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10 Free Marketing Tools

10 Free Marketing Tools

Don’t miss out on this post – you’ll regret it for sure! Not all marketing tools are obvious, so I am making them available for everyone to see! These ten marketing tools will definitely make you look like a pro! If you have a WordPress website this will be a breeze!

  1. Customized Girl
    • Create & design any branded product from t-shirts to pet apparel. When your item sells you’ll be rewarded with up to 30% of the sale price. This is a perfect solution for any company with a large amount of brand followers.
  2. Free Invoice Generator
    • Look even more professional with a great looking invoice. Your customers will appreciate the quality and if you choose to do so, they can even pay you through Paypal.
  3. Free Logo Makers
    1. Piece Together A Professional Logo
    2. Choose From Over 1000 Different Custom Logos
      • Depending on your preferences and creativity skills these are two great options to explore when you are in search for a customized logo.
  4. Canva
    • Design professionally with Canva online studio. Look like a pro when you need a eye catching social media post, advertisement & event a proposal- they have it all!
  5. Free Backlink Generator
    • Backlinks are the blood of SEO, without them your SEO would be a pitiful puddle of hard work. With backlinks your websites content is stronger and ranked higher because of the amount of links pointing to your content.
  6. Mailchimp
    • If you have existing customer contact info, this email marketing platform will make the best out of it. You can create engaging campaigns and track their individual metrics. So now it is easy to not only engage your audience, but you can gain knowledge of what works and what doesn’t.
  7. WP Yoast Plugin
    • Just download, install, activate and run the set-up wizard! Easy-pee-z! All your SEO tools in one place!
  8. WP Optimize Plugin
    • SEO is so much more dynamic than Google ranking. With this WordPress plugin you’ll be able to clean out old versions of your website and create a table of contents to be easily read by any search engine.
  9. WP Fastest Cache Plugin
    • With this WordPress plugin you’ll be speeding up your WordPress site by cleaning out your cache files of outdated versions of your site. This is a crucial tool in your SEO rank score.
  10. WP Jetpack Plugin
    • This WordPress plugin is jammed pack with marketing tools to help you save time. The feature I like the most is the social media connects. With this feature you can automatically publish your post on all of your social media accounts at once.

Trackbacks & Pingbacks: Good or Bad? Are They Worth having?

 

Trackbacks & Pingbacks: Good or Bad? Are They Worth having?

     For as long as I can remember, there has been controversy on whether or not trackbacks and pingbacks are good or bad. Let’s first get a general idea on what both these terms mean. 

Trackback

     A trackback is an automatic notification produced by another WordPress blog owner. This other WP blog owner wants your attention, they have written something that you may be interested in reading.

Pingback

     Now pay attention. Trackbacks and pingbacks are very similar, but not identical. Fortunately they only differ in a few ways: Trackbacks can be assembled, sent manually and create a tiny blurb of your post. However a pingback is sent automatically when either of the following happen:

  1. You link to someone else’s site
  2. Someone else links to your blog and then they don’t send over any content excerpts

     Basically, all you have to do to simulate a pingback is to include a link to the blog that you want attention from.

Pros & Cons of Having Trackbacks Enabled On Your WordPress site

Trackback Pros

  1. Silent Form of Networking
    • A trackback silently communicates between you and a potential audience you never knew you had. This is good in the sense that you don’t have to have networking skills in order to get the right audience reading your content.
  2.      Generate Traffic
    • With a trackback you could potentially share another blog’s readers.Because your link is submitted on another persons site in the comment section, it is possible that your link can be viewed by numerous people interested in your content as well.
  3.      Renders Bad SEO Tactics
    • When someone steals your content and publishes it as their own, you automatically are notified with a trackback.

Trackback Cons

  1. Increased Spam
    • Since the inception of the trackback, spammers have used and abused this form of communication between blog sites.
  2. Waste Of Time
    • You have to check the comments area on your WordPress dashboard thoroughly and often. It’s a big pain in the rear, because the unapproved comments will not contain 100% good content and visa versa. Therefor, you must go through each comment and inspect its authenticity.
  3. Unwanted By Majority  
    • Because trackbacks have been a nuance for many blog sites, blogs with high traffic usually disable trackbacks.
  4. Not Taken Seriously
    • Trackbacks are inferior to pingbacks because pingbacks are harder to fake. That’s right, trackbacks (more often than not) are littered with spamming content.

