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The Benefits of Blogging for SEO and Brand Recognition

Dorset Blogging Services

In today's competitive online landscape, standing out from the crowd is critical for Dorset businesses. While a captivating website and effective marketing strategies are crucial, one often-overlooked tool with tremendous potential is blogging.

Why should your business embrace blogging? Let's take a look at the key benefits:

  • SEO Powerhouse: Regular blog posts packed with relevant keywords and valuable information act as magnets for search engines. Google and other search engines love fresh content, and well-optimised blogs often rank higher in search results, driving organic traffic to your website. This means more potential customers discovering your business without relying solely on paid advertising.
  • Become Trusted Locally: By incorporating local keywords and focusing on topics relevant to the Dorset community, your blog can become a go-to resource for local searches. This not only attracts potential customers but also establishes your business as a trusted expert in the local market.
  • Brand Storytelling Platform: Your blog allows you to showcase your brand personality, values, and expertise. Share industry insights, offer helpful tips, and tell engaging stories that resonate with your target audience. This builds trust, fosters connections, and positions you as a thought leader in your field.
  • Lead Generation Machine: Strategically placed calls to action within your blog posts can convert curious readers into valuable leads. Offer valuable resources, free consultations, or exclusive discounts in exchange for contact information, building your email list and nurturing potential customers.

Ready to start blogging for your Dorset business? Dorset Web is here to help! We offer comprehensive blogging services, from keyword research and content creation to copywriting and search engine optimisation. Let us help you leverage the power of blogging to boost your online presence, attract new customers, and build a thriving brand in Dorset.

Don't wait any longer! Get in touch today to start your blogging journey and unlock a world of opportunities for your Dorset business.

Designing Responsive Websites for All Devices

Responsive Website Design Dorset Web

At Dorset Web, we take pride in our ability to design attractive and responsive websites that offer a fantastic browsing experience on all devices. Our goal is to create websites that not only capture attention with their aesthetics but also function seamlessly across different screens.

With the increasing use of smartphones and tablets for web browsing, it is vital that your website adapts effortlessly to different screen sizes. Our team of experienced professionals specialises in responsive design, ensuring that your website looks and functions flawlessly on desktops, laptops, tablets, and mobile devices.

A responsive website from Dorset Web means that your content will automatically adjust to the screen it is viewed on, providing a consistent and user-friendly experience across all devices. Whether your customers are accessing your website from their office computers or while on the go, they will enjoy a seamless browsing experience.

We understand that a visually appealing design is essential for capturing your audience's attention. Our team combines artistic flair with the latest design trends to create websites that reflect your brand identity and resonate with your target audience. From layout to colour scheme, typography to imagery, our designs are carefully crafted to engage users and encourage them to explore further.

In addition to aesthetics, we prioritise usability and functionality. Our websites are built with intuitive navigation and clear calls to action, ensuring that visitors can easily find the information they need and take desired actions. We pay attention to loading speed, optimised code, and mobile-friendly features to provide a smooth and enjoyable browsing experience.

Dorset Web understands that a website that works well on all devices is crucial for maximising user engagement, conversions, and overall business success. Contact us today to discuss our responsive website design services, creating websites that not only look stunning but also provide a fantastic browsing experience on all devices.

How SEO Can Boost Your Website's Visibility

How SEO Can Boost Your Website's Visibility

At Dorset Web, we understand the power of SEO in enhancing your website's visibility. With effective search engine optimisation (SEO), you can attract organic traffic, improve search engine rankings, and reach your target audience. Let's explore the key benefits of SEO for your website.

Improved Search Engine Rankings: SEO helps optimise your website's content, structure, and technical aspects to improve its ranking on search engine results pages. By appearing higher in search results, potential customers are more likely to find your website.

Increased Organic Traffic: With higher search engine rankings, you'll experience an increase in organic traffic. These are users who find your website through non-paid search results, leading to more engagement and conversions.

Targeted Audience Reach: SEO allows you to target relevant keywords and phrases that resonate with your target audience. By optimising your website for these keywords, you attract more targeted visitors who are interested in your products or services.

