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  • Computer says NO to HTML5 document outline
    by Steve Faulkner on June 9, 2016 at 10:50 am

    What a brilliant idea! For the longest time HTML5 specified, and advised developers, that it no longer mattered what the number (1 to 6) was in a heading element (when used in conjunction with sectioning elements). What mattered was the nesting level of the H1-h6 in sectioning elements, just like the X<H>TML promised land, but […]Related Posts:On HTML belts and ARIA braces (The Default Implicit ARIA…HTML Developers: Please ConsiderHTML5 – Check it Before you Wreck it with Mike[tm]…The ride to 5Using ARIA in HTML […]

  • The woes of date input
    by Ian Devlin on January 19, 2016 at 2:39 pm

    One of the many new input types that HTML5 introduced is the date input type which, in theory, should allow a developer to provide the user with a simple, usable, recognisable method of entering a date on a web page. But sadly, this input type has yet to reach its full potential. Briefly, the date […]Related Posts:HTML Developers: Please ConsiderThe W3C App Manifest specificationOn HTML belts and ARIA braces (The Default Implicit ARIA…Computer says NO to HTML5 document outlineThe ride to 5 […]

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  • WordPress Upgrades and Google Mobile-Friendly Updates
    by Selene M. Bowlby on April 22, 2015 at 6:13 pm

    It’s been a while since the last post – however this has been a very active week for time sensitive news, warranting a trip out of hiatus. Important WordPress Upgrades… Is your WordPress site up to date? #security There was a security vulnerability discovered with WordPress and a number of popular plugins this week, prompting a […] The post WordPress Upgrades and Google Mobile-Friendly Updates originally published on iDesign Studios - Web Site Design + Development Company at iDesign Studios. […]

  • WannaSmile LLC
    by Selene M. Bowlby on February 18, 2014 at 8:30 pm

    Custom WordPress Theme Design & Development for a light hearted site sharing funny pictures, stories and videos that make people smile. Enlarge Image View Project Details Visit Web Site The post WannaSmile LLC originally published on iDesign Studios - Web Site Design + Development Company at iDesign Studios. […]

  • Woodbridge Psychological Associates, PC
    by Selene M. Bowlby on February 18, 2014 at 8:00 pm

    Custom WordPress Theme Design & Development for a group of licensed clinical psychologists and social workers. Enlarge Image View Project Details Visit Web Site The post Woodbridge Psychological Associates, PC originally published on iDesign Studios - Web Site Design + Development Company at iDesign Studios. […]

  • McElf GlassWorks
    by Selene M. Bowlby on February 18, 2014 at 7:00 pm

    Custom WordPress Theme Design & Development for a full service glass art studio specializing in custom stained glass and glass sculpture. Enlarge Image View Project Details Visit Web Site The post McElf GlassWorks originally published on iDesign Studios - Web Site Design + Development Company at iDesign Studios. […]

  • Froglogic Concepts, LLC
    by Selene M. Bowlby on February 18, 2014 at 6:40 pm

    Custom WordPress Theme Design & Development for a Navy SEAL motivational speaker who speaks to corporations and youth groups. Enlarge Image View Project Details The post Froglogic Concepts, LLC originally published on iDesign Studios - Web Site Design + Development Company at iDesign Studios. […]

  • Adams on Contract Drafting
    by Selene M. Bowlby on February 18, 2014 at 6:30 pm

    Custom WordPress Theme Design & Development for a consultant, writer and speaker who specializes in contract drafting and automation. Enlarge Image View Project Details Visit Web Site The post Adams on Contract Drafting originally published on iDesign Studios - Web Site Design + Development Company at iDesign Studios. […]

  • CollierBroderick Management Consultants
    by Selene M. Bowlby on February 18, 2014 at 6:00 pm

    Custom WordPress Theme Design & Development for an Ireland based company that offers leadership training and human resources solutions. Enlarge Image View Project Details Visit Web Site The post CollierBroderick Management Consultants originally published on iDesign Studios - Web Site Design + Development Company at iDesign Studios. […]

  • Purrfect Pet Sitting, LLC
    by Selene M. Bowlby on February 18, 2014 at 5:30 pm

    Custom WordPress Theme Design & Development for a company that offers professional in-home pet care and dog walking services. Enlarge Image View Project Details Visit Web Site The post Purrfect Pet Sitting, LLC originally published on iDesign Studios - Web Site Design + Development Company at iDesign Studios. […]

  • TMD Healing Journey
    by Selene M. Bowlby on February 18, 2014 at 5:00 pm

    Custom WordPress Theme Design & Development for an individual to share her medical experiences and healing process. Enlarge Image View Project Details The post TMD Healing Journey originally published on iDesign Studios - Web Site Design + Development Company at iDesign Studios. […]

  • Degrees of Engagement
    by Selene M. Bowlby on February 18, 2014 at 4:30 pm

    Custom WordPress Theme Design & Development for a professional copywriter who offers content marketing solutions. Enlarge Image View Project Details The post Degrees of Engagement originally published on iDesign Studios - Web Site Design + Development Company at iDesign Studios. […]

