Things That Affect Search Engine Rank

The Domain Name / URL (Uniform Resource Locator) Recent studies indicate that search engines continue place a high value on the words in the domain name. Having a domain name like www.HuntsvilleBikeParts.com is far more likely to be found by someone looking for “Bike Parts in Huntsville” than www.bobsbikes.com. Note: If you are in the process of purchasing a domain name, it is recommended that you register several variations, .co, .net, dashed, and non-dashed versions because you don’t want som...
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SEO and Web Design

Many companies have gone through the expensive process of having a website designed or updated only to discover that the new website can’t be found in the search results. To prevent this costly misstep, we recommend that SEO services be included as a component of any website development project. Where web designers focus on the creative effort of designing a website that is attractive and making your products a services appeal to buyers. The SEO persons focus is on what it takes to make a web...
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How to Create an Effective Website

There are hundreds of thousands of sites online today, and nearly every business that is looking to succeed has added to that vast quantity by making a site of their own. Trying to get your site to the top isn't as easy as it once was, and those interested in staying ahead of their competition must create effective websites. A good website is more than just a great landing page and some additional media. In fact, a great website should have at the bare minimum: The Ability to Create a Good...
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Need a Website, Hire a Design Professional

Your company website has the role of a sales person, working 24/7, representing your company, answering questions, educating the prospect. Many times it will be the first impression prospects will have of your business and should convey quality at every turn. Like any good sales rep, its appearance should be a reflection of its audience, wearing tennis shoes if it’s selling skateboards and a suit if it’s selling financial advice. A website is in many cases the first impression someone has of ...
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Website Design Recommendations

I just read a great article by Ian Lurie at Coversation Marketing titled Things You Don't Know About Your Customers. Perhaps more aptly named Things to remember when designing a website, its a great read with clear points we all need to remember. In summary: Reading onscreen is hard, for everyone. Use short paragraphs. Use short lines. Use wide line spacing and nice margins. Use dark text on a light background. Scrolling up-and-down is OK Use lists. They browse in an F-sh...
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Where to get key words and phrases

As I mention on the SEO page, key word data is very important for determining navigational structure of your website, writing copy, and building your SEM campaigns. There are several good sources for phrases, I look a web logs, Google Analytics data, Webmaster Tools, and the words most often used on other high ranking web sites in the industry. If you are looking to expand the words in your SEM campaigns you should also examine the "long tail" of your logs. What you will find is that some of ...
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