Enhanced User Experience: SEO involves improving your website's speed, mobile-friendliness, and user interface. This enhances the overall user experience, leading to more engagement and returning visitors.

Building Trust and Credibility: Higher search engine rankings signal trust and credibility to users. By investing in SEO, you demonstrate to search engines that your website provides valuable content, helping you establish authority in your industry.

Sustainable Marketing Strategy: Unlike paid advertising, SEO offers long-term benefits. Once your website ranks well, you can attract consistent organic traffic without ongoing costs, making it a cost-effective marketing strategy.

Beat the Competition: SEO gives you an edge over competitors by outranking them in search results. By targeting specific keywords and optimising your website, you can attract visitors who would have gone to your competitors' sites.

Whatever industry your business is in, search engine optimisation is a critical component of an effective online marketing strategy. At Dorset Web, we can help enhance your website's visibility through SEO, attracting organic traffic and improving search engine rankings. Contact us today to discuss how we can optimise your website for long-term success.

Dorset Web Celebrates 25 Years of Business

Dorset Web Celebrates 25 Years of Business

In 1997 Tony Raybould, Marketing Director of Dorset Web Ltd., went out to advise local businesses throughout Dorset on the benefits of developing a presence on the Internet. Even though he was aware of its incredible potential, he still finds it hard to believe that 25 years later the Internet would be such a vital part of everyone’s life. Back then it was a case of explaining what a website was, how a modem worked, that email was a new, easier way of communicating and that they would not need a fax machine in the future - only to be told at the end of an hour-long meeting “This Internet thing won't catch on”.

There were of course some early believers and adopters who appreciated how important the Internet may become to their business. The more of them Tony managed to get on board, the more the business grew. With clients including Dorset Police, Dorset Fire, Monkey World and Cottages Direct, Dorset Web gained a reputation as an industry leader, not just throughout Dorset but further afield too. With this reputation came many more enquiries and new clients, and a number of national clients were acquired. Due to this expanding portfolio Dorset Web changed its name to Radikls, which has since gone from strength to strength working on website projects such as James Bond, Doctor Who, Star Trek, Only Fools and Horses, Midsomer Murders and Lord Of The Rings.

Today we focus our passion and skills on offering smaller businesses the support they need to succeed. This includes their hosting, website design and most importantly securing them great positions in Google search results, which has become an incredibly significant aspect of running an online business. We have a wide range of clients covering many sectors across the country. From electricians to roofers and antique shops to funeral directors, our client base now benefits from nicely designed websites that are found easily by those within their local area, ensuring they get business ahead of their competitors.

From day one we have been dedicated to offering a professional and personal service that helps our customers’ websites reach their potential, and we continue striving to achieve this each day. We’d like to thank all of the clients and employees who have contributed to our success over the past 25 years - here’s to the next 25!

Too busy to manage your website as business begins to pick up?

Too busy to manage your website as business begins to pick up?

We know that it can be difficult to keep your website up to date when your business is busy. It’s often something that is easy to put off until later; pushing it to the bottom of your to-do list before never actually getting around to it. At Dorset Web we can relieve you of the stress that managing your own business website brings.

Our hosting, website design, SEO, and support services can provide you with the ideal website management solution, giving you peace of mind that your online presence is in good hands, allowing you to fully concentrate on running your business.

If you don’t already have an existing website we can provide a completely bespoke website design service, which includes:

  • Domain name research, ensuring you have the perfect website address with no trademark conflicts
  • Attractive and functional website design, catering to any specific requirements you may have whilst performing well on all devices
  • Content writing, putting exactly what you want to say about your business into words
  • Photographs and images to suit your business and produce the perfect look
  • Search engine optimisation, ensuring your website ranks highly on Google and other search engines, allowing it to be found by your target audience
  • Secure and reliable website & email hosting that guarantees your business is always accessible
  • Website management, keeping your website updated and running smoothly at all times

An outdated or neglected website is not a good look and will typically result in visitors immediately leaving and searching for a more appealing alternative. If you’re concerned that you won’t have enough time to give your website the attention it requires, let us bear that responsibility for you. Contact Dorset Web today to discuss how our comprehensive range of website design and management services can meet the needs of your business.

