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Taking Full Advantage of Opportunities in Tough Financial Times

The world is going through some tough changes right now because of the pandemic COVID-19. But that doesn't mean we need to sit down and wait for it to dissipate or worst, panic. This blog post will give you some ideas on how to take full advantage of opportunities in tough financial times.

Things to do to Taking Full Advantage of Opportunities in Tough Financial Times:

Stay Calm! There is so much panic in the world and you want your business to be affected by that. Try to follow accurate information. Do not fall into clickbait titles especially from the news media.

Refer to trusted websites like CDC Guidelines or go to your local health agency or department of education in your county.

Don't overreact and stay calm.

Other tips:

  • Air dry your hands. Don't use a paper towel or air blowers.
  • If you are in a public area, use paper towels to open doorknobs or press elevator buttons.

Ideas to think about that will help your business weather the storm:

Here are some guidelines:

  1. Does something jump out at you? (like a eureka moment) Write it down quickly!
  2. Your Authority can increase regardless of the dire situation. Work towards improving that.

General Ideas:

Instead of binge-watching Netflix or any other subscriptions, take advantage of this free time!

1. Take advantage of Low-Interest Rates
ex. Refinance your house

2. Communicate with your Lenders and Vendors

3. Take advantage of Buying & Selling both in-store products or online.

4. Think of special products and services that you can offer to your clients for more success.
ex. Offer discounted products or services.

Remote Tools to start using in your business:

  1. Zoom Conference: for meeting with clients and my team.
  2. Loom: for recording videos and communicate with my team
    They are currently having a 50% off sale.

Things to do for your Business:

1. Review and tweak your Mision-Vision Statements and Core Values
These are important to set boundaries within the business. You can refer to last month's maintenance email or the blog post.

2. Write! Write! Write!
Write that blog that you always wanted to put out there. Or even a recipe book!

3. Do Videos on youtube or Vimeo

4. Learn a new skill
In PWC we use the following services:

  1. Skillshare
  2. Udemy
  3. Basic and Free Tutorial videos on youtube
    Note: This new skill should be directed to boost your business.

5. Come up with a new product or Service
You can reach out to your clients and ask them what service would be of value to them at this exact moment.

6. Email Newsletter for your clients
The overall idea is to think of ways/methods to serve/help your clients during this time.

7. Examine your Business

  • Look into your finances
  • Team Building
  • Marketing
  • Operations
  • Product Development
  • Check-in which area you are behind and work towards fixing it.

8. Look at your Cashflow

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This pdf is full of practical tips to help you save cash. Contact us through email or contact form or our chat box and we'll get that in your mail.

9. Connect with people with LinkedIn
Make sure you have an idea of what your ideal client avatar is.

10. What can you do that is TOTALLY ONLINE
Maybe an information product? Update your website with new text? Maybe a redesign?

11. Business Book summaries
Contact us for more information and we'll be happy to share this with you.

12. Upgrade your Computer Systems via used Hardware
If you need help with this contact me through email or use our website help system and I'll connect you with that service.

DO NOT PANIC! DONT SIT AROUND! STAY IN ACTION MODE!

Final thoughts:

Maintain and improve your online presence. Remote work or work from home is slowly becoming the trend as people realize that they'll be saving resources.

If you have questions, I'll be more than happy to free up some time for you.
Schedule a meeting with me through schedulewithdave.com

Why are we doing this?

Our PWC Vision is to "Every Entrepreneur freed to unleash their true potential to help transform the world".

We want to help you guys and invest our time and skills in you.

TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THIS TIME. BE IN ACTION MODE. DO NOT BE IN REACTION MODE.

YOU CAN BE STRONGER AND TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THIS OPPORTUNITY.

Stay safe and take care, everyone!

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HELPING YOUR BUSINESS

Why is it important to define your company's Mission and Vision? (Part 1)

Having a Mision-Vision set is important whether you're operating a mom-pop business or a multinational corporation. These statements help your team members find their purpose or place in your organization and gives YOU guiding principles about why you do what you do.

