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Average Cost of Website Design for Small Business

The average cost of website design for small business is about $5,000 with average prices ranging from $1,000 to $10,000 in the US for 2019 according to Mark Brinker. There are many factors including size and complexity that will increase or decrease these estimated costs.

This comes down to how much is going to be involved. The 2 main factors which determine how much work will be involved will be the complexity and size of the website.

This means that a professional 10-page website with an attractive appearance and standard customization costs less than a highly personalized 50-page website with all the details.

When it comes to website creation for small businesses, it could range between $1000 up to $10,000. That is a pretty large price gap.

Let’s analyze things to find a realistic estimate of the cost of designing and developing your website.

The 2 options (with prices) to design and develop a website for a small business:

Option 1: Get a Professional

If you are very busy running your business and/or are not a “technological” person, you will need to hire someone to create your website for you. It is as simple as that.

However, if you searched for and visited websites from site designers/developers online, you probably found:

The prices on average range from super cheap to overly expensive.

There are no prices listed at all.

The good news happens to be that we got down to work and researched what it costs to create (or redesign) a small business website in 2019.

For web designers who list prices, we found that the current price of building a modern, professional website for small businesses in 2019 is usually $ 3,000-6,000, but depending on the number of pages, it can reach up to $ 20,000. The site and customization volume is required.

Note: Website design and development are often used as synonyms, but they are two very different things. Website design is like working with an architect to create your home plan. Website development is like working with a contractor to build a house. The 2019 price estimates listed above are for website development and website design, such as full cost, including all costs.

Now that there is a ballpark idea of what it will cost, we can take a closer look at the factors that will affect the price of building a website of your small business:

Custom graphics and images: Fancy graphics and images can provide your site with a unique look, but that does come with a price. Additionally, sophisticated visual effects can require there to be special editing software and even services from a graphic designer.

Page Volume

If a web development firm offers you a 10-page website for $3000, but you need 25 pages, then it is best as a rule of thumb to add $100 for each page over what is included within the standard package. For this example, the additional 15 pages would cost and $1500. Add this amount to the original package and your new total is $4500. Each situation will be different, but this can help to provide you with a reasonable cost estimate that is based on the average price for this industry.

Custom Programming

Sometimes, you will find an add-on that will give you the features you need right away (like image carousel, member portal, payment calculator, etc.). In other cases, it may take a lot of experimentation and extensive testing to get your website to do what you want. In a perfect world, everything is just plug and play and it would never fail, but that is not the case at all.

Custom site design

Each website starts with a theme or template, but this is just a starting point. This theme or template should be customized to look like it fits the brand of your business. The more adjustments required, the higher the cost.

The Number of Design Reviews

Most website projects start with an initial concept design (something like a design) based on the customer’s wishes. Then it is common for website designers to offer 1 or 2 rounds of design reviews to accommodate their customers’ change requests and achieve the final design. But there have been some designers who may offer more than 5 different revisions on the design. Every design iteration has a price which will then add to the project cost. In my experience, in 99% of cases, 1-2 rounds of design reviews are enough.

Content Creation

Thoughtful and solid content will build any website. If you are launching a new site, but you do not have the content, it will need to be created. If you have a site already, but the content is not the best or it is outdated, then you need to have enhanced or updated content. Based on how much information is needing to published, your website could have 10 pages or more than 50 pages. The largest site that I remember had over 800 pages of content.

Pro Tip 1: Be Aware of budget pricing. Normally, the low prices will mean that you are going to get some questionable work, unpleasant working experience, and they will charge you for everything. This is where that saying you get what you pay for comes in.

Pro Tip 2: If you are looking to hire a professional to help with your site, but you are not sure that you can afford one up front, then ask about financing. This allows you to get a nice site right now to grow your business, but not cost you an arm and a leg.

Option 2: Do It Yourself, or Attempt To.

If you have somewhat of an understanding of websites and you can do the work on your own, then you can build your site.

The raw materials that you will need are not that expensive:

Web Hosting

This can cost anywhere from $100 per year for just standard from companies like HostGator or BlueHost and more than $500 per year from larger web hosting companies like SiteGround or WPengine, which will not be needed until your website is getting tons of traffic, meaning more than 100,000 visitors per month, which then you can upgrade to a server that has a lot more power.

