Observations

Screen Area Enclosures

We were asked to update and outdated website for Marilyn Peters, owner of Screen Area Enclosures. It's a pretty cool concept turning outdoor areas such as patios and decks into three season environments. The system is unique and we needed to do a couple of things: Improve the appearance and make mobile friendly. Set up informational links to the manufacturer for additional info. Embed SEO tactics to bring up prominently for regional searches. We also added a Dealer Inquiry section to attract more regional dealers. Key Action - Call for More Information We set this up on a W...
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Crosslake Area Tree Service

Lakeview Tree Company - Crosslake, MN Jason Preble got my name from SawAgain.com owner Dan Dean. I set Dan up several years ago with an online store that's kickin' bootie! Jason has been in the competitive tree services business for over 20 years. As you know, there are a bunch of similar services available all over, especially in the heavily wooded regions of the U.S. This original site was a Do-It-Yourself special we see a lot of these. After while the business owner finally figures out that, without SEO and a responsive design, you really have nothing. We revamped the site pulling th...
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Old Fashioned Home School

How We Were Home Schooled Before It Was Fashionable This has nothing to do with internet marketing, but I love it. For those of you over 50, many of you heard these words directly from your parents. For you younger folks, this is exactly Most of our generation of 60+ were HOME SCHOOLED in many ways. 1. My mother taught me TO APPRECIATE A JOB WELL DONE. "If you're going to kill each other, do it outside. I just finished cleaning." 2. My mother taught me RELIGION. "You better pray that will come out of the carpet." 3. My father taught me about TIME TRAVEL. "If you don't straighte...
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Faststone Photo Resizer

The Easiest, Most Simple Photo Resizer - FREE! Anyone working with images on the web, often brings in large photo files that need to be reduced to work efficiently online. If you've ever opened up a webpage and noticed a photo taking a long time to load, you can see the issue. Most images off a camera or phone, by default, are upwards of 3K megapixels, way too large for web work. There are a ton of applications to resize images. Here's a free one I use all the time. It's called Photo Resizer from Faststone. It's very intuitive unlike most of image applications I've seen today. Here's a ...
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Windows 10 vs Windows 7

Windows 10 better than Windows 7. Here is  a post from a trusted programmer friend of mine: Scott Jibben (Runspot) for those of you that are gun-shy after the Windows 8 debacle. For those of us that had to uninstall the disaster that was Windows 8 and replace with the trusty 7, you may have major reservations on jumping into Windows 10. There are a few  things you should know. 1. Windows Media Center is no longer supported or allowed on Windows 10.  This software is used to record/play TV (with a TV tuner card) and most people do not use it (I do...).  Most people will use Windows Media...
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Bar Harbor Supper Club

Bar Harbor Supper Club is a famous lakeside bar and restaurant located on the north end of Gull Lake. It's colorful past is displayed on some of the many photos and memorabilia from the 40's and beyond. A fire destroyed the restaurant many years ago and it has gone through several changes of ownership and remodeling. The restaurant is now one of the classiest places in the entire Brainerd Lakes area to dine and relax. The ownership wanted a website change to reflect the current motif and the wide selection of menu choices. We added a reservation widget to the home page to allow for...
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Waste Oil Heaters & Furnaces – Parts

Used Oil Heater Replacement Parts and Burners Used oil and other similar fuels can be used as an excellent source of fuel for heating furnaces , boilers, and other machines. Of all the projects we've done at BAMsites, this one was one of the most unique. It was unique because the core business is selling used oil furnace parts to waste oil heaters manufactured many years ago. Most of these old beasts still work, if replacement parts are available for repair and service.  Talk about an off beat way to make money! Rick and Ryan Rudbeck of Crosslake, MN know more about these waste oil heaters...
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Franchises and SEO

Franchises and Search Engine Optimization A major problem for most franchisees is lack of local and regional discovery via search engines for individual franchises and their websites. This is compounded with financial services franchises typically limited in the kinds of external advertising allowed by the franchiser. The Catch-22: The franchiser limits independent marketing initiatives and the franchisee suffers because of their difficulty in drawing localized traffic to their website. Often the financial services franchisee is shackled by legal restrictions, a specific eCommerce marketing...
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Brainerd MN Resort Cabins near Gull Lake | 218-963-2224

There are a lot of nice resorts in the Brainerd Lakes area and throughout Minnesota. There is none better than Agate Lake Resort near Gull Lake in Nisswa, MN. Theresa and Bill Garry own and operate this beautifully maintained facility with eleven cabins and tons of amenities. It sits on the shores of crystal clear Agate Lake. They said they needed a new look. It was mid-February when we first met. I knew from other hospitality sites I have that this is a critical time of year for any resort. Website traffic for all resorts and lodging begins to accelerate as people begin their search fo...
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