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Well – there’s a lot going on in the SEO world and as such, there’s a lot going on at Beanstalk. Over the past 2 days we’ve published 3 articles. I won’t get into the details of them all here – you can read them on our site. I’ll just summarize them so you know which might interest you:
Google Update – Beanstalk’s Jonathan and Kyle have spent the past few days ransacking the web for information, comments and posts about the current shakeup at Google and then have gone further to going back into the records and rankings of a number of clients to illustrate what we’re seeing as well. A good starting point for those of you wondering what the heck’s going on.
When To Do When Your Site Drops – An article written by yours truly on, well, what to do when yoru site drops in the rankings (see the article above for what inspired this one). It’s broken down into 5 steps.
SEO For Ajax – Daryl Quenet writes about SEO for Ajax and Web 2.0
I hope you enjoy reading them as much as we geeks have enjoyed researching and writing them.
SEO news blog post by
Dave Davies, CEO @ 7:47 pm
I’ve refrained from joining the plethora of mobile web users so far due to the fact that I’ve never wanted to surf the web on a squished cell phone screen at near dial-up speeds, but online hand held devices are becoming larger and more user friendly all the time with bigger displays, better software, and increased network speeds. Meaning that the time is “now” to catch the wave (and the gravy train) of the mobile web boom.
We’re already seeing incredible growth in the number of people using mobile devices to surf the web all around us. I think this is just the foundation for the exponential growth that is going to take place over the next few years and it will be one of the next great booms and revolutions of the internet. Entrepreneurs will find new services for mobile web surfers that we didn’t know we needed.
Up until last week I would’ve probably asked the same question many of you will ask. “Who needs a mobile website?” Who would surf the web on that tiny screen with that clunky interface at those terrible speeds?
That is until I heard that Panago (a pizza shop here in Victoria BC) has their menu on a cell phone friendly webpage and that if I were driving through an unfamiliar town I could find some good grub without even pulling over to find a phonebook. Even better, wouldn’t have to go to the restaurant or find a wireless access point for my laptop to even look at a menu? Alright, you’ve sold me. Now the question is, “Who doesn’t need a mobile website?”
Imagine you go into Walmart and have a look around but wonder if Target has the item for cheaper. Well if you’re one of the current mobile web surfer geeks who is ahead of the curve you’re going to be frustrated that the rest of the world hasn’t caught up with the convenience and services that businesses could be offering you online via mobile-friendly websites. But in a short time you’ll be able to walk down the isles of one store and on an impulse, pull out your smart phone and compare prices with other nearby stores.
In the near future providing mobile websites and services for your customers will be a must. There will be new conveniences to offer and new expectations from consumers. Businesses that don’t keep up with the conveniences may find themselves losing customers to more tech-friendly competitors. Businesses that do should see a lot of extra attention considering it doesn’t cost much to build and maintain a mobile website in comparison to daily business operations and advertising expenses.
I imagine this will be the next big .com style boom. The borders of yet another digital land of intrigue and opportunity are in front of us. Welcome, once again, to the Wild West.
SEO news blog post by
Dave Davies, CEO @ 1:07 pm
Our friends over at Joomla Shack recently gave us a copy of this books second edition printing. I was a bit surprised at how easily it read. The book covers the major points a techie would need to know to quickly introduce himself to Joomla including installation, understanding Joomla’s document and menu hierarchy, user hierarchy, its approach to css templates and setting up a test area for yourself with Wamp. (A simple bundle for Windows that sets up Apache, Mysql, and PHP. The software ingredients necessary to run a Joomla website on your own computer for testing and development purposes)
What surprised me was that this book was a very elegant and easy read that I found to be straight forward enough for the average user. But at the same time it covers all the right points to serve as a quick introduction to Joomla for a techie. I will be recommending this book to clients of ours who are Joomla users and would recommend this to anyone out there who is setting up a new Joomla site or anyone who wants a better understanding of the Joomla site they’re already running. I’d also recommend this book to any techies who aren’t familiar with Joomla or who have gotten confused after installing Joomla and asked “how do I make this thing look like my clients website?”.
This book won’t slow you down with long winded explanations about quantum physics and how the web came into being. It focuses strictly on the topic at hand and its highlighted sections with the caption “The least you need to know” tell it like it is in as few words as is reasonably possible. Again I’m still quite surprised to find a book that’s a good quick overview for techies and manages at the same time to be a potential holy grail for average users who need to manage a Joomla site.
Kudos to Barrie North at Joomla Shack for this fine piece of work.
SEO news blog post by
Dave Davies, CEO @ 1:41 pm