The Good; The Bad, and the Logical
Whether it's in the file you just created, the url you're looking at right now or your favorite 30 Rock character, "dots" are popping up everywhere. They are the new trend. (OK, so they are only relatively new, but they are definitely trendy.) No longer does the "dot" indicate punctuation or abbreviations, the "dot" is a way of making a statement and being digital. As with most trends there are ways to use it, and ways to not. As with all trends there is a time when it's no longer trendy. (I remember the first time I heard Dan Rather say "cool." Hhuuuu.) So, how do you know when to use the "dot" to your advantage and when it will just get in the way? I'll give three examples that should help us understand the Good, the Bad and the Logical of the "dot" Trend.
What Search Engines Do
The basic understanding of what a search engine does and how it does it is crucial to understanding what optimization can offer your website. The goal of any good search engine is to display the websites that you want to see. If you are looking for a carpet cleaner in southwest Georgia, they don’t want you to find a dog catcher in New Egypt. A search engine is basically an electronic version of that friend you have who knows everyone… Like my buddy TJ. When you say, “TJ, I need some new tires.” He says, “Here’s my guy on Broad.” When you say, “TJ, I need a penguin.” He says, “I know a guy in Maui, but it’s ’gunna cost you.”
Welcome to my very own (first) official website… for myself. Over the years I’ve made dozens for other people, but never officially one for myself. Sure there were several prototypes, but nothing that I ever really ran with. Well, here it is!
One of the things I want to do with this site is provide an outlet for my thoughts pertaining to the world of graphic design and web development. I’ll be discussing various topics from time to time, but they will all (more or less) revolve around the website world. In fact, next week there will be an article on Search Engine Optimization that is a must read for anyone looking at their business site. I’d love to hear from you, though. What would you like to read? What are you wanting to know?
For the moment, I want to point out a few of the futures of this site that you might find interesting.