How to Get More Comments on Your Blog

By | Online Conversations | 76 Comments

One of the things that I’m passionate about at Site Sketch 101 is being able to connect with real people. You’ll often here me refer to the blog here as an ongoing conversation. I like to think of it as a dialogue between myself and my readers. I don’t write articles here simply to gain recognition or just to make money. I don’t mind enjoying a little bit of either but that’s not the main…

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Organizing Your Way to Greater Success

By | Practical Business Strategies | 39 Comments

Organization is a powerful tool in the arsenal of a successful blogger. The ability to categorize files and information, manage your time effectively, and work in an uncluttered environment has a massive impact on your productivity. It allows you to get more done in a faster amount of time. It allows you to do better work and it even increases your ability to focus on a particular task as it reduces distractions. It also looks…

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Valp: Interview with a Creative Mastermind

By | Design Inspiration | 20 Comments

If you visit the about page of Valp’s website, Valp Now, you’ll find it opens with the following line: “Valp is Maciej Hajnrich. Graphic Designer, Illustrator and Art Director.” Valp is a self-taught freelance artist who has been working in the design industry for five years. He has created a style of art that is both unique and amazing. Valp has the ability to make color explode across an image like fireworks in the night…

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5 Irrefutable Qualities of Successful Blogs

By | Practical Business Strategies | 58 Comments

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 do! A few years ago blogging was a brand new art. People were wading through dark jungles of unknown territory trying to figure out what worked and what didn’t. Those first bloggers were pilgrims in a sense paving a way for the rest…

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Discussion: What Makes Blogs Successful?

By | Practical Business Strategies | 21 Comments

I’ve just finished writing two articles in which I identify and discuss what I believe are ten unmistakable qualities that the most successful blogs on the internet seem to possess. The first article entitled 5 Irrefutable Qualities of Successful Blogs will be published tomorrow and it’s follow up 5 More Qualities of Successful Blogs will be published one week from tomorrow. Before I share my observations, however, I want your feedback. I want to know…

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How To Super Charge Your WordPress Blog

By | WordPress Tips & Tricks | 29 Comments

Yesterday I added a plugin to Site Sketch 101 (which is powered by WordPress) that seemed to take this site from being able to load pages fast to being able to enter hyper time. Hyper Time is a term used in a Nickelodeon movie called Clockstoppers which meant that you were going so fast that everything else seemed as if it were standing still. As soon as I installed it I instant messaged a friend…

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Book Alert: 31 Days to Build a Better Blog

By | Practical Business Strategies | 49 Comments

I’m very stingy about the types of products that I review here on Site Sketch 101. I’m not willing to promote a product on here unless I am completely willing to place 100% of my credibility on the line with it. Having said that, let me share with you a book that I am reading right now that I believe every serious blogger should own. 31 Days to Build a Better Blog by Darren Rowse….

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Checking the Stats that Really Count

By | Traffic Generation | 27 Comments

Let me start this post off with a warning. Far too many bloggers spend way too much time looking at their website’s statistics. Although it’s great to know where your site is at in terms of visitors, subscribers and comments, checking these too often can take away from other important aspects of your website like creating awesome content or promoting your site to the rest of the internet. As you study through this post I…

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10 Amazingly Beautiful Free Sketch Fonts

By | User Interface | 54 Comments

As you’ve probably already noticed, I’m a huge fan of site designs that look like they were sketched at the hand of an artist with a pencil or paintbrush. Just take a moment to look around at the layout of Site Sketch 101 and you will see what I’m talking about. I love using rich textures and colors with hand-drawn fonts. If you are interested in going down the textured, hand-drawn look then these are…

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