Ignoring standards in Web Development
is like raising a child in the jungle. That child will not perform well in normal society when mature.
When you build anything, it must be adapted to the fundamental features of similar products. At least to some degree.
When I started building websites over 15 years ago, it was mostly by trial and error.
Like many Professional Web Developers who are self taught, I didn’t know much about conversion optimization, typography, vertical spacing, and the countless other ingredients that make a great website.
These are some of the standards that are critical to the success of a modern site or application.
Design and programming best practices were developed mostly through testing, experimentation, and analytic reviews. This is what gives it strength.
Industry tested approaches and techniques that are proven to work should be fairly reliable, right?
Most big companies didn’t know much about this as well, and many still don’t. Back then there were no major college level programs focusing on website development.
Don’t get me wrong, there Read more »
179,000 plus impressions in Google Search and barely 500 clicks! That’s the worst I’ve seen.
It’s like tending a Gold Mine and coming up empty everyday. This is the slow strangulation happening to a site I recently did some work on. I’m so unhappy about this, I decided to write this post to help other site owners avoid this problem.
At site launch these basics must be addressed
Do you know how to access your Webmaster Tools Account (WMT)? Do you even have an account?
A standard inclusion on any new website that I develop is WMT setup, XML sitemap creation, sitemap submission to WMT and ongoing site monitoring through the platform.
These simple set of tasks can Read more »
Web Hosting is a term for the service of storing and serving up the files of a website. The service provider is referred to as a Web Host. Godaddy, Blue Host, and Hostgator are examples of website hosting service providers.
So how exactly does web hosting work?
Well it’s very simple. A website is a collection of files. These files need to be stored on a computer’s hard drive.
Not only does it store the files, it must process and present the files after a request for those files has been made. In other words, they’re Read more »
There are only so many things we can control. Algorithmic updates is not one of them. But what about ON PAGE SEO
There are people who work very hard to solidify standards that even the Search Engines must adhere to.
Of course standards may only be enforced if there is true habituation by the masses.
So what’s costing you thousands of dollars every year?
Your Website might have many pages with plenty of text content. If you’re still not receiving significant traffic, then perhaps your site is not properly indexed by Search Engines.
This could be caused by bad site navigation structure, lack of a Read more »
We all know there are countless work at home
scams shamelessly being pedaled online and even offline. A legitimate home based business
can seem like a pipe dream to someone who has never ran one before. Often seeding these ideas require a lot of connections, capital and ground work. But I can propose some options that don’t require a big network, large amounts of money or years of ground work.
I”ll share with you three jobs I’ve tried my self. And two others I firmly stand behind. They require little to no money to start. But please take note, they do require a little bit of skills and training. So if you decide to try any of these, expect to put in at least one month of training. Also, try to have Read more »
Your website might be suffering with issues that need immediate attention. Let me shed some light on several areas often neglected by Webmasters. After these upgrades, you can expect a significant boost in readership, performance and overall growth of the site. Here they are;
1. Reduce the number of objects loaded
Then trash or combine some of them. Try to bring it to under 20 objects. The key is to improve latency and increase speed.
2. Improve the quality of headlines
The title for a website page is the first thing a potential visitor sees and they are often very weak. Use Read more »
To create a WordPress template (theme) in 5 minuets you will not start from scratch. There is no need for that when you want to quickly develop themes. The purpose of this article is to outline the fast track to theme creation (Not theme design, that is a different thing).
The benefit is a new theme ready for styling within minuets. It’s a jump start for designers and folks with low tech skills or interests. In other words, if you don’t want to deal with complex code. And you just want to spend time designing or making minor changes.
In many cases you are the developer for someone else, and a client wants something original. Or you want to sell templates to make some cash. This should be Read more »
If a picture is worth a thousand words, what do you think a good logo is worth? And if it’s going to be worth anything, you can bet it will cost hundreds if not thousands of dollars to create a logo.
This is a relatively small investment for something that may help catapult your business to success. But you don’t have to spend anything to make a good looking logo for your website. Gimp is the Freeway to a professional looking Logo where you can do it your self and it cost nothing but your time.
If you’re interested in creating logos using Gimp, let me first introduce you to this program then I will walk you through the basic steps. Gimp is a free image editing software that runs on almost any computer and operating system.
