Best WordPress Booking Plugin – (Review Updated for Winter of 2019)

I’ll get straight to the point. If your company takes reservations or appointments, you need an online booking system — period.

Take a moment to analyze your current process. How does a customer schedule their appointment?

Without an online booking system, I’m willing to bet that the process looks something like this:

  1. The customer looks up your phone number.
  2. If they’re lucky, someone answers quickly. Otherwise, they wait on hold or reach your voicemail.
  3. The customer explains the service they’re looking for and asks for your availability.
  4. After some back and forth discussion repeating dates and times, the customer scrambles to find a piece of paper to write on so they don’t forget.

That’s assuming you can clearly understand each other over the phone. We all know sometimes it’s difficult to hear based on things like reception, accents, and background noise. Oh yeah — that’s also assuming nobody else called you while you were on the phone. Then you’re forced to let the incoming call go to voicemail, or place your current caller on hold.

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Shopify Review

Are you about to build an ecommerce website?

Build it on Shopify.

I kind of wish the answer had more nuance to it, so I could write a more engaging review. But it really is that simple.

Ecommerce site = Shopify. End of story.

Out of all the decisions you need to make building your online store, the decision of which ecommerce tool to use is not a hard one.

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Best WordPress Directory Plugin – (Review Updated For Winter of 2019)

The Internet is full of directories. In fact, your website might already be listed on some directories right now.

Depending on the scenario, directories have multiple applications and use cases. For example, Yelp is a popular option for consumers to find a restaurant or service in a specified area based on their search parameters, while a directory like Angie’s List connects people with contractors for things like electrical work, landscaping, and plumbing.

Both of these websites are very different, yet, they are both directories.

Essentially, directories are databases. They serve as an easy way for users to find more information about a particular subject or business.

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Best WordPress Popup Plugin – (Review Updated For Winter of 2019)

Popups are a controversial topic, to say the least. Are they effective? Are they annoying? Do they work?

Truthfully, the answer depends on who you ask.

According to a study from Sumo that analyzed nearly two billion popups, the average conversion rate for a website popup is 3.09%. The top 10% of high-performing popups convert at an average rate of 9.28%. Some websites saw conversion rates that topped 50%.

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What do these elite brands know about driving visitors and traffic to your site that you don’t?

Setup Google Analytics in 3 Steps – The Beginner’s Guide

I remember the first site I ever worked on — a blog I built in college.

After getting the site live, I heard I needed Google Analytics so I set it up.

A few days went by. Nothing really happened.

Then… all of sudden… I received my first visitor! Holy cow, someone actually looked at something I built! A complete stranger!

Turns out, it was a false alarm. Google Analytics recorded one of the visits I made to my own site. I felt a little silly after I realized that.

But a few days later, I did start receiving real traffic. I’ll never forget the feeling that came from having built something other people cared about. I quickly started a daily ritual of checking Google Analytics every morning during breakfast.

Watching traffic come to your site is downright addicting.

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