It’s a hard thing to decide on, right? Especially if you’re not in this design/website world & don’t know the terminology or what any of it actually means.
Maybe Squarespace is a platform that you’ve never even heard of.
Maybe you have heard of it but know it’s a website thing and just blew it off because you don’t know anything about websites & assumed those ads aren’t meant for people like you.
Maybe you’ve talked to designers before about about building a website & they’re using terminology you don’t know or understand. Do you find yourself nodding along, but thinking something like ‘I don’t know what any of this really means; how does this apply to me?’
Or ‘What is hosting & a domain?’
Or ‘What do you mean I’ll be able to edit my own website when you’re done with the design stuff? That sounds scary & overwhelming!’
In the beginning of a website project I always list the wonderful reasons why I use Squarespace for my own website & for my clients as well, especially to the folks who aren’t up to date & don’t know what a “Square Space” is. 😉
The key here is, I try to explain all of this in layman’s terms of how it applies to YOU and what the value is for YOU or YOUR BUSINESS.Read More
I totally get it. Most people don’t want to blog, don’t know how to “write” posts or don’t have a friggin’ clue what to write about.
Well, I’m afraid if you want to have any kind of online presence, you need to get over it. #sorrynotsorry
Keep reading, because I’m about to tell you everything I know about why blogging helps with your website SEO, from my own personal experience.
(HINT: blogging is a “thing” for a reason, and more than just so everyone has a place on the internet to voice their innermost thoughts. 😉)Read More
Are you frustrated with uploading large images to your website (but didn’t know there was another way)?
‘I’m pulling out my hair over here!’ 🤬
Don’t know what to name your image files?
‘Is IMG_0321-edit1.jpg is wrong?’ 😨
Think it doesn’t matter what you name your files, or how large they are?
‘Yes, no one can see the file name anyway!’ 😏
(You’re wrong about that, BTdubbs.)
Optimizing images for Squarespace SEO purposes (and the web in general) isn’t actually hard or time consuming, so this’ll be quick, with lots of screenshots!Read More
Have you’ve been wondering whether Squarespace is SEO friendly? I'm sharing best practices for how & where to use keywords for your Squarespace website's SEO.
Search Engine Optimization is an incredibly expansive topic, so I'm breaking this up into more bite-sized pieces!
Stay tuned, because I'm also covering these topics in later posts & additional content:
A tutorial for optimizing images for websites
(smaller file sizes = faster load times)
Which types of pages have big SEO opportunities
Why Blogging is great for SEO
Social Media & SEO (focusing on Pinterest)
Helpful Tools & Resources
Truth? I'm not an SEO expert and don't claim to be one. That being said, when I first started my website back in 2015 (first of all I had no idea what SEO was or that I needed it in order to have a successful website), I couldn't afford to hire an SEO expert, so I learned everything I could about how to do it myself.
My efforts are paying off; Google has ranked me on the top of page 1 for several of my keywords. Now I'm sharing what I've learned with you!Read More
You know the little chat icons you see in the bottom right hand corner of web apps like MailerLite, Dubsado, and so many others?
Have you ever wished that you could have something like that too, but can't afford the expense or just don't want to pay for it?
I've got you covered then, because I'm going to show you how to install the Facebook Messenger plugin on your Squarespace website!
Don't worry, it's actually really simple and can be done in just a few short minutes.Read More
Life pulls us in all directions, doesn't it? It can be so unpredictable, especially for business owners & entrepreneurs. Anything we can do to make our business more predictable, for the people who invest their time in us, makes the experience more positive, right?
But I know blogging can be a time suck; I totally get it. Especially when you're first starting out.
To solve that problem, you can batch like-tasks (blogging & posting to social media, for example) & schedule ahead, so that throughout the days/weeks ahead, you don't have to think about it on the day-to-day. Who's got time to post live, anyway???
You've got enough on your plate already; don't add even more unnecessary stress to your day!Read More
My own Free Resource Library evolved a lot since I initially set it up. It was password protected for most of that time, and I never really felt right about that.
I don't know about you, but I like to see the resources before I decide to sign up & grab one; ya know?
So recently, I decided to open it up to everyone.
