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Web Design and your Online Business

Welcome to Everyone's blog where you'll find me musing about anything related to online business and web design. One of my favorite pastimes is interviewing other people in the industry about how they deal with the challenges of designing pages for their clients. You will hear about everything from how to attract people to your site to making the page behave for any browser, new or old. If you've got an idea for a blog, or for a radio show on Blog Talk Radio, please drop me a line at or just leave a comment here!

Graduation day to Web 2 point 0

Myra Rhodes - Wednesday, August 11, 2010

So, today, was my graduation day.  This blog is a thank you note to everyone who has helped this person who grew up a generation or two away from 'Generation Z'. A year and a half ago, I was wondering why on earth I would want to join in on Twitter LinkedIn Facebook and how on earth to start promoting the interactive Dreamweaver course that I had so painstakingly put together. I went to an e-learning conference put on by the elearning guild and to the Voices that Matter conference on web design and realized that I was completely out of the loop when it came to social networking. I had to ask ‘what is web 2.0’! It seemed a revolution had happened. Actually I did buy the book Twitter Revolution. But all I really needed to do is create a twitter account and just dive in. Sceptically, I went ahead and created a twitter account, started joining groups on LinkedIn, created what used to be called a Facebook Fan page (are we allowed to call them that still?) and started sending my tweets out to the twitterverse. I even started a radio program on Blog Talk Radio. Lo and behold, someone heard that I was in the final stages of creating my course and we started a conversation. I ended up with a very literate person interested in beta testing the course.  Believe me when I say that anyone who takes the course now benefits from that encounter. I also discovered the hash tag and I now look forward to Thursday evenings and #lrnchat.  ..

First Interview with CSS Junkie John Gallant Part 3 of 3 parts

Myra Rhodes - Monday, April 26, 2010

This is the third blog in a series from my first interview on Blog Talk Radio with “CSS Junkie”, John Gallant.
The next problem that John addresses, takes us back to the early days of the internet where you may have an image on the page and text above or below it. That was not very pretty looking, so they said, “Why can’t the text flow up into this empty space next to the images?” So the ‘align’ attribute was invented and applied to elements to allow aligning left or right or center and to allow the text to flow around them.  ..

The Art of Engagement for Online Marketing

Myra Rhodes - Wednesday, April 07, 2010

Have you ever considered the idea that there is an art to engaging the visitors to your site? At Urban Interact, their tag line is *ATTRACT * ENGAGE * CONVERT * REPEAT. In the previous two interviews we discussed the seven laws of attraction for online marketing and this, my third interview with Beverly Garvin, CEO of Urban Interact, we focus on the art of engagement. ..

Laws of Attraction with Beverly Garvin - Part Two

Myra Rhodes - Monday, April 05, 2010

Beverly Garvin, CEO is the CEO of Urban Interact, an interactive marketing company that develops websites and marketing initiatives that intrigue, inform and inspire people to engage with brands for long term profitable results. Beverly specializes in using the web and social media technology to build relationships for businesses, organizations and individuals.
In my first interview with Beverly we talked about the first two laws of attraction of online marketing, ‘Content is king’ and to have a ‘content management marketing strategy’.
The third law of attraction for online marketing deals with writing content for people instead of search engine spiders. She talks about the kinds of things that people tend to do to try to rank their websites more favourably. But at the end of the day it is people coming to your website. So you really want to write for the human visitors to your website.  Beverly explains how you can write so that the SEO spiders will find you, but, more importantly so that the people who find your site are not disappointed. ..

What does it take these days to be a professional web designer

Myra Rhodes - Monday, March 01, 2010

Recently, I had the opportunity to interview professional webmaster, Chris Leckie about what it takes to be successful in the web design industry. Chris is self taught on Adobe Photoshop and Dreamweaver. Following high school, Chris took the Digital Media Design program at the Center for Arts & Technology. In school Chris was exposed to what he calls ‘the whole internet experience’. The school focused on apprenticeships. Chris was involved in the computer technician apprenticeship which allowed him access to assist with Cisco systems networking, computer repair and also the A+ program in addition to being involved in building computers. ..

Beverly Garvin and the Laws of Attraction for Onine Marketing

Myra Rhodes - Monday, February 01, 2010

Have you ever wondered what the key is to generating long term profitable results for your website? I recently talked with Beverly Garvin about how she educates people on how to get found online, how to generate leads and increase sales using inbound marketing strategies and her seven laws of attraction for online marketing. ..

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