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Below you will find links to the latest top news stories, hot tips and tutorials and anything else that is happenin’ within the the Internet industry.

The news feeds are updated daily so bookmark this page for future reference.

What we are reading …

Best Web Development Blog – AListapart

Sitpoint – Fresh thinking for Web Developers

MezzoBlue- Dave Shea – CSS Guru Extrordinairre’s Web Blog

MeyerWeb – Eric Meyer’s Blog

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Pisces Healing

Posted in: Latest News- Jul 28, 2010 No Comments

Cranial Sacral Therapy, or CST, is a gentle, hands on manipulation of the physiological body system called the cranio-sacral system.  This system is composed of the soft tissue and bones of the cranium (or head), the spine, and the pelvis. Using gentle electric current from human touch relaxes the membranes that surround the brain and spinal cord.

This can treat both physical and emotional trauma. People of all ages and their pets (cats, dogs, horses, etc.) can benefit from CST.

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Top 25 Web Design Blogs

Posted in: All About Clients, Design Tips, Everything SEO, Inspiration, Latest News, News, Weekly Musings- Jul 28, 2010 No Comments

by Daniel Scocco

The Top 25 Blogs is becoming a trademark around here. We have already created the Top 25 Blogs About Blogging and the Top 25 SEO Blogs. Now it is time to cover the web design niche.

I have a lot of fun compiling these lists because it allows me to discover a bunch of new blogs, most of them with excellent content. It is also interesting to see how the different blogs on a specific niche perform under the parameters. Once again we based the analysis on Google’s Pagerank, Alexa rank, Bloglines subscribers and Technorati authority. The details about the algorithm can be found below the table.

#1 A List Apart 8 10 10 10 38
#2 Smashing Magazine 6 10 10 10 36
#3 456 Berea Street 7 8 10 8 33
#4 Meyer Web 8 7 9 7 31
#5 Simple Bits 7 7 10 6 30
#6 Pearsonified 7 6 7 10 30
#7 Tutorial Blog 5 8 7 8 28
#8 CSS Beauty 7 8 7 5 27
#9 Snook.ca 7 7 7 6 27
#10 Bartelme Design 7 6 9 4 26
#11 The Man in Blue 7 5 10 3 25
#12 Andy Budd 8 3 10 4 25
#13 Particle Tree 6 6 8 5 25
#14 Warpspire 7 4 3 10 24
#15 Brian Gardner 6 7 1 10 24
#16 Sitepoint Design Blog 6 10 4 4 24
#17 The Undersigned 7 3 3 10 23
#18 Bitt Box 5 7 5 6 23
#19 Fadtastic 5 3 5 10 23
#20 Colour Lovers 0 9 5 8 14
#21 David Airey 4 7 3 8 22
#22 Design Meltdown 5 6 7 4 22
#23 Clagnut 7 3 8 3 21
#24 Dev Lounge 6 6 4 5 21
#25 Smiley Cat 6 4 7 3 20

Blogs considered: the list considers only blogs that have a high percentage of web design related content.

Google Pagerank (0 to 10): the actual Pagerank was used on the algorithm.

Alexa Rank (0 to 10): Ranges were determined based on the Alexa Rank (i.e., 150k and up, 150k-100k, 100k-75k, 75k-50k) and each range was assigned a number (1 to 10).

Bloglines Subscribers (0 to 10): Subscriber ranges were determined (i.e., 1-50, 50-100, 100-150, 150-200) and each range was assigned a number (1 to 10).

Technorati Authority (0 to 10): Ranges were determined based on Technorati’s Authority rank (i.e., 1-100, 100-200, 200-400,400-600) and each range was assigned a number (1 to 10).

Top 25 Series

We Support Your Site With Local SEO

Posted in: Design Tips, Everything SEO, Inspiration, Latest News, Weekly Musings- Jul 04, 2010 No Comments

Targeted Strategies …
Using your website to bring traffic to your front street store.

