It has been one amazing…really amazing year with you guys! Blog grown from nowhere to quite impressive size in one year! Read further and I will share all last year statistic numbers, my works, successes – everything I have done on my first year being in this online design community! I am also creating big surprise for you free *.pdf document with roundup of all the posts done in the last year, only I am recreating articles with only the best of the best selections. I hoped to get finished and release it now, but it was bigger job than I thought, so you’ll have to wait a little bit. Now read a little about past and present, but get ready to be back tomorrow for new inspiration, resources, tutorials about everything design related! Thank you for being with us!Read More
List of Web Design Directories Links from niche directories are of more value in SEO than submitting to general directories, and there are a number of specialized directories catering exclusively for web designers. Below are some of those.
Many of these require a reciprocal link and which have fallen out of favor since Google declared against “excessive reciprocal linking”; but in moderation it is fine as Matt Cutts talked about in 2007 – “Trading links is natural and it’s natural to have reciprocal links. At some level, natural reciprocal links happen, but if you do it way too often, it looks artificial.”Read More
Before you write any good article or optimize website, you have to know how and why you have to select right keywords. SEO is very easy to overuse and do even worse, if you for example start to do keyword stuffing or repeating the same words over and over again without good thought. For regular content like blogs, people always like to argue about what you need to put in the first place – SEO or your readers. I am thinking you must do both – using simple but consistent and smart SEO and try to write as compelling article as possible to your readers.
If you haven’t already I strongly you suggest to read the first post -
How To Create Popular Blog With Keyword Research, Heatmaps And SEO? from series to get little starting overview.
Maybe (no, really!) you noticed 1stwebdesigner site has got completely new look! I was working for a while to that design, tried many different color schemes, did a lot of testing, talked with my friends about best solutions and finally came out with this version.
I promised new look some time ago actually, but it is really hard to keep up with regular and big posts, a lot of social networking and in meanwhile creating new design. I hope you noticed posts are becoming much more frequent and hopefully article quality is just becoming better and better!Read More
I believe many readers of my site are designers and developer themselves and freelancing is great way to earn extra income..or even better make it full time one with free conditions. This article is created to help you – find your potential clients or exactly opposite – to find who can do job for you. There are even job board directly related to help find programmer – designer and contrary. There are times when you can think, that you can do everything by yourself – but for me, I am better designer, and there is no way I will be very good PHP coder – I can get job done, but it takes a lot of precious time. Sometimes it’s better to hire somebody, so you can do what you do the best and not waste your time! Time is money remember!
This list features 15 best design related job boards in my opinion, hope you’ll find this article useful! In future I think to evolve this article and create other one just related to bloggers, because there are many services which offers affiliate programs, paid posts and things like that. I think it’s valuable at least to know such sites, can be good for article ideas too sometimes.Read More
Guest post by Srikanth AD
Portable applications are handy when you are on move and can be run on most of the removable storage media like USB drive, mobile hard disk, iPod etc., Here in this article you will find extremely good 10 portable applications, that are very useful to carry with. If you are interested in application, just click through and you’ll get much more technical info and descriptions there. Hope this will be useful for some people!Read More
It’s Monday and beautiful time to get inspired with very good examples and research a little bit what’s happening behind the scenes from graphic designer view.
This time I will showcase and analyze gradient effects used effectively in web-design and logo design creation. It’s very important to create and use subtle and eye-catchy color combinations and transitions to achieve modern and stylish effect. Maybe you haven’t noticed but light and shadow effects are widely used and it doesn’t necessary mean just color, but to bring greater effect, use textures and then put on them light but observable transparent color effects and you’ll see magic happening. Using light you can easily emphasize places and actually lead visitor’s attention from point to point using just color, illustrations, text size.Read More
Surprisingly I did not find many articles featuring color gradient sites, color generators and lastly beautiful collections of gradients. There are big variety of many color generators, color palettes and things like that, but not many really focus on Photoshop gradients. I don’t know that’s good thing or bad, but I really love gradients, many beautiful websites and logos are created just by using color variations in subtle, very creative way.Read More
I really must refer to Colorburned post here – He did a great job by bringing up so many companies and idea, which helped me to directly find related companies, which could sponsor my website too. It’s been a while and now I wanted to take a deep research about current companies, which use and actually buy those advertisement banner places thereby supporting design community in return helping to build good page rank and actually get very targeted design related clients. I listed here all the companies I’ve found advertising on graphic design, web design, blogging related blogs, showcase sites like mine is. Now after research I must say I was surprised, browsing through all those blogs daily I didn’t checked those sites, but now I found many good softwares, services I would really love to try myself! Not always the best stuff available is for free and really what did I see was very reasonable prices for several really good services.Read More