Posts by Andy Meng

The Infront Blog

What is Pinterest, and How Does it Work?

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I use Facebook a lot to stay in touch with friends and relatives. I'm perfectly content to share photos, status updates, check-ins, etc on FaceBook, but my lady friends and relatives keep jumping onto Pinterest to share their likes and interests. Not only do they pop in and out to share things, but they spend LOTS of time "pinning" and viewing "boards".

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The Risk of Not Implementing Cyber Security in your Business

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642 million. In the first half of 2016, this is the number of known compromised accounts which include the social media

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I Can't Afford Ecommerce!

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I can't tell you how many times I've heard small business owners who want to sell online utter that proclamation (usually accompanied by a smattering of $%#!

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What is a CMS, And Why You Want One

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Anyone who is interested in a new website, whether it’s the owner’s first or fifth, should be aware of Content Management Systems (CMS).

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Why A Long Tail Is Good- Longtail Keywords

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Long tails aren't just great assets for dogs and other animals. They are EXTREMELY useful for successful search engine marketers. This post explores just what a long tail is, and why it's so good.

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Blue Palm and Amazon - A Tale Of Discovery & Technical Success

Ok, we're a tech company, so we're not talking about strangely colored trees on the world's longest river, but we are talking about something that is just as interesting to our client and to our web development team. This story tells of our approach to solving the problem of importing Amazon's products into the SiteWorks ecommerce database to save time and money in creating a great website.

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Is This Blog Post Helpful?

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I've been writing blog posts on and off since 2009, and it's been a fascinating experience. I've watched as I've seen how blogging is an acquired skill; one I've become better at over the past year or so. I've learned how to pick better blog post titles than when I first started, and I've learned how to chop complicated ideas into (I hope) fairly concise posts that summarize an issue or concept quickly and in a simple manner. And I've watched as the traffic on the websites I blog on have jumped with organic search traffic because of it.

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Does Your Website Suck?

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Earlier this week, I gave a talk at a Business Growth Summit that I titled "Beyond SEO: What to do with Your Website Visitors." It was a really fun event and I had more people attend my session than I expected, which was great. I shared a lot of information during the presentation, and had a videographer record the entire talk, but that won't be ready for a few days. So in the meantime, I wanted to post here a checklist that I shared with the audience at the talk: a checklist to help you make sure your website doesn't suck.

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Where Our Clients Are

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Working in the web design field is wonderful. Nearly everything we do is electronic, so we're not constrained by traditional barriers to business such as shipping costs, geographic limits, sales taxes, fuel prices, and other challenges when selling "physical products."

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Five Reasons Why We Use Ruby on Rails

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When we have initial discussions with potential website clients, one thing we always talk about is our Content Management System (CMS), called SiteWorks. SiteWorks is a CMS we built ourselves using an open source web development framework called Ruby on Rails (often shortened to "RoR"). People who aren't familiar with web development ususally say something like "Ruby what?" with a chuckle, because it sounds like a cross between candy and an amusement park ride. People who are already familiar with web development will also ask about it, but the question they ask is "Why Ruby on Rails?"

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SiteWorks: A Great Alternative to WordPress

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In the course of educating prospective clients on what makes a successful website (see my blog post on "The Big Three" in website design), I'm often asked (and sometimes ordered) to use WordPress for the website's content management system (CMS).

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Computing on Cloud 9

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Cloud computing is one of the least understood, but most widely used services on the internet today. The cloud is used by people both at work, at home, in their cars, and anywhere else an internet connected smartphone is used.

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The Melody Fusion Story: Choosing a Name and Domain

At Infront Webworks, we've been building websites for 18 years. Over this time, the company has grown and changed significantly. These days, we don't just build websites; we design them, build them, and market them. Late last year, we began work for a new client that has one of the more ambitious projects we've seen: they wanted to create an online community for musicians where people can upload their songs, share information about the band, and sell their music online. Since it's still under development, we can't give away all their secrets, but I wanted to share our process for helping them brand the website and choose the right domain name.

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How To Link Your AdWords and Analytics Accounts

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One of the most annoying problems with Google Analytics is that straight out of the box, it does not properly share data with AdWords. You'd think that since both Analytics and AdWrods are Google products, they'd "talk to each" other and pass data freely back and forth, but that's actually not the case.

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Tracking Internet Marketing with Phone Calls

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The most important rule to keep in mind when doing any kind of marketing is "track your results." The most important aspect of advertising your business is having the ability to justify your marketing efforts. What's working? What isn't? If you don't know the answer to this question, odds are you're wasting a significant chunk of your marketing budget.

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How To Change a Twitter Admin

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If you've inherited a Twitter account and aren't sure how to proceed or if you need to set yourself as the new administrator of a Twitter account, here are some simple steps for doing that.

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PPC vs SEO: Search Engine Marketing Explained

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Search Engine Marketing (SEM) has two major components - Search Engine Optimization (SEO) and Pay-Per-Click (PPC). Both can be very effective at generating leads for your business, and both have pros and cons that you should be aware of, but not afraid of.

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Website Credibility - Usability - Findability

The Big Three Elements Of a Successful Website are those factors that all successful websites MUST have. If your website isn't credible, usable or findable, it's probably not working the way you want it to.

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How to Embed a Tweet

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If you've ever wanted to capture a Tweet from Twitter in time, and post it somewhere but weren't sure how, check out this relatively new feature from Twitter: the ability to embed tweets. It's really simple to do. Let's say I want to post the tweet from the History Channel's Titanic Real Time Twitter account that says the Titanic hit an iceberg. Here's how I do it:

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We're Eating Our Own Dogfood

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"Eating your own dogfood" is a slang term used by software companies to describe the scenario where they use their own software.  The website you're looking at represents a "dogfood feast" that we've just consumed.  Yes, we just built our own new website using our very own SiteWorks content management system.  Not only did we enjoy the meal, but we're looking forward to lots of snacks in the months to come. 

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