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11 Questions to Ask Before Hiring a Web Designer

Tuesday, November 15th, 2011
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!

Tuesday, November 15th, 2011
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

Tuesday, November 15th, 2011
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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