Domain Name

This can range, but the average price is around $12 per year to register a new domain. There are many registrars that you can go to but NameCheap.com is one that I prefer.

Premium Plugins

This can range between $100 to $200. As with website topics, you usually get what you pay for. Do yourself a favor and invest a few bucks to get high-quality supplements. For instance, 2 popular premium plugins that are used a lot on our websites are Envira Gallery and Gravity Forms. There are going to be a lot of free plugins out there, but most of them do not work like they say they do. Just be careful when using them.

Premium Website Theme

There are hundreds, if not thousands, of topics to choose from. Some free, others paid. I urge you to spend a few dollars and get a quality problem. Do not save here. You will realize why and then thank me for telling you. Over the years, we have experimented with a lot of themes for websites. The themes that we now use religiously for our website and our clients’ websites come from StudioPress: excellent design + solid coding.

SSL Certificate

Even if you do not plan to sell things directly from your site, you still want to back up your site using the HTTPS protocol. You can purchase an SSL certificate for as little as $ 10 per year, or up to $ 200 to $ 300 per year. Compare prices, but do not buy more than you need. UPDATE: Some web hosting companies now offer a free SSL certificate to host your website with them.

Education

This can range between $25 to $300+. Unless you’re working on websites every day, you’ll probably need to buy a few books or take one or two online classes to learn Photoshop, the HTML / CSS encoding language, and so on. to get to know one or more areas of website design and website development.

Stock Images

If you’re a good photographer or already have high-quality images for your website, you’re ready. However, you may need to buy some images to dress up your website a bit. The two places we recommend are BigStockPhoto.com and iStockPhoto.com. You have many royalty-free images of high quality at reasonable prices. In most cases, you’ll probably get everything you need (at least initially) for $ 50 to $ 200. Just buy what you need as your website evolves. UPDATE: Here’s a picture page that we’ve just learned where to get free, high-resolution, and royalty-free images for your website >> Burst (by Shopify). The only downside is that there is a limited choice. But the pictures they have are very beautiful. IMPORTANT: Never copy images from other sources on your site, unless you are 1000% sure that you have permission to do so. Otherwise, you can be sued. Play safely and only buy your pictures, it is much cheaper than demand and you will sleep better.

Overall, you can see realistic costs of $ 300 to $ 600 to get started.

As you can tell, the main cost is just your time.

Even for a very basic site, you should not be surprised if it happens to take more than 40 hours to get a decent website that you can be proud of. This is also assuming that you are already somewhat knowledgeable about how to build a website. If you are brand new to website building, then it can be more than 120 hours.

When it comes to building a well-engineered and modern site, it will be pretty time-consuming. But, if you happen to have time but not a lot of money, and you will get overwhelmed by the technology, then the DIY approach is going to be a great option.

Also, do not forget about licenses, updates, and maintenance

To use a house buyer analogy: Once you have signed the documents and received your house keys, it will not end there. You regularly invest time, effort, and money to care for and maintain your home. In terms of spending, you have annual room rates and possibly annual royalties for premium supplements. You can also buy new images as your website expands. When you do business, you may need to hire regular freelancers to create new content or create custom videos for your website.

Your site also requires routine technical maintenance to quickly install updates and security patches for WordPress’s main files and WordPress plugins and to protect your site from hacker attacks. Yes, even small business pages are now targets for hackers. If you like to do these updates yourself, that’s great. However, you should keep in mind that updates sometimes crash or even completely block your website, and you should know what to do when it happens. Are you ready to deal with it?

You also need an external backup system to help your site recover quickly in the event of a catastrophic hardware failure, software error, or user error. I’m not trying to scare you, but these things do happen from time to time. If you prefer not to be overwhelmed with behind-the-scenes technical maintenance, there are companies offering site maintenance plans that range from $ 40 to $ 300 per month, depending on the services you need.

Pro Tip: You can avoid that yearly fees for licensing if you work with a web developer that has a developer license for a Premium WordPress plugin that could be used on your website. A developer’s license will cover these yearly fees.

Another operational effort for the website is to add new content and features to your website while it starts to mature and then eventually evolves. For instance, if you’ve created many instructional videos, you might want to add a video library to your site. As your business grows, you can also integrate a marketing automation system.

If you can do the technical updates to your website yourself, that’s great. Otherwise, you should hire a specialist to do this for you. The current prices for a competent and experienced web developer in 2019 are between $ 100 and $ 125 per hour.

