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Talooma spreads its digital wings

Thursday, June 13th, 2013

“To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe.”

~Anatole France (more…)

The SEO impact of Responsive Design

Wednesday, February 6th, 2013

What is Responsive web design?

You might be asking yourself, “what the hell is this responsive web design?!”. Responsive web design is the term given to a certain way that a website is designed and built. Back in the day, the accustomed way for you to expose your online presence to as many people as possible, would be to create multiple versions of your website. One for PC and the other for mobile phones. A website that has a responsive web design, can adapt to any platform or screen size. Menu’s are organised and images are automatically re-sized. Microsoft is a brilliant example of a website that uses responsive design.


How does responsive web design impact SEO?

Right, so you know what responsive web design is. Let’s get down to the nitty gritty and talk about the effects on Search Engine Optimisation.

I would like to be as fair as possible when I weigh the pro’s and con’s but to be totally honest, the pro’s definitely out-weigh the con’s. Let’s start with the Pro’s:

More user friendly

When a visitor lands on your website, it is safe to assume everything is in working order. No broken navigation or misplaced images. Everything pops into place, leaving a clean, easy to use website.

Link building is easier

When you are building your link profile, your focus will be in a single place. Remember that your mobi site is now your main site as well. Link building will become easier to manage when you don’t have to worry about a secondary mobi site.

Decreased bounce rate

If you have a website that is not tablet or iPad friendly, the bounce rate from those visits will generally be high. With a responsive website design, and a single multi platform landing page for your visitors, you will see a decreased bounce rate from these visitors.

Now let’s get down to the Con’s…

Set up time and expense

Shifting to a responsive design is a great task. It takes considerable more effort and time to implement. The designers and the developers are tasked with creating a smooth user experience.

Larger pages

This is a huge topic of discussion at the moment. Are the large pages worth the risk? Both for Google and visitor usability.

This will be up to you to decide.

The new era of SEO

Monday, May 28th, 2012

The phrase Search Engine Optimisation seems to be becoming a more derogatory term for online marketers lately. The word, “Optimisation” implies an unnatural effort to favour your rankings on Google’s Search Engine Results Page (SERP). This contradicts the goal of Google’s latest update that has been named Penguin, to root out black hat SEO strategies. With the latest Penguin update it seems that any unnatural behaviour will undoubtedly be penalised, which leaves an unanswered question – How do I “optimise” a website naturally?

The answer to this question is to focus any efforts on content marketing rather than a pure link building strategy. This can easily be achieved by targeting your content marketing into quality communities such as blogs, social media platforms and forums. Using a variety of link baiting techniques, successful and natural “link building” is achieved without focusing purely on link building as a whole.

In conclusion, your internet marketing strategy should focus primarily on good, quality content with clean and natural content distribution platforms. With quality content, you will find that link building will become automatic and natural as long as your content stays relevant to your targeted communities.