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Web design, email marketing, SEO, + being an entrepreneur.

Kristen Leigh | WordPress Web Design Studio | Design Element Gold Feather

How to submit a crawl request

Before we talk about how to submit a crawl request let’s quickly go over what a crawl request is. A crawl request is simply asking Google to re-index, or index for the first time, a page on your website. Google will do this periodically on its own but can take up to 4 weeks to complete. If you have time sensitive content to share with the world this Is unacceptable! To help expedite the crawling process you’ll want to submit a crawl request. READ MORE


If you’re like me you’ve probably asked this question shortly after digging into working with websites. My journey into SEO lead me to asking this very question, maybe you are on the same path I was, or you are on a completely different path and we happen to be meeting at robots.txt trail junction. (intersection) Either way, I’ve done my homework and I am here to help you where no one was there to help me. READ MORE

How to Name Your Web Design Business

Why is choosing a name for your web design business such a hard thing to do? I struggled with it. I mean, I started with the name Meraki Leigh Digital and after more than a year I changed it to Kristen Leigh Designs. Why? My reasoning was simple. No one could pronounce Meraki and it was driving me nuts. But how did I make the decision to change it to Kristen Leigh Designs? And how did I even choose Meraki Leigh Digital in the first place? READ MORE

How to Make a Sitemap

You’ve created a website and you are dying to get on Google. You’ve done some research and realized you need to create a sitemap. But you have no idea what that is or where to start. Thankfully, I’m here to help demystify all that for you. By the end of this you will know exactly how to make one and upload it too Google Search Console. READ MORE
Web Design

Client Spotlight: Gill Smyth Artist and Painter Website Design

One of my favorite things about owning my own business is being able to work with men and women around the globe. I’m not restricted to working with people in my office, in my state, or even in America. I’ve been fortunate enough to work with business owners from Ireland, England, Australia, and America. This project was no exception! Gill Smyth is an Irish painter who was referred to me by one of my other client’s (also an Irish artist). READ MORE

How Google Search Works & Best Practices for SEO

Understanding how Google search works might seem like a task reserved for the hyper intelligent. I am here to tell you this is not the case. Sure, it might take a tech whiz to understand all the coding and math required for Google to distribute search results. In general terms though, the steps Google takes to serve results to its users is pretty basic. So let’s dig in. READ MORE
Email Marketing

[Part 3 Email Marketing Series] WordPress and ConvertKit Tutorial

Welcome to part three of the four part email marketing series! In parts one and two I walked you through the pros and cons of using MailerLite and MailChimp as your email service provider. In part 3 we’re going to chat about the pros and cons of using a paid email service provider, ConvertKit, for email marketing. Plus, there’s a tutorial on creating email opt-in forms and integrating them with your WordPress website. READ MORE

A 6 Month Peek at my Web Design Business

It’s official! Summer started a couple weeks ago in the United States AND we’re halfway through 2019. Anyone else reflect on the previous six months when we get to this point in a year and just think… what happened? I’ve done so much with my web design business but I still think I haven’t done enough. Like maybe I should have worked harder to accomplish all the things and because I didn’t accomplish all the things, I didn’t really try hard enough. That’s nonsense I’ve decided. I’ve done so much in and on my business that I’ve decided to turn the June recap into a recap of the first half of the year to remind myself of just how much I’ve accomplished. READ MORE
Email Marketing

[Part 2 Email Marketing Series] WordPress and Mailchimp Tutorial

Welcome to part two of the email marketing series! In part one I walked through how to add email opt-in forms to your WordPress website if you’re using MailerLite as your email service provider. In part two, Mailchimp users are in luck! If you don’t use MailerLite or Mailchimp, stick around for parts three and four where I walk you through ConvertKit and ActiveCampaign. Check back over the next two weeks to see the newest tutorial – I’ll update this post with links to the other tutorials as they go live! READ MORE