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We're hiring!

On Target Web Design is looking for web designers with solid php / mysql / css and graphics experience.

An ability to work to tight deadlines and a positive attitude is a must.

Please submit CV including:

  • Name and Address
  • Education 
  • Relevant employment.
  • Experience of open source Joomla CMS (ESSENTIAL) / Wordpress Blog (DESIRABLE) systems and Examples of work.
  • Interests

All CV's please submit by email with following details (so it doesn't go to spam)

To: info'at'ontargetwebdesign.net

Subject: Web Designer available "On Target Web Design"

Successful candidates may be called for interview / phone interview.

 

Responsive Website Design - fits PC Ipad Tablet or Smart phone

Responsive Web Design - PC Tablet Ipad MobileIt's amazing how quickly things change in the world of webdesign. In the good old days I could design for one screen size only but now a website has to fit on lots of different devices and platforms - a "one size fits all" approach. Here at On Target Web Design I have been keeping up to date with the latest technology and have been developing "Responsive Websites" that automatically resize to fit perfectly within the device it is being viewed on. This greatly assists the user in finding the content quickly without having to do funky resize actions with thumb and forefinger! Considering that 15-20% of all website traffic is from mobile alone it is essential your website can respond. To test the responsive design in action try loading totalwastewatersolutions.ie and resize your screen - you can see how the website neatly stacks up as the screen gets narrower down to iphone size Contact me today to discuss your project or upgrade your existing site to a responsive site!

The Google Penguin update and how it affects your website.

Summary

  • Don't overload you'r title with too many keywords
  • Did you see a drop in your traffic after 24th April 2012?
  • Leave 10 to 20 percent of the website pages un-optimized with short title tags
  • Avoid excessive or unstructured internal linking structure

 


 

In March, Google’s Matt Cutts announced that the search engine was working on a major algorithm change designed to penalise over-optimized websites. Then, on April 24, as the industry was still recovering from the Panda 3.5 and 3.6 updates, Google launched the Penguin Update, shaking nearly 3 percent of search queries.

 

What is Penguin?

The Penguin update is Google’s latest attempt to track and penalize illicit webspam techniques, such as keyword stuffing, link schemes, cloaking, and many others. Penguin also targets sites that openly violate Google’s quality guidelines.

 

How is it different from the Panda updates?

The Panda algorithm focuses on punishing sites with low-quality content, such as content farms. While Google has always been on the lookout for webspam, the Penguin update is the company’s most advanced weapon against such “black hat” practices.

 

Were you Hit by Penguin?

It depends. If you’ve seen a major drop in your search-related traffic from Google right after April 24, you were most likely affected by Penguin. Life after Penguin Unfortunately, Google hasn’t revealed the specific signals it uses to regulate websites under the new change; however we have a few ideas on the practices that Google considers webspam or over-optimization. In addition to following Google’s quality guidelines, start with fixing any issues brought to your attention by Google either via a message in Google Webmaster Central or an email about spam activity. It’s also possible Google is targeting sites with too many repeated keywords within the anchor text of their links. Avoid this problem by not repeating a keyword more than 20 percent in the anchor text of overall backlinks. Tools such as SEOMoz Open Site Explorer and Majestic SEO can be used to find the anchor texts (and their numbers) that are being used on any site. Usually a company's name and/or URL should have the most anchor text links and when a keyword features more, it looks unnatural, or over-optimized. We also believe that Google might be comparing sites for particular keywords and industries. Sites with more links than average might be penalized as over-optimized webspam. Another webspam technique to avoid is creating too many pages featuring keyword rich content, and keyword rich title tags. Try leaving around 10 to 20 percent of the website pages un-optimized with short title tags.

Finally, stay away from an excessive or unstructured internal linking structure. Regardless of whether you were purposively spamming to gain ranking in the organic results of search engines, one thing’s certain: you will need to remove spam from your website if you want to bounce back from the Penguin update.

 

Article by Pierre Zarokian  http://www.submitexpress.com/

Website Internationalisation and SEO

You have a website and it's doing well in Ireland or the UK but you want to extend into other markets - how do you do this?
Here are the basic principles for SEO in different countries:
1. It is very important to get backlinks from country specific domains e.g. Canada (.ca ) so Register your site with Canadian Directory sites.
2. To effectively target different countries you need to almost always to different sites on TLDs (top level domains) that match that country. So if you want to target the France and the UK, have one .fr site and one UK site on the co.uk and make sure your content is localised for that market.
3. You would need to have the content of your website written in French, Spanish, German etc as auto translators don't actually localise your content.

Its a good bit of work and having a links strategy in place on high ranking suitable directories in your target market is essential.

Website Design for Charity

Each year On Target Web Design donates the development of two websites to local charities.

For 2010 On Target is developing

  • Recovery Haven
  • Camp Community Childcare.

We can develop online donation systems, newletters and any other system to assist your cause.

If you wish to apply for free website development please contact us now!

 

35% off normal development fees apply to all charities irrespective of this offer!

 

Terms and Conditions

  • 2 charity websites only developed per year
  • Applications from Irish registered charities only.
  • Please provide all text content and photos.
  • Offer is for website development only - Hosting (€99) and Domain (€10) not included.
  • This offer is reviewed on an annual basis.

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