Free SEO book helps Google ranking

There’s a free book released earlier this year that gives you 20 important tips that will help your website’s ranking in search engines. Provided by SEO Design Solutions, of Chicago, you can tell it’s written by geeks, because the title is, “Save Thousands on SEO with These 20 SEO Tips.” Other than that, it covers such diverse points such as the problem with broken links, and how sitemaps enable search engines discover all your pages. The book also sports attractive graphics that are sometimes hokey, such as a leaky bucket to illustrate the problem of too many outbound links. But that’s what makes it fun to read. Just go to SEO Design Solutions to download the...

Digital Nativity puts Mary and Joseph on social media

Most businesses feel awkward about the religious meaning of Christmas. Should store clerks say “Merry Christmas” or  “Happy Holidays?” A Portuguese web services company has plunged right into the Christmas story by producing a three-minute humorous video depicting the story of the birth of Christ as it might have occurred in today’s digital world. “Joseph, we have to talk,” says Mary via email. “I am going to be pregnant.” Then Joseph chooses from among vehicles on a car rental site, and one of the choices pictured is a donkey. The story, put on by Excentric, which provides creative web services, shows the Nativity story played out on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Google, Wikipedia, Google Maps, GMail, Foursquare, and other popular sites. The Christian message hasn’t apparently turned people off; Excentric’s YouTube “The Digital Story of the Nativity” has been viewed more than three million times in its first week since its debut Dec. 13. Check out “The Digital Story of the...

BuddyPress provides Facebook-like website on the cheap

Remember when simple websites cost hundreds or thousands of dollars to produce? When the internet was new, high school geeks were making $5,000 a summer designing websites. But today, template-based websites can be made online and free, such as at Google Sites. The latest step in website development is the ability to make a Facebook-like social networking site with new open-source software called BuddyPress. BuddyPress works on the popular WordPress platform. And a Chicago software company which calls itself the authority on BuddyPress is developing  a line of BuddyPress themes that they say work easier than what BuddyPress provides, and at a cost that is a fraction of what you would pay to have it custom-programmed. A few weeks ago I attended a seminar on BuddyPress in Chicago put on by Matthew O’Brien and Michael Eisenwasser, of the Cluster Interactive Group. They are young guys who seem to have the heads up on BuddyPress, and are developing a line of themes that have a lot of functionality. Their website, BuddyBoss, has various themes available at under $100, and one, BuddyBase, is free. Sounds good to me — web work is getting easier and cheaper to do all the time. The event was sponsored by SEO recruiter Scott Sargis and his Chicago Search Engine Optimization...

“Accurate” video production

“We were extremely pleased with the short video produced by TreeFrogClick.com. Our charism and spirit is communicated accurately and beautifully in this short video — without boring the viewer. As one of our friars is fond of saying, it was “short, sweet, and to the point.” We have received positive feedback from friars, laity, and potential vocations. Great job, Kevin! — Fr. Matthew H. Phelan, O. de M., Superior, Monastery of Our Lady of Mercy, and Fr. Joseph T. Eddy, O. de M. Vocations Director, Order of the BVM of Mercy “Why A Mercedarian?” on YouTube (Mar. 10,...