10 Practical SEO Tips for E-Commerce Websites

Getting your e-commerce site at or near the top of the rankings for your targeted keywords and phrases can lead to a massive increase in sales. The problem is that SEO can be a real challenge for e-commerce sites. There are a few major aspects of the typical SEO process that don’t always work very well with e-commerce sites, and this often results in poor rankings and very little search traffic. Google, now more than ever, wants to see pages with unique and original content, and a lot of it. Many product pages on e-commerce sites are very light on content with brief product descriptions, and in some cases the content is duplicated across a number of different product pages. Link building is another major challenge, because getting quality links to e-commerce sites and product pages is not easy.

In this article we’ll take a detailed look at the topic of SEO for e-commerce websites. Everything that will be covered is very practical and can be realistically achieved to help increase traffic for your own e-commerce site, or for a client.

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10 Sexy Ways to Integrate Social Media With Your E-Commerce Website

Social media is often regarded as one of the best ways to attract visitors and to grow the audience of a website or blogging. Social media and blogging work very well together, but typically social media and e-commerce do not complement each other as well. Getting users to share products that are for sale is much more of a challenge than getting blog readers to share an interesting post with their friends and followers.

However, that doesn’t mean that if you run an e-commerce site you should just give up on using social media to grow your business. In fact, there are a number of ways that e-commerce sites can integrate with social media, and the more integrated you are, the better your chances will be for getting exposure through social media.

In this article we’ll look at 10 different ways that e-commerce sites can integrate with social media. Since we often recommend Shopify as an excellent e-commerce platform, this article will reference many Shopify apps that can be used to get this functionality at your site. We’ll also mention some other popular platforms like Bigcommerce and WooCommerce, as well as some apps and plugins.

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25 Awesome Online T-Shirt Shops For Your Inspiration

Whether you are looking to buy a creative t-shirt or interested in finding inspiration for your next web design project, browsing the websites of t-shirt shops can be a fun experience. T-shirts have been a popular product in the e-commerce world for the past several years, and although some shops come and go, the abundance of e-commerce sites selling t-shirts has continued.

If you’re a designer looking for inspiration, there are a number of well-designed t-shirt shop websites, and we’ll showcase 25 of them in this post. If you’re looking to start your own e-commerce site, browsing other online shops is a great way to get some ideas for your own site.

AwesomeTees

The AwesomeTees website features a beautiful, clean design and layout. The t-shirts are showcased an a white background, which really helps them to pop. The homepage uses a nice slider to showcase several different products in a stylish manner. The product pages also use a slider to show multiple photos of each t-shirt.

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25 of the Best Photographer Portfolio Websites

Web designers often browse through portfolio websites of other designers for inspiration and ideas that can be used in their own work. Photographers, like designers, have a need to display an attractive portfolio for their websites visitors, and many photographers have excellent portfolio sites. The portfolio site showcases the work to potential clients, usually provides some biographical information about the photographer, and makes it easy for people to contact the photographer.

In this post I’d like to take a look at some of the best. Here you’ll find photography sites that are well designed and also showcase amazing photos. You’ll see a few different styles and approaches. Many use a large background image or a large slider to showcase the photos at their best. Others use many smaller thumbnail images to fill the screen. A minimalist design style is also common, because it allows the photos to be the center of attention rather than the design details of the site.

Eric Ryan Anderson

Eric Ryan Anderson

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25 Inspiring Dark Website Designs

Since the majority of websites use light background colors, choosing a dark background color is one way to help a web design stand out from the crowd. Dark websites with light text often have an elegant look and feel.

While dark backgrounds aren’t always an appropriate choice for text-heavy sites, certain types of sites are well suited for dark backgrounds. Websites that make heavy use of photos and images will often look great on dark backgrounds. You’ll often see portfolio sites using dark backgrounds for this reason.

In this blog post we’ll showcase 25 different websites that look great with dark backgrounds. If you’re working on a design of your own I’m sure this showcase can provide some inspiration.

Grilled Pixels

Grilled Pixels

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Who Offers the Best WordPress Hosting?

For any business or website, choosing the right host is an important decision. However, when you’re using WordPress to power your website there are some additional decisions that need to be made, including whether managed WordPress hosting is the best option for you. In this article we’ll look at some of the things you need to consider when choosing a host for a WordPress-based site, as well as some basic categories of hosts.

Whenever you’re looking at different hosts and comparing various plans, it’s important to remember that no hosting environment is perfect for every website. Different types of sites have different needs, and the budgets also will vary. So keep in mind the specifics of your site in order to find the best option for you.

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Shape Up! New Fitness Flyers and UI Mega Packs

Ready for the latest and greatest from the Shop? We’re certainly ready to show off these hot off the press design packs. Performance Fitness Flyer PSD Template Fitness classes and bootcamps are popping up all over the country, and it’s high time that designers grab on to this client opportunity. Use this new Performance Fitness […]

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45 Clean and Minimal WordPress Themes

Although there are thousands of different WordPress themes available, finding the right one can be a challenge. Sometimes the best choice is a theme that features a clean design without unneeded design elements and distractions.

WordPress themes with a clean or minimalist design and layout are often easier to customize and use as a starting point, and they can also look great on their own without the need for customizations.

In this post we’ll showcase 45 different WordPress themes that avoid excess in terms of design and style. Some are very minimal, and others use clean layouts.

Minimal Multi Purpose ($55)

Minimal Multi Purpose

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12 Ways to Make Money in the Design Industry, Aside from Client Work

When it comes to working as a designer or developer the options that come to mind are typically 1) work as an employee for a design studio or agency, 2) work as employee as an in-house designer or developer, or 3) work as freelancer.

While all of those are perfectly legitimate options, there are thousands of designers and developers who are earning a living in the industry with less traditional approaches. In this article we’ll look at some of the ways that you can use design and coding skills, aside from the 3 approaches mentioned above.

Working as a freelancer is something that many designers aspire to do. In reality, most freelancers struggle to find enough client work to make the income that they need. A growing number of designers and developers are taking alternative approaches as a result. One of the great benefits is that many of these things can be done part-time or full-time, which also means that you can combine one or more of these approaches with client work.

So let’s take a look at some of the options for designers and developers. We’ll also see some examples of people who taking these alternative approaches, and you’ll find links to some excellent learning and training resources that can help you in your own pursuit.

1. Designing and Selling Stock Graphics

A common approach to making money as a designer is to sell stock graphics (PSD files, logo templates, Photoshop brushes, vectors, icons, etc). Marketplaces like GraphicRiver, Creative Market, and major stock photo sites like iStock allow designers to sell their own creations to a large existing audience. The down side of selling at these types of marketplace sites is that you will need to share the revenue with the marketplace, and in many cases you’ll also face restrictions related to pricing, the types of products you can sell, and exclusivity.

Of the major marketplaces, Creative Market provides the most flexibility and fewest restrictions for designers. They don’t require exclusivity (you can sell your products at your own site or at other sites), you can set your own prices, and they offer 70% of each sale to the designer.

GraphicRiver

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