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Twitter Tips

Building A Twitter Following!

  This article is aimed at those of you with a new twitter account or are wondering why you are struggling to build a decent following, of course you may just want your message out there and not care less about what the number is or isn’t under the followers on the menu in which case you’d be as well rambling to yourself.

      There are numerous books out there on this subject, some of which are very good, but some of which are overly grandiloquent and sadly dated. So the following steps outlined below will hopefully get your follower number rising in no time!                                                             

  1. Post regularly – a couple of times a day

  2. Don’t over-follow. We like a one to maintain a 1:1 ratio.

  3. Mix your content with your main message and selling point

which means try and entertain now and then, thus not boring

your reader.

      1. Avoid the shock content and gross factor tweet. It’s not nice!

      2. Thereby keep it pleasant!

      3. Keep it clean. Let’s face it most of us are ethical moral people and believe certain things should be kept behind closed doors.

      4. We wouldn’t buy a twitter following and only return follow now. Perhaps we’d achieve a greater following by hitting the follow button and perhaps not, we are experienced enough not to worry either way.

So hopefully by revealing our twitter strategy, we might help you achieve a little more success on your Twitter account.

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Search Engine Optimization Multiplicity

MULTIPLICITY

This article will hopefully help those of you not as internet savvy or aware of search engine optimization strategies used by website people as those professionals actually in the business. So let’s begin!

We assume that if you typed into your browser a search for a specific service in a specific location provided by people actually in the area you would hope the results of that search to provide details of those offering the service to have their premises in the stated area. Of course these days, unfortunately, this is not the case.

To illustrate this try this google search:- ‘web design radcliffe’. Yell Directory comes up first! Do you know where the Yell office is in Radcliffe? These people are in fact based in Birmingham!

What these big companies and even small companies are doing is using multiple versions of the same home page but using a variable to change a location. Obviously the more times this is done the greater size of the site in effect. So to use a hypothetical example a web design agency in Bolton, Greater Manchester may have the same home page but load the same variable with  different values such as Radcliffe, Bury, Tottingham, Whitefield and so on.

We believe this practise to be morally wrong and http://derniercriweb.solutions is indeed located in Radcliffe. We do at this present time only use the one home page and would really love to help people local to the area achieve the websites and apps of their dreams. However if people around here are completely unwilling to change their attitudes and start communicating effectively we think we may be forced into relocation.

It is undeniably difficult to spot companies using multiple versions of the same page, however a few pointers are if the website address ends in an extension like .php .asp and anything other than .html or .htm you may begin to smell a rat, but we admit this is not always the case. Try also typing into your search a few different areas, then perhaps it may be clearer when a company is trying to achieve a monopoly of a service. Perhaps it is difficult and touchy area but it is something that Google need to look at if there is to be improved fairness in search engine results.

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Is It Necessary?

IS IT NECESSARY?

With the increasing usage of html5’s advanced features being incorporated into today’s modern websites by professional web developers such as ourselves we are now being treated to effects that were once the sole domain of Adobe Flash. But and this is a big but how much do these effects add to a page’s attractiveness and effectiveness? Does a split second effect such as text seemingly to move in from off screen impress the customer as much as the people writing this kind of code would like to believe?

Another effect we think is in the stage of being done to overkill is putting multiples of information on one space so that when the cursor is placed on the area there is a constant change. There is only so much the mind can take in during a short of interval of time. Wouldn’t the information be better on another page? What is this modern fashion of cramming everything into a small space?

A site I looked at recently actually had half a page pop up from the bottom when I put the cursor over their small twitter graphic top right. Erm…hello!

Yes if you wish we can do these effects and more to your websites here at Dernier Cri Web Solutions in Radcliffe, Greater Manchester, England, derniercri.biz, but we believe that discretion and taste should be the main issue with modern trends. Its the old adage because you can certainly does not mean you should!

Foot All the Age of The Footer

Remember the days when the website footer was what its name implied about an inch at the bottom of a web page. So why oh why has it increased to ridiculous proportions on many a website one might ask; even to the extent of filling half a screen?

Of course the content there on these kinds of websites would look much better on its own page, but this is a modern ploy used by companies to climb the much sought after web page rankings. In the words of an old Bonjovi song ‘Its a graceless age’.