How to set up a custom domain email

How to Set Up a Custom Domain Email + Connect it with Your Gmail

How to set up a custom domain email

This is one of the most common technical questions I hear from people who are just getting their websites set up and looking for a more professional appearance in their business communication. After all, you as a business owner look so much more legit when communicating from someone from info@yourdomain.com rather than yourdomain01@gmail.com, right?READ MORE

Share Your Content

You Need to Share Your Content (Even if People Try to Copy You)

Share Your Content

I’ve been talking to a lot of creatives lately. Most of them—like me—are just taking that first leap into entrepreneurdom. Others are obsessively consuming webinars, ecourses, and blog posts to gather information for the moment when they are ready to shed the 9-to-5 norm. But a topic that has been coming up time and time again has been the fear of copycats. Some of these creatives (myself included) are afraid of having their own work stolen/copied, others are afraid of inadvertently coping someone they admire…or shrinking in fear because their grand business idea is already being done by someone else.

Bleh. I’m so over it.

Guess what? You are not original.

Your idea? Someone has already had it.

Your business? There are approximately 39485349875948735 people also doing it.

But does that mean you should avoid sharing your content all-together? Heck to the no!READ MORE

Keywords in SEO

All About Keywords in SEO

Keywords in SEO

We’re delving into the world of keywords with this ‘scope. If you’re wondering what keywords are and how you can find the ones you should be targeting + how to use them to help your dream clients find you, make sure you check this one out!

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SEO Misconceptions

SEO misconceptions

Disclaimer: This was my first “on-brand” periscope. I didn’t know to turn off the location so I had a bunch of trolls harassing me—apologies for the distractions/garbled trains of thought because of that.READ MORE

Rank #1 in Google

Why I’m Not Going to Get You to Rank #1 in Google

Rank #1 in Google

Hi, my name is Caitlin. I provide content writing/strategy with an SEO focus, and I am not going to get you to rank #1 in Google search results.

*record scratches*

*car wheels screech*

*a random baby starts crying*

*car alarm goes off (you know, the one with eight different alarms in one that makes you contemplate going after it with a metal baseball bat)*

Calm down, you guys. I’m not saying this because I’m being unreasonable or because I’m deliberately holding out on you. I’m telling you this because I’m not one of those shitty SEO people who are trying to rip you off.

Let’s take a step back.

Who knows what SEO means? It means Search Engine Optimization. No. Stop. Read that again carefully. Notice how SEO does not mean GOOGLE Engine Optimization? And I’m not even making that distinction so that we’re making sure we’re including Google’s slightly uglier siblings: Yahoo and Bing, its endearing-yet-slightly-creepy uncle Ask (who likes to remind anyone who will listen that his cool nickname in college was “Jeeves”), and its foreign exchange pen pal Baidu.READ MORE

July 2015 Analytics Traffic Update

July 2015 Traffic Update

July 2015 Analytics Traffic Update

Alright friends, it’s time for some transparency.

As part of my SEO services for creative entrepreneurs, I provide them with weekly and monthly traffic reports and keyword rankings so that I can track my SEO efforts and demonstrate how it helps my clients’ websites grow.

So I’m going to start posting monthly reports on my own site just to show how helpful these reports can be and what your analytics can teach you about how you use your website and how your visitors use your website as well.

I also wanted to start with last month (July) to show what happens when you don’t use your website for a month+ (like me, oops). As you know, I took a bit of a break from blogging.

Sessions

Pageviews

Avg Time On Site

6%

11%

6%

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Whole 30

In This Moment

Life lately has felt a little “spring cleany” around here. Sometimes Spring brings an energy of fresh change, but this year I’ve felt more of an energy to instigate my own change.

Whole 30

I started a Whole 30 last week (today is day #9), and honestly this isn’t too far from how I usually eat when I’m happy and treating myself well. It’s been a great reminder that when I’m taking care of my physical wellbeing, the other areas of my life improve as well (and vice versa). So far I’ve found this to be the perfect kind of “restart” I need.READ MORE

Start of the Camino de Santiago

Camino de Santiago Day Zero: Getting to Roncesvalles

Start of the Camino de Santiago

I’ve been doing a lot of wanderlusting lately. My life this past year and half has been an adventure. We packed up our life in Chicago and shipped it off in a PODS unit to Portland, Oregon (where I had never been before) save for our backpacks filled with a minimal amount of items to get us through the next month in Spain on the Camino de Santiago.

I wrote some blog posts leading up to our trip, a couple during the trip, and a handful more after returning to the States. But since Alex proposed to me at the end of the Camino de Santiago, so began the flurry of wedding planning and settling into our new life in Portland, so for the next year-plus of my life, I was consumed with wedding planning, unpacking, and finding my place in my new home.

But I’m starting to feel that pull for adventure again. The Camino de Santiago was one of the most amazing experiences of my life (heck, I even got a tattoo to commemorate the trip), and yet my blog is strangely lacking in detail of this amazing journey. So, over a year and a half later, I’m going to pick back up this story and fill in the details.READ MORE