Articles for the ‘Website Design’ Category

Man the Tradeshow Booth, But Don’t Forget To Ring The Cash Register

by fvm

Ramon Ray from OPEN Forum wrote an great article the other day called 30 Reasons Why Old Fashioned Websites and Email Marketing are Best for Growing Businesses.  As businesses try to keep up with emerging trends in marketing they often forget about the importance of looking after their own website and catering to their web clientel.  Social media marketing is important, but it should not distract the visitor away from making a purchase on your website because they’re too busy playing Facebook Pirate Poker while browsing your Facebook Fanpage.  As the web becomes increasingly more social the importance of integrating a social media interface with your website has become equally as important as creating a beautiful web front, but it should not overshadow.

The website should be the hub of your business and the social media pages should integrate and compliment the website.  I use the analogy of the tradeshow booth.  The social media profile is the tradeshow booth at other locations on the internet, while your website is the brick (more…)

SEO Mistakes When Redesigning

by Mark Hess

Tropicana's Bad RedesignWe here at Full Voice Media are getting ready to redesign our site; to update our ideas and thinking; to add more portfolio pieces and to have some fun. Our online marketing and website design experience always leads to new, evolved perspectives on the easiest, most stimulating and useful ways to present information and attract viewers and clients, so we commit to tweaking the site every year or so. It’s just so amazing how fast social media marketing changes and how many possibilities are out there for new improved web design and communication avenues.
Apropos of our eminent change, I came across this interesting article by Robbin Steif (more…)

How Important Is SEO to You?

by Mark Hess
Young Man Coming Out of Old
Evolving by R. Hess

A lot of what passed for search engine optimization a couple of years ago was just scamming search engines into giving out high ranks. Now it’s much more about creating quality, provocative, engaging content. Yes, a lot of blogs are still over exposed ego trips, but there is also an incredible amount of deep, thoughtful commentary, useful advice, helpful tutorials and just good information out there. And I think Google is chiefly the reason why. By constantly evolving their search criteria and endlessly catching the scammers and tricksters, they have forced a raised bar mentality. Good content is being rewarded with high rankings. And we’re all a little better for it. I can’t believe I’m praising the behemoth Google has become, but so far they’ve been pretty good citizens. As far as I know… Anyway HubSpot has a nice little article about SEO I thought you might like. How important is SEO to you?

SEO is Evolving Fast: Is Your Website?

Just a few months ago, Mike Volpe blogged about Page Rank becoming irrelevant.   (more…)

How Google Search Works, Briefly

by Mark Hess

Google video

cccccccccccccccccccccccHow does Google decide a websites ranking? Well there’s a little video they made to help explain it. It’s not very deep, but you do get the idea that quality links to a site are more important than links out or keywords, and quality is measured by how in depth and targeted the whole set of pages are on any given site. There are also little videos on how Google ads and apps work. It’s worth a few minutes.

Short History of Link Based Ranking Rationale

by Mark Hess
Building Links
Building Links by Mark Hess

For the best SEO you need lots of things, but links to your site from related sites are at the top of the list. Why? For a simple explanation, our friends at wilsonweb.com provide this entry:

Why You Need Links to Get High Rankings

Eric Enge , Stone Temple – Mar 16, 2010

You’ve heard that you need links to your site to get high rankings, but you may have wondered why. Just why are links to your site are important?

In this first in a series on linking, I’ll give you a brief history of search engines to explain how links fit in. The problem search engines have always faced is how to point users to the best, most relevant webpages in response to their queries.

1. Relevance Based on Human Judgments

The Yahoo Directory was one of the first practical tools for searching the web. It was and is a human- (more…)

Great Business Website Tips, Part 6

by Mark Hess
Tips Graphic #6Search Engine Optimize (SEO): Search Engine Optimization (SEO) is an incredibly complicated field with new techniques and schemes being devised constantly. Its’ goal is to get your site to the top of any keyword search that might relate to your business. Search engines index your website by looking at all the html text on your pages, by keywords and descriptions behind the scene in your “metatags,” and by examining how your site links to and is linked to other sites on the world wide web.
For the best keywords use a service such as the Google keyword tool or  Google search based keyword tool to find the best keywords related to your business, and write a concise clear description of your site using these keywords. This description is what will appear in a search engine results list. Follow the Google Webmaster guide. It’s a free guide that explains all you need to know about how to appear as a result on relevant searches. If your business is in a single (more…)

Great Business Website Tips, Part 4

by Mark Hess

Tips #4 graphicIn order to make your website experience one people will refer to and recommend you need to get an emotional response. When someone comes to your website, what do they remember? You want them to get the feeling of a trusted friend, or at least a trusted, thoughtful and/or useful business source. To make that warm and fuzzy connection you need to remember that websites can sometimes be cold and distant if they’re only glorified sales pitches. Adding customer support features and other human touches goes a long way to “friending” your viewer and creating a personal connection. After all, your website should be an extension of your best practices and present best side. With that in mind here are this installments tips:
Be Memorable: Try not to use templates that give your site an impersonal look. Use great images and (more…)

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