Website Design Sarasota by DestinyTech

Here we share a video with some of the latest websites we've design in Joomla for customers in Sarasota, Florida.

These Content Management Solution (CMS) Joomla websites are very easy to change and they rank very well on the search engines.

 

 

Click here to learn more about these search engine friendly websites or contact us for a free website evaluation.

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Top 10 Ways to Drive Traffic to Your Website Using LinkedIn



LinkedIn
is a great way to generate free, organic, traffic to your website. Although LinkedIn has been great for job seekers during the most recent economic cycle, it is much more than that. Here you have 10 tips on how to get more traffic from linkedin.


1.  Complete Your Profile: 

Complete your profile 100%, add a great picture of yourself, and take the entire process very seriously.

2.  Increase Your Connections: 

The more connections you have, the more people will have access to your profile.

3.  Customize Your Website Links:

However this is not a “call to action” and you are missing potential traffic because of it.

4.  Answer Questions:

The more questions you answer, the better the chances are of that person asking the question to click on your blog to learn more about you.

5.  Update Status:

LinkedIn also has a status update feature that is a lot like Twitter, only it gives you 148 characters to work with instead of 140. 

6.  Join Related Groups:

Whatever your blog is about, there is an audience of people on LinkedIn that share interest with.

7.  Post Comments In Groups:

Some larger groups are receiving hundreds of new discussion topics every few days 

8.  Add RSS Feed to Groups:

Each group has a section that allows you to add a link to a website with the latest news you think is relevant to that group.  It also allows you to add your own RSS feed or website link so it will automatically update the group every time you post a new article on your blog. 

9.  Create a Group:

This may be one of the most powerful things you can do on LinkedIn.  I won’t go into all of the amazing details on how this has helped me, but I will tell you that owning a group drives a lot of traffic to your site.

10.  Add the Blog Application to Your Profile:

This application posts the title and first paragraph for your most recent articles you have published on your LinkedIn profile.

 

Contact us if you need any help with any of these suggestions in linkedin.

 

Facebook is catching up to Google +, pictures are getting bigger...

Facebook is catching up with new features that Google + has implemented and we love it! The second we knew Google got into the Social media market for real, we knew this was going to create an incredible competition for new features and we see that happening only a couple of months after...

Google + have implemented many new features like bigger and nicer picture interface, better chat, video conference features, etc...  and now facebook is following thru with some of these features..

We have seen changes on chat and now bigger pictures...

Which features do you think facebook should add?

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Is Google Adwords only for big companies?

Great article about google adwords from Ryan Singel, WIRED Magazine. It shows how google adwords is only working for big companies that have customers that will represent big money in the future.

Google is now making $3 billion a month in advertising — the majority of which comes from little text ads next to search results.

You might wonder how that’s possible, and who’s spending that much money on search ads.

The answer, according to Larry Kim — the founder of a company that sells software to


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3 tips on how to use Google+ for your Business

Google+ is an invite only social network for now, and they're openly discouraging businesses from creating accounts. They do have a form you can fill out for your business, which will put you on an alert when they roll out features for businesses, but no one is sure how exactly that's going to pan out. However Google+ is not business ready yet, with the birth of a new network comes a huge opportunity to talk to people, be engaging and start building relationships with people you may never have otherwise had access to. Here you have some tips on how to utilize this great new tool for your business:

1 - START ENGAGING NOW!

Business owners should be utilizing their employees who are social media savvy and passionate about the company. They are the ones that will be relatable and able to build meaningful relationships on Google+. Use them as touch- points and allow them to post content about your business. This will also mean that, when it comes time for the "business features" of Google+ to be released, you'll have employees that understand the etiquette and environment of the network, which will be key in connecting with people.

2 - LEARN ABOUT CIRCLES / ORGANIZE YOUR CONTACTS

Speaking of the crowd, Google+ organizes your crowd with a feature called "Circles." This is a unique blend of a Facebook friend list and a Twitter following. You put people in Circles and you can customize and establish permissions for them. When you want to share a video, post a photo or talk about your cat, you can choose to do it publicly (all your Circles) or only share it with certain people. Like Twitter, people can add you to their Circles (follow you) and you don't have to add them or worry about their messages showing up in your stream.

This is a great way to organize people in different industries and sort your stream by placing different priorities on certain flows of content.
 


3 - HANGOUT

One of the best and most important features for a business owner on Google+ is the Hangout. Hangouts are multiple person video chats (up to 10) where you can click a button and let anyone in your Circles come video chat with you. Conversations had by text, email, tweets, etc. are great, but when you can see someone's face and interact directly with them it's 100 times better.
 


