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Wash your hands. And update your site.

This morning I woke up to an email from a former client that their site was down. Talk about a rough start to a Monday. As I dug into the issue, I quickly discovered that the site had been victim to a brute force attack. Hits on the site had

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What to do when social media stops working

Here’s my plea on this FB/Insta-Outage Day: Make social media part of your digital strategy, but please don’t let it be the only part of your digital strategy. Use social media as a place to listen and a place to foster relationships. Don’t look at social media as your only online presence.

You’ll survive the outage days much better.

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My little love affair with Dubsado

I’m a solo entrepreneur. For years and years it’s been just me. I’ve pulled in help on occasion (and have recently hired an awesome VA – that’s a transition I’m still figuring out!) but really, Merket Creative is me, Roxanne. I love it. Of course I’m working on growing and

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4 Steps to an Intentional Social Media Strategy

This week was the final session of IntAct Social. Over the last four weeks we’ve chatted about doing social media on purpose. It’s been so much fun, and I’m looking forward to watching improvement from those that participated. If you didn’t take the opportunity to participate, here’s a quick recap

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Imposter Syndrome vs Grace

Business owners are hard on themselves. And that’s to be expected – we have high expectations and we always fall short, because there’s always one more thing we could have done. Motherhood is the same. We do one wrong thing – yell in frustration, don’t get the dishes done, or

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Rudy Gobert and the Importance of Emotion

Rudy Gobert got snubbed. Jazz fans know it, but this isn’t a discussion on snubs. This is a discussion on the kind of men we need in our world. Rudy was visibly disappointed. He deserves to be. And he got emotional. This is fabulous. It’s vulnerable. Rudy showed us what

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What a halftime show taught me about storytelling

Storytelling is everywhere. And last week I learned an important lesson about storytelling during an NBA game. I was at a basketball game last week. Nosebleed seats, but it was still so much fun. The halftime entertainment is always interesting, so while many people tend to leave the arena for

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How to write an about page bio

So, you need to write a bio for your about page? Maybe you’ve got a brand new website? Or maybe you’re just revising your site, and you know your bio needs a refresh. Whatever the reason, writing a bio can feel overwhelming. Writing a bio for a website is a

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What is Digital Marketing

What is digital marketing?

One of the questions I get from new business owners (or even experienced business owners who are ready to branch out) is “What is digital marketing?” It’s a great question, and a fair one too. Here’s the simplest explanation: Digital Marketing is any marketing that happens ONLINE or ON AN

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My 3 Strategies For Combatting Holiday Chaos

I’m a business owner. And a mom. And a volunteer. And a wife. And a daughter. And a sister. And a sister-in-law. And an auntie. And… the list goes on and on and on. I have no doubt your list is the same. You’re probably everything to everyone, and you

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WordPress 5.0 – Here’s everything you need to know!

WordPress 5.0 is scheduled for release today! This release is a big one, and WordPress professionals like me have been anticipating this update for months now. Let’s get right to it. Here’s what you need to know about the release of WordPress 5.0: WordPress 5.0 includes the release of the

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The #1 Rule of Marketing? Listen.

Recently, I was lurking in a Facebook group for small business owners. A lot of the same discussions come up regularly. People are searching for a particular service, they ask for recommendations, or they shout offers from the rooftops hoping that somebody will listen. One of the questions that comes

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Quick Words on Flashing Lights and Belonging

My daughter is in elementary school. Each morning we drive near the school, then walk the rest of the way. It’s a wonderful way to start our morning – a walk and talk on the way to school? It’s blissful. This morning, though, the traffic was much worse than usual.

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The One-Two Punch Cure for Imposter Syndrome

I was in a deep discussion recently with a dear friend when the topic of imposter syndrome came bubbling up. If you’re any kind of professional, you probably know the symptoms well… a sinking feeling that you’re going to be found out as a fraud? That everyone will realize you’re

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Failure Is Your Friend

I volunteer in a religious organization that serves 12-18 year old girls. We meet twice weekly, once for a lesson and once for an activity. The girls are usually there willingly, but some are there out of obligation. One of the programs in place to help the girls is focused

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30 Day Gratitude Challenge

Gratitude is one of those words that get tossed around like parade candy during the holiday season. But there’s really something to it. Did you know gratitude is a mental coping strategy that can help with grief, anxiety, and depression? Since entrepreneurs and business owners are especially susceptible to these

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You Don’t Need A Website

You don’t need a website. I know what you’re thinking… Roxy, you build websites. Why are you telling me I don’t need one? Here’s the thing: I’ve built websites for over 10 years. I have watched businesses succeed, I’ve watched businesses fail, and the one thing that sets every one

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IntAct Social starts TOMORROW!

Happy Monday! Tomorrow is THE DAY. IntAct Social begins tomorrow at 10 am MST, and I am SO excited! Here’s a link to the Facebook group if you haven’t already joined.  Here are a few questions that have come up over the last few weeks. What IS it? It’s a

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Sick of hating social media?

We’re back! It’s been a bit radio silent over here, but for good reason. 🙂 This summer has flown by for me. My family relocated to the beautiful (and dry) northern Utah (thank you Air Force!). It was quite the adventure, part of which included a drive from Seattle, through the mountains of

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8 Tips To Improve Your Art Photography

Art is an experience. If you’ve ever walked into an art gallery you know that viewing art can have a profound effect on your soul. Many artists we meet shy away from sharing art online because they feel it takes away that in-person experience. While there’s nothing like seeing art without

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The day the backup ruined my vacation

Do you backup your site regularly? Because you should. Sit right down and let me tell you a tale of the time the backup (or rather, the lack of a backup) ruined my vacation. Once upon a time, I was an adult counselor at a youth camp. It was a

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Everything you need to know about hosting

What is hosting? I get this question all the time. We get so excited about our new business idea, buy the domain (because domains are CHEAP!) and then try and figure out what’s next! After a quick google search, you realize you need a host. But what on earth is

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What I Wish Everyone Knew About Branding

Branding is so much fun. It’s all colors and fonts and all things pretty. Right? Well… almost. Branding is a bit more like baking a cake. Do you have a favorite cake recipe? Like a REALLY good recipe, all from scratch, like your gramama used to make? Close your eyes

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What is Google Analytics? (And why should I care?)

Google Analytics… Yeah, we’re going there today. If you’re a business with a website, you should care about Google Analytics. I’ll tell you why in a minute. What is Google Analytics? I’m glad you asked! It’s analytics with the power of google behind it. Let me take it one step

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Project Highlight: Art Gallery Website

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7 ways a mobile site can make your business better

There’s a lot of talk around mobile sites. “Everyone is on mobile now!” “Design for mobile first!” “You’re missing out on customers!” A lot of these are true, but what does that actually mean to you – a business owner? Who cares if your site doesn’t load great on mobile,

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website audit

The top 4 things to look for in a website audit

Have you ever done a website audit? They can be a little bit intimidating. A website audit is kind of like cleaning a messy room. I’m not talking a quick 5 minutes and you’re done sort of clean… No, the kind of room that you avoid because you know it needs

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Free Resources for blogs and website

Finding resources for your site is hard. Finding good resources that are free is even harder. Never fear! We’ve rounded up our current favorite resources for free images and video to give your site a quality feel. Pixabay ✅  Photos ✅  Video What we like about it: Searchable Filtered search

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How to add a blog post to WordPress

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