Monday, 31 January 2011

Business - where to begin?

There are lots of things that are important when creating a business website……but where to start? Each bit needs another bit….but which bit first?

Placing your idea or product on the Internet involves several complicated, interwoven elements, each one is dependent and relies on another. This 'spaghetti', which can be an utter tangled mess, is vital for online success. You need a strategy that can combine the skills of the participants (key company members) which can deliver your final product, convey your style, in an easily digestible manner  - your clients need to be able to access and purchase your products with ease. This structure has to be created using a system that both creators and users can understand.

This conundrum is similar to the problem artists have when creating a work of art - the final image  requires a parallel set of decision making processes.

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Place an advert on a Green Website

West Buckland Festival website is powered by 100% wind energy. The machines hosting their site and e-mail are fully eco-friendly! As energy awareness continues to grow, people are not just looking to make lifestyle adjustments, they want to make environmentally responsible decisions, this site is powered by renewable energy. Contact North Devon Web for details on how to make your business website more in tune with today's responsible business (moral and environmental) obligations.
Read more about the Festival's Green Website...



Get yourself noticed - place a banner advert on this site for twelve months - for as little as £10.00. The money generated by this website will be added to the funds raised by the festival whose purpose is to provide music, art and entertainment for the people of North Devon. Money raised is divided between a Charity or Charities chosen by the Festival Committee and the upkeep of St Peter’s Church, West Buckland.

Web Design by: North Devon Web

Our websites are powered by 100% wind energy; we are proud that the machines hosting our Web site and e-mail are fully eco-friendly! As energy awareness continues to grow, people are not just looking to make lifestyle adjustments, they want to make environmentally responsible decisions, North Devon Web is powered by renewable energy.

We are making the effort and helping our clients to be eco-conscious. This initiative isn't a marketing ploy; we encourage responsible environmental practices inside the office and practice them outside the office and we know that many of our clients feel just as strongly.

North Devon Web can provide web hosting. There are lots of companies on the web who can provide cheap options - the majority are trustworthy. We can arrange hosting either in the UK or in the USA; we have clients who host on both sides of the Atlantic.

There are several options available. If you want us to sort it out for you we can give you a competitive quote. We can also build you a site - this is what we are here to do:

  • Get your project delivered within a specific time frame.
  • Ensure good search engine optimization is employed. 
  • Get service from expert and experienced web and graphics designers.
  • Reduce your project costs.
  • We deliver quality all the time.
  • Customized web designs and graphics design at low rates. 
  • We offer very affordable hosting and design packages.
  • Give you the experience of an established team of designers .
  • Customer satisfaction is our final goal. 

Sunday, 30 January 2011

SEO - Simple business strategies.

Getting yourself and your product known is an important step towards achieving  sales. Creating a beautiful website will not generate traffic and sales on its own, you have to promote your site and get it into search engines.

The text within you site is the key towards sales. You have to use sentences and words that fully describe your product and market you are active in. By targeting your market audience through these detailed keywords you can create a dynamic SEO campaign. Use off site SEO strategies. Use non-paid link building techniques to increase your website's perceived market relevance within your outlined market sector - get your website mentioned on social networking sites and trade directories.

Create a site map. Sitemap protocols allow a webmaster to inform search engines about URLs on a website that are available for crawling. A Sitemap is an XML file that lists the URLs for a site and helps to show how important each page is in relation to other URLs in the web site. This allows search engines to crawl the site more intelligently and efficiently.

Saturday, 29 January 2011

Our green business services


You need to have a vision for your online presence, but  do you know how to make it a reality?

Our team at  North Devon Web can provide a full range of services that will help you achieve your goals. We can repair and add new exciting features and functionality to your site. Whether your project will take minutes or  hours,  we are available to help you each step of the way. 'Green' web site - #hosting is available from us.
  • We can host websites on 100% wind energy servers
  • We offer very affordable hosting and design packages
  • Get your project delivered within a specific time frame
  • Perform regular maintenance on your website
  • Ensure good search engine optimization is employed
  • Send out professional HTML newsletters
  • Reduce your project costs
We can host websites on 100% wind energy servers. As energy awareness continues to grow, people are not just looking to make lifestyle adjustments, they want to make environmentally responsible decisions, this site is powered by renewable energy.


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Free of DRM

Have you tried buying mp3s from Amazon?

