BBW Thought Process

At Big Boy Websites, we're not you're everyday people, we think a little different, act a little different and believe it or not, there is always a reason behind our madness...

An Interview

   Alex Mann is one of the founders of Big Boy Websites. Alex Mann is passionate about working with business owners to help them forward their business within a marketing context. Alex has a deep understanding of P2P marketing, revealing the bright spots that has people engage/purchase. A passionate technologist, Alex is a real world marketing strategist and online, SEO, SEM technical specialist.    Bernadette Cooney has a strong background in media and communication, having spent 20 years as a journalist for a vast range of media, including mainstream New Zealand newspapers and independent magazines. An award-winning journalist and writer, Bernadette has extensive experience in covering small business and individual enterprise, in a mix of long form feature, daily reporting, and advertising copywriting. In more recent times she has also learnt the art of successful tweeting and blogging.  7 Questions about the newly launched “Cherry on The Top” packages at Big Boy Websites 1. So we hear that you just launched a whole range of additional packages at Big Boy Websites. Can you tell us about them? Yes, we have just launched a whole range of additional packages that business owners can purchase to improve their digital footprint. These range from something as simple as an extra page or some copy writing to a monthly blog post or full scale digital marketing plan. 2.Why are you charging extra when your plans are advertised as a “simple monthly fee”?Now that we have 100's and 100's of live websites we realised that quite often a business owner is too busy actually doing their business to be able to work on getting together the information that they need to share with their customer base. Heck some of them don’t even have a customer base at all. We realised that there was an opportunity to provide these busy business owners with the help they needed to solve that problem for them.  3. So your monthly plans are the same or are you charging a design fee now?We will never charge a design fee. That is not part of our ethos. The company was founded on the premise that we could provide agency standard websites to the small to medium business owner who does not have the ability to make a substantial upfront payment for their website.  4. What types of extra services do you plan to offer?Well in the first instance, we want to offer a service to businesses that will help them better showcase what they do. For example, they need some photos of their work or some case studies written about a big project or achievement. So many small business owners told us they wanted to do this, but the reality was they never had the time to do it. By getting us to do this for them, their customers are able to fully understand what is offered. 5. Are these being added to the monthly fee or are they a one-off charge?This depends on what the service is that is offered. A shopping cart will for example, be an additional monthly charge whereas a new gallery will enable a business to just add some depth and authenticity to their website.  6. What have been the most popular of the new packages?Definitely the galleries. Everyone wants to show off their work, but hardly anyone has the time or the skills to gather a body of work together.  7. How can we find out more about these packages? Have a look at our website, we have got them all up there. Or talk to one of our Business Development Managers and they can talk you through the process.See the add on services here ​

Manage Blog Posts

The Manage Posts page is where you can edit the status of your posts, pin a post to the top of your feed, add categories and much more​        Create New PostTo create a new post, click on the + New Post button located at the top right of the page. This will open up a new blank blog post for you to edit and take you directly into the content editing view.     View Blog Page (blog feed)To view and edit your main blog feed page, click on the Blog Page button located at the top right of the page.      This will open up the page in your design studio, and you can use the properties panel to edit your design. For detailed instructions on how to edit your blog feed, please click here to read the full article              Edit StatusThe status of your blog post helps you to organize your blog and set up which posts are ready for publishing. Use the tabs at the top of the Manage Posts page to sort through your different posts. Click on the drop down tabs to select the status for your individual posts. Only approved posts will publish on your live site.          Edit DateThe date will automatically fill in with the date the post was created. If you would like to change this date, simply double click into the box and choose your new date.    Edit CategoriesYou are able to create categories to further sort your blog posts. To edit your categories, click on the + button next to the Category section of your post.    This will open a new window where you are able to choose the post's relevant categories. Click on + Add New Category to add a new one to your list. A box will appear, type in your desired category name and click ADD.      Edit Your PostsThere are two ways to edit one of your blog posts.To edit the design of your post: click on the paintbrush icon.To edit just the content of your post: click on the Edit Post button.    Edit the ContentTo edit the content of your post, click on the Edit Post button located on the far right of the manage area.Here you are taken into Blog Content Mode. You are able to edit the main image, as well as date title and copy of the post just as you would a normal Webydo page.On the far left are your Blog Properties where you can edit your post's Status, Categories, Alternate Display as well as add a comments section.  For more detailed instructions on Blog Properties, please click here         Edit the DesignTo edit the design of your blog page, click on the paintbrush icon. This is located both on the Edit Content section of your blog page, as well as the main Manage Posts section. In Design mode you are able to edit the design of your main blog elements, as well as add more elements onto the page. The main elements are repeated among all your blog posts. Editing the design of one will edit the design of your entire blog. New elements that are brought in, will only be added to the post you are currently editing.           

