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Guide to viral marketing

Monday, February 15th, 2010

Viral Marketing has become a magic word lately. With the rise of Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and a variety of other platforms to choose from, there is effortless availability of user-generated content on the internet, creating an easy gateway for marketers to capture potential customers. Viral marketing succeeds when it is made sure that an idea or message that has to be popularized spreads through viewers in no time… Continue reading

Marketing Your Web Site III

Wednesday, February 10th, 2010

Forum advertising is a superbly effective, yet easy, way to promote your Web site. Forums abound on the Internet and are usually age and gender specific to make it easy for you to select and locate your target market. The only drawback is that since you need to post a different and relevant comment for each forum you choose and possess the patience to continually monitor and post… Continue reading

Marketing Your Web Site II

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010

There are many strategies you can employ to help your Web site gain more traffic. One of the easiest and most effective marketing strategies that is sure to get your website noticed is having people watch something that they will truly enjoy. Almost every person who has ever been on the Internet knows about, Revver Video and other social media video sites. These sites have an average of 41… Continue reading

Marketing Your Web Site I

Tuesday, January 19th, 2010

“You build it, and they will come.” but will they come? You’ve done everything to create a beautiful web site that is standards compliant, hired the best content writers, used the latest interactive tools, and applied the best looking graphics to make sure that your site will not only look good, but will spark interest as well. It’s the perfect Web site in appearance and content – proven to turn… Continue reading

Search Engine Optimization Design Guidelines

Wednesday, December 9th, 2009

In the harsh world of search engine optimization, if you’re not first, you’re last!!!

In the Search Engine Optimization 101 tip, we looked at the need and importance of Search Engine Optimization (SEO). In this tip, we’ll look at some design guidelines that’ll help search engines find, index, and rank your website efficiently. The goal is to be ranked in the first page results… Continue reading

Free XML Blogger Templates

Friday, November 6th, 2009

If you enjoy blogging, you might be using Google’s free platform, sometimes known as Blogspot. The drop and drag gadget system makes it easy for first-time bloggers to produce content without having to build a website.

But compared to its competitor, Wordpress, Blogger theme templates are rather bland and less flexible. Many online entrepreneurs avoid using Blogger specifically because of these limitations.

However… Continue reading

Search Engine Optimization 101

Thursday, November 5th, 2009

A mall with very few foot prints will never make money. Similarly, without enough page hits, a website can only dream of the big bucks. Unless you’re or some such well-known site, you will need some way of driving people to your website.

Advertising and Search Engines are two options that you can use to achieve this. Search Engines direct traffic to your website by enabling… Continue reading

Usability 201

Tuesday, September 29th, 2009

In the Usability 101 tip, usability was defined and the reasons for making a website usable stated. Usability 101 was a generic usability tip applicable to all products. In this tip, we’ll focus on usability for web sites and blogs. You can use this as a checklist to ensure your website or blog is usable.

Imagine surfing a site that you have to… Continue reading

Usability 101

Friday, August 28th, 2009

Bad usability usually leads colossal losses for product manufacturers. This seemingly basic concept is the key to enhancing user experience and increasing product sales. The point being: if it isn’t easy to use, why should anyone use/buy it?

Let’s take a few examples to understand what usability is and why it is important. Do you know what the following sign depicts?

Reduce Visual Noise with Whitespace

Wednesday, July 29th, 2009

Here’s a great tip to keep in mind when building a website! Let’s look at Whitespace! Continue reading

Persistent Navigation Panel

Tuesday, June 9th, 2009

Recently, in Wellington, New Zealand:

A New Zealand mom made some online bids on toys before napping. Then her 3-year-old daughter took over and bought a bigger plaything than expected — a huge earth-moving digger for a cool $12,300.

For the complete story, go to,2933,521120,00.html

I read the story and thought the designer of the web site from where the 3 year old bought the earth moving… Continue reading

Best Practices for Writing on the Web

Wednesday, April 29th, 2009

Are you an aspiring web designer? Plan on penning your own blog sometime in the future? Let these handy web writing tips be your guide!

Enable People to Scan Through Writing

People scan through web pages hunting for specific information or anything that intrigues them. This reading style is very different to the reading style of a person enjoying a… Continue reading

Google Sites

Thursday, October 23rd, 2008

Google Sites

Wow, even Google is jumping on the Web site bandwagon! Google Sites is a new service that allows you to create your very own Web site. Plus, if you have your own domain, it lets you put your site on there too. Let’s check it out, shall we?!

To get started with Google Sites, head on over to If you have a… Continue reading


Thursday, July 24th, 2008


Are you a Webmaster? If so, you’re going to love this FTP program! It’s one of the best I’ve ever come across. Let’s check it out, shall we?!

