Dainis Graveris

Role: Owner & Founder of Awesome 1WD

Dainis is 25 years young man, who struggled for 3 years while studying in design academy and working for local design agency, because of ignorant teachers and agency boss. He couldn't believe this is all life could offer to him! And then he discovered true Internet possibilities, he was lucky to find his passion early in life and take advantage of this beautiful Information (Internet) Age! Now he is committed to help others succeed, to help others take charge of their life and follow their passion! His goal is to open Your eyes and help unveil Your true potential!

3 Secret Steps To Dramatically Improve Your Freelance Lifestyle – Even If You’re Just Starting Out

Posted in Blogging, Freelance3 weeks ago • Written by 17 Comments

Where is the boundary between doing your work and the tasks you love? Are you doing what you always wanted to do? Do you want to do more, become more? When should you learn to become more productive and implement routines in your life? And when should you simply quit your existing job and do something else that makes you happier? This simple article will help you to be more aware about where you currently are as well as aid you to understand where you want to go. Three simple steps are all you need, three steps I am using in my own life to be more, do more and become even more fulfilled!

I invite you to participate and share your experiences, in fact, I will give away two books Play It Away and Power of Habit to the most genuine sharing in the comments. Are you ready to hack and experiment with your life, do the things you never thought possible, and question things you never questioned?! Let’s challenge the status quo!

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Lessons I Learned Growing a 6-Figure Online Business in 2013

Posted in Blogging, Freelance, Web Design1 month ago • Written by 26 Comments

Do you want to learn how you can live your own dream lifestyle? Do you want to understand why others are successfully running their freelance online business while you may not?

This article will mix life lessons with action. These are tasks for you to take so be prepared to look back at last year and make 2014 your own life-changing year.

Most people (including myself, sometimes) set their goals, but after a month, motivation goes somewhere. Well, that’s why you have me this time to remind you about the great things you can do. My goal is to inspire you by giving some real sexy details about what the 1stWebDesigner team has done for the past year. I am also going to tell you what’s in plan for the future! My hope is to inspire and give you a few ideas, plus get some conversation going!

If you are excited to hear how the year went for 1stWebDesigner, what are some interesting insights happening in design industry and get yourself motivated to do more, read on!

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30 High Quality and Most Influential Web Design Blogs of All Time

Posted in Web Design9 months ago • Written by 81 Comments

I have spent some time browsing the Internet to find the highest quality and most influential web design blogs in industry. It turns out that it is really hard to find quality sources to trust. I was especially interested in the topics of web design, WordPress, UI, UX, HTML5, CSS3, jQuery, responsive web, and mobile design.

I came to the conclusion that while you can easily spot the top players, but if you are talking about sub-niches and finding blogs that aren’t quite as established, sources can be quite challenging! That is the reason why I decided to create this huge goal- find the  most influential web design blogs in the industry. I am separating them into different categories and I have included my two cent’s why I think each site is included.

And I have also included influencer rankings: Google PageRank, Alexa Scores, Twitter, Facebook followers ( but I didn’t include RSS since it seems to be outdated already, but have included some interesting facts I found by accident).

With each blog I’ve included:

  • Description of what’s special about this site and what topics they cover the best;
  • What the site age is, influencer rankings, and traffic data. I also have interesting information about the person behind the site and community;
  • Three- four best articles I found in the site that have been published recently to give you an even better idea of what kind of content you can expect there; and,
  • Thumbnail to feed our visual satisfaction and memory!

Let’s get started shall we? Be prepared for total awesomeness.

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*Special* LIVE Webinar Training: Learn 5 Step Formula How To Get Clients

Posted in 1WD Features, Web Design12 months ago • Written by 13 Comments

Get ready for the FIRST live webinar at 1stwebdesigner! Check out video inside!

Are you struggling to get your very first client? Worrying about getting more clients in your freelance career? 

I got my very first client when I understood how to look at everything through his eyes! I became a marketer, not only a web designer, and I never had to worry about not having enough work!

Using a super-simple 5-Step System, I am about to show you exactly how to become an expert freelancer and land well paying freelance gigs anytime you want! 

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1WD Foundation: In Order To Speed Up, You Need To Slow Down

Posted in 1WD Features, Web Design1 year ago • Written by 76 Comments

Do you know that in order to speed up, you need to take things slow? That’s right, before running, it is smart to warm up and prepare –  check the map, put on the right running gear, and put a drink in your backpack!

You don’t just start coding a website right off the bat, right? Before you create a website for a client you probably send them a questionnaire, discuss the details and draft a contract outlining what you agreed too, right?