  • Rhino Metals, Inc.
    by Selene M. Bowlby on February 18, 2014 at 4:00 pm

    Custom WordPress Theme Design & Development for a company that specializes in manufacturing gun safes and vaults. Enlarge Image View Project Details Visit Web Site The post Rhino Metals, Inc. originally published on iDesign Studios - Web Site Design + Development Company at iDesign Studios. […]

  • Tangible Software, Inc.
    by Selene M. Bowlby on February 18, 2014 at 3:30 pm

    Custom WordPress Theme Design & Development for a company that provides secure data solutions and network infrastructure. Enlarge Image View Project Details The post Tangible Software, Inc. originally published on iDesign Studios - Web Site Design + Development Company at iDesign Studios. […]

  • Alabama Injured Worker Forum
    by Selene M. Bowlby on February 18, 2014 at 3:00 pm

    Custom WordPress Theme Design & Development for a web site that discusses issues related to workers' compensation and personal injury. Enlarge Image View Project Details Visit Web Site The post Alabama Injured Worker Forum originally published on iDesign Studios - Web Site Design + Development Company at iDesign Studios. […]

  • Magic Ice
    by Selene M. Bowlby on February 18, 2014 at 2:30 pm

    Custom WordPress Theme Design & Development for an ice sculpture gallery with locations in St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands and Norway. Enlarge Image View Project Details Visit Web Site The post Magic Ice originally published on iDesign Studios - Web Site Design + Development Company at iDesign Studios. […]

  • Trans-Sahara Strategies Group, LLC
    by Selene M. Bowlby on February 18, 2014 at 1:00 pm

    Custom WordPress Theme Design & Development for a company who provides business development and market research services. Enlarge Image View Project Details The post Trans-Sahara Strategies Group, LLC originally published on iDesign Studios - Web Site Design + Development Company at iDesign Studios. […]

  • FAM International Security
    by Selene M. Bowlby on February 18, 2014 at 12:30 pm

    Custom WordPress Theme Design & Development for an international security firm offering executive protection and aviation security services. Enlarge Image View Project Details Visit Web Site The post FAM International Security originally published on iDesign Studios - Web Site Design + Development Company at iDesign Studios. […]

  • Important Changes are Coming to iDesign Studios!
    by Selene M. Bowlby on January 29, 2014 at 9:00 pm

    Well it’s been quite a while since my last blog post, but I’m finally back with a quick update to let you know about the new mailing list that I’ve recently started up. I know, I know… “Welcome to the 21st century” LOL I’ve clearly gone into a bit of a hiatus with updating the web site, […] The post Important Changes are Coming to iDesign Studios! originally published on iDesign Studios - Web Site Design + Development Company at iDesign Studios. […]

  • Leadership Performance Systems
    by Selene M. Bowlby on December 27, 2010 at 8:30 pm

    Custom Web Site Design for a company specializing in coaching, consulting and training for businesses and organizations. Enlarge Image View Project Details The post Leadership Performance Systems originally published on iDesign Studios - Web Site Design + Development Company at iDesign Studios. […]

  • Rocky Mountain Dyeworks
    by Selene M. Bowlby on October 29, 2010 at 6:00 pm

    Custom WordPress Theme Design & Development for a Canadian based company that creates and sells hand-dyed yarns and fibers. Enlarge Image View Project Details The post Rocky Mountain Dyeworks originally published on iDesign Studios - Web Site Design + Development Company at iDesign Studios. […]

  • The Belgian Chocolate Factory
    by Selene M. Bowlby on October 29, 2010 at 1:59 pm

    Custom WordPress Theme Design & Development for a chocolate shop located in St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands. Enlarge Image View Project Details Visit Web Site The post The Belgian Chocolate Factory originally published on iDesign Studios - Web Site Design + Development Company at iDesign Studios. […]

 

 