Together, your Mission and VIsion provide the following for you and your team:

  • Guidance
  • Direction
  • Boundaries
  • Filters
  • Inspiration
  • Energy and Excitement
  • Kindles Passion (ability to suffer)

A vision statement is the Desired End-State, like "Clean water for everyone". It's a one-sentence statement that helps inspire you and your team so that you see the results of your work being manifest.

For example, our vision statement at Pro Website Creators is  "Every entrepreneur freed to unleash their true potential to help transform the world​". 

For us, this means we want to help you not only with your website but with other aspects of your business and life. For example, if you didn't know, Dave is a certified John Maxwell coach (like a life coach) as well as, with Larry Broughton, has helped hundreds of entrepreneurs in their lives and businesses.

We are also coming out with a program called "HireMyVA" where you can Hire and Thrive with a Virtual Assistant without Breaking the Bank! (More on this later).

So what's your Vision (desired end-state) for your company?

Simple Computer Hacks!

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11 Things you start doing NOW to make this the best decade ever!

1. Romanticize your life
Most of us follow a daily routine and it can get dull over time. But "romanticizing" small things throughout your day, such as how good the warmth of the sun feels or how wonderful it is to hear your kids' laugh, will immediately boost your day.

2. Travel, Travel, Travel
Find the wonders of this world by wandering.

3. Be curious
Be creative. Find your inner artist even if you're not the dreamer type. Fall in love with yourself by rediscovering yourself in different ways.

4. Balance is the key
Too much work is not good as life is too short. Too much play will dull you down. Find your equilibrium and stick with it.

5. Shine
Don't be afraid to stand out and be different. Let your sparkle shine onto others.

Read the full article here: https://bit.ly/3aliQtY​

Security Issues/Updates

Windows 7 users, It's time for an upgrade!

Microsoft ended its official technical support for the out-of-date Windows operating system (Windows 7) on January 14, 2020.

There are still 200 million PCs around the globe, according to industry estimates, that uses this old OS. Users include small business owners, some larger companies, and hordes of consumers holding onto aging personal computers.

Purchasing a new PC will not be necessary if your existing system meets a baseline configuration. The update from Windows 7 to Windows 10 is free so there's no need to purchase anything.

Update your OS today.

Full article: https://www.technewsworld.com/story/86452.html

Gear up with your own custom merchandise!

No more unnecessary bulk buying!

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We are going to be offering a merchandise printing service to our clients to serve you and to show you all the cool things we know how to do with e-commerce.

It's usually a hassle to get a customized t-shirt or hat or polo shirt done because of how printing companies often require bulk orders - why get 50 hats customized when you only need to use one for personal use?

Start wearing your own merchandise now! More info coming, including that we need a couple of our clients to try this out - will you be one of them?

Security Issues/Updates

Zoom Video Conference: Vulnerabilities

We personally use Zoom for our team and clients, and that's why this news caught our attention.

There's nothing to panic about unless you're in a super confidential meeting regarding sensitive information.

Maya Horowitz disclosed that Zoom has a bug that allowed others to join active meetings.

The team behind Zoom immediately issued security fixes asap.

Read the full article here: https://bit.ly/2uR3KgI

THE SITE OF THE MONTH

www.23rdveteran.org

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23rd veteran helps military & veterans who are living with trauma, and we just recently launched a redesigned, fully custom site for them.

They developed a unique 14-week mental health program that has freed veterans from a life of isolation, anxiety, panic, and depression. They help the brain relate negative triggers from military experiences to new positive memories and emotions.

Here is a heartwarming testimonial from one of their veterans:

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Visit www.23rdveteran.org to get involved with helping out our heroes!

Have a great rest of the month, and let us know how we can help you!

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Wow, did Dave mess up on his emails!

We will all mess up from time-to-time, but what sets us apart is how we work to recover from our failures!

Well, I was going to be getting a colonoscopy Monday, January 20, and I thought I should enable my out-of-office. I did that a couple of hours before my appointment.

Had never done it before...guess what happened?

For whatever reason, MacMail started generating a ton of emails! Some of you received my out-of-office notification many times with strange subject lines!

