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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 ...

Why your SEO Strategy needs to change.

We've spoken previously on how important Search Engine Optimisation is and why "white hat" or ethical SEO is the way to go when it comes to optimising your site for Google.  With more recent algorithm updates, Google is started to clamp down heavily on "black hat" SEO practices.  What this means, is if your site was gaining great position (thru dodgy practices), you may suddenly find yourself being penalised.    Google is also start to rely on what users are ...

Chinese Domain Name Spam

  Recently we received an email from “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 very suspicious ...

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 ...

Clearing your cache

Most internet browsers employ caching - the process of storing files locally (i.e on your computer) so that the second or third time you request a file - the browser can access your local cache - thus making your internet browsing experience faster.  Hence clearing your cache may be a necessary task after your web developer has made changes to your website. To do this: Internet Explorer Click on the "Tools" icon. (This is the little "gear" icon on the far top right of ...

Non Standard Fonts

All computers / devices, whether they be a Mac, PC or a mobile device such as an iPhone or Android device, come with a series of standard fonts (basically they are pre-packaged). However, we are often asked by our clients to use their “corporate font” on their website. If this corporate font is one of the “standard” fonts, this is not a problem.  However if it is a non-standard font it can cause issues for users who do not have this font ...

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” ...

I don't understand Twitter - Help!

“I don’t get Twitter”, is often a phrase I hear from business owners, marketing execs and the average man in the street. And it doesn’t surprise me. Twitter can be quite tricky to get your head around. However once you do, you will find it can be a valuable resource both personally and commercially. Originally created by Jack Dorsey in 2006 as a mechanism of using an SMS service to communicate with a small group, Twitter has grown to over 175 ...

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 ...

How to get Social Media to work for your business.

My old man told me 15 years ago “Son, this internet thing is never going to fly”. 15 years on, and he had everything an internet grandpa needs - an ipad, a couple of iMacs, and now he wants to get an iPhone. How things have changed. Strangely however, many people in business are taking the same approach when it comes to social media and social marketing. Some of the musings I have heard include “Social media? That won’t work for ...

Google Shopping

Our favourite search engine Google has launched a new service called “Google Shopping” in Australia that helps users find products online. Initially users just enter the product into the standard Google Search, but then have the option of selecting the “shopping” tab (similar to if they just wanted to show “news” results). The data for this comes from various merchants who can sign up for Google Search free of charge.  The merchant then provides a data feed (for our clients using GetPrice ...

What is an RSS Feed?

RSS stands for Really Simple Syndication, and is used by websites to publish and promote frequently updated content such as news, blogs, specials, new products or video and audio. Users with an RSS Viewer can 'subscribe' to various RSS Feeds, which allow them to view content from a number of sites in one screen / application. RSS feeds can also be used by other sites. News.com.au for example publishes various RSS news feeds (such as the business feed here). How to Use It Your website ...

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) 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 (or a combination of keywords) that may ...

Advertising on the internet - a beginners guide.

Our clients constantly ask us how they can make a direct revenue stream by running advertising on their website. Advertising on websites usually involves placing a link or banner at the top or side of your site. There are three different ways to charge for banner advertising on your site: CPM - Cost per 1000 impressions. Every 1000 times a banner is shown, your advertiser pays you a set fee. CPM charges usually range from $5 to $50. Note if you are ...

Adwords and Sponsored Search

To find new customers and increase sales you need to be found quickly and easily online. The majority of people who are looking for a particular service or product will utilise a search engine such as Google. Two types of search There are two types of search results Google provides: - Natural (also called organic) - Sponsored Search (which is known as the "Adwords" program)   Natural search is the process where search engines send a Robot (also called a spider) to your site.  A Robot is simply ...

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.

Email marketing tips 2009

We''re big fans of email marketing, and with the new year in full swing, we reckon it could be time for you to review, update (or even begin) your email marketing. Out with the old and in with the new Been sending the same message or style of email campaign for ages? Maybe its time for a fresh design, more spicy content or perhaps a change of schedule. Always sending your campaign on a certain day of the week? Consider changing to ...

Microsofts IE8 Incompatible List - 2400 sites (and counting!)

Internet Explorer 8 (IE8) promises to be the most standards compliant browser ever released by Microsoft. However its a catch 22. Web developers have always had to apply work arounds (or hacks) to their site to get them to display properly under previous versions of IE, however now that IE is closer to standard complaints, these sites are now not displaying (rendering) properly under the new IE8 (to be released later this year). In effort to work around this issue, Microsoft ...