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DesignWeb NZ is a leading website design and development company that create websites with a difference. Our websites not only look good, they are easy to use and, most importantly, they achieve real results. On top of that, all of our solutions are packed with online business tools to guarantee your company’s online presence is a success. Find the web world a little daunting? DesignWeb NZ makes getting online simple and straightforward with our customised business solutions. A dedicated Consultant will assist you through the whole process from start to finish. Our online solutions are designed to suit a range of budgets and requirements and, best of all, you know you won’t be faced with any expensive surprises along the way. If you are looking for a professional web developer to complete a few tasks or a dedicated website built from the ground up - we have the staff and talent on hand for any request. Email us to discuss rates. Unlike many other New Zealand firms , we do not charge high hourly rates , our business model focuses on web development and Google SEO for small/medium sized businesses where budget maybe an issue. No matter how small or large your requirements , contact us to start your project today! Our hourly rates for web design and development are more suited to coding customisations and small tasks. We also build websites from the ground up and similar larger scale tasks.



Our Web Designers , Devs and Programmers...
Web developers and designers at DesignWeb are out-sourced from India , New Zealand and Australia. When working with us to develop , upgrade , maintain , repair or improve your website ; your team manager will speak English as their first language unless otherwise requested. The web programming and customisations required for your job will be done simultaneously by both team managers and out-sourced developers until your task is complete. If you have worked with a particular developer in the past , please let us know and we will connect you with the same developer for future tasks. If your assigned developer does not fit your requirements , please also contact us to arrange a suitable replacement.

Zeeshan (Web Designer & Programmer)

Zeeshan
I am an experienced, results-driven Professional with a Master's Degree in Computer Science. My background was in Software Development now I am enjoying my freelance work as a Website and Graphic Designer and Bigcommerce Template Customization. My high work ethic, attention to detail, along with my creative ability ensures that your website will be developed with care and attention.

It is important to develop a good brand for your company, my expertise in creating marketing materials will give you a complete company identity from your business card to your website. Need special templates for your marketing pieces or website? I will  customize templates for MS Word, MS Excel and any website templates for a static site or install a CMS to fit your needs.

My skills include work with: PHP, Mysql, Css HTML, XHTML and Bigcommerce. While I am capable of working independently, I can work collaboratively with team members to achieve common goals. I am available daily to update and discuss any project you engage me to do.

My extensive background in computer-related education, in addition to my work experience, means If you want a functional, user friendly website that is optimized in code, graphics and web content, look no further. I provide professional work at exceptional value. I will strive to exceed your expectations and look forward to a long-term relationship.

Florian (Web Designer & Programmer)
Florian
Swiss professional based in Los Angeles. Development of Shopify, Bigcommerce and Wordpress/Woocommerce websites. Specialized in migration to one platform to another. Precise, efficient and will guarantee constant communication.

"Florian is exceptionally talented!  He made our website both beautiful and functional!  It is exactly what we wanted!  We are so happy with his work!  He is a great communicator and does excellent work!  We highly recommend Florian!! 5 STARS!!".

Jasper (PHP and Zend Guru)
Jasper
I am a Certified PHP/Zend Developer. I have 7 years experience in PHP programming , HTML , CSS etc.

I also have 5+ years of experience in E-commerce website with exceptional skills and a rich experience in the following frameworks : Bigcommerce , Shopify , Volusion , Squarespace , Magento , Prestashop along with good experience in cPanel , FTP , MySQL / MySQL. If you have any e-Commerce projects , we can work well together. I am available to work for you full or part time , maximum 10 hours per day.

Nouman (E-Commerce platform expert)
Nouman
I have 6+ years of Web , Mobile and E-Commerce Development Experience. I consider myself one of the best CSS , Bootstrap and tested WordPress developers available. I have done extensive work in PHP, MySQL, WordPress, WordPress custom development, Plugin development, Plugin customization, API development and integration, WooCommerce, BigCommerce, Open Cart, Codeigniter, JavaScript, JQuery, HTML5, CSS3, and more. My key qualities include E-Commerce design and development , Wordpress , Open Cart  and Custom programming skills.

