San Diego’s Preferred Businesses – Top 20 List

    San Diego’s Preferred Businesses – Top 20 List

    If you’re looking for some of San Diego’s preferred businesses look no further.

    These San Diego businesses are trustworthy and I know each and every one of them, making them who I consider high quality and trusted contacts.

    They not only excel in their field, these business owners in this list know how to treat their customers like friends and family.

    They succeed because they go the extra mile for you and provide the most in demand services in San Diego.

    I’ll be including a special story about each San Diego business owner listed below. I’ll also be continuously adding to this post!

    san diego's preferred businesses

    Residential Wholesale Mortgage
    Ed Badrak | Mortgage Banker
    (619) 857-4422

    San Diego's favorite mortgage bankerEd Badrak works the hardest and is known for “going to bat and fight” for his clients. If you’re retired and looking to refinance your home in San Diego, Ed Badrak is hands down the the right choice to make when selecting a broker. If a mortgage broker is telling you there’s no way you’ll quality, don’t lose hope. Give Ed a call! Awesome fact about Ed, he’s a Vietnam Veteran – Thank you for your service Ed!  San Diego’s favorite mortgage banker – learn more about Ed.


     Jim Ouellette | Managed IT Service Provider
    (619) 325-0990

    San Diego managed it servicesJim Ouellette and his team at Hyphenet feel like a part of your own team. They do not just respond to IT requests, they call just to check in on how things are going. It’s their priority to deliver great technology solutions that are custom tailored to your business needs. They even take the time and great attention to detail to talk through alternatives to ensure you end up exactly what you’re looking for in terms of cost and value. They care about their customers. coworkers and community members. Learn more about Hyphenet’s San Diego Managed IT Services.


    More businesses coming soon!

    Personal Assistant Cocoa Florida

    Personal Assistant Cocoa Florida

    personal assistant in San Diego

    Here’s speedy SEO optimization. Ranking for a local service.

    What’s really interesting is this woman has moved from California to Florida, meaning I’ve simply optimized her site for local results…. twice.

    The best part, the second time was super-duper easier. I just changed all the California text to Florida. Google ranked it fast.

    The most crucial pieces of the SEO optimization:

    1. Having the Google maps listing below outlining Cocoa, FL.
    2. Having the keywords in an h1 tag, Meta, 
    3. Blog post about personal assistant services in Cocoa, FL
    4. Beneficial blog posts about benefits of having a virtual assistant etc.

    More about Lisa.

    Looking for a personal assistant in Cocoa Florida? Be sure to contact Lisa Hamel, the lady that “turns your to do’s into ta da’s. She specializes in helping small businesses in San Diego save time and money by outsourcing their needs.

    This web client had all her content, images, and logo ready for me, what a dream! All I had to do was get her a wordpress platform ready and teach her how to blog. This was a special client that wanted to be a part of the design process, so she basically designed the website herself.

    This project specialized in having multiple “calls to action” on every page:

    (see the prominent orange buttons?)

    Also a contact form on the bottom of every page:

    We also made sure the website was fully responsive. (adjusts to every mobile device)


    Avalon Hospice San Diego

    Avalon Hospice San Diego

    hospice San Diego

    Working with web site clients is a rewarding experience. I get to learn all about their business and strategize ways to improve their website’s SEO and usability. Today I’d like to share a case study regarding a well respected hospice in San Diego called Avalon Hospice & Palliative Care.

    The primary needs for this website was to create strong “calls to action” for both “referring a patient to hospice care” and for people to “become a hospice volunteer in San Diego.

    I added a couple of nice buttons on the side navigation. Purple and blue.

    hospice San Diego

    Creating attractive call to action buttons on your website









    The next important task was to make all the online forms digital. They were previously in .PDFs and the call to action was for the user to fax the forms. This is considered outdated and time consuming for a patient.

    This was converted into a nice clean form the user can either refer a patient to hospice care or volunteer as a hospice care taker in San Diego.

    Best of all, the form sends the staff a text message alerting them about a new patient referral or volunteer.

    refer a hospice patient in San Diego

    online form – refer a hospice patient in San Diego









    This was not a website redesign project. I’m just sharing a couple of web design improvements for a better user experience.

    Thanks for reading.


    Platt College San Diego Review – Want to be a Graphic Designer?

    Platt College San Diego Review – Want to be a Graphic Designer?

    platt college san diego review

    Sharing my Platt College San Diego review. This is my experience attending Platt College and journey becoming a graphic and web designer. You might want to also start thinking about checking out Platt College in person for yourself after reading this! Woohoo! Grab a cup of coffee and get reading my amazing college experience at Platt College. Let’s dish about that artist lifestyle and what to expect if you want to move to sunny San Diego and enroll at Platt college. (more…)