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What is responsive design?

  Responsive web design is a technique that scales and adjusts your website so that it fits optimally on a device (e.g. iPhone / iPad).   This allows the user to view your site with minimal scrolling or resizing (zooming in and out). With more and more users using mobile based devices, it is becoming critical that your website is made to be “responsive”. It was noted in the “Our mobile planet: Australia – understanding the mobile consumer”report that 61% of mobile users are ...

Chinese Domain Name Spam

  In the past we've received emails from companies such as “China Domain Name Registration Centre”, alleging that the .cn and .com.cn versions of tmdonline were being registered by another party.  Now as a seasoned internet user, I knew this smelt a bit dodge.   However what should you do if you receive an email such as this? Firstly, domain registers (such as netregistry, melbourneit, godaddy), do NOT conduct “trademark” searches, or try and contact owners of the trademark before a domain name is registered.  Be ...

Why you shouldn't launch a website on a Friday

You've finished your website, and now you are keen to get it online – however it’s noon on a Friday.  Unless you've got a major advertising blitz planned for the weekend (in which case your site should have been live earlier) it is recommended that you wait until Monday to send it live. Why? Sometimes we need our web hosting partner (or whatever web hosting company you choose) to action a series of changes on their servers.  These changes are not always achievable in a “couple” ...

Why you shouldn't list every country in your "country" dropdown

Most websites have a contact or signup form that allows visitors to their site to lodge their details.  Now I don’t know about you, but what frustrates me is being confronted with a massive “country” dropdown that contains every country in the world. Let’s boil this down.  You’re doing business in Australia.  If you are doing business (or getting leads) from overseas that’s also great.  Now the temptation is “I should list all countries” in my online forms.   Here is the ...

"Find and Replace" Can be a Bad Idea

Every now and then we get a request asking for us to change all instances of text on a website from “text a” to “text b”, e.g. “can you change our phone number from (07) 2222 2222 to (07) 3333 3333”. This sounds very easy to achieve with a “find and replace”.  However doing a find and replace across a website is never a 100% accurate (and is sometimes very dangerous). Why it is not a 100% accurate: Sometimes we cannot find the ...

Why do I get spam or blank enquiries from my website

If you’ve got an online form (like a contact form), and your site is a bit old (or your web developer is plain slack), and you’ve been receiving “blank” or “spam” enquiries through this form continue reading ... Why do I receive blank enquiries? Most likely there is no “validation” on the form.  This means that someone can simply hit submit, without filling out anything in the form. Why would a user not want to fill out their details? The majority of these “blank” ...

Top 5 secrets to selling online

Selling products online can be an extremely profitable venture - here are the top 5 secrets so you too can get a piece of the internet pie! 1. Look at the product or service you are selling Clearly identify what your point of difference is and why people should purchase a product online from you.   Users will only buy something online if it: Is Cheaper Is More convenient Has some unique benefit So if a user can buy a product from an online store for $10 ...

What is a landing page?

A landing page is a page on your website that appears when a potential customer clicks on a link in a search engine (this can either be a sponsored or natural search listing), advertisement (e.g. a banner ad from another website) or from a link in an email. Natural Search From a search engine optimisation perspective (this is to get your site to appear in natural search results), content on a landing page revolves around a particular keyword/phrase (or a combination of ...

How to take a screenshot

To take a snapshot of what is currently on your screen: Windows Users Hit your "Print Screen" button (May also be abbreviated to PrtScn) Open up a Microsoft Word Create a new document Go to "edit" - > "paste" Save this document. Email this document to TMD Online. Mac Users Press "Command", "Shift", "3" simultaneously This will save the file to the desktop. Email this file to TMD Online.

Keeping an Eye Out with Google Alerts

Keeping an eye on what people are saying about you or your company on the internet is quite a daunting task. However our favourite search engine Google has come to the rescue with an excellent service known as Google Alerts. Google Alerts allows you to keep track of a particular topic that is featuring within Google Search results (i.e your company name or your competitors).    Whenever Google catalogues something new that matches your keyword, it will send you an email (you ...