Mamta (Magento , BigCommerce & WordPress Expert) 
Mamta
I am a hardworking and detail oriented programmer looking for an opportunity to put my acquired skills and abilities to good use in your online projects. I am determined, focused and fast working with outstanding communication skills (native language English). I currently specialise in Magento , BigCommerce , Shopify , WordPress, PHP, CSS3 and HTML. I am most familiar with the Magento platform and create beautiful and configurable websites or customisations for pre-existing websites.
Remember from last time, we're not talking about HTML and coding here but other factors you may not be aware of and pitfalls to avoid.

Simpler is better , something you probably already instinctively know. Imagine you're given the task of creating a simple static layout of a free photography class website. Where would you begin? Typically the first step would be to find out everything you need to know about the class. Where it is? When it is? Who goes there? etc.

Firstly - you'll need a good picture to use , most people turn to Google and find a bad image to use and then add a main headline in an ugly font. What if you took the time to find a great photo and used a good looking Google font. Even now , your static website may not yet look professional? Put some time into grabbing your audience's attention from the moment they visit your website. A good few hours to make your website look professional will last for years to come and greatly increase your viewership or sales if you're an E-Commerce store.

Simpler is better? To a degree. Create a simple , basic layout of your new website and then begin improving on it's design one by one. Starting from a complex theme and removing code is not a good idea.

Once your website has been created and looks good. Leave it alone. Beyond a certain level of visual appeal , you've reached the law of diminishing returns where another few hours of work on your web design will not return anymore , or little , further results. Many webmasters may obsess over the design/layout of their website after it has been coded for and completed. By all means , spend this time on your Google SEO instead of tweaking your web site's layout/design. You may have noticed that a new website will look pleasing to the eye , as time moves on the same website ceases to impress you and may appear common , bland and not as good as other websites. At this point you maybe tempted to spend money , or a lot of time , on changing your website - do not do this. When your website is done to your satisfaction , move onto your Google SEO and marketing efforts instead of wasting time and stressing about your layout etc. No matter how amazing your website is in the first instance , months down the line you will not be happy with it - this is a guarantee. If you need reminding that your website is sufficient and professional , ask your friends and fellow web designers.
To find a good web designer you need to know the right questions to ask and do some research. Don’t be pressured into choosing a web company and don’t be swayed by what on the surface appears to be a bargain price.

What skills should a good web designer have?

Communication
A good web designer will make an effort to understand the market you operate in and take this into consideration when developing it. A good web designer will be able to explain what is happening in a way that you can understand.

A good web designer understands search engine optimisation
What is agreed is that search engine optimisation is a long term process that requires patience and constant attention. Be wary of anyone guaranteeing phenomenal results.

Graphic design ability
A website is a powerful marketing tool and can generate a lot of extra business. You wouldn’t ask a plumber to fix your car and you wouldn’t talk to your doctor about legal issues.

Programming and development skills
Having a great looking site is pointless if no-one knows it exists. Depending on your budget, you may be able to pay for some professional help in this area. SEO is part science and part art, so there are many different ways to approach it – all with varying degrees of success.

What is agreed is that search engine optimisation is a long term process that requires patience and constant attention. Be wary of anyone guaranteeing phenomenal results.

Business acumen
A website is a powerful marketing tool and can generate a lot of extra business. You wouldn’t ask a plumber to fix your car and you wouldn’t talk to your doctor about legal issues.
Having a great looking site is pointless if no-one knows it exists. Depending on your budget, you may be able to pay for some professional help in this area. SEO is part science and part art, so there are many different ways to approach it – all with varying degrees of success.

If you want to start building a new website from scratch, you should decide in which programming language it should be written. The most common choice is PHP since it is the most popular language and there are many developers that can write applications in PHP.

Once you decide that, start searching for a developer that codes mostly in the selected programming language(s). If you want to have an existing website modified, you should check how your website works in order to find the best developer for the task.

What else should I think about before hiring a web developer or designer?

Check the previous projects of your developer and his/her satisfaction rate. Avoid hiring new developers without past experience and good feedback from his/her customers.

Get a quote for the task from few developers and compare the prices. Depending on the budget you have for the task you can chose to hire a more reputable developer or one that charges less.

Ask the developer about the intellectual property ownership of the website. The ownership should be yours and you should not pay the original developer additionally if you want to make changes in your scripts.


There are so many web hosting companies out there and there is so much misleading marketing information so it's hard to find a good web host. You just don't know until you sign up with them then you find out they are not suitable for you.

