Tuesday, 29 March 2011

Keywords make business?

As a marketing strategy for increasing a site’s relevance, we have to consider how search algorithms work and what people search for. Search engine optimization efforts involve; fine tuning a web site’s coding, presentation (how text, images and content are presented) and structure (including fixing problems that could prevent search engines indexing and fully exploring a site). Another class of techniques, known as black hat or spamdexing, use methods that included link farms and keyword stuffing. These techniques are used to harm search engine user experience. Search engines look for sites that employ these techniques and in extreme cases remove them from their search indices.

If you would like us to help with your website 'tweaking' please contact us.

Saturday, 26 March 2011

Creativity for business?

Creativity refers to the creation of something new, improved, modified or adapted (a product, a solution, a work of art etc.) that has some kind of value. What counts as "new" may be in reference to the individual creator, or to the society or domain within which the novelty occurs, however the "newness" of a creation must not be confused with originality. What counts as "valuable" is similarly defined in a variety of ways. Most websites suffer from unoriginality; they belong to the herd of mediocrity and banality.  Click - copy – paste. Click - copy – paste. Click - copy – paste. Click - copy – paste etc.  This is not creativity -  but is creativity all that it is cracked up to be?

What’s it really like living with creativity? Look back over the years at the tortured artists, drunken writers and drug-crazed musicians who litter our heritage and you might start to ask the question: is creativity a blessing or a curse? How do people hell-bent on finding their muse cope? Is it the quest for creative fulfillment that causes mental anguish, or is there an imbalance in the first place? Can a creative person ever be truly happy as they constantly strive for perfection in their chosen art? And what is it like living with these two-headed beasts – can they be tamed, or should they be allowed free rein?

Surely the important thing is to be successful?


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Top 10 of the small business blogs

We are delighted to announce that  (www.sitemaps-xml.com) has now entered the top 10 of the small business blogs in the  Technorati ranking charts. We hope to continue with this success during 2011.


Have you have found this site, by using a search engine? …. Then we have done our job correctly - our rankings or domain stratagem has worked. SEO entrepreneurialism is all about getting the major search engines to prioritize your site. It is incomprehensible how many millions of owners of websites out there want (or need) a significant ranking presence on the primary search engines. It is therefore impossible for everyone to be in the top ten search terms for their product, service or business. Read more...

Friday, 25 March 2011

Printmaking Course - North Devon

Peter Bright will be giving a hands on introduction to woodcuts and how to create prints at West Buckland School in North Devon (UK). Within the time frame it is hoped that each participating member will be able to create a finished image. The techniques he will be introducing will be simple 'kitchen table' processes that will be easy to replicate at home. Read more about his work...

Printmaking Workshop:
Saturday 11th June 10-1.30pm £28.75
(venue: West Buckland School, NorthDevon, UK)
For further details of the available courses, or to request a booking form please contact Karen Wicks kaw@westbuckland.devon.sch.uk or telephone 01598 760281. 



Printmaking Workshop

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Printing kit – #printmaking

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#Printmaking

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Sunday, 20 March 2011

Business optimization tool

Small businesses need to increase their web presence effectively and cheaply. There are a lot of free, and exceptional efficient tools out there and some are more powerful at getting your products into search engines than expensive branded software and tools. WordPress delivers a mighty bang when optimising a website. Read more...

WordPress appeared in 2003, with a few users who were looking for a way to enhance the typography of writing on the Web. Since then it has grown to be the largest self-hosted blogging tool in the world, used on millions of sites and seen by tens of millions of people every day.

North Devon Web can help you with setting up a small business website powered by WordPress.  North Devon Web  belongs to a network of websites that host in a green way.  North Devon Web is helping to prevent the release of 2,660 metric tons of carbon dioxide from entering the atmosphere each year by hosting on 'Green Servers' - as a result,  the network's energy efficiency is equivalent to planting approximately 2,390 acres of trees, not driving 6.1 million miles, or removing 510 cars from the road. 

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Is it time your website went on a low carb diet. Your web site could damage the ozone layer – the server you host your site on is using electricity 24 hours a day – if you multiply that by the millions of websites out there then that is a significant amount of pollution. Takes some steps to improve the planet  Read more…


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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.


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.

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.


A good blog post

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Devon music festival – Green website

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Business search engine

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 … Continue reading
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North Devon Web

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 … Continue reading
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Friday, 18 March 2011

Get the most out of blogs


Snare your business visitors

Most people seem to fail to understand how the Internet works; lacking the understanding of how to get the most out of their blogs and websites (quitting when they fail to make a quick income). Read more...

