For those who build websites by hand (rather than on a platform like WordPress or Joomla) one of the hassles is making sure your sites render consistently in different browsers. Internet Explorer is notorious for screwing things up, mostly because in the past they’ve never adhered to the W3C standards. That said, IE8 is better… Read more

I’ve been lucky enough to pick up a nice new contract, setting up and maintaining websites for a group of 6 restaurant/bars here in Hong Kong. As a result I’ve had a frantic week and I haven’t had time to research and produce my normal second article. So, instead, I’ve spent some time looking back… Read more

With Google now including page-load times in the factors it uses to rank sites for the natural search results, a recent article on the SEOmoz blog giving 7 ways to speed things up caught my attention. Some of them I was already using but one that I wasn’t was Gzip compression, so I dived right… Read more

When I first started working online I used the fact that I was a newbie to comfort myself when I wasn’t making any money. And then I saw others coming in, who were newer than me, making their first $100, or getting their first 10 sales, while I still had nothing to show. And panic… Read more

A while ago I wrote about hitting Google page 1 out of 192,000,000 results for the search term ‘online home business tips’. Having hit that target I confidently waited for my traffic to start kicking up. But it remained pretty much unchanged. Digging a bit further revealed that although there were around 200,000,000 results for… Read more

Last week I wrote about some key points that came out of a website review I completed recently (see it here) One of the things I delivered as part of that review was a set of META tags for each page on the site, so I figured I’d explain how I went about that. A… Read more

Because of the way they work, blogs are ideally suited for news type sites, where yesterday’s news is old hat and no longer interesting. But if you’re operating an information site, then a blog, while it has many, many advantages, also has a major disadvantage: It’s not long before your older posts are buried deep… Read more

A friend of mine talked to me the other day about getting more traffic to his site: how to do it quickly and for free. Unfortunately, quick traffic doesn’t generally come free – you need to pay for that, usually via PPC. But here are 4 ways you can build up a healthy level of… Read more

I’ve had two occasions recently to be shocked at what Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) consultants charge versus what they actually deliver. And angry, because (in one case) it was daylight robbery. So here’s a tip if you’re struggling with optimizing your site for the search engines: Get your self a free Google account (if you… Read more

As an affiliate Marketer I’ve faced two problems in the past, both of which are easily fixed by using 301 permanent redirects. To clarify: a 301 permanent redirect is basically call-forwarding for your web pages or links. Setting a permanent (rather than a temporary) re-direct is better for SEO and also prompts browsers to change… Read more