All posts by George Papazian

3 things to know about SEO

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Google Seo

SEO is by far one of the top concerns for most of my clients, and many questions I get revolve around it.

SEO, or Search Engine Optimization, is trying to get your site to come up first when a search is made using keywords. Yeah bing.com is pretty big, but essentially this comes down to pleasing Google.

It’s such a broad term these days, that there’s a lot of confusion surrounding it. I want to clarify some of that here.

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Navigating the “Internet of Things” as a small business website

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There are website rookie mistakes out there that we’ve all seen, but sometimes we are blinded to them when it concerns our own website, our own little baby. Aside from obvious issues like your site having a dated look, I’m talking about rookie mistakes businesses make when they have come to a decision to launch a new site. Some of these shortcomings they overlook when building the content, others are as a result of corner cutting tactics, while still others some businesses think look cool but, as we all know, there is a fine line between looking cool and looking tacky.

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5 rookie web mistakes that make your business look amateur

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There are website rookie mistakes out there that we’ve all seen, but sometimes we are blinded to them when it concerns our own website, our own little baby. Aside from obvious issues like your site having a dated look, I’m talking about rookie mistakes businesses make when they have come to a decision to launch a new site. Some of these shortcomings they overlook when building the content, others are as a result of corner cutting tactics, while still others some businesses think look cool but, as we all know, there is a fine line between looking cool and looking tacky.

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If WordPress templates are so cheap, why haven’t web development costs dropped from 10 years ago?

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I find myself having to explain this to potential clients. Not that they ask, but the price disparity just seems so blatantly apparent that I feel I need to clarify it, so let me do so here.

 

Technology has a market value and it moves fast. The website you are buying today is not the website you bought in 2004, and will not be the website you will by in 2024, or 2044.

 

Price of a website

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Mobile madness for apps: Do you really need to build one?

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I know it’s all so confusing and overwhelming…

 

Cell phones, tablets, apps… wtf, right? Well, I want to clarify a few things for you. Let’s sort through the madness.

 

Mobile Madness :: lots-of-appsImage streamed from blog.teamtreehouse.com

 

First and foremost

Do you need a mobile app for your business or will your website suffice? Well, before we come to this conclusion, let’s look at some options available when deciding to build an app for a cell phone or tablet.

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Why do web developers suddenly disappear half way through a project?

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Do you want the long answer or the short answer?

 

Well this being the internet and your attention span being short, internet user, I’m going give you the short answer. Nah, ok, the medium length answer.

There are a lot of web developer Houdini’s out there that disappear into the moonlit evening without a trace, leaving you with a half-baked site, too complicated for the next potential Houdini to take on from the halfway point and bring to completion. With your developer gone, there you are, left to your own defences and explaining everything from scratch again.

Yeah I know, dear client dude and short attention span internet user. Sucks to be you.

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How to have an awesome relationship with your web developer

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And no this is not a dating article, we’re talkin’ business here. Serious business. Well maybe not that serious, but business nonetheless people.

 

I want to tell you how to communicate properly with your web developer so that you don’t get into the that awkward zone where you want stuff done on your site and are afraid to ask.

To begin with, let’s look at how a typical web project plays out by checking out this little cartoon on theoatmeal.com

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4 tips for displaying images correctly on your site

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When I look at the web stats of my clients, time and again I see that the most highly trafficked pages are the pages with the most pictures. Building up the imagery in your site is key to building your brand, as well as communicating to your potential customers what your product or service is about.

People love looking at pictures. People especially love looking at pictures that they can relate to. The pictures they can relate to most are ones with their own faces and their friends’ faces in them. That’s one of the many reasons why Facebook, for example, has grown to be the mammoth of a website that it is today.

 

I want to share a few must-dos when developing the image-heavy areas of your site.

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The Importance of Contracts in Web Development

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I’m going to start by saying this:

 

Contracts are there to protect BOTH parties
        in web development, not just the contractor

 

If you are a client getting web work done, don’t enter into the job without a contract. It’s there to protect you too by outlining the work that will be done and the amount of hours it will take, which both parties can agree upon. You don’t go commando to work everyday (do you?) so why would you go contract commando on a job? Don’t be intimidated by contracts. Make sure one exists and use it. If you’re a web development client, we’re going to look at what you should look for when presented with a contract.

If you’re a developer on the other hand, read on as well to get some tips on implementing a good contract.

I’m going to try to keep this short and sweet so you’ll read it because, let’s face it, contracts are not the most interesting and inspiring of topics.

 

So what makes a good contract?

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