Archive for the 'Web Design' Category
Adam September 15th, 2011
I recently found my Google places account suspended! “Ouch”, I thought at first. There’s no explanation or anything of the sorts. It’s just a “you’re suspended and you should read the rules before reapplying for your account back” type of deal. But I already knew what I did. I know the rules. I knew I was breaking them. Why would I do that? It’s sad to say but it’s because everyone is (or was). I believe my offense (it’s not confirmed yet) was adding keywords at the end of the place’s business name. It’s smart that they don’t want that happening because it’ll get out of hand and it’s not accurate. It makes sense though to me that people would exploit this until being caught. I congratulate the big G for enforcing the rules and making a nicely organized list of business’s. There’s too many other ones out there that suck.
When no one seemed to be enforcing the rules for this what else are you going to do to get to the top of the 7 pack (local results) when everyone else is? So I knew I wasn’t in the right here but what are you going to do in this dog eat dog world… sometimes the nice guys finish last.
As for my listing (Azunga is the only one in that places page account for that account that was suspended) that got suspended it actually never comes up on the local results anyway… I’ve realized and through my testing that web design, web development, and many other computer related services aren’t considered local search terms. That’s even if you include the local town or city name ie. “portland web design” the search isn’t counted as a local search and the normal, more global, search results page comes up. That surprises me a bit because in my experience people prefer to go local with their web / computer needs as a face to face meeting is just so much easier… we’ll see if the Big G changes that anytime soon.
Adam June 27th, 2011
Google just updated their PR today!
- What does this mean for web site owners?
Nothing at all! If you’re running a web site it’s a nice indication that you’re going in the right direction as Google surely won’t be giving increased page rank to sites which it doesn’t like or are doing things incorrectly.
- Does the update mean that my site will be found more on Search Engine Results Pages (SERP’s)?
Nope. Still the same SERP’s for your site!
- What if my site dropped?!?!
You’re screwed. Hahah. Just kidding. It’s an indication that something isn’t being done right, the site got hit by the Panda update, links to the site got removed, the site changed enough to bring the rankings down, or Google just doesn’t like you! (That last part probably isn’t true but ya never know!) The best way to fix problems is to go through the site (content, navigation, images, multimedia, internal links, code), the links pointing to the site, and anything else relating to the web site to make sure the content is unique and written with quality in mind, the back links are still there or from good sources that aren’t part of a bad neighborhood, and really fine tune any tags, code, content, images, site maps, and literally anything else on the site to make sure it’s all in tip top shape.
I’m happy to report that every site (35+ web sites) of mine (and my clients) all went up in PageRank!!! I’m sure it has something to do with my insane SEO skills.
Adam May 31st, 2011
I came across this gem of a web site on a web design and search engine optimization forum. Give it a shot.
This site (AdamMWood.com) got a “10% stuck in the 90’s” because I use gif’s but I can’t agree with calling GIF’s a 90’s trend. We can all thank Internet Explorer 6 for this! Even Big M has a web site set up to promote the declined use of IE6.