And the worse thing was, I got alerted when I was in the waiting room of my doctor's office, with no computer access. I was just about to head into the procedure and I'd be unable to do anything for several hours!

ARRGGGGHHHH!

Well, long story short, I ended up calling one of our vendors and we worked through suspending emails for the short term, so no more harm was going to be done. Phew!

Lessons learned when you have REALLY pressing problems as eventually, that will happen to all of us:

  • Choose vendors you can get ahold of with the phone (like PWC). Don't go cheap as you've worked hard to build your reputation and your business.
  • Don't panic - there's always a solution. Breathe and think.
  • Create a great relationship with your clients - when you mess up, they'll be totally forgiving!
  • Build redundancy in your business by having great vendors, team members, and systems that back you up.
  • Don't try something new technically when you won't be around to handle things if it goes belly-up!

And of course, you're wondering about the colonoscopy outcome - all good!

HELPING YOUR BUSINESS

Reminder: How to properly write dates this 2020

Make sure to spell out the whole year when writing dates especially when signing contracts.

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Why is this important? Let's say you sign a contract for services and date it "2/4/20". Someone could then add "19" to the end of the year and say you signed it a year ago!

You'd be on the hook for whatever amount of money they say you owed them.

And no way to prove them wrong.

So make sure that when you sign and date ANYTHING, write out the full year.

Quick website and marketing tips with Dave Braun

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Things to check:

  1. Make sure you have a copyright notice and
  2. That copyright notice at a minimum should say the current year; ideally, it should have a start AND an end date. Something like this:
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Security Issues/Updates

Windows 7 users, It's time for an upgrade!

Microsoft ended its official technical support for the out-of-date Windows operating system (Windows 7) on January 14, 2020.

There are still 200 million PCs around the globe, according to industry estimates, that uses this old OS. Users include small business owners, some larger companies, and hordes of consumers holding onto aging personal computers.

Purchasing a new PC will not be necessary if your existing system meets a baseline configuration. The update from Windows 7 to Windows 10 is free so there's no need to purchase anything.

Update your OS today.

Full article: https://www.technewsworld.com/story/86452.html

THE SITE OF THE MONTH

www.backstory.com.au

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With more than 30 years as a leader across the education and not-for-profit sectors, Bron Williams is a creative communicator and certified trainer passionate about enabling others to uncover the unconscious factors that drive their lives.

With her own journey through domestic abuse, from survivor to thriver, she brings a breadth and depth of wisdom, learning, and insight through three unique programs: Backstory, The Sassy Women's Project and Six Pillars of Thriving. She's also recently added a new program called "Connect The Dots" that you can check out here: https://backstory.com.au/connect-the-dots-coaching-program/

Visit backstory.com.au for more information.

Have a great rest of the month, and let us know how we can help you!

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HELPING YOUR BUSINESS

Quarterly Phone Calls

Beginning this month, we're trying something new. Dave will be calling you this quarter to ask a couple of quick questions and see if he can offer you any help or guidance in your business.

The calls are only meant to take a few minutes.

It will kinda be like a mini "jam" session that he does with military veteran entrepreneurs at the IVMF EDGE conference every year.

It will be awesome!

9 Success Habits of Wealthy People That Cost Nothing

  1. Rise up early
    Waking up early gives us time to be proactive during the day. Instead of cramming to get things done, we are able to finish tasks at our own pace with reduced stress.
    Successful people who follows this: Ex. President Barack Obama, Jack Dorsey
  2. Meditate
    Taking care of your body and mind by relaxing is a good way to improve your chances of success.
    Successful people who follows this: Oprah, Rupert Murdoch
  3. Network
    Networking can lead to people performing better at work and increases the chance of landing a job.
  4. Keep yourself occupied
    Successful people are rarely idle.
    Successful people who follow this: Elon Musk (works 80-100 hrs/week), Robert Moses (60-65 hrs/week)

REMINDER: List things to be grateful for

As the new year unfolds and we list down the goals we want to achieve, we might end up overlooking what we currently have in our lives at the moment.

So if you want to improve your outlook and be more positive, start by being a grateful person!

