All posts by Adam Squires

.Born & raised in Salt Lake City Utah, mostly. 5 siblings. Member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints .Joined the United States Navy upon graduation of High School .Served 8 years in the Navy, floated the seas of part of the world and learned a trade in Communications and Radar operation. .Earned my AAS in Aviation Electronics & Instrumentation from Spartan School of Aeronautics in Tulsa, OK .Used that degree and worked in the Aviation industry for about 2.5 years in Nebraska & Oklahoma before leaving aviation industry .Worked in the medical instrumentation field .Met my best friend and married in 1993. Our 1 and only child, our son Brandon, was born in 1997, and is a senior in High school this year! .Began sales career in the telecommunications field .Moved to Oregon in 2004 .Currently working as Account Executive at City Ranked Media, Inc, Vancouver, WA. Custom Web Development & SEO services.

Interview with Duane Baumgartner: City Ranked Media Founder

duane_city ranked mediaI recently seized the opportunity to interview Duane Baumgartner of City Ranked Media, Vancouver, WA. Duane is a Search Engine Optimization & Search Engine Marketing expert and founder of City Ranked Media. He has 15+ years experience assisting small business owners in obtaining positive results with their internet advertising. He is a dedicated student of the SEO world and Google AdWords certified. Duane was raised in Oregon and is a resident of Vancouver, WA today. His passion is being directly involved in seeing his clients grow their business through the services City Ranked Media provides and takes pride in providing innovative, out of the box ideas to build and grow on.

Adam: Tell us how City Ranked Media got it’s wings.

Duane: I remember running across an article that projected business owners in the next year were going to spend 40% more in Search Engine Optimization services than the previous year. At the time I had been working for a large advertising company selling print and some internet based products, including PPC campaigns. I had become proficient on the internet side and believed that was where I could make the largest impact in helping small businesses and decided to go out on my own and start City Ranked Media. I began using drag and drop editors and was really in the dark trying to make my way through it. I came to the realization that this wasn’t going to fly and I had to find a long term solution. Continue reading Interview with Duane Baumgartner: City Ranked Media Founder

How To Create A UseFul Contact Page

Contact pages are sometimes the last thing website owners pay attention to. Interesting – considering that contact pages are where site visitors, i.e. potential partners and clients, go to get in touch with you.

Creating your own website has become easier over time, which gives you additional time to pay closer attention to details and communicate more effectively with your contact page.

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Your might consider your contact page including 3 simple, but important elements: Continue reading How To Create A UseFul Contact Page

Web Accessibility: The Search Form

As the Internet constantly evolves with technology, speed and the desire to provide a stimulating experience, it is not always easily adaptable to those who search only occasionally or have disabilities through hearing, eyesight, technology or others. It is important to remember the need to create and post content with all searchers in mind, regardless whether we feel they will be potential customers or followers of our content.

WebAxe, a blog and podcast on web accessibility, answers it this way:

An accessible web page makes all pertinent content available to any human user who wants it regardless of browsing technology. Web accessibility benefits more than people with a disability; keep in mind that a user may be temporarily disabled or using older technology.

The W3C’s definition says:

Web accessibility means that people with disabilities can perceive, understand, navigate, and interact with the Web, and that they can contribute to the Web. Web accessibility also benefits others, including older people with changing abilities due to aging.

The search form is a critical aspect of a website’s functionality, easily allowing the visitor to search the site for information. According to the W3C’s specifications on search forms: Continue reading Web Accessibility: The Search Form

How To Embed Live Google+ Hangout Session In WordPress

Google+ Live Hangouts is a fantastic tool to bring people together, wherever they are, and increase productivity, enhance communication and – well – Hangout.

Beth Hayden of Copyblogger described it this way:

“Picture a Google+ Hangout as an online gathering place where you can facilitate a virtual chat with nine of your favorite pals. Then, imagine you can invite the entire world to take part in your conversation. Or if you’d rather keep things private, you can have personal conversation too.”

Below are instructions on how to embed a live Google+ Hangout session in WordPress for free and without a WordPress Plugin. Continue reading How To Embed Live Google+ Hangout Session In WordPress

WordPress Words: Akismet

Akismet is an advanced hosted anti-spam service aimed at thwarting the underbelly of the web. It efficiently processes and analyzes masses of data from millions of sites and communities in real time. To fight the latest and dirtiest tactics embraced by the world’s most proficient spammers, it learns and evolves every single second of every single day.

Example: “I’ve been using Akismet for more than four years on several web sites and Akismet caught countless comment spam.”

According to Wikipedia, Aksimet attempts to filter link spam from blog comments and spam trackback pings. The filter works by combining information about spam captured on all participating blogs, and then using those spam rules to block future spam. Continue reading WordPress Words: Akismet