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Some time this year, the number of Internet users reached one billion. Billion with a “b.” If you count to one billion at one number per second, it would take you over 31 years to finish. It has taken the Internet 36 years to count that high, says web usability expert and former Sun Microsystems engineer Dr. Jakob Nielsen. The next 10 years will bring the second billion, growing at an annual rate of 18 percent, and will include unprecedented numbers from Asia and senior citizens-and that has huge implications in e-commerce.
Flash movies can be a great thing. They can help catch eyes that are otherwise bored with static looking pages, and they can help tell a story better than plain text.
Are you planning on translating your website to describe your company to people outside your home market or sell your products internationally?
If you are one to pay attention to what happens within the Google realm, you might find yourself thrown for a loop these days. As Google updates their results, it seems like they are having some issues dealing with so many new websites popping up.
Many university websites are poorly organized, and filled with out-of-date content that has been directly published from print. Delivering a better service to students and staff faces challenges because of decentralized management structures and concepts such as academic freedom.
One of the recent fads is to search for keywords and niches based on an R/S Ratio.
Pricester.com – a new e-commerce model for the online retail industry and one of the planet’s fastest growing e-commerce portals – is being compared to Napster.com.
Failure, just like success, is measured differently by each and every one of us. What one man treats as success another may view as failure. For the purposes of this article a website that fails is one that fails to attract and convert enough targeted visitors into paying customers. Yeah – positive feedback from your website visitors is great but let’s face it – we’re all in this ultimately to make more money.
When I was beginning web design and web programming years back, I remember all the confusing terms, technologies and concepts that were floating around that just made it that much more difficult to wrap my head around the whole web thing. With that in mind, I thought that it might be a good idea to write a few short and hopefully sweet articles that will help people get a clearer understanding of what’s out there and what can be done with it.
The DRC (Disability Rights Commission) recently announced the results of their year-long investigation into the accessibility of 1000 UK websites. The report concluded that most websites are highly inaccessible, with over 81% not even meeting basic standards of accessibility.
In the region where my company is located, South Bend, Indiana, the demand for web design and associated services could be described as: leery. It’s not that the locale is horribly lacking evolvement technologically; rather that so many proprietors in this area are very uncertain as to what the internet can do and how they can go about forming profitable web sites for their exclusive industries.
Traffic exchanges are everywhere. A traffic exchange is a clever way to get hundreds or thousands of visitors to your website. The concept is very simple and the exchange process is easy to put into action. First, you join a traffic exchange program that includes individuals with websites to promote. Next, you set up the website you want to promote. Finally, you visit the websites of the other members and they visit your website in exchange.
Have you ever found yourself working with a client-supplied design for an interface or a design from their print/marketing company? Most companies do not realize the value of a properly designed website and will not always make the right choice in selecting the website designer. The next time you find yourself in this situation, remind them of some of the points outlined below.
A website is now a necessary proof of credibility for any company. It must be visible so that potential customers can find it on the Internet. When they find it, it should easily provide the information they need to confirm the company as a potential supplier.
“Link Popularity” – these words may have caught your attention while searching the Internet for SE optimization tips. Nowadays link popularity is being considered to be the most important step of the search engine optimization process. You cannot imagine getting good ranks in the top search engines, especially Google, without following an effective link popularity plan.
One of the major issues which have always raised questions among the search engine optimization fraternity is “Search Engine Optimization (SEO) for Dynamic Websites”. In this newsletter, we will show you how to optimize dynamic websites for top search engine rankings. But, first, we will start from the basics.
A website needs to be flexible. It needs to be able to change as the organization changes. The more change within the organization the more flexible the website needs to be. Too many websites are still being designed from a print perspective; as if they were some once-off brochure.
“You never get a second chance to make a first impression.” This maxim is true for many things in life, none more so than a website. While most law firms are professional in their day-to-day business operations, many still haven’t learned that a website that’s poorly designed can damage the firm’s credibility and impair its image.