The number of website technical updates varies widely from company to company. For instance, we have some clients who only need up to $500 worth of technical support per year, and then we have others who are spending up to $10,000 each year. In any case, it is much cheaper to hire a full-time employee.

Avoid These Expensive Website Errors

Since I created my first website in 1999, I’ve wasted a lot of time and money, either on false information or wrong decisions or both. Think of it as experience, I think. However, it is not necessary to repeat the same mistakes. Without a specific order, consider the following:

Idiots

Beware of these guys that know just enough to make them dangerous. There was an instance where I had hired a sub-contractor to help with custom programming for a very large project. It was only a couple of weeks into this project that it became really clear that he had no idea what he was doing. He talked a big game, but he never delivered. Eventually, I fired him and cut my losses, but only after I had wasted tons of money and time on this project. It’s impossible to do well each time, but do your best to study people carefully before hiring them.

Poor Advice and Information

That cost me more time and money than anything else — tens of thousands of dollars, countless rabbit buildings that lead nowhere. I will never return years of my life. The topics were not always the development and design of the website, but also supplementary topics such as Facebook marketing, PPC advertising SEO, content marketing, etc. Looking back, that was the most over-the-top advertising that did not work. Simply put, if it sounds too good to be true, it is likely. Despite the “secret” that street vendors sell today, sustainable success requires time and effort.

Defective and Undetected Technology

The topic and the add-ons you use to build your website are important. There is a large amount of poor quality coding that can cause security risks, software incompatibilities, and site instability. Stay with the recognized and recognized brands that have been around for some time, that have been thoroughly tested and receive ongoing support. Use high-quality digital components. Otherwise, problems are constantly being fixed, or worse, and you need to rebuild your entire site.

A Shortcut to Building an Amazing Website

Just hire someone.

If you can afford it, then pay a web developer/designer who has the experience to build your website. It will save you headaches, money, and time, not to mention that the finished product will be better.

There was a time where I worked on my car. I changed my brakes, installed a belt, changed the oil, and even replaced the water pump. In high school, my dad would help me put a clutch in a sports car.

However, with modern cars, I forget. I pop my hood and then panic. If my car needs to be serviced, I will take it to the dealership or a mechanic that is qualified. I do not even think twice. It is not worth my time to deal with it.

Just like modern cars, websites are very complicated, especially when compared to 10 years ago.

If you have a tight budget, then there is nothing wrong with trying to do it on your own. Just do what you can.

If you have the money, then hire someone. You will certainly thank me later.

 

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How ConnectUs Helped a Healthcare Provider Connect Their Patients

How ConnectUs Helped a Healthcare Provider Connect Their Patients

In the medical field, patient care comes before all else in what many consider the highest echelon of services found across all industries. At ConnectUs Corp, we realize that providing the utmost level of care for patients is the number one priority – we were able to assist our client with a mobile solution that allows medical professionals to securely monitor their remote patients’ vitals and health diagnostic data in real time.

Prior to modern medicine, doctors made house calls to check on the ill or perform in-home medical procedures, but today is much different. Advances over the last century have brought significant advances to modern medicine which has solved many problems, but also created new challenges.

Between the needs of much larger population and the capability to treat a myriad of conditions, patients can either receive care during an office appointment or from a home care agency. Thanks to technology and the Internet of Things (IoT), healthcare providers can interface with patients from wherever they may be to monitor the health status of at-risk patients.

An overview of the healthcare provider’s problems

Once a patient leaves a treatment facility, their absence makes it difficult (or impossible) to continually monitor vital signs and other health diagnostic data. While some patients receive the all the necessary care via office visits, many require continuous monitoring for a successful treatment regimen.

The problem most healthcare providers face when caring for patients that require constant monitoring is multifaceted. Emergency situations can often be detected by sudden changes in vitals, but without the necessary equipment and the ability to interpret data, the patient can be at risk. Too, some issues only present themselves under certain conditions – for example, white coat hypertension – which creates inconsistencies in the long term evaluation of an individual’s health.

Professionals that provide home care needs resolve some of these issues, but the process can be cumbersome without the proper equipment. Without the proper technology, too much time is spent on administrative functions and manual data input, which is time consuming and error prone. By looking at the many variables and particularities of the provider’s needs, we were able to address these challenges with a safe solution that is also highly cost effective.

