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Basic Website Setup For Pixel Works CMS

I have been thinking about writing a document for Pixel Works for a long time but never had the time or honestly the inclination to do it. Because of this, there may be a few of my clients out there who don't know the full capabilities of their websites.

That ends today! In this video, I go through a run-through of the basic settings to set up the site for the first time. Enjoy.

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My Website Optimization Journey - Part 3 - Speed

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Welcome to another exciting edition of “Making My Website Suck Less”. Since I started this journey to re-align my goals and bring my website back from the depths I had gone from beyond page 11 when searching for “web design” green bay wi” to somewhere around page 6 depending on the day and time.

Honestly, it's hard to know if my efforts are the reason for the improvement or the constant updates and changes these past weeks. I can tell you that before my second child was born, and before I neglected my website in favor of client projects and raising my children that generally, I would show up on the 2nd or 3rd page for the same search phrase. So regardless of how I got here I still have some work to do.

My Website Optimization Journey - Part 2 - Meta Tags

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In my last article I realized I had some issues with my website and taking my own advice I decided to act on them. I did that by first completing some pages that were either missing, unfinished, or didn't represent me or my capabilities properly. Today I am going to go through some meta tag issues.

Now, a reminder, that some of these steps might seem misplaced but in order to move forward I need to tackle some glaring issues now and move onto refining the website overall at a later date. It makes less sense to ignore the situation now until I believe the website is perfect, which it will never be. There is always room for improvement.

My Website Optimization Journey - Part 1

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Recently I had decided that if I was going to make something of this business I had better get at it. The site had basically been sitting idle since the birth of my youngest daughter in January of 2014.

Taking care of my children all day is a wonderful thing but between keeping them alive and making sure the mess didn't swallow us up, I needed to concentrate on completing my client's work and my website fell by the wayside.

Pictures Sell Products

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I often assist or have conversations with people who want to sell their inventions, products or collectables online and too be perfectly honest, a lot of the time I am underwhelmed at the images we use on those websites. When I receive them and ask if they have any others the general reaction is similar to the one I have when I step bare footed into a cat hairball. Unpleasant.

There seems to be three main reasons, but let's be honest they are really just excuses, for shoddy images and I wanted to go over them individually and debunk each one of them here today. You spent some decent money on that website so let's make sure it can do its job properly by looking its best.

Pixel Works Is Getting SaaSy [UPDATE]

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Diagram of a SaaS model

UPDATE 10/7/14: The unified version of Pixel Works is up and running with its first project in Dietproof Swimsuit. It's been a longer road than I initially planned but I'm very happy to be moving on to migrating client sites and stamping out any minor bugs I come across.

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UDATE 9/9/14: After trying unsuccessfully to get top level domains to work with the system I have called in the assistance of people that know this stuff like the back of their hand and it is now working as it should. I am currently updating the designs (themes) for clients and adding them to the system. You will not see any difference other than some new featuires and a new administration screen.

SEO Scams and How to Avoid Them

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Last week Expedia was hit with a 25% drop in search results for some of their most prominent keywords on Google. This was because of what Google deemed unnatural links. Similar to what happened to Rap Genius in December of 2013.

Unnatural links are artificial links such as purchased links or links in a bad neighborhood of the internet that point to your site. Examples of bad neighborhood sites include scraper sites (sites that copy all of its content from other websites), link farms (a group of sites that all link to one another) , sites with large amounts of spam, malware or illegal or pornographic material.

I noticed this event being reported in my news feed just as I finished a conversation with a client that said he was contacted by Google about his search results. Wait – what?