New quality website bring rapid results for Attico

New quality website bring rapid results for Attico

It's no wonder that website traffic and online orders have increased considerably since the launch late last year of and Attico websites hosted by Dorset Web.

A comprehensive redesign, a vast array of high quality images, the implementation of a new e-commerce platform have all led to a stunnning website. A local business grant for website development was a very welcome fillip to the project. The end results are clear to see with crisp, clear, uncluttered pages showcasing the full range of high quality items that Attico offers for sale. Specialist gifts, fine paintings, stylish greetings cards, Sid Dickens' hand-painted tiles and many other unique and attractive items.

The "Lockdown at Home" section on the Attico website has been particulaly popular with a wide range of puzzles, books and craft ideas on offer.

The website has been backed up by Dorset Web's support services. SEO, social media and e-commerce expertise playing a big part. The content management system facilitates maintenance of the site, particularly important where the availability of fast-selling items needs regular updating.

Like all retailers, the owner is longing to be able to open up her shop in the Westbourne Arcade for visitors again soon. In the meantime, she is delighted that the new, professionally designed, fully interactive website is doing their job and bringing in a steady flow of new customers and new and profitable business.

Last Orders - hassle-free and safe - Cheers!

Last Orders - hassle-free and safe - Cheers!

Last Orders Drinks Supplier Poole and Bournemouth has responded quickly to the new “normal” with the introduction of Click and Collect and free delivery to customers in Bournemouth and Poole*. Traffic to its website has increased substantially with a subsequent surge in online sales.  Shifting its resources to “home” sales, adapting swiftly to the COVID environment has been challenging, yet rewarding.

*Customers with a BH Postcode ordering in excess of £100 worth of beer, cider, wine, fizz or soft drinks benefit from free delivery, below this, there is a small charge of £3.00 (minimum order £40.00).

Established in 1998, conveniently located in Parkstone, Poole, Last Orders prides itself in offering an extensive range of popular bottled beers and wines, in addition to keg beers, exclusive wines, spirits and soft drinks. It is renowned for its excellent service and knowledge of the drinks market. Advice and assistance are available in abundance. Its easy-to-use online shopping site, and importantly, COVID safe and secure delivery and collection service takes the hassle out of ordering your favourite tipple.

Home delivery, online ordering of beers, ciders, spirits, soft drinks and special offers goes hand-in-hand with home drinking. Last Orders is there for you NOW in these challenging times and, even when we are all able to visit our favourite pubs and restaurants again in the future, theywill still be there for customers in Bournemouth and Poole to help you with all your drink supplies. Cheers!

Responsive websites boost business

Responsive websites boost business
It seems the best approach for your business this New Year is to make your website ‘responsive’. Have you looked at your site on a tablet and different smart phones? If your site is correctly sized, and provides an optimal viewing experience with minimum scrolling, more customers will engage with your content. With a distinct audience shift to mobile browsing, search engines are placing responsive sites higher.

Dorsetweb's clients, weathervanes-direct.co.uk, have noticed an increase in customer activity with statistics that 48% of enquiries came through their new responsive website design. Steve Randall, of fencingcentre.co.uk, also says ‘our sales of log cabins and other products have increased by 25% since we became responsive and developed our search engine marketing’.

Tony Raybould of Dorsetweb says ‘we have seen very quickly that a responsive website is essential in todays consumer market.’

Dorset Web Launch Responsive Website for Dorset Weathervanes

Dorset Web Launch Responsive Website for Dorset Weathervanes
Here at Dorset Web we love to work with successful small businesses to create websites that have that personal touch. In an age of multi-national corporations and mass-produced imports its lovely to see companies that were started locally and yet have gained an international reputation for unique products made with the highest quality of craftsmanship. Dorset Weathervanes is one such company. A small business started by one man (Graham Smith), who has been making weathervanes since 1986 after combining his artistic skills with manufacturing expertise from fifteen years as a Precision Engineer. After building up a reputation locally, the company has gone on to gain an international client base and has produced over 9000 hand-made weathervanes across 20 countries. Dorset Weathervanes offer a comprehensive personal design service, which means that many of their products are unique and personal to the client. And it is precisely this personal touch, which is the key to the company's success.