Science

Science, Science Articles
Science, Science Articles

1) Animal Intelligence
2) Environmental Science
3) Sustainability
4) Extinction
5) Early Mammals
6) Endangered Plants
7) Endangered Animals
8) Trees
9) Nature
10) Sea Life
11) Ecology Research
12) Invasive Species
13) Black Holes
14) Stars
15) Astronomy
16) Galaxies
17) Dark Matter
18) Extrasolar Planets
19) Big Bang
20) Cosmology
21) Solar System
22) Asteroids, Comets, Meteors
23) Sun
24) Mars
25) Venus
26) Space Missions
27) Space Telescopes
28) Space Exploration
29) Space Probes
30) Weapons Technology
31) Technology
32) Engineering
33) Transportation Science
34) Albert Einstein
35) Physics
36) Quantum Physics
37) Mathematical Modeling
38) Material Science
39) Genetically Modified
40) Pests and Parasites
41) Cloning
42) Mining
43) Geography
44) Earth Science
45) Early Humans
46) Lost Treasures
47) Ancient Civilizations
48) Ancient DNA
49) Human Evolution
50) Origin of Life
51) Climate
52) Severe Weather
53) Geology
54) Oceanography
55) Environmental Awareness
56) Drought Research
57) Air Pollution
58) Ice Ages
59) Oil Spills
60) Acid Rain
61) Pollution
62) Hazardous Waste
63) Air Quality
64) Desert
65) Rain Forests
66) Coral Reefs
67) Forest
68) Grassland
69) Tundra
70) Biodiversity
71) Biology
72) Cell Biology
73) Zoology
74) Genetics
75) Biochemistry Research
76) Marine Biology
77) Epigenetics Research
78) Molecular Biology
79) Botany
80) Microbiology
81) Microbes and More
82) Bacteria
83) Fungus
84) Prions
85) Virology
86) Volcanoes
87) Snow and Avalanches
88) Tsunamis
89) Geomagnetic Storms
90) Landslides
91) Earthquakes
92) Hurricanes and Cyclones
93) Tornadoes
94) Near Earth Impacts
95) Severe Weather-Storms
96) Science and Society
97) Religion
98) Workplace Health
99) Medical Devices
100) Security and Defense
101) Intelligence
102) Energy and Resources
103) Neural Interfaces
104) Educational Technology
105) Biotechnology and Bioengineering
106) Aerospace
107) Surveillance
108) Resource Shortages
109) Conflict
110) Urbanization

 

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Marketing Secrets

Marketing Secrets

Marketing secrets of the pros
Learn all of my secrets

There are several things you can do to become a more successful marketer. In this blog I’m going to cover some relatively simple and free ways to generate more traffic. These are marketing secrets that others (including myself) have spent years figuring out, and plenty of money on over the years. I hope you find them useful!

Marketing Secrets

  • Content-By adding more pages to your Website, you have a better chance of obtaining free organic website traffic.
  • SEO-If you optimize your pages for search engines, you in theory should generate more free organic search traffic. You can do simple things like name your images search friendly terms, use header tags, use a good meta description, and search for terms that seem to be popular now. (I’ll explain this in more detail below.)
  • Research-Go find out what the newest standards are that google is currently using, research markets, study websites that are already ranked high for specific search terms and follow their lead. (don’t copy their work, just find out what’s working for them.)
  • If you’re using WordPress to build your Website, WordPress offers many free “plugin tools” for SEO that can drastically improve your search ranking. I’ve personally found that I want to use my particular keyword or search phrase between 8-10 times per page. Definitely not more, and if I have images or folders named after the specific keyword or phrase I take that into account. See YouTube tutorials on WordPress SEO Plugins.
  • Page size, image quality and size, proper use of h1, h2, and so on tags can really impact your search engine ranking. I strongly recommend doing some research in Google to find out more about their current policies.
  • Spelling, grammar, punctuation etc are all vital to your professional appearance.
  • There are free html validators that you can use to check your code. This is a good policy, because usually there are several things you can clean up. A good free html validator can be found here.
  • Check out free tools and resources. One good place to do that is sourceforge.net
  • In order to study markets I use free tools. One way to study a potential market that I’m particularly fond of is to-

Marketing Secrets

  1. Type my search term into Google.
  2. Go study the top Websites. These are the Websites that aren’t paying for advertising, and also aren’t really popular such as Facebook, YouTube, etc. I’m competing with the little guy, so I want to research the Websites that are popular but not billion dollar behemoth websites.
  3. I use Keyword tools occasionally and I also go to spyfu.com. When I find a Website that’s doing well for a particular search term, I copy the URL of that site, and then I go to Spyfu and paste the URL in their search bar. Spyfu then generates all kinds of analytical information that I can use to determine if this is a good market to try to optimize my website for. (It’s a great free tool.)
  • Use Social Media-I want my website to be connected to my facebook, twitter, and other Social Media accounts.
  • Backlinks-If I link to other websites with similar information, and they link back to me, the search engine may see my website as more relevant for certain words or phrases and take my site more seriously. This is also know as Networking.
  • Marketing Secrets-If my Website is Responsive that means it will show up nicely on a cell phone, tablet, laptop, or personal computer. Many WordPress themes come with this functionality. There’s no doubt that a search engine will take my page more seriously if it’s designed to be compatible and shows up nicely on many devices.
  • Check your links and make sure they’re all working correctly. Make sure the content on your page is relevant to your page title and description.
  • Use excellent headlines and images. Have you ever heard of click-bait. Click-bait is a headline or image (or a combination of both) that is enticing, controversial, entertaining, informational or irresistible. The viewer feels compelled either by curiosity, excitement, or any other number of human feelings and emotions to click on a link to find out more. I’m a sucker for click-bait myself, so I know it can work. Talk about powerful marketing secrets!

My Yahoo-Marketing Secrets

I just built a my yahoo page for free in about an hour. It allowed me to create my own unique news feed based on my interests, and provide quick links back to my website. You can do it too! Click here to visit MyYahoo.

