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Breaking up is hard to do. Whether it's a romantic relationship or one with your web hosting service, one of the hardest things is knowing when it's time to call it quits.

Is it time to break up with your hosting service?

By Janet Barclay | July 29, 2021 |

Using a web hosting service is a lot like being in a relationship. Things usually start out great. You might have bad days sometimes, but if the issues aren’t too serious, you can work them out, and if all goes well, you’ll be happy together for a very long time. But when the bad days start to outnumber the good, it saps your energy and prevents you from living your best life. As Neil Sedaka said, “breaking up is hard to do,” so you hang in there anyway. One of the hardest things is knowing when it’s time to call…

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How to Maximize Your Personal Brand

personal brand

What comes to mind when you think about your brand? Your logo? Your tagline? Those are part of it, but they’re certainly not the whole picture. Your personal brand includes the values that define you, your unique story, your personality, and many other factors. The way that others perceive your brand is influenced by everything you…

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How well-organized is your blog? [blog navigation quiz]

blog navigation

When it comes to blogging, we all share the same three objectives: Attract people to your blog. Keep people on your blog. Encourage people to share your blog. Today I’m going to talk about the second objective: getting people to stick around after they land on your blog. The more time readers spend on your…

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5 ways to brainstorm blogging ideas that will wow your readers

blogging ideas notebook

If blogging is one of your marketing strategies (and I certainly hope it is!), planning is essential. Just sitting down and diving into your next post isn’t an efficient way to work, and it doesn’t produce high-quality content. Having a supply of blogging ideas will keep you from drawing a blank when it’s time to…

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Can an appointment scheduler make you a better service provider?

appointment scheduler

You love what you do, and you love your clients (or at least most of them 😉) But you probably don’t love spending valuable time on back-and-forth emails to schedule appointments. And don’t get me started on cancellations and reschedules! Over the last couple of years, I’ve tried a lot of different tools to automate…

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A more engaging vacation property rental website

vacation rental property at sunset

I recently had the pleasure of helping Keith with his online presence. He had created a website for his vacation rental property, but it wasn’t generating as much business as he wanted. Branding The first step was to give the site more visual appeal, to capture visitors’ attention quickly and make it more memorable. Enhancements…

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How Plugin Updates Can Get You into Trouble

website down

Do you regularly log into your WordPress dashboard and apply important updates? Good for you! Preventative maintenance is as vital for your website as it is for your car. But what do you do when something goes wrong? The Problem A client recently emailed me because after updating her plugins, she got an error message…

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How to Market Your Business with Confidence

marketing with confidence

Doing something you’re good at and enjoy doing is an great starting point for a business. Unfortunately, it’s not enough. Many people barely get their business off the ground because they don’t have the confidence to market it successfully. Self-promotion is especially challenging for introverts. The thought of talking about ourselves, especially to total strangers, is…

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How to find the best WordPress theme for your business

choosing a WordPress theme

If you have a website, or are thinking of getting one, chances are nearly one in three that it will be built with WordPress, the most popular Content Management System (CMS) today. Every WordPress site has a theme that controls the colors, page layout, fonts and many other attributes. Because the theme files are separate…

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It’s all about Clarity

clear view from my office window

Since 2014, I’ve chosen a single word to sum up my vision for the year, and posted it on my blog. Although I didn’t formally announce it, my word for this year is Clarity. Here’s where I felt clarity was lacking. My Online Presence: My husband, Scott, has been working with me since 2007, and we…

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