Getting the Best Web Designer

When it comes to running an online business or blog, you can’t skimp on the design of your site. Face it – if the site is hard to navigate, not laid out well, unattractive to look at, nobody is going to stay on the site if the user interface and reader experience are crappy, no matter how good the content is.

Today I will share some tips on how to find a web designer that will maximize the potential of your site so you aren’t losing any readers or possible customers who are turned off by an ugly site.

Hiring a Web Designer

I am lucky to have a number of contacts who work in this field, and was able to pick the brain of a colleague who is a web design Gainesville FL expert. He said that the first thing that you should do is scour the web for companies that perform these kinds of services, as well as ask family, friends, and colleagues who have used this kind of work before. Word of mouth is a very strong referral, and you can get first-hand knowledge from a trusted person who has had experience with a certain company.

You should cast a wide-net and consider many different companies, and then narrow it down to a short list of potential candidates. Don’t just pick one company and go with them, you want to make sure you are doing your due diligence and have multiple viewpoints, expertise, and price ranges to choose from.

After you have a handful of “short list” companies, you should interview them. The biggest thing that you should ask for is a portfolio of past work that they’ve done. Take a look at what they have done for others and see what the work looks like. Do they make attractive sites? Are they well laid out, easy to navigate with a nice user interface? Have they done work in the past that would translate well to the site you are building?

Another thing that you should do is ask for references. See if you can be put in touch with some of their past clients so you can find out from them about how their experience was. Were they easy to work with? Did they deliver the project on time and on budget? Were they attentive to the task at hand, or did they need to be prodded along to keep getting the work done?

After you have these questions answered, you should take a look at the pricing and compare it between the different companies. The pricing structure can be laid out in many ways, so make sure that you know every detail and what you are paying for. Basically, what is in the scope of work. Do they offer ongoing support after the project is complete? Are they nickel and diming you or do they offer a full, comprehensive package? Make sure you know what you are getting so there are no surprises.

Armed with all the above information, you can select your web design company. Go with the one that best fits all of the above and you feel most comfortable with. I hope these tips have helped – good luck in your search!

For a related topic, take a look at my interview with a friend in SEO here.

Looking for SEO in Greenville SC?

Well, my last update had me speaking of the talents up in Minnesota!  Moving to warmer climates, I’m continuing my quest to showcase the best talents in SEO, I am now proud to announce yet another new acquaintance.  Check out SEO Greenville SC if you are in that area and looking for someone locally.  This company is owned by Justin, an Entrepreneur from the area.

Why Hiring an SEO Agency in Greenville can Boost Your Business

A lot of people think that SEO is dead today. The reality is far different. SEO is far, far away from being dead. It is only evolving with time. Many big companies even today use SEO to stay on the top of the list so there is no doubt that SEO is alive and well and more important than ever.

Link building
Link building is a powerful part of today’s SEO formula.

If you’re a business and you still need reasons to invest in SEO, read below and learn why it is the most important part of your business plan.

SEO still works the way it used to work

If you’re thinking times have made SEO disappear than you are wrong. SEO is alive and well. The only difference from then and now is that techniques have changed. SEO has evolved into something bigger and now is more important than ever. SEO is infact the only way you can tell Google and visitors that you are a business somewhere in the world.

SEO is very cost effective investment

SEO is one of those risk free investments that will always give you something back in return. Even years from now, the SEO you get on your website will live and keep providing you back the money you spent in the first place.

Search engines are the primary place where website traffic comes from. And the only way you’re going to get them to like your website is to do proper SEO. SEO will make sure that your website is optimized just the way search engines like it. When search engines start liking your site, you’ll be getting more and more of the return.

SEO is now extending beyond desktop

In a time where there were no smart devices, SEO was only limited to desktop versions of a website. Now a website has two versions, one for the desktop and the other for smart devices. Thankfully SEO has evolved to cater mobile market as well. The modern SEO deals a lot with smart phones and portable version of your website.

SEO is perhaps the biggest overlooked marketing strategy to attract more people by businesses today. They are willing to spend thousands on advertisement but no one looks at SEO. You should be more aware of how much more important SEO is in the long term. Without having it implemented in your strategy, you will be forever bound to pay for advertisement and get back nothing organically.

