“Safe” Ways to Increase Google PageRank

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A lot of the time, when discussing SEO, we talk about avoiding “unnatural” practices. We tend to really focus on not doing anything out of the ordinary to try to influence the search engines. This is because any unnatural activity is likely to be outside of Google’s Webmaster Guidelines, and, as a result, is likely […]

Professional Plan Features on Jetpack – the Official Plugin for WordPress

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We’ve recently started testing features on Jetpack – the massive plugin from Automattic (the people behind WordPress). This mega-plugin does everything from SEO to social sharing, backups and video hosting. Linda Scott from Silicon Dales has been given a testing key to try out the Jetpack Professional plan features and you’ll see her test environment […]

How To: Leverage Browser Caching for Images, CSS and JS

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Ever checked your website speed using GT Metrix, Pingdom, PageSpeed or Yslow… or any of the other many and various latest and greatest speed checking tools? Well, if you have, you might have come across a request to “leverage browser caching…” or similar. What this means, is that you should instruct browsers to store (for […]

Transport HTTPS traffic to HTTP with .htaccess

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The sharp-eyed among you may have noticed that we very recently updated a couple of things here at the Silicon Dales website, and one of those steps has involved switching from delivering pages via HTTPS, now that we have retired the online shop section. The precise mechanism for doing this on a LAMP setup using […]

SEO Tip: Have a Regular Content Audit

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Maximize your search engine performance with a regular clear-out of your old website content. You probably noticed that we recently changed the Silicon Dales website. If you are on our newsletter list, you definitely noticed, as we told everyone on the newsletter about it when we launched this new look! But after the change of […]

How Do I Put My Business Into Google Maps?

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Most people who come to us with a business looking for a website want to know how to get their site into those Google Maps of the area, complete with their site URL. Luckily for you, its really quite simple to do this, all you need to do is fill out a simple form – […]

SEO Tip – Why Adding Your Website to Directories isn’t All About Backlinks!

In our post completion SEO guide, and whenever people ask us how to improve their web presence, one of the things we recommend is adding a website to quality directories. The are two things to be aware of here, though, and one is included in that sentence: Quality. We recommend hand crafting your directory listing, […]

WordPress Extensions

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We often install the Open source (free, and developed by a community of programmers, rather than one, paid, team) Content Management System (CMS), WordPress. WordPress was originally a blogging platform developed by Matt Mullenweg, but, in its short history, the software, which runs on (also Open source) PHP and MySQL, has developed into far more […]

How to Help a New Website to Rank in Search Engines

Lots of new webmasters ask us how to get their website “higher in Google” or even how to place their website into the search engines at all. Firstly, there is no magic formula to putting a website high up in internet search engines. There is, however, best practice. It is a bad practice to engage […]

Google Search Ranking Increase – for Logged in Google Accounts

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We’ve noticed an increase in the search engine rankings for several of the websites we manage, including this Silicon Dales Web Design website, over the past couple of weeks. While we always expect our search rankings to increase over time – and those of our clients – because we focus on highly relevant high quality […]

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