Likewise, Dorset Web share the same ethos of client centred design. We produce unique websites, individually tailored to suit each client's needs. So in response to the need to reflect both the locally-produced artisanal nature of Graham's products and his global reputation, Dorset Web developed a site which could accommodate both Dorset Weathervanes' growth and their personal and unique service. Their previous website had been running for 12 years and was not able to reflect the high levels of professionalism nor the international service that the company provides. Therefore, we were able to supply them with a highly efficient e-commerce website system for their standard product ranges together with more personal touches like company history, product images and client testimonials. By simplifying Dorset Weathervanes e-commerce system, making it visually stimulating, yet more intuitive and familiar to the end user, Dorset Web have also ensured that potential customers feel at home when visiting the site and therefore more comfortable to spend money. Indeed, this is essential in an international context, where it is imperative to communicate that all-important sense of trust to prospective customers.

Alongside these things, we also made the new website “responsive”. In other words we made a site that would keep that same level of usability on all hardware, including mobile phones and tablets. A responsive website will have adaptive scaling parameters and use relative units like percentages for images and page elements. This allows for ease of reading and navigation on all devices, and ensures that a minimum of resizing, panning and scrolling is required from the user. We did this to ensure that potential customers viewing the site on mobile devices remain on it for longer than the first 30 seconds, which are critical for ensuring that first time users continue to use it rather than look elsewhere.

Royal Bay’s New Website Boosts Traffic by 20%

Royal Bay’s New Website Boosts Traffic by 20%
We recently launched the assured retirement living provider Royal Bay Care Homes' new website with the effect of increasing click-throughs and boosting the online visibility of their portfolio. So far we have not only improved the company's overall traffic by 20% but enhanced the visibility of Royal Bay's regional estates. The Dorset Web team did this by modernising their main website to make it more user-friendly and by using newer source codes to ensure that it is simpler and easier to maintain. More importantly, we gave each of the company’s care homes its own domain name and more location friendly meta-titles so that they ranked high in regional searches.

Dorset Web have not only designed Royal Bay’s new website and improved SEO but have also been able to help maintain and manage the sites of all the care homes in the company’s portfolio. We have also provided them with our net-inform package, which enables visitors to Royal Bay's website to view the latest news stories for all regional sites. We were also able to provide a simpler email system to maintain and manage email contacts, together with a highly competitive maintenance and consultancy package to ensure our commitment to the company’s future. Moreover we also built Royal Bay an Extranet system so that care home managers are able to access and download the latest forms and information, and to place requests for capital. We did this at the company's request because they wanted to ensure that each home was using up-to-date forms and information, and that expenditure requests had to be formally accepted before capital was released. Since its installation, this centralised system has not only become a valuable tool in a fast growing environment but also a necessity in ensuring that all managers are kept up to date with central policy and information.

It’s still early days for this launch but all in all Royal Bay’s online traffic is improving and more importantly each of their care homes is showing up better in regional searches. Moreover, Royal Bay are very happy with the new look of the site, which uses more streamlined and accessible design, and on the strength of the growth already witnessed, it looks like the project is another Dorset Web success story.

A local Japanese meal on your doorstep!

A local Japanese style winter break!
A unique Japanese experience awaits those that use Shige Takezoe for their 'meals on wheels'. As previous owners of Hellbarn Holiday Cottages in North Chideok, Bridport Shige and Diana now provide a Catering van to your door for the chance to experience Shige cooking a fantastic Japanese dinner. Visit his new website to arrange your Japanese for small home events at https://justjapanesefood.co.uk/

The Hellbarn website has been managed by Dorsetweb since 1999 as one of their longest clients. Visit hellbarn.co.uk for more information.

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