Enjoy Google+ Competition is always good, we will see lots of great features in the near future from Google+ and the other networks...

Original Post:  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jason-sadler/google_b_894792.html

The Google+ Project is here! Is this the End of Facebook or another failed trial like google buzz or google wave?

The Google+ Project is here! Is this the End of Facebook or another failed trial like google buzz or google wave? I hope this is as good as it sounds and it's hear to stay!


Sharing is a huge part of the web, a part that we think could be a lot simpler. That’s why we’ve been working on adding a few new things to Google: to make connecting with people on the web more like connecting with them in the real world. We hope you like what we’ve cooked up so far. And stay tuned, because there’s more to come.

GOOGLE Circles:  You share different things with different people. But sharing the right stuff with the right people shouldn’t be a hassle. Circles makes it easy to put your friends from Saturday night in one circle, your parents in another, and your boss in a circle by himself, just like real life.

Learn more at http://www.google.com/+/learnmore/

Google introduced Voice Search on Computers

Google introduced today Voice Search on Computers. Learn more at:  http://www.google.com/insidesearch/voicesearch.html

 

It’s easy to search out loud. All you need is Google Chrome and a built-in or attached microphone.

To get started:

  1. Download and install Google Chrome
  2. Open Chrome and go to google.com
  3. Just click the mic in the search bar and start talking

 

What is the new Google +1 and how it works?

What is this    ?  Click on it and you'll see!

 

The +1 button is shorthand for "this is pretty cool" or "you should check this out."

Click +1 to publicly give something your stamp of approval. Your +1's can help friends, contacts, and others on the web find the best stuff when they search.

learn more at: http://www.google.com/+1/button/

Facebook Launches Non-Profit Resource Center

Facebook is launching a resource center to help non-profits use the social network. The site will include educational materials, tutorials and a downloadable non-profit guide geared toward raising awareness and funds for causes specifically through the social network.

A “Get Started” section offers quick tips on how to create a Facebook Page and explains how to set up events and use discussion boards to connect with an audience. The Guide has more general advice like “Be Personal and Educational” or “Use Tools to Increase Relevance” along with mini-spotlights on Facebook features such as targeted ads and Like boxes.

Learn more about facebook for non profits at http://www.facebook.com/nonprofits

Original post by: http://mashable.com/2011/05/16/facebook-non-profit-page/

Have you noticed in facebook that you are only seeing updates in your newsfeed from the same people lately?

Have you also noticed that when you post things like status messages, photos and links, the same circle of people are commenting and everyone else seems to be ignoring you?

Don't worry, everyone still loves you and nobody has intentionally blocked you. The problem is that a large chunk of your friend/fan list can't see anything you post and here's why:

The "New Facebook" has a newsfeed setting that by default is automatically set to show ONLY posts from people who you've recently interacted with or interacted the most with (which would be limited to the couple of weeks just before people started switching to the new profile). So in other words, for both business and personal pages, unless your friends/fans commented on one of your posts within those few weeks or vice versa - you are now invisible to them and they are invisible to you!!

HERE'S THE FIX: On the homepage click the "Most Recent" title on the right of the Newsfeed, then click on the drop down arrow beside it and select "Edit Options", click on "Show Posts From" and change the setting to "All Of Your Friends and Pages" (you can also access the "Edit Options" link at the very bottom of the facebook homepage on the right) Note: Business pages do not have a newsfeed however page owners should adjust the settings on their personal accounts.

The good news is: now you can now view all of your friends and fans again.

The bad news is: YOU ARE STILL INVISIBLE to a large portion of your list. You must get the word out to ALL of your friends and fans by inviting them to this event or creating one of your own so they can read the post and adjust their settings. To invite your friends: Click on "Attending" at the top and then you will see an option to invite your friends at the top left. It’s public so everyone who logs onto facebook can view it and even the friends who can’t see your posts WILL see the event invitation. You can also tweet about it, create a blog post or send out an email to your subscribers in hopes of reaching them all.

Original post by: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=153881578008049

Google changes search formula to push down 'low-quality' sites

Google Inc. has modified the algorithms that dictate search result rankings in an attempt to push up more “high-quality sites.”

The formula changes will affect 11.8% of search queries –- about one in every eight, Google said in a blog post. For now, the tweaks will stay in the U.S. before eventually rolling out to the rest of the world.

