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Once you’ve got your new website live the next thing to think about is search engine optimisation. This has become a bit of a minefield in recent years and an area that you can spend a lot of money on – but if you get the basics right you’ll shoot up the rankings with little or no cost. One key area of SEO is Google Page Rank. This is essentially Google’s method of determining how important your website is compared to others.

In order to improve your Google Page Rank, it’s important to get good quality links to your website.  A simple and very cheap way (free, except for your time) is to add your site to various business directories. We have collected a list of what we think are the five best business directories to register with.

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Social media is becoming a big aspect of our online lives, but is your business making the most of it?

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Google’s “Mobilegeddon” is heading your way: The search giant on Tuesday will update its algorithm to give preference to mobile-friendly sites for smartphone or tablet queries.

The change, announced in February, means websites not currently optimised for variously sized mobile devices will be buried under an avalanche of results, while mobile-friendly sites rocket to the top.

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Why is Facebook blue? According to The New Yorker, the reason is simple. It’s because much like myself Mark Zuckerberg is red-green colour blind. This means that blue is the colour we can see the best. In his own words Zuck says: “Blue is the richest color for me; I can see all of blue.” Perhaps that’s they I also picked blue for our M89 Web Design logo.

Not that scientific right? Well no, in the case of us and Facebook, there are however some amazing examples of how colours actually affect our purchasing decisions.

After all, the visual sense is the strongest developed one in most human beings. It’s only natural that 90% of an assessment for trying out a product is made by colour alone.

So how do colours really affect us and what is the science behind colours in marketing? Let’s dig into some of the latest, most interesting research on it.

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At M89 Web Design we always appreciate good design. One area that was lacking a bit of sparkle here in the M89 office were our desktop backgrounds. We then came across these little delights from the guys at Smashing Magazine, they get professional designers to cook up some interesting and different wallpapers every month that also feature a useful calendar – we love them. Check them out for yourself.