How do you actually write a good blog post?

The first important step is to have something to say and then be able to express your thoughts in a cohesive style. Is your blog humorous, informative or extremely serious?

The search for new content is a crucial day to day exercise to show your returning visitors that pages are being updated. This task becomes almost impossible when you have nearly said everything there is to say. Try to re-package your blogs content or your websites information and widen your audience - not everyone reacts to the same information in the same way, some people like to read blogs and some like to read more structured information and content.

There are conflicting methodologies on this subject, some website gurus advocate littering your posts with links and keywords - this might be seen as search engine optimization but maybe in reality this makes boring reading. A good blog post is one that is engaging, interesting and memorable and a well written blog will always be superior to a mish-mash of keywords.

Tuesday, 15 March 2011

SEO Music - Dana

‘All Kinds of Everything’ is perhaps the optimizers mantra, it takes a bit of this and that to create effective business web pages. Sometimes a bit of a nostalgia is a good thing.
Dana won the Eurovision Song Contest in 1970, beating such well known, international singing stars as Julio Inglesias. Her song ‘All Kinds of Everything’ went to number one in the UK charts and became a worldwide million-seller, establishing her overnight as a popular performer and television personality. 

Dana at the Festival

Dana will be appearing at the West Buckland Festival on Sunday 11th September 2011. A number of her songs will be performed with a choir of local schoolchildren. There are only a limited number of tickets available so please visit our ‘Box Office‘. … Continue reading

Sunday, 13 March 2011

Devon music festival - 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.
Following the succesful AGM of the West Buckland Festival, we can now announce that our ‘STAR’ performer at the Sunday night concert, will be Eurovison Song Contest winner and popular recording star Dana.
Dana won the Eurovision Song Contest in 1971, beating such well known, international singing stars as Julio Inglesias. Her song ‘All Kinds of Everything’ went to number one in the charts and established her overnight, as an outstandingly popular performer, a highly successful recording artist, with many chart-topping singles and albums and a television personality.

Dana will be appearing in St Peter’s Church on Sunday 11th September 2011. A number of her songs will be performed with a choir of local schoolchildren.

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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 … Continue reading →

Evening Performances

Posted on December 13, 2010 by Sue Sunderland

There will be a special Event in St Peter’s Church on Friday, Saturday and Sunday evening. Friday evening. This year we shall have a special Classical Concert featuring well known music composed in the 19th and early 20th century – … Continue reading →

West Buckland Festival 2011


Artists who will be performing on Saturday 10th September, in St Peters Church, will include our Musical Director, Harry the Piano, the very popular soprano, Louise Lloyd and Jonathon Ralph (Cabaret M.C. 2010)


Read more about the Festival's Green Website...

Saturday, 12 March 2011

Business search engine


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.

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.
You need to have a vision for your online presence, but do you know how to make it a reality?
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Being seen by the major search engines

How do you search for things in search engines? Let’s say you are looking for a Ferrari do you type in ‘Ferrari’ or are you more specific and search for a ‘Red Ferrari’? The whole way we search for things … Continue reading
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Business website traffic

  Search Engine listings are probably the cheapest way to generate website traffic, by-passing the need for a pay for clicks campaign.  There are probably more web pages on the Internet than there are  people in the world and page … Continue reading
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Green web design in Devon

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Being seen by the major search engines

How do you search for things in search engines? Let's say you are looking for a Ferrari do you type in 'Ferrari' or are you more specific and search for a 'Red Ferrari'? The whole way we search for things on the internet these days has changed, we are now more familiar with how search engines work and how they find what we want.
 B U T !
Are you having problems being seen by the major search engines? - Do you type in your name and not even appear on page three? The simple reason for this might be that they don't know you even exist. The most efficient way (we have found) to get noticed is to place a simple xml sitemap onto your site and then physically submit the page(s) to the major players. (You have to make sure you do this correctly otherwise you might compound your problem!)

We can help!

  Search Engine listings are probably the cheapest way to generate website traffic, by-passing the need for a pay for clicks campaign....

