Darren

Executive editor of FinderMind magazine, a people search engine on helping you find long-lost friends.

Get More Clients as a Web Designer with these Social Psychology Tips

Posted in Freelance, Tips, Web Design1 year ago • Written by 15 Comments

Several years ago, I enrolled in a self-improvement course which taught me a concept I found pretty useful to get more clients for my freelancing career.

If you want to “hit” a goal, you need to focus on two things:

  • Trying to hit the goal as much as possible, called goal intensity.
  • Trying to increase your chances for each hit, called goal efficiency.

Let me explain with a simple example. Let’s say your goal is to get ten dates this month. How do you go about doing it? You could spend all your time at the gym, attending self-improvement courses and so on. These things won’t help you get dates directly, but when the time comes to ask a girl out, these things will indirectly help you increase the chances that she’ll say yes.

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How to be Persistent While Learning Web Design

Posted in Tips, Web Design2 years ago • Written by 21 Comments

One thing I often hear from people is: “If I am only more persistent I could do this or that.”

Persistence is a trait we all want to have more of. Yet, somehow, and for many things we want to accomplish, persistence simply isn’t there. I don’t want to admit it myself, but I’ve given up on many projects that, if I’ve stuck with for long enough, would probably bring me more money and happiness in the long run.

I’ve had enough!

I couldn’t stand watching myself giving up on so many goals I wanted to accomplish so I looked for some external help. Books.

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Your First 30 Days of Learning Web Design: How to Get Started and Not Give Up

Posted in Tips, Web Design2 years ago • Written by 40 Comments

Have you decided to learn web design?

Congratulations! Web design can be one of the most useful skills to acquire in your professional career. Your first 30 days of learning are crucial because many people simply give up after a week or two. In this article, we’ll go through some useful tips and tricks to help you get started with web design and stay on track. 

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Why Focus on Money and Then Traffic (and How to Do That in Google Analytics)

Posted in Freebies4 years ago • Written by 16 Comments

If you’ve ever had your own website, you probably know that the first thing you need to do in order to promote it is to get traffic. Then you can install Google Analytics and track that traffic, learn more about visitors, where do they come from etc.

The need for getting traffic is emphasized a lot. Actually, it is emphasized to that extent that people forgot one fundamental thing:

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Checklists: Why are They Important in Getting Things Right

Posted in Web Design4 years ago • Written by 4 Comments

What’s the one single thing that contributed to lowering major complications in surgery by a third and cutting death rates (also in a surgery) in half?

Was it a new drug? Not really. But if it was, there would certainly be an incredible amount of media attention, with the company/organization who invented it receiving incredible recognition.

That single thing that contributed to lowering complications and death rates was…a checklist. It was a 19-point checklist that was used before beginning surgery that made sure people did the essential things, like give anesthesia and check for other basic problems before operation.

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How to Get Started in Getting More Links to Your Website

Posted in Web Design4 years ago • Written by 24 Comments

Ever heard of the 80/20 rule? It’s about the trivial many (80%) and the vital few (20%), the trivial many that bring small results and vital few that bring most of the results. Guess where link building belong in the overall search engine optimization game? Link building a vital thing to do if you want to stay competitive in the search engines. There are many ways to get links (natural and non-natural ways), and I will outline some ways to get started below.

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12 Creative Design Ideas That Went Viral (And The Lessons You Can Learn)

Posted in Web Design4 years ago • Written by 11 Comments

In this post I’ll feature some web designs that went viral on StumbleUpon/Digg/other social media sites and the lessons you can learn from them. As you browse the designs, I’m pretty sure you’ll find some common patterns I overlooked. If you see that, let me know in the comments :) For now, let’s get started.

One more thing before we start. The lessons I’ll share are just principles and observations that come from my 3+ experience in viral marketing and getting over a million people to my websites. Feel free to disagree with some of the principles and let me know why in the comments below. Now, let’s REALLY get started :)

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5 Advanced Google Tricks to Help You Become a Better Web Designer

Posted in Web Design4 years ago • Written by 8 Comments

You can use some simple Google tools in very creative ways, as well as use some more advanced ones to:

  • find high-quality tutorials for any web design software tool, and find them easier and faster
  • find decent alternatives for the current web design software you’re using
  • search for what Spanish (or <insert your favorite nation here>) web designers are talking about

…and much more! You’ll learn all of this in the text below. I’ll use specific examples to illustrate my points, but that doesn’t mean you can’t use your own examples when you understand the points. So let’s get started, shall we?

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Data-Driven Web Design: How to Take Advantage of It

Posted in Web Design4 years ago • Written by 2 Comments

Web design should be all about creativity, right? Free flow of ideas, designing what you want etc…While all of that is important, there are various ways to use objective data to get the most out of your design efforts. In this article, I’ll assume you’re a freelancer and working on someones else project. What steps can you take to ensure your web-design is data-driven?

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SEO Matters:How to Get Ranked for Your Website Name

Posted in Web Design4 years ago • Written by 21 Comments

There’s a lot of advice out there on how to get ranked for some competitive keyword terms (like weight loss, credit cards and so on). What about first ranking for your websites name (if you have a new site)? If you create 2ndwebdesigner.com, for example, that doesn’t mean you’ll be #1 for ’2ndwebdesigner’ or ’2nd web designer’ immediately! Why?

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