Check SERP Position by Keyword for a Domain

This is just a very quick post to tell you about a site that allows you to check your position in the search engine results pages by keywords for your domain. So if you are trying to promote a website page for a certain set of keywords this tool will tell you how you are getting on, or not getting on as is the case sometimes. But, for the latter, at least you will know and then you can do something about it.

Here is the link Check SERP Position by Keyword for a Domain

Pretty useful tool whether you are doing your own SEO or someone is doing it for you.

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Check Page Rank on All Blog Posts and Website Pages

Check Page Rank on All Blog Posts and Website Pages

Checking the page rank on individual blog posts or web pages is a great way to get an insight into what are popular topics from the content you publish. This is not always easy to accomplish when there are multiple pages or blog posts to consider. Many people simply trawl through the individual URL’s checking the page rank on an individual basis.

There is usually a solution to most problems on the Internet and page rank checking is no exception. This one was not as straightforward as simply finding a Plugin or extension to do the job but there was a script available that essentially uses an XML sitemap to identify all the required pages and another one that pulls the associated PR for those pages. Putting the two together was a stroke of genius and how it was done is described on the Page Rank Checker article.

The end result of following the instructions detailed in the article is a very useful Multiple Page Rank Checker that simply requires an XML sitemap to run it.

Visit the blog post check page rank for more information on creating site maps for WordPress Blogs or find out how to create a sitemap for your web design using this link.

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CSS Formatting for Mulitple Drop Down Menu and Relative Position Divs

This post will be of great interest to web designers that use Dreamweaver. The reason for saying this is that in the past I have discussed how tricky it can be to create a drop down menu system for multiple pages that is both search engine friendly, fast to react and works flawlessly.

Something that, for many websites, is going to be an essential requirement, as they grow from a humble beginning into a significant Internet presence with many multiples of pages.

So apart from the content, what are the primary design features that a website needs to allow new pages to be added easily and at will: visit

  • Using templates to update multiple pages in a few keystrokes
  • Adopting a CSS and list based drop down menu that can have new categories added very quickly and easily
  • Using navigation that can be spidered instantly by search engines, as opposed to Flash or Java based options
  • Using a layout format that can grow with the content i.e. using ‘relative div positioning’ as opposed to ‘absolute div positioning’

By combining all these features, you should be able to see that pages, based on a simple template, can be created where the footer and contents sections adapt and re-position themselves automatically to accommodate the content being added.  This makes the whole process of creating new pages and publishing them much simpler and quicker.

So first things first, how to create a fast loading, search engine friendly, multiple page dropdown menu. Probably the best tutorial I have seen on the subject.

 

There are one or two problems associated with this tutorial, the first is that when you place a div below the menu, it sits in front of the drop down portion obscuring the view. My solution to this was as follows:

  • Hi, I added a Z-Index value of 1 to the ‘#navMenu ul ul’ div and viewed it in IE7, seemed to work fine for me. I also checked Google Chrome and Mozilla, they were all OK after I did this. None worked before I added the Z-Index. I updated it in the CSS Rule Definition box under positioning. But there is actually a better solution, just add a Z-Index of 9999 to the #navMenu ul li:hover ul. This always ensures it is the very top layer and was found on this page CSS Drop Down Menu Tutorial
  • Someone else also made this comment which fixed the problem for him – “OK fixed: had to add DOCTYPE? in the head in to the html file which I didn’t do at first as I was practicing these menus.”

The other problem was that he didn’t create any CSS code for the wrapper, but if you visit this tutorial on using div positioning, you should be able to work things out for yourself. This tutorial also covers how you configure your divs for automatic re-positioning as content is added.

OK that takes care of the formatting side of things, now for quick updates using templates. This part is for web designers that use Dreamweaver because it discusses creating and using Dreamweaver templates. Again it was the best tutorial I could find on the subject.

The main thing to remember when using templates is that the portions of the page you want to edit should be turned into ‘editable regions’. Then when you want a new page you just go to the file menu and click on new. You will then be able to select the template you want and create your new page, then add content or update the ‘editable sections’.

All in all pretty much everything you need to create a website that can be developed and added to very quickly. So a big thanks to the guys that created the tutorials.

The next aspect to look at is how to make that horizontal menu vertical so that it is even more flexible. One for the future, I think.

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Release of New Puppy and Dog Care Website

The latest offering from Moulin Website Design is a website dedicated to Puppy and Dog Care, another site which can be added to the ever growing portfolio of websites. This is a nice design example for customers but also has some interesting design features for web designers.

The reason for saying this is that in the past I have discussed how tricky it can be to create a drop down menu system for multiple pages that is both search engine friendly, fast to react and works flawlessly. Something that, for this particular website, is going to be an essential requirement, as it grows from its humble beginning into a significant Internet presence with many multiples of pages.

So apart from the content, what are the primary design features that a website needs to allow new pages to be added easily and at will: visit this Multiple Drop Down Menu article to find out.

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Creating a Business Blog and Accepting Online Payments

Creating a Business Blog and Accepting Online Payments

Getting that little ‘Buy Now’ button shown on the left (its not a functioning one by the way) seems to cause a lot of people a lot of problems. Where in fact, it is actually quite a simple thing to do; if you take the easy options and are prepared to accept that you will have to pay a small commission for each sale made using the button.

For the most basic of eCommerce options, there are a few relatively simple steps to go through which are well within the capability of anyone that can read and follow instructions. 

For those that are not particularly interested in implementing the process themselves you could purchase hosting from Affordable Web Designs and take the option of having a WordPress blog set up for you as part of the cost. Just mention that you were offered that option when you get in touch.

For anyone else, you can use the link at the top to find out exactly how to go about setting up an own domain business blog.

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