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January 6, 2015

How to Design a 404 Error Page that Saves a Sale


Whatever baby wants, baby gets. Unless baby mistypes a URL — then baby gets a 404 error page.

So, what do we do? Turn adversity into opportunity, of course!

I like to think of the 404 error page as your damage control page. Your customer just tried to go to a page on your website, and now they are faced with disappointment. The 404 error page greets them immediately at their peak moment of disappointment – what a perfect opportunity for you to tell them you could care less with a machine-generated white-screen error message. Said no one ever. This is your time to deflect those bad feelings and offer a solution that inspires positive feelings!

Follow these five steps to create a custom 404 error page that makes your customer feel like you’re there for them, even when your content can’t be.

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October 1, 2013

SMX Boot Camp: SEO Friendly Web Design (#smx #14A)

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Ah. This is a good one. In this session Shari Thurow (@sharithurow, Founder and SEO Director at Omni Marketing Interactive) will be showing us how to create search engine friendly sites that can be read and indexed by search spiders, but are also equally appealing to human visitors. A great resource for those dealing with, ahem, I mean… highly respecting the feedback of web designers who aren’t convinced you can have SEO friendly web design without compromising user experience.

Yay for SEO and UX working together, and yay for educating entire teams on the value of both! Let’s go.

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July 12, 2012

SEO Web Design: How to Plan for the Never-Ending Update

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Man on the phone: If I paint my house, I don’t have to worry about it again until it wears off in 10 years. Why do I need an ongoing SEO project?

Fred: Think of it less like painting a house and more like something you need to maintain. Like a plant, your website is organic. You don’t water it once and you’re done. The Internet is not static. Competitors are constantly changing their sites, search engines are constantly changing the search results, and you have to keep up your website, too.

Once you understand that SEO is ongoing, you understand the need for a website maintenance blueprint. Procedures for website updates with SEO Web design best practices will help you and your organization ensure consistency throughout the website’s lifetime.

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August 23, 2011

Local SEO, Designing for Engagement and Bruce Clay Unplugged – SEO Newsletter

A history of Bruce Clay, Inc.

We’ve got an action-packed newsletter coming to you, set to hit inboxes in the next hour! In our August newsletter, you’ll find essential advice on optimizing your site for local searches, an exclusive interview with Internet marketing pioneer Bruce Clay, and a guide to creating infographics that will grab your visitors’ attention.

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December 16, 2009

December 2009 SEO Newsletter: A Great Holiday Gift for Your Search Geek

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The 74th volume of the SEO Newsletter hits inboxes today. Subscribers will find all the usual bite-sized news bits from the last month in search and SEO. If your appetite is more substantial, the articles offer just the treat.

The high-level overview of the happenings of the year is a lovely pairing for the nitty-gritty guide to Web design for SEO. And of course, any end-of-the-year edition finds a smooth finish when washed down with some bubbly. But first… you’ll need to have your head on for these.

Back to Basics: Web Design for Usability and SEO

Designing a great looking Web site with no thought to search engine optimization is like building a car and forgetting to put gas in it. It isn’t going to go anywhere. However, search engine optimizers also need to know a thing or two about Web design. To balance the needs of both, Web designers must understand…

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