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seo rapHi folks,

Well, just when I thought we were done for today, I came across this hip hop site design tutorial over at Justin’s Tasty Blog Snack. Following the elements SEO Rapper outlines will be important in the development of your projects.

Some theoretical background before we go into the video:

Q: What is SEO?

A: Here’s a nice simple definition from the folks at SLS Consulting:

Search engine optimization (SEO) – Creating and improving a website so that it will rank high in the search engines and help potential customers or clients find the website.

. . . and the lyrics, that is, tutorial 😉

Design Coding

Your site design is the first thing people see
it should be reflective of you and the industry
easy to look at with a nice navigation
when you can’t find what you want it causes frustration

a clear Call to action to increase the temptation
use appealing graphics they create motivation
if you have animation
use with moderation
cause search engines can’t index the information

display the logos of all your associations
highlight your contact info that’s an obligation
create a clean design you can use some decoration
but to try to prevent any client hesitation

every page that they click should provide and explanation
should be easy to understand like having a conversation
when you design the style go ahead and use your imagination

but make sure you use correct color combinations
do some investigation, look at other organizations
but don’t duplicate or you might face a litigation
design done, congratulations but it’s time to start construction

follow these instructions when you move into production
your photoshop functions then slice that design
do your layout with divs make sure that it’s aligned
please don’t use tables even though they work fine
when it come to indexing they give searches a hard time

make it easy for the spiders to crawl what you provide
remove font type, font color and font size
no background colors, keep your coding real neat

tag your look and feel on a separate style sheet
better results with xml and css
now you making progress, a lil closer to success
describe your doctype so the browser can relate
make sure you do it great or it won’t validate

check in all browsers, I do it directly
gotta make sure that it renders correctly
some use IE, some others use Flock
some use AOL, I use Firefox

title everything including links and images
don’t use italics, use emphasis
don’t use bold, please use strong
if you use bold that’s old and wrong

when you use CSS, you page will load quicker
client satisfied like they eating on a snicker
they stuck on your page like you made it with a sticker
and then they convert now that’s the real kicker
make you a lil richer, your site a lil slicker

design and code right man I hope you get the picture
what I’m telling you is true man it should be a scripture
if it’s built right you’ll be the pick of the litter
everyone will want to follow you like twitter
competition will get bitter and you’ll shine like glitter

if you trying to grow your company will get bigger
design and code right man can you get with it

Photo by b_d_solis

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The NIN community video project has been picking up speed! Thanks to zab‘s lightning fast response and generous link sharing, we can enjoy online coverage of the NIN Ghosts Film Festival!

Here’s taste:

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Who would’ve thought? Last lecture we learned about licensing original work under Creative Commons licenses and the next thing we know, Mr. Trent Reznor released a new music collection under CC!

Here you can find some extra info in German and, of course, the obligatory MySpace link!

And as if this is not already exciting enough, Nine Inch Nails need your creative input in the realm of new media! The video bellow will tell you all you need to know to get started!

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Eve Ensler’s phenomenally successful play Vagina Monologues has been performed in more than 76 countries and translated into over 45 languages since its 1996 premiere in New York City.

Inspired by the global impact of her work, Eve founded the V-Day movement whose focus is on preventing and eliminating violence against women. You can find more info on how to host a V-Day event in your community here.

An international group of Jacobs University students will be performing the Vagina Monologues on-campus tonight at 8.00 pm in the East Wing of the IRC building.

In the meantime, here is a presentation on happiness in body and soul Eve gave at the Technology, Entertainment, Design conference in Monterey, California.

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A nice little thought-provoking video from the folks at Cinnamon Pants.


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Our course will cover an eclectic range of new media aspects. Here’s an example of a video embedded in a post. A great way to kickstart your week! You will learn how to insert moving pictures in your blogs soon 🙂

Btw, the R.E.M. guys have also embraced some cutting-edge online technology: you can create your very own video version of Supernatural Superserious here.

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