Geo Targeted SEO Strategies for Local traffic
Geo Targeted

Did you know that paying for  website design and development, while ignoring the importance of Search engine Optimization (SEO)  is like putting your money in the trash can?

Geo targeting your Search Engine Optimization strategies.
Search engine optimization (SEO) is the process of improving the volume and quality of traffic to a website from search engines like Google and Yahoo, via “natural” (“organic” or “algorithmic”) search results.

Geo-Targeted  SEO implies  that a special effort will be put to bring your site within the first Local results in Google and Yahoo search engines for example. If you have a front street store, Geo-Targeting is quite an important strategy for you and your business. In essence, the higher a site appears in the search results list, is expected that the more visitors it will receive from the search engine.

SEO may target different kinds of search, including image search, local search, and industry-specific vertical search engines. This gives a website ‘web presence’.

We offer Geo-targeted SEO strategies

If you have any questions about SEO, web design, development, or marketing of your website, please feel free to contact San Diego Webmaster Services at info@freespiritmedia.com


Do You Really Need a Webmaster?

Posted in: Design Tips, Everything SEO, Inspiration, Latest News, Weekly Musings- Jul 02, 2010 No Comments

Hiring a webmaster: the best idea before and after the ‘big bang’.

Email us at info@freespiritmedia.com or call us at 604-341-0277 and get a FREE website analysis.


The questions you need to answer:
Are you wondering if your campaigns are being run truly effectively and efficiently?  Are you, (or your PPC account executives) running PPC campaigns that are not truly increasing your traffic? Do you have traffic, but no calls (‘conversion‘)? (Conversion is the action of getting visitors to respond to a call to action on your landing page). Do you know which are your most popular pages in your site? Do you target those pages appropriately? Furthermore, are those the pages you need to target? If you don’t know the answer to any of this, a professional Webmaster will, and you should ask.

The many hats a webmaster must wear

There’s not much difference between an online business manager and a front-street store manager when it comes to their core roles or duties: they both must devise and continually refine the strategy that will keep your business profitable and visible in any market. Your online business needs a manager just like a front-street store needs  a manager if you want to be a successful online merchant. These ‘online,’ or ‘website managers‘ are commonly called ‘webmasters‘.

It is important that know who are not your webmasters: your marketing strategist is not a webmaster, your social media strategist is not a webmaster, your web designer is not necessarily your webmaster either, but a professional webmaster will be knowledgeable in all these fields, and much more.

Webmasters not only create and develop websites. They are the true online and off-line strategist for your site. They are the “personal protector and defender” of your virtual business; the ‘real virtual hero’ who takes care of any server or hosting conflict, as well as, the real human behind your website who knows how to use every opportunity to increase your business visibility, and advices your online consultants about how to give you a better return on your investment.

The basic services you should get:

The basic services you should get are highly dependent on the kind and size of website that you own. Every industry, or niche, has it’s own distinctions. We for example, specialize in small to medium size businesses, for profit and non-profit. Free Spirit Media Webmaster Services mainly develops websites using platforms that can be managed by our clients, if so they choose. But since most of our clients are entrepreneurs, most often than not, they will choose to have us run their online business. And so, we happily do.

Beware of online consultants of any kind that tell you that you don’t need a webmaster, unless…

they can show you proof that they are also experts in all of the following:

SEO Strategy and deployment (with your choice of service package)
Local SEO services that will make your business visible in your community, county or state. (with your choice of service package).
PPC campaign strategy with the directive of SEO keyword research support (Your will love PPC when we take care of it.)
Marketing strategy follow-up (To check that everything is working in a coordinated and effective order).
In- depth Keyword analysis to identify all the marketing niches you could be missing to target.
Collaboration with design and development teams

Hiring a webmaster: the best idea before, and after the Big-Bang.