This software can be used to retouch photos. It can be used to crop, re-size or optimize images for use on the web. Best of all it can be used to create custom text or graphic art.
I’ve used it for a number of edits on my own and client projects and find it very effective in providing the features now considered standard for Graphic Software. If you don’t want to pay an outside person or company to do your logo, you will find this software very useful for creating professional looking artwork.
What kind of logo can you create?
In this guide I will show you how to create simple text logos using Gimp. You’ll learn how to Read more »
HTML5 is here and so is the long awaited Audio Tag. They said it would take a decade or more, but it’s quickly being adopted by popular browsers like Firefox, Chrome and Safari.
Although it’s not a W3C recommendation yet (at the time of this writing), there is enough support to start experimenting and developing websites and applications with the new elements. I’ll cover the HTML5 Audio Tag specifically in this article.
The plain Audio Tag looks like this: Read more »
This article is no longer useful. Craigslist has disallowed embedded images in their posts and this tracking method is obsolete.
I’ve made thousands of dollars from leads generated by CraigsList Ads. At first I didn’t care how much views my ads received. I only cared about who called me or clicked on my website’s link because I can easily monitor that.
With a bad economy, it became harder to generate the same amount of leads.
This is the point where conversion optimization becomes important. I knew the leads were still coming from classified ads. But I needed a way to Read more »
My big city is New York City. I’ve lived and worked here for the past 17 years. One thing I must throw out about city life is it’s very gritty.
There is on the other hand a method to the city life madness. Outsiders might find it overwhelming. But once you’ve established a footing, it seems we’re able to soar to new heights never before realized when living in a small town.
The pace is fast for sure. But the City also provides inspiration simply from observing it’s people. Some are the uber successful, while others are top of their field talents.
It makes me want to Read more »
What’s wrong with Flash SEO, is there remains indexing issues for search engines which damages visibility of a website. Flash is not Standards Compliant. Meaning the content is very hard for SE’s to follow in a structured order like HTML pages. Flash also uses mostly images where the content cannot be read by the search robots.
There’s more details about this issue. I will just list some resources because it has been covered thoroughly by others. I don’t want to just repeat what they said…so here goes:
Simple techniques for improving Flash SEO
What I want to cover is the simplest way to do SEO for Flash; Provide Read more »
One of my favorite features of a content management system is a drag to sort list. Something similar can be seen in systems like the widgets module in WordPress.
Before I realized it was there, a few clients have asked me to integrate these lists so they can better manage items for their website.
This is a relatively new dynamic web application feature that some sites may be using. I will show you how to implement one of these using simple techniques and tools.
First you will need Read more »
Too many people rush into the development of their website without any initial planning. It’s like expecting a business loan without a business plan.
But where do you begin? And especially when you have no previous experience setting up a website.
Well it’s very straight forward and not that complicated. It just like any other business. Planning is important. So I will offer some advice and insight on how to pre plan a website before development.
The first thing you need to consider is demand. What kind of demand is there for the product or service your website will be offering? This is called the market.
Rarely does a new company create a market for their product or service. Most enter an already established market where others have proven success. You will need to Read more »
Recently I was googling on link graph related keywords and noticed a pirated article with the same title as an SEOBook.com entry. To make matters worst, the entire article was republished with no attribution to the original creator.
Now I’m not going to call anyone out, because that’s not my job. But it got me thinking about syndication and how this contributes to article piracy on the internet.
A content reuse study recently released by the Fair Syndication Consortium, highlights the amount of abuse leveled at newspapers. In it they claim Read more »
One of the most important things you can do for your websites is to add an XML Sitemap. The sitemap tools listed below are all free, online based, software independent and tested by me to make sure they all work.
Best of all there is no sign up required to use any of these tools. Their features do vary. Some provide details of the scan, others allow over 500 urls to be included.
Sitemap Tools Read more »
You might be writing constantly, but are you using some of the best WordPress plugins? These plugins have been tried, approved and used by many bloggers.
These applications add very useful features that enhance your blog. They can help provide a far better experience for your websites community.
Implementing any of these will offer great benefits to your sites visibility, functionality and credibility.
All in One SEO Pack. Incredibly useful for SEO. It allows you to had a custom title, description and keywords to your posts and pages. I use this and it helps me fine tune my content for the search engines. It also gives Read more »