Amazon MP3 offers millions of songs and albums from your various artists in most genres. The downloads are all in MP3 format, which means they can play on any digital media player. Songs from Amazon MP3 can be played on any MP3-capable device, including iPods™, Zunes™, Zens™, iPhones™, RAZRs™, BlackBerrys™, and most media-enabled mobile phones.

The downloaded tracks are free of DRM (digital rights management) software, which means you can, play them on all your computers, transfer them to all your mp3 compatable devices, and burn your songs to CDs. Songs are encoded at high quality 256 kbps - sounds like a good deal to me.

The music industry has been destroyed by this something for nothing culture, with albums being given away for free. Read more...

We are in the process of helping to re-design http://www.m4tr.co.uk. There are plans to incorporate a section dedicated to independent artist who have released their music on iTunes, Amazon etc. We have become increasingly aware of the bias 'mainstream acts have on all commercial download sites. If you send m4tr your Amazon and iTunes links to your release(s) they will incorporate into a dedicated section on their site.

Contact them via M4tr.co.uk or below.
Download UK Album
Cassette Culture 1989 - 2009
Download US Album
Cassette Culture 1989 - 2009
You Have The PowerYou Have The Power
Highest MountainsHighest Mountains
AvocetsAvocets
Is This A Dream?Is This A Dream?
Extract (Live Regensburg Germany)Extract (Live Regensburg Germany)
Extraction Part 1 [Explicit]Extraction Part 1 [Explicit]
Extraction Part 2 [Explicit]Extraction Part 2 [Explicit]
Extraction Part 3 [Explicit]Extraction Part 3 [Explicit]
Extraction Part 4 [Explicit]Extraction Part 4 [Explicit]
Hungry ChildrenHungry Children
Where Is My Jesus (Jig-saw Man)?Where Is My Jesus (Jig-saw Man)?
Where Is My Jesus

Small Business - Ubuntu (10.10)

We are using Ubuntu (10.10).  This version is easy to install and is quick to load when installed. We have had a few problems getting a few of the software packages to work properly (or at all) but the basic 'Office' and 'Internet' bundle works brilliantly - this operating system and it's free software is a must if you are running a business on a shoestring. Get the free download.

Ubuntu is a community developed, linux-based operating system that is free and perfect for laptops, desktops and servers. It contains loads of applications and is (in the latest form) a real alternative to Windows. It can run the Firefox web browser, it includes presentation, document and spreadsheet software, instant messaging and tons more.

Ubuntu is free of charge and has no licensing fees. You can download, use and share Ubuntu with your friends, family, school or business for absolutely nothing.

Latest news (RSS feed) - Behind the jargon there is a brilliant package.

Friday, 28 January 2011

Business visibility

Do you have a visible business? What are you doing to get your company noticed? Most of us tinker and mess about with our code, search words and tags, in the hopes of growing our internet business. Most people seem to fail to understand how the Internet works; through a lack of fundamental understanding of how to get the most out of their blogs and websites (quitting when they fail to make a fast buck).

We can build you a website if you want us to on your existing server. There are several options available, contact us for a competitive quote. Having an environmentally-friendly site is a great accomplishment and a great selling point. Let your site visitors know your site has gone green by letting us build you a low carbon web site.

Promotion - Marketing success?



What is in a brand name and what do they mean? Are you a Brand?  Do you simply sell a product, or can your clients relate to your product and product philosophy?

Clients need to have confidence in you and like to know that your company has a passion or belief - above all they need to know you are not simply in the game to make a quick profit and then disappear. Building a brand loyalty is paramount to continuing success.

A brand relies on continuity - customer support, email marketing, your company website - consumers expect service that is consistent across the board, from the tea boy to the CEO (you might be all of them) it is important everybody lives the brand.

First impressions mean everything and presenting a positive image is the top priority, you need to divulge as much information about your company as you can  - to make your clients feel at ease - as though they are your 'friend'.


Site Maps = business

Success is that knife-edge that teeters between effectiveness and catastrophe. Too many unimportant pages or non relevant pages can harm your site. Excluding some pages from a site map can be advantageous. The trick is to tempt catastrophe and not create it.

Sitemaps organise information on a site into a logical order - you can confuse or overwhelm the user with to much information. A successful website (and its sitemap) relies on the principles of efficiency.

