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New Band Website

I’ve been working with a friend to help her develop a website for her business.  As with most band promoters the winter is very busy so trying to get some time to train her on how to use the new website has been slow in coming.  Tonight I will be training her and look forward to good things.  For those who are wondering what the band and entertainment scene is like in Michigan be sure to bookmark, facebook like and/or pin this site to your Pintrest board – http://stagelevelproductions.com/ – because great things are coming for 2012. The site will…

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Advice For Website Success

Anyone who runs or works on a website is always looking for new ways and new techniques to get more traffic.  I have found it interesting that you can turn an average person into a statistics junkie just but giving them a website and setting up Google analytics. Because most of the information is the same and never changes it’s always great to come across a new voice that puts things into a short, understandable and usable format.  I mean really do we need a 3,000 word dissertation stating that good content and quality links help with SEO and site…

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Learn HTML and CSS Free

I’ve been working on websites for a looong time now.  This have changed over the years but basic html is still the same.  With everything and everyone basically living in the digital space it is more important than ever that everyone should know some html.  This is especially true if you own a business or have a hobby that you want to make some extra money off or promote. Today I came across this great little site with some fantastic training videos.  If you ever wanted to know about building a website this is a great was to commit to…

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Google+ Brand Pages

It’s been talked about for a while and now it’s been live for about 48 hours.  Is it the hot new thing in Social Media?  Will it make your SEO efforts skyrocket?  Does the world really need it?  A Google+ Brand Page I have to say that I really like Google+ and having setup a brand page 24 hours ago I really like the pages.  They are clean and easy to use and understand. How much this will have an effect on Google search results will be seen.  I really hope that Google keeps the interface clean and the experience…

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Why Schema.org?

I’ve been using microdata for many years on websites that I work with.  The main piece being the hcard format.  This has allowed software and search engines to easily identify a company and it’s address. With Google and Bing announcing that they are now going to use the schema.org format as a standard – how many man-hours is this going to waste for web designers?  Are web designers going to update all their pages or just hope to move forward and perhaps update the most popular pages on the sites to make sure they stay indexed or increase the exposure. …

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3 Months of Business Listings

It’s been three months since my son and I embarked on a project to get a website up and running.  Now that March is over and we both put in a very dedicated month I wanted to compare the Google Analytics.  When the site started my goal was to ad a business a day.  That goal wasn’t achieved until the middle of February.  In the middle of March we started posting 2 businesses a day and have seen the number skyrocket.  We now have over 100 businesses listed and I look forward to seeing 300 by the end of April!…

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Favorite WordPress Plug-ins

I love WordPress for the ease of use and how quickly content can be created on uploaded.  There are plenty of templates to make your site look great.  But for maximum advantage of the site here are some of my favorite plug-in’s. WordPress SEO by Yoast – there is a little bit of setup but once it is installed it just runs.  Be sure to optimize the settings from the first time. WordTwit – I’ve tried a bunch of Twitter posting plug-ins and some worked, some didn’t at all and most were hit or miss.  This plug-in worked great from…

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Saginaw Business Directory

A few years back I was working 3rd shift at Concentric Network (now XO Communications).  I had the idea of creating a local web directory for the mid-Michigan area.  The 3rd shift job gave me a lot of time to work on the website.  After about a year of working on the site I got another job and sold the site.  The company that purchased the site from me scrapped the site, used the domain for a local directory for a while and now there isn’t even a directory the domain is just a splash page. Fast forward about 10…

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osCommerce Modification

Dealing with shopping carts can be a royal pain. For the first two years of my wifes store we were running ZenCart.  After having the shopping cart and email portions of that ecommerce system hacked, I deleted it off the account.  So since the website was created using WordPress we decided to use WP-Commerce.  The backend of this is so clunky that my wife was complaining all the time that she it takes to long to add products and it’s just not worth it and to take the online store down. Years ago I had run many eCommerce sites using osCommerce on…

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Google Search and Video

Video is and has been hot.  All the industry and SEO news seems to focus on video and video optimization. To test this theory I created a video blog and started putting the vehicle videos from YouTube on the blog.  I created a video XML site map and submitted it through Google Webmaster tools.  Most of the pages of the video blog were not indexed yet.  1 week into the experiment I’m not seeing any movement or improvement of the site at all. http://labadieusedcars.com/ I’m attempting to make 3 posts per day and will re-upload the video sitemap once per…