Pros & Cons Of Having Pingbacks Enabled On Your WordPress Site

Pingback Pros

  1. Taken seriously
    • Pingbacks are commonly authentic, content wise. Whereas trackbacks tend to be counterfiet more times than not.
  2. Connect with relevant blogs
    • As said earlier, trackbacks and pingbacks are very similar in the way that they are created. However, pingbacks are generally more relative to the receiver of that pingback- So obviously the receiver would be more inclined to accept it.
  3. Supports a healthy SEO
    • The pingback is created by a no follow link in another bloggers site, therefore you gain a few sprinkles of SEO magic!
  4. Supports increased traffic and readers
    • Again, just like a trackback you can potentially reach the existing readers of your pingbacked site.

Pingback Cons

  1. Increased Spam
    • There is still the potential of incoming spam, but diversely less than what a trackback would generate.
  2. You will have to review and clean them up manually
    • There is no escaping the manual review and clean up of your pingback content.
  3. Most bloggers don’t even acknowledge them
    • It doesn’t matter either way; you can spend the time creating a trackback or a pingback, just don’t expect too much from your efforts.

Are Trackbacks & Pingbacks Worth Your Time?

    Because these two communication/networking elements are easily used and abused by spammers, I can’t say that i am a supporter of either one. I don’t appreciate things that waste more of my time and get me absolutely nowhere. You can invest your time much more wisely with more effective SEO tactics. So don’t waste your time and disable trackbacks and pingbacks now.

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Our Services: Advertising, Blog Design, Email Marketing, Event Planning, Forum Design, Google Analytics, Logo Design, Promotional Merchandise Design, Promotional Print Design, Search Engine Optimization, Social Media Marketing, Technical & Design Support, Videography, WordPress Website Development & Design.

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     My Girl Friday 805 Website Design & More is a budget friendly, full service internet marketing company based in Ventura, CA. We work with local businesses, international clients, and are specialists in the field of advertising, blog design, event planning, email marketing, forum design, google analytics, logo design, promotional merchandise design, promotional print design, search engine optimization (SEO), social media management, technical support, videography and WordPress website development & design.

We don’t just build a great website for your business, we also build it in mind for your customers.

  1. Over 90% of people searching the web are on mobile devices. We build your website on a desktop friendly platform and a mobile friendly platform. So no matter who is looking at your site , all they see is a beautifully organized website.
  2. Another thing that sets apart from all the other website design companies is that we employ search engine optimization tactics to the max. There is no other website design company that will do this. Most website design companies do not even know the first thing about search engine optimization. With My Girl Friday 805  Website Design & More you get a serious bargain, you’ll save thousands of dollars using us.
  3. Lastly, all customer traffic to your website is completely tracked using Google Analytics. Google analytics can track demographic information about your customers. Thus, you will gain valuable information about your customers to use on other marketing tools.

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Marketing | Small Business Born Because I Found A Wallet

Ventura Website Design

2015 was the year I graduated from California State University Channel Islands  (CSUCI). “Finding a job will be a breeze!” However, the truth would soon prevail. I took quite an undertaking trying to find employment that would suite me and my needs. Months go by and still nothing. Meanwhile, my dog Marley and I are volunteering at a local retirement home in Ventura, CA.

And then…

One day Marley and I were walking to our job. Marley loves to play in the leaves! She was jumping and making all the piles of leaves explode. Then I spot something. I get closer and realize it is a wallet. All of its contents had fallen out and scattered from all of Marley’s joyous jumping.

To keep it, or not to keep it…

After 30 minutes of scouring the area, I find a total of $300 in cash, 5 credit cards, AAA member card, AARP member card and a drivers license that read “Sal.” He lived in Ventura, CA too. He was nearly 90-years-old and this wallet is loaded with a small fortune. I thought to myself, “I better get this back to him as soon as possible!”

I rushed home…

Sal had a small sized card tucked in his wallet with a few names and phone numbers. Remember, I had his I.D. and just a few first names and phone numbers to the side of them. I called all 5 numbers and only one person answered. The man on the other end of the line was very careless of the situation, and come to find out I was speaking to Sal’s oldest son. Who would have known?

A few hours later…

I finally get in touch with Sal, who is hard of hearing, talking on a flip-phone on a bicycle. He couldn’t hear me give him my address- so I told him I would text him. Old people understand technology, like young people understand Morris Code.

I finally meet Sal…

A bright yellow & neon green man pulls up on a bicycle. I run out and handed him his wallet. He tells me that he must’ve lost his wallet earlier today when he was riding his bicycle to the Kimball Community Pool. Which made sense to me because of where I had found it.

Then things got weird…

He asked me if I wanted a reward, and I refused. I started walking towards the house and he shouts something and hands me all of the cash inside the wallet. I laughed and said, “I don’t need money, I need a job.” Then headed inside.