  • Study Trends-It’s fascinating how easy it is to find out what people are interested in. For example, on Twitter there’s an actual list of topics that are currently trending. YouTube tells you how many times a video has been watched, and a search engine by default is usually designed to bring up the most relevant websites pertaining to what you’re searching for.
  • If you’re in a bad Market or selling something and not getting lots of traffic, one of my favorite marketing secrets is to add pages to my website that are popular or trending. In theory I could even build a Website specifically designed with popular topics in mind, and then use that site as an advertising platform.
  • Google alerts-This is a program that will send you information about products directly to your email address.
  • SEO Quake-Free developer SEO tool.
  • Google Search Engine-This isn’t even a tool, but I think it’s important to remind people that what google deems as important and relevant is vital. Many people underestimate the power of just knowing how to use it correctly. You can do plenty of research just by using your default search browser. One trick is to study the Websites that Google ranks high in the search engine.  Another trick is to use “specific”and valid search terms to get different results. Specific words and terms often bring up different results, which can be used if you’re looking for a niche market, or just a good place where you think you can compete. (based on your work or search phrase) Google can be used with keyword generating tools, and although it’s right under their nose, most people don’t understand the value of their search engine results. It may be the best free tool there is. Although it’s not known as a tool or useful for understanding any marketing secrets by most!
  • If you right click on a Website page, and scroll down to the option that says “view source” you can often see the code that was used to build a website. This can provide information on keywords, keyword phrases, meta tags, special characters and much more. It doesn’t always work because I believe many people encrypt their websites to hide their secrets. Please note that you should never copy someone else material.

There are many free tools and informational websites available. Here are a few I think you might find useful.

This is by no means a complete list. In fact it doesn’t even scratch the surface. Hopefully it should give you an idea of some of the tools that are available.  This list will most likely grow as time allows us to add to it. I hope you’ve enjoyed the Marketing secrets I’ve shared. I hope you can put these very specific Marketing secrets to good use.

Thanks for visiting. Have a great day!

WordPress Website

WordPress Website

Working with the wordpress editor.
Rob Mesler
Why a WordPress blog instead of a Website?

If you’re new to html, html5, css, responsive design, or just not that into learning all the code required to build a website, a WordPress Website may be just what you’re looking for.

 

WordPress Website

Before I even begin my blog today it’s important to distinguish what I’m personally using. I’ve chosen a WordPress Website “Theme” or “Layout” that is specific to my needs. I can work with this particular theme because it fits the type of Website I plan on building.

There are a few things you must have to get started.

  • Hosting-As low as $3 dollars a month depending on what you plan on doing.
  • A Domain Name-Usually runs about $10-12 dollars for a full year. There’s a branding technique many people use when they choose a domain name. I suggest you research techniques in branding and SEO before choosing your particular Domain name. For example, I wanted to teach people how to build websites, but also share news, videos, interests and more. It’s only fitting that my domain name should be relevant to the information I plan on sharing.

The alternative to this is choosing a Domain name that is short and sweet, really memorable, or Search Engine friendly. (In other words if your website was going to be about food, you’d want a domain name that matched your Website content.) Many people make the mistake of naming their Website something irrelevant. An example would be if I named this Website “robswebsite.com”. Unfortunately, nobody is looking for Rob’s website in Google, Yahoo, Bing or anywhere else, but they might be looking for news, entertainment, tutorials, etc. Therefore I chose my domain name according to what I think people might be looking for.

  • Either a Web Editor or a WordPress Blog Editor – My Web hosting through Yahoo Aabaco small business offered a free WordPress activation with my hosting. It was as simple as a couple of clicks to install it. I created a user name and password, found some copyright free images and started customizing my Website.  (To find copyright free images simply type copyright free (and whatever kind of images you’re looking for) into your search bar.)

Note: If you want to build a WordPress Website, it’s very important to make sure that the hosting company you choose offers the WordPress installation. Many do, but you’ll want to make sure prior to purchasing your hosting. This way you can rest assured that everything works out and is going to provide what you want.

I purchased my Hosting through Yahoo Aabaco Small Business Hosting. I had four Domain names registered and decided to go with their $10 a month advanced hosting program. What I’m particularly fond of, is that I was able to quickly and easily install the wordpress platform right through my hosting company. A couple of clicks was literally all it took.

I’ve heard that as many as 25% of Websites on the Internet are now WordPress Websites! There are multiple benefits to using their platform.

Benefits-

  • When you use their program to build your WordPress Websites, (because they’re so popular) there are literally tons of WordPress tutorials on Youtube. There are articles, blogs, videos, etc. The support is tremendous.
  • Free Layouts– There are so many layouts to choose from! They are also about as simple as choosing a Theme, and clicking a button to install it. It’s great for those of us who aren’t code experts!
  • Plugins-The Worpress program offers amazing plugins. Plugins are added features that you can install to do all sorts of unique things on your Website.

WordPress Websites are affordable, functional, and popular. I’ve seen hosting for as low as $3-$5 dollars a month. You’ll spend around $10-$12 dollars a year for your domain name, and probably a $3-$10 dollars a month for your hosting. I registered four Domain names, and I’m planning on building multiple Websites, so I went with Yahoo Aabaco’s $10 dollar a month advanced hosting program. It gives me the space I need to get started on all of my sites.

