Wildly Successful Freelance Designer Jacob Cass Shares His Insights

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Jacob Cass, at the prime age of just 24, has already received numerous regional, national and international design awards for his work in identity, web and graphic design which makes him a wildly successful freelance designer. Jacob’s work also appears in a number of high-profile design-related books including The Best of Logo Lounge Master Series and the WOLDA Annual.

Jacob also runs the wildly popular graphic design blog Just Creative where he freelances as a graphic, web and logo designer. Jacob also runs the websites Logo Designer Blog and Logo Of The Day – two blogs dedicated entirely to branding & logo design. Throughout the day you will find him at Ammirati, where he specialises in interaction design for some of the world’s most vaunted brands (Jerry Seinfeld, VitaminWater & OMEGA to name a few). When not at his desk you will find him traveling the world.

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Understanding the Business Aspect of Freelancing

Posted in Freelance, Tips, Web Design2 years ago • Written by 7 Comments

Being a freelance designer is more than just fun and games. It’s not just playing around with Photoshop and other gadgets. You need to master the harder aspect of freelancing too: the business aspect of things. Once you know the ins and outs of the business of freelance, you’re sure to be a successful freelancer. Freelance is a business, first and foremost. You have to sell yourself to your clients to make a living.

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The Only Web Hosting Guide You Will Ever Need – For Perfect Speed, Price, and Support

Posted in 1WD Features, Web Design2 years ago • Written by 21 Comments

When launching a website, one of the most important decisions that you have to make is selecting  a good web hosting company. While the importance of selecting the right CMS and hiring a good designer is outlined in every other technology blog or magazine nowadays, hardly anyone talks about the importance of a good web host. However, a good host is not just important but also indispensable. After all, you wouldn’t want your visitors to find your site offline 9 times out of the 10 visits that they pay to your website, would you?

Here at 1WD, we have taken upon ourselves to help you find the ideal web host. In this article I shall be discussing the things that you need to consider, plus the things that you do not need to consider (or, in other words, things that need to be avoided), and then finally wind up the discussion with a small round-up of some major web hosting providers. And, most importantly, unlike the zillions of web hosting related articles that you’ll find on the internet, this one does not have any affiliate links.

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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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Gamification: Convert Your Traffic Into Loyal Readers

Posted in Social Media, Tips, Web Design2 years ago • Written by 4 Comments

So, you’re a website owner with several thousands of visitors monthly. Quite possibly you have asked yourself “how do I make my readers interact more on my website?” The answer? It could be through the use of gamification.

Your website has a lot of traffic but only a few people are actively engage on it?
Do you want to convert traffic into an active community?
Do you want to make your website more fun?

Why not gamify it?

I mean, convert your website into a game!

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Ramit Sethi Explains How You Can Earn More Money As A Freelance Web Designer

Posted in Freelance, Interviews, Tips, Web Design2 years ago • Written by 11 Comments

Ramit Sethi is the New York Times best-selling author of I Will Teach You To Be Rich and the author of the popular personal finance blog www.iwillteachyoutoberich.com, which hosts over 250,000 readers per month. Ramit’s advice has been featured in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, FORTUNE, NPR, ABC News and CNBC.  Ramit graduated from Stanford and co-founded PBwiki, a venture-backed startup.

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The Power of Email Lists for Web Designers and How to Get One Started

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Imagine if you had a sea of potential clients who were one click away from working with you. How would it impact your web design business? The secret is building email lists that you can turn to to build relationships and generate leads.

There are many ways to grow and expand your freelance business and one of the most powerful is an email list. For little to no money, you can start a list, build your traffic, and gather more potential leads who will be pining to work with you.

If you are really serious about jumpstarting your web design business, consider email marketing as one of the strategies that will help you get to the top.

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5 Horrible Reasons Why Blogs Fail Hard – And How To Avoid Them!

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

In the span of 6 years I’ve seen new blogs become successful and more than too much fell into oblivion. Right now the only blogs that are successful will probably be the only ones to hold the stage for a long time, bad news for newcomers. There are a lot of reasons why blogs fail, and it begins at conception!

Blogging is about sharing things you are good at, or at least you’re enthusiastic about. Whether you are a web designer, web developer, a writer, an online marketer, or someone else who doesn’t have a blog yet, or has one but has failed quite miserably, then you definitely need to know why it failed (and why it will fail).

But hold your horses, I’m not saying you should stop blogging!

You can leave it to self-discovery and fail or I can point them out for you and increase your chance of succeeding.

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Facebook Guidelines for a Socially Cleaner Profile

Posted in Social Media, Tips, Web Design2 years ago • Written by 2 Comments

Recently, I wrote an article about how Facebook is dominant on the internet. It is quite clear that Facebook is right now the most important social media tool and knowing how to properly conduct yourself, as an individual or a business, on Facebook, is crucial. Sure, it is much more important for companies to make sure they represent themselves properly, but you’d be surprised how many individuals actually care about their Facebook profile and follow some rules and guidelines too.

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The Shortest Web Design Guest Posting Guide You’ll Ever Need

Posted in Blogging, Tips, Web Design2 years ago • Written by 9 Comments

There are a million web designers out there and every seven seconds there is a new blog that goes live. The connection? It’s competition. At least for freelance web designers.

The truth is, the online world is a very harsh place for freelance web designers, or even web design firms. It takes a gazillion tons of sweat and marketing to be known. People’s attention spans are very short. Who are you again?

What if I told you that guest posting is your way to fame? That simply by guest posting you are increasing your chance of getting hired for new projects, or be an authority figure?

It only takes 5 minutes of reading.

Also, I wrote this article in under 40 minutes. Do you want to know how?

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