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5 Ways Small Business Owners Can Enjoy Summer When You Can’t Take a Vacation

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I’ve blogged here before about the importance of down time as a business owner, particularly a small, one person business owner like myself. While I will always encourage you to take those vacations, sometimes it just isn’t possible. For those of you who aren’t jumping for joy over the upcoming Memorial Day weekend and the. Read more. Business Tips

2017 67

What You Should Know About The “This Website is Not Secure” Message

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Business Tips Business Websites and Blogs WordPressIf you use the Chrome or Firefox browsers, you may have been alarmed by a new message that can be found in your browser address bar. Both browsers are now announcing that websites that do not have a security certificate, indicated by the [link] in the address, as not secure. But what exactly does that. Read more.

2017 48

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Virtual Assistant…10 Years Later

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social media, newsletters, website tasks, blogging, etc.) . Although I won’t celebrate my 10 th year of being a #girlboss until September of this year, January 2017 does mark an equally important point in my life as a female entrepreneur. It was 10 years ago, this month that I first stumbled across the term ‘virtual assistant ’.

2017 57

Email Isn’t Dead. Here’s Why You Should Be Using It to Market Your Business.

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A website or a blog. The business experts agree, when it comes to marketing, the most effective avenue you can use is email.

2016 58

When Is It Just Not Worth It? A Story of Failure.

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I’m going to warn you, this blog post is me being honest. That probably means it’s going to rub some people the wrong way. So be it. If it helps another person who is struggling with some of the same questions, it’s worth irritating a few others.

2015 70

My Experience as a Woman in WordPress

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Business Websites and Blogs Girly Girl Geek At a time when some women web designers are battling abuse by our male counterparts, I consider myself truly lucky that I personally haven’t dealt with it.

2014 51

Think Your Little Website Is Immune to Hackers? Think Again.

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Business Websites and Blogs As someone who provides ongoing WordPress Website Care and Maintenance, a few things have come to my attention in recent months. Business Tips Business Websites and Blogs Categories: Business Tips. The first is that there are three distinct types of WordPress website owners when it comes to security. And the second is that people mistakenly think hackers are only targeting big brands, […] ( Read more. ).

2014 45

Ten Small Business Trends You Need to Embrace in 2015

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So called experts claimed that blogging had died several years ago when Twitter and Facebook exploded in popularity. Blogs and other content marketing methods take their rightful place as king again in 2015. This week we will say goodbye to 2014 and welcome a new year.

2015 46

The Panama Papers Breach: Don’t Blame WordPress

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Last Thursday, WordFence revealed on their blog that the Mossack Fonseca data breach that resulted in the Panama Papers was possibly initiated via an outdated WordPress slider plugin. Business Tips Business Websites and Blogs Girly Girl GeekThey have since done an update regarding the breach as it relates to WordPress.

2016 31

WordPress: You Can’t Just Set it and Forget it

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Business Websites and Blogs. Business Tips Business Websites and Blogs Featured Installing Wordpress Maintenance Wordpress Wordpress Plugin Wordpress themes Categories: Business Tips. Featured Tags: Installing Wordpress Maintenance Wordpress Wordpress Plugin Wordpress themes Note: This post was already written when I began seeing reports about the brute force attacks on WordPress installations. I wrote a new post to address fears regarding the brute force attacks here.

2013 49

5 Ways to Give Your Business a Merrier Holiday Season

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If you’d rather do the holiday things yourself, let them free up your time by helping with blog posts, updating websites, or one of the over 75 ways to utilize a Virtual Professional in your business that can be found in my whitepaper, Business Specific Uses for Virtual Professionals. Hiring holiday help is a common practice around the holidays, particularly for retailers.

2016 25

Why Does This Geek Girl Use a Paper Planner?

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If you’ve been reading my blog or following me on social media for any length of time, you know that I’m a lover of technology. From my online tech services to reading my books on a Kindle , I love tech and tech gadgets.