Click Here to view Yahoo’s Hosting plans.

The main reasons I recommend using the WordPress program, is because you don’t have to be a code expert, there are lots of themes to choose from, there are tons of free plugins. (Including one of my favorites, the Yoast SEO plugin, which helps you optimize your pages for search engines.) When I say “functional” I mean I’ve been able to install my theme, and it shows up great on a laptop, pad, mobile phone or personal computer. That means that my WordPress Website is responsive.

Click Here to visit WordPress

Thank you for visiting! Please keep coming back for more free tips, tricks, tools, secrets, strategies, and free information.

Traffic Techniques

Website Design and Traffic Techniques.

Website Design and Traffic Techniques.

Hello!

I’ve noticed a trend lately when it comes to website design. (I’m sure you have too.) What I’ve noticed is that many websites are abandoning the traditional sales page website design layout, and going with a more stylish page design. (which is of course a matter of style opinion.) These new web designs often come with a simple image background, and then several other smaller images with navigation features and possibly a small amount of text to explain the subject of the particular page. They also usually have a menu at different locations with contact, about us, directory, and more.

It seems as though people are looking for a simple and user friendly website design theme that’s easy to navigate and easy on the eyes. Is this the future? I’ve heard that you have a limited opportunity to catch someones interest on the internet. Therefore, if you decide to go with one of these new and sophisticated layouts, I’d recommend using catchy headlines.

Some of this website design information is much easier said than done. For example, if I’m trying to optimize my website, add style, add functionality, and create irresistible headlines, (with articles that contain relevant and legitimate information) it often seems like a major endeavor and a balancing act. I have to plan accordingly, and it’s rare that my plans don’t change. I think most website design experts would agree that a certain amount of compromise is often necessary. Finding balance is key.

The purpose of today’s blog however is to throw some ideas out there, let you know what others are doing, provide strategies, and hopefully give beginning web design students a brief overview of some of the tactics others use in their marketing campaigns.

So with all of that boring stuff out of the way, let’s get started.

Website Design and Traffic techniques.

Click-bait-Have you ever heard of this term? When I think of click-bait, I think of an article, news story, blog (usually an image or a video) with a headline that’s so irresistible, the viewer has to click on the link to learn more.

There’s no doubt that certain stories and headlines peak our interests and curiosity. When it comes to click-bait, these stories can be hard to resist. Do they ever account for extra exposure or sales? Most likely yes, but the truth is that the visitors are not targeted traffic in this case. (Target traffic is the person seeking what you’re selling, and going directly to your website to buy it.)

More traffic is good, however when a person lands on your click-bait page the ads and headlines they see should grab their interests immediately, or they’ll most likely end up leaving in no time!

I’ve personally fallen for click-bait headlines only to be disappointed when I reached the page and found that the information wasn’t relevant to the headline or image I clicked on. I’ve found that they were exaggerated stories, or thought someone was obviously just trying to sell me something.

I don’t know about you, but I find this irritating. Another thing I find annoying are the pop-ups that won’t allow you to leave the page, or require you to agree to leave the page before allowing you to go back. I don’t know if these sites can be successful in the future. Many sites have completely abandoned these strategies, choosing instead to create a more professional and user friendly website design. That doesn’t mean that click-bait doesn’t work. I guess it just means that you should make sure that the content is relevant, and that people don’t feel like you’re spamming them.

Click-bait is certainly a strategy many people use to get more traffic.

Blogs, articles, and content.

Many people have an item, service or products to sell but find that it’s hard to compete with other websites for traffic. Some alternatives to ranking very high in search engines in a specific category are adding content pages. These can be articles, blogs, news and more. They can optimize pages for specific search terms (not always the most common search queries) and gain traffic.

They also have a better chance once their website is well established. If their site is secure, professional, responsive, optimized, and in the right market, they’re setting themselves up for success. If they check their code, check their punctuation and spelling, make sure their links work, update pages when they find mistakes, and try to consistently improve, it is my honest belief that they’ll do well.

If their particular Market is saturated or loaded with competition, there are still other strategies they can try to use to increase traffic. Few are as effective as researching your market, and solid search engine optimization.

One strategy is to blog or write articles about things that are already being discussed or “trending”. An example would be during the political campaign everyone was talking about Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump. Although you may not be interested in either of these two candidates, writing articles or blogs about them may be beneficial as a source of traffic? The same theory could be used to create a website about celebrities, sports teams, popular musicians, athletes, and more.

Did you know that Twitter actually provides a “trending” section right on their webpage? It tells you exactly what most people are talking about now. That can be a good indicator of what people are interested in.

Another tactic is to create a good network and back links. My network is the other websites and individuals that my website is associated with or linked to. Right now, I’m blogging about website design, generating traffic, search engine optimization etc. It would pay for me to be linked to other sites that contained similar information. I can go read up on similar blogs and articles and leave comments.

Note: What’s important is that I actually read the blog or article and don’t just run around spamming people with links to my website. I’m not there to sell them anything. I’m there to connect. This is the way professionals do it. I want to comment something relevant to their blog post or article. I don’t want them to feel like I’m using their page to try to generate traffic on my own website. You never know, you might just learn something! You may even gain a new colleague or friend relationship.

