Home Page Web Design Elements of Fortune 500 Companies

Fortune 500 Companies Websites

The home page of your website is many things: a snapshot of your business and the services you offer, a gateway to your content and a chance to draw-in the casual visitor on the lookout for people to do business with. This infographic from Go-Globe looks at the home pages of Fortune 500 companies and examines the elements and styles they use on the home pages of their websites. Follow the crowd What's noticeable about most of the sites on the list is they tend to follow the same layout: … [Read more...]

Free Website Uptime Monitoring Tool – Uptime Robot Review

Uptime Robot

There's a 100% chance your website will go down at one time or another. Maybe it's down right now? Go check and come right back... Was it down? I hope not! Downtime may only last a few seconds or a couple of minutes, but you won't know it's happened unless you have a tracking tool in place. If your site goes down too often, and for too long, contact your host to see if they can shed any light on why it's crashing so much. Automatically check every five minutes There are a lot of … [Read more...]

Tap Into the Power of Business Blogging Without Writing a Single Word

Blogging about your industry is one of the most popular ways to market your company online. But, what should you do if you don't like blogging? Or you just don't have the time? There are at least two obvious answers - outsource or create an in-house management team to handle the dirty-work. It's actually not that dirty. Some people really enjoy it. Outsource If you are a one-person business who doesn't the time or inclination to manage a blog, outsource the running of it to a … [Read more...]

On-Page SEO: 12 Tips for Creating a Well-Optimised Web Page or Blog Post (infographic)

OnPage SEO

SEO today isn't quite rocket science, although it might seem like it if you're struggling to rank pages on Google. As a blogger or webmaster you can only do so much on-page optimisation. After that, it's up to the algorithm to decide which pages rank and which pages don't. Away from the on-page content there are other factors to consider: domain authority/age, backlink profile, competitiveness of the keyword you're targeting and personalised search to name just a few, and while getting the … [Read more...]

How to get your Website into Google and why you Should Never Pay Someone to do it for you

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Never pay somebody to submit your website to Google or any other search engine. Google does a grand job of discovering websites without being told where to look. The only person/people benefiting from this type of deal, is the person you pay. It's true, Google provides an online submission form, but there is no need to use it as long as you can get a link to your site from somewhere on the internet. Getting your site discovered through an inbound link is better than using the online … [Read more...]

Quick tip for reducing Twitter noise in minutes

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We all follow people on Twitter who give the impression they're online every second of the day. Their tweets appear every few minutes and are often self-promotional. Some of these people are very well known and respected in social media circles, partly because they tweet so much, so I guess it works to some degree. But that doesn't stop it from becoming more than a tad annoying, especially if it's someone you feel doesn't provide a great deal of value. Sure, you could unfollow them, … [Read more...]

How to get your first 100 Twitter followers

Get First 100 Twitter Followers

It doesn't matter if you are using Twitter for the first time or if you've used it for a while, I'm sure you'll find some useful information in this infographic from Quick Sprout. Suggested Reading Once you start following a lot of people on Twitter, your feed can get a little busy, making it difficult to stay in touch with people who matter to you. Read this post to find out how to use Twitter lists to reduce the noise. Perhaps the biggest take-away from the data is how best to gain … [Read more...]

The scary truth about online passwords

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A few weeks ago, Google announced that some five million Gmail logins were leaked on the internet. The company said many of the combinations wouldn't work and its own anti-hijacking systems should prevent people from accessing Gmail accounts illegally. In response to the leak, LastPass, which is a really useful password managing app/browser extension, released this infographic about how we use passwords. You probably won't be shocked to see the simplicity of the top 10 most-used … [Read more...]

Google survey shows voice search on smartphones on the increase

Google Voice Search

A Google survey shows more of us are using our voice instead of our fingers to do a search on smartphones. As always, teens are early adopters and have no qualms asking Google a question rather than typing in a search phrase. The survey, which was carried out in the US, examined the smartphone voice search habits of 1,400 people. 400 were aged between 13 and 17, and the rest were 18+. What are people using voice search for?   While most teenagers really don't care what people … [Read more...]

How to sign up for Google Analytics and create the tracking code you need for your website or blog

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In this post you will learn how to sign up for Google Analytics and create the tracking code you need to install on your website/blog. Google Analytics is the industry standard program for gathering information about your website's visitors'. It's free to use, very easy to install, and within 24 hours or so you will start seeing data about the people visiting your site, giving you a better understanding of how your site is performing and how people are using it. If you don't yet … [Read more...]