Business Lesson of the Week: Standing out in the Crowd

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I advocate blogging for business , and that’s why you’re here reading Tips from T.Marie. Disclaimer: I know that I use virtual professionals (virtual assistants, virtual paralegals, etc.) as an example in a lot of my posts, like the one yesterday for example.

2011 65

The One Thing You Should Never Do as a Business Owner

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But before you write this blog post off as a sensationalized headline with fluff for filling, give me a few more minutes of your time. I purchased the managed WordPress hosting for my personal arts & crafts blog right along with my domain name.

2015 33

Wix, Squarespace, Muse & WordPress. Finding the Right Choice for Your Website.

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Some people have also complained about the Wix link structure for pages and blog posts. It should be noted that although Wix has integrated blog tools, they themselves use WordPress for the Wix blog , which probably speaks volumes for the Wix blog tools functionality.

2015 33

Google+, Is it Worth the Effort?

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Blogging & Social Media Featured Facebook g+ google online social networking social media web 2.0Google+ vs Facebook?

Let It Go or Risk Freezing Your Business to Death

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I started this blog post as a follow up to a prior post on second chances. Funny how some posts end up having a life of their own somehow. As I sat down to share a recent personal experience in my business, it dawned on me that it was pretty certain that I wasn’t the only small business owner who deals with it. Deals with what? Hanging on to things that are no longer working for us or our businesses. Click To Tweet.

2016 31

Yes, I’m a Virtual Assistant. No, I’m not Siri. I’m better.

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Articles and blog posts have been singing her praises, absolutely amazed at the way she answers their questions and requests. Blog assistance, e-book creation and website creation aren’t on her list of services either. artificial intelligence blog confusion human iphone siri virtual assistantAs if there wasn’t enough confusion out there regarding virtual assistants, along comes the iPhone 4S.

2011 52

The First Rule of Business Blogging

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Girly Girl Geek So you’ve read all about how great blogging is for business. The problem is, you’re website is old school html, so adding new content, never mind a blog, is a pain in the butt. Categories: Business Tips.

2014 23

Yes, Small Business Owners Can Take a Vacation

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Those blog posts not coming quite so easily? I’m writing this post from a gazebo at Acres of Wildlife Campground. Yes, I’m working from a campground in the Maine woods. I’ve been sleeping in a tent for the past three nights, working only from 9am to 12pm each day.

2015 33

My Search for Cloud Storage-Weighing the Options

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Featured Tags: Cloud Storage Dropbox Skydrive Storage Storage Services I’ve been meaning to write this blog post on my search for reliable cloud storage since mid-July. Categories: Business Tips.

2013 40

Why Big Business Has Customer Service All Wrong (and how small businesses can take advantage of it)

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This morning I read Seth Godin’s latest blog post entitled, Please Go Away in which he talks about the way most big businesses deal with customer service. I believe it’s because they ultimately fail to recognize what Seth Godin pointed out in his blog post.

Pretty Planning

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Since graduating in 2015, she has been working on finishing her memoir, which she hopes to publish soon and has now found a passion in blog writing. Marie Hilton’s blog post , she commented on the same thing. Conveniently enough, this leads me into the real point of this blog.)

2016 23

Think Your Website Isn’t that Important? Think Again.

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Business Websites and Blogs For VA's assistant business client paralegal paralegal services virtual virtual assistant website tonight your websiteHow important is your website to your service provider business?

2011 49

Is WordPress Secure…is it Safe?

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Business Tutoring Business Websites and Blogs FeaturedThose of you that have been reading here for awhile know that I’m a believer in building your business website on the WordPress framework (and strongly recommend the Headway theme). But articles like this one that I read this morning always prompt people to ask, “Is WordPress Safe…is it Secure?” ” My answer ? Yes, absolutely.

2012 43

How I Almost Committed SEO Suicide

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Related Posts: Blog SEO Made Easy. Business Websites and Blogs computing fix Headway michael martine (remarkablogger) rock star search engines seo Wordpress world wide webThat’s right. SEO suicide, right here on the Clerical Advantage website.

