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After doing what we do for a couple decades now, we've amassed quite a bit of knowledge when it comes to design, marketing, and doing better business. The purpose of the JVM blog is to share this knowledge with small business owners and entrepreneurs. If you have a request for a particular topic or would like to be a guest author, please get in contact.

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Why the Cheapest Website Might Not Be Best for Your Business

"And that's the last time that I use someone "cheaper" to upgrade a few odds-and-ends around the site for me. My lesson has officially been learned". I received that quote from a client who needed a contact form on her site fixed. After paying "someone cheap", the form didn't function right. As it turned out, it took me about 30 minutes to trouble shoot and fix the errors. Needless to say, the client was happy, and the lesson was learned that tying to find a cheap solution isn't always the best.

Web Terminology: The Favicon and Why It’s Important

If you don’t know what a favicon is, don’t worry, you’re not alone! However, chances are you’ve at least seen them while browsing around the internet. A little history … Believe it or not, the internet was devoid of favicons until the spring of 1999, when Microsoft released Internet Explorer 5 – the first web browser to support them ...

The high cost of “free” when it comes to web design.

Having actually lived through the first wave of “free” websites (think Geocities, etc.) I figured another wave would come around. It’s not like all these types of services ever fully went away, it’s just that a new surge in popularity is happening. I’ve even seen tv commercials for 2 or 3 different services now.

First rule of free: you get what you pay for.

Companies throughout the years have offered free website builders and free [...]

Marketing Your Service-Based Business in the Time of COVID-19

States across the U.S. have locked down due to COVID-19, I've been spending more time on Twitter interacting with peers as well as other small businesses. Someone posed the question the other week, "Should I even still market by business right now?" The responses were an overwhelming OMG yes! And then followed the explanations on why and how.

What’s the point of adding new content to your site?

Earlier this week, I had a client ask the, “what’s the point of adding content to your site if it doesn’t come right up in Google” question. It can definitely be frustrating to spend the time to craft a good piece of content and then not see it come up when you search for it on Google. I wanted to just outline why this happens....

Are You Ready To Get Social?

An urgently buzzed about element of having an online presence is the social one: whether via an external network or your own personal hub, interacting with others in the online space is a valuable way to define and perpetuate your brand, promote your services, and stay on top of what’s going on in your industry.

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