For months, Google has been combating the presence of “content farms” such as eHow that mine for clicks by generating articles based on popular searches, though none were mentioned specifically.

The new algorithm will lower such sites in the search rankings in favor of “sites with original content and information such as research, in-depth reports, thoughtful analysis and so on,” the company wrote.

The update is not directly related to feedback from the Blocklist Chrome extension Google launched last week to block specific sites that show up in search results. But when crosschecked against the top several dozen domains blocked through the extension, Google found that the formula change also addressed 84% of blocked domains.

Original post: http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/technology/2011/02/google-changes-search-formula-to-push-down-low-quality-sites.html

Google’s Plan to Combat Search Spam

 

Google admitted today that search spam has increased in recent months, and the search giant has outlined its plan to combat spam and the rise of “content farms.”

Google search quality and SEO czar Matt Cutts published a detailed piece on the Google Blog regarding the company’s efforts to improve the quality of its search results. He starts off admitting what we’ve been suspecting for months: there are more spammers trying to scam unsuspecting Googlers.

“Today, English-language spam in Google’s results is less than half what it was five years ago, and spam in most other languages is even lower than in English,” Cutts said. “However, we have seen a slight uptick of spam in recent months, and while we’ve already made progress, we have new efforts underway to continue to improve our search quality.”

Cutts makes it clear that webspam refers to the junk that appears in search results when websites try to cheat their way to a higher position. With the launch of the new version of its search engine, Google Caffeine, Google has been indexing more content than before, including spam.

“As we’ve increased both our size and freshness in recent months, we’ve naturally indexed a lot of good content and some spam as well,” Cutts explained. “To respond to that challenge, we recently launched a redesigned document-level classifier that makes it harder for spammy on-page content to rank highly.”

read more at: http://mashable.com/2011/01/21/google-combat-search-spam/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed:+Mashable+(Mashable)

Send your parents a TECH SUPPORT care package for the Holidays

 

 A few folks at Google have built this website to help keep tech support a family business. Go to www.teachparentstech.org and send your parents the PERFECT HOLIDAY'S GIFT!!!

 

5 Great Tools To Grade Your Website & Blog

Here you have 5 free tools to grade your website to help you see how you rank up. These tools measure social media presence, search engine friendliness, compliance, and a few other key metrics.
 

1. Websitegrader.com

Website Grader covers several aspects of your website in their report:
  • Metadata Information
  • Age of Site
  • Google PageRank
  • Indexed Pages
  • Last Google

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SEO News: Google Local Merged with Organic Results - Map on the Right with Ads

Once again Google's results are showing up differently.  The google local listings are now displaying throughout the traditional search result page with reviews, images, videos. The google map that used to be in the center area at the top is now on the right hand side. When you scroll down looking at results, the map follows you down the page and overlays over top of sponsored listings.  Review sites have been receiving tremendous weight in the engines and have also helped local listings rank in the map area.  The results are changed once again.

 

If you haven't claimed your local listing yet or become a Google place, its time to do so.  Results are favoring local small businesses. (click here to learn how to add your business on Google Local Maps)


We have noticed a change in how Google is displaying the search results for certain cityname+keyword searches. For those of you who often search for something that includes a location (or a city name) along with a keyword, you might be interested in how Google is changing the search results.

Here is a screen shot of the search results change:


From time to time, Google does experiment with the search results pages at their search engine. The fact that the search results are now featuring the Google Map image on the right side, where we would normally see Google AdWords ads, is a major change for Google. Furthermore, we typically have not seen Google actually “hide” the Google paid ads like they are doing here. The Google Map image actually stays in view and hides the Google AdWords ads when you scroll down the page.


Here is a screen shot of the Ads hidden by the map:


Google now displays your current location on the left side of the search results and you can actually change it, so this is getting more and more interesting.

Results are favoring local small businesses and organic searches instead of the Ads so this is a great change. Get your local listing and promote your business thru Search Engine Optimization to increase your Organic visibility, Google Adwords keeps loosing importance.

Augmented Reality and how your business could take advantage of it

Augmented Reality is very cool and in 10 years you may use it everywhere, on your car windshield, on your glasses, on retail stores, but what useful applications we could find today for it? There are some great iphone applications that apply this cool concept and could also help your business grow…
 


The acrossair app for example uses 3D navigation which you can see as you spin around. There is local data from property companies and big name brands which is represented in an augmented reality view. This app is a great example why you should get into social media marketing and services like foursquare, and have your business local map entry on google, or if you have a restaurant promote yelp and tell people rate you there and make comments and reviews. Social media and other online services are starting to pop up all around us and now with the use of Augmenter reality people will take advantage of them even more.

