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Search Engine Simulator

Tuesday, July 29, 2008 - Lawrence Hsu | BC

When a search engine spider visits your website page, it does not not view your page in the same way that site visitors view your pages. This SEO tool is basically a search engine simulator and the simulator gives our interpretation of what a search engine spider can see.

Search Engine Simulator from Kenkai

10 SEO Rules for Designers

Wednesday, July 09, 2008 - Lawrence Hsu | BC

Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) is a vital component of any website. As a web designer or blogger, it’s important you understand how SEO works. Here are ten easy rules that will immediately improve the SEO on all of your web sites.

10 SEO Rules for Designers by Joshua Jeffrey

URL Metrix

Sunday, June 29, 2008 - Lawrence Hsu | BC

Use URL Metrix to see how popular your really are, on the internetz.


Findability Bliss Through Web Standards

Tuesday, June 10, 2008 - Lawrence Hsu | BC

Learn how web standards can help make any project more findable for your users and accessible to search engines. Findability bliss is even attainable with Ajax and Flash interfaces with some web standards wisdom.

Findability Bliss Through Web Standards by Aarron Walter

SEO Guide for Designers

Tuesday, May 27, 2008 - Lawrence Hsu | BC

According to a poll I conducted, just over 1 out of 10 people don’t think SEO (Search Engine Optimization) is mandatory as a designer; and what really surprised me is about 24% don’t even know what SEO is! If you’re among the quarter of people who don’t know what SEO is or understand how it can help you, you should really read this article. This is an SEO guide for designers who want to learn about making it easier for websites or blogs to be found by search engines. I’ll explain the common mistakes made by designers and developers. Then I’ll provide some basic tips that you should be practicing to optimize your site for search engines.

SEO Guide for Designers from Web Designer Wall

The Web Developer's SEO Cheat Sheet

Wednesday, May 21, 2008 - Lawrence Hsu | BC

In an effort to return to my roots, I spent the majority of the day compiling what I believe to be the mother of all technical SEO cheat sheets. The recommended viewing format of this cheat sheet is as a PDF rather than the traditional blog post (I found the blog posts inconvenient to print).

The Web Developer's SEO Cheat Sheet from SEOmoz

I'm Getting Pretty Tired of Startup Advice that Doesn't Include Any Mention of SEO

Friday, May 16, 2008 - Lawrence Hsu | BC

Good SEO advice, not just for startups.

Let me just be clear on this point - not one of those posts has the word "SEO" in it, nor makes any clear reference to getting traffic from search engines. I'm forced to ask myself - are these people idiots? Are they being coy? Or have they really never experienced the built-in marketing channel that comes from ranking at the top of the engines for a relevant keyword phrase?

I'm Getting Pretty Tired of Startup Advice that Doesn't Include Any Mention of SEO from SEOmoz

Design Coding

Sunday, March 30, 2008 - Lawrence Hsu | BC

This is gold.

The Poetic Prophet (AKA The SEO Rapper) is back with another marketing rap. This time he describes how web standards and proper design can affect the ranking and conversion of pages on your site.


Your site design is the first thing people see
it should be reflective of you and the industry
easy to look at with a nice navigation
when you can't find what you want it causes frustration
a clear Call to action to increase the temptation
use appealing graphics they create motivation
if you have animation
use with moderation
cause search engines can't index the information
display the logos of all your associations
highlight your contact info that's an obligation
create a clean design you can use some decoration
but to try to prevent any client hesitation
every page that they click should provide and explanation
should be easy to understand like having a conversation
when you design the style go ahead and use your imagination
but make sure you use correct color combinations
do some investigation, look at other organizations
but don't duplicate or you might face a litigation
design done, congratulations but it's time to start construction
follow these instructions when you move into production
your photoshop functions then slice that design
do your layout with divs make sure that it's aligned
please don't use tables even though they work fine
when it come to indexing they give searches a hard time
make it easy for the spiders to crawl what you provide
remove font type, font color and font size
no background colors, keep your coding real neat, 
tag your look and feel on a separate style sheet
better results with xml and css
now you making progress, a lil closer to success
describe your doctype so the browser can relate
make sure you do it great or it won't validate
check in all browsers, I do it directly
gotta make sure that it renders correctly
some use IE, some others use Flock
some use AOL, I use Firefox
title everything including links and images
don't use italics, use emphasis
don't use bold, please use strong
if you use bold that's old and wrong
when you use CSS, you page will load quicker
client satisfied like they eating on a snicker
they stuck on your page like you made it with a sticker
and then they convert now that's the real kicker
make you a lil richer, your site a lil slicker
design and code right man I hope you get the picture
what I'm telling you is true man it should be a scripture
if it's built right you'll be the pick of the litter
everyone will want to follow you like twitter
competition will get bitter and you'll shine like glitter
if you trying to grow your company will get bigger
design and code right man can you get with it

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