Be Creative and Stay Visible – Legitimately Build Link Popularity

A great way to legitimately build link popularity for your sites is to build a stand alone directory or search engine. You can find programs for this at The CGI Resource Index and the PHP Resource Index. After you’ve created one, add to it your own sites, your affiliate sites, your sites that are affiliates for others, etc. You can also create a stand-alone themed search engine and put on it a link to your own site. Another way is by offering “awards” in the form of a .GIF image that links back to your site. If you’ve developed a reputation of being an authority on a subject or niche, people will perceive a benefit from the awards you offer (e.g., he/she gets to tell everybody that your site recognizes his site as a quality site) and this will encourage them to place your award on their site. When giving awards, … Continue reading

Getting People To Link To You Even Without Asking Them To

Give people reasons to link to you. Provide original valuable content and useful resources on your site. Create useful/insightful lists. “Top 10 whatever”, “10 easy tips to achieving whatever”, those types of lists. People love them and many can’t resist linking to them. Develop authority in your chosen niche/subject. Provide a privacy policy and “about” section on your site to make it look trustworthy. Make your content easily understood by most people. Minimize grammatical and spelling errors while you’re at it. Buy relevant traffic through pay-per-click (PPC) campaigns or through intermediary sites like buysellads.com. You might just get some visitors who will link to you at the end of the day. Submit articles to article directories such as Ezinearticles or GoArticles. Include your link in your signature. Submit articles to industry news sites. Include your link in your signature. Find out the hottest topics of the moment and post original … Continue reading

Alternative Link Building Strategy

Step 1 – Create a links/resources page on your site and fill it with at least 50 sites that are related to yours or your niche (avoid ones that are in competition with you). Scout for sites by doing searches on search engines using your keywords. (Note: Pick out only the first few top results.) Step 2 – Find out and list down the sites that are linking to those in your list. Do the same for your competitor’s sites. Look for quality content and non-competitiveness. If they pass those criterion, include them in your links/resources page. Also, take note of the webmaster’s email address. Step 3 – Get in touch with the Webmasters of the sites you have on your final list and request for a link. Get Something That Your Competitors Can’t Both you and your competitor may be offering the same products and services, and you’re probably … Continue reading

Link Building Strategy

Step 1 – Build a content rich site, focusing on a specific subject. Step 2 – Contact other sites that have the same topic/scope as yours and ask for a reciprocal link. Remember, put their link on your site first before you do this. Step 3 – Get your site listed on the major and specialty search engines, as well as on online directories. Always choose the most appropriate category whenever you’re given the option to do so. Do the Link Request When making your request, make sure that you highlight what your site is all about, what it has to offer, how it relates to their site, and why they should link to it. Indicate also the exact URL of their page where you think your link will be most beneficial. Let them know that you have visited their site and have studied it well for your link’s placement. … Continue reading

What is Link Building?

What Is Link Building? In a nutshell, link building is getting links to your site/page(s) appear on someone else’s site/page. If done correctly, link building allows you to drive tremendous amounts of traffic to your site as well as lets your site rank high in the organic search results. There are four main things to consider when building links—quantity, quality, relevance, and anchor text. Quantity – It’s all about getting your links out and having them appear in as many sites/pages as possible. The more, the better of course. This, however, should be done with caution so as not to get one’s self branded as a “link spammer”. Quality – One should not just go out and drop his/her link on each and every one of the sites/pages he/she finds. Serious consideration should be given to a target site’s reputation. Is the site/page a trusted site? Is it considered an … Continue reading

12 Solid Link Building Tips

Start a blog. Fill it up with valuable content and link to other blogs from it. To get people’s attention, leave useful, insightful, and relevant comments on other people’s blog. This may eventually lead other bloggers/people to start reading your blog and/or linking to it. Also make sure to list it in a few of the best blog directories. If you’re a respected source of information or expertise in the industry, get your materials online and use them to attract and obtain links to your site. If you’re buying your products from a number of sources (particularly those who have web sites), try to get your sources to link to you. One way to do this is by offering them a genuine testimonial or an end-user feedback (with your link in it, of course). If you have higher profit margins than your competitors, give away some free stuff. If you’re … Continue reading