Think about it, more and more people is using these tools on their mobile devices. That means you need to be part of it or you will be loosing opportunities every day.

Here's a Video about what Augmented Reality is in plain english…. and also a video about the acrossair application so you see how it works…   
Other applications like New York Nearest Places, Layar Reality Browser, Augmented Car Finder and Wikitude use this new technology too.

Augmented Reality - Explained by Common Craft

 

Iphone acrossair augmented Reality Browser app 

7 tips for embeding videos from YOUTUBE on your Website or Blog

Here you have some great tips on how to embed videos from youtube on your website or blog and make them look and act the way you want it.

To embed a video, just copy the code from the "Embed" box—you can find it in the "About This Video" box when you're watching the video. Once you've copied the code, just paste it into your website or blog to embed it.
1. Embed Higher Quality Videos
While the above trick works for playback, if however you want to embed high quality videos you need to append “&ap=&fmt=18? and “&ap=&fmt=22? to the embed url.
2. Link to the interesting part
Linking to a video where the real action starts at 2 minutes 45 seconds, wondered if you could make it start at 02:45? All you have to do is add #t=03m22s (#t=XXmYYs for XX mins and YY seconds) to the end of the URL.
3. Hide the search box
The search box appears when you hover over an embedded video. To hide the search box add ‘&showsearch=0? to the embed url.
4. Embed only a part of Video
Just append ‘&start=30? to skip first 30s of the video. In general you can modify the value after start= to the number of seconds you want to skip the video for.
5. Autoplay an embedded video
You can make the video play automatically by adding ‘&autoplay=1? to the url part of the embed code.
6. Loop an embedded video
Append ‘&loop=1? to make the video start again without user intervention after it reaches the end.
7. Disable Related Videos
Just add ‘&rel=0? to the end of the url part of the embed code and you just turned off the related video option.

5 tips on how to turn more of your web visitors into customers


Here you have 5 tips on how to help your website convert more visitors into customers.

1 - What is your website about?

You have only 3 seconds to keep a visitor on your page. If the visitor is not convinced in that time that your site is worth reading, he'll go away. Tell your visitors what you can do for them, which problem you would solve and how... We recommend using pictures on a slideshow, since you only have 3 seconds and people wont read a paragraph in that time.

2 - Do you have a professional looking website?

A great way to create trust is to use a professional website design. Use a clean design that makes it easy to read. Avoid clutter and extreme colors. Simple and common structures will help the users read and find things easily.

3 - Would your visitors Trust you from looking at your website?

Show testimonials, tell your visitors who you are and put all your company information including, phone, email and address. Show that you are a real company and that you can be trusted. Also show your credentials, associations, etc.. (BBB membership, awards, etc)

4 - Make it as easy as possible

Tell your visitors what you want them to do, have a clear call to action: "Click here to contact Us", "Download our Brochure", "Click here for a FREE evaluation", "Subscribe to the newsletter", etc. Focus on a single task. Don't ask the customer several things at the same time. The less your website visitors have to think about how to complete the task, the better.

5 - Avoid asking too much from your customers:

Avoid registration forms or make the forms as short as possible. The more fields a form has, the less people will fill it out.
 

Click no more: Instant search from GOOGLE is here!


 

Google has launched its new ‘Instant’ search technology. Google Instant displays a full page of search results even as users are still typing in what they’re looking for with no need to click, the company claims between two and five seconds can be saved for every internet search. The move comes with Google having to defend its market share from rivals Microsoft, Yahoo and Facebook. Launched in the US on Wednesday, Google Instant will find its way to the rest of the world in the coming days.

Faster Searches.

By predicting your search and showing results before you finish typing, Google Instant can save 2-5 seconds per search.

Smarter Predictions.
The top prediction is shown in grey text directly in the search box, so you can stop typing as soon as you see what you need.

Instant Results.
Until now, you had to type a full search term, hit enter, and hope for the right results. Now results appear instantly, helping you see where you’re headed, every step of the way.      


Did you know:
  • Before Google Instant, the typical searcher took more than 9 seconds to enter a search term, and there were many examples of searches that took 30-90 seconds to type.
  • Using Google Instant can save 2-5 seconds per search.
  • If everyone uses Google Instant globally, Google estimates this will save more than 3.5 billion seconds a day. That’s 11 hours saved every second.
  • 15 new technologies contribute to Google Instant functionality.            

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