That meant no more password!
But how do those freebies still work as opt-ins, if the page isn't password protected anymore?
Well my friend, that's a great question!
I'm going to walk you through how to set up your own Free Resource Library on Squarespace right now, that will still work as opt-ins, but without the pesky password.Read More
If you've been following along for the last several months, then you probably already know I use Dubsado for my business. In fact, I'm kind of obsessed with it!
Dubsado has an online scheduler now, but I still haven’t gotten around to setting it up and since it's not ready yet, I’m still using Acuity because it integrates well with Squarespace and it also has a lot of features, like the ability to take a payment when a client makes certain types of appointments.
Acuity has a free plan, but it allows limited customization among other limitations. At first that was fine, but eventually I wanted the features that the paid plans offer.
If you want the paid plan features too AND you're a Squarespace user, you can upgrade to the Emerging Entrepreneur Acuity plan, FOR FREE.
That plan is valued at $15/month, allows more customization, and I'm going to show you how to get it FREE in today's quick blog post. #thankmelaterRead More
When a website project is complete and I hand over ownership to the client, he/she can choose whether to add me as an Admin on their site in case they need any hands-on help while they're learning to use Squarespace. Basically, that just allows me to use my own login to view & edit their site on an as-needed basis, if they ever need any help.
My Admin status can be removed at any point, whenever my client feels comfortable enough with the platform, and can be reinstated if help is ever needed again.
Because I'm an Admin for a growing list of my client's Squarespace sites, I get questions now and then about how to do simple things that aren't so obvious. So today, I'm going to walk you through 5 not so obvious Squarespace tip & tricks.Read More
Today, I'm going to walk you through how to use a new heading style in Squarespace. Whether you're new to SS, or you've been around a while, you've probably noticed there's only 3 Heading font options in your Text Block. I don't know about you, but sometimes I just need 1 more! And not just one more static option, but one that's changeable as needed.
Nowhere that I've ever seen, does the Style Editor offer you 1 more font choice for the headings, and even if it did, it would be a static choice that can't change per use, depending on where you want to use it. So how do you go about getting another one? You use the Markdown Block.
What is that, by the way? It's just another way of writing in more customized text. It's more customizeable than the Text Block and it does use a little code, but don't let that scare you away!
I'm going to paste it in here for you, and tell you which parts to edit. And if you're afraid you'll mess up your entire site by "coding it wrong," then don't worry! Anything you put in Markdown will not effect the rest of your site, it only effects what you put inside that block. So if you do it, and you don't like it, just delete that block, or erase the content inside that block's edit window, and start over. No harm, no foul!
TIP: Go ahead and open up a new document in Word (or Pages) so you can paste in the code I'm giving you. That way you can refer back to it easily later on, AND you can paste in your own Markdown language there to grab later. That will keep you from having to recreate it every time!Read More
Ever add a new element on your site, only to realize it doesn't match the style of your brand or your website? On Squarespace, HOW DO you make the most out of your Style Editor?? How do you catch those little things? And why didn't you see them before?
To get the most out of your Squarespace site, you’ve gotta really dig into that Style Editor page. But what you may not realize? The editor won't allow you to style some things that aren't on the page you’re viewing when you enter the Style Editor!
So today’s Squarespace Tip will walk you through setting up a Style Guide page, to help you get the most out of your Style Editing!Read More
How do you create categories with icons in Squarespace? It's actually pretty simple and I'll break it down into 3 easy steps. Ready? =)Read More
This will be a quick step-by-step guide to setting up a blog archive on your Squarespace website. It's simple, don't worry!Read More
These days a dated, cluttered or confusing website with old information and unprofessional layouts can make or break your business "cred."
SOO much of business, sales & marketing is done online now, so staying up-to-date is a must! But how? Hiring a designer to build a website can be very expensive!
There are cheaper DIY options now, but with all the different platforms out there, how do you know which one really fits your needs as a business owner? Which one will be easiest to use if you're not a designer or maybe not even very tech savvy?
Good news, my friend! I've used both the Squarespace & Weebly platform myself, so I've created a list below of Pros & Cons for each, that may help you nail down the one that's right for you.Read More