Tips On Writing Great Blog Content

Having a blog is a good way for anybody to truly get their respective thoughts and ideas across to other people and an effective way utilized by businesses to advertise their respective business. Building a popular blog is a superb approach to propel additional visitors for any web site. While crafting your website, you can find a few suggestions an individual must be aware of whenever they’re composing his or her blog. We will examine several which can be crucial to creating a flourishing blog. All the while you’re crafting your blog, craft it keeping your user in mind.  Whenever a user is on the lookout for unique information which could relate to your theory, they desire the info in a manner they might both read and connect with naturally. In the midst of everybody’s frenzied life, nobody has time and energy to fritter away by taking a look at … Continue reading

More Meaningful Typography

Designing with modular scales is one way to make more conscious, meaningful choices about measurement on the web. Modular scales work with—not against—responsive design and grids, provide a sensible alternative to basing our compositions on viewport limitations du jour, and help us achieve a visual harmony not found in compositions that use arbitrary, conventional, or easily divisible numbers. Tim Brown shows us how. Bookmark It Hide Sites

Using PowerPoint Themes for Making Presentation for Customers

When you are advertising your goods or services, you aim to attract customer’s attention. Since presentation is mostly a visual form of information, people will pay much attention to the way the presentation looks. Even if you have put a great explanatory information into your presentation, poorly made designed of your presentation can affect impression on your presentation negatively. This is why you should care much so that your presentation has nice design and contains appropriate visual objects. If you are going to make your presentation to introduce customers with your goods and services, you should consider several things. First of all, presentation should contain explanatory and coherent information. Customers should be able to follow the development of your idea with ease. In order to grip attention of your customer and make them wanting keep follow your presentation, you need a nice background. Surely, if you are talking about some … Continue reading

Using Creative PPT Templates for Making Awesome Presentation

PowerPoint presentation helps us to demonstrate the information in the best form. Upon the way the presentation is designed depends how interesting it will be for the users to view it. Some presentations ought to be made in a pretty formal and standard way, for instance, resume. But if you make presentation about your personal life or about some business fields that require being creative, you had better use some gripping and creative PPT templates. Creativity in presentation is not only about using bright and colorful themes and graphics, but it is also about placing the information in unconventional form. This is why using creatively made PowerPoint templates may serve you a great help. If you are creative minded, you can make something interesting and gripping in the end. However, you might also need to get some help to make up something exciting. In this case, you can go on … Continue reading

Conversation is the New Attention

Baby’s got backchannel! If everybody at the conference is staring at their Twitter stream instead of at the person who’s doing the speaking, maybe the speaker should meet them halfway. Migrating speaker presentations to the backchannel can empower the audience while enabling the speaker to listen carefully to their responses. The broadcast model of presentations is dead! Long live the conversation model. Bookmark It Hide Sites

Orbital Content

Bookmarklet apps like Instapaper and Readability point to a future where content is no longer stuck in websites, but floats in orbit around users. And we’re halfway there. Content shifting lets a user take content from one context (e.g. your website) to another (e.g. Instapaper). Before content can be shifted, it must be correctly identified, uprooted from its source, and tied to a user. But content shifting, as powerful as it is, is only the beginning. Discover what’s possible when content is liberated. Bookmark It Hide Sites

Good Design Resources

ARCHITECTURE/INTERIOR DESIGN Arch Daily – continuous online source of the latest architectural news. Architizer –  an open global community by architects for architects; network, view/post jobs & projects,  get news, and enter competitions. The Contemporist – daily source (and they do mean daily) for architects and interior designers to discover new products and projects in the world of contemporary design. Cool Boom: Architecture – interesting featurettes composed by blogger Sylvia in Valencia. Cool Boom: Interior Design -interesting featurettes composed by blogger Sylvia in Valencia. Freshome – created by Micle Mihai-Cristian for your architectural & interior design inspiration. Google Sketchup – Free easy to use 3d Modeling Software. Trendir – ultra modern decor. Designer Lillian Pikus keeps track of modern trends and new products which she features on the site. GRAPHIC/WEB DESIGN Blogs/Online Magazines Abduzeedo – created by designer Fabio Sasso, this blog has grown into a prime resource for instruction and … Continue reading

A Checklist for Content Work

There’s really only one central principle of good content: it should be appropriate for your business, for your users, and for its context. Appropriate in its method of delivery, in its style and structure, and above all in its substance. As Erin Kissane explains, content strategy is the practice of determining what each of those things means for your project—and how to get there from where you are now. We are delighted to present an excerpt from Erin’s new book, (and the third title from A Book Apart), The Elements of Content Strategy. Bookmark It Hide Sites

