6 Vital Reasons to Comment on Other Blogs

By | Online Conversations | 82 Comments

Comments are the life-blood of a successful blog. The comment section of a blog reveals the level of communication between an author and his readers. It’s also one of the fundamental features that seems to make a blog stand out from regular websites. As much as I love receiving comments at Site Sketch 101, I also find great joy from leaving comments at other blogs. I find that not only am I able to connect…

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Fuel Your Drive With a Competition Mindset

By | Practical Business Strategies | 51 Comments

When I was in college, I had a job in data entry. My paycheck each week was based on how many fields I could fill with numbers and text. The faster I typed, the more I got paid. I was fortunate in that my best friend and then college roommate, Jeff, worked there with me. Having a friend there with me had a lot of great benefits. I had someone to talk to and help…

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21 Mind-Buzzing Photo Manipulations

By | Design Inspiration | 63 Comments

I love seeing the works of art that people are able to create in Photoshop. This post is a collection of just that type of artwork. The photos that you see below are stunning works of absolute creativity. Notice the water pouring out of the painting or the spilled coffee shaped like the continents. I’m confident that you’ll find something in this collection that will inspire you and motivate you. Be sure to let me…

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9 Eye-Catching Professional Free Fonts

By | User Interface | 63 Comments

If you’re like me you probably quickly got tired of the standard fonts that comes with Microsoft Windows. They have a great selection and a few of them are actually pretty neat but they get old fast. I constantly find myself seeing advertisements or book covers that leave me longing for the font that they used in it’s design. I’ve found 10 more fonts that I think are absolutely terrific and since I’ve always been…

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5 Free Amazing Hand-Sketched Icon Sets

By | User Interface | 53 Comments

It’s certainly no secret that I’m a huge fan of graphics and websites that look hand-sketched. I’ve designed this site to look that way with icons and backgrounds that support that look and feel. I’ve given you links to sketched fonts and I’ve also presented you with posts that portray beautiful, inspiring hand-sketched websites. I’m very thankful to say that I’ve received a lot of compliments on the design of Site Sketch 101. But the…

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10 Killer Ways to Boost Your Site’s Usability

By | User Interface | 34 Comments

Usability is the measure of how easy it is for a user who has never seen your site before to be able to navigate throughout its pages, to find information they’re looking for and to interact with its content. In the following list, I’m going to be providing you with some practical tips for dramatically enhancing your site’s simplicity. I’ll walk you step-by-step through the best ways to drastically increase the overall quality of your…

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How Easy is it to Navigate Your Site?

By | User Interface | 36 Comments

When most bloggers think of navigation they usually think of nothing more than the menu bar across the top of their blog. At this blog, however, this idea includes much more. When I use the term navigation I’m referring to the overall interaction that your user has with your site. Navigation is the measure of how easy it is for your users to find their way around your site and how easy it is for…

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What is Success and How do I get it?

By | Practical Business Strategies | 35 Comments

Although I don’t believe that the power of positive thinking is the cure all in life as Norman Vincent Peale might suggest, I do believe that your mindset or attitude does have a powerful impact on the outcome of your day-to-day activities. As long as you think you are going to be a mediocre blogger then that is what you are going to be. If you believe that you have the potential for greatness then…

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Introduction to Making Money on Your Site

By | Practical Business Strategies | 85 Comments

Blogging can be a very rewarding hobby. You get to enjoy the opportunity to express yourself on topics that you’re passionate about. You can grow as a person by studying for articles and learning to articulate your thoughts and ideas. One of my personal favorites is that you can get the satisfaction of knowing that you helped someone learn something or better themselves. I’m thrilled every time someone tells me that they took a principle…

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5 More Qualities of Successful Blogs

By | Practical Business Strategies | 39 Comments

In a recent article entitled 5 Irrefutable Qualities of Successful Blogs, I presented you with five of the most powerful blogging principles that you can use to transform your blog into a powerhouse of success. I opened that article with the following lines: “Do you want a blog that is highly successful? Do you want visitors to flock to your site, readers to leave comments, and advertisers to fill your wallet? I know that I…

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