2017: The Year in Review

At the close of each December, I review some of the past year’s successes. This exercise provides me with valuable perspective, a positive outlook, and increased drive for the following year.

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Improving Your Website’s Search Engine Rank

Most businesses want to improve their website’s search engine rank. To quickly increase visitors, you could invest in Google ads that would place your website at the top of result pages. Targeting your organic search engine ranking outside of ad placements, however, will produce more valuable, sustainable results.

Ideally, you’ll be starting with a well-designed, mobile-friendly website. After that, follow these guidelines for search engine success.

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2016: The Year in Review

Because of some professional and personal accomplishments, 2016 was a satisfying year for me.

As the owner of Bourke Design, I designed and developed websites for five great clients, including Renaissance Nutrition Center, Northwest Rheumatism Society, Inside Nashville with Tom Moran, Medical Doctors Union, and Flying Fish Company. Website maintenance tasks kept me busy as well. I completed major updates on the following sites: Culinary Trust, Fresh & Wild, CLASS Academy, Enlighten Writing, Right Angle Construction, Corabel Shofner, and Oregon Integrated Health.

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Kylie's Ark: The Making of a VeterinarianAs the youngest of three daughters by six years, I had a different mom from my sisters. She was the same person, but while I was growing up Rita Welty Bourke evolved from a stay-at-home mom to tireless writer. When I was in middle school, she converted the guest room to a writing office. She donated the full-size bed and replaced it with a desk, a PC, and two brimming bookshelves. My mom set to work creating unique and interesting stories that only she could tell.

Family members (aka my dad and I) would often burst into her office with questions like, “Have you seen my shoes?” She soon placed a “do not disturb” sign on the door knob.

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2015: The Year in Review

It’s easy for 12 months to fly by without taking much note, so in January I strive to reflect on the past year’s victories.

In 2015, I worked with a diverse set of clients. My achievements running Bourke Design include: launching websites for J. Fanelli Properties, IM Health, The Dawkins Group, and Stuart Sandler Photography; performing significant development work for many businesses, including Zuelke & Associates, Yoga Pearl, Enlighten Writing, Right Angle Construction, Oregon Cosmetic and Reconstructive Clinic, and Equity Schools; and converting several of the above websites and my own to a responsive framework. I also made substantial progress on a website for Renaissance Nutrition Center, which will launch this spring. The site integrates WooCommerce and will allow owner Theresa Wright to sell books and audio files. In the area of branding and print design, I assisted Reed Kelly by designing impactful business cards for his new construction management company.

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