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How to get that first web development job

You’ve just graduated from university, or college and you want to get a job as a web developer / web designer, but it turns out it’s much harder than you realised. So how do you get that first job as a web developer? This post was first published 1st January 2009 but has been updated

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A freelancer’s guide to getting paid in 10 steps

As a freelancer, getting paid on time is absolutely crucial and yet, the attitude amongst some freelancers is that getting paid late (or not at all in some circumstances) is beyond their control. It isn’t. So how do you ensure you get paid on time, almost every time? Well, it’s not easy. I myself get

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Cash flow: the hidden killer for freelancers

I’ve been a full-time freelancer for over three years and in that time, I’ve changed from being quite shy about the topic of money and charging clients to being very upfront and realistic but, even now, one of the hardest concepts is cash flow management.

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A guide to recognising tyre kickers

This website does very well for the search term, ‘freelance web designer manchester’. This means I get more than my fair share of emails from people requesting quotes for projects whereby the people requesting the quote have never commissioned a website before and don’t know how much it should cost or what’s involved.

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What a UK junior web developer should expect to earn

Prior to gaining my first job as a junior web developer, I often wondered how much I could expect to earn. Whilst at university, during 2001-2005, I heard a lot about the average salary for a university graduate being around £18,000 a year (regardless of profession) – whether this was an accurate figure or not,

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Getting to number 1 in Google: An SEO case study

To try and increase sales and awareness at the JJB Sports website, I set about optimising the site for search engines and customers. The major success story was getting the site to the number 1 spot in Google (UK) for the keyword “nike trainers“. Here’s how I did it:

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How not to write a web design CV/resume

Writing a CV (resume) for a web design job isn’t too dissimilar to writing a CV for any other job. So don’t try to be too clever. As my last function as Web Coordinator for JJB Sports, I was asked (along with a colleague) to find a new web designer. Some of the CVs I

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What web professionals can learn from Sarah Beeny

Following on from last week’s rapturously received What web agencies can learn from Gordon Ramsay post, I’m continuing the series with a take on the advice of Sarah Beeny. For those, who do not know, Sarah Beeny is a highly successful property guru/writer/TV presenter who presents (among other TV shows) Property Ladder. This show is

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What web agencies can learn from Gordon Ramsay

For those, who do not know, Gordon Ramsay is a highly successful British chef/restaurateur/TV presenter who presents (among other TV shows) Gordon Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares. This show is essentially about Ramsay improving the prospects of flagging UK restaurants. Although, different every week, Ramsay’s underlying message is the same. If your restaurant has certain characteristics and

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How to explain RSS to your friends, family & clients

RSS is something I use everyday for my own personal use that speeds up my use of the internet tenfold. Sadly, most people outside the industry still haven’t cottoned on to it yet. So I’m going to try help you to explain it to them.

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Achieving accessible web design: Part 2 – Accessify your hyperlinks

Last week, I talked about the importance of accessible web design and how to easily make the images on your website more accessible. This week, I’ll be talking about making your hyperlinks more accessible.

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What is accessible web design and how can it be achieved?

The internet as a medium has the potential to be very accessible. Telephones can alienate the deaf/hard-of-hearing, and television can alienate the blind/visually impaired but email and the web are great tools for people of all abilities.

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Proof that little design changes can make a big difference to conversion

A month ago I wrote that little design changes can make a big difference to conversion and now here’s the conclusive proof.

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What is Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) and how can it be achieved

The concept of good SEO is for your website to appear well in the natural rankings of Google/Yahoo/MSN/etc as opposed to the paid for listings (which cost money and don’t perform as well).

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Usability Testing – the Examples

Yesterday, I briefly talked about the theory behind the testing I carried out for my degree project on CMS. Today I’ll mention the specific problems I found and how I counteracted them.

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