If you are totally new to the idea of having a website:

If you are totally new to the idea of having a website:

  • First consider how it will be built, managed and promoted.
    • The person or company who serves, or hosts, your site will probably help or cover registering a Domain Name for you.
  • I have recommended a couple hosting companies that include registering a Domain Name on the AaBiz Resource page

I hope this blog and the Website will help you in getting started and making choices.

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A Do It Yourself Website Option

I just tested the google site option and created the page

>  https://sites.google.com/site/actualartbiz/

This is an example of a simple way to build your own site with a google account.

Your layout and editing choices are limited but it doesn’t take long to find your way around the options.

If you have no budget, it is worth checking into the google options. You might also see if your service provider offers web space.

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Tagging : the use of meta tags and heading tags

A webpage can contain all the text information in the world if it is set between a few tags.

<html> <head> </head> <body> </body> </html>

I was just on the phone explaining meta tags and text content. So, for Mark,  and anyone else in the world who wonders where the meta tags are located and what they look like, here’s a reminder example. Look at the page source.

<head> <title> Web Site Design  in Monterey Bay Area by Kay Zeigh at Actual Art</title>

Important Words identifying the content of a web page. The title will appear on the top of the window for viewers, more importantly, it apears to search.

<meta name=”description” content= “ The description here is important to search. Describe the content of the page in words that people who are looking for your content will use to search for your content. Include a name, business name, subject or topic, the place your business is located. The reason for the web page.
</head>
You can research other meta tags but the title and description are easy to understand and very important.  After the </head> comes the

<body> All the text information in the world can go here for people and search engines to see. Ideally there will be actual content phrases that can be seen in heading and paragraphs inside the<body>.

<h1>Kay Zeigh builds websites in Monterey California</h1>

<h2> Important Information about Website Tags </h2>

<p> If you see good words that identify subjects and content inside heading tags that is good. Text content in paragraphs with actual content is good to see also. Here you can have all the ext content in the world. </p>
</body> </html>

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How to View the Source Code of a Web Page

You might want to view the source code of a web page, for fun.  If you are learning about websites you might want to look at source code. The source code can show interesting things about a web page. It can reveal how your page looks to the machines.

To find the page source: When you have an open browser click on View on your top menu bar. The option to view the page source is at the bottom of the list, after the Zoom options. Different browsers use slightly different names for the source code.

  • Firefox: View > Page Source
  • Safari:  View > View Source
  • Chrome:  View > Developer > View Source
  • Opera: View > Developer Tools > View Source

Firefox, Safari, Chrome, Opera, and Internet Explorer are Browsers.
w3schools Browser Statistics

 

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Search Matters: Ethics and Integrity Mean Something to Search

There are many search engines and directories… yeah right, but, one is a verb. For example, if you want to know about my work just google my name.

There are legitimate ways to increase the visibility of a website.

So, the first place to look for tips on how to optimize search is from the monsters mouth, the google website on Webmaster Guidelines for: best practices to help Google find, crawl, and index your site.   If someone says they have tricks and schemes that will increase traffic or put you on top of a google search, watch out because the monster does not like being teased. On the other hand the beast itself offers ways to help make Google-friendly sites. I have posted more links below that will inform you or site person about things to think about regarding search.

First, if you have interest in how a site is listed but can not control how it is built here are some Tips:

  • You can submit sites to location and subject related listings and directories. Think about where your sight should be listed and find out if you can submit it. It helps to have a few descriptions of varying lengths prepared and ready to use for listing submissions.
  • Events generate press releases and these generate listings. So, if you have an Event be sure you send out a solid press-release. Use your attractive language in your event postings and press releases because a news source, calendar or city listing is likely to quote you. Often they will include an e-mail address or website address (URL)
  • Tell people you have a website! Talk about your site, use it with clients. Put the URL on business cards. Mention the website name and address in if someone writes an article or interview.
  • Ask the person or people in charge of the website design to check on the search basics.

Search Basics

Content is searched: Your content should be interesting, informative and worded well.

  • Use words people use and understand, at least part of the time.
  • Thinking about keywords while writing content does not mean pump junk words into your pages.
  • It does mean use the vocabulary that you think people looking for your website will use.
  • The keywords are the words people who are searching will enter into a search.
  • It is best if your site text content is accessible to search. If it is hidden inside a design or management structure then things like proper page Titles, Description, and Heading tags can mean a lot when used properly.
  • Trying to trick the search engines is unethical and counter productive.
  • Understanding how to appeal to the search engines is productive.

