What Do The Top 300,000 Websites Look Like and How Can You Beat Them

Online Business, Search Engine Marketing, Web Development 17 Comments »

300000 biggest websites

The map above is an infographic of the largest online web properties.

Notable websites are Google, Facebook, Yahoo, Craigslist, Wikipedia, Youtube and others.

What is most impressive is the way that these sites got so large. None of them had any large scale advertising program, and most did no advertising at all. These sites all grew to become industry leaders through viral marketing and word of mouth.

How can you replicate this success? Build an online business that people have to use.
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How To Increase Site Speed For Google’s Page Load Algorithm Changes

Search Engine Optimization, Search Engines, Web Development 16 Comments »

site speed chart Google and Matt Cutts announced that site speed is now a factor in Google’s ranking algorithm, this means you need to refine your websites and remove all unnecessary code. Clean coding is good coding, and will make your websites easier to update, maintain, and upgrade in the future.

One thing to note: Page load time is a small factor and will not be given the weight that other factors have; relevance, topicality, reputation, value-add, backlinks, keyword usage are all much more important ranking signals. Google uses over 200 elements in their search engine ranking algorithm, and page speed will affect less than 1% of all current search results.

Here are some page speed optimization tips that will help you decrease website load time.

Coding Best Practices For Fast Websites

  • Make Fewer HTTP Requests
  • Use a Content Delivery Network
  • Add an Expires Header
  • Gzip Components
  • Avoid Redirects
  • Put Stylesheets at the Top
  • Put Scripts at the Bottom
  • Avoid CSS Expression
  • Make JavaScript and CSS External
  • Reduce DNS Lookups
  • Minimize JavaScript
  • Remove Duplicate Scripts
  • Configure Entity Tags (ETags)
  • Make AJAX Cacheable
  • Remove External Third Party Scripts Such As: analytics, widgets, graphical icons, comments, social media (you can move th on your own server)

The insight behind these best practices is the fact that only 10-20% of the browser response time is spent getting the HTML document to the end user. Spend your time on the 80-90% that is hidden behind the page to make your pages noticeably faster. This is for optimizing the way servers and browsers handle that 80-90% of the user experience with advanced webpages.

For more information and further reading about site speed algorithm changes

Steve Souders’ 14 Rules for Faster-Loading Web Sites
More page load time information at seomofo
Improve the performance of your website with Google site speed
Intenseblog tips to optimize html pages for fast loading times.

How To Overcome Duplicate Content Problems and Boost Your SEO

Search Engine Optimization, Web Development 20 Comments »

duplicate content Duplicate content is a huge problem online, and this is not helped by content mills such as ehow.com that mass produce text written by people who may not be experts in their field.

There is no greater frustration for an SEO than fighting duplicate content issues the client may not know about.

There are multiple kinds of duplicate content that you may inadvertently have on your website. Find out how to remedy this problem and fix your search engine optimization problems.
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Where To Find Quality Images For Websites

Web Development 13 Comments »

An image says a thousand words, and while 1000 words are much better for search engine optimization, a high quality image will be invaluable to convert users and increase your website credibility. Getting high quality images will set you apart from other websites. If you don’t have a photographer on staff or don’t want to pay to have professional photos taken, public domain (free ) or royalty free images are a low cost solution to quality websites.
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SEO For Long Term Success – Just Because It’s New Doesn’t Mean It’s Better

Search Engine Optimization, Web Development 5 Comments »

Below are some good nuggets about online business building and search engine optimization from Fantomaster.

This is no “secret sauce” use common sense by giving people what they need or enjoy or even get worked up about.
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Video Presentation Tips To Improve Your Online Demo Reel

Search Engine Marketing, Web Development 2 Comments »

Having an online video showcasing your skills can be the ticket to ongoing consulting projects and new business. Creating an engaging video that demonstrates you are an expert in your field will set you apart from your competition and make a lasting impression.

Video presentation tips:
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Pandora Founder Talks About Life in a Web Startup Business

Online Business, Web Development 3 Comments »

pandora music Video interview with Tim Westergren, founder of Pandora. Tim has built an extremely successful online startup and he discusses the story of how he came to start this revolutionary music company.

He is inspirational and bases most of his success on his never say die attitude.

Tim tells the story of flying back from New York City after pitching 10 different venture capitalists and returning with no money. He took a 2 flight trip via Southwest Airlines, which was the cheapest available. Read the rest of this entry »

Essential Pages Your Website Must Have To Be Ranked Well in Search Engines

Search Engine Optimization, Web Development 9 Comments »

I’ve been spending a lot of time looking over websites not ranking in Google I see a mistake fairly often that is easily corrected.

Search Engines won’t rank you as well if you are missing the following pages.
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#1 Highest Converting Website Button

Conversion Rate Optimization, Web Development 17 Comments »

add to cart We are always looking for ways to improve website conversions and increase sales, and love testing different design elements to optimize our landing pages.

Perry Belcher graciously shares his highest converting shopping cart button and explains the psychology behind its design.

This button is specially designed to be used on direct response style sales landing pages, and may not be suitable for a retail e-commerce shopping cart.

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Why Digg Lost Its #1 Spot to Reddit

Online Business, Web Development 11 Comments »

digg logo Digg.com lost its reign as the most important social media site to game use, so now reddit.com will need to need to upgrade their system to keep up with the new SEO’s users.

After an eternity (in internet years) as the top dog in driving traffic, how did Digg lose their footing?
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