8 Ways to Deal with Irritating Clients


I’ll admit it. I have had a couple of clients over the years who just got on my nerves. It’s not their fault, and it’s not mine. We just didn’t work well together. By far the best way to deal with clients who aren’t a good fit is to let them go. But when you’re […]

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Think Before You Blog


I read the websites of a lot of virtual service providers, and there’s a problem I see cropping up again and again. Many of them don’t seem to know who their audience is. Here’s what it looks like from a reader perspective: The website promotes a business. It has a home page that talks about […]

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Time Spent Should Not Equal Money Earned

We would have been snowed in until June without that snowblower.

My snowblower quit running a couple of weeks ago. If you live in the great white north like I do, a dead snowblower means dreading the next snowfall, and hoping for light and fluffy rather than wet and heavy, so you have a prayer of clearing it with only a shovel and a strong back. […]

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Maxx, aka Maximum Dog

Yes, it’s that time of year isn’t it? The new year is all stretched out before us – a clean slate, if you will. Time to make BIG PLANS. I’ve never really done that before, but I had breakfast with my friend Kelly McCausey a few weeks ago, and hearing about her plans for the […]

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Reprint Dos and Don’ts – or, Why a Link is not Enough


A friend of mine posted a cool image on his blog recently. I asked where he found it, thinking maybe he had a lead on a royalty-free image resource I didn’t know about. His reply? “Oh, I just Googled what I was looking for.” Another woman, this time a client, patiently explained to me that […]

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Important Information About Choosing a Web Host

Choose Your Hosting Plan Wisely!

Ask nearly anyone how to choose a web host, and they’ll tell you to go with Hostgator (or some other equivalent) and their shared hosting plan. Unlimited bandwidth! Unlimited domains! Unlimited storage! Unfortunately, that shared hosting plan also comes with unlimited headaches. How Shared Hosting Works At first glance it looks like a pretty good […]

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Why I Recommend Aweber for Email Marketing


You have a lot of choices when it comes to listbuilding and email marketing. In the past I’ve worked with several different systems, including self-hosted options, membership scripts like DAP and Amember, hosted systems like Mail Chimp, Constant Contact, and Aweber. I’ve even had the opportunity to work with the truly robust Infusionsoft. And yet […]

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What’s Luck Got to do with It?


When I quit my day job and came home to work full time, the most common response I heard from my coworkers and friends was, “You’re so lucky.” As if I’d won the lottery. I’ve got news for you. Luck had nothing to do with it. I spent two years working 40+ hours per week […]

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Freelance Finances: How Not to Be Afraid of Your Bank Statement


Want to know the scariest thing about being self-employed? Your bank account statement. When I had a job I knew that on the first and the fifteenth of every month I would get a check. More importantly, I knew exactly how much that check would be. I’d take it to the bank, put it in […]

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The Why and How of Creating Redirects

Affiliate Link Redirect Image

Here’s a familiar scenario: You have a blog, and scattered throughout several hundred blog posts, you’ve made reference to books you’re reading, linking to them with your Amazon affiliate link. Suddenly, Amazon drops your state from its affiliate program. Now you have to spend hours reviewing every single blog post just to change those links […]

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