Better Local Search SEO with Rich Snippets Structured Data

Rich snippets are doing very well at converting searches to clicks. It’s a great way to get your listing to stand out from the crowd. If you are not familiar with rich snippets, just do a Google search and you will probably see a few. Sites using structured data and verified authorship display unique additional bits of data in their results. Here is an example of a search result with verified authorship: The verification adds the authors Google+ profile image, as well as a byline and additional links. For local businesses there are some more great features you can enter …

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Average Web Design Pricing Survey

We asked professional designers what they charged for common websites and what their hourly rates where, here is a summary of their answers. Average Hourly rate for web development: $ 67 Average Small Business Website: $1,154 Average Corporate Website: $2,286 Average E-Commerce Website: $2,950 Avg. Advanced E-Commerce Website B2C: $4,934 Avg. Advanced Interactive Website B2B: $7,273 16% of respondents charge over $100 per hour for web design, with the highest amount listed $150 22% of respondents charge between $60 and $100 an hour. 26% of respondents charge less than $50 an hour   * From the DesignQuote designer survey 2012.

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Crowdsourcing Logo Design with Contests.

Free Logo Design

How a once vibrant industry was looted and destroyed by corporate greed and borderline illegal labor practices. First let’s talk about the concept of crowdsourcing itself. Crowdsourcing did not begin as a way to get a cheap logo or website, it’s roots and early successes are actually in the scientific community.  There have been some great success stories of hard-to-crack problems being solved because they were published for the world to see. With thousands of smart people thinking about these problems, solutions came quickly. Something a research department of 20 people had been working on and getting nowhere for a …

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The hidden cost of outsourcing

There has been a huge trend in corporate America to outsource IT and web development work overseas because of the drastically lower rates that people will work for in countries like India, South America and eastern Europe. (This is different than Design Contest and Crowd Sourcing.) Large companies have built offices in these locations to enjoy the low cost of the local labor pool, this can help their bottom line. The big difference between a large company using a overseas workforce and small company or individual is that the large companies usually have management in place to keep things running …

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