A few hours later…

You know that feeling when you just know someone is going to call you? I had this exact feeling for the whole rest of the day. I was in the kitchen cooking dinner when my phone rings. I answer it and Sal says, “Meet Chuck at Antiques Adventures 10:00 AM. Bring your resume.” “…okay!”

Things get even more weird…

The next morning I woke up chipper. I couldn’t believe the recent turn of events. When I walk into Antique Adventures, I feel instantly in love. It is an antique mall! “I love antiques! I’m going to spend all my paychecks here.” I also see a lot of potential marketing that can be done. The weird part of this story was that no one knew who Sal was. Nor did they know how Sal knew that they needed my marketing services. So I got the job and I went straight to work.

The creative Juices started to flow…

Here are the marketing tools I used:

  1. YouTube (The Antique Adventures Show): This YouTube channel showcased each vendor of the antique mall and their booth. These vendors went all out in decorating their space. Walking around this antique mall was not just like walking around a museum, but also like walking around a competition for interior designers. Customers of Antique Adventures would often pose for pictures in vendor booths.
    1. Videography Service
  2. Instagram & Facebook: This was a platform for many beautiful & silly photos taken at Antique Adventures. Likes & Followers were not hard to find. Within a week of starting the feeds on our social media platforms, we gained over 1600 Followers and a total of 100+ Likes. As the Marketing Specialist and Website Designer, I also used this marketing tool to engage our growing audience and to gain traffic on the floor.
    1. Social Media Management 
  3. SEO & WordPress Install (AntiqueAdventuresLLC.com): With this marketing tool, many others tagged along with it. WordPress is by the best website platform to build on. Not only did I design the site, I packed it full of SEO tools. SEO is the best marketing tool. It is also the slowest marketing tool.
    1. Search Engine Optimization
    2. WordPress Website Development & Design
  4. Event Planning (Memorial Day Weekend & 4TH of July): This was the best part of my job. I had finally convinced the President and the General Manager to throw a party! (of sorts.) We racked in over 30k in just 2 weeks and that didn’t even include the 80 vendor rents.
    1. Event Planning
  5. Email Marketing: Antique Adventures, a mall composed of 80 vendor booths and a small personal collection of antiques being sold by the owner- had a massive marketing tool staring them in the face. People. Not just any people, 80 people who also have feverish intentions for the antique mall to thrive. The vendors. 80 vendors. It is said that each person on  this planet has an average of 100 network connections. 80 vendors x 100 network connections= 8,000 strong, organic “Buzz.” That is what marketing is. Marketing is just “buzz.” A whole bunch of people communicating in various ways- about your company.
    1. Email Marketing 
  6. Promotional Merchandise Design: Antique Adventures gained quite a fan base. So, naturally we wanted to capitalize on that. I created and produced promotional merchandise branding the antique mall with all its glory. When people would purchase furniture or were interested, we would provide them with a tape measure that had our logo and phone number on it. Soon after “Free Stuff” was advertised on our favorite advertising platforms- customers would ask us about our tape measures as they were checking out. A few more things were designed and sold at the antique mall: T-shirts, Brochures, Mugs, Bottled Soda, Old-Fashioned Candy and a Photo Booth.
    1. Promotional Merchandise Design
    2. Promotional Print Design
  7. Logo Design: Chuck Ackerman used his Great Grandfather’s photo  to represent what he envisioned his antique mall to feel like. An old-fashioned adventure that the whole family can enjoy.
    1. Logo Design

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2017 Website Design Statistics

 

2017 Website Design Statistics

In the “olden” days, it was much harder to design a website than it is now. We have too many site-builders ready to take your money along with your hopeful optimism. However, a website’s design does not make it successful all by itself. Optimizing your website is still something that needs to be handled by a professional. And you are not alone, marketers struggle constantly trying to make their websites more profitable. Here are a few statistics along with a few tips & tricks on  how to make your website more profitable.

  1. Always use a WordPress install platform.
  2. Always use a responsive & flexible theme.
  3. 39% of people will leave a website if the page does not load or takes too long to load.
    1. Solution: Use WP Plugins.
      1. WP Fastest Cache
      2. EWWW Image Optimizer
      3. WP-Optimize
  4. 38% of people search the web on a tablet. 78% search the web using their cellphones or smartphones. Mobile devices like these have been accounted for every 2 of 3 minutes spent online.
    1. Solution A: Use Responsive & Flexible Themes.
      1. Enfold
    2. Solution B: Use WP Plugins.
      1. Jetpack by WordPress.com
      2. WP Touch
      3. Child Theme Configurator
      4. Page Builder by SiteOrigin
  5. 51% of people visiting a company website want to see a “Contact Page.”
  6. 38% of website users will leave a website if the content and or layout is unattractive.