Kenton Beshore, the former lead pastor at Mariner's Church in Irvine, points out that studies say to do the following:

(1) Write down three things you're grateful for
(2) Tell someone about it
(3) Do this both morning and night

You can start with this list:

  • The struggles that brought you to this exact moment in your life
  • Food
  • Family
  • Life
  • Good health for you and your loved ones
  • Simply having the ability to enjoy food and other physical sensations
  • Ability to give and receive love
  • New beginnings

What are the other things you're grateful for? Write them down on a sheet of paper and reflect. Then tell someone about it!

Security Issues/Updates

Thief Stole Payroll Data for Thousands of Facebook Employees

Personal banking information for many Facebook Inc. workers in the USA were stolen last month from an employee's corporate hard drive.

Information such as names, bank account numbers, social security numbers, compensation information, salaries, etc., were stolen.

According to the investigation, the Facebook employee who got robbed wasn't supposed to take the hard drives outside the office.

That's basic security lesson number 1: DON'T DO SOMETHING STUPID! THINK! 😀

Sorry to be blunt, but if you have the same username/password over multiple critical accounts (like banking, email, social media), that's not being the wisest, and you're only asking for trouble.

THE SITE OF THE MONTH

www.goodjujuclub.com

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Founders Karen and Claudia are life long friends who promote the importance of being happy and staying in a positive vibe. That's the reason why they came up with GJC.

GJC is not just about products that create a good vibe – it’s about community, service, healing and the law of attraction. They want to spread good juju wherever and however they can.

Visit goodjujuclub.com for more information.

Have a great rest of the month, and let us know how we can help you!

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HELPING YOUR BUSINESS

Policies for your website

Several laws already require websites with a contact form to have a Privacy Policy.

Several states are proposing laws that will allow citizens to sue businesses for not having a Privacy Policy, regardless of the size or location of the business. In fact, California's new law is set to go into effect on January 1st.

But what should be in that policy?

We're investigating coming out with a service that allows you to have an updated policy that is accurate and will meet the requirements of the law.

Stay tuned for more info!

Taking care of your brain athlete style

As we grow older, different parts of our body don't recover as quickly and that includes the brain. We start treating our brain as a part of our body that needs constant training/exercise.

Watch the video to learn more about how to take care of your brain like an athlete (courtesy of Donald Miller of Story Brand, whom we're a huge fan of, and we recommend you to subscribe to his daily business videos):

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Taking care of your brain athlete style

Every week at his networking group, Dave gives a very quick website/marketing tip as part of his 30-second "speech". Here's one of them:

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IPs can get blacklisted, the email notifications you used to get could go into spam, or they could simply not work. Also, make sure your email and telephone numbers are up-to-date throughout your site.

THE SITE OF THE MONTH

www.pbpinternational.com

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When Lauri Pastrone, the founder of PBP International, stepped through the door of a one-room Rwandan structure in 2016, she had no idea that she would leave changed — inspired by a chance meeting, and a big dream.

Her dream? To create an opportunity for artisans in disenfranchised areas to craft beautifully made, memorable gifts for businesses like yours, providing these makers an income and renewed dignity.

Today, their team at Peace by Piece International are thrilled to bring corporate gifts unique to your business. Handmade, curated and customizable, their gift lines are designed to make a lasting impact across the globe — and a long-lasting impression here at home.

Visit pbpinternational.com for more information.

Have a great rest of the month, and let us know how we can help you!

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HELPING YOUR BUSINESS

Emphasize Your Core Values

At Pro Website Creators, our core values are GRITS

  • Grins
  • Relentless Improvement
  • Integrity
  • Thankful
  • Service

We've defined what they mean (see our About page), and we work to emphasize them with our team.

For example, Grins, we share a joke of the day with each other as part of our daily task list that we post in Basecamp, our project management software we love.

