Web Site Design

Avoiding Penalties from the Link Police

Link Police -- Avoiding Penalties from the Search Engines

When it comes to SEO, make it a point to ensure that your website links are safe. This very simply means that your links are honest, clean and built so that they won’t prompt Google to penalize your site. There are links which are considered spammy or low-quality in the eyes of the Google bots. There are more, but a few of the linking strategies that Google is now penalizing for are; poor quality non-contextual links, paid links and link directories & networks. I’ve never agreed with any of these strategies anyway and so I was […]

I’m Afraid My Web Designer Owns My Website!

I recently received an inquiry from someone who’d found and read my Who Owns My Website? article. Concerned that she may not own her website, she asked for some guidance. Instead of charging her a private consultation fee, I decided I’d blog it instead so that others might learn from her situation. Her inquiry covered more than website ownership, so I’ll give you a condensed version:
“I stumbled across your website in my search for articles on “my web guy owns my website” which is my first concern. >>>snippp<<<
I was […]

WANTED: The WOW Factor!

Why this web designer wants to WOW her clients.

I don’t know how many clients I’ve had since I started developing websites in 1996, but I can tell you there’s a whole ‘lotta of them. If I had it to do over, I’d have kept track of the number. Having dealt with so many people and developed so many websites, I’ve learned a bit about what’s important to me. One of my revelations is that is that I’m after “The WOW Factor!” when I design a website. 

So, What is The WOW Factor?

In the simplest of terms […]

Why it’s a Good Idea to Offer ONLINE PAYMENTS on Your Website


I had a bit of a surprise a few weeks ago when a potential client nixed the option to offer the ability for people to pay for their products and services on their website. The reason for this is that they were trying to keep costs down. I can understand this, everyone wants to keep costs down. But I couldn’t help but wonder if not providing this option for their customers was in their best interest.
What came to my mind is that in today’s world the majority of people want and use the convenience of paying online […]