Tom Johnston Franchise Search Engine Marketing

So as you know, I’ve been making the rounds of interviewing many search engine marketing companies. My thirst for knowledge has taken me to this Omaha marketer, this one from Myrtle Beach, and of course, how could we forget about Micah from Dallas?  I’ve really made rounds to highlight the “who’s who” in search engine optimization lately, and it’s put me in front of many good minds.  I’m honestly soaking up all this information and taking it all in.  Exciting times over here at Net Mesh.

Today, I have the pleasure to tell you about someone who does “Franchise SEO.”

I had the chance to get up to speed on what Tom Johnston Franchise Search Engine Marketing is doing, and it’s a pretty darn good concept he has there.

So, the main take away here that Tom Johnston’s SEO firm does is that they will do it all for you.  They will do your search engine marketing for you, and that includes:

  • on page seo
  • link building
  • citations
  • map optimization
  • website conversion optimization

When you own a franchise, you need to get the word out about your business.  Tom can take your franchise and do it for the entire organization, which makes your website a “behemoth” because it really optimizes everything for the entire organization.  He does this for the localized terms.  So let’s just say you are a “plumber.”  You want to let everyone know that you are a plumber in Miami, and you service the surrounding areas.

This is something that any company offering franchise opportunities should look into.  Nobody uses a Yellow Pages anymore, let’s face it.  They turn to Google, Yahoo, or even Bing or YouTube.  They plug in the desired field (whether that be A/C repair, plumbing, roofing, or any other vertical), and the area that they are in.

I do searches like this all the time.  If I’m looking for something, I go to Google.  If you are looking to hear more about this opportunity, please follow the link to Tom’s website at the top of this article.  His website is very well put together and there are numerous ways you can contact him.

As you all know, I’m far from done about learning the art of optimizing websites.  I’ll continue to hit the pavement daily until I learn it all, from the best minds on the planet in this space!



Continued Interview Series With Omaha SEO Expert Richie Richardson

As you all know, I’m looking to take Net Mesh into new heights this year.  My goal is to make it one of the top trafficked Internet marketing news blogs in the world.  I have huge plans for it, so in advance of this quest I’m talking to as many SEO experts that I can possibly grab some time with.  You may have read that (many times over) in fact, and you can see my talks with Chris Walker, a company based in the UK called Gorilla Marketing, and even Micah Laughmiller out of Dallas.  Talking to so many experts in the field of search engine marketing has really helped me gain unfair advantages when it comes to how I’m going to make a run at being the best blog out there on my topic.

Today I found a very interesting person to converse with.  His name is Richie Richardson, and he hails from Omaha, Nebraska.  You may not think many SEO’s come from Omaha, but let’s face it, in the world of digital marketing, people can live and work from anywhere.  That’s just the beauty of the business of working online.  Gone are the days when most people get up, get all primed and proper, and get to work, sometimes with public transportation, and stay in the Ivory Tower all day long or working retail, standing on their feet all day.  Cyberspace has opened up an entirely new ball game and it’s here to stay.  The Internet is the best invention since sliced bread, in fact.  (That’s a fact, Jack.)

Online Marketing

What I liked about Richie is he puts all his cards on the table. He does affiliate SEO and ranks his own sites and banks on them daily.  Affiliate marketing allows people like Richie to make sales of products they don’t have to fulfill.  This is passive income at it’s finest.  When Richie decided that he had time to help others do what he does best, he decided to open up his Omaha SEO agency to clients, since he had so much free time to help people.

In fact, he is so sure of his service that he guarantees a top page ranking for your website.  Not anyone else I’ve spoke to can offer such a guarantee.  For that reason, I’m going to keep speaking with him and see what he can do for my site.  Never know, there could be some serious opportunities for my blog if I can get on page one for keywords like “Internet Marketing blog.”

Continued Topic : My Interaction With a SEO Myrtle Beach SC

If you’ve followed along lately, you know that SEO (which is short for search engine optimization) is a topic I’ve had on my mind quite a bit.  It’s the art of gaining organic search engine traffic, and it’s truly just that – an art form.  Today I share with you another impressive company I’ve come across.  This time, they are located in South Carolina. So, today I share with you my SEO Myrtle Beach SC contact and will share with you a few of the things his company can do for you.

You may have read about SEO’s in other updates.  My last blog update spoke about an SEO from Houston.  A prior update spoke of another Texan, but this time in the Dallas / Fort Worth area.  You can read that update right here.  I’ve even talked to one from the UK.  Read that here.

Okay, so enough of my back story!  Let’s get right to who impressed me in a recent teleconference about SEO methodologies.

