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Free Website Fixer-Uppers


Are you ashamed of your website?


Do you cringe into a fetal position when you look at it?


Do you secretly compare it to every site in the Interwebs?


Are you nodding?


Don’t be embarrassed. It happens to the best.


I purchased my main domain name www.mayicarles.com when I was still in High School. Do the math, with a calculator if you want to. Correct. It’s a web-century ago. Of course my first lay outs + logos + headers + everything was crappity crap.


And let’s not go so far back. When I launched this blog just 3 little piggy-years back, I had Vegas blinking ads on my sidebar. Do I need to say more? Exactly.


Still today I want an awesomer website. I want this. I want that. I want I want I want. We all want a site that makes us feel confident, but it’s freaking hard to know where to start. Right? Especially when we foreshadow a mayor overhaul + a bank account assault.


Today I’ll show you 5 simple tweaks to turn your website from poo to POW. No money down.


Play now.



your turn

Got some website picker uppers of your own. You know what to do, don’t you? I really love hearing from you cuz you’re so brilliant.





Mayi Carles

23 Responses to Free Website Fixer-Uppers

  • Kate says:

    Love it! Very inspriing and amusing way to give people a much needed kick up the bum to overhaul their websites. Well done!
    PS – Can I ask – did you design your own WordPress theme?

    • Mayi Carles says:

      Well hello hello first lovely commenter Miss Kate 🙂

      I’ve always designed my website but never have coded them. I’ve work with a fantastic local web-developer.

  • Kim says:

    1 + 2 POW. Why are they here + if you don’t lead them someone else will. Amazing advice Mayi. I’m getting there, inch by inch + page by page. I’m having fun trying + learning more about why my people want to visit me. It’s super fun when you put your website out there + people actually love it. It’s like Christmas 🙂

  • Marcela says:

    Hehe I feel that you wrote this for me 😉

    Great advice, and super inspiring video!

  • Sage Grayson says:

    Spot-on advice, as always. I totally agree that you shouldn’t have random ads in your sidebar for other people’s products if you’re trying to sell your own. And good point about having a call to action on every page.

  • Cara says:

    Thanks Mayi! One of the most helpful videos yet! I will definitely take these suggestions to heart when updating my website. BTW, I remember one other piece of advice you have me a couple of years ago when we had a one-on-one call (mod of a design suggestion): have enough white space so visitors don’t get overwhelmed visually.

    • Mayi Carles says:

      Awwww thanks 🙂

      Ohhh + almost forgot about that one. WHITE SPACE. Yes yes yes. You are one brilliant apprentice hehehe.

  • claire stone says:

    oooooh call to action on each page. top tip. thank you, mega funny clever lady!

    • Mayi Carles says:

      I was thinking of you when making this one, since I know you’re in revamp website mode. I hope this was super helpful 🙂

  • This is so perfect. I just realized what my blog is for and have been doing a series of posts highlighting the underlying theme that drives my business. Call to action? I’ve just been leaving links to help educate and provide resources. What else can I do? I probably only have about 10 readers as it is. And 2 followers. LOL Thanks, Mayi!

    • Mayi Carles says:

      Leaving links sounds like a “multiple” call to action to me. I would focus on ONE. One big main call to action for each post. If you give people 5 things to do they will do NONE. If you give them 1 thing to do they might actually do it. Focus on ONE thing + one thing only. It can be a link + to leave a comment + to share on twitter + to post a picture of a recipe on Instagram + to opt in to your newsletter. Now, this is tricky, you need to own your request. You need to have the confidence to ask for help + that comes from knowing you are delivering massive value. It’s also an exercise for YOU, to up those confidence cells 🙂

  • Melissa says:

    My daughter watched with me and see had a super hard laugh. Guess that is a 7 yr old for you.
    Any ways I love it and made me rethink a better way to redesign my website. As I have been looking for a coupe weeks of a better design style. Your post hit the areas that I need to fix. Now to figure out if word press or my web hosting company program would be better.
    Any suggestions of what would be better to do my own site?

    • Mayi Carles says:

      Hahahahahaha I love it when the little ones tune in as well 🙂

      I designed my website from scratch. My developer coded it for me. Not sure a theme was used. But I’ve heard Woo Themes is good.

  • Bee says:

    Love when you give me a boot in the butt. I like my website but there have been a few new things that need to be added but I am website challenged. I did teach myself photoshop!! I’ll follow your lead ~ send me some fairy dust for luck.

    • Mayi Carles says:

      And I taught myself Illustrator. Aren’t you glad you did? It’s one of those things I’m like THANK GOD I foreshadowed I would really really need this in 2 years hehehehe.

  • Joanna says:

    Great tips here, and so relatively easy to do. Love the reminder to have a call to action on each page

  • Melissa says:

    Hahaha the granny test! So true! Lol now that would make a great blog series. And can be applied to so many areas of your site. If your granny can’t find what you do, what you’re about or how to buy then things need to be simplified. Currently working on my website so will stick your tips on my desk so I always remember them. Thanks Mayi 😀

  • Niki Jackson says:

    Fantastic tips, thank you Mayi. Blessings Niki x

  • Thanks for the Granny Test advice – I didn’t realize that my contact information really wasn’t visible – I was only leaving links to Twitter!

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