How To Add 301 Page Redirections

You can add 301 Redirections to your site and migrate pages from old websites to your new Big Boy Website. A 301 page redirection tells both visitors and search engines that your original page is no longer relevant and redirects the user to your new web page.​1. Access Big Boy Websites Dashboard and then click the website's Settings icon.         2. Under the Redirections tab, click the + Add A New Redirection link.          3. Insert the Old Page URL, choose the Target Page you wish to replace it and click Add path.

Advanced SEO Options

Big Boy Websites provides you Built-In SEO (Search Engine Optimisation) Tools that enable you to monitor and optimize the position of your website in search engines, ensuring maximum exposure and traffic to your website.        Change Freq: This drop-down informs the search engines how frequently the content of the page changes, and assists in calculating suitable times for page crawling. Revisit-After: What we write here will tell the web-crawlers when to re-index the page again. For example, to tell the search engine’s bots to re-index once a week we write 7 days.Pragma: This meta tag is used for caching, meaning storing a web page locally. It ensures that secure https pages can't be stored. By not using the pragma html tag, it doesn't influence your ranking with the search engines. A valid entry here would be: no-cacheContent-Language: This tag defines the natural language of the page being indexed. Search engines which index websites based on language often read this tag to determine which language is supported. This tag is particularly useful for non-english and multiple language websites.A valid entry would be: englishAudience: This tag defines your target audience. This meta tag is often used to let the younger web-surfers know the content is appropriate. Example: general, mature, restricted, safe for kids.This meta tag has no influence on your search engine ranking unless you use it the wrong way.Classification: This tag allows you to classify and categorize your website. Go from specific classifications to more general. Try to keep this one under 120 characters. Example for Webydo: website builder, code free, web designKey-Phrase: Here we write the phrases to match the desired search query. We need to make sure the phrases are relevant to our page in order for it to appear in the correct search results. Phrases are combination of keywords, like: creative traveling, outdoor activities.Author: This tags gives credit to the person or company that created the website. This meta tag has no influence on your search engine ranking.Example: Deb, Big Boy WebsitesGoogle Conversion Code Label: This is used for Google AdWords. You can also paste in the required code to the  section in Pages & Navigation. Priority: This tag defines the priority of the page relative to other pages in your site. Valid values range from 0.0 to 1.0. This value does not affect how your pages are compared to pages on other sites -- it only lets the search engines know which pages you deem most important for the crawlers. Default is usually 0.5 or 0.8.Robots: This tag gives instructions to search engine crawlers. Example: index, followGoogleBot: Here instructions can be given specifically to the google engine crawlers. for example, we can write “noarchive” in this field.  Now google is not allowed to display cached content.Allow-Search: Here you can put either yes or no whether you would like search engines to to index and follow your site. It's not necessary if you already have the above tags. Target: This tag can be used as a duplicate of the Keywords tag. It is not necessary to add both, as this tag is no longer widely used. Copyright: This tag allows you to add copyright over the content of the site. This meta tag has no influence on your search engine ranking.Example: Big boy Websites Limited. Canonical: A canonical tag specifies the source URL (or original content page) of a given page to a search engine. Canonical tags are used to declare a single page as its own source or for duplicate pages to reference their originating page. If you don't have a page with the same content, leave this field blank. Google Conversion Code ID: This is used for Google AdWords. You can also paste in the required code to the  section in Pages & Navigation. Google Site Verification: This is used to verify your site with Google. You will need to verify your site when using Google Apps or Google Webmaster. Choose the HTML tag option, and enter the code found between the quotation marks.  .​

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