That’s it for today’s tutorial and traffic generating strategies blog.

Have a great day!

Basic html and Website Design

Basic HTML and Website Design.

Learn about html in 12 minutes!

Learn more about html in 12 minutes.

Scroll to the bottom of this page to learn how to build a WordPress Website. (step by step)

Today I will be discussing the basics or bare bones file structure explanation of a website. I’ll cover some marketing and I also want to discuss folders, file location, more free downloads, provide some basic html and give you tips as well. I highly encourage beginners to start here, but even if you’re an avid web designer you may find the information regarding marketing or the free tools useful.

Free color code download-for picking colors on your page.
http://free-html-color-code-generator.en.informer.com/

Gimp Free Download – This can be used to Edit Images, Headers, Banners, etc. There are lots of free YouTube tutorials on how to use Gimp!
https://www.gimp.org/downloads/

Sourceforge.net-A great place to find free tools.

To find Copyright free Images I usually type “copyright free (and whatever specific kind of picture)images in Google and search. It would look something like this, “Copyright free food images”. I include “food” because in this example I’m looking for copyright free images of food to put on my website. I use this same method to find buttons, headers, decorative website images and more.

When the results come back I make sure to click on “images” at the top of the screen because usually the results come from the “Web”. You’ll want to see all of the images, so by clicking on images you’ll see more images than if you’re stuck in the web results. You can go to sites and find images. I’m not telling you you shouldn’t. This is just a quick way to find lots of pictures and helps me expedite the process. You may decide to add content or an article before your pictures? If I know what my website is going to be about, I like to go find pictures to decorate my before I start writing content. (I never want to add too many images, and this is just a personal preference.) You can do what works for you.

Once you’ve chosen the perfect image: “Right Click” on the images to save. Scroll down to “save as” and name your images.

Quick note: If you know what your website is going to be about, for example if your website was going to be about food, you can name your images (search engine friendly) names that are relevant to the content you plan on adding. This is where optimization begins!

One thing to keep in mind is that you don’t want to overload your site with keywords, (stuff it too full of the same phrases or words) The search engines will recognize this and you’ll be punished.

Basic html and website design.

My strategy is to use my keywords and phrases no more than 8-10 times on a single web page. More than 10 is overkill, and has greatly reduced my search engine rankings. The same thing can be said if you don’t use your keywords and phrases enough in a page. The bottom line is that you want to compete. In order to do so, you’ll need to make some extra effort.

Instructions-When a Search Engine looks for your website, it’s looking at codes and files that tell it what to do and where to find a particular image. In order to stay neat, clean, and organized you can put your Images in a separate folder. (that will later go inside of your website folder)

To create this new folder you’ll want to right click on your desktop screen (make sure not to click on any other files or programs, but in an empty space in the background.) Once you right click on the desktop, some options will come up.

Many people would disagree with creating a folder on your desktop. When I teach someone, I like the idea of them having quick and easy access to all of their files and folders. They have plenty to think about, without having to search their computer to find everything. The desktop in my opinion is just an easy and convenient place to save and find their new project.

On your Desktop, in an open space, you can right click anywhere and then follow the steps below.

1) You’ll click “New”. 2) Scroll to “Folder” and click. 3) You’ll want to name the folder. Most people name it images, but if you think you can remember a “search engine friendly file name”, that may be another option? I still name my folder “images” so that I can easily find them, but it’s possible that I’m missing out on a good search term name?

Unfortunately, once my images are linked to a specific page or file, I can’t change the name of the folder or the web editor and browsers wont know where to find my images. It will have the wrong path, and the links wont work.

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Note: If I was building a webpage about food, I could name my images folder something like food images”, recipes”, my restaurant name” etc. (whatever keywords or phrase I want to optimize my website for. Keep in mind that you can over optimize and be punished for using a keyword or phrase too many times. I want to say that 8-10 times per page is good, but if it’s in your title, meta tags, images, icon, folders, or text, it won’t take long to over optimize. In this case I’d urge you to choose a new keyword or keyword phrase and begin optimizing for that particular search also.

Keep in mind that you can and should research websites and search engines to try to figure out what phrases are popular and currently working for other websites. I also want to urge you (because Search engines seem to be constantly changing) to check articles, blogs, websites, google standards etc to figure out your specific search optimization strategy, (or which words and phrases you’ll want to use.)

4) You’ll need to create a website folder too.

You can think of a website folder as the folder that holds all of your other folders, files, images, scripts, html, etc. Many call it a root folder, but for the purposes of this tutorial, you can just think of it as the folder that holds everything. It’s where all of your website folders and files can be found.

Use the same process I explained above for creating the images folder. This time you’ll want to name your folder something like “My Website”, or website. This is like a directory where all of your files for your Website can be found. The next step is to drag your “images” folder into your “my website” folder.

(Or whatever name you’ve given it?)

Simply left click on the images folder and drag it until it’s right on top of the “my websites” folder and click again or simply let go of the mouse.

