Dead on the Web? Blog!

Strange title for a blog? Yes, but it makes our point. More than any other technique, blogging has helped raise our clients’ websites from the dead. Read this blog for general web information as well as how to maintain and grow readership and conversions.

NM Coalition for Literacy

Get help with your reading skills from this awesome literacy non-profit. Or become a tutor! Director Heather Heunermund and I converted an earlier Joomla site into a clean, more user-friendly WordPress one. It was critical to make this site extremely easy to navigate,...

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Introducing Touch the Southwest

Created by Condé Nast Top Travel Specialist, Bruce Sawyer, Touch the Southwest is a full-service touring and destination company that creates luxurious tours and excursions, distinctive events, and adventurous vacations of exceptional quality across the southwest....

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Maximize your Website Workshop 4/19/2017

What fun we had, as usual, at this workshop sponsored by Santa Fe SCORE, on April 19, 2017. The workshop was completely booked well in advance and full of interesting people with great questions. An abridged version of the talk can be seen here:...

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WordPress.com: Great for Saving Money and Staying Secure

Today I finished the site for a magical luxury vacation rental in Santa Fe. It's called the Santa Fe Hobbit House, aptly named for its whimsical architecture and artistic mosaic details. Most of my client sites built in the last couple years have been full-blown...

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Avoid Google’s Wrath in Jan ’17! Get an SSL!

Here we are, in a digital world that is getting trickier and trickier to keep safe and secure. Google is all over this issue and, on January 10, 2017, will start penalizing sites that don’t have an SSL Certificate (a Secure Socket Layer which makes your site more...

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How to Customize your Paypal Checkout Page

Please follow a Paypal button on your site and see what the checkout page looks like. No business name? Then you need to convert your Paypal membership to a business membership. If you are one of my clients who uses Paypal on your site, then your checkout page used to...

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How to Make an Attractive Event Calendar

Have you noticed that a lot of event calendars online look dorky, like boring printed grid calendars? I have! Lately I needed to create an event calendar for a musician, me actually, and I wanted it to look cool and be responsive for mobile devices. I found the Event...

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Security – Update Your Site

Do you have a Joomla or Wordpress site? These platforms are cool because they allow you to update your site more easily than the old fashioned "static html" sites made in Dreamweaver or other HTML builders. But the downside of your "database-driven" website is that in...

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Heading to WordPress-Nerd-Heaven in Phoenix

I'm super excited about heading to my first Wordcamp, in Phoenix, AZ, tomorrow. These Wordpress conferences have a fabulous reputation, as does Wordpress, of course! According to Wikipedia: WordPress was used by more than 26.4% of the top 10 million websites as of...

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Improve Your Site Speed – Optimize Your Images

Have you checked your website page speed lately? If not, visit this Web Page Test site, and see how many seconds your home page takes to load. Two seconds is ideal for the first time load, but I find that very hard to achieve. I'm happy if the first load is 4 seconds...

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How to Block Youtube Related Videos

Do you have Youtube videos on your site? If so, when the video ends, does it display thumbnails with "related videos", like the ones shown here? These thumbnails can take your visitor away from your site and most site owners would rather they did not display. If you...

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Best WordPress Hosting

Hosting Advice from Santa Fe Web Design owner, Hope Kiah NOTE: Hope Kiah is a proud affiliate with Cloud Access. All the links to Cloud Access on this site are affiliate links which can generate income for her. Since 1998, I have been designing websites...

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Humpback Whales!

I promise not to pepper this blog with personal musings, but we did recently get back from our first cruise, to Alaska, and I'm sharing a video of the first whales we ever saw. The tour guide was super excited and really loud! So I replaced the audio with recent...

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Video Demo of a Mobile Display

Visit the desktop version of Winterowd Fine Art's mobile Wordpress site and compare it to this mobile demo. All the content is accessible and legible on any mobile device, with a completely different format than the desktop version. This is what Google wants: a fully...

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What is the Press This tool in WordPress?