Most typically , people Google search for "web hosting" or "best web host" and scroll down beyond the ads. Currently HOSTGATER are ranking well and are bringing in a lot of clients because of their Google ranking. This however does not mean that HOSTGATER are the best web hosts or the most affordable.

What do we recommened?

Hostingreviews.io bring in online social media , tweet content etc and bring this together to show you the best current web hosts at any point in time.




10 Important Factors To Consider Before Choosing A Web Host

1. Price
2. Area of Focus / Specialities
3. Tech Specs / Limitations
4. Tech Support
5. Features / Add-Ons
6. Hardware
7. Customer Reviews / Satisfaction / Reputation
8. Email Features
9. Control Panel / User Interface
10. Scalability / Room to Grow

Not only should the web host be reliable and fast, it should guarantee its uptime (the time when it is functional). Look for a minimum uptime of 99%. In fact, even 99% is actually too low — it really should be 99.5% or higher. The host should provide some sort of refund (eg prorated refund or discount) if it falls below that figure. Note though that guarantees are often hard to enforce from your end — especially if the host denies there was any downtime. However, without that guarantee, the web host will have little incentive to ensure that its servers are running all the time.

Does its technical support function 24 hours a day, 7 days a week (often abbreviated 24/7), all year around? Note that I will not accept a host which does not have staff working on weekends or public holidays. You will be surprised at how often things go wrong at the most inconvenient of times. Incidentally, just because a host advertises that it has 24/7 support does not necessarily mean that it really has that kind of support. Test them out by emailing at midnight and on Saturday nights, Sunday mornings, etc. Check out how long they take to respond. Besides speed of responses, check to see if they are technically competent. You wouldn't want to sign up with a host that is run by a bunch of salesmen who only know how to sell and not fix problems.
Natural Anchor Text and Distribution
  • Brand and URL should be used the most
  • Back link relevance is important
  • Do NOT overuse keywords
  • Use variations of keywords
  • Mix in obscure phrases (makes your article unique)
  • EMD's can use URL keyword more
  • Use primary keywords with best links


 

Links From Diverse , Trusted Websites
  • Stay away from low quality sites
  • Root PR is a good way to filter , but it is not the only way to filter
  • Easy back link sources like article directories and social bookmarking sites are STILL valuable in getting low to moderate competition keywords ranked
  • Social signals are NOT a ranking signal with Google


On-page factors are more important now than ever
  • Targeted keywords appear in content and primary keyword(s) should appear in the title.
  • Target various phrases per page
  • Don't over optimise
  • The definition of "quality" content depends on the judge of it! Google cannot and does not manually view every page on the Internet.

Frequent Updates And Regular Promotion
  • Update your website every week or so with new content
  • Continue to obtain back links each month (from quality websites)
Hi everyone , it's Brian here from DesignWEB New Zealand. Note : This information is based on 2014 algorithms and what we've found. Here's a breakdown :

Some of you subscribe to Matt Cutt's videos , although quite informative , there are many things he won't say....

Google ranks Big name brands above all others

Brands give Google more money , they give Google more money with adwords and they want to keep the big name brands happy by ranking them well. This makes it harder for smaller sites to rank because big brands are taking up the 1st pages of google which causes these smaller businesses to give Adwords to Google. Google will not tell you that padding their pockets - is their ultimate goal. This is not 2005 anymore , stop approaching SEO as you would have 10 years ago. How does Google wish to benefit , take this into consideration when creating your websites and blogs.

Google is getting smarter. More and more people are using their voices to Google search instead of their keyboards which means search queries are becoming more and more misspelled , generic , complex and conversational - hence Google , back in 2014 , needed a level of artificial intelligence to convert your search query into legible comprehensible English.

Therefore - when creating your website , and focusing on keywords , the order of these keywords and their proximity to one another is less and less important as time moves on. When writing your websites , write conversationally and steer clear of inputting keyword terms at the detriment of natural sounding paragraphs.

Long tail searches result in a wider diversity of domains in search results.

BACK LINKS!

Back links are still the most important factor in Google SEO , the only thing which has changed is the TYPES OF BACKLINKS which Google counts and ignores as spam. When building backlinks , stay away from chasing links - spend that time finding a great website with a PageRank (MOZRANK) of 4+ and list on that website. To find the quality of a website which is linking to you , do a search search for "Google PageRank checker" or "MOZRank checker" aka MOONSY. A rating of 0-1 is very poor and most likely spam , you do not want a link from these websites. 2-3 are average sites. 4-6 are strong websites. Sites with page ranks of 7+ above are very rare. If it means spending $200 on a PR7 Link - this may well be a very good investment which will pay itself back.



