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Ideas | March 17, 2019

Can I Use Photos Found On the Web In My Website?

Google image search

Images are an important part of any web site. They grab visitors’ attention, communicate ideas, and can make your pages flow better and look better. But where can you find the photos you want?

Of course there are hundreds of thousands of images to be found on other websites. Is it acceptable to copy someone else’s picture and incorporate it in your website or blog?

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Marketing, SEO | November 13, 2022

How to Increase Traffic By Being Helpful On Your Website

Having helpful information and advice on your website is generally appreciated by potential customers, but did you know that this is also one of the best way to increase your visibility online?

Google uses a variety of factors to determine the ranking of websites in its search results, including the quality and relevance of the content on the site. One key factor is the presence of original, helpful content that provides value to users and sets the site apart from its competitors.

One way that Google assesses the quality of content on a business website is by looking for signs of expertise, authority, and trustworthiness. This includes factors such as the credibility of the author, the depth and accuracy of the information provided, and the overall user experience on the site.

To take advantage of this and boost your website’s SEO, it’s important to focus on creating original, high-quality content that provides value to your target audience. This can include blog posts, articles, videos, and other forms of media that offer helpful information, solutions to problems, or unique insights into your industry.

In addition to providing value to users, your content should also be optimized for search engines. This means using relevant keywords and phrases throughout your content, organizing it in a logical and easy-to-follow structure, and ensuring that it is free of spelling and grammar errors.

Another important factor to consider is the user experience on your website. Google looks for sites that are easy to navigate, load quickly, and provide a positive experience for users. This can include factors such as a clean and visually appealing design, clear and concise information, and user-friendly navigation.

By creating original, helpful content and optimizing it for search engines and user experience, you can improve your website’s ranking in Google’s search results and attract more traffic to your site. This can help to increase your visibility, build your brand, and ultimately drive more business for your company.

Projects | January 17, 2022

Featured Project: Hitman Pest Control

Hitman Pest website home page

We’ve been handling website and marketing services for Hitman Pest Control since 2007. They offer pest control services in San Antonio, Bulverde and Spring Branch, TX, offering exterminations, treatments for termites, ants, roaches, mosquito misting and more.

In addition to designing the original website and hosting it for more than 15 years, we’ve kept it up-to date with several redesigns to keep it looking up-to-date, as well as keeping it current with web technologies like SSL, mobile compatibility, social media integration, speed and caching enhancements and more.

We also provide SEO (search engine optimization) and marketing services to ensure that their services are easy to locate on major search sites, as well as social media.

Projects | February 25, 2020

Featured Project: Texas Architectural Timbers

Texas Architectural Timbers has been our customer since 2008. Over the years we’ve done many redesigns to keep it looking current and modern, to take advantage of new technologies, and to ensure that it’s mobile friendly.

They are based in the Texas hill country, and they offer a variety of unique wood building materials to builders across the country, including antique, weathered and textured timbers.

Projects | November 14, 2019

New Project: MRT Furniture Restoration

We recently completed a new website for MRT Furniture Restoration, based in San Antonio. https://furniturerepairusa.org/

MRT professionally restores, repairs and cleans leather furniture, chairs, sofas, as well as automotive interiors, watercraft and more. They can also handle repairs to wood, parts, springs, stuffing and more.

Services | February 16, 2019

Creating Gmail Message Filters

Get more control over your incoming messages 

Use the following instructions to instruct Gmail how to handle important emails. Gmail can label messages from your domain email, and you can ensure that you never miss your Contact Form submissions again.

1. Open Message Filter Settings

In the search box at the top, click the button on the right side of the search box, shown below [Show search options].

2. Create a Rule for Incoming Email From Your Domain

Next, in the field [To] type the email address from your domain name (probably [email protected]). Now click [Create Filter].

3. Apply Rules to Matching Messages

On the next page you can tell Gmail what to do when it receives a message that matches this filter. You may choose to [Apply a label], which makes it easier to distinguish emails from your domain name email. The option [Never send it to Spam] ensures you won’t have to worry about these messages getting lost in your Spam folder.

You may also choose to apply these rules to existing emails, by choosing the last option. 

Create a Rule for Your Contact Form Emails

To create a filter that only matches your Contact Form emails, go to step 2, then in the field [Subject] type the subject of your contact form emails. Now click [Create Filter].

