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5 Reasons You Should Blog

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sunnvalleywebsiteIf you have a business or organization, I recommend you blog about it. Here are 5 reasons why you should blog about your products or services. 

1.  SEO (search engine optimization) Search engines are constantly crawling the web looking for new and relevant content.  Blogging is a great free way to increase organic search engine optimization results. 

2.  Attract your target audience. Blogging keeps your business current for your viewers and creates repeat traffic.

3.  Announcements, news & events. Blogging is a great way to announce the news, events, sales or behind the scenes information about your business. 

4.  Create a conversation.  By using a comments feature, you can create a conversation on your posts.  This is a great way to network.

5.  Authenticity.  Blogging is a great way for readers to get to know you and your business, and feel personally connected.

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10 Reasons to Hire Professional Web Developer

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SUN 3137Technology is here to stay! If you have a business you need a website.  Since this is the single most important marketing aspect of your business, it should look professional.  Your website should reflect your brand or aesthetic of your business.  This is how you attract the right customers for your business.  Here are 10 reasons why you should hire a professional developer.  

1.  Save time!  It's faster for a web developer to create your website, giving you time to focus on your business. 

2.  Your website should be custom and not use templates to reflect your brand. 

3.  Web developers implement search engine optimization strategies during the design process. 

4.  Developers can test and customize sites for mobility as they are built. 

5.  A designer understands (UI) user interface, selecting the perfect fonts, spacing, colors, and images to use to make your site look professional.

6.  Developers understand user experience (UX), creating navigation, captures, and content placement for lead capture.

7.  Developers know what the latest trends are.

8.  A professional website gives your business credibility.

9.  Custom sites set you apart from the competition.   

10. Developers know which tools to use to check for broken links, content issues, SEO, install traffic reporting tools.  

 

January 2020 News at Sunnvalley

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wordcloudI can't believe it is 2020 already!  This January is Sunnvalley's 13th year in business!

In August 2019 I became an official Graphic and Media Designer, earning a Bachelor's Degree and graduating Summa cum laude (high honors) from SNHU.  I've been putting my new skills to work as you can see in my graphic design portfolio and web design portfolio.

This January, I updated the Web Design Packages as well as added NEW Website Care Packages.  Website Care Packages work perfectly for anyone who has a website, not just Sunnvalley customers.  

Our Web Design Packages include hosting, domain registrations, security, and copywriting, updates, backups, training and email accounts and more.  The Website Design Package, or Website Care Package keep your online marketing efforts relevant, fast, and secure for YOUR customers. 

What is the difference between the two?  A Web Design Package is used during the design process. A Website Care Package is the maintenance of an existing site.   

To find out more about our web design packages, contact me or get started with a free quote.

Sunnvalley also has a new Web Design Checkup service.  It's like going to the doctor's office! Sunnvalley will review your website and host and you will receive a checkup report. There is a lot of great information that comes from these reports, find out more

We also have a new referral plan.  Want to make an easy $50.00!  Refer A Friend.

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Consumers searching for your business online

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Mobile Website DesignIf you have a business and no website, you are missing out on the opportunity to tell your customers all about your business! 

In an article, Forbes stated: “Only 51% of small businesses have a website. That’s a major concern when you have 97% of consumers searching for products and services online. If you haven’t done so already, start getting to work on your website. It doesn’t have to be too fancy or complicated. Keep it simple with pages that showcase your work, a bio, contact information, testimonials, and a blog where you can share your expertise and unique voice."

Sunnvalley can help you get started with a domain registration & hosting services. We can also custom design your website and keep it updated for you, or train you on how to use it. Sunnvalley also provides monthly search engine optimization services to get your website noticed on the web!

If you are just starting out with your new business, Sunnvalley can create a new brand for you.  If you already have a website, Sunnvalley will transfer your current website to Sunnvalley hosting for free!  Our pricing is competitive with all other hosting companies. Also, we can take a look at your current brand and see if there is room for enhancements!  

Refer a Friend

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Refer A Friend

When you refer a paying website client to Sunnvalley, you will receive a $50.00 gift certificate to Sunnvalley!  This gift certificate can be used for any of our services including web design, graphic design, and photography!  

REFER A FRIEND

 

Website Health Checkup

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 Website Health Checkup

Hosting, security, search engines, analytics, and mobility, are constantly changing.  A website checkup is a great way to make sure your website is ready for your customers.

Here are 14 items that are checked. 

1. Hosting Version

Even though your website may look the same, your hosting company is constantly updating their versions to keep up with processing, mobility, speed, security, etc.  Sunnvalley will check your version.   

2. CMS Version

Content management system's old versions can make your website look outdated, and run slower.  Sunnvalley can check your version for you.

3. Sunnvalley hosting backups

Your hosting now comes with a backup, but this needs to be set up.  Sunnvalley can do this for free with your checkup.  

4. Updated Design

Website designs and trends keep changing.  Sunnvalley can assess your website, and recommend updates. 

5. SSL Certificate

Google officially began marking websites without an HTTPS:// as insecure. In order for your website to be valid to search engines such as Google, they now require an SSL Certificate. SSL allows you to secure pages on your site so that information such as logins, credit card numbers, etc are sent encrypted instead of plain text. It is important to secure your site’s login areas, shopping areas, and other pages where sensitive information could be sent over the web. Sunnvalley can check to see if you have an SSL and if it's working properly. 

6. Security

Security doesn't come with hosting. It is purchased separately. Security keeps your website and it's visitors safe malware and spam.  Sunnvalley will check and see if you have security and run a quick scan for free if you do already have security.

7. Domain Privacy

Your domain address can be listed as "private" helping to avoid spam emails, email scams, and bogus snail mail. The status will be checked.  

8. Google Analytics 

This free website traffic reporting tool tells you who your customers are, what devices they use to get on to your Sunnvalleybsite, how they found you, what your most popular page is, how long they are on your site and a lot more. Sunnvalley can check to see if you have Analytics set up and if it's working.

9. Forms with Captcha

All forms should use Captcha, it's usually a require checkbox from the visitor.  Sunnvalley will check forms for Captcha, and test if it's working. 

10. Website with Captcha

CMS websites have the ability to send and receive an email. Using Captcha will help fight off spam and viruses.  Sunnvalley will check to see if your website captcha is set up.  

11. SEO

Descriptions, tags, and alt tags help search engines find your website and attract visitors. Sunnvalley can assess what you have so far and recommend any updates.

12. Mobility Testing 

Sunnvalley can test your site on 2 mobile devices to see if there are any issues.  

13. Access to Your Hosting

Access to hosting provides you with 24/7 support. Sunnvalley can see if you have access to hosting.  

14. Social Media Links

There are two types of social media links you can have on your website.  The links the share, and the links that bring you to a social page.  Sunnvalley can check for these, and see if they work.  

 

If you are interested in receiving a report please let me know.  The checkup and report are $50.00.  Includes free backup set up.

The fee doesn't include updating any of your services or the design. 


Contact Sunnvalley to get started!