It is important to survive and once your site is accepted by the search engines, with time, maturity will make you more successful. Being around on the web for a few years is better than being the new kid on the block – just hang in there and create your own history.



Where do you place a link to a site map on a site? The most common place is in the footer navigation.

We can offer a green web design package

What?
Obscuring the object is a bad idea, camoflaging your website's content is a mistake. Keep to the point and up to date. There is nothing worse than a web site that contains out of date information....this gives the buying public the wrong impression.

Your web presence is important, a vital link between 'you' and 'them'. This is a vital marketing strategy: information is power and sharing information increases your presence and ultimately sales.

We can offer a web design package that can start from as little as £350.00 We can also build you a website if you want us to on your existing server. There are several options available, contact us for a competitive quote. Having an environmentally-friendly site is a great accomplishment and a great selling point. Let your site visitors know your site has gone green by letting us build you a low carbon web site.
  • Get your project delivered within a specific time frame.
  • Ensure good search engine optimization is employed. 
  • Get service from expert and experienced web and graphics designers.
  • Reduce your project costs.
  • We deliver quality all the time.
  • Customised web designs and graphics design at low rates.
  • We offer very affordable hosting and design packages.
  • Give you the experience of an established team of designers .
  • Customer satisfaction is our goal.

Our websites are powered by 100% wind energy; we are proud that the machines hosting our Web site and e-mail are fully eco-friendly! As energy awareness continues to grow, people are not just looking to make lifestyle adjustments, they want to make environmentally responsible decisions, this site is powered by renewable energy. We are making the effort and helping our clients to be eco-conscious.

Sunday, 23 January 2011

Place your paid for music link here

The music industry has been destroyed by this something for nothing culture, with albums being given away for free. Read more...

We are in the process of helping to re-design http://www.m4tr.co.uk. There are plans to incorporate a section dedicated to independent artist who have released their music on iTunes, Amazon etc. We have become increasingly aware of the bias 'mainstream acts have on all commercial download sites. If you send m4tr your Amazon and iTunes links to your release(s) they will incorporate into a dedicated section on their site.

Contact them via M4tr.co.uk or below.


This is the best place to get downloads by This Window, Veronica Henry and Finish The Story.

Friday, 21 January 2011

Go Green?



We have, we’re a web hosting and design company so  everything is online. We can host websites on servers powered by renewable energy.  The only earthly resource we expend is an eye-watering amount of electricity… For the last two years, we’ve been offsetting all of our electricity use (via our partners)  with wind-generated Renewal Energy Certificates, becoming a “Green Power Partner” of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. As energy awareness continues to grow, people are not just looking to make lifestyle adjustments, they want to make environmentally responsible decisions.

Starting up a new business and green issues are a concern? Read more…

These Renewable Energy Certificates prevent the release of 2,660 metric tons of carbon dioxide from entering the atmosphere each year. The estimated yearly benefit to the environment is equivalent to planting ~2,390 acres of trees or not driving 6.1 million miles.

” … about 12% of the U.S. population can be identified as True Greens, consumers who seek out and regularly buy … green products. Another 68% can be classified as Light Greens, consumers who buy green sometimes.” (Source: AdAge)

Thursday, 20 January 2011

Green hosting and non green?

North Devon is home to the 'green hosting' company North Devon Web who are helping their clients to reduce their carbon footprint by hosting websites and email accounts on carbon neutral servers. They are committed to saving energy wherever possible - to reduce the impact of their services on the environment.

North Devon Web can host websites on 100% wind energy servers. As energy awareness continues to grow, people are not just looking to make lifestyle adjustments, they want to make environmentally responsible decisions, their  site is powered by renewable energy.



The web hosting industry has  a negative impact on the environment due to the energy hungry servers that are used to keep the Internet fueled. We can all try to limit the impact where possible and hosting on a green server is a step in the right direction. More and more people are buying from carbon ethical companies - tackling climate change is an important criteria.

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  • Do you want to keep it simple?
  • Do you want to get on with your life in the real world?
Let us begin -  OutsiderInternet.com can guide you through the conception, birth pangs and sustainability of your web presence, they can optimise your site for search engines and submit them to the major players. Using a combination of automated and human processes to help you towards achieving world domination.

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Wednesday, 19 January 2011

Green - less stress?