CSS Floats 101

The float property is a valuable and powerful asset to any web designer/developer working with HTML and CSS. Tragically, it can also cause frustration and confusion if you don’t fully understand how it works. Test or refresh your knowledge as Noah Stokes explores float theory and behavior, and guides us through common float-related coding pitfalls. Bookmark It Hide Sites

Search Engine Optimization and Ranking Your Website

Search engine optimization (SEO) allows you to position your website in the higher positions of Google and other search engines. This means your website will receive larger and larger volumes of targeted traffic. It’s the biggest traffic driver to websites and the most successful online strategy when it comes to increasing online sales.. Unfortunately, some people don’t know how SEO (search engine optimization) works and what they can expect. Some webmasters still expect that their website will be listed on Google’s first result page after submitting the site to Google. That might have worked eight years ago but it does not work today. 1. SEO takes time You cannot optimize your website today and expect results tomorrow or next week. Search engine optimization takes time. Search engines have to find your new optimized pages, they have to find the new links to your website, they have to update the index, … Continue reading

Web Cryptography: Salted Hash and Other Tasty Dishes

One of the most powerful security tools available to web developers is cryptography—essentially a process by which meaningful information is turned into random noise, unreadable except where specifically intended. A web developer working on an underpowered netbook in his basement now has access to cryptosystems that major governments could only have dreamed of a few decades ago. And ignorance of cryptography is not bliss. You may think your web app’s profile is too low to worry about hackers, but attacks are frequently automated, not targeted, and a compromise of the weakest system can often give access to better-protected systems when people re-use passwords across multiple sites. Learn the three broad categories of cryptosystems that commonly relate to web applications and begin strategizing how to make your site secure. Bookmark It Hide Sites

Designing Web Registration Processes for Kids

Designing websites for kids is a fascinating, challenging, rewarding, and exasperating experience: You’re trying to create a digital experience for people who lack the cognitive capacity to understand abstraction; to establish brand loyalty with people who are influenced almost exclusively by their peers; and to communicate subjective value propositions to people who can only see things in black-and-white. Fortunately, it’s possible to create a successful registration process for these folks with an understanding of how their brains work. Debra Levin Gelman explores how to design effective registration forms for kids based on their context, technical skills, and cognitive capabilities. Bookmark It Hide Sites

Cross Platform Scalable Vector Graphics with svgweb

Pity Scalable Vector Graphics. It’s been an official standard since before IE6 was released yet has never found much of an audience on the web, certainly not the one it deserves. Just as SVG was starting to establish some browser support, along came the canvas tag, stealing the thunder of dynamically generated client-side images. Yet despite all the attention being paid to canvas, there’s still a place for SVG, particularly for developers looking to replace plug-ins like Flash for data visualization. Unlike canvas or other script-only approaches, SVG can be easily divided into design and code elements, with just a little code to add interactivity. It even works on devices like the iPad and iPhone. And now, thanks to svgweb and a clever use of Flash, it works on older platforms no one could have ever imagined supporting SVG. Jim Ray shows how. Bookmark It Hide Sites

The Miseducation of the Doodle

The teacher who chastised you for “mindless doodling” was wrong on both counts. Far from shutting down the mind, the act of doodling engages the brain in the kind of visual sense-making people have practiced for over 30,000 years. Doodling sharpens concentration, increases retention, and enhances access to the problem solving unconscious. It activates the portions of the visual cortex that allow us to see mental imagery and manipulate concepts, and unifies three major learning modalities—visual, auditory, and kinesthetic. Doodle Revolution leader Sunni Brown introduces strategic doodling and presents the ABCs of our shared visual alphabet. Bookmark It Hide Sites

Sketching: the Visual Thinking Power Tool

You don’t have to be a great singer to write a great song—just ask Bob Dylan. Likewise, you needn’t be a Leonardo to draw your way to more and better ideas. Sketching helps you generate concepts quickly, exploring alternatives rapidly and at no cost of resources. The looseness of a sketch removes inhibitions, granting clients and colleagues permission to consider and challenge the ideas it represents. Mike Rohde outlines the practice, surveys the tools, and shares ways to become confident with this method of brainstorming, regardless of your level of artistic ability. Bookmark It Hide Sites

