We don’t like to toot our own horn…

Posted by on June 3rd, 2013

But if our clients want to do it for us, we’re delighted! (Read more testimonials here). The smart and talented June at J Ellen Design has this to say about our work: “At my invitation, Holly was a guest presenter at Window Covering Association of America’s Seacoast Chapter monthly meeting. Holly’s presentation was focused on SEO and Social Media and was geared toward Interior Designers and Window Treatment Workroom professionals. This can be a difficult topic for a group of non-technical individuals; however, Holly was amazing at breaking down each piece into bite-size chunks that were easy to grasp. The…

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The New Look

Posted by on May 20th, 2013

There’s definitely still some tweaking going on, but we are finally live with the new logo design on Facebook, LinkedIn, and this website. Meanwhile, we’ve signed two new contracts under our new name, which makes it all feel deliciously official. Coming soon: more new content on this website, and several juicy new projects coming up in the next few months. Huge thanks are due to everyone who has helped get to this point, from the team members who help create content and build websites to the legal team who helped make hasOptimization, LLC an official entity, to the local credit…

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Announcement: This Business hasOptimization

Posted by on April 4th, 2013

And no, that’s not a typo. As of March 29, my online marketing, web development and other services are now an official LLC in the state of NH: hasOptimization, LLC. Why hasOptimization? I’ll admit, the chuckle factor of getting to write lines like “this business hasOptimization” is a part of it. Aside from that, my initials are HAS, and optimization is what I do. I’m here to optimize your site, your marketing, your user experiences, and your data. My business is here to optimize YOUR business. So if you’re a client of mine, your business now hasOptimization. Coming soon, there…

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Organizing Your Blog Part 4: Creating Great User Experiences

Posted by on January 15th, 2013

Welcome to the slightly-delayed (thanks, holidays) fourth installment of my Organizing Your Blog series. Previously, we covered why you should organize your blog, how to set yourself up for success, and best practices for categories and tags. Today, we’re covering elements that improve the user experience on your site, keeping your readers around for longer and making them happier. Blog Organizational Elements to Improve User Experience Sidebar links: Now that you have good structures in place, make them work for you and your readers! Putting the tag cloud, category list or date archives in a sidebarthat appears on your blog is…

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Organizing Your Blog Part 3: Categories & Tags

Posted by on December 16th, 2012

Over the last couple of weeks, I’ve been talking about blog organization. I’ve covered why you should bother organizing your blog, the basics of setting up your blog, and today I’m covering the ever misunderstood Categories and Tags. Categories Categories are the filing cabinets of the blog. You should define a reasonable set of categories that do not overlap, are not overly specific, and will cover most if not all of the content you plan to have on the blog. Six to ten is plenty for the majority of blogs, and it’s often good to define only a couple of…

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Organizing Your Blog Part 2: Setting Up Your Blog

Posted by on November 23rd, 2012

Last week I discussed why you should spend time organizing your blog. This week I’ll start telling you how to go about organizing your blog, starting from launch. Is a Blog/Has a Blog If you’re launching a new website, think about the overall structure at the beginning to save yourself time and hassle later. Do you want the home page to be a static page, or do you want it to have your most recent blog posts? Is this a blog site, or a site with a blog? The answers to these questions will determine the information architecture of your blog;…

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Organizing Your Blog Part 1: Why Bother?

Posted by on November 19th, 2012

There are many, many reasons that people write blogs. A few of the most common are personal blogs, blogs for the purpose of drawing in traffic to a site,  informational blogs and photo blogs. While personal blogs may have the luxury of not paying attention to organization, the majority of blogs do not. Why is Organizing Your Blog Important? You certainly can choose to not make use of categories, tags, date archives and URL structure to organize your blog. You have that option. However, even for a personal blog I wouldn’t recommend it. You might want to be able to…

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Q&A: How to Get Your Facebook Reach Back

Posted by on November 16th, 2012

Q: OMG Facebook changed things and my reach has gone down the toilet and no one is seeing my posts and Facebook wants me to pay for Promoted Posts but I can’t afford it and this is killing my business! How can I get my Facebook Reach back without paying for Promoted Posts? –Posts Aren’t Getting EdgeRanked A: Okay, PAGE, calm down–it’s going to be okay. This article does an excellent job of debunking the issues surrounding Facebook’s latest changes. Here’s a quick recap: Facebook has historically NOT shown you all the posts of all the things in your news feed, even…

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October News & Updates: Stepping It Up

Posted by on November 10th, 2012

Just a bit late! September was a busy month personally, with a couple of weddings and every weekend booked solid. I’ll admit, blogging fell through the cracks, and here I am realizing that I didn’t post any new blog content in October. October found me partnering up with DSD Media Marketing, a great little company focusing on producing top notch video content at reasonable prices. Rhiannon at DSD thinks everyone’s website deserves a testimonial video or other video content! I’m looking forward to working with them, because they’re like the puzzle piece to my work. I do SEO, UX and…

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Site Launch: Antonia Designs

Posted by on September 10th, 2012

It’s always a good day when I get to announce the launch of a new website, and this one has been a long time coming. The development of the Antonia Designs site has been plagued with vacations, indecision, and last minute changes as Antonia and I struggled to realize her vision within her budget. Ultimately I learned a lot in the process, which is always a good thing for me. The web is in no way static, and new solutions and options are always appearing when you least expect them. This was, for example, the first site that I built…

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