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!

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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

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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

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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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The Rise Of Facebook: Path to World Domination

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Facebook. The social media masterpiece all of us, more or less, use for personal or business reasons. Facebook is considered to, again, more or less rule the internet. This social media monster bringing in clients and prospects to companies, it’s a great tool for businesses and freelancers alike. Facebook will attract one seventh of the World’s population by the end 2012. Everything you would like to have in social media featured by one single company, on a single web page,  having a single descriptive word to be assigned yet: dominant.

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Ultimate Restaurant Website Design Guide To Make People Forget About Diet Constantly

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Get a large mug of coffee and brace yourself for a guidebook that you will be forced to bookmark. Dining out with families or friends has jumped up exponentially with the growth of working eggheads. And all of us are aware of the reach of Internet in our day-to-day lives. It is this reach of Internet into the life of customers that has forced restaurants to rethink their online strategies. I won’t be surprised to see a restaurant with its own social media marketing team. After all we proudly spend more time on social media instead of sitting down with our families and watching T.V. Anyways, let us leave the social media debate for some other day.

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How Colors Help Make Websites Successful

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You might not realize how important colours are in web design. If a website is green, it might as well be blue; it doesn’t matter. And while I thought this myself for a long time, I recently came to the conclusion that the color is actually going to make a huge difference and express something different to your audience. There are psychological effects behind each color and tone, therefore I decided to tell you more about them today.

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Introducing InfiniteWP – Your One-Stop Solution to Managing WP Sites

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Are you in the process of managing multiple websites powered by WordPress, and feel lost somewhere? Perhaps you can never be sure whether you’ve updated that plugin on this site or this plugin on that site. After all, if you have multiple websites, each with its own share of plugins, themes and settings, how exactly can you be expected to have time for anything other than website management?

If the above mentioned situation seems apt for you, InfiniteWP is one tool that you should try!

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10 Commandments for Freelance Web Designers to Live By

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Do you ever compare your work to the work of other designers? Are you afraid to ask clients for money?

If you are a freelance web designer, you know how difficult this lifestyle can be. From scheduling, to dealing with crazy clients, to managing your own work/life balance—there is a lot to juggle!

So to simplify your life a little, I am letting you in on my 10 Commandments of Freelancing that have helped me through many tough times. I hope they help you too!

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Take Charge of Web Design Projects by Teaming Up with a Copywriter

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The Problem: you just had a meeting with a new web design client. It went great. You asked all the right questions, and have a good sense of the client’s goals. Before wrapping up, you ask them where the content for the site will be coming from. “We’ll just write it ourselves and email it to you,” they say. Fantastic.

They sign the contract, which outlines a rough time estimate, including a deadline for when your client should send their site copy to you. You start designing (with dummy text,) and you’re just waiting for the copy to arrive.

The deadline comes and goes. No copy.

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