What a good question. Facebook and Twitter are treated by Google like any other page. Google does not care if you have 1 Like on Facebook or one million , if there is no activity on your Social page it won't matter how many likes or re-tweets you've accumulated. However , if your social pages are always involved in active discussion - this will send strong signals to Google that your website is new/active content and will boost your ranking.

If you have a large Facebook/Twitter following , I would suggest using this large audience to enhance your brands and encourage people to LINK to your website through these media , eg : Facebook , Twitter , Youtube , LinkedIn , MySpace , Reddit , etc.

The better content you post on Social networking sites - the better advancements you'll make to your own website.

Because GoogleBots visit Social pages every few minutes , posting a link on Twitter/Facebook will help Google see your website faster if it has just been released.

Building links is very difficult. You want to build great content and hope that webmasters / site owners link to your website because it has something to offer.

An unfortunate example is a website like "SiteJabber" who post a number of negative reviews about online businesses and as a result cause alot of controversy and therefore social mentions and links. This is the reason why these types of websites rank so well.

A simple guideline when creating good content is to find a question , and answer it better than anyone else. This can range from providing the definition of a particular word or providing a good/service at the best price.

If you already have people coming to your blog or website , make sure they participate in your Facebook/Google or Twitter presence so they will tell their friends and help your website grow. Newsletters and other such tools will also work.

A good piece of advice - get a BLOG. There's no excuse for a company website to not have a blog where your visitors can comment and engage with you - this will encourage user participation and lasting longer in their minds. When you last posted a comment on a website , for the next few days you were perhaps interested in returning to that website to check for responses to your view/opinion. eg : Appealing to one's vanity to ensure repeat viewers.

If you are new to an E-commerce business , competing with larger name brands can be difficult when you do not have the infrastructure to offer similar prices and/or customer service. However , being a smaller operation will have its advantages and you need to find those and push them as much as possible.

How does Google handle duplicate content and what negative effects can it have?





This is regular question. It's important to realise that 25% to 35% of all information on the internet is DUPLICATE CONTENT. Therefore , Google does not necessarily penalise you for duplicate content.

So, most of the time , if Google sees 2 identical pages then it'll show one page and crowd the other one out. Bear in mind , this is for exact duplicates. That said , it's certainly the case that if your website contains nothing but duplicate content then Google reserve the right to penalise you for duplicate content / spam.

If you're just making a regular website or a group of websites of different TLD's (eg : .co.uk and .com.au) then don't stress about duplicate content.


Is it 0.7% , 7% or some other figure? Lets talk about this a little. Some people think if you optimise your site for a certain % keyword density then you'll rank well. This is not the way it works. Currently Google operates in this way :

It sees the keyword once , then twice , beyond that point it pays less attention to it and when it sees the keyword being repeated over and over it will then deem your site poor quality and not rank it well in Google's SERPS.

Put keywords in your descriptions in a NATURAL WAY. A good test is to read your webpage out loud , if it sounds unnatural when read out loud - then you're keyword stuffing and should lower the keyword density down so it sounds more natural when read aloud. Putting the chosen keyword in your webpage as many times as possible - not a great method.

If you read your webpage and it sounds natural , then search for a 'keyword density tool' and make sure it does not appear more than 4% of the overall text. This is a general rule although in some cases a higher keyword density maybe inevitable. In any case , Google will know when you're "over-optimising" a webpage for a chosen keyword and will penalise you for it. Consider reading other people's websites who rank well for certain keywords and check their keyword consistency and usage.

From the very beginning Google had to think about if there's way for one webmaster to "frame" or "hurt" another webmaster's website by using underhanded tactics.

What if someone sends a lot of bad links to your website in order to have Google discredit and de-rank your website in Google's search results? Good Question. This is essentially the definition of negative SEO.

Of course , most webmasters do not need to worry about this however for some people in very competitive niches this may pose a problem if your competitor is evil enough to attack your site in this way.

Google's solution? DISAVOW Backlinks. Google now allows you to ignore all links from domains in order to prevent Google from thinking that bad sites are linking to you. Well , it still knows they are linking to you - but receives your signal that you want Google to ignore these backlinks to avoid the risk of Google penalising you for buying mass paid links etc.