Who owns your domain name?

It's surprising how often companies (or individuals) are unaware of who registered their domain name and consequently who owns their domain name, which registrar is in charge of the domain name or when it is due for registration. What's the process in getting a domain name? There are a wide selection of companies who you can purchase a domain through.  The company you purchase your domain name through is called the registrar. Usually an email is sent back to whoever registered your domain ...

Website Terminology

The web is synonymous with Acronyms, IT speak and technical mumbo jumbo (that in itself is a technical term).  Here is a brief run down of some of the terms you're mostly likely to run into. FTP:  File Transfer Protocol.  Mostly used by web developers to launch websites (or changes to websites).  You can "FTP" a file to a web server using a program such as CuteFTP. SFTP:  A secure version of FTP (this is what we prefer to use then regular ...

How Long Until My Site Appears in Google?

Firstly lets just define the difference between a natural search and Sponsored Search. Natural search is the process where search engines send a robot (also called a spider) to your site. A Robot is simply an automated program that catalogues content on your site and decides what your site is about. The search engine then places your site in the search results where it feels you best fit in. How popular your site is also plays a major part in where ...

Google Maps

Providing directions, highlighting outlets, selling property, highlighting tourist spots / places to visit, showing coverage or service areas are some of the applications that some of our clients use Google Maps for.   But what is Google Maps?  Google Maps is a free service (provided by Google) that allows you to embed an interactive map on your website.  Google Maps also runs well on all major browsers and operating systems. On this map you can pinpoint a number of locations using a series ...

Tips and Tricks: Resizing Photos

Pretty much every website these days comes with a Content Management System (or CMS) that gives website owners control over their content on their website. One of the key things in using a CMS is resizing a photo and uploading it. This article will show you some of the ways of resizing your photos before uploading - so that your site looks professional and your photos load quickly. Guidelines Many CMS's will give you a set size for your photos. It is essential ...

Why Webstats are so important

I love web statistics (especially Google Analytics!).  They highlight how many people come to your site, what they are viewing and how long they are staying.  When was the last time you viewed your statistics? Some businesses don''t look at their web statistics at all which means they have a limited perception on how their site is working and what revenue it is generating. So what are the key statistics you should know about your website? Hits : I want to really clear up ...

Need to run a simple email marketing campaign yourself? THE 3 BIG THINGS YOU SHOULD DO!

Email marketing is one of the cheapest and most powerful forms of advertising currently available to businesses.   But exactly how do you create an effective email marketing campaign? 1.  Get the database The information you collect from potential and existing customers is what allows you to tailor your promotions and customise your offers so you get the best possible return from your eMarketing effort.  You really want to concentrate on quality rather than quantity.  It is far better to send a campaign ...

Trent's Top 5 Tips for getting ranked in Search Engines

Most people turn to a search engine (such as Google / Bing) when it comes to finding businesses online.  The majority of the time a customer will also use a generic keyword / term (i.e "gold coast holidays") as opposed to a business name to find what they are looking for.  Therefore it is obviously important that when someone types in a keyword that is relevant to what you do that your site appears in the first page (usually the ...

Growing your database

Electronic marketing mediums such as email and sms are extremely cost effective and return results on par with (or better than) other forms of marketing such as broadcast and print.  However, the drawback on electronically marketing is that you need a database to send to. The difference in costs associated with sending an electronic campaign to 1000 people as opposed to 10,000 people is negligible.  So the key question is - what is the most effective way to grow my database? Firstly, ...

Email Marketing Gets Results!

Email marketing - its powerful, generates sales and is very cost effective.  Yet not many businesses are taking advantage of (or if they are and doing a poor job of it) one of the most powerful tools they already have - their existing clients, and marketing to them via email. With email marketing you MUST consider "what is in for the people I am sending this campaign to".  If you are sending poorly thoughout, poorly designed or repetive messaging - it is ...