If for some reason this doesn’t work, (it should) try opening the “my website” folder and then left click on the image folder and drag it inside of the “mywebsites” folder.

Note: In order for this to work correctly, all of your folders can be saved on your desktop. This way they’re easy to access and find.

Note: Many files don’t allow spaces in the file name. If you had an image for example named my best friend, you would have to call it mybestfriend.jpg without any spaces. Otherwise the browser wont recognize the file, because spaces are illegitimate in this case as in all cases when using an image file.

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Your very first web page will also go in your “my website” folder. The first page is always called index.html. This tells a browser to start at this page. It’s the beginning. Remember the first page is always known as your “index.html”. Additional pages can be named whatever you desire as long as you always remember to add .html at the end of every page. Don’t forget the period, and definitely don’t forget the html tag “.html” tells your browser that this is a hyper text mark up language (web page) It’s the basic instructions of how a browser should read the code in a website.

Note: Most web editors automatically add the .html tag for you.

So in this basic instructional blog we’ve basically covered how to build a directory and organize your files so that the search browser knows how to read the contents of your folder.

Just make sure that your images always go in your images folder, that your images folder is always inside of your “directory” or in this example the “my website” folder.

It’s very important to keep the right path to all of the files so that they link together correctly. Once your image folder is inside of your my website folder, you can start adding images to your images folder and begin planning your website design.

Your website pages or .html pages will sit separately in the “directory” or “my website” or “root” folder. They’ll all usually be separate files for separate pages and will stand alone in the folder. They’ll create navigation and link to the other pages of your site.

Note: It’s not uncommon for people to build their index.html or starting page, and then use the same design for the rest of the pages. It makes everything uniform, organized, and clean. It also makes navigating your site easier for visitors, is more professional, and may even help with search rankings?

This can be very beneficial to you, because once you build one index.html page and are happy with your page layout, you can keep this design for every page of your website.

In order to do this, you can right click on index.html, click copy, click paste and paste it where you want it. (inside of your website folder) You’ll want to rename it because it’s a copy and you’re already using the name for another web page.

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(You can’t have lots of pages named the same thing or the browser wont know which one to load.) Once you’ve renamed it (and I hope you name it a search relevant and/or friendly term which could result in more traffic to your site) Simply copy and paste it into your “my websites” folder. If you want to make ten copies so that you have lots of pages to work with that’s easy to do. You may decide that one copy is going to be on your second page where you keep specific information. For example we’ll say you want to put recipes on the second page. It would then make sense to rename this page recipes.html.

I hope this makes sense to you? Most of your images have a .jpeg or .jpg at the end of them. This tells your browser that it should open the file as an image. If I had a picture of my house, it might be named house.jpg. Without this .jpg, it wont be recognized as a picture. They generally come with these extensions when you download and save them. Your web editor also need to recognize what kind of file images are, and what directory to go to and pull the image out of.

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When I think about a search engine, (we’ll use Google as an example) I think about someone typing a specific word or phrase into their search bar. The search bar (being a robot) is instructed to go find that word or phrase. While looking for it, I’m assuming that the search engine is looking for the most relevant information related to the search. That would mean, how much content (related to the specific search) is on the page. It might check for page size, it might look at image size, and it might look at whether or not someone can view my site on any device?

(This is known as responsive design, and my guess is that the search engine can determine the difference between a professional website, and an amateur site.)

Some other things I believe they look at are spelling, grammar, punctuation, page size, broken links, spam (information that’s not relevant) file sizes, etc.

They may want to make sure that your page is secure. Many sites offer an ssl certificate that encrypts your information and may possibly give your website better credentials with search engines.

You may also want to check your code with an html validator before you upload it to your host just to make sure you cover all of your bases?

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There are free code validators online. Just type in free code validator. There are probably also several free download versions. https://www.htmlvalidator.com/download/

Is your Website linked to other Websites that cover the same topics and contain relevant information? A search engine may also be looking at your “network”. Your network is the other sites you’re linked to. The search engines love relevant content. They will be looking at (crawling) things like images, page titles, meta tags, network, site security, spelling, code, links, comments, design, and functionality.

They may also possibly rank based on page load time, which will depend on file sizes and page length?

Why not use Google to find out what Google currently uses to rank websites? There are probably a thousand websites, blogs and articles on search engine optimization alone. Research is your friend! You’ll learn what others are doing and what is working now.

If you really want to get technical, I’d go visit several high ranking web pages. (That aren’t paying for advertising) You’ll know whether or not they’re paying to be ranked at the top of the page because they’ll actually say “AD” or will be sitting in the sidebar. They may also be highlighted?

You want to go to the first website that isn’t paying for Ad placement on the first page of search engines. Obviously, the first page that isn’t paying for advertising and is still on the first page of Yahoo, Google, Microsoft, Bing or any other search engine is doing something right. You want to go to the site and look at their layout, keywords, etc to get an idea about what is working for them.

You may even decide to check multiple search engines to find out what’s working for specific ones and specific keyword terms. I believe that most use universal ranking standards, but you never know. You might find a niche in Yahoo or Bing that doesn’t exist in Google for particular search words, websites, or phrases? This would happen because of a large number of these websites and businesses in Google, that weren’t as common elsewhere. (Although, from my personal experience I’ve found them to be quite similar and often the results are almost identical.) This type of research can tell you how certain search engines work, how they index websites, and more.

Sometimes you can “right click” on a website (where there are no links or content) and scroll down to where it says “view source”. Click “view source” and many times the actual code used to build the page is revealed.

Quick Note: This doesn’t always work because many pages are now encrypted.

Quick Note: You NEVER want to copy someone else’s material. This is known as a copyright violation or infringement. They take it very seriously. I use the “view source” option to study what’s working in search engines right now. Good research equals good results.

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Research can save you tons of valuable time and money. For example: If I wanted to sell something in the classifieds section of a magazine by mail order, I could go view the ads in the advertisement section of the magazine. (usually located in the back) These ads contain clues. The wording is known as ad or sales copy. I can study the ads to see whether or not they sound enticing or effective. Another strategy is to view the ad for several weeks, months, or years. Advertising costs money. Isn’t it unlikely that someone would spend money advertising if they weren’t making money?

Hint: Many libraries carry older magazines, that could be beneficial to my marketing research. Websites may archive some of their classified ad sections, which allows me to look at what was selling then, and what I think is selling now.

These are a few of the things I would personally look at whether I was on the internet or viewing the classified section of a newspaper or magazine.

I’m in a particular Business to make money, not to sell a particular item. That’s why I love the Internet. Your potential audience is huge. If you research and choose the right Market before you “start selling” random things that nobody is looking for, your success becomes more of a science, and less of a guessing game.

In future articles I’m going to get into actual html codes, ad copy, more tools and will probably dedicate an entire page to SEO or search engine optimization.

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Hello, and welcome to my first post. In this blog and on my actual Website I’m going to provide information about website designing in html, html5, css, where to find free tools, how to optimize your web pages for search engines, (which brings more traffic to your pages and sites) marketing tricks and secrets, how you can go to YouTube for free tutorials, how to find affordable website hosting, how you can now start a Business with very little overhead expense, how to research markets before building a Website, (to eliminate as much guess work as possible) how to build websites and much more.

It’s good to know how to code in html and html5. In Website design many people believe that you have to be an expert to design websites. The truth is that you could begin building a website later on this afternoon with some of the free downloadable software programs on the internet.

Knowing how to write the code is beneficial, however due to great advances in software technology, being a code expert is no longer a requirement. If you’re interested in having more control over your website’s design, functionality, SEO, and more, it’s a good idea to learn about what options can benefit you. After all, you may be competing with a million other Websites. You’ll want to be seen, and you’ll want to learn about all of the things you can use to your advantage.

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I realize you’re most likely new and have never attempted coding before. If you have bare with me. I’m sure I’ll be adding things that even many webmasters and professionals will find useful. (eventually) That’s why you’ll want to keep coming back to my blog, (no matter what your experience level is) and visit my website. If you’re completely new, I recommend checking out some of the free software tools that are available. You can also search YouTube for some very detailed tutorials on how to build websites.

I’m going to provide a list of website designing tools, (free downloads) below. If you’re not sure which is right for you, I would urge you to go watch some videos and tutorials on YouTube, and decide which software you’re most comfortable with. When I first started learning html coding, website design secrets, seo, etc, I was very fortunate to stumble upon some very detailed beginners web designing tutorials. I downloaded the “NVU” website design software completely for free. Yes, it and many others are still available for free by download.

Quick Tip-You may want to go watch a few YouTube video tutorials before you decide which web editor you want to download. A very popular one is Notepad++, but many people decide to just build a WordPress website because of it’s functionality. They also choose WordPress because they don’t need to know as much about coding.  The choice is yours, and different editors provide different options or benefits

Here are a few popular html website design programs that are free to download and try. (I highly recommend watching some YouTube video tutorials, as well as finding relevant information about these free software tools) so that you can determine which is right for you before downloading.

NVU Web Editor
http://www.tucows.com/preview/607473/NVU-For-Windows

Google Web Designer
https://www.google.com/webdesigner/

Notepad++
https://notepad-plus-plus.org/download

Here’s a good source for free tools sourceforge.net

Note: There are many more editors and free tools. There are far too many for me to list here. That’s ok! It gives me plenty more topics to blog about.

In the future I’ll be covering some actual code and many of my personal website designing and how to build websites secrets. I have a long way to go and literally hundreds (possibly thousands) of topics to cover regarding new designing strategies, finding a great market (that’s already successful) traffic generation strategies, code tricks, editing tricks, software tools, blogging, plugins, hosting, domain names, seo, understanding search engines, Ad copy, responsive design, building your business, and more!

I look forward to covering all of this and more in future blog posts. Thanks for coming by, and please do come back. In the future, I’ll cover more free tips, tricks, tools, strategies, and more! I plan on giving you all kinds of valuable information that you’ll have a hard time finding anywhere else. Here it will be free.

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