How to Get More Leads by Optimizing Your Contact Page

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If you run a blog for your business, then chances are you’re doing it to attract more leads and sales. While most bloggers spend hours updating their blog with the hopes of engaging their audience and getting more organic traffic, very few spend time optimizing the parts of their blog that can grow their business… […]

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Getting Started Is Key

overwhelmed analysis paralysis

One of the most profound pieces of advice that I have read recently is: Empirically, it’s not just for other people that you need to start small. You need to for your own sake. Neither Bill Gates nor Mark Zuckerberg knew at first how big their companies were going to get. All they knew was […]

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How Klout and Social Signals are Affecting Search Results

Klout Experts Example

In late 2010, Danny Sullivan interviewed representatives from Google and Bing about how they use social data from Twitter and Facebook. And while this article does seem a bit dated, it sets the stage for how social signals affect search results. One of the questions that Danny asked had to do with how Twitter links are […]

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How I Increased Email Opens 2X with One Simple Tactic

Email on fabric

I’m not exactly proud to admit it, but recently I sent one of the lowest performing emails I’ve ever sent. After having average email open rates of about 46% for the past several months, I sent an email that only had a 27% email open rate. At first I was mad at myself. This email […]

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Dreamhost Enters the Managed WordPress Arena

Dreampress from Dreamhost

Just last week, Dreamhost announced their entry to the managed WordPress arena with Dreampress. And with Dreampress having no limits on page views and and only costing $19.95 per month while in beta, these are exciting times for WordPress users! Dreamhost describes Dreampress as: DreamPress is a highly optimized, extremely reliable managed WordPress service that […]

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Why Outsourcing is a Pipe Dream for Most and 3 Things You Should Never Outsource

Outsourcing is a Pipe Dream

It seems like the Internet has really embraced outsourcing over the last several years with the creation of several websites such as Fiverr, oDesk, and Elance. You can now easily find a remote worker with a good portfolio and references usually cheaper than what you’d be able to find with local developers. There’s no doubt […]

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WordPress Rockstar Series #4

WordPress Rocktsar Beginner's Guide

Welcome to the fourth and final installment of the WordPress Rockstar Series. Up to this point, you have learned how to install and use WordPress to create an attractive, functional website. But what about all of the stuff that goes with actually running a website? What do you when you run out of topics to […]

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Why Your Design Doesn’t Matter as Much as You Think it Does

New Art of Blog Design

As bloggers we naturally want beautiful, jaw-dropping websites that we are proud to show off. As a result, we are constantly tweaking the design of our web page because we are not happy with the way it looks. But, have you ever just taken a minute to think about whether your design changes are really […]

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Why Most WordPress Plugins Aren’t Worth Your Time and the 6 That Really Matter

Confused about which plugins to use

WordPress’s huge popularity is largely due to its ability to become anything by installing plugins. If you want some special functionality for your website, there is almost always a free plugin that can handle it for you. But, even though WordPress plugins can provide some amazing functionality, there are tons of plugins out there that […]

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WordPress Rockstar Series #3

WordPress Rocktsar Beginner's Guide

Welcome to the third installment of the WordPress Rockstar series, where we will take you from no experience in WordPress to being a rockstar WordPress user. In the second installment of the WordPress Rockstar series we covered these topics: What is the difference between Posts and Pages? How to publish and schedule posts. How to […]

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WordPress Rockstar Series #2

WordPress Rocktsar Beginner's Guide

Welcome to the second installment of the WordPress Rockstar series, where we will take you from no experience with WordPress to having a very workable knowledge of WordPress. In the first installment, we discussed these topics: Did you know that WordPress is currently used on over 62,000,000 website worldwide? We’ll discuss why this is great […]

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Why Switching Premium WordPress Themes is Plain Stupid

Why Switching Premium Themes is Stupid

Working with Art of Blog has allowed me the time and resources to work with the best premium WordPress themes on the market. The one thing that I have learned with almost all premium WordPress themes is that while they offer increased functionality, they’re also meant to lock you in. And while this is not […]

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