Our solution for the client

The goal of the solution was to provide medical professionals with tools to interface with their patients using equipment that can securely capture, store, and transmit patient data in an efficient manner.

To begin, we located tablets that could be used to properly interface with a wide variety of medical peripherals which were also simple enough that medical staff could train patients to perform necessary functions. Some of the items we procured for the provider included medical scales and blood pressure units from A&D, Nonin Medical pulse oximeters, as well as other assorted devices. Too, we acted as the supplier, so this meant including supplemental items such as chargers, batteries, and cables, to name a few.

Like smart devices for other industries where accidental damage is a concern, protecting these items from damage with a resilient case was a high priority. Even though patient homes typically aren’t hazardous environments, medically frail individuals are at greater risk for causing accidental damage. Too, it’s not unheard of for a home care professional to drop a device while in transit or at a patient’s home. As such, we selected OtterBox™ cases to protect the devices from spill and fall damage, fortifying the company’s investment.

The core of the solution involved securely connecting the tablets running the company’s medical application to the various peripherals we supplied. This allows patients or home care providers to ensure that data collected is input quickly and error free. These devices were further connected to staff consoles in manner that meets HIPAA compliance, allowing quick and secure transmission of data.

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We recognize that effective technology in the medical field can be, quite literally, a life or death situation. At ConnectUs Corp, we design solutions that tailor to you and your patients needs which meet all the necessary regulatory compliances.

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We recognize that effective technology in the medical field can be, quite literally, a life or death situation. At ConnectUs Corp, we design solutions that tailor to you and your patients needs which meet all the necessary regulatory compliances.

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We recognize that effective technology in the medical field can be, quite literally, a life or death situation. At ConnectUs Corp, we design solutions that tailor to you and your patients needs which meet all the necessary regulatory compliances.

Outfit your healthcare business with mobile devices

We recognize that effective technology in the medical field can be, quite literally, a life or death situation. At ConnectUs Corp, we design solutions that tailor to you and your patients needs which meet all the necessary regulatory compliances.

Even if you’re not in the healthcare industry, we can build custom, mobile solutions that increase productivity and improve the bottom line. Please check out our contact page to send us email or give us a call to discuss your mobile needs.

We are the leading provider of Customized portable devices, fulfillment and managed services solutions. Learn more about the ConnectUs vision to put the right technology in the hands of your users.

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3 Best Website Hosting Companies In 2015

Are you looking for reliable website hosting but don’t know the differences are between companies?

Well, this article breaks down the differences between the top 3 website hosting companies online.

Breakdown and Comparison: Godaddy and Network Solutions have fairly similar services and features they offer while WebTechs.Net offers a list of features included with their hosting that almost no company online offers. Along with Unlimited storage space and email accounts you get Website maintenance which includes: WordPress Updates, Software Updates, Graphic Changes and Creation, Content Changes, Source code changes and auto backups of your site that goes back 10 days. If your site ever crashes just give WebTechs a call and they can put your site back to how it was before the crash. There pricing is much more expensive but is taylored towards business owners who don’t like to make site changes themselves or don’t want to hire a website management company. Webtechs combines website management with web hosting for simplicity of use for the customer.

Website Hosting Introduction

Just about every business-even if it’s a small company with 1 employee-needs a website, and if even if you’re not a business owner you might still want a personal site or blog. Thanks to the plethora of services and options available, getting a website started with your own domain name (www.yoursitesname.com) is easy and affordable. One of the first steps in building a website is buying your domain name and find a reliable Web host (the company who will store your website files on their server). Web hosts have different options, bandwidths, storage capacities, email features, prices and applications.

What Are Hosting Servers?

While web hosts have the availability to offer dedicated hardware and virtual private servers, this list focuses on shared packages (the most affordable and common way to set up a website). For you information, though, it doesn’t matter in this case because you will be the only one with access to your files, you can’t access other peoples files or vice versa.

Your Web Hosting Needs/Requirements

Before you decide which web hosting package to buy, you need to figure out what requirements you need. The shared servers are affordable, but if you need performance and speed, you need to be looking at virtual or dedicated servers.