Why Negative SEO is still a problem...

In Matt Cutt's video explaining this new "disavow tool" he contradicts himself in saying that a link attack of this nature may cause the website you are attacking to increase in web ranking due to the number of links you have sent their way? Doesn't this go against what Matt Cutt's has said previously , that paid links do not increase a website's ranking? Very interesting.

Similarly, engaging in negative SEO against a business competitor will not reflect in their webmaster tools report until after the fact by which time they may have already been penalised rendering the disavowing of links useless. None of these details are explained by Matt Cutts and we are interested to know how the Disavow tool helps webmasters trying to deter or resist these attacks.

What is the true solution?

If your website is already established and has a good number of quality banklinks and on-page content , you do not need to concern yourself with business competitors sending bad links your way. My intuition leads me to the idea that Google would base potential penalties arising from bad linking networks to the age of your domain. For example , if your domain is 1 month old and has 1000 bad links pointing to it - I would feel confident in saying that Google will penalise if not algorithmically prevent you from ranking well in Google. However , if your domain is 5 years old but still only has a few medium quality backlinks - receiving the same number of bad links as the previous example would most likely produce a different outcome on Google's end.

Conclusion

In short - if your website is brand new , your business competitors will probably not be trying to attack you with some negative SEO tactics. If your business / domain is a few years old - I strongly believe Google would pay attention to the fact you've operated your domain for a number of years without a spike or surge in bad link neighbourhoods and "give you the benefit of the doubt" before penalising your domain outright , or at least a time period where you can see these bad incoming links and give you the chance to disavow these links before Google penalises you (algorithmically , not manually I would gather).

Algorithmic penalties 'vs' Manual penalties

** Algorithmic penalties occur when a Google Bot visits your website and others and notices strange behaviour such as a sudden increase in bad incoming links or suspicious on page activity (links to bad sites , illicit material etc).

** Manual penalties occur when someone at Google personally has your website demoted , this is usually done if staff at Google are personally notified of an issue on a website which needs manual action where a Google Bot has not detected an issue.


You've created a new website and want to make sure you're doing all the things you should be doing (or not be doing).

Let's run through this now , first off...

ACCESSIBILITY

Make sure your site can be visited by Google Bot. To check this , login to your Google webmaster account and FETCH AS GOOGLEBOT. A green result means everything is OK and Google can visit your site without problems.

KEYWORD TARGETING

Choose the right keywords to target! eg : If you're selling BICYCLES to JAPAN. Include both of these in your TITLE , Header tags etc. If your website has a footer section , make sure to also include these words (naturally!).

Think about what you'd type into Google if you were looking to buying BICYCLES IN JAPAN. Would you type 'Bikes Japan' - probably not. Would you type 'Buy Bikes in Japan'..much more likely. This is very important.

DESIGN QUALITY , USER EXPERIENCE AND USABILITY

Unless you're a web developer , you may not be able to accomplish creating a website with a great look along with usability. Usability is more important that the websites appearance , but both are crucial. Put simply , usability attracts Google Bots and keeps them happy. Cosmetic appearance keeps humans happy. Both are essential on a website you wish to succeed.

SETUP SOCIAL ACCOUNTS

Sign up to Facebook , Twitter , LinkedIn and Google +. This is absolutely free and you'll be able to add your website to all of these pages.

NATURAL LINK BUILDING

No , do not create a new website and then create a bunch of paid links - this will have your site penalised which will take 6 months or a year to recover from. If your new website has a link from the Huffington Post , Google will most likely deem your site trustworthy and a few other bad incoming links won't hurt you. If your new website contains nothing but poor links from poor website , you're better off not having these links point to your website in the first place.

Great places to list include : CrunchBase , Wikipedia , Google +1 , Trusted websites in your related areas , News media and trusted Blogs , etc.

A good idea is to check what other business exist which would want to communicate with you where a mutually beneficial relationship can be started and maintained. Eg going back to the 'BICYCLES IN JAPAN' analogy - perhaps do a Google search for "Japan Bikes" and see what results you get. Most likely you'll see a number of websites which will want to hear from you or list your website on theirs. Try not to approach other companies with a reciprocal link request , especially for new sites. Google is smart , and will see when your new website has reciprocal links showing.

