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…]

Google Plus Update

Google Plus has had pretty slow uptake for the most part. We are there every day posting for ourselves and our clients and it is a very different place than Facebook to be sure. Facebook grew out of friends and families wanting to connect up so they could stay in touch more regularly. It cut through age and gender “issues” like butter.  Google was late to the party as they had some fits and starts with the social world before settling into Plus. But Google may never really challenge Facebook. It’s your writers opinion that the LinkedIn network may be closer to where G+ is headed. If it does, it is going there on steroids.

 

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Getting the Most out of Your Web Site

The premise of this series is that your small business can have a better presence on the web by hiring professional consultants who work with you and your team instead of trying to tackle it all yourself. In the last post, we laid out some basic tips for conceiving, developing and maintaining your web site. Now, it’s time to tune up the web pages you created with optimization.

Just having a web site will not create the success you are looking for on the internet. This is more true today than ever before. Competition on the web is hot. The good news is 90% of your competition is wallowing around in one way or another. Very few put together a complete and holistic approach to their web marketing plan. This is because they go it alone, thinking it is a less expensive way to go. They waste a lot of time and money on nonproductive activities. After building your site, it’s time to optimize it. This is a process, not event and is something that is continuously revisited, year in and year out.

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The Development, Care and Feeding of Your Web Site

We began this series with the premise that it is less expensive and more efficient to outsource the majority of your online presence work, so that you can handle the things a good presence needs and let experts position and develop your strategy. This team approach concept is a powerful way for a small business to leverage itself to be competitive. A web presence for a small business begins with a web site. With the internet approaching its third decade chances are, If you have a business, you probably already have one. Maybe you are even on your second one. It doesn’t matter where you are in the learning curve. Many of the aspects of your web site should be handled by outside vendors. [Read more…]

The More Things Change…

Yea, you know the rest of that coined phrase… But let me get to the point. As we march towards 20 years of the internet it’s easy to point at the remarkable changes shaping the way we use this resource. For us in the SEO trenches, perhaps the biggest difference between then and now is the shear magnitude of competition. Back then 1 in 100 websites might have a form of SEO that helped the search engines deliver relevant results. Now its probably 1 in 10. Nowadays, you can’t tinker at it and you need to seriously employ a variety of strategies.

Fifteen years ago it was very hard to find a firm that could build a web site in what we call a search engine friendly way. Today, more programmers are sensitive to the short comings of a search engine spider and are capable of building to the specifications of a set of search goals layed out before them. But that doesn’t guarantee your next web site will be a search engine friendly site unless you have an “advocate” consultant making sure. We work with a variety of very large and sophisticated web development companies as well as small shops all around the country. When we tell them what we want, the answer 99% of the time is, oh sure we can do it like that. You have to understand that there are limitless ways to have a page display. But only some of them work well with search engines.

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Let RightNow Optimize Your Press Release

One of the most effective, least expensive ways to generate traffic, brand awareness, and links is through a properly optimized online press release. We see hundreds of web press releases fall short of their potential for three primary reasons.

Lack of Content and Media – A successful web press release needs to be laser focused at your target audience. Engage a public relations content creation specialist to develop your release. Including embedded video, photos, and graphics are critical elements online.

Poor Optimization Tactics – Just like any web based asset, your PR needs to be correctly optimized to perform so your audience can locate it. That means it needs to perform in both current news feeds and long term search engine searches. Unlike traditional releases, the web release is a page that will live on the Internet for a long time. Keyword research, correct text placement, anchor text link development, and social media integration are all critical.

No Paid Channel Placement – Online Press Releases are a “pay to play” game unless your topic is so hot that TMZ is knocking on your front door. There are several major paid placement wire services that will get your piece in front of writers, consumers, bloggers, and major syndicated news sources. You can expect the cost to be somewhere around $500, and worth every penny.

RightNow is happy to optimize your PR as part of our SEO and Linking campaigns. No additional cost! We can also guide you through the process of placing your Release on a wire service after its optimized. No writer? No problem! We work with several talented content creation specialists and public relations firms that can hand-craft your media release.

PR Web has created an overview on the Anatomy of a Press Release and also a nice video.