Search Engine Friendly Design

Search Engine Friendly Design

A search engine friendly website design is the starting point for any SEO campaign. When considering a new site or redesign, get us involved as early as possible. Often our involvement early in a project will cover a good chunk of the SEO fee we charge by saving you from extra redesign costs and extended development time.

Domain: Your entire primary websites content should be delivered within the domain url structure. Content located anywhere else is NOT considered to be on your website, and no amount of SEO will correct this. This includes content located on off-site blogs, sub-domains of your domain, booking engines, quote engines, MLS data, and reservation systems that reside off-site. There are pros and cons to using sub-domains, and this should be discussed with your SEO company if you are considering going in this direction.

Structure: All design elements and scripts should generally be called from an external file, not inline or embedded into the web page. The exception is high volume websites that need every bit of delivery speed they can squeeze out of the page. [Read more…]

Moving or Redesigning Your Site

Moving or Redesigning Your Site

Moving or Redesigning You Site
SEO & Linking Considerations

Your web site is going to move to a new server, or be involved in a site redesign at some point. Often this transition is simultaneous. The prospect of expanding your web presence can be exciting, and help boost your bottom line if done correctly. If done incorrectly, you can wipe out a huge portion of your past work and customer base, as well as destroying your rankings in the search engines. A failure to plan your move is a sure-fire plan for failure!

Are the URLs of your site going to change? Most likely, the answer is yes. Reasons for generating a new URL structure could be that you are moving from a static site to a dynamic site like adding a content management system, upgrading to a different server technology, like moving from .php to .asp or ColdFusion, or implementing a rewrite process to make your URLs more Search Engine Friendly. [Read more…]

Social and Search in 2014

goopluxThe misinformation just keeps on flowing in the world of search. Today, I read an article in a major SEO journal about how Starbucks uses Google+ to get better search rankings… say what? Well, sure… Starbucks has 3 million people who have followed them at Google+. So, when Starbucks posts on Google+, the post could show up in search results for the people who are following them. But what about the thousands, perhaps, millions of small businesses with millions of less followers than that bad coffee company? Does anybody hear a tree fall in a forest? Don’t get me wrong. I think Google is doing everything they can to make G+ a dynamic place and they are out to prove that they can control their own destiny in the search vs social world. [Read more…]

Making Changes? Keep us in the Loop!

One of the single most important things you can do to help your SEO program is notify us when you make a change to your website. Specifically, changing, moving, or deleting a URL on your website. We have worked very hard to get every page of your website to perform in the search engines. This includes optimization and link building tactics. These pages now perform in the search engines and are indexed.

The SEO friendly way to make these changes is to place a 301 redirect on the old page. This alerts the search engines that the change has been made and forwards them to the new page, or another part of your website. Additionally, this prevents visitors from landing on a dead page of your website.

With the proper implementation of 301 redirects you can change [Read more…]

Dropped From Google Completely

It is every business owners worst nightmare – you wake up one morning and your website has vanished from Google. This was the plight of one frantic website owner we encountered recently. The site owner was convinced that something his SEO company had done caused his website to receive a Google penalty. His site was gone from Google… completely. You could not find the site by searching for the brand name or url. Any pages that were still indexed were not performing for any keyword search, and the cached versions were old. Diving into the crawl stats confirmed that Google not crawling the website – flat-lined. [Read more…]

Google Changes – Is The Sky Really Falling?

Search Engine Optimization by RNC

…and, What Does it All Mean For My WebSite?

Google has made several high profile changes to their search algorithm in the last few months. This has sparked a flurry of concerned emails from search engine optimization clients wanting to know how this might impact their online marketing. Here are the major changes and how it will impact you and your website:

Google Places, Local Search Update – This is the change that is most likely to impact you directly. We have written on this topic several times – read more here: Google Places SEO

Google Panda Update – Also called the Farmer Update (Panda, named after someone on the Google team.) This was the most recent update that sent “shock waves” around the Internet. Every media outlet and online resource rang the bell that this “was the big one,” and that entire websites would evaporate overnight. Some did, but none of our clients were ever at any risk. Here is a Q & A regarding this Google change: [Read more…]