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8 Quick Ways to Spruce up Your Website

By Cubert on July 9th, 2012 Posted in General Knowledge | No Comments »

Don't Shoot Yourself in the Foot! 10 Mistakes Made on Your Last Blog Post Need to do a “quick clean” on the dusty spider webs on your website? No need to call Spiderman! You can make fast and easy changes without the help of a superhero. The simple changes that can make a big impact in a short amount of time are easily accomplished… and with very little know-how. Read on to get 8 tips for cleaning up your web(site).

By learning from your mistakes you’re sure to increase your credibility, user retention, recognition, and overall effectiveness.

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When Is It Time to Upgrade Your Design Software?

By Cubert on July 9th, 2012 Posted in General Knowledge | No Comments »

You know the drill. The obligatory annual software upgrade comes out and you open up your wallet and shell over a small fortune to keep state-of-the-art status. But is it really worth it? Of course, everybody has their own unique situation, but with the cost of high-end design software still in that "small fortune" range, whether or not to upgrade is a legitimate issue – and this is all the more true for freelance designers or small firms.

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10 Mistakes Made on Your Last Blog Post

By Cubert on February 15th, 2012 Tags: , , ,
Posted in Blogging and Writing | No Comments »

Don't Shoot Yourself in the Foot! 10 Mistakes Made on Your Last Blog Post Sloppy posting is becoming the status quo, but this presents you with the chance to beat out the competition. Some trends are developing in terms of what bloggers aren’t doing to make their posts as valuable as possible, and you probably fell victim to at least several of these trends in the past.

It’s okay. You’re human. We all make mistakes, so let’s make this an "opportunity," not so much a failure, and move on to a bigger and brighter future for your blog posts.

By learning from your mistakes you’re sure to increase your credibility, user retention, recognition, and overall effectiveness.

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Interview Your Web Design Clients: 3 Sets of Questions to Ask

By Cubert on February 15th, 2012 Tags: , , ,
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Interview Your Clients Before You Design Their Site Your understanding of a design project is pivitol to your success in meeting your client’s needs. Moreover, a job well done will help ensure repeat business and invaluable referrals.

However, before you take up any order for making a website, it’s important to have complete information to start on the right note. There should be easy communication between you and your clients, so that you clearly outline all expectations. Understanding each other, and asking your client some important questions will save both of you time, and reduce the chance of a project failure due to miscommunication. Moreover, it will pave way for a long and lasting business relationship.

Below are 3 sets of questions that I always ask my clients before providing a quote.

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7 Correct Ways to Deal with Rude Customers (and 1 awful method)

By Cubert on January 4th, 2012 Tags: , , , ,
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This customer seems kind of pissed, how would you sooth her? If you are in the customer service industry, then you’ve had to handle an irate or down-right rude customer or two in your time. These encounters can be draining, frustrating, and annoying experiences for both parties — the customer and you. Getting through the conversation, or monologue, can be a challenge all of its own.

But you have an opportunity at this point to make a difference for someone. Besides salvaging a customer and preventing a potential outbreak of negativity, it can be a wonderful feeling when you can help someone fix a problem or even simply make the experience positive despite the customer’s bad attitude. So here are some tips to get you through a conversation with an angry or rude customer. And while most customers only get livid behind the safety of a phone call, the following pointers can also help with face-to-face encounters.

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7 Web Design Faux Pas to Avoid

By Cubert on January 3rd, 2012 Tags: , , , , , , , ,
Posted in General Knowledge, Web Markup | 1 Comment »

Mismatching socks with sandals would certainly register as a design blunder. Designing a website requires attention to detail and the knowledge of a few dos and don’ts. While there are many techniques to ensure a well designed and effective website, designers are still prone to making mistakes, some more common than others. Here are some of the most common mistakes that often make a huge difference.

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11 Questions to Ask Before Hiring a Web Designer

By Cubert on November 15th, 2011 Tags: , ,
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What questions do I ask a web designer? Most companies do not have a problem finding web designers these days with graphic and web design becoming one of the more popular college degrees. The trouble arises with finding a web designer who knows their stuff and also who can keep your information secure. Let’s face it — more and more firms are in-sourcing the development of their websites. This has lots of important benefits, with improved security being a big reason more companies are keeping web developers (and source code) in-house. Whether you want a temporary designer or one to add to your list of employees,, there are a few critical questions to be sure to table so you don’t end up with 3 months of wasted time…or worse.

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10 Uses for MS Paint You Didn’t Think of!

By Cubert on November 15th, 2011 Tags: , , ,
Posted in Tools | 2 Comments »

Skills with MS Paint?? The featured image was NOT created in MS Paint (Photoshop, of course!), although, with enough patience it could have been. MS Paint. Seriously?! Well, sometimes you don’t have your fancy Mac with all your downloaded versions of Photoshop and the like handy. In fact, you might be in one of those rare situations where you have to use a PC (gasp!). What ever shall you do?!

Well, fortunately for you, the dear folks at Microsoft have a built in bitmap editor that is absolutely terrible and almost useless. But, there is hope and a couple ‘o tricks are available to you if you find yourself in a pinch.

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Why Google+ is Important for Your SEO

By Cubert on November 15th, 2011 Tags: , , ,
Posted in Website Promotion | 1 Comment »

Google Plus is Important for SEO On June 28th, 2011, Google introduced to the world their new, aggressive approach to connecting Google search with social media. In an attempt, it seems, to rival Facebook again, Google has launched its own social networking project. Just as with other social media, Google+ allows you to share information with friends and family through the Stream (similar to Facebook’s newsfeed) and four different features: Circles, Hangouts, Huddle, and Sparks. In short, Circles is a way of creating groups, Hangouts allows you to video chat with more than one friend at once, Huddle includes the option to text with several friends at once such as with a chat room, and Sparks is a personalized sharing feature. Google also has placed a “Recommend this page” button (also known as +1) next to search engine results for easier sharing.

Since Google+ has emerged, the Search Engine Optimization (SEO) world has been all amok with speculation about how shares and +1 will impact the search engine results page (SERP) of various URLs. The short answer: Google+ does have an impact, but early indicators show that standard SEO strategies are still the key.

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SEO: Google-Friendly Natural Link Building

By Cubert on March 19th, 2011 Posted in Website Promotion | 2 Comments »

Natural Links are Sexy Anyone that has researches basic SEO has learned that a website’s ranking on the old SERPS (search engine results page) are based on the links to your site. Anyone involved in SEO will also tell you that “the quality” of these links is absolutely essential for effective search engine optimization. However, it has been possible, in the past, to “hoodwink” search engines with shadowy “black hat” tactics to lift your website appear near the top of the pile. Here, we’ll expose some of those tactics and highlight the correct and natural methods you should use in increase your site’s visibility.

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