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I am working on a project site. The url is www.search24-7.com. I am
looking for feedback (both negative and positive). I am new here and want
to learn ways to drive traffic, improve my rank etc. My site is only 25%
complete. I do not have any SEO techniques and am very much open to any
sort of constructive criticism. I know I am very much a newbie, but I hope
to make some friends here to help me along my way and to become my mentor.

Thanks,

Mike Gillis
www.Search24-7.com
Jul 20 '05 #1
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www.Search24-7.com <Se*******@ns.sympatico.ca> wrote:
I am working on a project site. The url is www.search24-7.com. I am
looking for feedback (both negative and positive).


Why are you using <font>? Especially since you're already using CSS.

You shouldn't use px to specify font sizes:
http://css.nu/faq/ciwas-aFAQ.html#QA02

(FWIW, your specified font sizes are smaller than the minimum font size
enforced by my browser.)

Why are you using a bajillion <br> tags instead of lists?

The online tools report a number of basic problems that you should fix:
http://www.htmlhelp.com/cgi-bin/vali...F&warnings=yes
http://jigsaw.w3.org/css-validator/v...usermedium=all
--
Darin McGrew, mc****@stanfordalumni.org, http://www.rahul.net/mcgrew/
Web Design Group, da***@htmlhelp.com, http://www.HTMLHelp.com/

"Red meat isn't bad for you. Fuzzy blue-green meat is bad for you."
Jul 20 '05 #2

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On Fri, 20 Feb 2004 01:35:40 +0000 (UTC), Darin McGrew
<mc****@stanfordalumni.org> wrote:
www.Search24-7.com <Se*******@ns.sympatico.ca> wrote:
I am working on a project site. The url is www.search24-7.com. I am
looking for feedback (both negative and positive).

Why are you using <font>? Especially since you're already using CSS.
Agreed. Remove the transitional HTML and you can drastically reduce the
file size / download time.
You shouldn't use px to specify font sizes:
http://css.nu/faq/ciwas-aFAQ.html#QA02

(FWIW, your specified font sizes are smaller than the minimum font size
enforced by my browser.)

Why are you using a bajillion <br> tags instead of lists?

The online tools report a number of basic problems that you should fix:
http://www.htmlhelp.com/cgi-bin/vali...F&warnings=yes
http://jigsaw.w3.org/css-validator/v...usermedium=all

In addition:

- the right-hand column doesn't appear with Javascript disabled. JS
would appear to be unnecessary for this.

- if you do use JS, put it in an external file so that people don't have
to download it unnecessarily.

- don't try to make visited links the same colour as non-visited. The
colour difference is there for a reason. Particularly in such a long
list of links, it helps the reader to know what he's already visited.

- you can simplify the CSS quite a bit, by using the cascade. For
example you don't need to keep specifying font-family all the time.

- similarly
BORDER-RIGHT: #0060a6;
BORDER-TOP: #0060a6;
BORDER-LEFT: #0060a6;
BORDER-BOTTOM: #0060a6;
reduces to: border-color: #0060a6;

- remove the Verdana.
http://www.xs4all.nl/~sbpoley/webmatters/verdana.html

On the positive side: when I first saw it I thought "yet another fixed
layout" but that turned out not to be the case. The columns adjust to
the window width - good.

My checklist may help:
http://www.xs4all.nl/~sbpoley/webmatters/checklist.html

--
Stephen Poley

http://www.xs4all.nl/~sbpoley/webmatters/
Jul 20 '05 #3

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Thanks Darin,

I didn't know online report tools existed. I will look into those points
you mentioned.
"Darin McGrew" <mc****@stanfordalumni.org> wrote in message
news:c1**********@blue.rahul.net...
www.Search24-7.com <Se*******@ns.sympatico.ca> wrote:
I am working on a project site. The url is www.search24-7.com. I am
looking for feedback (both negative and positive).
Why are you using <font>? Especially since you're already using CSS.

You shouldn't use px to specify font sizes:
http://css.nu/faq/ciwas-aFAQ.html#QA02

(FWIW, your specified font sizes are smaller than the minimum font size
enforced by my browser.)

Why are you using a bajillion <br> tags instead of lists?

The online tools report a number of basic problems that you should fix:

http://www.htmlhelp.com/cgi-bin/vali...F&warnings=yes http://jigsaw.w3.org/css-validator/v...usermedium=all --
Darin McGrew, mc****@stanfordalumni.org, http://www.rahul.net/mcgrew/
Web Design Group, da***@htmlhelp.com, http://www.HTMLHelp.com/

"Red meat isn't bad for you. Fuzzy blue-green meat is bad for you."

Jul 20 '05 #4

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Steven I appreciate you advice and comments. I am being accused of spamming
in a few other newsgroups, but that is not my intentions. I am looking to
learn and appreciate the tips you offered.

"Stephen Poley" <sb******************@xs4all.nl> wrote in message
news:j4********************************@4ax.com...
On Fri, 20 Feb 2004 01:35:40 +0000 (UTC), Darin McGrew
<mc****@stanfordalumni.org> wrote:
www.Search24-7.com <Se*******@ns.sympatico.ca> wrote:
I am working on a project site. The url is www.search24-7.com. I am
looking for feedback (both negative and positive).

Why are you using <font>? Especially since you're already using CSS.


Agreed. Remove the transitional HTML and you can drastically reduce the
file size / download time.
You shouldn't use px to specify font sizes:
http://css.nu/faq/ciwas-aFAQ.html#QA02

(FWIW, your specified font sizes are smaller than the minimum font size
enforced by my browser.)

Why are you using a bajillion <br> tags instead of lists?

The online tools report a number of basic problems that you should fix:


http://www.htmlhelp.com/cgi-bin/vali...Fwww.search24-

7.com%2F&warnings=yes
http://jigsaw.w3.org/css-validator/v...Fwww.search24- 7.com%2F&warning=1&profile=css2&usermedium=all

In addition:

- the right-hand column doesn't appear with Javascript disabled. JS
would appear to be unnecessary for this.

- if you do use JS, put it in an external file so that people don't have
to download it unnecessarily.

- don't try to make visited links the same colour as non-visited. The
colour difference is there for a reason. Particularly in such a long
list of links, it helps the reader to know what he's already visited.

- you can simplify the CSS quite a bit, by using the cascade. For
example you don't need to keep specifying font-family all the time.

- similarly
BORDER-RIGHT: #0060a6;
BORDER-TOP: #0060a6;
BORDER-LEFT: #0060a6;
BORDER-BOTTOM: #0060a6;
reduces to: border-color: #0060a6;

- remove the Verdana.
http://www.xs4all.nl/~sbpoley/webmatters/verdana.html

On the positive side: when I first saw it I thought "yet another fixed
layout" but that turned out not to be the case. The columns adjust to
the window width - good.

My checklist may help:
http://www.xs4all.nl/~sbpoley/webmatters/checklist.html

--
Stephen Poley

http://www.xs4all.nl/~sbpoley/webmatters/

Jul 20 '05 #5

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