In case you’re not sure, FTP is a handy way to upload your files and Web pages onto your Web server (where you store all of your files on the Web). Webmasters (people who run Web sites) use an FTP to… Continue reading

Web Site Week – Day 5

Friday, April 27th, 2007

Web Site Week – Day 5

Come along with me as I finish up Web Site Week with some final thoughts!

Yes, today is the last day of Web Site Week, but don’t worry, we are going to end it with a bang! Today, we’ll be discussing some more ways you can increase your site’s overall stickiness and also how to get more hits. To review, if your Web site… Continue reading

Web Site Week – Day 4

Friday, April 27th, 2007

Web Site Week – Day 4

Here we go with day number four!

You’ve seen those animated banners floating around the Internet, haven’t you? You know, the ones that flash multiple images and tell you to click them. It seems that practically every Web site you look at has them. Here’s an example of one:

So, how would you like to make one for your Web site? They’re just… Continue reading

Web Site Week – Day 2

Friday, April 27th, 2007

Web Site Week – Day 2

Welcome to day 2 of Web Site Week! Today, we’ll be discussing Web site stickiness and ways to get more hits on your site. If you didn’t understand a word of that last sentence, that’s okay! By the end of this week, you will be a Web site wizard!

First off, Web site stickiness means making your Web site so interesting… Continue reading

Web Site Week – Day 1

Friday, April 27th, 2007

Web Site Week – Day 1

I have some great news! Throughout all of this week, I will be showing you tips on how you can make your own Web site as good as it can be. Now, many of you are probably thinking, “But I don’t have a Web site.” No worries! I am going to solve that problem for you today. You are going to learn how to… Continue reading

Web Site Week – Day 3

Wednesday, April 25th, 2007

Web Site Week – Day 3

Web Site Week rolls on with day number three! Web site owners are always trying to find ways to make their site better for their visitors. They also want to know what their visitors think of their site, so most designers include an e-mail address as the main way to contact them. But, there are a couple reasons why you shouldn’t post your e-mail… Continue reading

Web Design Workshop: Recycle for Speed

While designing your website, you may have noticed that you are using the same graphic images over and over throughout the site. This doesn’t mean that you are being creatively redundant. It just means that the design throughout your site is consistent. That’s good news for viewers of your site.

Using the same graphic multiple times in your site will decrease the… Continue reading

Web Design: the Basics (acronyms)

Friday, October 21st, 2005

Let’s go over some basic definitions.

I’m sure you’ve come across words and acronyms on the Internet whose meanings you don’t know. You may even see them every day but find your eyes glazing over with indifference to their definitions. If you plan on building your own website, then it would be helpful to know what some of this stuff means. For example, do you know what the underlined… Continue reading

Web Design Tip- This is the end

Tuesday, October 18th, 2005

Web Design Tip – This is the End…

…my only friend, the end. Sorry – I slipped into a Doors song there for a moment. The end I mean is a footer.

A footer is separate from the main body of information and is located at the bottom of a page. Footers are commonly seen in printed material and word processing documents. They are usually the same from… Continue reading

Web Design Workshop: Rollover

Wednesday, October 12th, 2005


A rollover, also called a mouseover, is an element on a web page that changes when you place your mouse over it. Rollovers are typically graphic or text elements that indicate a link or some other type of active area on a site.

I like rollovers on a site. I think they can be cool and fun and they let me know when part of the… Continue reading

Web Design Workshop: The Sounds of Music

Monday, September 26th, 2005

In a Previous tip, I went on and on about the perils of having music play automatically when you design your website. Now, of course, I’m being inundated with questions about how to put music on your site. I should have seen that coming. Okay. I’ll tell you, as long as you promise to give the viewer the choice to listen to it or not.

First, let’s… Continue reading

Web Design Workshop: What’s That Sound?

Friday, September 16th, 2005

Did you hear that? Why is this site taking so long to load? What the heck is going on?

If you have asked those questions, then most likely you have visited a website that includes music as a part of its design. The owner of the website probably loves that song and wants to share it with everyone. If you have a favorite song and want to have it play… Continue reading

Web Design Workshop: Consistency

Friday, September 16th, 2005

A web site, no matter if it is two pages or 200, should have a consistent design throughout the site. Things like font selection, color scheme, and the use of graphics should all look like they are coming from the same place.

Consistent site design adds a coherency to the site, which lets the user know that yes, they are still on the same site. I’ve been to quite… Continue reading

Don’t have a web page editing program? Don’t know HTML? No sweat. Anyone can write an email—so why not use Outlook Express to design your web page.


That’s right. If you can make a rich text email you can save it as a web page. It won’t be the fanciest site on the net, but at least you’ll have something up.

*Before we get started, you… Continue reading

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