Marketing a website isn't particularly difficult. It's usually just a matter of knowing what to do, how to do it and having the skills and time to get it done. With that said, marketing a website isn't particularly easy either. There are so many factors and variables in play that at any given time that the job can be quite overwhelming. Obviously I can't address the issue of whether or not you have the skills or time, but I can help you out with the "what to do" piece of the puzzle. I've always been a lover of checklists, especially when it comes to getting things done. Especially when it comes to remembering what things need to be done! So over the last several years I've been putting together checklists for all kinds of things pertaining to website marketing. Below is my master website marketing checklist covering over 400 specific items over 23 topics. These topics include things such as website development, SEO, usability, accessibility, etc. This list doesn't cover any "how tos," … [Read more...] about The Best Damn Web Marketing Checklist, Period!
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Many consider search engine optimization as a sort of black box. But once the essential features of a search engine optimal website are laid out in a concise list, SEO is not nearly as mystifying. That’s where these checklists come in. They are designed for web marketers and web developers so that they can easily understand SEO and start tackling it. You can read a full description of each best and worst practice at the end of this, after the two checklists. Worst practices in SEO Partially indexed, poorly ranked, penalized and possibly banned: such is the unpleasant fate of a website that’s not duly optimized for search engines. Even if you mastered all “best practices”, your site may not be safe. The mission of search engines is to supply their visitors with relevant results, so penalizing or banning sites that appear to interfere with that mission is a necessity. Understanding which practices adversely impact your search engine rankings is a prerequisite to a … [Read more...] about 29 Worst Practices & Most Common Failures: SEO Checklist Part I
WordPress is a fantastic platform for building websites on-the-fly with little to no development time required to get up and running. In addition, WordPress has fantastic customizability ranging from being able to fully customize your theme, to finding plug-ins that have functionality to do just about anything you want. The list of what you can do to customize WordPress is endless and is generally limited only to your imagination. You can install a newsletter plug-in to manage your newsletter subscriptions. You can install analytics plug-ins that seamlessly integrate with WordPress and Google Analytics. Other WordPress plugins allow you to customize your SEO such as your title tags, meta descriptions, and meta keywords. Still, some plug-ins will also let you add noodp and noydir tags, and dive deep enough into their functionality to allow for full control over noindex/nofollow on individual pages. This should go without saying, but choosing a good domain name is half the battle toward … [Read more...] about How to Build a WordPress Site in 24 Hours
Are you about to start your first blog? Maybe you’ve just got going, or you’re a few months in. You’re worried that you’ve missed something important – or you feel like you’re not seeing the success you should. That may well be the case…but I’ve got you covered. Like every blogger, I’ve made a few mistakes. I’ve had my share of frustrations, wasted time, and wasted money. Like all successful bloggers, I kept going! It could’ve been easier, though – and I want to share some of my lessons learned so that you will succeed even faster than me. Here’s what I wish I’d known before I started my first blog. There’s a lot of info in this article, with plenty of practical, actionable steps for you to take, so I’ve split this post into four main parts: Part 1: Getting Your Blog Set Up Right Part 2: Focusing Your Blogging Efforts Part 3: Making Your Blog Run Smoothly Part 4: Having the Right Mindset … [Read more...] about Things I Wish I Knew Before I Started Blogging
Imagine a version of Google where any search you do on your mobile will serve results from not just the mobile web but the apps on your phone too… Then wouldn’t it be great if you could choose how you viewed the page when clicking through? Either on the mobile web or via an app already downloaded to your phone, which automatically opens up and serves you content from deep inside (say a news story from The Guardian app, or a public event on Facebook). It’s a multi-platform, channel agnostic world where everything connected to the internet can be searchable! And perhaps a powerful argument for not buying that WiFi enabled underwear drawer. Either way, the presence of apps in mobile search results are becoming a more common occurrence as developers can now allow Google to index their content from all over your mobile phone. So what does this mean for mobile users and app developers? Let’s answer a few important questions… What is indexing? Google … [Read more...] about What is app indexing and why is it important?