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Writing Style vs. Writing for SEO

By Frank Gomez | September 5, 2019
Red Balls with the word SEO on them symbolizing that SEO is in our blood

As someone offering professional web design, it is hard to resist editing content to improve SEO (Search Engine Optimization). I have a few clients that prefer very brief headings about their products or services. While this idea makes sense , you are giving up value…

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5 Big Marketing Mistakes Your Company is Probably Making

By Frank Gomez | September 1, 2019
Reeceptionist reading a magazine with foot on the desk

Marketing is pretty much everything you to get a new client. Learn about 3 things you are probably doing which drives potential and existing customers crazy! Using an Automated Phone System Automated phone systems piss clients off. That is what banks do! Don’t be like…

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Trimming the Fat on an Old WordPress Site

By Frank Gomez | May 23, 2019
Empowered Marketing Group GTMetrix Report After Trimming The Fat

My personal website EmpoweredMarketingGroup.com was 595kb and my goal is under 500kb. This site is very old because it used to be FranksDesigns.com and has had a couple different themes and MANY different plugins over the years. Why would a WordPress Expert Use So Many…

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Testing Ultra Lightweight WordPress Themes

By Frank Gomez | May 22, 2019
Suki Theme GTMetrix Report

First, what is an “Ultra Lightweight WordPress Theme”? While there is no definition based on today’s testing I’m happy to suggest a guideline: Any theme that results in a total page size (page weight) of 150kb or less, upon installation in a new WordPress installation…

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Peeples Insurance Website Redesign Case Study

By Frank Gomez | May 19, 2019
Peeples Insurance Website Responsive Mockup

Peeples Insurance had an outdated created and managed my a company that targets the insurance industry. Upon first inspection there were several issues with the website: Broken Links; Console Errors (errors recognized by the browser upon loading various pages); Usability Issues. On the positive side…

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Is Your Website Lean and Green?

By Frank Gomez | April 29, 2019
Green Speed Guage Superimposed On WPTechGuru Responsive Mockups

Sustainable Web Design is a Thing There is a lot more to green web design than speed but it is important to consider speed as an element in green web design. Many WordPress themes are incredibly fast for their bloated size but what they are…

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Why WP Rocket is the Best Caching Plugin

By Frank Gomez | September 5, 2018
Woman On A Rocket

I Used to Hate Caching Plugins! I would research and tweak my .htaccess rules which was great for a while because my websites were lean in the first place. Not too many plugins. well designed themes. All of my sites were pretty fast. About 5…

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The Power of Branding | Brianna’s

By Frank Gomez | September 3, 2018
Branding And Psychology Briannas Salad Dressing

I recently noticed a bottle of Brianna’s salad dressing in our house and realized that it wasn’t what I thought it was. I have always thought of Brianna’s products as organic and reasonably healthy. Brianna’s branding is excellent. They successfully branded their products so they…

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Dear Firefox Users Rant | Quit using Raleway!

By Frank Gomez | August 30, 2018
Illegible Raleway Font

Almost every day I see a website using Raleway (a perfectly good font) but on Chrome it looks like this.. In Firefox, and Microsoft Edge it is perfectly legible. Looks great! (I can’t say how it looks on Safari) Even with higher contrast this font…

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Logo Design for Graber Cabinets

By Frank Gomez | August 26, 2018
Graber Cabinets Logo Stacked

You’ll see this logo if you are driving north on Cattlemen between Bee Ridge and Fruitville Road in Sarasota.

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Logo Design for Jesse Marketing Associates

By Frank Gomez | August 25, 2018
Jesse Marketing Associates Logo 2015

JMA or Jesse Marketing Associates hired Empowered Marketing to create a new logo for them in 2015. They have been a client ever since. This post will show the evolution of the logo design for JMA. Both the old logo and new logo are reminiscent…

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12 WordPress Mistakes Even Professionals Make

By Frank Gomez | July 23, 2018
Shocked And Surprised Boy On The Internet With Laptop Computer

WordPress professionals come with a wide variety of backgrounds so some mistakes may be forgivable. Others.. not so much. After working on many websites built by other people I’ve generated a list of common mistakes and oversights by designers and developers. The 12 WordPress Mistakes 1.…

