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How to ask clients for referrals

Referrals are just one of the many keys that contribute to your business growth. No matter if you’re working in landscaping, real estate, or web design, you’ll want client referrals. Why? Because that’s the easiest (and cheapest!) way to find new clients, with little to no effort on your end. In this article, I’ll break down what exactly client referrals...

31 must-have tools for web designers

A designer’s toolkit can be the key to their success, but looking for the best web design resources can feel like looking for a needle in a haystack when it comes to the right options.  You’re probably tasked with a million and one things to do as a web designer so I want to help you cut corners where you can! Having quality web design tools...

How (and how not) to feature client testimonials on your website

Featuring client testimonials on your website is a powerful way to give potential clients a boost of confidence when they’re considering hiring you. In fact, one study suggests that having as few as five testimonials can improve your conversion rates by nearly four times. Why are testimonials so powerful for your site? Consider...

How to structure blog posts for search engines and people

Ever noticed how top-ranking blog posts are also the ones you enjoy reading the most? And I don’t just mean that they’re informative and well researched — these posts go one step further and tick all the boxes when it comes to readability. Does this mean you need to be the best writer in the room to rank well with search engines? Not even close....

How Feast Design Co. chose their niche (and why you should, too!)

A few years ago, I met a public relations guru in Chicago who was just starting out at her own firm. Like most people in her position, she ate up any and all new business opportunities that came her way, even if she wasn’t entirely passionate or interested in their field. As time went on, most of her clients turned out to be hotel-related, which...

Local 5.7: Introducing powerful new pre-launch tools

A lot has been done over the past year to improve the Local experience. We launched Local Pro to help you ditch FTP. We introduced MagicSync, which made it easier to go live, and we unlocked the ability to push to staging sites on Flywheel and WP Engine for the first time ever. Over the past twelve months, we’ve also made a number of improvements under-the-hood...

When and how to raise prices for your web design business

Determining when to raise prices for your web design business can be a truly difficult task for a number of reasons. First, there’s fear (completely justified fear, too!). Finding clients is hard enough in the first place. The last thing you want to do is scare them away by changing your web design pricing. Then there’s the sheer logistics...

50+ WordPress site examples in 2020

When you’re searching for a little inspiration for your next WordPress site, the best place to find inspiration would be other WordPress sites! Whether you’re designing an eCommerce site for a new client or want to take a stab at a personal brand site for yourself, you’ll want to look at the best of the best for inspiration and get those creative juices...

6 ways to fix your mindset as a freelancer

Earlier this year, my freelance business felt stuck. It was doing well, but stressing me out, not making me happy, and I knew I was capable of so much more. I was anxiously waiting to be “ready” to take it full-time and quit my day job, but something felt off. What was missing? I tried to do a kind of audit of my business to figure...

SEO for beginners (+ an overview of Yoast SEO!)

If there was a theme for how 2020 has been, it’d be unpredictable. Try as you might, there are just things you can’t prepare for. However, when it comes to your website, you can prepare and optimize who can view your content. Specifically, Search Engine Optimization (or SEO for short) can help you hugely in the long run with getting more realistic...

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