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Something Fierce: Marian Call

Nothing beats live music. I listen to a lot of music. There’s almost always something playing in my office when I’m working (which prompts another post about auto-playing audios and videos on your websites…). I have very eclectic taste in music, more wide-ranging probably than I do in art or literature. And one of my very very favourite things is…

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But I Didn’t Sign Up For This! (Are you sending spam?)

I really wish that when entrepreneurs decide to start marketing online, they’d learn – and respect – the rules for playing in the various sandboxes. Last week I wrote about one disagreeable practice: tagging someone in a Facebook post when the content has nothing do to with them. This week I’m writing about another disagreeable practice: adding someone to your…

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Your Email Marketing Guide: Taylor Made Time

As entrepreneurs, there is sooo much we need to know about different aspects of marketing. What can I do? What can’t I do? What should I do, or not do? How do I get my message across in the best way to the most people? Want some help? My friend and colleague Bonnie Taylor Wachowicz is one of the best…

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Tag, You’re It (whether you want to be or not)

A funny thing happened to me last month. It made me do some thinking on what to do – and what NOT to do – when you use social media to promote your business. (The photo is just for fun; I couldn’t resist the kids playing tag at the beach, as it’s cold and snowy here!) Someone tagged me in…

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Akismet: Protect your WordPress site from web spam

Is your WordPress website getting slammed with spammy comments? Congratulations! You’re getting enough traffic to attract some attention. The bad news is that you’re attracting the wrong kind of attention. And the last thing you want is to offend your REAL audience with shady or off-colour or downright nasty comments that unscrupulous attackers are sending your way. I’ve tested a…

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The Hazy Path: Get Clear About Your Website

I grew up on the Eastern seaboard, which is a much damper climate than where I live now, and we used to get these tremendous ground fogs at certain times of the year when the temperatures were just right.  When you drove especially at night, it was sometimes really hard to get a clear vision of the road ahead of…

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Networking for Success: eWomen Network

What do you do to grow your business? I do a lot of networking. I like being in the community, the company, of other like-minded individuals. I especially like being in the company of creative, passionate, empowered women who strive to change the world. That’s what I get from eWomen Network. Headquartered in Dallas, it’s the biggest women’s business network…

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When the Problem is You: Get Out of Your Own Way, Part 3

The last two weeks, I’ve talked about some myths that can keep us from moving our business and ourselves in the direction we want to go. The first myth was about not being able to let go and delegate: “No one knows my business as well as I do, so no one can do these things as well as I…

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Good For What Ails You: East House Natural Health Centre

One of the most important ways I can take care of my business is to take care of myself. I have a wonky knee. In the summer of 2006 I managed to dislocate my kneecap and rip up the cartilage. A year of physiotherapy and a series of cortisone injections right below the kneecap helped some; arthroscopic surgery in 2007…

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When the Problem is You: Get Out of Your Own Way, Part 2

As entrepreneurs we buy into all sorts of myths sometimes, beliefs that can keep us stuck and prevent us from moving forward. For me, there are three traps I can find myself falling into if I’m not careful. Last week I wrote about the trap of thinking no one else can do {xxx} as well as I can so I…

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