Branding, Website Creation, and Marketing: the correct order

October 10, 2019

Many small businesses, even established ones, don’t know where to start when it comes to branding, website creation, and marketing. They do not have an internal department to handle these activities nor the time/knowledge to do it themselves.  The purpose of this article is to define Branding, Web Design, and Marketing and to put them […]

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Top 10 Reasons Your WordPress Website is loading slow

September 26, 2019

People nowadays take the movie title “need for speed” quite literally in their lives. It takes barely 3 seconds for most people to decide whether they want to stay on a website or hit the back button.  I guarantee that a customer won’t learn that your service is a perfect fit for them if they […]

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Why WordPress Represents 90% of Hacked Content Management Systems And What You Can Do To Protect Yourself

September 19, 2019

Today there are about 60 million WordPress websites. WordPress commands a 60% market share of all content management systems crushing their 5 competitors who combined have a market share of 16% (Joomla, Drupal, Shopify, Wix, and Squarespace). As with Windows (with a 78% desktop OS market share), this popularity comes with a price. Those zombie computers across the interwebs […]

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How To Supercharge Your Online Reviews

July 14, 2019

In this 5 minute video, you will learn how to get more reviews on your website and increase your Google search results. Did you know 97% of people that are looking for a local service read reviews online when making their selection and 90% of them make purchasing decisions based on the reviews. 

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Local SEO is Crucial for Service Based Companies

April 11, 2019

Local SEO is a set of techniques used to get you more traffic in your local area. This is the most important type of SEO for services that target a specific area for their services such as plumbers that service Bellevue, Redmond, and Kirkland or Construction companies that only service Seattle. Some common Local SEO […]

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Why We Host Our Client’s Websites

January 8, 2019

There are many, many hosting options for your website and Thrive is one more. Hosting companies run the gamut in cost, service levels, and customer service. It’s hard to know which to choose, and which features or services benefit you the most. When you know what we offer in comparison to all the others, though, […]

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The Sane Alternative to Using Email/Text to Schedule Meetings

December 29, 2018

Tired of trying to wrangle 10 people to agree on a time and date for a conference call? Do you have a lengthy, but necessary, intake form that makes scheduling an appointment with your business a seemingly onerous task? Or maybe, you’re so busy scheduling appointments that you’re actually getting in your own way, unavailable […]

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Looking for More Business? Hidden Gems through Online Reputation.

December 10, 2018

Your online reputation matters. It can make the difference between someone taking a chance on your business, or taking a pass. But, how do you know what your online reputation is? And, once you have an idea of your reputation online, is there anything you can do about it? To be clear – we’re talking […]

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Why a Care Plan is Essential for the Success of a WordPress Website

October 24, 2018

Just like your phone and your computer’s operating system, your website requires maintenance. Every month it seems my phone and computer gets a major software update. Your WordPress website needs the same care and attention so it can be online all the time to showcase your products & services. The #1 reason for a Care Plan? […]

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Why WordPress?

September 11, 2018

WordPress is open-source content management software and currently, powers over 33% of the top ten million visited websites and has 60% market share in the CMS market (websites where you can change the content yourself easily). If you added up all the websites built in Squarespace, Wix, Weebly, Squarespace, Shopify, Joomla, Drupal, and Google Website […]

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Top 5 Common WordPress Security Fails

August 30, 2018

Few things make me feel worse than a hacked website without a backup. WordPress security is not something many website owners think of but with over 32% of the internet using the technology it is the biggest target out there. Here are some common mistakes we find new clients to us have made. Not backing […]

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Building a Website Doesn’t Need to be Scary

December 5, 2017

I’ve found some clients have hesitations about working with a web designer. They worry what will be asked of them or that they aren’t technical enough for the task. My question to them is “How well do you know your company, products, services, staff, and customers.” If you can describe these things in detail a […]

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The Magic Wand & Your Primary Call To Action

November 1, 2017

If you could wave a magic wand and have your website visitors do one thing on your website what would it be? This one action is called the Primary Call To Action and our job as designers and content writers is to compel the user to take that action. All websites should have a Secondary […]

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Can We Please Research Your Competition First?

October 11, 2017

Competition research is the practice of discovering and documenting companies that providing the same services as you. Should you do competition research yourself? Depends on how much time you have on your hand versus money. Competition research is done by professionals who are much more efficient than you can be and more thorough as well. […]

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Fastest Way to Lose $5,000 on a Website Build

September 10, 2017

You wouldn’t build a house without a blueprint. Yet the fact is many companies create a website without first properly outlining what they are going to build. They don’t fully answer the questions, why are we building this website. The truth is nobody wants a website… they want something else (more customers, to raise their […]

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33,000 Websites are Hacked Every Day

July 3, 2017

People often ask me why anyone would want to hack their website. Well… are three main reasons they want to breach your security. They want your website to send out spam. They want data your website may contain such as mailing list details, credit card information, or user passwords They want to install code that […]

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