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  1. In Chrome, right-click the section you want info on in the browser window and click Inspect. In the HTML view that appears, you can highlight divs or whatever bit of HTML you like, and see it highlighted it in the visual window while showing you the relevant CSS that makes up that element. I'm not sure if the plugin tam mentions is the same as the Web Developer extension for Chrome, but if it is, the right-click should be a bit easier to see what you need. The Web Developer extension for Chrome has a colour dipper you can use within the browser.
  2. My main audits are technical SEO, but I make usability and conversion recommendations if I spot anything glaringly bad. I always advocate A/B testing and provide sources where appropriate e.g. NNG. Some SEO issues are UX too e.g. those horrible little boxes of text that you have to use a scrollbar to read - the text is hidden, so Google doesn't like it, and they're not user-friendly.
  3. Glyn is right - you need to register the https version as a separate website in Google Search Console. If it's a hassle, I wouldn't bother with https for the whole site. Some of the SSL connections are really slow, so in those cases it's better not to be https. You can tell by running a few tests on your already-secure pages with a tool like Pingdom Speed Test - I'd try different times and days as speed can vary.
  4. I've tested a couple of ad-blockers recently and found that some websites don't allow access if they detect an ad-blocker is in use. I think that's fine as long as the adverts don't totally ruin the user-experience. As with many things, those that go over the top ruin it for everyone else.
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    Don't think about it too much. Whichever sounds most natural.
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    Is Firefox Asking For Donations?

    I saw a presentation last year from one of the lead testers at Wikipedia, and they went through the results of various banners they used. I can't remember much about it, but it was interesting at the time. Anyone can set up a Wikipedia page, but I wouldn't recommend someone (or a friend) setting their own up. If the person/topic its about isn't considered "notable enough" by an editor that happens to stumble across it, it'll be removed, if someone is "notable enough" it's possible someone will create a page anyway. I noticed recently that the Wikipedia page of a solo music artist & songwriter was removed - his solo material isn't massively famous, but he's actually written songs for some really big names such as Elton John and Mika. Ridiculous decision!
  7. It's annoying that UI on Google products isn't consistent. They also make things worse in my opinion e.g. separate pages for username and password when logging into Gmail instead of both fields on one page, up and down arrow selects results on Google SERP instead of scrolling up and down etc...
  8. You can set a YouTube video as unlisted, so it doesn't appear in searches, but can still be embedded on a website i.e. behind a login/paywall. Anyone who gets the link would be able to watch the video, which may not be ideal. I don't know if Wistia can do this, but I've used them before and they were good. Customer support will get back to you quickly if their site doesn't make it clear whether this is possible.
  9. That's a shame. People are probably more likely to respond if they disagree. When I was a web developer getting into SEO you were one of the outstanding contributors wherever I saw your name (usually SEOmoz), and with 6 or 7 years of SEO experience behind me I find myself agreeing with most of what you say. As for the main topic, it's far from the whole industry. And not every bad/average SEO is a scammer. One of the problems is that when you start out, you don't know how complicated and in-depth search engine optimisation is. So there are people who genuinely want to do a good job but don't realise they're not knowledgeable enough. Perhaps I was lucky in a way because I was an in-house web developer who always wanted to make better/quicker/easier-to-use websites, so many aspects of SEO came naturally, and with that technical background, a lot of the technical SEO stuff makes sense to me. I became more employable when I specialised in the technical side of SEO (I didn't realise there was such demand for it). Some people would be better off as specialists, rather than trying to do everything. Though I believe it's good to be as knowledgeable as possible, it's only natural that practicing a more specific area will grow your knowledge in that area. To be a technical SEO the best practice is to create, maintain and test your own websites - both hand-coded and with CMSs. If I Google "how to do seo" they all look like good results, but if I was new to SEO it makes it look a lot less in-depth than it is.
  10. It's worrying that they feel the need to tell the quality raters how to find the homepage of a website.
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    Reviews, Suggestions Please

    Here's Paypal's guide to installing their payment buttons: https://www.paypal.com/uk/webapps/mpp/get-started-payment-buttons I didn't do much research into what to use, but Paypal looked easy to install and is widely-known.
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    Reviews, Suggestions Please

    I'm with Tam - it's not obvious you're selling anything. To start with, instead of "imagine your home now" in the header, how about something that makes it more obvious the website sells products and isn't just informational? The text is also quite lost in the header. Instead of that, perhaps put "Contact us for (free?) samples" in the header above the phone number. Move the prices to the top of your product page. Add them to the images on the left of the content pages, or give another signal that they're buyable. Also - was your old site registered with Google Search Console? Have you done a change of address? When I do a site: search for your previous domain, there are still 400 URLs indexed in Google. Is it possible to buy the product or request samples on the website on competitor websites? You're probably missing out big time there. It's worth investing some time installing a shopping cart. Although I have a technical background, I don't remember it being too difficult when I installed a Paypal cart on a website. It's no Amazon shopping basket, but it's better than nothing. You need to make it as easy as possible for people to buy, or the majority will go elsewhere.
  13. I guess that would be what I just posted in another thread: https://www.google.com/contributor/welcome/ (http://www.cre8asiteforums.com/forums/topic/93294-seth-godin-on-ad-blocking-and-web-ads/?do=findComment&comment=356582) Some websites have donate buttons, and there was something I thought was called Flatr (it seems it isn't) where you can add money and make a donation to websites that support it. There are lots of websites that have a full page video advert instead of a background image, and I wonder how much bandwidth they use. I could probably find out, but haven't bothered!
  14. It's only available in the US so far, but has anyone used this: https://www.google.com/contributor/welcome/? From Wikipedia: You can replace the adverts with pictures of whatever you want. I think it works on any website that uses AdSense.
  15. Also, isn't this what Google looked liked about 5 years ago (apart from the logo)? My Google has been randomly reverting to this appearance in the last few weeks, on my desktop PC: