It’s time for Friday Five! Each Friday I want to share FIVE things with you. It could be links, tips, secrets, resources, we’ll just have to see where it goes.
Since today IS Black Friday, I’m going to share 5 Black Friday sales with you! Obviously, there are more great more deals out than there this list only, duh. But here you’ll find 5 that I’ve found to be a great deal.
Disclaimer: In most instances these links are affiliate links. That means that if you click the link here and complete a purchase, I get paid. I thank you much for using my link. In most cases, the only affiliate links I use are for products/services that I have used myself. I only like to recommend what I know and trust.
Every hour on both Black Friday and Cyber Monday Namecheap will have two new deals for you! I have used Namecheap as my domain registrar for many years. Namecheap offers domain registration, hosting, SSL certs, everything you need. I’m going to try to come back throughout the day and list the actual deals here.
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Save 65% off all new hosting plans plus get $5.99 .com & .net domains at Hostgator. This sale lasts through Cyber Monday, but a different code is needed each day. Check back or message me for the needed code each day. Friday’s code is BF2015
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Each Friday I want to share FIVE things with you. It could be links, tips, secrets, resources, we’ll just have to see where it goes.
This week it’s 5 fall themed free photos for you to use as you wish! Perfect for blog posts or create your own social media memes.
Click the image for the full size download. Enjoy!
I’d love to know how you use them, comment with a link.
Let’s take a moment and discuss your email signature. According to Radicati.com, a Technology Market Research Firm, over 205 billion emails are sent and received each day. That’s a lotta email! An often over looked part of your email is your signature.
How long should it be? How short should it be? What should it include? How should it look? For the most part, it’s a personal decision. But, it is something you need to think about.
Here are a few tips to consider when creating your email signature:
- Don’t include every social link you have!
Sure you have a profile on Facebook, and Twitter, and G+ and LinkedIn and every other social platform out there. But do you need to link to all of them? No! Choose one or two and leave it at that. If you aren’t actively posting on G+, don’t link it.
- Don’t include a ton of images!
Did you know some email systems don’t show images by default? All text signatures are great and will always display, but I agree that they get boring. Don’t be afraid to spice it up a little, but don’t over do it. And, definitely don’t make your entire signature an image. Make sure your signature looks nice without images first, then use them to accent.
- Don’t include every form of contact ever!
There is no need to include your email address! Yes, I have seen it. Maybe it’s just me, but the email is coming from your email address, why do you feel the need to include it in your signature? If you’re up for a phone call, include your number. If you like Skype, put it in there. But please, oh please, don’t list your email, home address, work address, every website you own, home phone, cell phone, work phone, Skype, AOL, MSN, Fac, and everything else under the sun.
- Don’t use a ton of different colors!
Stick to one, two, maybe three colors, but your signature shouldn’t look like a package of skittles spilled in my inbox. The main point of the email is the message, not the signature. Too many colors means distraction.
- Shorter is better!
Yep, keep it short and sweet. Your signature shouldn’t be four times the size of your email message. A shorter signature will also display nicely on a mobile platform and won’t take up so much data to download.
Take a few minutes and configure your phone’s email signature as well. Keep in mind that many emails are read on phones and on the go. For this reason alone, a shorter email signature overall is a great idea.
What do you think? What do YOU include in your email sig?
I love fonts.
Love them. Can’t get enough of them. I love around with pairing fonts together for images and blog headers. I thought I’d start sharing some font pairs each month. I always look for free fonts, otherwise I’d be broke buying them.
You can download the fonts at the following locations. Be sure to check the usage license for each font before you put it to use.
Pariesienne @ GoogleFonts
Champagne & Limousines @ DaFont.com
Lavanderia @ LostType.com
DejaVu Sans @ FontSquirrel.com
Clarissa @ FontZone.net
Calibri @ FontPalace.com
Swenson @ FontPalace.com
Tex Gyre Adventor @ FontSquirrel.com
With so many users and potential clients and customers on Facebook, there are a few boundaries you shouldn’t cross. Don’t chase away the next client by following these simple tips.
I know you’ve seen them. That one page you liked for some reason and yet all they ever post is a sales pitch. One after another, always a promotion. Yes, you should post promotions, but that shouldn’t be the only thing you post. If all you are ever doing is posting what you have for sale or your next promotion, you’re going to chase people away.
2. Lack of Acknowledgement
Take a moment to say “thanks”, even if it’s just simply a click of the like button. If some one takes time to post to your business page, or share something you’ve posted, then you should take the time to thank them. Everyone loves to be appreciated and if you take a moment to show your appreciation your clients will remember it.
3. Sharing Everything
Don’t keep passing it on. The chain letters, the memes meant to rile you up, don’t add to it by hitting share. If it seems shocking or unbelievable, look it up. Find a source, be sure it’s true before sharing. Better yet, just don’t share. If you must, do it on your personal page, not your business page.
4. Spelling & Grammar
Oye. This one gets me. Believe me I am not a perfect grammar person. I make typos like anyone else. But please, oh please, know which form of the word to use (sell vs sale, or they’re vs there vs their) and use the correct one. Spell out words! Leave the “text type” for later when you text your friend. Capital letters belong at the beginning of a sentence or proper noun, not every single letter of every word. [Did you know words spelled in capital letters is similar to yelling?!] Take a moment and look over your spelling and grammar before posting.