Can you trust your business to Facebook?

I hear about businesses wanting to go solely on to Facebook, "because it's free", but they don't realize the risks involved. What would happen if your entire business went off line? Meaning that the only website you had, went down. Some people would thank that by putting themselves on a large system, like Facebook, you can insulate themselves from those risks. You may think that  every website is going to have some down time. And you may rightly assume that they have a number of well … [Read more...]

Google Using Page Speed as a Ranking Factor in Search Results

Google announced this week that the speed of a page is now being considered as part of how they rank pages on a web site.  This has some people happy, others scrambling. There are a couple of things which need to be considered with this news. Google uses over 200 factors to "grade" a site, determining where it should be placed in the search engine rankings. Adding 1 additional factor, unless it is a large factor should have little effect on the search results. "All things being equal I … [Read more...]

Happy Birthday Firefox!

Firefox turns five today. For some, they remember what the Web was like in 2004 - Internet Explorer 6 was the dominant browser, and had not been updates in 3 years, web technology was stagnating because of it. Now, browsers are faster, and doing more - new standards are coming out (HTML5, CSS3, AJAX libraries, and more) - and while the techno-babble means little to many, it also means everything.  It means websites that can do more, and do it faster. It has also heralded other browsers … [Read more...]

Does clean HTML lead to better Search Engine Rankings?

I've seen numerous posts where people have claimed that good clean HTML leads to better SEO rankings. I've even talked about the lie that of the link between SEO and valid HTML. I've yet to see any studies done which verify this claim and in fact I've even seen evidence to the opposite effect being true. I pointed out how in some competitive markets, the higher the ranking for the site the worse the validation recently in another post. This does not mean that poor code relates to higher … [Read more...]