What is the Press This Tool in WordPress? What does the Press This tool do and how to use it to write posts in WordPress. Wondering what to blog about? Why not take advantage of other people's websites and information? I ADORE this tool which is included in the...

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Start Smart, Start Small, Start FREE!

My step-grand, at 16(!), is starting a new Soccer Training Equipment business called Albatross Athletics. His first product is a soccer training resistance band which he designed himself. Check out the video and product photos below. I built him a landing page using...

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Let Mailchimp Automate Your Newsletter

I’m so excited to see what Mailchimp is up to these days. Mailchimp is a free newsletter “client” that lets you not only design and send newsletters for free (for up to 2000 subscribers) but it lets you send messages automatically from your blog, also for free.

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As Etta James would say, “At Last!”

My husband Thom and I danced to Etta James singing “At Last” at our wedding in 2002. It took a long time to find each other, but thank the stars, we did! As a web designer, it took a long time for me to come around to the Wordpress platform, but now that I’ve designed a dozen Wordpress sites I can honestly say that I am thrilled with the program. The ease and elegance of Wordpress is unmatched.

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How to Use Google Keyword Planner Without a Credit Card

This is a very helpful tip on avoiding the hoops Google would put you through to research keywords. Excellent! UPDATE: After clicking SKIP THE GUIDED STEP, and creating your login if you didn't have one already, Google will want you to create a campaign. Ignore this...

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Maximize your Website Workshop 5/11/16

THIS EVENT SOLD OUT but the city of Santa Fe videotaped it and posted it on their youtube channel. Watch the 2 hour video here.The workshop was an absolute blast. One of the most fun we had was when the attendees agreed to jump in and help each other find the best...

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Four New WordPress Sites

It's amazing when two client sites are launched at the same time, but in the last couple weeks, four Wordpress Sites have been made live. All these clients have been lovely to work with and do amazing things in the world! The Multi-Cultural Alliance for a Safe...

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New WordPress Site for The Church of Antioch

The Church of Antioch is progressive, Inclusive, Sacramental and Mystical. AND they meet in the inspiringly beautiful Loretto Chapel in Santa Fe. Bishop Doug Walker and Hope Kiah had a blast creating this wordpress...

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Mobile Armageddon

The times they are a-changin'. Google is getting very picky about mobile displays when it comes to ranking your site. The good news is that usually you will get notification from Google Webmaster Tools if this is an issue, giving you a chance to fix the site. 85% of...

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Check Your Site for Broken Links

If you have any links on your site going to other websites, it's important to make sure those sites are still active. Otherwise, you'll have "dead links" which are irritating to your visitors and, potentially, to your ranking. It's easy to check for broken links. If...

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Social Media Blacklisting

Securi is a website security company offering malware detection, cleanup and protection. Their blog is worth checking out. If you get a scary message when clicking on a social icon, you may want to read this article. Read the entire article...

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Chrome -the Most Popular Browser

I read a blog post today about the different browsers, on elegantthemes.com, a developer of Wordpress themes. I was interested to see how much Chrome is beating the other browsers. I've used Chrome for a while because it's good for web development but I didn't realize...

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Santa Fe Web Design & WordPress

I'm happy to say that I am now officially building Wordpress sites, after years of focusing on Joomla. I love both platforms and am increasingly besotted with...

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New Site for Santa Fe Quilting

Looking for an amazing resource for quilting supplies or classes? Santa Fe Quilting is the PLACE. We just replaced their previous site with an easy to update Joomla site. Owner Allen Winchester says: "I am struck about how wonderful of a job you have done.  I find it...

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Amadea Morningstar

Amadea Morningstar has a new blog which is helping her combat a nasty cybersquatter who pirated an earlier site. Amadea's writings are insightful and helpful for anyone interested in improving their health with Ayurvedic advice. Click on her name here: Amadea...

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Cloud Access blog: SSL certificates help with ranking now.

Read the entire article on the Cloud Access blog. I'm sorry to hear this, but I suppose it's understandable. Safer sites should rank higher. But for my clients these certificates are pricey. All hosts should offer SSL certificates. If you are hosted at Cloud Access,...

