[Reader Q&A #1] BackupBuddy Tutorial

Today, I started a new series in my Stylish & Smart Newsletter called Reader Q&A. I’ll send video responses to readers’ questions about their design, technology, or marketing. I’m so excited to present our first episode.In this first episode, I’ll answer Theresa Ceniccola‘s question about BackupBuddy – my favorite backup plugin for WordPress.Take a look at the video.Would you like your question answered in an upcoming episode? Get more information on how to submit your question here. Read More

Top 10 Resources for Stylish & Smart Entrepreneurs in 2015

Owning a business takes courage. Even more so in 2015. All of the technology available has made the world shift online to not only buy and sell products, but to build relationships over bytes of data. It’s fascinating. Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine I’d be spending my days with my husband, at home, working from our virtual offices, making connections and relationships with people all over the world. That’s what Entrepreneurship looks like for me in the 21st century. But it hasn’t been easy getting here. I’ve learned from countless resources and a pricey master’s degree. I’ve […] Read More

How to Quickly Edit Photos For Your WordPress Site

Do you ever need to make a quick tweak to a photo before you add it to your site? You need to change the size, crop, or adjust coloring quickly and are stumped to find an easy solution? One of my favorite down & dirty image editing sites is PicMonkey. Why you should edit photos before putting them on your website Often, people use photos from their cameras for their websites. Today’s cameras, be it professional SLR or camera-phone style, produce huge image files. The size of an average JPG from an average camera can be anywhere from 1-3 Megabytes. […] Read More

How to Get Rid of Spam in WordPress Comments

One of the most frequent questions we get from clients about their WordPress websites is How do I get rid of the Spam in my WordPress Comments? Many people think their only option is to turn off commenting on their posts. Some even make the mistake of accidentally approving a spam comment in their blog and before they know it, they’re getting hundreds of spam comments a day. They’ve been whitelisted as a spam-friendly site and become a major target for spam bots. The thought of all of that garbage comment spam out there is enough to make a person […] Read More

Are You Accidentally Encouraging People To Leave Your Site?

Did you know your website may be acting more like a boomerang and less like a strong magnet, attracting customers to your business? Imagine someone coming to your site and seeing a wonderful post you’ve written on your top 10 favorite resources for your industry. Each item contains a link to the site. Or, maybe you have all your social media icons running across the top of the page with huge arrows pointing to them. People are sure to notice and check you out on Facebook or Twitter, right? While it’s marginally helpful to your SEO to reference popular sites […] Read More

Are You Taking Advantage Of Your Facebook Page Username?

If you’ve ever copied and pasted your page’s URL that wasn’t customized, you’d see a long, ugly URL like this: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Page-Name-Here/12375483295013405981. How hideous is that? A custom URL takes that ugly, long string of numbers and turns it into a beautiful, short URL like: http://www.facebook.com/ekcetera. Not only is it good for search engine rankings (SEO) to include the name of your business in the URL, but it also makes it much easier to print your URL on your company stationery and make everything look clean and consistent.   If you don’t already have a custom URL set for your page, I’ll show […] Read More

What are the Best Social Networking Sites for Businesses?

Everyone’s raving about Pinterest, Google+ and the next best social network that we’ve never heard of. With so much buzz out there and every expert under the sun proclaiming the best social networking sites for businesses, it’s nearly impossible to know what to do. It’s important to remember that the best social networking site for businesses vary and what works for one business, may not work for another. I believe that it’s important to choose what works for you and your business. Some may tell you that you have to be on Facebook, and they may be right…for some. It’s […] Read More

A Super-Duper Easy Google Analytics Guide

No One Ever Said Reading Google Analytics Was Easy! How the heck do I read the results? How do I apply this information to my business?  Maybe you’re like other business owners and know about this great tool, but have no idea how to interpret the information you receive, or find it overwhelming and confusing. Well, today is your lucky day, because I’m going to try to make it as easy as possible for you to get some use out of Google Analytics and discover the goldmine it is to your online marketing.  But, before we can learn how to […] Read More

One Easy Thing You Can Do to Improve SEO

There’s so much talk about SEO (Search Engine Optimization) going around, it’s impossible to keep up. Chances are, if you’re a busy entrepreneur or small business owner, you have no time to waste learning the SEO tricks of the moment. You just want to improve SEO so your site has better search results, right? When I was learning SEO, there was one thing I learned to improve SEO that made it instantly click for me. Are you ready to learn it too? I promise, once you see how simple it is to make some very basic changes to your pages, […] Read More