Welcome To The Web Development Survival Guide

SEO Basics – The SEO Deception

SEO Basics – The SEO Deception I ran across this tactic used by some SEO companies when doing some research. I had to laugh at the deceptive nature and the games being played. Let’s say one SEO firm gives your business a proposal including 4 keyword phrases and another firm says they will include 2000…

(SEO) Search Engine Optimization Basics

Search engine optimization or (SEO) as it’s normally referred to is the process of building your website’s authority over time so that it gains visibility on search engines. I’ve heard it called everything from “getting on the top page” to “being number 1”. Some businesses gauge it by a certain amount of traffic, others by…

What Is Website Maintenance?

Okay, so you have your website. You’ve got content and your probably working on some remaining pieces. Don’t worry, its normal. Suggestions For Maintaining Your Website Keep It Clean – I remember one client some years ago, that bred animals. After completing her site and training her, I turned her loose. Within no time, she…

General Website Development Steps

What’s next? After being in the web design and marketing world for so long there are some things I take for granted. The first is that I sometimes assume clients understand what to expect in typical web development. However this is far from the case. While development can be expanded upon in scope and detail,…

Website Preparation Checklist

Website Preparation Checklist Preparing your website content will help make the development process smooth and efficient. Below is a list of items you should have prepared. Logo Does your business have a logo or are you a new business? If you already have a logo, be prepared to give your web designer an EPS version/PDF…

Getting Consistent Proposals

Getting Consistent Proposals I once had an employer in another lifetime and one of his favorite sayings was, “If you can’t dazzle them with brilliance, baffle them with BS.” Website proposals contain everything from key features of a given service provider to a healthy dose of fertilizer. One of the toughest challenges for a business…

Let The Games Begin – Finding a Good Web Design Company

Let The Games Begin – Finding a Good Web Design Company In the web development world, I meet all kinds of people. I’ve had great relationships with respected professionals and I’ve also experienced some odd issues as well. The world of web development can be technical and when different providers offer assorted services, making everything play…

Avoiding Bad Websites & Bad Developers

Avoiding Bad Websites & Bad Developers Pricing: NEVER go by price. The best solutions may have optimized processes that allows for quicker development. PRICE IS NOT AN INDICATOR OF QUALITY. Large Agencies: Make sure the people actually doing the work have an extensive background. Agencies will use certain people to sell their services, but behind…

Finding A Qualified Web Developer

Finding A Qualified Web Developer Experience: High Quality professionals usually have a historic career of 10 or more years working professionally in a work environment other than freelance. You are taking a chance with a career freelancer. I remember consulting a young person fresh out of college with a Master’s in a design related field.…

How To Find A Good Website Developer

If you thought your worse enemy online was your direct competitor, think again. The web is full of sharks waiting to gobble up your hard earned money while delivering a questionable service. In my early years of web development, I used to “rub elbows” with other local web design firms. One competitor in the Asheville,…