to do social media?

I had a talk today with a client who had booked a social media consultation. She had said she wanted to figure out how to use social media, and what would be the easiest/simplest way for her to do it. We started the conversation with a discussion about her blog project, and its history. She …

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10 Quick Social Media Marketing Tips

10 Quick Social Media Marketing Tips

Most social media marketing campaigns are primarily designed to help gain more social following, increase product/brand visibility or drive traffic to a website. Here are quick must-know tips you should consider when rolling out your next social media campaign. 1. Reserve your username across all platforms  Reserve all your usernames across all the social media …

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5 Blog Post Ideas to Get You Started

5 Blog Post Ideas to Get You Started

Write a How-To post Walk-throughs, tutorials and how-to’s tend to do very well online. How many times have you done this: We’ve all done it – gone to Google (or your favorite other search engine) and started typing “How to…” into the search box. I’ve done this with repairing things on my car, fixing things …

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Planning a WordCamp: Organizer’s Notes

I was asked recently to “brain dump” my thoughts and experiences about organizing a WordCamp and I thought some of you might find this helpful, too. I was Co-Organizer of WordCamp Pittsburgh in 2016, and Organizer of WordCamp Pittsburgh 2017 & 2018. All of this is as correct as I can make it as of …

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What can you do if your business is slow right now?

What can you do if your business is slow right now?

One of the under-recognized groups that are being affected by social distancing, stay at home orders, and shelter in place orders is small business owners. The reasons these various orders can affecting these businesses are varied and include things their customer base not being able to get to them, or conserving spending because of an …

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Educational Resources while Social Distancing

Online Educational Resources during Social Distancing

This isn’t my standard sort of post, but I feel like a lot of you might be in the same place I am, with kids at home from school because of social distancing initiatives, and you might potentially be at a loss at how to fill their time (especially if you’re trying to get work …

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How to repurpose your content for maximum exposure and less stress

How to repurpose your content for maximum exposure and less stress

Creating content is a never-ending part of running an online business. Everything is content – web page content, blog posts, newsletters, social media content. Maybe you’ve even got video and/or podcast content in the mix. Then, when you try to follow the marketing advice of creating/sharing content regularly, it can seem very overwhelming. But there’s …

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What is a Marketing Funnel?

Marketing funnels are one of the best ways to help generate leads while you are off doing other things – working with your customers, playing with your family, vacationing, sleeping – whatever. Funnels help you to connect with your audience without having to send every email individually. Exploring the funnel Basically, the idea of a …

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Review Your Products and Services

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Websites are not a set-it-and-forget-it marketing channel, but I feel like a lot of business owners treat them like they are, especially in a service-based business. At least once a year, I recommend that you take a look at the products/services that you have listed on your site and make sure they are still relevant, …

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How to Backup your WordPress Website

Why should I backup my WordPress website? “…My host does that for me.“ Sometimes I hear people ask this question, usually because they have a website hosting service that does backups for them. But these services are not infallible – and if something does happen, you’ll be very glad you have your own backup. And …

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Tools I Use in My Business

Running a business online means there’s a lot of pieces that need to fit together to make everything work – and as smoothly as possible, so we business owners are not spending our days in tools and integrations instead of working with our customers and using our gifts. So, I now present a listing of …

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