When a site does not come up in search with obvious keywords, there is a lot a web designer can do to increase its potential attraction by using the right keywords. But, keep in mind the designer is not an expert on your field, product or service.  You know more about your business than the site designer does so you can help by providing strong and clear content. You can suggest appropriate keywords for titles and descriptions for at least the main pages of your site. Keywords in headings are also important. You don’t have to know what a <metatag> is or which ones work, but your site person should.

Content Attracts an audience and an audience attracts search.

  • If your site is popular and a lot of people click on it and link to it it will be listed better.
  • If your site has good content it will be more popular and attract more viewers.
  • Good content leads to popularity leads to higher listing.
  • If you submit your site to search engines and directories it helps.
  • If you submit your site to subject and location listings it will help more.
  • Mistakes in spelling and code make you look bad to viewers and to search engines.
  • In general, after content, for search optimization:
    • content again, and access to content
    • proper tagging of  page titles, descriptions, meta tags, headings
    • useful meta tags, particularly description.
    • submission to listings, being listed in content related directories
    • the domain name can help in search but sometimes it can’t be exactly what you want it to be.

When I have time I might write more about why I think  the history of search is totally interesting. Search is a core aspect of  internet history and internet history is seriously relevant to the history of the information age. The metaphor of searching alone is a gigantic idea. A book called, Search Matters: Ethics and Integrity Mean Something  to Search, could be about information science. Or it might be a book of psychology, philosophy, theology, cultural anthropology, self-help or all kinds of things.

off site links

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Contact Information: Location, Privacy, Spam

An e-mail address is one thing you do Not want the search to find with ease.

Of course you want to give your viewers a way to send email. Making it easy to click open a direct e-mail form also makes it easy for the address to be harvested by sinister crawlers seeking spam targets. It is a good idea to have an e-mail address that is just for your web mail. It can be set up so the website mail is forwarded to your primary e-mail. And, there are ways to have your e-mail address viewable on your webpage but less attractive to search. Like:

webmail (at symbol) actualart .biz (no spaces)

or make have an image of the address. The compromise, it is not quite as easy as just a  click open pre-addressed e-mail compose window. More and more we are seeing sites that use forms for mail. What is worse, having to key in an address or fill out a form? What would your audience rather do?

If you are comfortable with publicity and advertising you may see the public space of the internet as a great way to get your message out. Yet, if you see going online as a bit scary, it can be, but relax.  Just think about going online like going out. It is always potentially dangerous to go out in public and most of us still sometimes go out.  Look both ways before crossing the street. Pay attention to the road while driving and keep an eye out for potential hazards. Chances are you will survive and get where you want to go.

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Selling things on the Internet: E-commerce

Things to think about and prepare for a website that is selling stuff.

A clear comprehensive inventory is necessary for any kind of selling. When you are selling online you are preparing a catalog of your inventory so you need prepare information for each item. Use relevant key words while composing all text, titles, descriptions, alternate text…

  • ID #
  • Item Name
  • Item Price
  • Discount or comparison price if these apply.
  • Images
  • At least one image for each item. You will probably need a larger image and a thumbnail.
  •  “Alternate Text”
  • Alternate Text is a phrase that will go behind the picture. If the picture does not load the viewer will see this text in place of the image. Use key words that describe or identify what is in the picture.
  • A short concise description of the item.
  • A full description of the product specifications.

You will need a shopping site. If you are starting out, consider selling through another mega e-commerce company. You can have a low maintenance main website to present your company and link to other services.

Pros:

  • They have brand recognition that you will be associated with.
  • They have reputations, they are known. It is likeley you have at least heard of ebay and probably purchased through Amazon.
  • If you don’t expect to sell a lot you can start as an individual seller and only pay the fees when things sell.
  • They include services that make selling easy to keep track of.

Cons:

  • They have brand recognition that you will be associated with.
  • The cost of the service may or may not be worth it.
  • You have less freedom of design for the website.

Before you choose, compare the various fees, the per item fee and the % fee. Also consider potential costs related to postage and tax. Do a little math to figure out which service is best for your product. For  example if you are selling a lot of little things, a higher per item fee might really cut into your profits. On the other hand if you are selling a few expensive items, the per item fee is irrelevant.

Off Site Links

Selling on Amazon
– “Electronic commerce, commonly known as e-commerce or e-comm, refers to the buying and selling of products or services over electronic systems such as the Internet and other computer networks.” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Electronic_commerce
– E-commerce Times

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Hello world!

There are various ways to have a blog and link it to your main site.

You can use a free blog server or one that is included in the service that hosts your site. This is a WordPress blog. When you begin a WordPress blog the default greeting is “Hello world!” So, Hello world!

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