Articles by ‘Steven Snell’

Planning a New Website – Part 2

After you’ve completed the first part of the planning process you now have a good understanding of what you really want out of your website and what content you want it to contain. At this point you’re already doing better than most people that launch a new site, but there’s still a little bit more […]

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Planning a New Website – Part 1

Businesses that are building a new website or redesigning an existing one should allocate the proper time and resources into planning. By just jumping into the project without the necessary planning, there may be any number of ways that the final product does not maximize its potential. Planning is common for large-scale corporate projects, but […]

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Make Your Website Linkable

One of the most important aspects of marketing and promoting a website or blog is attracting inbound links. A great deal of effort goes into creating quality links. But before these link building attempts can truly be successful, your site or blog will need to be ready. Here are some tips to making your website more linkable…

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Monetizing a Website Without Alienating Your Visitors

One of the goals of most websites and blogs is to make money. Whether the intention is to build a profitable business or just to cover the costs to operate the site, most website owners need to get something back from their work monetarily to justify the effort that is going into the website.

Unfortunately, sometimes monetizing a website comes at the expense of its readers and visitors. Obviously, in order to maintain a successful web presence, the site must be monetized in a way that is acceptable to visitors.

I see these issues as being keys to monetizing a website without turning off your visitors (in no particular order):

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5 Skills That Boost Your Design Career

This is a guest post from Chris Garrett. Chris is an internet marketing consultant from the UK. You can read more at his blog, chrisg.com – Subscribe and receive a free ebook. While I have never been a web designer, over the years I have commissioned a good deal of web design and worked very […]

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Blogger’s Guide to Creating Better Content

In the past we have written about the effects of creative blog content. Now that you know about all the benefits that come with creative content you may be wondering what you can do to improve your posts. Regardless of what topics you blog about and what your blogging goals are, content creation is a huge part of being successful. There’s no way to get around the need for quality articles. With that in mind, here is a guide that will help you to maximize your content creation abilities…

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The Pros and Cons of Writing for Other Blogs

One of the best ways for new bloggers to get some valuable exposure is to write guest posts for other blogs . In the past, I was writing 3 to 5 posts each week for other blogs. While I think it is one of the best free promotional methods available, there are certainly some negatives to writing for other blogs. I’d like to list some of my thoughts on the subject and get your feedback as well…

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13 Ways to Create Unique, Original Blog Content

One of the biggest struggles for bloggers who are pushing for growth is the ability to publish unique content. With millions of other blogs out there it can seem at times that every worthwhile topic has already been sufficiently covered. Quality, original content is one of the biggest factors in blogging success. Take a look […]

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Brainstorming Techniques for Bloggers

As bloggers, we all face the challenge of creating unique content that will keep readers coming back for more. The first step to writing a blog post is coming up with an idea, but many times this part of the process is taken for granted and sufficient time is not spend on idea development. Original […]

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The Value of a Network

Every successful blogger is part of a network of other bloggers. The community aspect is extremely important for a number of reasons that we’ll look at below. Building a strong network is not difficult, but it does require you to be proactive. What can a network do for me? First of all I should clarify […]

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Designing to Save Time on Maintenance

If you’ve ever tried to redesign a website (especially one that was designed by someone other than yourself) you know how frustrating it can be. Even performing routine maintenance can be difficult if you don’t spend a lot of time on the site and you’re not familiar with the structure. There are a few things […]

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Getting the Most Out of Your FAQ Page

Frequently Asked Question pages are usually an after-thought when designing a website. They’re sometimes thrown together just to provide some basic information for visitors so they won’t have to email or call for answers. If this is the case, there’s a huge amount of potential that’s being wasting. FAQ pages can be one of the […]

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5 Ways to Get Noticed by A-List Bloggers

Jonathan Phillips wrote a blog post called: Getting A-Listers to Notice Your Blog vs. Social Networking. In the article Jon asks his readers which source they would prefer to send them traffic. He mentions that his experience has shown that visitors who are referred from other blogs are more likely to stay on the site longer […]

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Designing Pages to Load Quickly

No matter how great your website design looks, if it loads too slowly visitors are unlikely to stick around. In this article we look at 12 ways you can decrease the load time of your pages. To see how fast your pages load in comparison to other sites, visit Google’s Page Speed tool. 1- Use […]

