Feedburner Emails Just Got Better

By | Traffic Generation | 12 Comments

About a week ago Darren Rowse from Problogger.net wrote a public letter to Feedburner where he asked them to step it up a notch. In that letter he asked them to allow us more customization options for our emails that get sent out through their service. His number one complaint was that the subject line of every single email that is sent to our subscribers is always the name of your site…nothing more and nothing…

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Abduzeedo: Wisdom from an Artistic Genius

By | Design Inspiration | 10 Comments

For those of you who are not already familiar with Fabio Sasso, you are missing out. Fabio Sasso is an amazing graphic design artist. His site, Abduzeedo, is filled with highlights of his work and tutorials so that you can replicate some of his designs in Adobe photoshop. His work is definitely top-notch and I’m really excited that he agreed to do this interview with us. So without further ado, here is Fabio Sasso. Tell…

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5 Vital Reasons to Use List Posts

By | The Written Word | 15 Comments

One of the very first posts that I published on Site Sketch 101 was titled “14 Ways to Increase Your Blog Traffic.” Within days that article had received dozens of twits and quickly began to rise in page hits. I felt that it was quite successful considering the fact that this site was only days old when it was published and that I had very few followers and subscribers at that point. In that article…

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4 Useful Things You Could Do Tomorrow

By | Practical Business Strategies | 29 Comments

Let’s face it, there are a lot of things that each of us could do to increase our productivity and maximize our effectiveness in life, for our spouses, for our employers, and for our websites and blogs. The following are four very practical and useful things that could be done to help us accomplish those goals. Each of these four tips will help you as you develop your skills as a blogger or webmaster. Think…

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The 11 Most Beautiful Free WordPress Themes

By | User Interface | 56 Comments

WordPress is one of the most powerful blogging platforms available today, and it’s very easy to use. It has widgets and plugins for almost everything that you can think of, and, best of all, there is a huge community of designers who are constantly creating and updating free WordPress themes and plugins. This post is a collection of 11 of the most beautiful WordPress themes that you can download and start using without cost. I…

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9 Amazing Hand-Sketched Websites

By | Design Inspiration | 23 Comments

Here is a collection of amazing hand drawn websites. The art displayed in these websites is absolutely terrific. I’m a huge fan of making a strong use of texture based artwork. The textures and colors in these websites are great. Bold colors. Original designs. Excellent work here. I hope that each of you will take a moment to check these sites out and leave some feedback of your observations in the comments section of this…

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Analyze Your Site with Website Grader

By | Search Engine Optimization | 18 Comments

In a recent post, Keyword Ranking for Dummies, I explained how keyword rank works in search engines like Google and Yahoo and why it is important to try to rank high in their listings. I also referenced a great tool that can instantly check your keyword ranking across several major search engine platforms. For information about that be sure to check out that article, Keyword Ranking for Dummies. In the comments section of that article…

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5 Websites That Look Divinely Inspirational

By | Design Inspiration | 19 Comments

I’ve said this before and if you spend much time around this blog then you will undoubtedly hear me reiterate this very important aspect to web design. That very important aspect is that we must always be looking at the work of those around us in order that we can learn from them and draw inspiration from their work. Every day I look for new sites to draw inspiration from. I can learn something from…

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A Simple Fix to Improve Your Google Rank

By | Search Engine Optimization | 39 Comments

This one piece of advice is extremely important for every blogger and every website developer alike. Every website should take care of this one item as soon as they launch the site yet very few actually do. So what is it that every site needs but most don’t have? The answer to that is simple: a redirect that adds www to any address on your site that doesn’t already have it. I know. I know….

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Grunge Serifia Font

By | User Interface | 9 Comments

I’m personally a big fan of grunge layouts. Now don’t mistake me on this. I don’t like dark, dirty grunge. I like bright textures like you find here on Site Sketch 101. This font would be perfect when combined with some soft textures and strong colors. This is a font that was modified from font Serifa Black. This is a free font so download it and use it in any way that you would like….

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