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iLocal, Inc. is a professional website designer that specializes in small business web consulting and management.  With 17 current small business projects in development our client base depends upon our 6 week design turnaround.  We too are a small business at heart and we build detail oriented websites and are able to do a better job than any corporate website from Godaddy, Dex,  Yellowbook, Superpages and Yellowpages.com .  We truly build content rich websites and employee a copy writing team and apply basic SEO methodologies to each of our web development projects.

A local web designer is something we highly recommend.  We fix sites for customers that purchased sites from other developers that didn’t provide complete web design consulting.  With design, technology, copywriting, management, hosting, seo, proper use of H1, H2, etc organization, we assure each of our customers proper and responsible web development services.

http://www.iLocalOnline.com

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Google New Search Features

October 27, 2010 by Jason+

Googles new search features really blow in my opinion.  They no longer have the search field at the bottom of the page and whats up with the cursor that moves up each listing.  The search result doesn’t just scroll down any longer.  I know they have great results but I am really getting annoyed with Googles search features and how they display the results.  I have never been a yahoo or bing kind of searcher….but I am running out of patience with Google.

Seattle Washington Web Designer

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Blog Post Comments

October 25, 2010 by Jason+

Is funny how people leave comments on blogs.  I really feel as if the whole SEO back link process is so ridiculous.  What the hell is the purpose of it.  Please someone leave me comments about the actual purpose of it.  I understand how relevancy can be important but the value of quality has been replaced with quantity.  What percentage of people actually leave comments because they are moved by a post vs how many people leave a comment because they can’t get one millionth of a blip of a dot of a search engine ranking improvement.  I think that a website should be rated on its quality of content and purpose and not so much garbage like back linking.  Don’t get me wrong….I do the same things to a degree because that’s how the game is played.  No one watches infomercials because they are spammed out long expanded commercials and SEO to a degree is just that…

Search engines need to improve on their search results and not worry about backlinks.  Most common searches bring up crap results.  I still think that IYP directories provide the best local search content .  Their search platform is so old school genre name and appearance and no one likes it.  Search for search they provide truly the best local search result.

http://www.iLocalOnline.com

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Click to listen to our song The Website Blues : Ilocal1 I am just sitting here on Sunday night long after I told myself I was finished for the day.  I just ran a payment for one of my customers and they are really coming up strong on the search engines.  I watch and research all of my customers and since 90% of my customers now have been migrated over to Joomla or WordPress I am really still very happy with the results and organic placements of most of my sites.  I have numerous sites that regularly are on the first page of the major search engines and I feel like I am really getting my SEO process dialed in.  As a business owner we still don’t charge for this but my end results are starting to make me think about doing this much more.

I had to chuckle when I was thinking about some of the people I know that presume to be SEO experts.   A few have said that the search engines don’t like Joomla and favor WordPress in that genre of content management.  I must say that I disagree.  I am able to really dial in joomla so well and they are my most productive SEO sites.  I still have a few things to learn about WordPress SEO but for a web designer I am very happy with my basic site results.  So many people charge so much more than me for basic SEO services and I just try to load a basic website with basic seo so they get a good start.  I don’t continue to provide ongoing SEO service but boy….my sites still appear to be working well.  I have numerous sites across numerous industries that are first page google.  I don’t pretend to be a know it all web designer or a know it all SEO guru…but when my competition brags about how great they are it sure make me feel that much more confident about my client bases results.

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Website Consulting

October 23, 2010 by Jason+

iLocal, Inc. is proud to be a website design and consulting company.  When iLocal starts a web design project we first turn over the project to our copy writing team for industry specific research and analysis.  As we consult with our client in regards to their website project we really have our process dialed in.  We have a great system in place in regards to research, design and final optimization.  We know what the customer doesn’t know in regards to web design.  We know that they don’t have a clue in regards to the many key features of site optimization.  We have came across many web designers that think building a good website ends with just the design and content formation process.  A iLocal, Inc. site takes it a few steps further and we implement a basic optimization process into the web design.  We have numerous website customers that are on the first page of search engines in very competitive categories because of this extra step we take.  Our prices are still very competitive but we try and give our customers something a little extra.  We track and trace the usage of our websites and we also contact customers long after the site is completed if their site is not performing well.

High quality web design is not our only objective.  Content is what creates call volume and we believe it is our responsibility to create valuable content for our customers.  Our management team actually has the lowest value on actual site design.  SIMPLE Typography and placement of text is our highest quality of objective.  We are geeks about this.  I don’t want to make it sound like the design and creative side of things is not a concern because we know ourselves how a crappy looking site can get traffic and not get any response.  As a web consultant we really try to be patient and do our best to put the best overall product to the web.   iLocal currently has 17 website projects in cue.  We work long work days and try to put the highest quality and level of professionalism in to each website project.  Our customers live in a fast pace world of small business and our biggest disappointment as website consultants is the lack of time they have to devote to their important website projects.  Once again…we know what our customers don’t have a clue about and our goal is to provide them with content rich websites that meet our high expectations.   http://www.AffordableContainers.com is a site that has been live for less than 30 days but has already received 26 phone calls.  If we just built a site with the pictures and content and didn’t complete the entire website consulting process then I assure everyone that this customer wouldn’t have 5 phone calls thus far.  iLocal, Inc. is a premium website consulting firm and we are proud to build successful websites.

http://www.iLocalOnline.com

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October 18, 2010 by Jason+

The reward of being a Professional in Corporate America.