Avoid : FORUM SPAMMING , PAID LINKING , RECIPROCAL LINKING (Anything which is risky and time saving garbage).

Really good question , alot of people may expect super advanced stuff here but we'll outline the most basic and most fundamental mistakes webmasters make with their websites which is limiting them to success.

1. Not having a website or making sure it can be crawled.

There are many businesses which don't even have a website. Click around your website and make sure it can be crawled and haven't hidden the good content away.

2. Include the right words on the page

Think about what the user will be searching for and make sure to include those words in your website (but not to a spamming level). Not just including the right words but include Google Maps , your business hours , etc. Google is smart , and if it visits your website and sees Google Map locations , 'About Us' pages , Country specific information etc - it will trust your website more which can only be a good thing. Include everything your end user could possibly want to know , and no more - anything beyond what the user may want to know will be considered spam and you'll be punished for this by Google. For example , if your "About Us" page includes thousands of words about unrelated content or relevant content with the same keyword repeated over and over...You'd be far better of typing a succinct and clear page instead of publishing what your users would find unhelpful junk.

Don't link build , think about compelling content creation!

If you only think about link building you're shooting yourself in the foot. Firstly , make compelling content and once this is complete - work on your social presence. When one person sees your content on Social Media , they will talk about it which will get the ball rolling.

Think about the TITLE and DESCRIPTION of your web page or web articles.

With special attention to your homepage , make sure your homepage is to the point and related to the focus of your website and also include a good description (META description) to encourage people to CLICK ON your listing when it appears in Google search results.

Use Google Webmaster Resources

Create a Google webmaster account and add your website to this along with your XML sitemap , once you've logged into your webmaster tools account you'll be able to explore that space which will provide information about how Google is crawling your site and if it has found any errors. If your website has any errors , you want to make Google happy and Google webmaster tools is coming straight from the horses mouth...so to speak.

Hope that helps!

A web developer can be one of your most critical hires. After all, that's the person who will create the online face of your company and enable you to interact virtually with your customers.

Here are some useful tips that can help in the selection process...

Don't ask trivia questions about programming.
These are examples of trivia questions you want to avoid asking when interviewing web developers...

    * Who is the primary creator of the Java programming language?
    * In what year was PHP released?
    * What is the origin of the Python scripting language's name?

While such information may seem useful, trivia questions are often a terrible way to determine if someone is smart. They just single out people who can memorize things.

As a rule of thumb when I conduct technical interviews, I never ask questions that can be easily searched for and found online. Instead, I focus on open-ended questions and listen. What I look for is how much passion candidates show in their answers and how well they communicate and explain tech terms.

Pick a developer with aptitude, not a particular skill set.
In the tech space, skills become obsolete every two years, give or take. So, it's better to hire a web developer who can learn new technologies easily rather than someone who knows a specific technology now but may not adapt when a new one comes along.

The easiest way to detect whether someone will adapt well to change is to ask questions that will reveal whether a Web developer has a love for learning. For example...
    * What new programming languages did you learn recently?
    * What are your go-to places for learning new tech tips and tricks?
    * What are your favorite technology conferences?

Hire for DNA first, then work experience.

When I hire web developers, their personal DNA is the most important consideration. While experience is important, the bigger predictor of success is someone's innate DNA and how it fits your company. Are drive, determination, persistence, curiosity, important to you culture? Or, are you more low-key and relaxed about time management and deadlines? Whatever characteristics make up your culture, you want to ensure that the web developer will fit in.

For example, a brilliant web developer who has worked at a large financial institution may not do well at a startup. Why? A startup typically requires traits like versatility, adaptability, risk-taking and a self-starter personality, but these may be less important at a large company.

Try out a new developer with a small project first.
Although you might think you've identified your ideal candidate, just to be sure you should give him or her a small, non-critical project. That can let you observe the person in action and provide additional information beyond the job interview.

You can see how efficient the candidate is in delivering products and how buggy the final product is. Did he or she go above and beyond to get the product delivered? How creative was the solution? How well did he or she work in a team and communicate problems and delays?

Some examples of open-ended questions...

* How do you manage conflicts in a web application when different people are editing the same data?
* Which design patterns have you used, and in what situations?
* Can you name any differences between object-oriented design and component-based design?

Hire slow, fire fast.