If you’re part of a large organization, your website will probably have been started by a small group of evangelists. It will have grown in a very ad hoc manner. Gradually, senior management will have become more involved. Finally, the website will have been viewed as just another business tool, and managed as such.
Throughout my research, I’m always surprised when I stumble onto websites that seem to offer great products and services but lack or fail in certain important elements — elements that, with just a few short changes, can help multiply the results almost instantaneously. Generally, I have found that there are seven common mistakes that these sites make.
I often receive emails from people asking me where do I get my sources, statistics, news and information for my editorials in my newsletters. Some of these resources offer superb information as well as links to other pertinent sites — while I use them as editor these sites can be of tremendous help to any Internet marketer. So without further ado, here’s a partial list of the many sources and resources that I often visit:
Are you frustrated with your website?
I’ve been there before. Everyday you check your visitor
statistics and every day you see the same poor results. A slow
trickle of visitors, no real leads – it gets pretty painful.
The good news is that this problem can be remedied very quickly
(and cheaply) with just a few minor tweaks to your website.
For over six years, Ross Dunn and StepForth Placement have provided search engine optimization and placement services to a wide array of businesses and organizations. The staff at StepForth are experts in the fields of search engine marketing, search engine friendly design and, of course, search engine placement. They also follow the business of search engines like sports fans follow the playoffs. They welcome questions relating to the search engine industry and articles they have written.
People are impatient on the Web. They are function and task orientated. They want to get things done as quickly as possible. The average person is still accessing the Web over a 56 KB modem. You should therefore have a major focus on ‘light’ webpages if you want to increase reader-satisfaction.
In part 2 of my introduction to accessible web text, I explore the issues surrounding text size; explain what all the fuss is about; and suggest some useful approaches you can adopt to ensure the text on your web pages will be readable to your visitors.
Several years ago, at the beginning of my Internet career, I asked someone if HTML was an abbreviation for Hotmail. Yes, I really was that naive. Since then, I’ve learned a fair bit about HTML coding. I had to.
As a writer, I needed an online presence for my web content services; and as an ornery, mule-headed, cheapskate writer, I was determined to build it myself in spite of those who said I should leave it to the experts.
Sure, making money online with tons of traffic is easy.
But what if you don’t have much traffic? Is it still possible to make a good income online?
An English-language site is fine for attracting Web visitors from English-speaking countries (only 5.6% of the world’s population), or from the sporadic English-speakers in the other countries. But the need for a second (and third) language on your site comes when it becomes obvious that you are missing out on sales to another country.
There’s a simple explanation for poor web site sales conversion. The biggest reason visitors don’t buy anything is because the site isn’t designed to sell – it’s designed to give information. Think of your web site as a Virtual Salesperson, like many sales people, it talks too much. Dazed and confused, the visitor floats around from section to section in the site with no set destination.
Lets face it. Marketing is a challenge. You wouldn’t be reading this article if promoting your business online was just an easy walk in the park under a warm afternoon sun. The reality of it is that marketing could be called a walk in the park, but the sky is filled with nasty looking storm clouds. While there are millions of “marketing methods,” only a few work. Of those few, one of the least known is the concept of seeking customers where they congregate. And customers congregate at Community Websites.
I bet you think building a business on the Internet using free web hosting is smart? I mean, after all, you save yourself $500-$1,000. You probably don’t understand why someone in their right mind would spend money for something they can easily get free. What I’m about to tell you isn’t actively publicized. So listen very closely. Very often there is a hugh price to pay when you totally rely on free stuff you find on the web. “FREE”, really isn’t so free. Especially when you use free web hosting to run your Internet business. There are several problems with free and budget website hosting that you probably aren’t aware of.
The process of updating your website may seem like a fun task at first. You may feel as though you’re really accomplishing a lot by working with your code and images everyday…getting things just right. But believe me, it’s gets old quick.