Mark Thompson

Mark is the President of Search Creatively a Raleigh Internet Marketing company. He also is the creator of StayOnSearch, a search marketing blog dedicated to SEO's and Internet Marketing professionals. He also contributes to a number of industry blogs including Search Engine Journal, ProBlogDesign, and 1stWebDesigner. Follow Mark on Twitter (@m_thompson)

The Ultimate Guide To WordPress Hacks And Customizations

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If you are looking to add new design features and functionality to your WordPress blog, odds are there is probably someone who has already done it and shared the code on how to do it. There are a number of great resources you can use to find outstanding hacks, customizations, and tips to make your WordPress blog more unique, user-friendly, and engaging.

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Breaking Down And Reviewing Important Blog Design Elements

Posted in Blogging, Tips, Web Design, WordPress • Posted on 9 Comments

There are a number of design aspects to your blog you should be thinking about.  Each element on your blog has more going on than you initially think.  Doing your homework and looking at other blogs in the industry to help brainstorm ideas, and see what works/what doesn’t will be essential to designing a blog that is stimulating and attractive.

In this post, we will go through each main section of a blog and talk about the design elements, what you should be thinking about, and relevant resources related to that section.

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Excellent Shopping Cart Designs: Showcase and Best Practices

Posted in Inspiration, Tips, Web Design, Web Interfaces • Posted on 21 Comments

Shopping cart optimization has always been a challenge for online retailers. To the end-user, it seems like a simple step to purchasing, however there are many factors that go into having a nicely designed shopping cart. If you are struggling to get users to convert during your checkout process, use some of these tips to help keep customers in the sales process.

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45 Web Builders to Create an Insanely Awesome Free Website

Posted in Tools, Web Design • Posted on 66 Comments

Looking for a place to create a free website?  There are plenty of resources that allow you to create you own website, blog, wiki, or social community without having to know any programming language.  These free website creation sites allow you to easily create a site, customize the design, add content, and have your own domain name.

It is crazy how many people don’t even have a website even as freelance web designers. If you don’t know where to start – start here! Start by having online presence and establishing your own branding.

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Setting Up WordPress for SEO

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WordPress out of the box comes SEO friendly, however there are many tweaks you can make to further optimize it for search engines.   We recently covered 10 important tips to optimize wordpress for search engines, however this post will go more in-depth and offering further optimization tips.

Here are a number of  advanced tweaks and WordPress plugins you can install to help with URL structuring, search engine crawling, handling duplicate content, optimizing title and meta tags, images and internal linking.

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Tips for Web Designers From an Internet Marketer’s Perspective

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Regardless of if you work at a full-service web company or as a freelance web designer, you will eventually have to work with internet marketers.  Being that I work as an internet marketer at a web agency, I have daily interaction with designers, programmers, IT/support, and other marketers.  One thing I have noticed is that there is not a good connection across departments.  No matter if you are creating a new site, doing a redesign, or simply adding a page, it is important to have good internal communication.

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25 Easy To Use Photo Sharing Websites Online

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People are always looking for new ways to upload, organize, and share their photos online. With the popularity of social media sites like Facebook and Twitter, people want to be able to manage their photos in one centralized location, while being able to update family and friends who use these social networks on their latest photos.

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