Just received this video from my friends at Target Web Design.  Is a good one about a sales manager and his sales rep.

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iLocal’s new website

October 18, 2010 by Jason+

Our site is coming along.  About half of the sites content has been loaded.  I wish I could just take a week off and focus only on the site.  Yet, life and its circumstances appears to keep pushing it off.  I have stopped working on our old site and I have some creative idea’s in regards to that domain.  It has paid its dues in some respect but it will be getting a entire new facelift sooner or later.  We have decided that www.iLocalInc.com will be the new sites domain.  We have been so busy with so many separate projects.  The site content is mostly done.  My family is now going to start Watching Season 1 of the Big Bang Theory.  Appears to be off to a good start.  One needs down time as well.

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iLocal, Inc. is a Small Business Web Site Design Specialist.  We provide Dreamweaver, WordPress and Joomla web design services.  We believe content is King and we will not even publish a website that hasn’t been written and reviewed by our Copy Writer Clyde Mcdade.  Everyone is a know it all when it comes to search engine optimization.  We are learning more and more and provide web design services with basic search engine optimization.  Our new site launch will provide a much stronger realization for Web Design in the Western Washington area.  If you search for a Asphalt Contractor in Tacoma one of our customers is in the first spot….that’s an easy one with that term though….Asphalt Sealing Tacoma…same result.  A search for Boat Engine Rebuild or Boat Engine Repair in Tacoma and first page results.  We have Welders, Real Estate Agents, Storage Facilities, Volvo Repair Shops, Painting Companies, Transmission Shops, and Storage Container Customers that all show up in the first page with just a basic web design.   We accomplish this task because we write content driven and industry specific sites.  We know what the customer doesn’t realize and we excel and filling in that gap for our customers.  So many web design companies know what the laymen business owner doesn’t know and they stop there.  Site looks great….nice design….no infrastructure…..no results.  We provide call tracking….website analytics for daily, monthly and yearly results.  We monitor our low performing sites and contact those customers.

iLocal, Inc. doesn’t proclaim to be the best web designer in the world.  But we do proclaim to be the one with the most integrity and customer service for each of our clients.  We will go to any length for our customers and  we work way beyond normal expectations for good customer relations.  We truly will become one of the biggest and best web design companies in the world.  It is our mission….it will be our purpose.  Are we there yet….No…No and No.  We are a work in progress….we have the right motives and best interests at heart.

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Engaged Website Owners

October 12, 2010 by Jason+

I applaud your attention as a business owner.  Success is determined by the amount of work that you put into the detail of any project.  “Just” paying someone to build a website for you is not a highly important aspect to that detail.  We all need a competitive edge.  iLocal, Inc. will go to any length for each of our customers.  Like any business we too need to remain profitable and we can’t do this unless we build a competitive web product that local business owners profit from.  Our own chance of success it quadrupled when we attain a customer that is engaged in the web design process.  Good content, artwork, photo’s and illustrations and time are a powerful equation for a successful website.

iLocal, Inc. started providing copy writing services because customers weren’t unengaged.  We had web design projects that would take 6 months because customers were willing to pay for a site but not provide any of the ingredients.  Content creates call volume and its the most important aspect to us in regards to Web Development.  Every single one of our sites have massive content.  To much content is some cases.  We too are learning the content game and a lot of our sites are becoming more equally balanced in regards to relevant content.

It is our goal to contact at least 1 customer per week to help them make improvements to their existing site.  With 46 customers at last count we can’t just get a hold of them at once.  We have a open door policy.  Why do we do this?  Because we realize they don’t have the time to even help themselves…or perhaps take the time.  I am pro web design obviously.  It’s 10:30 pm and after a full work day I have worked non stop all night.  My customers are not like this.  No matter how many customers we ever receive , it will be our goal to help our customers improve their websites.  The direction our management team has in regards to true customer service and support is loftier than any other web design company on the planet. As we raise more capital and grow more and more it will be exciting to see this hard work realized.

http://www.iLocalOnline.com

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IT Specialist

October 11, 2010 by Jason+

For iLocal, Inc. to get where we want to go it is important to us to have a good IT person. Our new IT guy is someone I met a couple of months ago and he has been consulting me on the side for various projects. Every business needs a good backstop and that’s how we see our IT guy. A backstop does little talking and a lot of stopping problems from getting worse. Although he is not as Website savvy as we would like, he is very proficient fulfilling our IT needs. A good backstop for iLocal, Inc. is on call for us at about anytime of the day and always answers their phone or calls us back ASAP. This guy also has numerous connections and he has helped me to plug a hole in a part of my business that was lacking. A good backstop solves problems and every business should have one.

http://www.iLocalOnline.com

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