Tuesday, 8 March 2011

Business website traffic

 Get into search engines

Search Engine listings are probably the cheapest way to generate website traffic, by-passing the need for a pay for clicks campaign.  There are probably more web pages on the Internet than there are  people in the world and page population is growing at a faster rate  than the world's population. Even the greatest designed website, advertising the greatest products or services around will not be  discovered if nobody knows it exists! It is written elsewhere that  over 90% of all Internet traffic is generated by Search Engines. To say that it is imperative to get your site listed in Search Engines is  an understatement, survival of your business relies on your website  being found by potential customers when they start searching for  products or services similar to yours.

There has always been a market for nostalgia and old technology - this is an area that should be exploited.

Recorded on a 4 track Tascam 144 cassette recorder – I had bought this in Birmingham – the store fleeced me with excessive repayments – they were expensive bits of kit and a piece of cutting edge technology...

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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.

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

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Gauguin – The Hermitage, St. Petersburg: The coarseness of the painted surface and the open weaved cloth it was painted on shocked me – I always imagined his paintings on fine flawless canvas. The rustic finish was reassuring – I’m glad I am not the only one who has had to compromise on materials due to the lack of funds.http://bit.ly/faRYXj

Thought for the day

Web pages are like grains of sand. Owning a website is like owning a grain of sand. Each grain of sand, when combined with other grains, eventually creates a beach. Only a very few proportionately settle on the top and become visible. This sounds very similar to the World Wide Web - I think?

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Monday, 7 March 2011

What are business keywords?


The human language is different from and possibly more complex than those of other species. The language you decide to communicate your thoughts and product details in on a web based medium must be of a standard that enables the viewer to understand what you are trying to say. Human language is highly complex and is based on a set of rules where symbols, expression and sound have meaning. Business keywords are simply created by creating an infinite number of possible descriptions from a combination of  different expressive elements. Read more...

The important thing to remember though is that the visible content of your site is the most important search engine optimization weapon in your arsenal. Well written content and text is strategically a far more useful use of your time than messing about with key word tags.

L  E  A  R  N  +  L  A  N  G  U  A  G  E  ?

For those who come to Exmoor to do a three, four or five day ENDELS Course there is the opportunity to travel over the beautiful hills and valleys of Exmoor and to see if you can find any Stags. It is not easy. We cannot guarantee that you will see any Red Deer herds but we can do our best in the time that you are here.

That is the beauty of an ENDELS Course. You are invited here for one-to-one tuition to improve your spoken English. And, at the same time you can, with your partner, have a special leisure time programme – that may include searching for the Emperor Red Stag or for other herds of Red Deer. Read more...

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Friday, 4 March 2011

What is your business strategy?

There is no point in delivering the same product as the competition unless you come up with a strategy that makes you the brand  leader.  Don't convince yourself that a catchy gimmick  is going to be strong enough to get you to the top, the whole thing is about building a culture around you, your product, your service and the dream - people have to believe in you. 



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'.

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.

Most people seem to fail to understand how the Internet works; lacking the understanding of how to get the most out of their blogs and website. Read more...

Thursday, 3 March 2011

Keywords and original thought

Is it possible to write or create anything original anymore?

Possibly not. I think it is fair to say that we all share the same life route; birth to death. It is the stuff in the middle that is sometimes slightly different. To say we are all unique is not strictly true - love, loneliness, disappointment, illness, parenthood etc. are things we all experience in someway or another - this shared path is what makes us part of the collective human race. It is most probable that anything you write about on the internet will be a shared emotion, concept, or dream and somebody out there will be thinking, 'I thought of that ages ago'.

The only way forward is to adapt the concept of original thought and simply do things better and write better text and be creative with key words.

Wednesday, 2 March 2011

Business email marketing?


Are email lists a good way of building up your business?

If you scatter gun 100,000 people with unsolicited emails you will probably create a negative image for your business - bought email lists are not as effective as somebody saying "I'm interested in your product". Have a look in your own inbox for proof this approach does not work. Do you deal with the unsolicited direct (spamming) marketers and do you trust them? Do you read all the junk mail that drops onto your doormat? If you send out of 10.000 emails you might get a response from less than 1% of them - there is a possibility you might not get any quality leads at all.

Companies that attempt to generate sales entirely through indiscriminate direct mail, cold calling or email campaigns are going to find the going tough. Unique leads for your niche market are the best leads and by targeting the people who really need your product you stand a better chance of getting the positive response you require.

Good business practice

Green hosting has really got to be the way forward, a responsible micro step for good business practice. North Devon Web can help you with this impactful business strategy. Email us and we can point you in the right direction. … Continue reading
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