Website Mistakes Small Businesses Make, and How to Fix Them: WordCamp Grand Rapids 2014

Website Mistakes Small Businesses Make, and How to Fix Them WordCamp Grand Rapids 2014 Chad Warner

I gave this presentation, Website Mistakes Small Businesses Make, and How to Fix Them, at WordCamp Grand Rapids 2014. I’ve seen many small businesses make website mistakes that hurt their results. My presentation was about how to fix these mistakes so your site delivers business results. Below are the slides and detailed notes. Not optimizing to sell How many […]

Can social media replace a business website?

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“Doesn’t social media replace the need for a business website?” This was one of the many questions asked at the Small Business Tech Panel at the Warehaüs, a co-working space in Holland, Michigan in March 2014. The short answer is no. Here’s an expanded version of the answer I gave. These are the the advantages of a business website over […]

Website mistakes small businesses make

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“What website mistakes do small businesses make?” This was one of the many questions asked at the Small Business Tech Panel at the Warehaüs, a co-working space in Holland, Michigan in March 2014. Here’s an expanded version of the answer I gave. The items (in no particular order) are as follows: Not optimized for sales Not mobile-friendly Not optimized […]

Review: Manage Your Day-To-Day: Build Your Routine, Find Your Focus, and Sharpen Your Creative Mind

Manage Your Day-To-Day

Manage Your Day-To-Day: Build Your Routine, Find Your Focus, and Sharpen Your Creative Mind by Jocelyn K. Glei My rating: 3 of 5 stars This book tells creatives (designers, writers, artists, etc.) how to better manage their time to give priority to creativity. It’s current and practical while still presenting timeless principles. It covers several […]

WordPress for Small Business Websites Panel at WordCamp Grand Rapids 2013

WordPress for Small Business Websites Panel at WordCamp Grand Rapids 2013

I led a WordPress for Small Business Websites Q&A panel at WordCamp Grand Rapids 2013. We discussed goals, strategy, content, analytics, speed and performance, social media, SEO, and generally making sites effective. Below is a video of the panel discussion, followed by paraphrased versions of the questions asked by the audience. I’m so thankful for […]

Surfing the Social Networking Trends for Business

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This is a guest post by Carlo Pandian. Carlo is a freelance writer and blogs about business, entrepreneurs and technology covering everything from tutorials on QuickBooks accounting software to team management tools. He loves reading great entrepreneurs’ biographies and speaking at conferences about how the Internet can help small businesses. Social media has been snapping […]

Best web design podcasts

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These are my favorite audio podcasts covering web design and related topics such as web development, usability, and freelancing. Maybe some day I’ll write a review for each one, but for now, I just pasted the description from each podcast’s site or iTunes page. I’ve listed them roughly in the order I like them. For […]

Review: WordPress All-in-One For Dummies

WordPress All-In-One for Dummies

WordPress All-in-One For Dummies by Lisa Sabin-Wilson, Cory Miller, Kevin Palmer, Andrea Rennick, Michael Torbert My rating: 4 of 5 stars This is the broadest, most comprehensive WordPress book I’ve read so far. It covers more than WordPress for Dummies (read my review), because it deals with everything from administration to design to development. I […]

How to write good subject lines

Poorly written subject lines are one of my pet peeves. These subject line tips apply to messages sent by email, Facebook, LinkedIn, or other messaging systems with subject lines. Always write a subject line. Don’t leave it blank! Don’t use the subject line to start a conversation, with lines such as “hi” or “what’s up?”. […]