I am borrowing the concept for this post from Bob Stanke who first got the idea from Lifehacker. My answers to the following set of questions will give you insight into my work life and might even give you a few things to try on your own. Here we go… Name: Dave Yankowiak Occupation: Owner & Web Developer, […]
A few weeks ago a friend of mine sent me a message on Facebook asking me about Wix, a do-it-yourself platform for building websites. He said that he noticed I “liked” Wix on Facebook. In fact, my profile was being shown in sponsored advertising for them in the Facebook timeline. This was not okay.
This week saw the launch of a new social networking app from Napster-founders Sean Parker and Shawn Fanning called Airtime. I had a chance to try it out on Tuesday and I will add my voice to the hype and say that I’m very impressed. Sure, there were a few minor bugs but the second I first connected to someone else in the one-on-one video chat, I “got it.”
Did you know that June is Backup Awareness Month? Yeah, I didn’t know either until I saw a recent post by Backblaze.
I am, however, fully aware of the importance of a good file backup system.
In this day and age where just about everything we do is digital, making sure you have dependable backups of all your files is that much more important. Think about it: Your photos are digital. Your videos are digital. Your documents are digital. Much of your communication is digital (email, Skype, etc.).
I love the ABC TV show Shark Tank. It’s the only show I’ll actually try to watch live on TV (versus Hulu) since I enjoy the real-time tweets by all of the “sharks” during the show. In fact, tonight is the season three finale.
If you haven’t seen it, the premise is basically this: Entrepreneurs pitch their business ideas to a group of five gazillionaire investors (aka sharks) and offer them a share of ownership in exchange for a cash investment. If they can’t convince someone to fund at least the amount that they are asking, they walk away without a deal. However, negotiating can and does occur, and more often than not the investor gets a larger stake in the company than originally requested or something extra like a percentage of every sale. On the flip side, once in a while a business comes along that is so good the investors actually get into a bidding war and the entrepreneur walks away with an even better deal than they imagined.
In today’s screencast, I demonstrate a simple process that I use to find long tail keywords for each of my blog posts. I don’t go too crazy with SEO methods each time I have a post, but using Google’s keyword tool is a simple and easy way to make sure that you’re using keywords that are at least getting some traffic. You don’t want to limit yourself by focusing on keywords and phrases that aren’t getting any search traffic whatsoever.
I get asked this question quite a bit: How long before your website design becomes “old”? If you are craigslist, the answer is never. Or maybe right away. (C’mon craigslist, at least change your fonts and link colors!) But for the rest of us with a desire to have a fresh design that doesn’t become […]
Are you using Jetpack?
Jetpack is a free WordPress plugin created by Automattic, the company run by WordPress founder Matt Mullenweg. It doesn’t have a specific function but rather a wide assortment of functionality including built-in stats for your site, easy sharing options, shortlinks, instant sharing to search engines, and more. I’ve had it hooked up on this site ever since its release last year, but with my recent re-launch I utilized one feature I hadn’t before: Email subscriptions to my blog posts.
Earlier this week, my family and I took a day off and spent some time at Minnesota’s famous Mall of America. My girls had received some passes to the Nickelodeon Universe amusement park and we decided to break the doldrums of late winter and put them to use. We had a blast riding roller coasters, the merry-go-round, the log chute, and of course the swings.
I’ve been to the mega-mall many times, but this was the first time we’ve ever gone with our kids. It made for an entirely new experience. We didn’t go into many stores, but the ones we did visit were not those that I’d normally browse. Case in point: The American Girl store.
I’ve written plenty of blog posts that didn’t have a featured image, but lately I’ve been realizing how important it is to use at least one good photo in each of as many posts that you possibly can.
A few years back, most people were mostly reading your blog posts either 1) on your site itself, 2) in some sort of feed aggregator such as Google Reader, or 3) by email through an RSS email subscription service.
As a response to my previous post about sprinkling some personal tidbits into your professional online spaces, I also want to mention that bringing my work into my personal network from time to time has also paid dividends.
By “personal network” I mean things like my personal Facebook profile (as opposed to my Lift Development page), my family blog, and even just my day to day conversations with friends.
I’m a big Minnesota Timberwolves fan and have been since their inaugural season in 1989. However, in 1989 we didn’t have things like Twitter to keep up with players. Maybe that was a good thing in regards to some athletes and their bad habits, but these days I enjoy following my favorite players like Kevin Love and Ricky Rubio.
Earlier this week, Ricky tweeted out the above picture of a sleeping Michael Beasley which was taken during the team’s flight to Denver. It made me laugh but it also made me relate to these players a little bit. This is exactly something I’d do to one of my brothers or one of my friends. It helped me realize that yeah, these guys have millions of dollars and a huge amount of athletic talent, but they also like to do things that I enjoy. This might give me something to help start a conversation with Ricky should I ever run into him. Hey, it could happen! (Ricky if you need some help with a new website just let me know)
…is always your own.
I’m currently working on another re-launch of LiftDevelopment.com. The first launch was in early 2008 when I first went full-time with the venture, version two was released August 2010, and this will be version three.
It’s crazy how after just 12 months I feel like the current site is completely out-dated and my capabilities as a web developer have improved immensely. I think a big part of it is just the evolution of WordPress (my platform of choice) and my switch to doing 99.9% of new website projects on the Genesis framework. Genesis really allows me to add in a lot of useful options into a new client website right from the start.
I’ve been thinking about this a lot lately. From a design and development standpoint, my job might be done once a new website launches but is the website itself truly finished? Or is it just beginning? After switching to WordPress as my primary platform of choice a few years ago, I’d say it’s just beginning. […]
As many of you know, Lift Development specializes in developing for the WordPress platform. That being said, this is a completely biased post. I use WordPress for much of what I do and shifting to this ever-improving platform as my primary line of work about a year ago was a move I have never regretted. Here […]
I noticed that some Facebook profiles had their “employer” linked to an actual Facebook page, while mine was just linked to a basic blank page without a logo or any information. Here’s a quick and easy screencast showing how I was able to link the employer in my profile to the actual page for my […]
Andrew Warner’s Mixergy, “Home of the ambitious upstart,” is a site absolutely filled with great interviews of successful entrepreneurs. He digs deep to find out what made them succeed, how they’ve failed, how much money they’ve generated, etc. Andrew’s guests include many well-known and successful individuals such as Gary Vaynerchuk, Tim Ferriss, Jason Fried, […]
It’s time to get out of the box. Today I want to encourage you to think about a new way to do things. Your business is unique. Why shouldn’t your website reflect that? Obviously there are certain standards that most users of the web come to expect. They want it to be easy to navigate […]
I don’t even know what to say. I’d like to thank my God, parents, my wife, my kids, my clients, my college professors, that friend who first introduced me to the web, Al Gore for inventing it… Obviously this isn’t a real certification…but IS hilarious! It’s a product of Matt Mullenweg’s recent public conversations with […]
Plugins, widgets, and themes…oh my! While there are probably hundreds of reasons to launch your next website on WordPress, I’ve narrowed it down to a few of my favorites.