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    Accessibility,  From Kim,  Web Design

    Still Building Websites Like It’s 1995

    Somewhere in my pile of web junk, countless desktops, laptops, tablets and Kindles later, is a picture of me using my first PC in the kitchen of my old townhouse. My parents and the guy who would later become my husband (for which I had NO idea at the time that was in my future!), were standing behind me. I must have been showing them how I would unplug the house landline, dial up AOL with the 9600 baud modem, screech and cringe at the noise until AOL connected me to the world and then I could email or work on my first website, called Dancing Thunder’s Playground. It was 1995. I was surrounded by books on HTML, PERL and…

  • Usability,  Web Design,  Website Planning

    The Value of Web Site Reviews

    If you’re shopping for a website audit, it may surprise you to learn there are several types, methodologies and goals to consider. From a quick five-second user test to an in-depth full site audit, each one provides valuable information. The kind of information a company is looking for helps to determine the scope of a site audit. A quick “what do you think of my website?” approach helps the ego but isn’t helpful if the goal is to understand if the user interface is rendering properly on an iPhone on a park mountain while hiking a trail at dusk. That would be a great task scenario for an app, or web page readability test for someone wearing prescription glasses that…

  • Search engine industry

    The Cre8asiteforums Domain is for Sale – Make an Offer

    Own a piece of Internet history. Make an offer for the domain and associated domains. The online community launched in 1998 and grew to global recognition in the web marketing and design industries until closing in May 2018. Well-known throughout the search engine marketing industry for nearly two decades, Cre8asiteforums ran from its earliest roots as a club in 1998 to its final closing as an online forums in May 2018. The domain is available for sale. The history of the community goes back to the pioneering days of website promotion, search engines and web design. Many leading CEO’s were once administrators or moderators, with several staff being hired by Google or enterprise marketing agencies through their exposure at Cre8asiteforums.…

  • AEO,  Search engine industry,  Usability

    Adding Relevancy to Your AEO for SEO Strategy

    AEO is one of the latest buzzwords used by digital marketers focused on search engine rank. Answer Engine Optimization (AEO) brings SEO one step closer to usability and accessibility territories. I was invited to substitute for Marie Hayes, a long time friend in the SEO industry, for a series of webinars out of SEMRush, makers of SEO tools, training and well written educational blog. The topic is AEO for SEO, which would normally not be in my wheelhouse. However, the master mind of the website series, Jason Barnard,  in his investigation into AEO, realized that optimization for answers is powerless without adding human elements to the search engine algorithms. In other words, this is a continuation, if not a robust…