Semantics

Web Semantics, and why we need them!

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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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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POSH Is Still POSH

There is always going to be the need for POSH!

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Web Standards in Design

There has been updates to the web standards authority site. It’s also moving on up in Google’s SERPs. All in all, great info and SEO.

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Semantic WordPress Themes Revisited

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It seems to keep coming up in conversations I have – that the WordPress CMS is probably the best platform for a site owner to run “out of the box”. And with that, there are tons of (X)HTML correct and valid, Semantic WordPress Themes available. Heck, I will even create one for you!

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Affordable Web Hosting

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During the end of last year (2007), and up to now (August 15th, 2008), I have gone from switching my web host company close to four times – yes, I did say four times! And I say “close” because just recently I switched back to the one I am on now. I had actually ran my sites on their servers for one week, but strange DNS issues as well as other things made the decision for me to switch back. So why did I put myself through all that (DNS) torture? Well, for me, it came down to a few things…

  • Price
  • Services
  • Tech response times
  • Reseller availability
  • Customer satisfaction ratings

Running Semantically correct websites myself is a chore within itself, but to also be a hosting reseller, and hosting those same sites as well…that’s like being the surgeon to your own operation! What I recommend you do, if you are like me want want all the best in a web host, you must do your homework! Find a company that has a reputation for both reliability and excellent customer service; one that is very competitive and affordable in their packages. And of course, the must have first rate technical support we well as reseller hosting options. Out of the “almost” four companies I have used for my reseller hosting account, I can honestly say that two of them were just too expensive for their services, and one was rapidly failing in tech support, so I had to “jump ship” so to speak.

So along those lines, I have found Affordable web hosting in imhosted.com – and specifically love their reseller hosting packages. I am a very picky shopper, so imhosted.com needed to have a very customer friendly site that offered high quality services for hosting to their customers. From the reviews I have read, they are extremely reliable in the web hosting industry, and they are highly rated for their specific focus on a “full service” solution.

I have to say that – at least for me – customer service is a huge issue. I expect to recieve the highest levels of support, or I will go elsewhere. I would even pay a bit more for a great support team, than pay cheap prices, and receive cheap support. Since imhosted.com has a great reputation for their services, support, and pricing, I would recommend them to you webmasters who want the best for your clients.

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Semantic Advertising

Semantic Advertising (advertising based around the meaning of text). Now that’s a topic worthy of discussion, especially when one considers an alternative to Google is tangible.

According to CEO Amiad Solomon,

(Semantic Advertising (advertising based around the meaning of text))…will help make advertising more relevant to viewers.

What do you think?

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Hello all you Graphic…

Emigre 58 : Everyone is a Designer!
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Hello all you Graphic Designers. I’m looking for a Graphic Designer to partner with this website or just to get jobs that require unique, original graphic design. Please use the contact form on this site to get a hold of me if you’re interested. Thanks. listen

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