Before (the big bang of ) releasing your website to the online masses, a webmaster will be mostly busy organizing your website architecture. This step is very important to assure that all your pages are named taking into consideration every possible way o maximize their ‘real estate’ value and specific content. A webmaster will take care of the small and big details with the same scrutiny:

Before the web ‘big-bang’ your webmaster will take care of

  • Your domain name registration
  • Your hosting account and domain name set-up
  • Your merchant credit accounts set-up
  • Your seed keyword in-depth research (to define the best keywords for your niche).
  • Your website submission to all major search engines
  • Collaboration with design and development teams to ensure an optimal, user friendly, web architecture and design.

After the web ‘big-bang’ your webmaster will manage your

  • SEO Strategy and deployment (with your choice of service package)
  • Local SEO services that will make your business visible in your community, county or state. (with your choice of service package).
  • PPC campaign strategy with the directive of SEO keyword research support (Your will love PPC when we take care of it.)
  • Marketing strategy follow-up (To check that everything is working in a coordinated and effective order).
  • In- depth Keyword analysis to identify all the marketing niches you could be missing to target.

Again, the list of services offered will sometime depend on the market that you have chosen to focus on. However, the main difference in services will depend on the size and niche of our client’s target market, and also, on their web/marketing budget.

Call us at 604-341-0277 and get a FREE website analysis.

Our Webmaster Services include Search Engine Optimization and Marketing Strategies that work. We can show you proof.

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Top Web Design Trends For Small Business In 2010

Posted in: All About Clients, Design Tips, Everything SEO, Inspiration, Latest News, News, Weekly Musings- Jun 19, 2010 No Comments

A website is a great branding and marketing tool for any small business. It is also essential for a business strategy to ensure its brand, location and products are  found in search engine listings.

In 2009 it became easier to design your website. Businesses had the choice of do-it-yourself website builder’ tools or open source software like WordPress etc. The open source software may require some initial setup help unless the business owner is technically savvy. In 2009 ready-to-use templates also got more sophisticated in the appearance of the finished product, i.e, the published web site, and at the same time got easier to use for the end user. Another new trend for 2009 was getting a design for your website or logo as a contest through “crowdsourcing” with sites like 99 Designs, CrowdSpring and Genius Rocket.

For businesses that do not yet have a website, their goal for having a website in 2010 should be:

  • Discovery: Make sure your business can be found on the internet by users searching online for a business in search engines, maps and local
  • Engagement: Save your customers time by providing them an easy way to get information on your business.
  • Sales: Get sales and leads from engaged visitors
  • Service: provide information and tools for website visitors who have already made the purchase

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Latest from WordPress TV

Posted in: Design Tips, Everything SEO, Inspiration, Latest News, News, Weekly Musings- Apr 19, 2010 Comments Off on Latest from WordPress TV

It’s been an exciting week in WordPress news with the launch of WordPress 3.0. I’m sure many of you are just now getting around to upgrading your WordPress blogs to the newest version, making plans to upgrade your site, or even interested in using WordPress for the first time with all the upgrade buzz going around.

I’d like to direct you to some of the videos hosted here on WordPress.tv that contain information on WordPress 3.0 to help you out.

The first place to stop is—of course—the announcement video that went up last week, with a quick overview of the new features and changes in WordPress 3.0. Take a look (if you haven’t already) and learn what’s coming when you click that Upgrade button in your Dashboard.

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80+ Creative & Unique Business Cards

Posted in: Design Tips, Everything SEO, Inspiration, Latest News, News, Weekly Musings- Jan 19, 2010 No Comments

From Web Designer Wallone of the best Design blogs out there

If you are looking for an unique way to brand your business card, then you’ve got to check this post. I’ve collected over 80 creative and unique business cards from different types of business.

Some of them are visually appealling, some have fancy die cut, some are edible, and some are just crazy. The examples in this post proves that business cards don’t have to be printed on card stock in standard size. Business cards can be done on any material in any form.

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