Starter Hosting Packages

Most web hosts offer limited features for their starter packages, and then expand upon that for higher-tier plans. Read the small print to make sure the plan you select offers the requirements you need. If you need a site builder (easy to use software or online applications that help you build sites easily – Not SEO friendly) to design your Website, make sure that the low-cost web host you are selecting comes with a site builder (if not you can add it on at an extra cost, usually around $5 bucks a month).

24/7 Customer Support

You might want to find a Web hosting company that offers 24/7 customer/technical support-if not by phone, then by chat or email. Forums, help tickets, knowledge bases are easy to use, but sometimes you just want to speak with someone without waiting for someone to respond to you.

Do I Need Windows or Linux Hosting Platform

Some Web Hosts offer choices between Linux or Windows hosting. The only reason you would need Windows is if you have an SQL Server or application that’s written in .NET. Most web hosts nowadays offer graphical interfaces or control panels to simplify your use and website management. You use icons and tabs to find your files instead of typing in the command line.

Not All Hosting Packages Are The Same

Although, these packages seem very similar, they are not the same. Some are more security optimized, offering antimalware and antispam tools. Others may offer a variety of email marketing tools. Before selecting a plan, consider how much you expect your company to grow in the future or just select a plan that is 1 year or less.

 

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Where did the Google my Business Listing go? Maps Listings Dissapeared?

Early on April 1st, 2015 the maps listings on Google suddenly dissapeared.

According To Search Engine Land, “Google has been automatically upgrading Google Place listings from the old system to the new Google Places dashboard”. On March 6th Google started sending out messages to local business owner telling them to remove any duplicate listings that might be hosted on their Google Plus account. Google is in the process of updating it’s map listing section, which is the reason none of the local business listings are showing up on Google.

What does this mean for your Google My Business/Places/Map Listing or What do I need to do for my listing to show up again?

Absolutely nothing, Google will put the places listings back up once they have finished the update. We figure that Google is either playing an April Fools Joke on us or that they upgrade is finally here. This upgrade should remove all duplicate listings as well as make users experience on mobile devices better. Google is all about switching to Mobile friendly use. You might of seen the new way Google is listing the businesses in the SERPs with the “Mobile Friendly” title above websites that are configured for Mobile Use.

What If My Website is Not Mobile Friendly?

In order to rank highly in the search engines you need a mobile friendly site. If your site is not mobile friendly, there is a good chance you might experience a ranking drop for your website. Higher a web company to build a mobile friendly site that will attract new users and get your rankings higher on Google.

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Solution: Fixing “This Site May Be Hacked” Message from Google

Having “malicious code” or automatic redirects on your wordpress website can cause Google to put your in their “blacklist” if you don’t fix the problem soon enough.

Most likely your getting this message because your site has been flagged by Google as malicious or it means that a cyber-spammer has successfully exploited your server/hosting and installed damaging code in your site. Your site is now either blacklisted by Google or displaying a message saying you may be hacked, and every visitor who comes to your site will either be prevented from reaching the homepage or automatically redirected to a an ad. Even search results where your site appears in the Business Listings will be flagged as malicious by Google.

Don’t worry though, we have put together an easy step-by-step guide to help you remove the malicious code by yourself and if you can’t figure it out we also have a service that can remove the malicious code and warning messsage from Google stating, “this site may be hacked” or “this site may harm your computer” from your wordpress installation before you get blacklisted or after depending on your circumstances. We will also show you how to re-submit your site to Google for a site reconsideration/review.

Step 1. Check to see if you have malicious code installed on your site

There are a couple ways to check for malicious code on your WordPress Installation.

1. GoDaddy

If you are hosted with Godaddy just give them a call and they can help you spot the code but they cannot take it out for you. Ours was installed in the index.php area of our website. You can also check for this code by visiting /appearance/editor/index.phpin your wordpress dashboard (You won’t be able to delete it out of there though, you will need to login to your file manager at Goddady – See Below). Here’s what the malicious code looks like:

If you are viewing it the source section of your website this same code will look like: <script>javascript redirect</script> and will be at the very top (Hint: There should be no scripts above the head section of your source. Also, no code goes above <?php in the index.php). This is how the code should look normally.

1. (Godaddy Continued) Godaddy can’t help me or the technician doesn’t know what I’m talking about? How Do I remove the Code Myself?