Take your time when hiring, but if you realize the person isn't working out, let him or her go as fast as you can. An ineffective web developer can be disruptive to the entire team and potentially the entire project. The fire-fast rule may be difficult to follow in small companies where there's often a feeling of everyone being in it together and forming close friendships. But don't let that stop you.
Engaging in Google SEO goes against Google's own guidelines and policies. Companies who promise to increase your ranking are making false statements which go against Google's rules. When you think about it , Google wants all websites to be judged on their merits and forbids 3rd party companies from building links in order to gain traffic and manipulate Google search rankings. If you have a website with great content , Google will rank your site accordingly.

This being said , the more "white hat" definition of Google SEO would be enhancing the content which already exists on your website. Many "SEO" companies in New Zealand will charge a high price , over months or years , with promises of increasing your search ranking. This , unfortunately , does not satisfy the general business owner.

At Web Design NZ - we do not engage in Google SEO , bad linking schemes or any activity which goes against Google's policies which will ultimately have your website penalised. As well as offering web design and development services to small/medium sized business , we help our clients with their website to fix on-site issues and remove bad external links which maybe harming their presence on Google's search results.

Very often , bland websites are under the impression they can pay these "SEO" companies to make them reach #1 in Google and drive traffic to their website. This is not the way Google works , their primary objective is to de-rank poor content , no matter how much money you spend on "SEO" companies - ranking well in Google will simply never happen.

Ranking well in Google results from isolating a niche , or specialising in any field where you are providing the end user with interesting , unique and content which encourages return visits. This is the crucial , and some would argue the single most important factor in ranking well in Google and driving traffic to your website organically without the need for Google Adwords or paying "SEO" companies ghastly sums of money to manipulate Search engine results. For an honest review of your website , along with free help , tips , advice or a just friendly chat about your goals on the world wide web , please email , phone or Skype us.


Do you want to rank well in Google? Ultimately , this cannot be bought and can only be achieved by providing valuable content , a well designed website and decent marketing/social campaigns.

At 'Design Web NZ' we do not process paid links nor do we handle Google adwords accounts. We are interested in providing our customers with natural organic search results which rank highly in Google's search results. How can this be achieved you ask? By isolating the problem areas of your website in regards to both on-site and off-site Google SEO. Our team will analyse your website and implement changes adhering to Google's guidelines and removing content which may appear as "spamming" or otherwise harming your SEO efforts.

If you're thinking about hiring an SEO, the earlier the better. A great time to hire is when you're considering a site redesign, or planning to launch a new site. That way, you and your SEO can ensure that your site is designed to be search engine-friendly from the bottom up. However, a good SEO can also help improve an existing site.

Examples of website issues include :

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  • Missing alt/title tags
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  • Domain names containing hyphens
  • URL's containing bad characters / Session ID's




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There are many common misconceptions often pushed by so-called Google SEO experts who are more interested in taking your money than helping your business expand and grow...

Just Follow Google’s Terms and Conditions and Everything Will Work Out Just Fine.

Wrong! Google does not want you to rank well organically , they want you to pay them for listings with Google adwords (for example : $1 per click , or even more for competitive search terms). Google does not like SEO because people who get good at SEO do not need AdWords and Google makes ALL of it’s money from AdWords. Matt Cutt’s blog (head of Google's webspam team) does provide some interesting insights but his information will always be motivated by monetary gain.


Using Your Keywords in Your Domain Name Does Not Work


I love Neil Patel’s blog. I think his blog is one of the most comprehensive and informative blogs on SEO. However, I saw that he said that using keywords in your domain to get ranked for your keywords does not work anymore. Wrong. It works and it works extremely well. I own a site, Classifiedsubmissions.com. Type in Classified Submissions into any search engine and you will see it as No. 1 for these keywords. I also own a site “bestplumberfortluaderdale.com.” Type in Best Plumber Fort Lauderdale and I am on the first page of Google with Powerhouses such as Angie’s List, Yellow Pages and Google My Business Pages. There are countless other examples.

If you want to rank specifically for certain keywords, using those keywords in your domain is a huge factor. Of course, you could choose to promote your brand instead which often is the best choice. But sometimes you just want to rank for specific keywords and if that is your main goal using those keywords in your domain is a great technique that works very well.

Content is King

Sure your need to have good content but content is not king. Popularity is king. If your site has the most users in it’s niche regardless of the brilliance of your articles or content your site is going to rank No. 1. Actually if you want to find the most interesting articles on a topic go the pages 5-10 of Google search.

