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Work With Me

I know tech and I would love to work with you on your next web project.

I can write code and I know Wordpress. Let me help you set up a blog or website. Or, let me help you manage the site that you already have up and running. I love helping people, especially bloggers and teachers, accomplish their goals. You can expect personalized one on one service from me. Look at all of the packages I offer below, and if you think you may be interested, email me for a free 30 minute Skype consultation about your project.


Custom Wordpress Sites and Custom Websites

Basic Wordpress Self Hosted Blog or Website Set Up Price: FREE!

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Have you thought about having a blog but aren’t sure where to begin? Do you need a website but don't know where to start? Does the technical legwork required seem like too much for you? Let me help you get a Wordpress based blog or website off the ground. Buy your hosting from Bluehost* ( Bluehost is where I host all of my websites, and it runs about $100 per year) and register your domain with NameCheap*. (I have almost all of my domains registered with NameCheap*. Your domain will probably cost about $10 per year.) and I'll set your website up for FREE! I’ll help you get signed up for a domain name, signed up for hosting, and set you up with all of the things you’ll need to have your own Wordpress blog or website. All you’ll need to do is come up with content to fill your pages!

Price: FREE!

What this includes:

  • Step by step guidance in choosing and purchasing your domain name and hosting. (You purchase these separately with my help.)
  • Installation of the Wordpress Software on your server (aka your "host")
  • Installation and set up of the free Wordpress 2014 theme
  • Installation of my top 5 recommended Wordpress Plugins
  • Personalized support from me in learning to use your site for 30 days after your site is up and running.


Premium Wordpress Self Hosted Blog or Website Set Up $150 $100

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Premium Wordpress sites are worth the investment. I wish I would have started my blog with a premium Wordpress theme. They are easier to manage and have built in SEO (Search Engine Optimization) perks that often surpass those of free themes. All of the premium themes I install are part of the Genesis Framework. One of the many benefits is that these themes are easy to upgrade because they come with the capacity to use a child theme in conjunction with the parent theme. When it's time to update, you don't have to worry about losing all of your design customizations.

Price: $150 $100

What this includes:

All of the features of FREE Wordpress Site set-up listed above:

  • Step by step guidance in choosing and purchasing your domain name and hosting. (You purchase these separately with my help.)
  • Installation of the Wordpress Software on your server (aka your "host")
  • Installation of my top 5 recommended Wordpress Plugins

PLUS:

  • Installation of a Premium Genesis Framework and Child Theme (I'll help you select and purchase the theme and then install it for you.)
  • Basic Customization of your Premium Genesis Child Theme
  • Installation of all 10 of my recommended Wordpress Plugins
  • Installation and set up of Google Analytics
  • Personalized support from me for 60 days after your site is up and running


Website Designed and Built From Scratch $400

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Do you need a basic site without a lot of complexity? One that loads fast, doesn’t have a lot of extra bells and whistles but still looks professional and fantastic? I can build you a site from scratch that will wow your clients. Your site will be designed using all of the most current SEO (Search Engine Optimization) strategies and most current programming languages so that it will work well on all devices. All of my sites are mobile responsive so they'll look as good on your smart phone as they will in your browser.

Price: $400

What this includes:

  • Step by step guidance in choosing and purchasing your domain name and hosting. (You purchase these separately with my help.)
  • Your custom designed mobile-responsive site installed on your server (aka your "host")
  • Installation of Google Analytics
  • Personalized support from me for 60 days after your site is up and running


Wordpress Website SEO Tune Up $15 and up

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Do you have a bunch of old posts sitting in your archives that you wrote before you knew anything about SEO? They could use an SEO tune up. Are they missing alt tags? Could you add more H1 or other headline tags? Do you have a Yoast Plug in or Genesis SEO set up, but you haven’t filled out the meta information? Your posts are full of great content, but not reaching their potential because you haven’t optimized for SEO. I can help. Using either the Yoast SEO plugin or the Genesis SEO plugin I can help you get the most out of of those old posts.

Price: $15 per post

Price: $65 for 5 posts

Price: $120 for 10 posts



Blogging Assistant Services

Do you need someone who really understands blogging and SEO to manage some of your more mundane, behind the scenes blogging tasks? I can help. Listed below are some things that I’m good at:

Blog Editor: Post Proof-Reading, Editing and Scheduling $15 per post and up

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I care about grammar and spelling. We can thank Linda Johnson, my high school English teacher, who practically had us memorize Strunk and White’s Book, Elements of Style for her AP English class. When I see spelling and grammar errors I cringe. It irritates me even more when I find that they’ve slipped into my own site. That’s why a second set of eyes can make a difference. Let me be your second set of eyes. I’ll check your blog posts, catch errors you may have missed and bring your grammar and spelling to the level that even the esteemed Ms. Johnson would certify.

I can also check for broken links and no-follow tags on affiliate links.

Price: $15 per post

Price: $65 for 5 posts

Price: $120 for 10 posts


Blogger Handyman $30/hour

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Do you need help with a variety of tasks that maybe fall into several of the categories above? Do you have a special project you'd like some help with? Hire me by the hour to help with any of the tasks below or for another project where you could use some extra help. I’ve got experience in all of the areas listed and more! I would love to lighten your load.

  • email management
  • calendar management
  • post research
  • social media account managment (Pinterest is my favorite, but I love Twitter, Facebook and Instagram too!)
  • post scheduling
  • post preparation and formatting
  • SEO Consulting
  • managing comments
  • use your images or mine to design and create pinnable images for your posts
  • tweaking the code on Wordpress themes to get colors and font sizes just right.

Price: $30 per hour


My Experience and Training

Experience

  • Used Wordpress Genesis Framework to build and maintain my own blog,Technology In Early Childhood
  • Used code (HTML, CSS, JavaScript & JQuery) to build and maintain this site.
  • Use Google Sites to maintain the website for the classroom where I am currently an assistant teacher
  • Built all of the sites in my portfolio here on Karen J Nelson from scratch, using HTML, CSS, JavaScript and JQuery.

Training

  • Bachelor of Arts in Education, with a Child Development Major and and Early Childhood Endorsement.
  • Learned basic computer programming skills with the Web Developer Blueprint from Skillcrush
  • Current student at Treehouse You can see a list of all of my completed courses here: My Treehouse Profile Specialties include Building Websites with Wordpress and Web Development.
  • Current student in the University Of Washington’s PCE program, earning a certificate in the JavaScript programming language

I'd love to chat more with you about what you've got in mind. Send me an email if you have questions or if you want to set up a free Skype consultation: karen@technologyinearlychildhood.com

*Disclosure: I am an affiliate for Bluehost, NameCheap* and StudioPress.com. This means I earn commission when I use them to build your websites. I use these companies because I believe they can offer the best value and services to my clients. I'm also an affiliate for Treehouse and Skillcrush. If you want to learn to build websites yourself like I did, check out Treehouse and Skillcrush!