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Starting A Blog

Most people at some time or other consider making a blog. Either they have a topic they are passionate about, want to make money, or need to promote a business, service or themselves. It is actually an easy question to answer. Just check these basic criteria against your topic or blog idea. Trust me, it is better to think about this now and not two years and thousands of hours or work down the road, when you have nothing to show for it.

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articles i thought you might like that you may have missed, in no particular order

How to Tell a Client No

As a designer you must posses this skill, and yes, it is a skill. It can be one of the hardest things to do if you are not a very assertive person. Yet it is a vital part of becoming…

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Why ExpressionEngine is the Best CMS for Web Designers

Many web designers come to the realization that they need to be able to build more than just static web pages. Some may look for a web developer partner, others look to become developers themselves, but most turn to a…

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Tips for Landing Your First Design Job

Landing your first design job is always the hardest. Here are a few pieces of advice for students and people looking to get into the field for the first time.

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Friday Funhouse: Inspiration from Around the Web #1

So instead of publishing a post on Fridays, I've decided to create a collection of useful links, videos and other fun stuff to inspire, from around the web. This includes a broad array of content: some lighthearted and fun, some inspirational, and some being useful tidbits of information.

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10 Reasons Why List Posts are Hurting Your Blog

OK, I don’t have 10 reasons, just a couple good ones, and no they aren’t in list form. Every blog has them. They are the quick filler posts that allow you to keep content churned out on a daily basis. But what is good for you is not necessarily good for your readers and here is why.

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Why Your Designer Hates You

When you are used to running your own business you make all the decisions. But if you want your designer to do their best work, they have to own the project. That is, they must have some personal stake in it, a sense of pride and responsibility. To do this they must be your partner in the project.

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Promote a New Blog, Where and How

No matter how amazing your content, within the first month to first couple months of your blogs existence, it will be very hard to get traffic. People do not just randomly stumble upon websites, so you need to find ways to get your work in front of some eyeballs other than your own.

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Who Came First - The Content or the Design

How to begin a web project is always up for debate. After the initial meetings are done and a price has been agreed upon, it often comes down to the designer to start things off. And designers tend to do what they do best, design. So already the project is starting on a rocky foundation. Why? Because content is king and and any design that is created before the written content cannot be a total success. Yet you cannot start writing content without knowing a few things first. So which is it?

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Best SEO Resources for Beginners

Search Engine Optimization is actually pretty straight forward but it is ever-changing and there are some outdated resources online. Here are the best ones to quickly get up to speed with SEO.

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My Guest Post at Freelance Switch

This week I had a guest post over at Freelance Switch about dealing with client written content as a web designer. Go give it a read, let me know what you think.

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Couchable is a web design blog created by me, Tyler Herman. There are a lot of design blogs out there so I try to cover the important topics I'd want to read about, such as: improving your designs, dealing with clients, finding better work, and making more money. I've also been focusing a lot lately on content management systems and internet marketing.