Confessions of a Backup Fanatic

A humorous look at Computer Backups

Excessive Backup Disorder

If there is a condition called Excessive Backup Disorder I've got it. And I've had it for a long time.

Digital backup media

Not only do I have the disease, EBD for short, I have tried to inflict it upon others (to friends and family: sorry guys, I guess I was just trying to rationalize and justify my own addiction).

Ever since I couldn't find a picture I had scanned, and knew it was, or used to be, in the digital pixelated world somewhere, I decided to never loose anything digitized again.

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18 SEO Basics for Search Engine Optimization

If you want your website to show up in search results there are 18 things you should pay attention to. These are the basics of On Page Search Engine Optimization and SEO tips.

Get these right and you are in the game, ignore these and suffer the “non-results”.

I didn't get into a lot of details as to the why of certain suggestions, I may do so in future post, but for now there are some links provided for further research and you can always contact me directly with any questions.

SEO Setup and Platform

Optimize your URL: Include key words, set this up in your Content Management System to automatically use your title as the URL. As you can see in this blog post's title: "http://eleganteaglewebdesign.com/18-seo-basics-for-search-engine-optimization"

Use Descriptive Titles: Always use key words. The title is the most important on page SEO factor. It is also the first thing a person will see. Make it compelling and have the key words as close to the beginning as possible.On Page SEO

Make use of Headers: Headers help organize your content for readability and tell Google what the important points are in your article. Use key words but don't over do it. Headers should be used naturally and help the reader as well as the search engines read though you article.

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What is SEO

Website SEO or Search Engine Optimization in its simplest form is about getting the word out, to the right people, that your website exists.

“If you build it, they will come.”, might have worked for Kevin Costner's character in Field of Dreams, but that kind of thinking can equal failure for a website. Unless you are creating a website for your own pleasure and don't care if anyone will ever see it you will need to let the world know. And the world uses search engines!

So...What is SEO and how do you do SEO?

What is SEO?

SEO involves techniques to increase a website's ranking in search engine results, so that the website appears closer to the top of the list when relevant terms are searched. The closer to the top of the list, the more visitors a website will have from the search engine users.

The Basics of SEO

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White Hat vs. Black Hat Search Engine Optimization Techniques

If you want more visitors to your website you need to know about Search Engine Optimization (SEO). And you have probably come to the conclusion that SEO is a BIG subject. SEO is also continually evolving as the search engine algorithms get smarter and the way we use and access the web is changing (think smart phones, voice search etc...).

What worked a couple years ago, or even last year may not work this year, and you can be sure the SEO techniques have changes and the algorithms the search engines use have evolved.

One of the debates you will need to be familiar with is Black Hat vs. White Hat

White Hat vs Black Hat

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Domain Registry of America Scam Alert

Domain Registry of America just sent us a letter regarding the expiration of one of our domains. We get a few of these a year and so do some of our clients. If you get one of these:

Stop Right ThereDomain Registry of America Scam Alert

If your domain i snot registered with them then you do not need to do anything.  They are trying to get you to switch your registrar account to them and usually with a much higher yearly fee.

Talk with your website administrator if you have any questions. Or, contact me, include your domain name, and I'll have a quick look to see who your registrar is and if you can safely ignore this letter.

 

Security Upgrade

Your Website Security Upgrade

2011 saw the greatest number of website security incident investigations ever. As the internet becomes more and more prevalent in our lives so do the security risks and website hack attempts We know you take your website seriously and trust us with keeping it online, updated , compatible, available 24/7 and secure. I do want to assure all current and future clients that none of the websites hosted with Elegant Eagle Web Design have been hacked nor have any hack attempts been noted or reported. Even so, I believe it is important to be proactive and offer even more protection from security risks.

Immediate security enhancement:

Password Lock-Down

After 5 failed attempts to access the admin area of your website the access portal will be locked down for 30 minutes. By May 1st 2012 all websites hosted with us will have a password lock-down system in place. As we expand and roll out the features of what we will eventually comprise the “Peace of Mind and Security Assurance Package”, the entire full >>>more

Images | Under Construction

It was late, I'd been on the web all day...and that is when it started.  I decided to take a few images and create some custom "under construction" pictures. I am sharing this one here for anyone who wants to use it.

Feel free to download and use as you like.  Enjoy.

How to Edit a WordPress Page

Editing a WordPress page is easy. Check out the short video below to learn how.

How to create a new page in wordpress

6 website design considerations

After saying “hey, I want a website”

So, you want a website for your business. The variety of what you can do online is amazing and at a fraction of the cost compared just a few years ago.

Options are good, so you want to know:

  • what you can do
  • what you want to do
  • what you should do
  • but most importantly what you need to do to fulfill your business's strategic objectives.

A website is not like a stand alone add in the yellow pages or a flyer it is a dynamic, engaging, current and relevant promoter, informer, and sales mechanism for your business 24/7.

1. Why?

How does a website fit into your overall business strategy? Knowing what you want to accomplish with a website will have a major impact on the next 5 points, and if you haven't answered this question then you do not yet have a strategy and it will be impossible to strategically think about the following considerations.>>>more

How to optimize onpage SEO for WordPress

WordPress is search engine friendly out of the box.  Follow these steps to optimize your pages and posts for SEO (Search Engine optimization).

Optimize on page SEO for Wordpress