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Your Website And Its Performance

optimize for mobile usersOnce you’ve designed and created your website, you may think all you need to do is sit back and wait for traffic to come pouring in from search engines. Unfortunately, this isn’t the case. Putting aside the necessary marketing efforts needed to drive traffic, both organically and otherwise, a huge consideration for every website owner should continually be their site’s performance.

When we talk about website performance, we are referring to its speed and the time it takes for pages to load. A website that under-performs will be viewed negatively by its visitors which will, in turn, negatively impact conversions.

Not only that, but the search engines like Google take website speed very seriously and penalize slow sites by placing them lower down in their search engine pages. Thus, making organic reach even more difficult.

And, it doesn’t stop there. Even if you don’t consider organic traffic to be particularly important because you are planning a paid ad campaign with the likes of Google Adwords, your ads and quality score will be affected by your site’s speed too! Continue reading

Do You Need an App for Your Business? Probably Not.

do i need an app for my business?Apps have been in the mainstream public eye for over a decade now. The idea that you download a program that only interfaces with one company, theme or complete one type of task has been a hit. We have the people at Apple to thank for that. The success of the iphone quickly carried over into other markets and now even windows calls their programs “apps” now.

An app can be tremendously useful for repetitive tasks. If you need to pay your bill, add movies to your streaming que, edit images or whatever you need to do, an app is the perfect solution. Apps work so well in everyday life that business owners often think to themselves “Hey, I should get an app!”. But, an app may not be the way to go and here’s why: Continue reading

Site Optimization – Don’t Display Images that are Hosted Elsewhere

improve website speedOne of the most important factors search engines consider when ranking your site is load speed. We have covered that before. But, today we want to go into the topic of serving images on your website.

You probably know by now that images on your website should be an optimized size so that they do not slow the page load speed when the site is visited. But, you should also make sure not to serve images from a server outside of the server from which your website is currently being stored.

Having images on your site that are being served from a different server can slow the load process tremendously. Also, search engines actually look for this and hold it against your ranking. Continue reading

Test Your Contact Form Regularly

contact form monitoringCan you imagine how disappointed you would feel if you found out that you had less sales this year because your contact form wasn’t working properly? Hundreds or maybe thousands of dollars of revenue because of a failure of your website to function properly.

Well, it happens. The reasons it happens can vary but in today’s web world, the most likely reason is that the contact form plug-in changed and broke the coding. The changes happen when the plug-ins are updated. Recently, there was a big mess when the people who manage the Contact Form 7 plug-in released an updated version that broke the functionality on many websites. Continue reading

Getting Spammed from Your Contact Form Recently?

Are you starting to get spammed through your website contact form again? You are not alone. Literally millions of people have been receiving heavy doses of spam this week. The problem is that Contact Form 7, a form used by millions of people within their WordPress installations, has stopped working with Google ReCaptcha V2. When you log in, you get an alert to change your site keys to reCaptcha V3, a version that is supposed to work in the background. The problem is, spam is still getting through.

I have searched the web and have found many complaints but no answers from WordPress. I suppose the best thing to do to save time/money at this juncture is to wait and see of they sort this out and tighten up the security. Continue reading

Single Page Optimization

learn how to optimize you article on the webThere is not point in having a very optimized page that is within a website which is itself not optimized. Google would not see this page as the “single great apple in a basket of rotten apples”, rather, they would just see it as a basket of rotten apples. With that said, I am going to discuss the proper optimization of a single page.

Industry practices in this matter change all the time as Google itself changes. It is important to stay updated on all the algorithm changes at Google by reading their various blogsContinue reading

Mobile vs. Laptop Usage

mobile vs laptop 2018In the business of designing and optimizing websites, it helps to know who your target audience is. It also helps to know what devices people will be using to look at your websites.

For the purpose of this article, “desktop” and “laptop” will be combined and be simply referred to as “laptop”. The nature of this article is to determine mobile device browsing vs. non-mobile device browsing regarding website design and optimization.

It has long been known that mobile devices would take over as the single most used type of computer device that people use to browse the web. A recent study suggests the number is about half and half. I don’t think this is the relevant statistic though. To me, the relevant question is to ask who uses mobile devices exclusively vs. those people who use a mix of the two. (I will leave out people who use laptops only and don’t use mobile devices because those numbers are so low that they are negligible.) Continue reading

How to Fix This Message in WordPress: Fatal error: Out of memory

This is the dreaded message many WordPress website owners have received over the last few years. But, for those who have seen it before and have dealt with it, it is no big deal. It is just more of an annoying hassle than anything else.

For whatever reason the default memory limit for WordPress is just 32MB. If you build out your site in any substantial way you will exceed this. So, you actually have to hack your own website to increase this limit to allow your site to continue functioning. The reason I say hack your own site is because many times the WordPress functionality is totally incapacitated because of the error. Continue reading

Evolution of Website Optimization Part 2

by Brad Taylor

linking hierarchy in seo articleThe second part of the evolution of website optimization continues. The purpose of this series of articles is to give a basic overview of the changes in universally accepted methods to optimize websites. Just like any industry there are changes and additions as the years go on and we like to keep our readers apprised the best we can.

Website Optimization as we know it only about 17-20 years old. Website optimization is (by definition) to make concerted efforts to improve or alter your site so that it displays higher in search engines with the hopes of driving more traffic. In the early 2000’s we hadn’t coined the term SEO yet, and if it were coined by then, many of us were not using it.

Continuing where I left off in the last article, the second relatively new SEO practice that has garnered success for those doing it is content linking within a page or article. Yes, it has always been a good thing to link to source pages or to an info page that is helping you convey your message, but now there is a definite formula that seems to work. Continue reading

Evolution of Website Optimization Part 1

by Brad Taylor

seo and website speedThe fundamentals of optimizing your website are always changing. As Google gets bigger and more powerful, they add to and tweak their algorithms. Although many of the desired attributes from ten or fifteen years ago are still applicable to your optimization efforts, many new items have been added.

The theme for the early 2000’s was CONTENT. Your site needed fresh unique content to be a contender. That still holds true. But several other factors have dominated the middle part of the 2010’s. Continue reading