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Here are two favorites:

(1) A taxi passenger tapped the driver on the shoulder to ask him a question.  The driver screamed, lost control of the car, nearly hit a bus, drove up onto the sidewalk, and screeched to a halt just inches from a shop window.  For a second everything went quiet in the cab.  Then the driver said, "Look, don't ever do that again.  You scared the daylights out of me!"
The passenger apologized. "I didn't realize that a little tap would scare you so much."
"Sorry," the driver replied, "It's not really your fault.  Today is my first day as a taxi driver.  I've been driving a hearse for the last 25 years."

(2) What did the momma cow say to the baby cow out in the field later in the day?
"It's pasture bedtime."

We may make this a regular feature of the report!

But the point is, emphasize your core values with your team. Do something to keep them alive!

Proper Way to Name Images Before Uploading Them to Your Website

It is important to properly name your images or any media you want to upload on your website. Doing so would make it easier to find files and improve your website's SEO.

It's also critical for Accessibility reasons.

Watch Dave's video explaining how to properly name your images.

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SECURITY ISSUES AND UPDATES

Update LastPass Now!

It would be the smartest move to update LastPass if you're using it as your password manager. There was a security bug in their system that could have revealed credentials entered on a site you previously visited.

LastPass issued a fix on September 12 solving the security bug mentioned. For Chrome users, the update should be applied automatically. If you're using a LastPass app, update it ASAP!

This security bug doesn't mean that you should give up on using Password Managers, or any software that has a security flaw. Just be careful by

  • Having unique passwords for every login
  • Enabling two-factor-authentication (2FA) for critical accounts
  • Keeping all software up-to-date on all of your devices

We discussed on a previous Maintenance Report how to protect your data/password from hackers. Here's a link to February's Report to check that out.

Read the full article about LastPass here: https://gizmodo.com/you-should-update-lastpass-right-now-1838142059

THE SITE OF THE MONTH

www.samparkernmstraining.com

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This website focuses on a scalable yoga-based movement program and training system using “Yoga in Motion,” or YoMo, to manage and decrease chronic pain.

While we didn't do the design, we did create an event management system with allowing people to purchase "credits" that can be used to purchase training classes.

Visit www.samparkernmstraining.com for more information.

Have a great rest of the month, and let us know how we can help you!

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HELPING YOUR BUSINESS

Forty Whacks for Program Management - Whack #3: Ask For Results

In business, it's all about producing results.

Explain the situation and request help in getting the results you need. Sometimes you don't know the best way to get the result, so give your team member freedom to produce those results. They will respond well to being challenged and involved, and giving them authority may surprise you with them producing results even GREATER than you expected!

Is Asynchronous communication the future of team communication?

This type of communication can be more efficient as compared to Synchronous communication.

Synchronous communication means that there is an immediate response between two team members who are conversing.

Example 1: I walk to your desk and tell you something, you consume the information at the same time I’m sending it.

On the other hand, Asynchronous communication sounds like this:

Example 2:  I write you an email. I send you the email. You read it. You have consumed the information after I sent it — seemingly on your own time. This frees both parties from the need to be “synced up.”

Asynchronous communication is the future of work because it allows us to communicate with higher agility and efficiency. This type of communication allows the receiver of information to respond in his/her own pace.

Benefits of Asynchronous communication:

  1. Being able to build large stretches of focus time. (this is huge when you want to work ON your business for a while instead of IN your business)
  2. Being able to communicate with a remote team (handy if you work with Virtual Assistants. Visit www.HireMyVA.com for more information about what we'll be launching soon).
  3. Being able to look back at 'notes' or shared information (it's easy to forget the context of what someone was talking about).
  4. Being able to digest and think about how to respond to a teammate (it's good to think!).

One of the biggest mistakes we can make is responding to email immediately unless we're in that block of time and someone has done this.

However, asynchronous communication can quickly cause miscommunication if you're not careful.

  • you can't read body language and thus you will tend to misinterpret people's intentions
  • the way a person communicates through email or chat doesn't always reflect what they really are saying
  • it can cause you to spend more time going back-and-forth

Often, we record videos to help us communicate, then those videos are sent by email; this works fantastic, and kinds of gets you the best of both worlds.

