Goodbye Internet Explorer 6!

Talk about web browsers have been taking up valuable column inches in many newspapers and online publications. Internet Explorer 6 (IE6) is finally dying off after causing years of torture to website developers everywhere. Recently security flaws in Internet Explorer were used to hack into the email accounts of several high-profile human rights campaigners in China, this prompted the French and German governments to call for their citizens to stop using Internet Explorer. Yesterday Downing Street through its weight behind the campaign to phase out IE6.

So what are the options?

Google Chrome

Google Chrome was released by Google in September, 2008. Chrome was built from the ground-up making it one of the fastest and most reliable web browsers out there. Recently Google added extensions which makes Google Chrome a viable alternative to Firefox.
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Mozilla Firefox

Firefox was released by the Mozilla Foundation in November, 2004. Firefox has evolved tremendously since its launch in 2004 and has by far the largest number of extensions of any modern web browser.
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How to choose an SEO company

Lots of businesses both small and large are turning to search engine optimisation (SEO) as a way to increase traffic to their website and ultimately conversions (sales/enquiries/etc…). Recently online marking (of which SEO is one aspect) overtook TV advertising in terms of spend. With so many organisations looking and so many online marketing companies out there I thought it would be useful to write a few tips on how to choose an SEO company.

How to find an SEO company

  • Search for “SEO + Your Town/City” (for example “SEO Manchester“) and look at the highest ranking SEO companies. Ignore the paid advertising along the top and right-hand side of the page and also ignore any Google Local Listing/Google News items that appear.
  • Get a recommendation from other business owners. If you know someone who has worked with a search marketing company ask them about their experience using that particular agency.

Questions to ask a potential SEO company

  • “Can I be number one on the Google for some competitive term? By some unrealistic period of time” – if the answer is yes steer clear of them. Many cowboy agencies claim they can get you to number one for X terms but they will actually mean through pay-per-click advertising.
  • “How much will you charge?” – if the answer is less than a few hundred pounds per month avoid them.
  • “How do you go about building links to my website?” – if the answer mentions any of the following avoid them; buying links, link farms, content networks, bulk directory submissions, link exchanges.

Choosing an SEO company is hard and you may not get it right the first time so make sure you ask the above questions, keep asking what you’re getting for your money each month and monitor the results closely.