Here’s how to find the file your self. Go to “My Account” – Select Hosting – Click “File Manager” – Make sure your in the “Web Root Section” and you will see all of your core files. Heres what they look like:

Click on the file that says “index.php” *Remember earlier we said (no code above the<?php in the index.php) This index.php has malicious code in it above the <?php of the code and therefore it is malicious. (Same goes for the header.php – see below)

Remove the code and make sure that <?php is at the very top on line 1 of your code and click save. Jump back to your site and try to see if it’s still redirecting. If it hasn’t stopped, the code may be somewhere else. Also, some of these malware codes stop redirecting after a user clicks 1 time so get other people to click on your site from a google search before you decide that it’s fixed. You may be jumping the gun.

2. Check the Header.php

A normal Header.php looks like this: (No code goes above <?php, so if you have code above there, its probably malicious as well.)

3. Wp-config.php

Heres what a normal wp-config file for wordpress looks like:

The generic names above will be replaced with the actual URL of your site. If you notice that your URL looks funny or is a completely different URL alltogether then this is where your malware is coming in.

4. Run a Malware Scanner Like Securi Scan

We tried running this plugin and it did show that we had malicious code but not where it was. It seemed like they just wanted us to sign up for their protection first. I wouldn’t suggest using this method unless you absolutely have to. The one benefit about this plugin is that it will log when users log in and make changes so that anytime you see changes from somewhere else you will know that you have been hacked.

Step 2. Keeping Malware Out for Good

Now that you got the malware or malicious code removed from your site it’s time to keep it out. Here are steps to make sure your malware never comes back:

  • Change all your passwords to your wordpress and godaddy
  • Update all WordPress Plugins and get rid of any that you aren’t using (Do this for subdomains as well)
  • Update all WordPress Themes (Even ones not being used)
  • Install a security plugin like “I Themes Security Plugin for WordPress” (Easy – It has a checklist of things you should do to make sure your site is protected)

Step 3. Request Site Review/Consideration from Google

In the final step you will need to request a site review from Google and hopefully they provide a clean bill of health. Just log back into Google Webmaster Tools and visit the Health -> Malware page. Click the link to request a site review. Once Google has deemed you no longer compromised the malware warning messages will start to disappear. This may not happen as quickly as you like but will happen.

Conclusion

I know it can be a frustrating and confusing to get your site hacked but it is not the end of the world. This problem is definitely fixable. If you need expert help removing the malicious code don’t hesitate to give us a call or fill out our contact form.

 

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9 Easy Ways/Tools To Build Free High Quality PR Backlinks For Your Website – How To

Backlinks are incoming hyperlinks coming from one site to another. These links also provide power to your website. Getting links from High PR sites increases your sites PR.

Video: Watch this quick video explanation of “What are Backlinks?”

 

3 of the Easiest Website Submission Sites Online

The first 3 are super easy and all you have to do is enter your URL of the site you want to submit. The first one is a super easy tool to use called “Backlink Maker” by SmallSEOTools.com. Just pop in your URL and your wait for the submissions to finish or move on to the next submission site while you wait. It should realistically take about 2 minutes for the submissions to finish and these links come from safe PR 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, & 9 sites. While you wait, let jump over to PingMyUrl.com. This is another easy submission tool that allows you to enter your URL and pings that URL from 1600 different websites. If you’re looking for a quick way to index your site to Google, this tool will get you there in a heartbeat. The third site is Sitevaluefox.com, on this site you will also be able to pop your web address and click submit. Site Value Fox is a site that automatically submits your URL to 457 different website evaluator sites. They basically are scanning your site to see what your earning potential is, but at the same time creating backlinks to your site.

Easy to Medium Difficulty Free High PR Submission Sites List

  • Exalead: http://www.exalead.com/search/web/submit (Page Rank 6) – Enter your URL of your website, a valid email address and enter the capatcha code correctly and your done.
  • Active Search Results: activesearchresults.com (Page Rank 5) – Enter your website address of your website and your good to go.
  • Active Search Results: http://www.gigablast.com/addurl (Page Rank 2) – Same as the previous submission. Enter your website address of and your good to go.
  • Jayde: http://www.jayde.com/submit-site.html (PR 4) – For this submission you will need to enter all of the details about your business including: Business name, address, title, description, social media accounts etc…
  • Sonic Run: http://search.sonicrun.com/freelisting (PR 6) – Enter your URL of your website, a valid email address, your name and agree to the terms and conditions.
  • 1001 Links: http://www.1001links.de/ (PR 4) – This site is in another language and you are going to have to grab Google’s translator tool. Once you get on the site, you will notice that it is in another language. Go ahead and use the translator tool to change the content to your language. Once you have changed the content, you will notice there is a little blue menu button near the top that say “add a link” Click that button and it will take you to a screen where you must translate again but this time you need to create an account. Create the account using any email address and password. It will ask you to verify your email, so go ahead and verify, then come back and fill out your listing.

