this guy is often 'on topic' but also V. clever
hi, About.com has a link to 10 best tips to improve your Google ranking.
check out these sites....
I don't know if you've had time to go further in, James. But the site 'Craftsmanship' has some interesting articles.
not much to do with ranking, bet some interesting page layouts. see here
Hi Catharine, thanks for your time. I have always thought the author a little 'awkward' in his style, as if he is forcing simile/alliteration too much. You may be right about the mother tongue comment.
You dare not make an error in anything professional, medical, law, etc. It shows that you create errors. But I take your point ( especially you being a writer ) niggling errors are a right turn off. It is the typos that differentiate real Bank Sites from an illicit clones there of.
I haven't got time to go through it all but on the home page we have:
But remember one thing. - incorrect punctuation
Sometimes it just slaps you in the face.An idea for how - missing space
Make first contact: - gibberish
As we elevate and take you on new journey, we endeavour to keep it green. - missing preposition - sounds like a non native English speaker.
You get my drift. The copy doesn't flow. The layman won't understand why the site turns him off but it will. Decent copy is essential and it should be left to professionals. I see sites ruined by rubbish copy all the time. The same goes for images too. If you want a professional looking site, pay a professional photographer. You can spot sites using micro-stock images a mile off and they are NAFF!
I wonder if you are referring to Elevation, I know the writer. If it is that site, I would be interested to know what errors there are, Catharine.
It is, actually, a very valid point Catharine. I'm sure I read that the web-bots 'downgrade' for poor spelling. I'm not sure to which site you are referring? I stress that the property one I posted, I inherited the text, and the other 'Cap' one I didn't realise was an actual site...
Well I have had a brief look and would point out that any site requires grammatically correct content! And especially if you claim to have a team of writers…
But this thread is meant to be about improving google rank not random website critique so I shall stop there!
great James, I'll certainly check it out.
Again very helpful, thanks.
very valid point James thank you. Although it would be an very long email address in this case?
The Hosts I use is Go Daddy. I believe for 'web based emails,' of which you can set up many, they levy an extra charge. I maintain the site as a favour to a friend, and pay for the hosting, so need to keep costs down.
good point James.
If I were running the show, I wouldn't publish any closing times...clients want to know that you are available 24/7
the long and short of it is that you need a good one.
A client, had a site which for one reason or another was inaccessible, I remade the content choosing this (cheap) URL a cumbersome www.frenchmediterraneanproperty.info. a nightmare to type ( but once in your browser cache it comes up straight away ).
Any combo of a Google 'browser bar' search using the keywords French Mediterranean and Property will bring this site up... So, I think that if your key (descriptive) words, are in your URL, you have a better chance of climbing, than if your URL say, only comprises your name...We have all done it, Google your own name. Ronald Birks is plastered all over the web, several mentions have emanated from SFN, thanks guys!
However this is not much use as you would need to know my name, not my business sector. The obscure spelling of the name helps, but also I publish lots of pics, which when clicked on in the images search of Google....here, many pics come back to SFN, aw it's nothing guys!
Word splitting is also food for thought. Apostrophes, I believe aren't permissible, underscores Ugly, can you use Upper and Lower....I have many sites to do with Cap D'Agde ...difficult to URLerise!
is probably the best option.
This is probably a good working example of the 'perfect' site.( in my humblest of opinions ) Stunning graphics, rich content, easy to navigate, no wizzes and bangs. Elevationstudios is a design and marketing house in Swindon, headed up by Sam Allen a former student of mine. Sam was also in my employ for 10 years, and it was to him I gave my business 10 years back when I retired.
The topic here is on improving your ranking, but that is only part of the story. Selection of the right web address is also key. People in my opinion overvalue the worth of a .com, sure it's generic and says 'business'. But if you are and individual, charity, or club you might want .me .org. or .info. The suffix brokers are coming out with new combos all the time there is now I believe .xxx hmmmmmm great if you are a brewer of Strong Ale?
I looked at .us once thinking ooo 'sounds a bit like a partnership', but woh! its stands for United States, leave well alone! I have a ful list of www suffixes and what the are normally used for. Just ask and I will publish them.
Many more things have a bearing as to whether your site is 'working for you' Does it create 'stickiness?' ie are visitors encouraged to stay/re-visit....are they responding to your 'call to action' ie to join up, visit your FB page, make an enquiry etc.
Many sites nowadays, whilst carrying out the job of 'informing'/selling are there also to encourage 'clicking'....as purely for, or in addition to, the site's function to be part of a revenue stream, generated by this activity. Nothing wrong with this, at all.
You probably need a site that will do the job you need. If it's a shop, then it should be a shop. If you are a design agency then you are gonna have that 'Flash' or now XHTML5 intro that's more detailed than an arcade game. Fine as long as you can 'cancel' it!
Here is another site from a former partner Martyn Poynor
No text, but easy to navigate, clean, simple and gets to the point, it is a 'showcase' to publish his photographs. Better snaps, in my opinions youwould find difficult to find anywhere on the web.
What I guess we are saying is that this site has less change of being 'visible' because of the lack of text. My understanding is that because of so much 'abuse', the major search engines rely much less on text and metatags nowadays...is that true?
Might need the Turbonerds on this one Steve. My knowledge is scant. From my experience, Blogs shift up PDQ, changing content? dunno.
It always makes sense to link back to Mother site, but you would do that. I am fairly sure that if your drag down a YouTube clip, preferably your own, this improves your hit rate. I also spoke to a specialist who said Google spiders prefer certain 'web friendly Type faces: Ariel, Helvetica etc. although he pointed out that this will not be the case in the futre as more and more 'modern' Body and Display fonts are being accepted.
Ha, I've just realised what you've said, James, yes, the 'nav' arrows are tiny. lol