Martin

Member of the GAWDs and Web Standards Group. As a member of the Web Standards Group, as well as membership in the Guild of Accessible Web Designers, I strive to achieve maximum website accessibility in my designs, while using the latest, cutting-edge eXtensible HyperText Mark-up Language/CSS markup. My sites fully validate with the W3C standards for XHTML/CSS, as well as comply with the W3C's WAI - A, AA, or AAA standards. Separation of Content from presentation and a site that fully complies with this philosophy - will reach more than just your intended audience, it'll reach everyone! Web standards at FierceStreet Networks is all about usability - XHTML for content, and CSS for presentation.

Effective Internet Marketing Strategies

There are many benefits that are witnessed by marketing your business via the internet. This has led to the popularity of internet marketing for both small and large business organizations. Some of the benefits include increasing traffic to your site, enhancement of your company’s brand and the products you offer and generating reliable income. In order for this to be achieved, you need to put in place some of the most effective internet marketing strategies.

First and foremost, ensure that your website is designed in the most attractive way. This should be in accordance with the advanced features and ease of use. This will ensure that your prospective customers are attracted easily. With this in place, you need to consider the optimization of your site. Your site will only get high search engine rankings if it is well optimized. This requires the services of a good seo consultant. Consequently, take some time to do some research on a number of companies that are available in the market before settling for a particular one.

Another perfect strategy has to deal with affiliate programs. Many online users are interested in participating in affiliate programs. When a site offers more programs, more clients are attracted to it. This is a perfect strategy to beat all the other companies in your niche. You also need to ensure that your site offers reliable information and content to clients. Most online users are looking for solutions to their situations. If they are assured of getting the solutions from your site, they will always visit the site no matter what. Ensure therefore that the site is not only attractive and offers many affiliate programs but it should also have valuable information.

The use of press releases is another important consideration that should not be overlooked. Press releases usually attract people since they offer news and important stories. In addition, make it a point to interact with your visitors through blogging and forums.

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Branding Yourself

I’m going to buy this book. And if you are creating a brand for a client, or yourself, I suggest you read Crushit by Gary Vaynerchuk:

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Anyone Care About HTML 5.0?

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Since the majority of people use Internet Explorer, are you designers even looking at HTML 5.0?

Let us know!

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Gary Vaynerchuk’s Changing The Wine World!

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Here is one voice that is changing – not only the wine world, but internet marketing as well. I follow him on Twitter, and so should you!

Here’s a video of Gary Vaynerchuk on CNN:

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SEO What?

I’ve stopped thinking, “SEO, SEO, SEO!” every time I create content for my sites. Simply put, I just write for my niche, make it informative, funny, and relevant. That takes a load off!
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I have been looking everywhere for standards compliant, XHTML 1.0 Transitional (1.1 and Strict of course) website templates to use on sites I manage. Of course I can create them myself, thank you very much :) , but if you ever have had an order as a web designer for 50+ sites within the timespan of a few days to fill, and you are busy with other things, then you’ll agree with me that finding a treasure like this would be a real help.
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I actually found a web site that offers free templates (keeping a footer link to their site), or for a purchase, you can buy your own. If you go to the DreamTemplate.com web site, you can view the website templates they have available. What I did was download one, and viewed the page source. Yes, they have a XHTML 1.0 Transitional DOCTYPE, and minus a few validation errors (like a non closed BR), the markup was very semantic. Great for SEO (Search Engine Optimization) as well, but that’s for another post. Let me just say that semantic coding is the benchmark for SEO.

If you’ll notice on their site,

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WordPress Gurus

Hey all of you WordPress admins out there, can you please help us out? I’d like to see your career path as you get to work/consult on WordPress projects.Hey all of you WordPress admins out there, can you please help us out? I’d like to see your career path as you get to work/consult on WordPress projects.
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Hey all of you WordPress admins out there, can you please help us out? I’d like to see your career path as you get to work/consult on WordPress projects.

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Who Should Host Me?

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Best website hosting reviews:

I know that before I started reselling web site hosting, I did not know where to find a good place that had done the research for me on a selection. I have found that the best website hosting reviews will contain reviews of the top 10 hosting companies around. The reviews have to be independent from a hosting outfit, with the ratings based on on web surfer’s feedback, hosting tools testing, and the overall usage of their services.

Upperhost.com is the place readers! Here is their mission statement:

Our Mission is to Test, Inform and Inform the potential web hosting consumers and businesses. We accept no advertisements or donations from any web hosting company.

For example, they have a review of lunarpages hosting, which contains all the greatest information you need in order to make a quality decision on their services.

So all in all, I rate them at the top of the review niche for hosting.

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Linux Finished My Windows For Lunch!

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I have been using Ubuntu (Linux dist.) exclusively for about what…8 months now…and I have really grown to love it. I love the OpenSource movement, and what it stands for. Not only that, but all I need I can run on Ubuntu fairly easily.

I do run (via VirtualBox) Windows XP – but that’s just for web dev. stuff. My day-to-day is strickly Linux!
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POSH Is Still POSH

There is always going to be the need for POSH!

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