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Small Business Success: 7 Key Elements of a Website That Converts

While an active online presence is key for any small business to grow its success these days, many owners and managers find themselves overwhelmed when they begin the process of building a strong online brand and reputation. After all, in addition to your regular business and work, you have the added weight of trying to connect with your target audience in an often sterile, faceless, nameless environment. You might not even know where to begin – or you might already have a good start, but you’re not sure what to do next. 

When it comes to your clients and customers, the days of dealing with little more than a domain name and product image online are gone. Now, websites need to be ever-evolving and interactive – and if you can go the extra mile and build a brand and a connection to your customer, you’ll easily be able to dominate in your chosen niche. Sound good? Continue Reading →

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Bloggers: Get Your Free Get-Paid-to-Blog Resources at Online Writing Pro

If you’re a blogger (or you want to be one), check out these freebies for bloggers at OnlineWritingPro.com – and there are even more actually on the site if you have a minute to look around.  (more…) Continue Reading →

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How to Delete All Spam Comments in WordPress Instantly (Even When They’re Already Approved)

After having my sites attacked by spam bots, I had a problem. Google thought my sites were malicious and had blacklisted me. I got together with my web host/tech guru, who helped me by essentially gutting the sites and allowing me to start over from the bottom up, but since I didn’t want to lose my content, there was an additional concern. It seemed that, at least on some of the sites, I had thousands of already-approved spam comments, and they were causing issues with my hosting service. If you have WordPress, you know that the standard issue CMS doesn’t allow for bulk deletion of already-approved comments. Continue Reading →

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Spend Less, Get More: 100 Different Types of Freelancers in Today’s Marketplace

Are you looking for a way to save money and get the job done right? Then you might consider hiring a freelancer or a contractor. What’s in it for you? All kinds of good stuff–but mostly, dedicated, focused professionals who believe that your business is as important as their own–and they stake their reputations on each job they accept. Read more: 9 Reasons to Hire a Freelancer

Better yet, there are a large number of types of freelancers out there you can hire at a reasonable price (and without having to pay benefits or other typical employee costs). Continue Reading →

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Schooled by Anderson Cooper, Attacked by Haters, Still Smiling

What an interesting week it has been. As I may have mentioned, after my contracts with Patch and Scrubs & Suits ended, I’m happy to be back on the freelance road. In addition to picking up some new clients, I’ve resumed my post as the St. Louis Family & Parenting Examiner and picked up a couple of new titles, including St. Louis Celebrity Headlines Examiner and National Crime Examiner. Continue Reading →

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Updates: Goodbyes, Hellos and What I'm Doing Next

“If we don’t change, we don’t grow. If we don’t grow, we aren’t really living.” ~Gail Sheehy

Change is, once again, in the air. I said farewell to my friends at Scrubs & Suits late last year when my contract ended. And more recently, I said farewell to my friends at Patch when that one ended. Continue Reading →

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Getting Back to the Creative Groove

So, as I move back into the freelance world from the payroll world, I’m remembering some of the good things about it. The variety of the work–the ability to focus on my own projects a little more often–the creative muscles I get to flex. All very exciting and satisfying stuff! So here’s what I’m up to this week. Patch–My role is once again changing over at Patch. Continue Reading →

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Updates: New Opportunities Ahead!

I have been so busy that I haven’t done an official career update since June, so here’s what’s been happening. Scrubs & Suits

I am no longer working with Scrubs & Suits. While I thoroughly enjoyed the job and still enjoy writing about the healthcare industry, the site’s investor couldn’t continue spending the money since we were unable to find a dedicated sales person. I wish the client the best as he moves forward with the site on his own. Patch.com

For now, I am still working with Patch.com part-time. Continue Reading →

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Hackers and Bots: Why I've Moved to a New Domain

I’ve owned AngelaAtkinson.com since 2005 and have always used it as my primary business and portfolio site. Recently, someone or some thing decided that it would begin attacking my domain repeatedly, causing all of my sites (at least those with this particular web host) to be taken down, over and over again. It was costing me money, time and peace. Today, my favorite web guy suggested that I get this domain–AngelaAtkinson.me–and use it in the meantime while we figure out how to fix the hacker. So, here I am! Continue Reading →

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Project Blissful Offers Whole-Life Makeover, One Bliss Mission at a Time

Innovative new personal development website offers daily “Bliss Missions”, free material and downloads to help users create the lives of their dreams
St. Louis, MO—January 2, 2013—As the New Year begins, many people are making New Year’s resolutions. Unfortunately, studies show that most resolutions are defunct by the end of January. If you’re looking for real and lasting positive change in your life and don’t know where to start, a new website may offer just the solution you need. Project Blissful, an open, ongoing life-improvement project that offers bite-sized missions that really work to improve your life, launched Jan. Continue Reading →

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