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Developing User-Focused Websites

The success of any website ultimately hinges on its users. Without visitors a website will be unable to produce value for its owners. As a result, users should be the focal point of web development efforts. The key to developing user-focused websites is being aware of what your visitors/users will be looking for, and then […]

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Effective Time Management for Bloggers

Running a blog can require a lot of time, and most bloggers have only a limited amount of time available. Good time management can make these few hours very productive. Time management concepts are nothing new, but bloggers face unique challenges that demand a specialized approach to the subject. In this article we’ll be taking […]

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Overcoming Blogger’s Block

A never-ending challenge for bloggers is to constantly produce quality content on topics that will generate interest. At times it can be a struggle to even decide on a topic to blog about. When you have hit this wall, or better yet, before you have hit this wall, there are some proven methods that will […]

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10 Keys to Effective Writing for the Web

Writing for an online audience is much different than writing for a traditional print publication like a book, magazine or newspaper. Online readers are obviously reading from a screen, and as a result they will more likely scan the article as opposed to reading it word-for-word. In order to maximize the impact of your articles […]

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Common Web Design Mistakes

1. Horizontal Scrolling – Users on an average-size monitor with average resolution should not have to scroll left and right to read the contents of your pages. Designing with fixed widths that will fit onto smaller monitors or designing with fluid layouts will avoid horizontal scrolling. 2. Invalid Code – In order to have the […]

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Seven Things Your Business Website Must Have

1 – Your Own Domain Name Some free website hosting services, such as geocities and tripod, will provide you with a free domain name that is an extension of their domain. Any business that hopes to have a professional internet presence should purchase its own domain name. They can be purchased from GoDaddy.com for less […]

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Creating Content for Your Website

Most internet users are looking for some type of specific information. The most important factor in the success of a website is the amount and quality of information provided. Having quality content on your website will positively impact your website in several different ways: 1 – Search Engine Rankings Articles and other types of content […]

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Choosing a Website Hosting Company

There are a number of important factors to consider when deciding on a web hosting company. 1 – Price – Web hosting services come in all different prices, including free. While free hosting may sound tempting, it’s not a good idea for any business that takes its website seriously. Using a free hosting service will […]

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What Makes A Website Search Engine Friendly?

Search engines view websites completely differently than humans do. To a search engine this page looks like this: The same appearance of a website can be achieved with a number of different coding methods. Some are more effective for search engine rankings than others. Simply by looking at a website in an internet browser it […]

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99 Ways to Promote Your Blog for Free

This post was originally published 6 years ago. During the past 6 years the blogging world has changed drastically, and as a result, the content of this post was horribly outdated and no longer relevant. We’ve totally scrapped the original post and re-wrote it to provide insight that can be applied by today’s bloggers.

With millions of blogs out there, getting noticed can be quite a challenge for the new blogger. Simply posting content won’t lead to visitors. When you’re trying to establish your blog you’ll need to work on some promotion to help kick start your blog’s growth. In this article we’ll focus on free options and we’ll look at 99 ways to promote your blog for free. Since most of our readers are designers, some of the points are specifically applicable to design blogs, but the majority of the content is relevant to blogs in any industry or niche.

99 Ways to Promote Your Blog for Free

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12 Ways to Avoid Blogging Burnout

I think everyone who has consistently maintained a blog for any length of time has faced the issue of burnout. Sometimes it’s difficult to keep moving forward, and these situations lead many bloggers to quit. With the tips listed below you will be able to prevent a major burnout in your blogging efforts. 1. Choose […]

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Redefining Your Purpose

I believe most of my readers who are bloggers or online marketers have been online for several months or longer. When you started your website/blog you obviously started it for a reason. Maybe you wanted to make money. Maybe you just wanted to share your thoughts and opinions with others. Have you stopped to think […]

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Who is the Focal Point of Your Design?

Many times during the web design process the focus gets lost. Sometimes we try very hard to create an impressive visual appearance. Other times too much priority is given to designing for search engines. While an attractive design and search engine optimization are both important, ultimately the design should be created for the user. Nine […]

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