Read the full article here: http://blog.idonethis.com/asynchronous-communication

Use Google Ads for WooCommerce! More traffic = More Income

If you currently have an online store, Google Ads for WooCommerce might be a handy tool for you. It is the most effective way to advertise your store and increase revenue.

What are the benefits of Google Ads?

  1. Customers can find your products easier
  2. Get the most out of your marketing efforts through Google's automated bidding
  3. Your marketing and store will be in sync. Google will only advertise products that are in your inventory
  4. Easier to create shopping campaigns

How does it work?

  1. Go to https://woocommerce.com/products/google-ads/ and build a campaign. (No credit card needed)Next
  2. Select a geographic location you want to target
  3. Select the store categories that you want to advertise
  4. Select a budget
  5. Purchase your campaign

Read the full article here: https://woocommerce.com/products/google-ads

SECURITY ISSUES AND UPDATES

The Limitations of Website Analytics

Here at Pro Website Creators, we give our best to track your website's monthly analytics. This includes the number of clicks your website gets, where the traffic comes from and more. But as technology develops, some browser tools make it impossible for Google Analytics to track everything to 100%. A good example of that type of a tool is an Ad Blocker.

Is it still possible to track if your website is doing great? The answer is Yes.

Instead of solely relying on Google Analytics there are other metrics that you can use to measure your site's performance. Examples of these are:

  1. Number of orders/month (if you have an online store)
  2. Cart Abandonment Rate
  3. Rate of Returning Customers
  4. Free Trial Sign Up
  5. Number of Logins
  6. Number of Registrations
  7. Email Opens/ Clicks
  8. and more

In conclusion, Google Analytics is very handy if used side by side with the metrics mentioned above.

Read the full article here: https://torquemag.io/2018/11/why-you-cant-trust-website-analytics/

THE SITE OF THE MONTH

www.backstory.com.au

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The brain behind the website is Bron Williams. With more than 30 years as a leader across the education and not-for-profit sectors, she is a creative communicator and certified trainer passionate about enabling others to uncover the unconscious factors that drive their lives.

With her own journey through domestic abuse, from survivor to thriver, she brings a breadth and depth of wisdom, learning, and insight through her programs.

Visit www.backstory.com.au for more information.

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HELPING YOUR BUSINESS

Striking images for a low price!

Do you have an online store or are considering it?

One of the most daunting things to getting it done is good quality photos of your products...whom to use? How much will it cost?

And we know these photos are important - online shoppers make an immediate value judgment based on the look and aesthetic of your product.

Your product images are the first thing they'll see about your brand so if your photos are of low quality, there's a huge possibility that they will ignore your brand.

That's why we'd like to share this service we discovered: Square Up

This is how it works according to their website:

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Sample Photo:

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Quick website and marketing tips with Dave Braun

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Your website is NOT about you and how great you are - it’s about being clear on problems you solve for your customer.

People wake up thinking about themselves and their problems and how to solve them. For example, Dave has six patents, but how does that help you? Now if I say I have six patents because I love solving problems for companies and people, helping them and their businesses, that’s making it about them.

Our team lives by this mission that is about you:

We serve super busy entrepreneurs who value growing their business over figuring out the technical stuff.

A book we're reading this month

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We're reading the book Atomic Habits by James Clear. There are a few great points to bring out:

  1. Your habits to your life are like what compounding interest is to money; you don't see much change immediately, but stick with them, and over time you'll reap a HUGE benefit (or detriment depending upon your habit.
  2. Goals are fine, but to actually accomplish them you must have a system in place and the required habits to get those desired results; thus, you do not rise to the level of your goals; you fall to the level of your systems.
  3. Focus on the IDENTITY behind the goal and not the goal itself. For example, the goal is not to read a book, the goal is to become a reader.
  4. Habits are the key to changing your identity. Each time you read a page of a book, you are a reader. So then keep reading!

So how to change your identity? Do these two things:

(1) Decide the type of person you want to be.
(2) Prove it to yourself with small wins. Continuously.

Atomic Habits is definitely a worthwhile read and study.

Security Issues and Updates

Spam alert!

The number of spam infiltrating form submissions and sign-ups is getting overwhelming as time passes by. Even captchas aren't enough to keep the spam off of websites.

