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Over the years, that number has been a moving target.

Once upon a time, SEO consultants recommended that every page has at least 250 words.

Amazingly, some people considered 250 words “too much content.” “People won’t read all of it,” folks complained. “I don’t want that many words on my page.”

My, how things have changed.

Today, it’s an entirely different story. In many cases, a 250-word blog post could be considered “thin content.” Now, many companies are creating 5,000+ word in-depth guides to showcase their expertise -and to snag positioning opportunities.

But here's a great article to give you some more insights on how long a blog post or landing page should be.

Ever thought you might like to build your own website? Know where to start?

I first built a website over 15 years ago and simply learnt ‘on the run’. The website was for our family small business so I started small, made the first things I learnt ’work’ then moved on to the next task. Slowly but surely.

Learning ‘HTML’ was my first hurdle - it’s the underlying code of any website and should be the first thing you learn if your goal is to build a website.

‘CSS’ was my next challenge - and on it went from there - buying a domain name, setting up a hosting account and then linking the 2 together.

Today, those processes are second nature to me and building websites has evolved some much over the last 15 years that keeping up with technology is quite simply hard work!

So - start small, start slow and learn the basics. Probably applies to anything in life I guess.

'Sitepoint' has some great books to get you started. https://tinyurl.com/y7xupj2s

Having a web developer or a 3rd party managing your website and creating your content updates is great but if your website is one using a Content Management System, then you have the power to manage your own content.
Granted it’s hard find your way around a website that a developer has spent years learning ‘their’ way around but sometimes you just want to add a new blog post each week or change the text in a couple of sentences.

You may have read lately about using an SSL Certificate on your website and how important it is. Here’s a brief explanation.

  • WITHOUT an SSL, any computer in between you and the website you are about to enter your information onto, can see your credit card numbers, usernames and passwords.
  • WITH an SSL certificate installed, that information is encrypted.

So, if you are a website owner and collecting customer information is part of what you do, unless you have an SSL Certificate installed, the information your customer is providing to you, is not secure.

Even if your site doesn't handle sensitive information like credit cards, an SSL provides privacy, critical security and data integrity for both your websites and your users' personal information.

Therefore if you are finding when you reach a website that the ‘Padlock’ indicates the site is not secure, the site itself is still fine to browse but if sending sensitive information through any contact form etc, you need to be aware of the above information.

Miniwebs can assist our hosted clients with installing an SSL on your website if required. There is an annual fee to retain that certificate but by all means feel free to contact us to discuss this further.

Listening to Podcasts on our homeward journey

Not exactly work related but my husband and I have just spent 2 weeks road-tripping to and from Adelaide, now with 4600kms under our belt! We love it. Driving those distances and in the middle of nowhere is not for everyone but Australia is a huge place and there’s so much out there we haven’t seen :)

So what do we do to while away all those hours in the car? I listen to a large number of podcasts - mostly web design related but a lot of small business ones as well including lots on Search Engine Optimisation and ways to improve your own online presence in today’s ever changing web world!

Log in to the administrator side of your website

Navigate to System / Settings

Edit your Store name / Server

Change Maintenance Mode from No to Yes (or vice versa)

There is no one 'magic bullet' that will increase your page rankings on Google - Keywords, Keyword Density, Title, Heading Tags, Site Description, Page Title Descriptions, Alt Tags, Quality content (you can't beat that!), blogs, geo-targeting,  other sites linking to yours, competition, good site navigation, staying current on your industry news, get active on Social Media (if you don't have a business/fan page - contact me to get one up and running for you.), take action!

If you need that 'bullet' improved, make sure you contact us!

Think you need to have 'lots' of Keywords in your site to make it rank well??? Wrong. One of the most misunderstood concepts in optimising your website is believing that you need heaps of keywords. Wrong - you need to have targeted keywords relevant to your content i.e. TARGETED, RELEVANT, CONTENT. Most people search nowadays for a short phrase in Google - think of the phrases those customers might look for and include those as part of your content, and regularly. Keyword 'stuffing' as it has now become known, is a thing of the past and no longer aids in getting better rankings for your website. DO NOT KEYWORD STUFF!