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Check for the Heartbleed Bug now!

Have you heard about the HeartBleed Bug? Scary Stuff! Quoted from http://www.heartbleed.com: "The Heartbleed Bug is a serious vulnerability in the popular OpenSSL cryptographic software library. This weakness allows stealing the information protected, under normal...

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Hope’s SEO Feb. 21 Webinar

This webinar was hosted by Cloud Access on February 21st, 2014. We had a 119 attendees and I got to help several of them live with their website optimization. Watch this to learn how you can make your site more...

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Hope’s SEO Webinar Recording

Cloud Access invited me to do this webinar, which was recorded on Friday January 17. People attended from all over the world! It was super fun. It covers the particulars of my search friendly image gallery and shopping cart process, as well as some extremely helpful...

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Great Advice from John Jantsch

John Jantzch always has great advice for any business owner. This article includes some advice that I want to integrate more fully into my daily life. Quoting from the article, these are the attitudes he recommends: Positive Energy – I want to bring positive energy to...

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Cybersquatting is a Sad Reality

My client, Amadea Morningstar is well known, for good reason, in the Ayurvedic world. She is a talented ayurvedic teacher, practitioner and auther of some fabulous ayurvedic cookbooks and dvds. Recently we let her personal website and domain name expire since she is...

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5 out of 5 average!

We had a great time at my SEO Workshop at the Small Business Development Center in Santa Fe on December 12, 2013. See the questionairre...

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Another Client on Page 1

I'm suffering from a deadly sin -- pride! Less than a year after launch, my client, a brilliant custom furniture craftsman named Scott Ernst, is now on page one of Google for the search "custom furniture," above 90 million pages! (Google fluctuates, of course, so if...

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My attempt to help the Living Dead on the Web!

The Living Dead on the Web are alive only in so far as they have websites, but beautifully dead in their invisibility to live, human visitors... This was my one-minute pitch to give a talk at JoomlaWorld 2013 at Harvard, this November. (Turn down your volume, by...

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Google Keyword Planner

Sadly, the Google Adwords Keyword Tool is GONE!! 🙁 But the new Google Keyword Planner is not terrible. I think it's more accurate, actually than the old one. This video is the perfect one for learning how to use it, very quickly and easily....

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Dead on the Web?™ Some Pinterest Tips

We are all in the same boat: overwhelmed by social media. Constant Contact has put some tips together regarding Pinterest. I scanned them and sent a message to a clients giving her an idea. Maybe you can peruse this list and get something out of it. Pinterest is...

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Want to rank higher in local search?

Be sure to put your physical address, not your PO Box, at the bottom of your web template so that it shows up on every page. Also,  be sure that your Google Maps listing is "owner verified."

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Resize your Images

Do you ever get frustrated when you get a big image and you want to email it or upload it to your blog or website? This short video demonstrates how to use the free online service called Image Optimizer. It's truly a...

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The Nuts and Bolts of Social Media – a Video

Overwhelmed by Social Media marketing options? Get practical tips for Facebook, Youtube, LinkedIn and Google+. Learn how to simplify and "automate" your web marketing by "repurposing" your posts across multiple platforms. This talk was sponsored by SCORE and presented...

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Web Marketing Buffet Video

Choose wisely at this popular buffet of web strategies, lest you over-consume. Sample dishes of email marketing, pay-per-click campaigns, online press releases, blogging, google alerts, and mobile marketing. See what appeals to you and take it home! This talk was...

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Dead on the Web?™ Ignite Your Art Site

Part 1 Part 2 This includes instructions on how to have a website for $10/year total! WARNING: IT'S NOT ALWAYS EASY TO CANCEL A DOMAIN PURCHASED FROM GOOGLE. IF YOU'RE NOT SURE YOU WANT TO KEEP THE BLOG GOING, YOU MAY RECONSIDER THIS...