Since we've seen an uptick and have heard from several of you, in the last couple of weeks we've added an additional software layer to protect your website from unwanted spam. Here's an example from one of the websites we host:

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We are still observing the effectiveness of it, but so far so good!

The Site of the Month

www.shadowfaxroofing.com

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If you’re looking for the best San Jose Roofer, the folks at ShadowFax Roofing are the best.

They have decades of experience and have proudly re-roofed and repaired thousands of residential homes in San Jose, Campbell, and the surrounding areas.

Their expert roofing team has extensive knowledge in wood shakes, asphalt shingles, concrete tile, clay tile, PVC and TPO single-ply membranes, as well as, solar panels, solar energy and photovoltaic.

In the site, we've done several important things:

  • Clear Call-To-Actions (CTAs) above the fold and elsewhere so that potential clients that go to their site can easily call or email them
  • Yelp review integration
  • Extensive information about all the products they offer
  • A simple yet effective photo gallery

If you want to check out their services visit: https://shadowfaxroofing.com/

Have a great rest of the month, and let us know how we can help you!

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What is Accessibility?

The overall idea is to allow your website to be as navigatable as possible by those who may be hearing or visually impaired, as well as those that have physical disabilities (maybe they cannot use a mouse, only a keyboard, for example). This way they can understand what's on your site and can also purchase products and/or services.

What is WCAG?

The WCAG is a group of individuals and organizations around the world who come together to discuss and create standards for how to make web content more "accessible" to people with disabilities.

WCAG 2.0 was published in 2008. WCAG 2.1 was published in June of 2018.

Since the federal government has no standards (think ADA requirements for physical stores), the WCAG guidelines are serving as the defacto standard for online content.

Why should I care?

Three main reasons:

  • It's good business to provide for those disabled that may want to book or purchase your products as it adds more revenue and better company branding.
  • It helps to avoid or limit exposure to lawsuits, both valid and frivolous.
  • It's good for SEO as you give search engines more information about elements on your site such as images.
    • See this video on how to name your images properly.

Lawsuits?

Yes! More lawsuits were filed in the first six months of 2018 (1053) than in all of 2017 (814). In fact, businesses located in all but 12 states have fallen victim to website-related lawsuits and threats of suits, paying anywhere from $4,000 to over $90,000 to resolve the claims.

Of course, that amount doesn't cover legal costs.

What should I do about it?

Here are some tips for companies and establishments that have both a physical presence and an online presence:

  • Audit your website and specifically look at your online purchasing/reservation services and products as there are Title III ADA regulations addressing this.
  • Read up on the WCAG 2.1 AA standard to become familiar with it and know what questions to ask others.
  • Consult with your legal and technical teams on best practices for web and mobile app accessibility.
  • Develop and implement a web and mobile app accessibility plan.
  • Review your vendor contracts and consider adding or supplementing provisions on indemnification and representations and warranties.

What does Pro Website Creators do about it?

Pro Website Creators uses our design experience, outside testing services, and our industry contacts to implement and test against a 50-item checklist that includes things such as:

  • WCAG 2.1 Section 1.4.3: Contrast ratio between text and background is at least 4.5:1.
  • WCAG 2.1 Section 1.4.4: Text can be resized to 200% without loss of content or function.
  • WCAG 2.1 Section 1.4.5: Don’t use images of text.

This checklist must be implemented and tested against all pages of the site, and the design thus may need to change to be compatible.

We also recommend having an accessibility statement on your site as it does three things:

  1. It presents clear information to those coming to your site on the target level of web accessibility.
  2. It allows you as the website owner to acknowledge any areas where targets have NOT been met and if there is a plan for resolution.
  3. It's a declaration of commitment, and those visiting will appreciate this open acknowledgment.

Here's an example:

"[Company] is committed to making its website available to as many people as possible meeting the requirements of the Disability Discrimination Act and makes every effort to ensure its communications are accessible to those with special needs, including those with visual, hearing, cognitive and motor impairments.