Services | January 16, 2019

Set Up Your Domain Email in Gmail

Use the following steps to get your new email account working in Gmail. We will provide you with the correct username and password.

1. Log into your Gmail account.

2. Click on the Settings icon in the upper right corner. A drop down menu should appear and you can click on [See all Settings].

3. Click on the [Accounts and Import] tab. Then, in the section [Check mail from other accounts], click [Add a mail account]. A new window should pop up.

4. Enter your full email address in the new window, then click the [Next] button.

5. Ensure Import emails from my other account (POP3) is selected and click [Next].

6. In the next window:

  • Enter the full email address as the username: [email protected]
  • Enter the password for the account
  • The POP Server is mail.domainname.com
  • Select Port 110.
  • Set the label option according to personal preference.

7. Click the [Add Account] button. You should receive a confirmation message that the mail account has been added (for receiving email).

8. Now, to be able to send mail out from Gmail using this address, make sure the “Yes” option is checked on the next screen. Then click the [Next] button:

9. Enter your name here. Leave the “Treat as an alias” button checked. Click the [Next Step] button.

10. On the next screen, enter the following information:

  • The SMTP Server will be: mail.domainname.com
  • Use Port 25
  • Enter the full username again: [email protected]
  • Enter the email password again
  • Leave the TLS option checked.
  • Click the [Add Account] button.

11. A confirmation email will have been sent to your Gmail inbox.

12. Check your Gmail inbox. You may need to wait for a minute or two.

13. Open the Gmail confirmation email.

14. Either click on the provided confirmation link or enter the confirmation code provided and click Verify. The small window will close automatically.

Congratulations! The mail for your domain name email account will now appear in your normal Gmail inbox. Let us know if you have any problems getting this working.

Ideas, SEO | January 5, 2016

Taking and Sharing Photos for Social Media

photos social media

Taking and sharing photos online is an important ingredient for good marketing results. Here are some tips that can help you to plan and organize your photos to match the different social media services.

Photo Sharing Priorities

The first and most important place to focus is your business website. The photos on your main website pages are what potential customers will look at before deciding to contact you. Make sure they are high quality and that they represent your business well. Also, if your website has one or more photo galleries that show off or explain your services, then these are also where you attention should go first.

However, by posting extra photos on a regular basis, you can generate interest in your business, increase search site traffic, and impress potential clients. How should these be shared? We will discuss how to best utilize your website’s blog, Facebook and Instagram, as these are the best places to start.

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Ideas | June 17, 2015

How To Write Effective Copy for Your Website

Writing good copy for your business website is something that sounds easy. After all, it is your business. But most of us weren’t taught this kind of writing in school, so it’s easy to either get stuck, or worse, to write bad copy.

The good news is that the principles behind writing for the web aren’t hard to grasp. Here are some of the basics:

Don’t Over-Communicate

It’s good to be enthusiastic about your products or services, but remember that your visitor probably has just a few specific questions that they want answered. Long paragraphs with too much information are not likely to be read at all.

The best way to organize the information on your website is to start with only the most basic details on your home page, and then progressively offer visitors more details on sub-pages. Notice the home page examples below, one with full paragraphs of text, and the other using brief teasers:


The best way to organize the information on your website is to start with only the most basic details on your home page, and then progressively offer visitors more details on sub-pages. This way your visitors can see at a glance what you do, and then quickly find out where to get the additional details that they want.

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Uncategorized | September 21, 2014

Uploading Video to YouTube & Posting

First step is to go to the YouTube website and switch to the website channel.

Now that we’re in the right YouTube account, we’re ready to add video.

Next, click the upload button at the top of the page:

Now click the large button to browse for the video file on the computer:

Now the video will begin uploading and the next screen will appear:

While the video is uploading and processing, you should add a title and description. Click publish when done, and you’ll see the following: 

Click the video link to watch it on the main YouTube site, and verify that it looks good. Now you can get the code to embed the video on your website:

To get the code, first click the SHARE button, then click EMBED in the window that appears.

On the Embed Video screen, unclick ‘Show suggested videos…’ and then click the COPY button.

Now on your website, open a new post, and in TEXT mode paste the code where you want the video to appear.

Finally, in most cases you will want to set the width to “100%” and the height to “540”. Now your video should appear on the page!


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