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Trademark Clearinghouse

Quite often, I get calls from customers shopping around who are trying to register their domain name, build their Website, and start their online presence. Only to find out, that a Website designer whom they’ve previously spoken with has already registered their domain name, and build them a Website, and an invoice is already waiting for them. The customer has no way of reclaiming the domain name, transferring it to another provider, disputing it, and usually surrenders by paying thousands of dollars in design fees.

Don’t let that happen to you. From the Trademark Clearinghouse:

The Internet is expanding drastically….right now. Hundreds of new Top Level Domains (TLDs) are now LIVE as part of the most significant expansion of the domain name system ever. More than half of these new TLDs run with open registration policies so that anyone can register a new domain name without restriction.

Brand owners need to react and adapt strategies to prepare for this rapidly growing TLD landscape. And use the Clearinghouse as the one-stop-solution for protecting their brand in the new gTLD era.



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Immediate need for flawless mobile experiences – Think with Google

People are making decisions faster than ever before, and they expect to be able to act on those decisions instantly. We as marketers can make it even easier for people to get things done, says Google’s VP of Marketing for the Americas Lisa Gevelber.

Impatience, immediate action, instant gratification, even some impulsiveness—these are just a handful of descriptors for behavior today. We have all been empowered and emboldened by information. With our phones acting as supercomputers in our pockets…

Read more: Immediate need for flawless mobile experiences – Think with Google

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Share Content Using Press This

Sharing content on you WordPress powered Website has never been easier. If you blog right from, you can use the “Press This” tool to quickly share content from any Website.

Press This provides a lightning-fast way to grab text, images, or video from any website and post it to your blog without ever visiting You can also use Press This to quickly share a link on your blog.

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The Garage Offers Social Media Image Sizes Cheat Sheet

Now that social media presence has become a “must have” for businesses large and small, you may be ready to ramp up your existing social media efforts. One of the best ways to improve your positioning across all social networks is through consistency of voice and branding.

via Social media image sizes: The 2016 cheat sheet – The Garage.

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StockSnap: Beautiful Free Stock Photos

Want to update your Website but don’t have a budget for stock photos? We’ve found a simple solution. offers exactly what their tag line states, beautiful free stock photos. – Beautiful Free Stock Photos (CC0)

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The worst things you can say to a web designer – The Garage

Learn what not to say to your web designer when working together to build or redesign a website for your small business.

Source: The worst things you can say to a web designer – The Garage

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What Do You Really Need in a WordPress Starter Theme? 

I think it’s safe to say that I’m somewhat obsessed with themes that help you get your WordPress projects started quickly. Most likely because I’ve been there, staring at an empty project folder wondering where I should begin. Well, you shouldn’t have to stare at that empty folder for any project. Even when you’re starting from scratch you’re probably not really starting from scratch, right? You’re taking an existing WordPress theme, either your own or someone elses, and hacking at it until it’s something new. That theme is your Starter Theme.

Source: What Do You Really Need in a WordPress Starter Theme? | ThemeShaper

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WP Job Manager – WordPress Plugins

Would you like to hire from your WordPress Website? Here’s a fantastic plugin by Mike Jolley.

WP Job Manager is a lightweight job listing plugin for adding job-board like functionality to your WordPress site. Being shortcode based, it can work with any theme (given a bit of CSS styling) and is really simple to setup.

Source: WordPress › WP Job Manager « WordPress Plugins

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Adler: A Unique Personal Blogging Theme for WordPress

If you’re on the hunt for a new WordPress blogging theme but the designs are all starting to look too similar, you may want to check out Adler. It is one of the more unique themes to land in the directory in recent months with its uncommon typography choices and bright bursts of color.

Source: Adler: A Unique Personal Blogging Theme for WordPress

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Add an Image to an RSS Feed

If you love to code PHP and would like to add an image to your WordPress RSS feed, here’s a helpful piece of code that can help enrich the feed you publish. Simply add the following to your functions.php file:


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Supervised users – Chrome Help

Are you using Google Chrome for your business?  Introducing Supervised User.

Advantages include complete control over the Websites your employees visit.  Block or allow Websites, filter adult content on search results, and, more.  Here’s an excerpt from Google Support:

When you add a supervised user to your account in Chrome, you can control and view the websites that your user visits. Supervised users don’t need a Google Account or an email address because the manager creates a profile for the supervised user through their Google Account.

via Supervised users – Chrome Help.

Businesses can enjoy the benefits of enhanced security, improved accountability, and a better daily workflow.  Learn more about Google Apps and use Google Chrome for your business.  If you have any questions, contact us anytime!

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A Quick Look at SEO and Back Links

We often get asked: How can you get me to the front page of Google? Well, there’s several ways. Paid (search engine marketing or SEM), free (organic) search results, back links, etc.

The paid route offers immediate turn around time. Customers that are looking for your product/service are able to find it quick as your Website is prominently displayed on the top of search results based on their keywords. The organic approach, however, is long lasting and will have an overall general benefit to your Website and your business.

Then, we usually get this response: Well, Acme Links and SEO, Inc. (fictional company) called me and said they can add ten words to my Website and give me hundreds of links each month which will get me to the front page. Our general response is: You can achieve that by blogging and partnering up with local business owners and link to each other’s Websites.

In a nutshell: You establish your expertise in your field when you blog in addition to taking control of your SEO, and, when you link to local business partners in your market and they in return link to you – you establish your Website’s authority and reputation. People can trust you because other local business owners (and members of the community) trust you.

Yes, there is some code and tech-y stuff that we do that improves a Website’s appearance in search results, but on the internet, content is king. Keep the content relevant and to-the-point, and, add a link or two when necessary. Your audience awaits.

Here’s a great video regarding backlinks and content from Google Webmasters.

If you have any questions, contact us!