New web site for Atlas Restoration Specialists

If you have a house fire, get flooded or a tree falls through your roof then Atlas Restoration Specialists is the company to turn to.They are the St Louis experts when it comes to restoring your property to its former glory.

Launched yesterday was their brand new web site where you can truly see the value of their work with some amazing before and after photographs. Learn more about their full service offerings, meet the team and even contact them directly through their pager.

atlas web site

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Your blog as an Internet Marketing Tool – Six Tips

Blogging is a great way to market you products or services. But are you making the most of this internet marketing tool?

Here are six tips that will help maximize your blog’s potential.

  1. Post Title Use key words in your blog post titles and make the title meaningful.
  2. File Naming Ensure that the file name generated by your blogging platform for each of your posts includes the keywords you want to target. Google’s blogger will automatically generate the file name from the title of your post but WordPress need to be configured.
  3. Post Content Write content that will engage your visitors, use imagery to add interest and format text so it is easy to read. Remember to include the key words you have targeted in the post’s title.
  4. Promote New Posts
    • Use social networking sites such as Twitter and Facebook to announce new posts. Facebook can actually be configured to pull all new blog content directly into your page.
  5. Subscription Offer your visitors a number of subscription options. For example allow then to subscribe via a reader such as Google’s Reader or have new posts delivered as an email.
  6. Comments Make sure visitors can comment on your posts. All good blogging platforms can be configured so you can approve comments before they get posted to your blog and answering  comments is a great way to engage with your visitors.

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Web Design Trends.

While doing a little inspirational surfing today for a new web site I am creating for a St Louis medical practice, I stumbled across a number of web sites that specialize in just this sort of thing, huge collections of inspiring web design. These type of sites can be useful for spotting the latest design trends and it got me thinking about the pros and cons of going with a particular prevalent design trend I noticed.

Here is an example of  that trend, one many web designers are using on their personal sites.

A simple statement which acts as a strong introduction to their web site.

A nice bold “don’t make me think” approach to getting your message across.

This element was a “think outside the box” for the first designer who used it but now it is so over used, it’s effect is completely devalued. It is no longer novel and any one using it is “going with the crowd” and not differentiating themselves.

Design trends are a natural evolution in web design, aren’t we all glad that  “framed” websites and flashing banners are a thing of the past!

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New website for St Louis

Launched today is a brand new website designed for HardscapeSTL

St Louis, if you are looking for a new patio, retaining wall, paver driveway this is your one stop shop.The site offers loads of information from design ideas, how to hire a contractor, installation tips for those DIYers out there and even offers a  money saving coupon. It also includes tools to help you plan out and estimate your project and even a visualizer so you can check out a product in situ before you buy.

I have a lot more to say about this site and will talk about some of the design elements next time, just wanted to get it out there!

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