Meet Chris Walker of SuperStarSEO in Myrtle Beach SC

superstar SEO

When I reached out to Chris to learn more about him, I was immediately impressed with his clean, vibrant website.  I was happy to learn that he’s been in the IT industry dating back over ten years.  He began his SEO career in 2013 and also knows a variety of Internet Marketing methods.  His communication with me clearly showed that he’s capable of the claims he makes on his website.  He can help your business reach it’s full potential by offering PPC, SEO, Social Media, Reputation Management, and development of mobile applications.  His company “turns clients into superstars.”

His company may be located in South Carolina, but it can help you no matter where you are physically located.  The beauty of internet marketing is that the services and reach are global.

When you speak with many Search Engine Marketing companies, like I do, you get to hear a lot of the same stuff.  “We will rank your website.”  (Isn’t that the point?)  The thing I liked about SuperStarSEO is that they have accolades like being members of the Myrtle Beach Chamber of Commerce.  That’s always a nice thing to be, knowing that you are dealing with someone who is in the public spotlight and not just some persona hiding behind their computer.  Being out there, and accountable, goes a long way with me.  Things like this led me to share with you my conversation with Chris, and to give him my full recommendation of someone who is “in the know” in the SEO community.

Guys and gals, I recommend SuperStarsEO with my full confidence.  It’s amazing what reaching out to people can do to help expand your network.  Take the time today to reach out to someone new, and build your network.  (Even if it’s on say LinkedIN or something like that.)

The Best Houston SEO I’ve Met

So as you guys know from my past blog updates, I’ve been talking to many people in the SEO space.  I talked about how I met Gorilla Marketing, which was very enlightening, as well as Micah, who was a Dallas SEO expert.  I really am thirsting for knowledge on the topic of growing my following here at Net Mesh, so I’m stopping at nothing to find out who knows their stuff, who can help me, and who I just should ignore.

What I’ve done lately is search for experts in certain cities.  A search for Houston SEO led me to today’s update, and I couldn’t be more excited to share it with you.  The company I was most impressed with is called Real Marketing Results, and the owner, Jamie Boudreaux, was very knowledgeable about everything marketing related.  When you are new to a concept, like I am, you need someone who can dumb down the talk and put all this industry terminology in simple terms.

Entertaining video, but I don’t do business with stoners!

That’s exactly what Jamie did.  You’ll find out first hand when you see the gorgeous website they offer, and all of the 100% FREE seo information that they have on the subsequent pages.  I found myself immersed in information that led me to spend a lot of time on the website.  Almost like a stalker.   (Or more like an information sponge, more like it.)

However, it didn’t end there.  When I was able to connect on the phone, that’s where the real educating went down.

Digital Marketing Services in Houston

This is perhaps what set them apart from other guys in the digital marketing field in Houston – they offer so much more than just SEO and traffic generation.  They offer web design, and looking at their site, if they can deliver anything nearly as brilliant as their site, you’ll get a site that is super clean looking and professionally done.  It’s really a game changer as your website is your companies business card.  Let’s face it, a bad website will turn me off, and a good one will turn me on to doing business with someone.  That’s just me, but I know I’m not alone in thinking that.

They also offer the services of a virtual assistant, and let’s face it, we could all use one of those. I  know I’m looking to expand my team and grow this blog into something more special, so having some dependable people on my team is obviously a clear goal I need to work on.

I’ll be updating everyone on things as I progress with my SEO efforts.  Hopefully I can report some good wins soon.  In the mean time, I’m going to be interviewing many people along the way.  Hopefully I do as well as I did here in Houston with finding the great guys at Real Results Marketing.

Winners Secret Sauce: Persistence

Everyday startup business owners face management challenges of both small and large consequences. Your bankers are maybe reviewing your loan application or line of credit, or a competitor may unexpectedly trump your unique selling proposition with a new product a bit too similar to yours for comfort.  Some business days are roller coasters of emotions up and down in quick succession.  These type of tough times call for tough leaders and persistence, against seeming failure or defeat, separates the winners in both business and life from all-time losers.

One of my all-time favorite business success quotes is from our President Calvin Coolidge. This quote is framed above my desk with a note from my mother “to a persistent lady.” She knew that some days I need extra motivation to keep keeping on.

Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not. Nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not. Unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not. The world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. – Calvin Coolidge

Recent studies from Drexel and Northwestern universities discovered that a sudden brainstorm of an idea or solution was actually “the culmination of a series of brain states and processed operating at different time scales.”  This is the technical description of persistent focus and viewing problems from many angles that guide the brain to synthesize this information into the classic “Eureka” moment that appears as sudden inspiration.

America’s favorite inventor Thomas Edison says. “the first step is an intuition – and comes with a burst – the difficulties arise.”  Here is where persistence comes to help you travel the road from idea to business reality.

Starting a business is a labor of love – so expect hot passion and long cold nights of persistence to reach the blissful union of business success.  You will have road blocks, frustrations, disappointments, joy, creativity, and big wins – but only if you remain persistent and continue to work on building your startup firm and not quit before success.

If you’re going through hell, keep going. — Winston Churchill

Sure you will need an excellent idea and some working capital but don’t forget the secret sauce – persistence. This extra dash of motivation is like the wind behind your back that propels you forward.  Almost any problem can be overcome with persistence. Surely you have heard that if you can’t go over the mountain, you can go around or tunnel under it. Persistence is the fuel of winners.

Ambition is the path to success. Persistence is the vehicle you arrive in. — Bill Bradley

Great you have goals and dreams, but the most important thing to take actions to realize them. Thinking alone never built a bridge or a successful business. Work is needed to turn your dreams into cash.

Winners are not born that way they have built them self up to win. They have harnessed motivation, ambition, and sheer doggedness to wrangle success out of life and so can you.

Don’t let that enemy of happiness, discouragement, get in front of you. Push him aside and march on.  Courage is a friend of winners and a foe of defeat.

Paralyze resistance with persistence. — Woody Hayes

If you want to win in life, keep going forward towards your goals, no matter what. The game only ends when you quit. Let persistence be your secret success sauce.

Energy and persistence conquer all things. — Benjamin Franklin

Gorilla Marketing SEO in Manchester

So I had the pleasure of attending a brilliant SEO conference – actually more of a full digital marketing conference, recently.  I met a lot of quality people like Micah from Dallas, who I really vibed with, and of course, started doing some work with.  I also met a very neat company based in Manchester, UK.  Today I’ll share with you some of their services so if you stumble into my

Gorilla SEO Manchester is a full service Digital Marketing company that offers the below services.

Gorilla Marketing

Services Offered by Gorilla Marketing in Manchester

  • Search Engine Optimisation:  of course, over in the UK, they spell optimization with an “s.”  This always confuses me, but let’s not get this confused – the gang at Gorilla Marketing can deliver high search engine rankings like nobody else in Manchester.
  • Web Design:  you only get one chance to make a first impression.  Check out their portfolio to see what they’ve designed recently.
  • Pay Per Click:  as we spoke about earlier, this is a way to get clicks to your website fast.  The beauty of pay per click marketing is you can stop and start the campaign at any time.
  • SEO Training:  this is what I worked with Gorilla on.  I am an up and coming SEO and wish to increase my skill sets.  I like to learn from people who are successful, and lucky for me, they teach it.  If you or your company wants to learn methodologies, this is the place to do it.
  • Graphic Design:  a good graphic can make or break your website.  Look at their portfolio to see what they’ve designed, and if you like it, you need to reach out to them and see what they can do for you.
  • Social Media:  you must have social media going strong.  It’s absolutely imperative to your success.

I’m going to do a series of posts where I talk about all of the people I meet that influence me.  You can read about one influencer here.  He specializes in affiliate marketing, but most recently I’ve been meeting many SEO agencies – I can thank this conference for that.

Please stay tuned as I will be talking about a number of marketing topics that you will want to read about.  You never know who will make an appearance on my next blog update.

On my agenda next is Alex Becker, founder of Source Wave Marketing and Market Hero.  I’ll also have Gregory Ortiz talk about local SEO in an upcoming blog entry.  You won’t want to miss either of those.

Dallas Fort Worth SEO Expert

We’ve been looking at a lot of people to feature on this web marketing website, and we’re proud to announce we found a solid one to talk about in the Dallas Fort Worth area.

This SEO expert has been making waves with his services recently, and it’s worth mentioning we like to highlight people that are doing big things in the industry.

Let’s face it, SEO experts are a dime a dozen these days.  Anyone can slap up a site and talk about how they can rank your business in Google, but very few of them are actually vetted to the point that they have people raving about them.