Of course you need good content , but "good" is not necessarily the same as "Popular". For example , a website like YouTube.com contains endless hours or "poor" videos but is very popular - hence it ranks well. On the other hand , you could create a great website about medical practises with perfect spelling and everything you could wish for - but this will not be promoted on the Internet and will not become viral at any point in time. Google is a robot which follows strict parameters , it does not care how much time you have spent on your website or what your friends say about it - to rank well in Google , you need to think like a robot , or rather , a google bot.

I offer Mashable and The Huffington Post as examples. The goals of both of these sites is to pump out masses of content based on trends. Most of the articles are regurgitated content from various sources. There is nothing much original there. Yet, their websites get ranked like crazy for almost any keywords they want purely based on the popularity of their sites.

What is the answer? Of course, writing good content is important but make sure it is relevant to your niche and do not forget to promote the content as well. Content is not king, popularity is king.

I Know Google’s “Algorithims”

Anybody who says I am an “algorithim expert” or even talks too much about algorithms is, at best, delusional. Do you work at Google? Do you have inside information on exactly what works and what does not work? We already know that Matt Cutts is here to benefit Google, so anybody parroting him is not to be trusted. Nobody knows the Google algorithms and Google is not going to tell anybody. Why? Because it does not want you to game the system. It wants you to pay for AdWords.

The type of SEO I like is observational. I do not listen to what anybody says too seriously. I test and I see what works. If you want to learn SEO, type some popular keywords into Google and see what sites come up first and try to figure out why. Look at what Google does, not at what it says. There are no algorithm experts.

Black Hat Techniques Do Not Work

Since Google does not want you to use SEO, essentially there are no white hat SEO techniques. Basically, all SEO techniques are gray hat at the least. If you are trying to game Google to get your listings above others when you employ SEO techniques then you are using black/gray hat techniques.

I had a friend who was an undercover narcotics detective for years. He told me once: “Crime does pay.” He saw people involved in criminal activity all the time who were making incredible amounts of money. However, the gains were often short-term since most ended up dead or in jail.

Black hat techniques can and do work, however, Google has some good cops on the beat. Google has the most money and hires the smartest people in the world. Chances are you will not beat Google with some aggressive black hat technique. It is probably best to stay as close to grey hat as possible and not get too “greedy” and use aggressive black hat techniques. If you do, you had better know what you are doing.

You Will Get Penalized if You Buy Links

It is OK to buy advertising but not links? How could Google tell the difference between if somebody is advertising on a site or if they bought a link? What is the difference anyway? If the link you bought is getting you real traffic there is absolutely no problem. My advice, just meet people in back alleys and pay for your links in cash. Then the Google police will not be able to follow the money trail. As long as the sites you are buying links are quality sites I cannot see any problems in buying links.

I Will Get You Ranked On The First Page of Google

My approach to SEO is to see what is actually working. Take what anybody says about SEO, including me, with a grain of salt. Part of what makes SEO so challenging and fun is that nobody really knows the rules.

Think about it, why do you need a guru anyway? You need a guru when you do not have any inside information. Spiritual gurus are supposed to have special information about the after life that us regular people have no access to. That is why we tend to “revere” them. I encourage to be your own guru and see what works (both spiritually and with SEO.) I love hearing about people’s experiences rather than theory. Please share your SEO experiences here in the comments area.

Actually this is the least of all lies. Get me on the first page of Google for what? “Craigslist Alternative Pierre South Dakota, Cars, RVs, Jon Boats and Tractors?” I can guarantee that I can rank you for that term. Sure I do not control the “algorithims” at Google but common sense tells me I will have zero competition for these keywords. There are only 10,000 people in beautiful Pierre South Dakota and the chances of somebody using that exact title are almost non-existent. So actually I consider saying that “I will get you on the first page of Google” to be a white lie.

To prove my point, I have actually made a video entitled “ Craigslist Alternative Pierre South Dakota, Cars, RVs, Jon Boats and Tractors” and you can search those exact terms in Google and my video is No. 1 on Google. Even if you just type in “Craigslist Alternative Pierre South Dakota” I am No. 2 right after Craigslist’s South Dakota actual page. The ranking was almost immediate. Well, do not ask me to do the same for “Personal Injury Attorney New York.” It might take a bit more work.
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