Even if you design a website for yourself, don’t you write down what the end result will look like?

Don’t you sketch or create a wireframe before you start coding?

Well, you can choose to skip the preparation stage in the hopes of getting your project finished sooner, but you will likely waste a lot of time if you don’t have clarity and run into creative blocks!

In preparing for battle I have always found that plans are useless, but planning is indispensable.

Dwight D. Eisenhower

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You Are Alone No More: Introducing 1WD TV

Posted in News, Web Design1 year ago • Written by 131 Comments

Today we have really exciting news for you!

How would you like to see yourself become a better web designer with our help? Do you feel like you are left alone on this journey to become a web designer?

Do you want to see and hear how I flunked on camera and do you want to see 1WD’s new branded microphone?

Yes, you heard it right – see and hear!

We aren’t seeing you yet, but you can see us and it really feels like we are talking directly to you!

You are alone NO MORE! Oh, wait! There is much more, watch video now!

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1WD Ebook Launch Case Study: How To Get 8000 Downloads in 3 days

Posted in 1WD Features, Freelance, Web Design2 years ago • Written by 24 Comments

Two months ago 1stwebdesigner launched three ebooks, stepping into this market for the first time. We planned our promotion in a way that we had 8,000 free downloads in three days, which resulted in $1,000 profit for the first month through Amazon. The following month we did even better, closing to $2,000 for July. The best thing about this promotion is that I know we’ll be making $1000 per month passively and if we want to make more it will depend on our own promotion. These numbers may not seem impressive compared to a $100,000 launch, but I like that this money is earned passively, it’s a nice side income, regardless of whatever we are doing. Mainly it’s because of the huge Amazon market itself, giving us a regular 500 sales per month.

Would you mind earning $2,000 monthly as side income? Please don’t read further if these numbers don’t sound good enough for you! Search for the next quote about Scamworld, where gurus will teach you how to make millions! Hell yeah – that’s what I am talking about! In this post I will reveal details how we came up with the idea for ebooks, promoted them on Amazon to get rankings and leveraged their market. My aim is to show you how you can do the same thing and possibly perform even better.

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Warning: The Shocking Truth about 1WD Behind the Scenes Unveiled

Posted in 1WD Features, News, Web Design2 years ago • Written by 63 Comments

We have gone through so many changes and now I feel really bad about not letting you know the details sooner! 1WD has been struggling a lot lately and that’s why we are busy reorganizing the site, taking a leap of faith and hoping that after all the changes we’ll come out better than we are now. Now you’ll get a peek behind the scenes of 1WD!

In this post I will explain what has happened behind the scenes for the last three months and what we are working on now.  We really believe that by narrowing our focus, working on our own products, and really listening to your feedback, we will make everyone love this design blog!

You know how I like to share what I’ll be covering before I start? Here are the things I’ll be covering throughout this article:

  • Survey results where we got more than 1,000 responses
  • Slap from Google and the actions we took to recover and improve the reading experience
  • Changing host in process
  • Completely finishing 1WD redesign, call for feedback!
  • 1WD Ebook launch summary
  • 1WD Labzip product, learn what it is all about
  • FounderTips website for web design marketing advice
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How To Clean Up And Optimize Your Existing WordPress Blog Posts For SEO

Posted in Tips, Tools, WordPress2 years ago • Written by 30 Comments

So you wrote a lot of great posts over the past few years which still receive a lot of traffic from search engines, but you’re always wondering how long it will last. Or maybe you were affected by the latest Google Panda or Penguin changes and lost some traffic to that old content?

Perhaps you have noticed that you have been affected by these issues, perhaps not.

Whether you are affected or not, one question remains:  how do I clean up and optimize my existing blog posts?

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Super Hot News: Get 1WD Three Quick EBooks Now For Free Just For Three Days!

Posted in 1WD Features, Web Design2 years ago • Written by 43 Comments

Today, 1WD is happy to announce the launch of our 3 quick eBook series! This series will consist of eBooks covering the latest trends, practices, and technologies in web design and development.

You’re probably thinking to yourself, “How is that different than what everyone else is doing?” Glad you asked! What really separates our eBooks from the competition is that we cover the same amount of material, go into the same amount of depth, but do it in an easy to follow 50 pages on average. That’s right, all the information you’ll need, in a size that you can actually read!

To begin the series we are first releasing three eBooks, covering Responsive Web Design and HTML5 and Web Design Trends. Here is a better description of each.

Update: Ebooks are no longer free, you can buy them on Amazon for 0.99$ each now!

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