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Create a unique selling proposition following these easy steps:
#usp   #creative   #freelance   #selling   #freelancer  
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Read how to drive traffic to your portfolio website and improve SEO following these 7 simple tips:
01. Share your content
Use your content as an asset for getting traffic and links from other sites. There are hundreds of sites on the web where you can showcase your design work. You can start with a simple search like "submit graphic design work" in Google, finding sites to submit your best content.

02. Categorise your content
Think of your website as a library, where content is stored in relevant categories making it easier to find. Identify themes in your designs that tie them together, whether it's the medium, subject matter, colours or even the attitude of the piece, and use those themes as categories on your site. Aggregating the content in these categories will both make the site more navigable, and make your site appear more as an authority on the subject matter.

03. Welcome critique
Getting user-generated content onto your site (moderated of course) can be a huge plus, especially if you use special code called Schema Markup to make those comments serve as reviews of your content. You can even get review stars in Google's search results, but to earn those stars, you have to open up your site by allowing comments and reviews.

04. Be unique
Every page on your site needs to have a unique title, description, URL and content. While this is a bit technical, it's important for Google to be able to determine what your page is about and know that it is worth including in their index of pages.

05. Get help
When you have a specific question, find one of the many helpful communities on the web to help you get answers. There is the Moz Community, Google Product forums, and many others that can give you specific answers to SEO questions, especially as a beginner. As things get tougher, though, you might need to get professional help. Take a look at the Moz Recommended list to find a reputable firm to help.

06. Hurry up
Google has made it clear that fast sites rank better. There are tonnes of techniques you can employ to speed up your site, but chances are the first step on an image heavy site will be compression. Spend some time in your favourite image editor's compression tools, like Photoshop's Save for Web and Devices, to find an appropriate balance between quality and size. Both Google and your users will thank you.

07. Know the guidelines
Google publishes a set of webmaster guidelines to help you avoid penalties. Most of these guidelines are pretty straightforward, but if you have any questions, consult a professional. Getting penalised, or worse banned, in Google can keep you from ranking for months or years.
#traffic   #website   #portfolio   #seotips   #tipsandtricks   #design  
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As a freelancer, it’s up to you to continue educating yourself in order to move your business forward. These three books can become your guides to the world of freelancing, can educate and inspire you:

1. The Money Book for Freelancers Part-Times and the Self-Employed by Joseph D’Agnese and Denise Kiernan

This is the book that teaches how to deal with the variable income that comes with being self-employed. Authors walk you through emergency funds, taxes, and living expenses. Additionally, they lay out a simple savings system. The book certainly stays true to it’s title that way. Let’s face it, freelancers are notoriously bad at managing money. That’s why this book is a must for every freelancer.

2. Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert

Big Magic is Elizabeth Gilbert’s exploration of creativity. It came about because she was always running into people who were terrified of finishing their creative work and putting it out into the world. This is a common point of tension for creatives, especially for people who want to make a living with their creativity. She also has some interest notes on the idea of creating for a living versus creating just to create. For this reason and many others, this is one of the books every freelancer needs on their bookshelf.

3. Book Yourself Solid by Michael Port

Book Yourself Solid isn’t a book about writing. It’s not even a book about freelancers. It’s a book about sales. Every freelancer needs to learn how to sell, and many freelancers are terrified of it, which is why this is one of the books every freelancer needs on their bookshelf.

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7 Gaming websites for programmers to challenge you:
1. CodeChef https://www.codechef.com/ – prepare yourself for the real-time programming challenges and compete against other techies.

2. Hacker.org http://www.hacker.org/challenge/about.php — its challenges are a series of puzzles, tricks, tests, and brainteasers designed to probe the depths your hacking skills. To master this series you will need to crack cryptography, write clever code, and dissect the impenetrable; and in the process you will enrich your understanding of the world of hacking.

3. Pex for fun http://www.pexforfun.com/ — a game by Microsoft where you compete with other programmers. Your weapon is a code.

4. Rankk http://www.rankk.org/ — Rankk is about solving challenges, discovering and learning new knowledge in the following areas: programming, mathematics, logic, puzzle , cryptography, steganography, CGI Security.

5. TopCoder https://www.topcoder.com/ – here you can not only learn new skills but earn good money as well. Programmers and designers from around the world are competing with each other by solving real problems of the real companies and the winner gets money.

6. Google Code Jam https://code.google.com/codejam/contests.html — here you can see results and code from past rounds of Google Code Jam, and you can try the problems for yourself.

7. Python Challenge http://www.pythonchallenge.com/ — you pass the levels using Python.

#games   #puzzles   #challenges   #programmer   #programming   #gaming   #code  
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A smart way to use social network to find new design clients:
#twittertips   #twitter   #freelance   #design   #freelancing   #freelancer  
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Below are ten, straight-to-the point ways to manage freelancers and get the most out of the relationship for your agency, for your clients, and for the freelancers themselves:
#freelancer   #freelance   #freelancing  
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Don't freelance just to make a living.
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Challenges and perks of freelancing: read an interview with Helen Sovpenko, Proffstore freelance web designer:

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Challenges and perks of freelancing: read an interview with Helen Sovpenko, Proffstore freelance web designer:

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Challenges and perks of freelancing: read an interview with Helen Sovpenko, Proffstore freelance web designer:
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