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A nice simple explanation of SEO for website owners

Here’s a video that I came across on searchengineland.com that explains the basics of Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) in an easy to follow, non-tech-speak manner. I thought I’d share it here as it may serve as a useful primer on SEO for my clients:

Advise on new .nz domains

The NZ Domain Name Commission has recently made .nz domains available. This means you can have now the shorter web address mywebsite.nz instead of mywebsite.co.nz, mywebsite.org.nz, etc. In most cases people and business who already own a New Zealand domain name are eligible to register or reserve the shorter version of their .nz domain name […]

Online Will Making Website

Stellar Web Works has just completed first phase of development on a new website for making your will online. The site, WillToLive.co.nz, has just gone live this evening. In addition to making your will, you can also create a ‘bucket list’ of things to do before you die. The website is the brainchild of public […]

4 Steps to protect your website investment

Step 1: Backup your entire website Make sure you have a worst case scenario backup plan. Sure any web hosting service worth it’s salt will keep backups of your website but don’t just rely on that. What if they went out of business and shut down operations suddenly, would you be able to get your […]

.nz domains could be coming soon

The Domain Name Commission, a non-profit society that co-ordinates the development of the Internet in New Zealand, is proposing to start allowing anybody to register domain names at the ‘second level’. That means for example that this website could have the address sww.nz instead of sww.co.nz. The DNC are currently at the stage of consulting […]

Free NZ$75 Google AdWords Promotion

I see that Google have a promotion for AdWords on at the moment for New Zealand customers. It is only for new customers so if you already use AdWords, it’s not for you. But if you’ve being thinking about giving it a try, now’s your chance. You won’t run much of a campaign for $75 […]

Solution to WordPress adding br and p tags around shortcodes

The Problem: Sometimes I find stray p or br tags appearing inside a block of content that I’ve enclosed in shortcodes and this can mess up the layout by adding extra spacing where I don’t want it. It occurs because of the default order in which WordPress processes your content – wpautop (the function which […]

Hack Attack

Flicking through Time Magazine on the plane back to NZ, I came accross an interesting read regarding website hacking. It is astonishing how organised these hacker organisations are, so much so that some of them even offer customer support! Here’s the article: Hack Attack So who would you like to hack today? A bank, a […]

Need to send large files? Try Dropbox

Sending large files by email can be problematic. Email services have file size limits for emails, so if your attached files are over the limit, your email will not reach the recipient(s). Even if you are within the file limits of both your mail server and the recipients’ mail servers, large attachments can clog email […]

An alternative to storing passwords in FileZilla or other FTP clients

One of my client’s websites got hacked recently but fortunately he was able to restore the website and tighten up security. He also discovered how the attack happened – his own computer got infected with malware which got access to a file created by the popular FTP client, FileZilla. That file contained his FTP connection […]

Big changes in search on the way with Google Instant

Right now Google is rolling out an new advancement in web search that it calls ‘Google Instant’. The difference between Google Instant and regular search is that as soon as you start typing, the search results appear on the page and with every letter you type those results are updated to reflect what Google predicts […]

10 Search Engine Optimisation Tips: Keywords

Here are ten useful tips for website owners specifically related to usage of keywords to improve performance in search results.

.CO domain names now available

A new top level domain ‘.co’ is now available internationally. Well actually it’s not new, it’s the top level country code domain of Columbia, but the Columbian domain name authorities have released it to international availability. It became generally available on 20th July 2010. The domain registrars are hyping it up as the next big […]

Want to know what people are searching for, when and where?

Google Insights for Search is an interesting tool that is fun to play with and could give you some useful nuggets of information that you can use to your advantage. You can use it to see what search terms are most popular and to see how search terms trend over time. For example if you […]

Which content management system? Why it’s important

I was recently having a beer and a chat with a fellow Nelson web developer and discovered that we shared the same favourite content management system. That got us on to talking about what CMSs the other local web design companies here in Nelson build their websites on. My mate told me of a job […]

Mind Maps – A great approach for planning a website

The idea behind mind maps is that you start with a central concept, write it down in the middle of a page, then add nodes as you think of different ideas around that concept. You can further develop any of the ideas by branching out more nodes from these ideas and so on. On paper […]

Bing allows you to target different regional search results on different pages of your website

Finally, after a long wait of about 3 weeks, Bing indexed the page I created for my regional search experiment. And, as I anticipated, the page shows up in the regional search results for Ireland (with ‘Only from Ireland’ selected). This despite the fact that it’s a New Zealand top level domain and the server […]

Another Bing regional search update and a new experiment

Following up on my recent series of posts regarding my findings about Bing regional search results, this website is finally indexed in the regional search results for New Zealand and performing quite well in the search results for target keywords – e.g. it is listed fourth for the term “web design nelson” (and the first 2 […]

Bing Update

Following on from my previous post, I’ve posted my findings regarding Bing’s regional failings on the Bing webmaster forum, which happens to be full of similar reports. I got a response back from Brett Yount, Program Manager, Bing Webmaster Center, which seems to acknowledge that Bing has some problems when it comes to regional indexing: […]

Yahoo & Microsoft Partner Up To Take On Google With Bing

Yahoo and Microsoft announced a 10 year partnership on 29th July where Yahoo Search will be powered by Microsoft’s new Bing search engine. The agreement is currently in front of regulators and could take two years finalise. The move looks to be one solid step towards a merger after the failed attempt in 2008. Google […]

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