Many Internet users can find websites difficult to use due to the way they have been designed. We recognize that this is an important issue and endeavor to ensure that the [company.com] website is accessible in accordance with the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) guidelines.

Our efforts to make this website adhere to WCAG 2.1 (Level AA) conformity guidelines to improve accessibility are ongoing, so if you come across a page you find difficult to use please provide your feedback here."

Sources:
https://nrf.com/blog/ada-website-lawsuits-growing-problem-retailers
https://www.w3.org/WAI/standards-guidelines/wcag/
https://www.hotelmanagement.net/legal/hotel-websites-still-open-to-acc
essibility-lawsuits
https://www.adatitleiii.com/tag/winn-dixie/
https://www.nomensa.com/blog/2009/writing-an-accessibility-statement

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HELPING YOUR BUSINESS

How to download Facebook videos

Last month we talked about how to learn while you’re doing something else, using podcasts, allowing you to get that learning in when you don’t have time.

We wanted to be able to do the same thing with some Facebook live videos to further enhance our knowledge about various subjects, and we figured out how to not only download the video but then extract the audio so we could put it on our phones for later listening (in the car, doing errands, exercising, etc.).

There are quite-a-few steps, and we’ve detailed them below, but we can record a video if you wish - just let us know:

  1. Go to the private FB group you want to grab the video from, and navigate to it.
  2. Click on the video.
  3. Right click and select “show video url”.
  4. Copy the video URL and paste into a new tab.
  5. Change www in the URL to mbasic and refresh the current tab.
  6. Right-click on the video and do “Open Link in new tab”.
    1. The URL in the tab will be something like: - https://scontentsjc31.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t42.904029/10000000_2157102494509577_4348969517540442112_n.mp4nc_cat=0&efg=eyJ2ZW5jb2RlX3RhZyI6InNkIn0%3D&oh=ff3feed7a05ada9350221718beaafe85&oe=5B468003
  7. Right-click on the video and select “Save Video as…"
  8. Extract the audio from the video
    1. Use the free audio editing program “Audacity” to open up the video.
    2. - You can get the latest versions from here: https://www.audacityteam.org/download/
    3. Edit the song info and album info to your choosing so things stay organized in your audio player/manager.
  9. Drag and drop mp3 to iTunes or whatever audio player/manager you’re using.

Security Issues and Updates

Think twice before grabbing images from the internet!

We must all continue to remain diligent and up-to-date on the latest scams people are using to try to get us to give up our personal information.

These folks continue to get more and more sophisticated.

Case in point: people are able to hide malware inside images on some google user content.

An image is made up of several different kinds of data, not only the pixel data. Most images now store EXIF data, which is short for Exchangeable Image File, a format that is a standard for storing interchange information in digital photography image files using JPEG compression.

Digital cameras store information on the image such as shutter speed, exposure compensation, F number, what metering system was used, if a flash was used, and a host of other information.

However, this data can also contain executable code! Which can do harmful things when loaded on a website such as place warning banners on sites and enable emails to occur.

So please be careful when grabbing images from the internet and using them; most sites have copyright information on them so it’s illegal to use without permission anyway.

See more: https://blog.sucuri.net/2018/07/hiding-malware-inside-images-on-googleusercontent.html

Tip of the Month

We’re right in the middle of vacations, so the tip this month is a quick mention of all of the other tips/tools we’ve covered so far this year.

  1. Zoom. A great video conferencing tool and free! (well, mostly free...)
  2. Pipedrive. A CRM tool that helps to easily keep track of our potential clients, as well as what our current clients need, with appropriate visibility so nothing falls through the cracks.
  3. Useloom. A great tool that can integrate with the Chrome browser, where you share videos in a matter of seconds by posting it on your social media accounts, embedding it on your site or sharing the video link through email or any messaging app you use.
  4. Shopify Policy Generator. A great place to start generating updated privacy, terms of service, and/or refund policies that you can use on your site.
  5. Xmind.net. A great tool to help you be more organized, get out of overwhelm, and to plan your life and/or projects.
  6. Evernote. A tool that helps you capture, organize and share notes in real time across all your device
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