A Simpler Page

Want to design a book? There are mountains of beautifully designed examples to inspire you. But what about digital books? How do you create elegantly typeset, gloriously balanced reading experiences when tablets render type differently and support different fonts, text can extend in every direction, and type can change size? Craig Mod (Flipboard, Art Space Tokyo) addresses these questions and presents the initial release of Bibliotype, an HTML baseline typography library for tablet reading. Bookmark It Hide Sites

Design Criticism and the Creative Process

In every design project, at some point we quit what we’re doing and share our unfinished work with colleagues or clients. This begs the question: Just what does the critique do for the design and the rest of the project? Do critiques really help and are they necessary? If so, how do we use their inconsistencies to improve our creative output? Cassie McDaniel explores how critiques can help us navigate complex processes and projects and collaborate effectively to create original and engaging work. Bookmark It Hide Sites

Top Graphic Designers on Twitter to Follow

Follow Top Graphic Designers on Twitter to Boost Your Career From North Onion, a sweet way to wake up on a Tuesday morning… We strongly encourage you to follow the feeds and visit the blogs of these top-tier artists, but offer a word of warning: featured Twitterbugs have a knack for finding projects so compelling that a person could be distracted from actual work for several hours at a time. Proceed carefully…. Agreed. There are certainly a great number of designers on that list. Btw – if you do plan on following me, please go for @nospec over @thecatat7. The NO!SPEC Campaign is where I spend most of my time these days as there just isn’t enough time to do it all. Thanks for the follow in advance. And a thanks goes to Rebecca Palmer for supporting the design industry. If you’re interested in pursuing a career in the design … Continue reading

Testing Content

Whether the purpose of your site is to convince people to do something, to buy something, or simply to inform, testing only whether they can find information or complete transactions is a missed opportunity: Is the content appropriate for the audience? Can they read and understand what you’ve written? Angela Colter shows how to predict whether your content will work (without users) and test whether it does work (with users). While you can’t test every sentence on your site, you don’t need to. Focus on tasks that are critical to your users and your business. Learn how to test the content to find out if and where your site falls short. Bookmark It Hide Sites

Smartphone Browser Landscape

Users expect websites to work on their mobile phones. In two to three years, mobile support will become standard for any site. Web developers must add mobile web development to their skill set or risk losing clients. How do you make websites mobile compatible? The simple answer is to test on all mobile devices and fix any problems you encounter. But with at least ten operating systems and fifteen browsers out there, it is impossible to do that. Nor can we test only in iPhone and Android and expect to serve our market. PPK surveys the mobile web market, as well as phone platforms and their browsers, and shows how to set up a mobile test bed that works. Bookmark It Hide Sites

NO!SPEC Redesign: David Airey and Jeanette Wickham

Some of you might know that I also run the NO!SPEC Campaign. For those who aren’t aware, the early campaign days are documented in the categories to the right. The NO!SPEC Campaign was put together in a mammoth rush. Two overlapping teams were created to come up with design and copy, each team with an aim of working towards the final product. Doing it this way made it sort of a scattered experience at best, but it garnered results. From the very beginning we knew that the site would eventually need a quieter redesign. That the IN YOUR FACE [insert expletive here] layout wasn’t meant to last forever. Also needed was a logical nav structure, as sometimes finding things was… whoooh… But for years we were too shagged out busy with the campaign; less concerned with making pretty. Every so often I’d get emails from designers offering to redo the … Continue reading

CSS Positioning 101

If you’re a front end developer or a designer who likes to code, CSS-based layouts are at the very core of your work. Designer slash developer Noah Stokes scrutinizes the CSS position property to show how you can use it to create standards-compliant, table-free CSS layouts. Test or refresh your knowledge of static, relative, absolute, fixed, and inherited positioning, and how they work together to create any web layout the mind can conceive. Bookmark It Hide Sites

Understanding CSS3 Transitions

From advanced selectors to generated content to the triumphant return of web fonts, and from gradients, shadows, and rounded corners to full-blown animations, CSS3 is a universe of creative possibilities. No one can better guide you through these galaxies than world-renowned designer, author, and CSS superstar Dan Cederholm of SimpleBits and Dribbble fame. We are delighted to present an excerpt from his new book (and the second publication from A Book Apart), CSS3 For Web Designers. Bookmark It Hide Sites