Micah Laughmiller Dallas SEO

Local business owners in the Dallas and Fort Worth area, please take note of Micah Laughmiller and his SEO Agency in Dallas.

Here’s a snap shot of the services his firm offers.  It’s more of a full service Internet Marketing company, but of course, the focal point is traffic, and they do a damn good job of delivering that.

  • Web Design – this is where it all starts.  This is your online business card. It needs to be set up properly, or your whole foundation of online marketing is doomed.
  • Search Engine Optimization – of course, this is where Micah ranks you high in Google and other search engines.  Where does your website currently stand?
  • Video SEO – this is where you actually see your videos ranking in YouTube and Google.  Videos are powerful. Don’t overlook this.
  • Google Map Listings – this is a big part of where customers find local businesses.  Where does your business stack up?
  • Digital MarketingPPC and other media.  You can never have too much traffic.
  • Social Media – this is becoming a very important part of driving traffic to websites.  You need to be active in social, or have someone manage it.

What Do Internet Marketing Services in Dallas Cost?

Here’s an idea of what you can expect to pay for various web marketing services offered by this local Dallas and Fort Worth digital marketing expert:

Dallas SEO Rates

Visit their website for more information.  You’ll find many outstanding recommendations and client testimonials that will make you feel comfortable.  We’ve personally worked with Micah and are giving him two thumbs way up.  You can’t go wrong having a web marketing expert handle your SEO and other online marketing initiatives.  If you are in Dallas and want to hire a pro, look no further.


Business Idea Generator: Inspiration for Your Next Success

Are you thinking about starting a new business? Do you want some help on finding the right idea for you? Find A business that complements your personality and works with your life situations and pocketbook. Check out this new business idea generator to help inspire your entrepreneurial spirit –

This regularly updated blog has great new ideas for profitable ventures. Start with some of the well-edited lists of different types of businesses such as; new business ideas for women, great ideas for animal lover businesses, and how to start a business with no money.

Business ideas

Fashion types will enjoy reading about how to start your clothing line, how to open and accessories retail store and how to become a fashion designer.

These ideas have been called and analyzed by successful entrepreneurs for their viability and profits potential. Additionally, each idea has a detailed article about how to start this business, step-by-step. Take for example the startup business guide, how to start a clothing line, with a checklist for entrepreneurs and a link to a low-cost yet valuable industry insiders book, available for instant download, on how to begin profitably.

Coming soon are additional how to start business guides on, how to become a professional organizer, an art curator, art gallery owner, bakery owner, bookstore owner, bridal salon owner, business consultant, wedding planner, wine store owner, coffeehouse owner and much more.

It can be a difficult time in entrepreneur’s life deciding which of his many business ideas to pursue. Sometimes it can feel like a game show can win or lose the wrong choice. It doesn’t have to be that capricious. Here is a plan to determine which business is the right one for YOU at this time.

Want a Step by Step Plan and Have Cash to Spend?

Then franchising is the right choice for you. Franchises have made millions for many people and could do the same for you. Today there are thousands of franchise opportunities. One will be just right for you. Start your research by reading the Franchise 500 by Entrepreneur magazine here:

Who can you easily “sell”?

What group of people can you easily persuade to purchase products or services? Perhaps you are from a particular industry of which you are an expert and have insider knowledge and experience. Or they are fellow enthusiasts of specific sports or hobbies. Another group could be a demographic segment by age, gender, ethnicity, or another background. Also, particular income groups could be your choice. Doing this helps to focus your actions on those most likely to purchase from you do to your ease and experience in marketing to these customers.

Know of a problem that needs fixing?

In your current industry, what are some customer problems with no solution on the market presently? Perhaps you’re an accountant, and business owners keep complaining about how to organize their business receipts. You can start an app that allows them to photograph their receipts with your mobile phone and upload them directly to their accountant’s system. Many a successful business has been started just this way.

How about making your avocation your vocation?

If you love what you are doing every working day, you’ll never work a day in your life. Remember Thomas A. Edison said, “I never did a day’s work in my life. It was all fun.” Take that hobby or sport you love and create a business around it and love every business day.


By Marsha Kelly,

Entrepreneur & Small Business BloggerMarsha Kelly

Hello – I am a serial entrepreneur, after doing Time in corporate America, who has learned about what products and services work well in business today. You can learn from my experience and my associates as we shop from the internet for tools, supplies, and information to build our businesses and improve the lives of our family and ourselves. Read more about me and my business blog here: