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How To Build Your First Website

How To Build Your First Website

 

If you’re thinking about building your first website, it’s easy to feel daunted just by the idea. You might not be a programmer or professional website designer, or you may not even run a business. But that does not mean you cannot learn how to build your first website.

 

Just like riding a bicycle for the first time there are things that you will have to learn. And you might even fall off. But just about anyone can ride a bike. And almost anyone can build a website. You don’t even need to know any programming.

 

Let’s get the wheels in motion…

 

What Is A Domain Name?

 

Don’t Lose Your Data: Why Backing Up Your Files is Important.

Don’t Lose Your Data: Why Backing Up Your Files is Important.

 

In 1858 American oil explorer Edwin Drake invented something that was to change the world – the oil drill. He spent years toiling in difficult conditions and doing the hard work while trying different styles and methods of drilling until he hit on the one that worked. It was a breakthrough that should have set him and his family up for life. But he overlooked one critical thing – he failed to patent his drilling invention.

 

Do Download Speeds Matter?

Do Download Speeds Matter?

 

Do download speeds matter? Yes. That answer is an example of how internet users want websites to work: i.e. they want them to display instantly. When it comes to download speeds cuddles and tickles are unimportant – just get right into the action.

 

Website users crave speed the same way the boxer Muhammad Ali did when he was the heavyweight champion. He once said: “I'm so fast that last night I turned off the light switch in my hotel room and was in bed before the room was dark.” For Ali, fast wasn’t fast enough. You should have the same motto when it comes to your website.

 

But what is fast? The answer to that is two to three seconds at the most. That might not sound like a lot but two or three seconds is a long time in the world of the internet.

 

Google’s Hummingbird Update and What It Means for Your Website

Google’s Hummingbird Update Explained

When we would think of a hummingbird in the past, a hovering, graceful, pixie-like creature came to mind. Now that Google has used it to represent its latest algorithm update, correction; algorithm overhaul, the small creature now strikes fear in the hearts of internet marketers  and makes them quake in their booties!

What makes Hummingbird different from Panda or Penguin is that it is not a change to part of the existing algorithm, like those two cuddly animals, it is essentially a new algorithm. It is also the most dramatic change in 12 years and affects 90% of searches, according to Google.

What is an Algorithm?

How to Take Advantage of Cyber Monday / Small Business Saturday and why it is huge for small business!

How to Take Advantage of Cyber Monday / Small Business Saturday and why it is huge for small business!

 

Every year the Christmas shopping season is like Ravel’s classical (and classic!) arrangement Boléro. It starts off with just a few strings but ends with the whole orchestra blasting. If you run a small business or an online business, you’ll need to be ready for the crescendo. That means preparing your website for the holiday season by having a strategy in place to take advantage of Cyber Monday and Small Business Saturday.

 

These two shopping days have their roots in Black Friday, the most famous shopping day of them all.

 

Cautionary Tales: Should You Back Up Your Website?

Cautionary Tales: Should You Back Up Your Website?

 

Many cautionary tales reinforce the idea that your website should have a proper back up plan in place. Maybe you’ve heard stories about governments and security agencies getting hacked and hacking others. It’s no secret that even the security systems of big businesses can be breached.

 

But none of these stories are more poignant than the tale of a young woman almost sold into slavery. Her name was Jessie and a hero called Woody rescued her. This story almost never happened because data was not backed up properly.

 

Why Your Business Should be Listed on Google Maps (and other directories)

Why Your Business Should be Listed on Google Maps (and other directories)

 

If you’re a local business not listed on Google Maps, you’re like a blindfolded golfer. Why would anyone go through learning how to play - and then step on to a course and attempt to play blindfolded? That would not make much sense.

 

You spend a lot of time, money and effort every day trying to putt your business into the right holes. You’re trying to aim your business so that it focusing on your customers - the key to your success. But when you’re not able to see where your customers are, it makes you less effective. Google offers up those customers on a plate. Not taking the opportunity to put(t) yourself in front of them is plain silly.

 

Stop Talking About Golf And Concentrate On Maps

 

Does Alexa Rank Matter To Your Website?

 
Does Alexa Rank Matter To Your Website?
 
You have a domain name, and want to build a meaningful web presence for your business. Then you learn of things like Alexa. And you wonder if it really matters. Well, asking if an Alexa rank matters to your website is like asking if wine reviewers matter to wine sellers. In both cases the answer is: they shouldn’t but they do.
 
Let’s look at the example of wine first: Wine reviews influence the wines that people purchase. But the quality of the reviews of the professional reviewers leaves a lot to be desired. For example, in a 2001 experiment conducted by Frédérick Brochet of the University of Bordeaux, 54 wine experts were given one glass of red and one glass of white wine to taste.
 

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