Are you stressed-out and suffering from compulsive disorders, self-harming and sucking or chewing on woolen items... Are you contributing to Britain's high divorce and break-up rate?

Stress is particularly prevalent in the self-employed and owners of small businesses. A degree of pressure can give you the 'edge' and help you to effectively perform but excessive stress and worry can reduce your productive output and make it difficult to make the right decisions.

The increasing frequency of relationship breakdown means that not only are you neglecting your web business optimisation problems - maybe your pet dog is developing your obsessive and compulsive disorders as well.  Make your web optimization and site map needs part of your pet health care regime and keep those you love happy.

Our team at  North Devon Web can provide a full range of services that will help you achieve your goals. We can repair and add new exciting features and functionality to your site. Whether your project will take minutes or  hours,  we are available to help you each step of the way. 'Green' web site - #hosting is available from us.
  • We can host websites on 100% wind energy servers
  • We offer very affordable hosting and design packages
  • Get your project delivered within a specific time frame
  • Perform regular maintenance on your website
  • Ensure good search engine optimization is employed
  • Send out professional HTML newsletters
  • Reduce your project costs
  • Build forms, databases, blogs and forums
  • Design images and logos
  • Test your site's navigation
We can host websites on 100% wind energy servers. As energy awareness continues to grow, people are not just looking to make lifestyle adjustments, they want to make environmentally responsible decisions, this site is powered by renewable energy.


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Monday, 17 January 2011

Free everyting has to be free!

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People are constantly looking for free promotions from businesses and are no longer prepared to pay a fare price for things. We have appeared to embraced the 'something for nothing' culture  and are consequently (probably) destroying the fundamental laws of capitalism. If you can get everything for free then how do we make money?

Something for nothing is a part of marketing, a way to trap your client into a product, a culture or a brand, to entice them or convince them to buy your related products. Read more...

The music industry has been destroyed by this something for nothing culture, with albums being given away free. It can be argued that this has made the music industry more democratic, enabling individual musicians and artist to compete in the free download market. However, this surge for free content has diluted the industry, the purse is getting empty so artists are not getting paid a fair return for their efforts. It gets worse - websites that delivered free content (and some paid) are now disappearing as the general public now only downloaded the free stuff and not the paid tracks.  With the demise of the 7digital indiestore service shutting down on in September 2010 an avenue for the democratic production of paid for and free downloads by independent artists has closed. There are dozens of  other viable alternatives for free mp3 downloads out there but for how long?


Try this one out M4tr Productions. Fill in your email address into the form and you will receive 'A Moment Longer' by This Window.

If you can recommend another free download site we will give it a try - leave your comment and recommendations below.

Saturday, 15 January 2011

Merchandising = promotion

Merchandising to promote your brand in many businesses is an intermittent activity. It is often the area of retail compromise - time, budget, space or even creative flair can put the brakes on a proven marketing exercise. Simple solution should increase your sales and allow your existing staff to concentrate on your precious customers.

Marketing also applies to online business activities -  Marketing is the art of selling things. Getting things seen and viewed correctly is an important part of on line selling. Taking tips from the real world - retail shop displays and visualizing layouts of products and aisle layouts are the best ways to envisage an online shopping experience. Optimizing visual layouts is a key to success, the words wrapped around the images help to describe the virtual product to the viewer in the real world.



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Friday, 14 January 2011

Small business - local searches

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Small business can deliver to the whole world via the Internet but there is still a lot of cash to be made by concentrating on local markets. There are now hundreds of local search engines available to use and submit to that claim to deliver specific localized searches.

More and more, buyers are looking online for products or services local to them,  a business that is just around the corner always somehow feels safer  than another in the next county and search engines, including Google, are enabling  the client to find local enterprises by including a map of local businesses in search results. Will your clients  find you? Whether you are selling online or off you need to be visible.
  • 86% of consumers use the Internet to find local businesses. (Nielsen NetRatings)
  • 74% of consumers use a search engine to find local retail or services. (Nielsen NetRatings)
  • The use of search tools to find local businesses grew 58% in 2008 to 15.7 billion searches (comScore).
Basic search engine optimisation is still the best way to stake your claim to local markets.
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There are many pitfalls to maintaining your blog profile, an out of date blog sends out the wrong signals to your clients – have you gone bust?

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