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35 Beautiful E-Commerce Websites

Despite any financial recession and economic stress, online purchasing continues to grow. Expansion of the market and evolving technology that simplifies our daily lives help to set the pace of e-commerce design. Customers want the shopping process to be quick and easy, and merchants want to increase sales by making their stores attractive and popular. Thus, e-commerce design tends to combine a look and usability that is at once unique and eye-catching. In this post, we showcase 35 attractive online store designs.
One of the trends we observed from this collection is a minimalist design style. Small details and accents (e.g. unobtrusive background patterns, icons, pictograms and typography) reflect a brand’s spirit and match the character of its products. Some websites, though, are unconventional, rich in visual effects. Please note that the selection of stores featured in this showcase was based more on design aesthetics than usability. But we made sure that the websites included here provide at least an easy shopping experience, even for foreign visitors.

How to get certified as an SEO ? Take the Google SEO test !

So you think you’re an SEO huh ? Well, prove it to big G now..all you got to do is take this seemingly simple yet confusing quiz from Google Webmasters team and score high !
The questions are mostly related to the repeated questions appearing in theGoogle Webmasters Help forum, so if you frequent there, you might find most of them easy, but beware of the multiple answers, it looks like that Google has taken more time in coming up with funny, confusing alternatives to the real answer.
So what’s the benefit taking this quiz ?
1 – Brush up your SEO skills.
2 – Get to be featured on the Webmasters blog.
3 – Attain Nirvana.
4 – Any of the above.
5 – None of the above.

Indexation for SEO: Real Numbers in 5 Easy Steps

How many pages has Google indexed?
This question and the problems surrounding it run rampant through the SEO world. It usually arises when someone starts doing searches like this:

Google claims to have 93,800 pages indexed on the root domain, That sounds pretty good, but when I ran that search query last week, the number was closer to 75,000 and when I run it again from 60 seconds later, the number changes even more dramatically:

How about if I hit refresh on my results again:

Doh! Google just dropped 8,500 of my pages out of their index. That sucks - but not nearly as much as managers, marketing directors and CEOs who use these numbers as actual KPIs! Can you imagine? A number that means nothing, fluctuates 300% between data centers, can change at a moment's notice and provides no actionable insight being used as a business metric?

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Keyword Targeting: How to Employ Multiple Keywords for SEO & Conversions

At some point during your University's SEO 201: Advanced Keyword Research & Targeting class, they probably gave a few lectures and case studies on how to effectively split up your keyword research list across multiple pages and use those terms/phrases to maximum benefit. But, for those who might have missed that lesson (which would be, umm, all of us, since no formal education in SEO exists), a handy refresher might be in order.
Many SEOs struggle to answer questions like:
  • How many keywords can I target on a page?
  • Should I try to target all of my most important terms on my homepage (since it gets the most link juice)?
  • When I should try to target similar phrases together vs. splitting them up?
This post is meant to help with precisely those issues.
At the end of the keyword research phase you've established which terms and phrases are worthwhile. Now you'll need to determine which keywords to target where, and how. This four-step process should make that easy (and apparently, checklists are awesome).

5 Ways to find out if an SEO is lying to you

Ask anyone what’s the one reason why they hate SEOs, and you’ll most probably get something like “because they lie on the face” for a reply. And I quite agree with it.
The reason is that not all SEO’s are brave enough to admit what they can’t achieve and not all clients are aware that SEOs aren’t Gods. Since we agree on that, let’s move ahead to the fun part. Some common lies SEO’s make and 10 ways you can easily find them out.

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Boom Times Ahead for Mobile App Market

Consumers will spend US$6.2 billion in 2010 at mobile application stores, while related advertising revenue is expected to generate $0.6 billion worldwide, according to new statistics from Gartner (NYSE: IT).
Those numbers are expected to rapidly grow within the next few years, the analyst firm predicted: By 2013, worldwide downloads will surpass $21.6 billion. By that point, advertising-sponsored mobile applications Click to learn how AT&T Application Management can help you focus on the growth and profitability of your business. will generate almost 25 percent of mobile application stores' revenue.

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The Elasticity of the Cloud

Today's podcast discussion focuses on the economic benefits of cloud computing -- of how to use cloud-computing models and methods to control IT cost by better supporting application workloads.
As we've been looking at cloud computing over the past several years, a long transition is under way, of moving from traditional IT and architectural method to this notion of cloud -- be it private cloud, at a third-party location, or through some combination of the above.
Traditional capacity planning is not enough in these newer cloud-computing environments. Elasticity planning is what's needed. It's a natural evolution of capacity planning, but it's in the cloud.
Therefore, traditional capacity planning needs to be reexamined. So now we'll look at how to best right-size cloud-based applications , while matching service delivery resources and demands intelligently, repeatedly and dynamically. The movement to pay-per-use model also goes a long way to promoting such matched resources and demand, and reduces wasteful application practices.
We'll also examine how quality control for these cloud applications in development reduces the total cost of supporting applications, while allowing for a tuning and an appropriate way of managing applications in the operational cloud scenario.
Here to help unpack how Cloud Assure services can take the mystique out of cloud computing economics and to lay the foundation for cost control through proper cloud capacity management methods, we're joined by Neil Ashizawa, manager of HP's (NYSE: HPQ) Software as a Service (SaaS) Products and Cloud Solutions. The discussion is moderated by me,BriefingsDirect's Dana Gardner, principal analyst at Interarbor Solutions.

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10 Professional Development Tips to Boost Your SEO Career

I started out a few years ago stuck in a pretty mundane job working as a project manager. Actually, I wasn't even a project manager I was a project assistant. My alternative job title may as well have been project manager's tea-boy. It was reasonably well paid but mentally about as stimulating as being punched in the eye.

About this time Will & Duncan were just setting up the company that would eventually become Distilled and obviously Will was raving to me about this thing called the internet. Believing this to be the future, I decided to get a job working for the internet.

At this time, I didn't really have any internet skills except hanging out in forums and playing poker online. Thankfully that seemed to be enough for me to get a job as a Digital Account Executive at a digital agency. This role involved doing account management for both web build projects but also SEO and PPC projects. Although I wasn't actually doing any SEO, speaking to clients every day about their SEO and PPC campaigns quickly got me interested in what SEO was and how one did it. As I'm sure a lot of you can relate to, once bitten by the SEO bug there was no turning back. I started reading SEOmoz and other blogs and, if I'm honest, got a little bit obsessed.

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