Maximizing Profits With Website Design and Layout: Part II

In Maximizing Profits With Website Design and Layout: Part I, we looked at some examples of screen resolutions, and content placement. In part II I’m going to show some examples of how I look at and approach design considerations, specifically where the important “money making” parts are in relation to the screen break.

Don’t Trust Jason Calacanis

It’s been five days since Jason posted his new rules on linkbaiting, five days may not be long IRL but in blog time it’s … like well forever … all I have to say is Dude Where’ My Link?

Link Bait with Content

I’m not sure that it’s the best page ever but it’s a step up from Click Here you Idiot. It’s worth the read as you’ll probably get a few ideas or things to think about from it. 101 Easy Ways to use Google’s New Website Optimizer Side Note: It’s all a nice demonstration of how you can take a lot … [Continue reading Link Bait with Content]

Maximizing Profits With Website Design and Layout: Part I

I was building new site this past weekend and I got into the liquid width versus static width debate with myself again. Now I’ve been involved in designing, programming, running, and optimizing websites in one way or another since 1998, and while I’m no usability expert I think I’ve seen and built enough websites to have a educated opinion, so … [Continue reading Maximizing Profits With Website Design and Layout: Part I]

Stop Wasting Your Time and Money On Branding

As I sit pool side at the happiest place on earth reading Small is the New Big I can’t help but come to the conclusion, that most companies are wasting their time and money on branding.

No One Wants to be Fat and Poor

There’s a famous quote that goes something like “why do people rob banks … because thats where the money is”. When people are considering new niches to go into the often forget that common logic. Unless there is some sort of demand building the best website in the world in that space will yield very limited profits. Another aspect that’s … [Continue reading No One Wants to be Fat and Poor]

How to Not Write a Page Title

Am I the only one who finds a significant amount of irony in the title of this story: Changing of the Guard: How Dan Pulcrano Became The Point Man in the Historic March From Old Media to the New World Online link If it’s all about new media how about you write a title with a search engine in mind … [Continue reading How to Not Write a Page Title]

Dave Pasternack PPC Update

I updated my Dave Pasternack ads let me know which one you like, with any luck I’ll win the best PPC prize and get to go to dinner with Webguerilla and meet the real Dave Pasternack at Esca when SES NY rolls around.   Tags: dave+pasternack, davepasternack

Michael Gray and Jason Calacanis Best Friends Forever

This story is dedicated to my best friend, and guiding mentor Jason Calacanis.

The SEO Community – A Tale of Friends and Scorpions

This is a post that may anger you and piss you off, but hopefully it makes you think a little. But I think a lot of the people in the SEO community are short sighted and are willing to sacrifice themselves and the community as whole if they see the chance to get a link or exposure. Much like the … [Continue reading The SEO Community – A Tale of Friends and Scorpions]

Behold the Power of Authority

It’s been interesting to watch [Eco-Friendly Flip Flops]

SEO Men Vs Women

I read Andy’s Lazy SEO Manifesto and and found the whole thing really amusing. I followed the conversation across a couple of places and what struck me as kind of funny is among the men, the ability to completely abandon personal hygiene and giving up wearing clothing ranks extremely high as a perk, and even something of bragging point. Bordering … [Continue reading SEO Men Vs Women]

Using Social Media to Spot Trends

One of the often overlooked aspects of social media is that it can often be seen a pointer for developing and emerging trends.

Jason Calacanis & Michael Gray

Probably pretty high on the list of pictures you never thought you’d see but there’s a picture of me with Jason Calacanis last night after dinner.

Reputation Defender – Virtual Arm Twisting

Have we reached the point where we need virtual tough guys to twist people’s arms to get them to comply to our will? It would seem to be the case if you believe in a new company known as Reputation Defender. They offer two services one designed to protect children the other for adults according to Reputation Defenders about us … [Continue reading Reputation Defender – Virtual Arm Twisting]

Let’s Talk About Reviews

All right since I’ve gotten some feedback on reviews I’d like to open the subject up for more discussion. If one of my friends friends come out with a tool, piece of software, or something else and asks me to mention it, I’ll go take a look and is long as it’s not a piece of crap or I think … [Continue reading Let’s Talk About Reviews]

Risks, Apologies and Learning From Your Mistakes

If you were paying attention, late last week you saw a guest post that published Thursday night. This was an interesting post, as it provided some in-the-trenches, first-hand analysis of a website that was ranking and why. However, the downside was that this analysis named a specific website, where/how they where getting links and ranking, and crossed the line. It’s … [Continue reading Risks, Apologies and Learning From Your Mistakes]

Do Spelling and Grammar Matter

Recently DigitalGhost made a post where ended with the Gunning Fog number for the post. For you lazy SEO types Gunning fog is reading level score for a written work like a book or article. Which got me thinking does Google care about spelling, grammar and reading levels?

On Hacking and Pirates

So as many of you know this site and several other SEO sites were the target of hacker using a wordpress exploit, to gain access to my site. Plain and simple the problem rests on my shoulders for not keeping my wordpress install up to date. I was at least one or two versions behind. While updating wordpress isn’t hard, … [Continue reading On Hacking and Pirates]

Maximizing Profits With Website Design and Layout: Part III

In Maximizing Profits With Website Design and Layout: Part I, we looked at some examples of screen resolutions, and content placement. In Maximizing Profits With Website Design and Layout: Part II, we looked at how banner size affected the “sweet spot” being above or below the fold. In part III we’re going to look at liquid versus static.