April 2012 - Livetech - Web Design North Wales, Website Marketing SEO
Google Webmaster Tools notice of detected unnatural links – SEO Warning!

Google Webmaster Tools notice of detected unnatural links – SEO Warning!

Google Webmaster Tools are a fantastic set of tools provided by Google to help web site owners get the most from their websites and particularly SEO Search Engine Optimization. Google wants to reflect accurate and useful results to a web user and works with ‘webmasters’ to establish a set of best practice guidlines. You get a Webmaster Tools account by registering with Google in the first instance and then verifying your website with them using a variety of methods. Once the site has been verified and has been looked at by Google (could take a few days) a long list of reports will be available. Some webmaster use ‘spammy’ techniques to try and get a good position for their chosen keyword phrases. There are plenty of good examples where this has worked for companies in the past, using link farms or other content networks or even sets of  blog sites. Results gained using these techniques are likely to be very shortlived however, Google improving its checking and monitoring techniques all the time. A website that we recently took over from another company had the following to report in Webmaster Tools. Dear site owner or webmaster of http://www.yzxyz…etc.com/, We’ve detected that some of your site’s pages may be using techniques that are outside Google’s Webmaster Guidelines. Specifically, look for possibly artificial or unnatural links pointing to your site that could be intended to manipulate PageRank. Examples of unnatural linking could include buying links to pass PageRank or participating in link schemes. We encourage you to make changes to your site so that it meets our quality guidelines. Once you’ve made...
What is HTML5 and Why Should I Care?

What is HTML5 and Why Should I Care?

HTML 5 is a relatively new development for web pages. What it means for most people is that it allows a more ‘app like’ behaviour in web pages and works on the Apple platfroms iPhone and iPad, unlike the Flash system that they do not support. It is a system of coding that is ‘web standards compliant’ which means it uses the best practice out there in the developer community, something that Microsoft was initially slow to adopt but now are coming onboard with in their latest Internet Explorer browsers. You can apply the techniques available to add nice touches to a page or with heavy create very different user experiences. I came across the following ‘infographic’ (I love looking at pictures that breakdown complixity into understandable ideas)  for the more technically inclined to study, along with some further insights and comment. http://www.focus.com/fyi/wtf-is-html5/ I’m going to look out for some really cool examples to post here so pop back soon! Example here from Remy Sharp: Playing with various elements, useful as you can see what can be done broken down. http://html5demos.com/ All content, code, video and audio is Creative Commons Share Alike...