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Avoid Groupon with SaveLocal

If you are a small business trying to grow, you may be tempted by Groupon, Splurge or LivingSocial to offer deals through their services. But it's extremely costly to do so. I have met several merchants for whom those deals were financially painful. Constant Contact...

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One Stop Download of all Hubspot’s eBooks

Hubspot is a web marketing company that offers great free ebooks. I found the page where ALL the ebooks live and wanted to share it with you. Amazingly, there are about 100 free books available here. You have to fill out a form to get each one, but hey, they're free!...

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Entertaining Intro to Google+

If you need a good laugh while you wrap your mind around the pros and cons of Google+, watch this  video from the epipheo youtube channel. I played this Google + video for the after-hours crowd at my last SCORE web marketeing presentation. We all cracked up. I'm...

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Don’t Get Hacked in a HotSpot!

Free software called Firesheep lets just about anyone sitting next to you at your local coffee shop watch you browse the Web and even assume your identity online. You're safe if the sites you're watching, or logged into are secure (https) sites. That's not the norm,...

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Using Google Alerts

Recently I posted a question in a discussion forum about one of the extensions I use in my Joomla website. This forum lets users create a signature for all their posts, including their web address, so I did that. Now, every time I post to that forum, I get a back-link...

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Godaddy & Privacy

Well, I'm bummed. I like the way GoDaddy works as a rule. I love their control panel interface. They are the easiest registrar I've ever dealt with. But I just realized that you can do a WHOIS search on their site in a way that does nothing to protect the privacy of...

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Find the Best Keywords

Sorry to say - this video is no longer useful because the Google Adwords Keyword Tool has been discontinued by Google. Learn how to find the best keywords using the new Google Keyword...

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Does your web designer own your domain name?

Not good. You should own it. If you're not sure, type your URL in the text field at http://bit.ly/fAiejr. Is your web designer listed in the results, or are you? If only your registrar (like godaddy or register.com) are listed then privacy has been enabled which is...

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Claim your Google Place and Reach for the Stars!

You can get at the top of search results easier with your free Google Place listing. HERE'S HOW: First, you should claim your Google Place page. Search for your site in Google. In the far left column, choose MORE under VIDEO and select PLACES. Your place should show...

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Rant about Faking Social Media!

Some companies get paid to load your Twitter account with followers, and your Facebook account with friends. This really gets my goat. First, it doesn't take rocket science to see that the whole benefit of social media is destroyed by random people hooking up with...

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Dead on the Web? Resurrect your Book Site!

This video demonstrates some of the steps that can help an author have a site that brings in new readers and buyers. A good primer for author SEO (search engine optimization). I had the pleasure in attending your FABULOUS seminar at the NMWAF last Saturday. Love your...

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@Ignitenm

Great presenters! Good food at Ignite NM. New friends. I just learned that my last Ignite talk (How to get on Google Maps) is on the Ignite Youtube Channel.

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Get a free day of Lynda.com Videos!

These videos have been incredible resources for my career. I love being able to search by keywords for exactly what I need to know. Lynda.com videos are fantastic. Visit our recommendations page and follow the link for Lynda.com to get a free day of...

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The rowdiest consultation request ever:

We got a huge kick out of this inquiry for a new website: Although I am married, I'd like to have a sordid affair with Google. I have a dead website, no blog, sporadic social networking action, and a pdf newsletter. Of course, I'm on a budget, but am committed to at...

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Do you have a Google Place?

I'll be giving a 5 minute PPT at Ignite-NM this Wed eve, along with other wildly diverse and interesting presenters. Should be fun. It's free and there will probably be food and drink. Come if you're in town. If not, I'll be uploading the video as soon as it comes...

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Don’t know what to blog about? Use Q & A!

Look at the name of each of your clients and come up with a Q & A that fits the problem you fixed for them. You could even name your blog something like: "Landscaping FAQs." The title of one post might be "How can I get color all season with xeriscape plantings?"...

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Optimize Your Web Page

Once you have uncovered the best keywords for your site, learn where they belong on a web page to maximize search engine ranking. This is a great companion video for the award-winning Keyword Tutorial...

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