My Inspirations And Motivators (a.k.a what keeps me going!)

My Inspirations And Motivators (a.k.a what keeps me going!)

My posts this week have centered on workflow, focus and organization.  I’d like to end the week by give you an idea of the types of things that inspire and motivate me.  Not only as a business owner but also as a Father and human being.

I find a lot of inspiration in my daily Buddhist practice with it’s emphasis on mediation, gratitude and compassion.  My exposure to Buddhism since 2013 has been a major calming and focusing factor in my life.  The philosophy of impermanence (nothing lasts forever) has been a huge tool to help me through difficult times and come out on the other end better than I was when I started.
Also, while I’m not a voracious consumer of inspirational memes and videos, I have come across several that I have saved and regularly watch and share with my kids.

Gratitude

This is the video I have watched and shared with my family more often than any other.  It has a simple, wonderful, powerful message.  Gratitude.

If You Want to Change the World, Start Off by Making Your Bed

A truly wonderful video about the power of perseverance, focus, taking things one step at a time and making sure to start by doing the “little things”.

How To Let Your Light Shine Bright!

As motivating speeches go, it doesn’t get much better than this!!  Bring a pair of shades 🙂  I smile EVERY. SINGLE. TIME. I see this.

One Life – Act Like It!

Everything that has happened has happened.  No more dwelling, no more complaining.  Go out and execute!.

I hope these strike a cord with you.  Feel free to leave a comment on what you thought of them or if you have other things and inspire and motivate you that you’d like to share.

Take care,
Skip & Sandy

Monday Morning Marketing – Must Have SEO Plugins For Your WordPress Website

Monday Morning Marketing – Must Have SEO Plugins For Your WordPress Website

Online Web MarketingSearch engines and search engine results are a major source of traffic for your website.  Search engine optimization (SEO) is the best strategy for positive, effective search engine results!  One of the best things you can do to start you search engine optimization campaign is to install plugins on your site to help you with on-site optimization.  It may come as no surprise that there is no shortage of SEO and SMM plugins available, however here at Shadowbend Studios we have been using a handful of the industry leading offerings to great effect and would like to share them with you!

Yoast SEO
If you have only one plugin on your site, this should be the one.  From Yoast’s website:

“Since 2008 Yoast SEO has helped millions of websites worldwide to rank higher in search engines. This WordPress SEO plugin helps you with your search engine optimization. Are you not entirely convinced? Yoast SEO is the favorite WordPress SEO plugin of millions of users worldwide!  As Yoast’s mission is SEO for Everyone, the plugin’s users range from the bakery around the corner to some of the most popular sites on the planet.”

Yoast SEO is easy to use, intuitive and very very effective!

Download Yoast SEO

Schema – All In One Schema Rich Snippets
In my opinion, this is a fantastic and terribly underrated plugin!  Snippets are the portion of a website that Google displays in search engine results.  Under normal conditions, Google just takes a slice of text from the top portion of a web page and displays it.  With Schema – All In One Schema Rich Snippets YOU create and control the text that is displayed.  The plugin also works well with Yoast SEO for a great one-two SEO punch!

Download Schema – All In One Schema Rich Snippets

As I said, there are many more but these two are the heavy hitters that no WordPress website should be without.  If you’d like more information, more recommendations or you’d like help installing and configuring these plugins on your site, contact Shadowbend Studios today!

Take care,
Skip & Sandy

Launch- Accountability Advertising

Motivated,  professional and on point.  That’s the way I would describe the team over at Accountability Advertising.  It was a pleasure working with Rich, John and Jackie and they helped make the design process very smooth indeed.  I managed to achieve one of the fastest turnaround times for a redesign project and still kept the result clean, professional and stylish.  This was due in no small part to the fact that the Accountability Advertising team knew what they wanted, gave me a definitive “yes” when they saw what they liked and not only let me know when they did not want a particular element but had suggesstions for changing it. I look forward to a continued relationship with everyone at Accountability Advertising.

Time to call it a night!

Skip

Launch!- ABETCO

Advanced Business Equipment Technologies, Inc. www.abetco.com

Paul Jensen and Sam Dumenigo were looking to upgrade their existing website as well as adding an ecommerce solution and online forms for existing clients to send in equipment information. This was a great site to work on as the various features were challenging to put together in a harmonious whole. I’m particularly happy with the results.

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