Cyber attack update and how to protect yourself

This post is to alert you to the cyber attack that happened on Friday. The attack was worldwide and “The virus exploits a vulnerability in Microsoft Windows software, first identified by the US National Security Agency, experts have said.” Please continue reading no matter what system you run In general…

Don’t mention the P word!

Productivity. Ooops, there… I said it! QuickBooks is sharing productivity tips through an article and graphic in honour of Work Wise Week.  So here are some of my own… a little blog about the P word. For me, productivity starts the minute I wake up The morning, before we start work, is the ‘mise en place‘ to our day. If we don’t start out right, with a bit of personal prep, the day could land in a big mess. Certainly, our coping …

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Does your website need a cleanse?

I’m placing a bet on the fact that your website needs some attention. I know both of mine do! There is a lot to consider when the new year comes around. And one of them could be setting yourself up a plan to attend to your website. Like body cleanses are “the thing” to do in January, why not do a website cleanse? Or we can choose to not get caught up in the whole January thing and let leave this till February. …

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Your homepage content

The homepage is the first page of your website. Contrary to the old saying, “don’t judge a book by its cover”, Google (and other search engines) do indeed judge your website by it’s cover; the homepage. “But I want my homepage to be clean and sparse” I hear you say. Yes, that’s a lovely idea; clean design is always desirable. Clean design gets the thumbs up. Minimal words, thumbs down. Why is it a bad idea to have a minimal …

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Self promotion…OMG! Do I have to?!

The simple answer is yes. How else will your clients to find you? I know you’re thinking…”marketing…self promotion…what a drag.” So how can you change that round and become excited by the idea of marketing yourself, rather than dreading it? Get inspired!

Feel better about blogging – get a blogging buddy

OMG, Not the ‘B word’ I hear you say! Yes, the B word! I know you feel it is a nightmare. I know you question whether or not you have to do. And I certainly know you don’t want to blog, let alone say the B word. You wonder what on earth you’ll blog about. You wonder who on earth will read it. Quite frankly, it’s all too much to think about, let alone set into action. As a small …

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Why should I get a professional to create my website?

So, you might be sitting there thinking…”I know computers pretty well and WordPress is free…surely I can make my own site?” The answer…yes of course you can (you can do anything!) but can you imagine how long and painstaking it will be? You’re on a steep learning curve. You’re learning how to build a site for a one-off?! Doesn’t it make much more sense to invest your time in what you specialise in and to pay a website expert like …

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Choosing the right domain name

You’re excited about having your first website and you’ve called in The Webmistress to create a website for you. But what are you going to call it? How do you choose your domain name? Your domain name is part of your brand so it’s worth giving it some thought. It’s like your name – one of the ways you announce yourself to prospective clients.  As part of your verbal calling card it needs to glide smoothly off your tongue when you’re …

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Why WordPress? Why The Webmistress?

Why WordPress? We use WordPress to create and manage your website. We use it because it is: the most popular website platform today stylish and up-to-date easy for you to edit and update easily found by Search Engines, helping your site be seen by more of your prospective clients a great format for mobiles (iPhone, BlackBerry, Android etc), ensuring your site appears exactly the same as it would on a computer and blog integration into your site is seamless, which …

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