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Empowered Marketing Joins the Green Business Partnership

By Frank Gomez | June 4, 2018
Sarasota County Green Business Partnership Logo

We joined the green business partnership recently and are happy to announce that  Empowered Marketing is primarily Solar Powered. We have always valued environmental responsibility and becoming a member just validates our efforts. The Green Business Partnership is a Sarasota County-sponsored program that encourages environmental stewardship…

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5 Everyday Advertising Mistakes to Avoid

By Frank Gomez | March 19, 2018
Monkey plugging ears and dog asleep

Is your marketing team paying attention to important details that can spell success for your company?  It’s easy to point to bad marketing efforts – they are everywhere. Don’t become one a bad marketer! Here are tips to keep your marketing efforts on track and…

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Aikido Sarasota Website Redesign Case Study

By Frank Gomez | November 23, 2017
2017 Sarasota Web Design for Aikido Sarasota

Objectives Create a more inviting website that is less traditional Maintain an excellent Page Speed Incorporate integrations with Zen Planner (internet based fitness software) Work with the owner to familiarize her with how to use WordPress and Beaver Builder The Approach In our initial meeting…

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Case Study | Sarasota Bay Estuary Program Website Rebuild

By Frank Gomez | October 7, 2017
Custom Web Design for the Sarasota Bay Estuary Program

Website Rebuild Objectives Ensure that the website mobile friendly Improve the appearance and usability of the website Ensure that SBEP Staff can access the website while it is under construction Work as a team with Sarasota Bay Estuary Program (SBEP) Staff Industry Intergovernmental Organization Challenges In…

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Is Your Search Engine Optimization Provider Ethical?

By Frank Gomez | October 1, 2017
woman in stylish white hat which covers her eyes

Fierce competition has made some ‘White Hat’ SEO service providers compromise their values. Here is why that will not end up well for your business. “White Hat” SEO is universally known to be the gold standard in search engine optimization. But what does that mean…

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Why Avoid Multi-Purpose WordPress Themes

By Frank Gomez | May 28, 2017
A Multi-Purpose WordPress Theme is Like a Swiss Army Knife

I was inspired to write this post because in the past two weeks I was asked to review OR solve problems on a few websites (built by someone else) and coincidentally 3 of them were using the same theme. One of the biggest complaints was speed. Page…

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Flame Inspired Logo Design for Source Fire

By Frank Gomez | December 24, 2016
Logo Design featuring Gradient Mesh

This project was fun because I enjoyed the challenge of creating the “S F” in the flames. That was the first step. After that we came up with about dozen variations with hands underneath, no hands a crucible etc. Finally I tried a “gradient mesh”…

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Phoenix Logo for Fired Up Sales

By Frank Gomez | October 17, 2016
Fired Up Sales Logo inspired by Phoenix

Rick Torrington asked me to create a new logo for Fired up Sales earlier this year. I really felt that the ideal concept for Fired Up Sales was that of a Phoenix because Fired Up Sales is about building your business up and getting a…

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Logo Design for Tap 72 in Sarasota

By Frank Gomez | September 1, 2016
Tap 72 Logo

When Tom Elliot of Linksters Tap Room contacted me to design a logo for Tap 72 we started with the concept of a bulldog with a beer tap. After many revisions we decided to emphasize the clean lines of a state road sign complement that with the word…

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Graphic Designer Help Wanted

By Frank Gomez | May 23, 2016
Graphic Designer Wanted

This is a part time / freelance (1099) position. Requirements: US Citizen East Coast USA, Ideally in Sarasota or Manatee County in Florida Must have References Must work with Adobe Suite (Adobe Illustrator, InDesign, Photoshop) Must be familiar with Print Design (CMYK, 300ppi, Bleeds /…

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Launch of WPTechGuru Maintenance Plans

By Frank Gomez | March 18, 2016
WPTechGuru Banner

Empowered Marketing officially launched WPTechGuru today; a service of Empowered Marketing. Realizing that many small business owners need help with WordPress we came up with two WordPress Maintenance packages including: WordPress Backups WordPress Security (focused on prevention) WordPress Updates (Plugins, Themes and Core) WordPress Performance Improvements WordPress Hosting…

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