2011 46

Guest Posting 101: 5 Things Every Guest Poster Should Know

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She’s always stopping me during one of our weekly chats to say “That’s a blog post!” The Tips from T.Marie Blog has been around awhile. While other blogs consistently showcase guest bloggers, this one has remained mostly in one voice. The longer the blog exists; the more questions I get about guest posting. Those busy months when I run out of work day before I run out of work and the blog goes silent would be something of the past. READ THE BLOG.

Why You’re Not Getting What You’re Expecting

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Others may raise an eyebrow at my online technology services when they view my rates thinking that it can’t be that hard to create PowerPoint presentations, assist with business blogs, or help create information products.

2015 23

Guess What? Lack of Focus is a Good Thing

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That’s a blog post.” This is that blog post. The cause for our conversation was my latest personal project, a crafting blog called “ The Artful Geek Girl ”. They say ‘blog what you love’, thus the launch of the new crafty blog last week.

2015 23

Forget about Tax Day, Are You Ready for Mobilegeddon?

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Business Websites and Blogs Girly Girl Geek If you thought tax day was the only nail biting deadline in April, think again. Six days later on April 21 st the huge, much anticipated Google search update is rolling out.

2015 23

Why I ‘Cheated’ on Headway and What I Learned

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First, several months ago an online technology consulting client had me help make some tweaks to their blog that was built on the Genesis theme framework and the Metro child theme. Business Tips Business Websites and Blogs Featured WordPressSometimes even though you are totally sold on a product or service and use it exclusively you start to wonder if something new has come along in the interim and you’re missing out.

2016 18

What I Did This Summer: WordCamp Edition

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That meant less time for blogging, which also means I missed sharing some pretty cool stuff with you. From the “ Be a Customer Service Superstar with Customized WP-Admin ” to “ Triple A Blogging: How to Blog like a Semi-Pro ” every presentation I attended offered me new things to learn.

2015 23

3 Valid Reasons for Not Having a Website for Your Business

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Business Tips Business Websites and Blogs Marketing Your BizIn light of my recent post admonishing businesses for relying on Facebook as their online presence the title of this post may sound a bit strange. For those of you who thought I was being a bit harsh about the need for a website I decided to see if I could find any reasons at all not to have one for your business.

2016 18

It’s 2014, WordPress is NOT Just a Blogging Platform

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WordPress is a blog platform that has limited functionality. Categories: Girly Girl Geek I can’t believe that in 2014 there are still people out there using scare tactics to try to keep people from creating business websites with WordPress. And the number one scare tactic they use? I say “Hogwash”. These so called experts that are warning […] ( Read more. ). Girly Girl Geek

2014 18

Domain names, Hosting and WordPress…Oh My! (Part III)

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Related Posts: Blog SEO Made Easy. Business Websites and Blogs choosing web host cpanel domain names dreamhost go daddy hosting hosting companies hosting packages web web hosting web hosting companies web hosting services Wordpress wordpress hosting

Surprise! Your Customer Service Ain’t All That.

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I didn’t even mention newsletters, customer relationship management, online events and information or the biggie…business blogging. A recent article on Small Business Trends explains that although you may believe you and your business are providing excellent customer service, chances are your customers/clients aren’t exactly on the same page.

Is Your WordPress Website Secretly Harboring Malware?

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Business Websites and Blogs Girly Girl Geek Dealing with a malware injection on a WordPress website isn’t a picnic on the best of days. Dealing with one my first day after arriving in Maine ; after a 993 mile drive in a packed Ford Focus with my 6 foot 2 son and a ticked off cat?

2014 23

Where Should You Start Building Your Business Online?

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The best way to do this is to write a blog. Dont believe those folks that say blogging is dead, its alive, kicking and more important than ever. Not only does a blog give you somewhere to share what you know and help others, it provides fresh content to your website.

2014 23

Gain Their Loyalty. Stop Giving Them What They Want.

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Of course, many of them also came back a month or so later, but that’s for a different blog post. We all know that loyal clients, customers, readers, etc. are the bread and butter of whatever endeavor you happen to be embarking on.

2015 23

What You Can Learn from @Charter about Social Media

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