Conclusion

These are just started backlinks and you will most likely need more than this to rank for very competitive markets. I hope you enjoyed this post and good luck with your submissions. Stay in tune with our blog, we are always creating new content to help Beginner SEO’ers and small businesses understand and learn more about SEO. If you are new to our blog please consider checking out our started post titled “What Is SEO / Search Engine Optimization and Do You Need It?”.

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What Is SEO / Search Engine Optimization and Do You Need It?

SEO is the process of optimizing your landing page or website to rank highly on Google’s search engine. Another Word for SEO is “Search Engine Optimization”

Video: Watch this quick video explanation of SEO by SearchEngineLand.com

I know your first question is “how do you guys optimize my website for the search engines?”, and the answer to that question is an easy one. There are only 2 different factors that pertain to SEO optimization. The first one is On-Page Optimization (discussed in this post) and the other one is Off-Page Optimization. On-Page optimization deals with changing around the keywords, coding of your website, titles, meta tags, and alt text on pictures. Off-Page Optimization (discussed in another post) deals with link building, submissions, content marketing and other factors but we will get to that in another post. On-Page optimization is very necessary because Google looks at your website totally different than people do. Google reads your website using what’s called an “algorithm”.

Google’s Algorithm

Google’s algorithm is basically a way for Google to read your website and calculate where they think you should rank based upon different factors. The Google’s algorithm takes many different factors into account when ranking your website on the search engines, but the most important factors are the ones I previously mentioned in the above paragraph and more specifically, the most important factor is Keywords.

Keywords: Most Important Factor for On-Page Optimization

The keywords on your website (Keywords definition: The descriptive text or words on your website) are by far, the most important thing SEO Companies are usually focused on when optimizing your website. Without words on your site, Google is unable to tell what kind of business you are running. For Example: Let’s say that you own a Air Conditioning Repair Company in Phoenix Arizona. If you were to use those exact words, Google would know that you are:

1. An Air Conditioning Repair Company
2. In the city of Phoenix
3. In the state of Arizona 

The same goes with any business or website. By adding these descriptive words on your page, you are allowing Google to crawl your site and find out what business category they should put you in, and most importantly, what keywords you should rank for.

On-Page SEO: Titles and Content Structure

Your title and structure of your website also need proper keyword usage. You can pretty much look at the structure of your webpage as an essay. Included in every essay, there should be at least 3 key attributes:

1. Thesis statement: The title of your webpage is basically a thesis statement. It introduces the webpage to the readers. Your title should be completely relevant to the content you want to discuss on the page. Let’s use the “Air conditioning repair guy” again to create an example. A good title for an AC guy in Phoenix would be, “Air Conditioning Services and HVAC Repair Contractors in Phoenix AZ”. You see, this topic/title lets the reader know that this page is going to be about Contractors that perform HVAC and Air Conditioning repair services in the city and state of Phoenix Arizona. Once again, this statement helps the reader understand what kind of website they are on and also helps Google know what keywords they should rank you for.

2. Body Paragraph: Usually This is the heart of where most of your words/content are going to be read. Usually, the body paragraph is around 3 paragraphs or so and follows the keywords that were mentioned in the title. In this case our first paragraph would be about “Contractors”, the second paragraph would be about “HVAC repair” and the third paragraph would be about “Air conditioning service”. The body paragraph helps backup your main topic. By using these paragraphs properly, you are mentioning additional information about your keywords that helps the reader understand your content and helps Google categorize you better.

3. Conclusion: The conclusion of an essay wraps up the information you just talked about and mentions the topic once again. This could be the same as the closing of your website. Most websites make a statement at the end of the webpage. For example: For our AC guy, his conclusion would read, “If you need HVAC Repair or Air Conditioning services for your home or business in Phoenix AZ, Please contact us”.

Conclusion

Using keywords and proper structure will help you create web pages that are properly structured for the reader and most importantly, optimized for Google’s algorithm.
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