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It is a very nice website design however there was a long loading time. I would also change your navigation so that it pre-loads the pictures that way it does not load the rest of the page and each link individually. Otherwise it was a nice website.

 

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Colton Wagner

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I have not ever used sharepoints I have heard about it through a grape vine however. As far as recommendations I do really use preloaders because my pictures are all formatted for best performance and quality. I don't usually have problems like that. I would worry more about your link bar images than anything.

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Colton Wagner

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Just remember content is king when it comes to SEO.

Using tables rather than CSS is no problem aslong as you have content that people want to see, therefore creating more back-links to your resource. Which will gain PR + SERP's

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thankyou, speaking of SEO one site is performing badley despite the relevant content, backlinks, links to the site and all other factors of the site :/

 

Which one?

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A lot of your core content like headings and navigation are images. Possibly look at font replacement techniques like Cufon or Sifr, or use background images with your text indented negatively so it's hidden.

 

Also a nice way to help search engines is to have a HTML site map on your site and also submit an XML version to Google via its web master tools.

 

Then utilise social tools like Twitter and Facebook to direct external traffic to the site and it should be a lot better.

 

For me though, I would try to review the heavy use of images, good optimised pages always rank well ;)

 

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I thought that so with the images I made sure used "alt" text and named the images using HTML so that google picks up that relevant information still

 

I submitted a sitemap and it indexed all pages, it's really weird, social networks Facebook I have 200000 people looking at this link :) and twitter has just starte up

 

Yahoo it's ranked 1 and has lots of inlinks

 

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My guess is that it's down to the HTML. Semantic, valid mark-up can play a big part in SEO these days; it's what's used by the search engines to interpret what an element is on the page. For example the links on the right side of the menu (audition, videos, etc.), are written using a table:

 

<table style="width: 100%">
                <tr>
                                <td style="width: 363px" class="copyright2"><a class="copyright" title="Matt Cardle Audition 1" href="Audition1/">Audition</a> <img src="images/arrow.png" width="10" height="10" /></td>

                                <td class="copyright2"><a class="copyright" title="Matt Cardle Videos" href="Videos/">Videos</a> <img src="images/arrow.png" width="10" height="10" /></td>
                </tr>
                <tr>
                                <td class="copyright2" style="width: 363px"><a class="copyright" title="Matt Cardle Bootcamp" href="Bootcamp/">Bootcamp</a> <img src="images/arrow.png" width="10" height="10" /></td>
                                <td class="copyright2"><a class="copyright" title="Matt Cardle Live Shows" href="Live-Shows/">Live Shows</a> <img src="images/arrow.png" width="10" height="10" /></td>
                </tr>

                <tr>
                                <td class="copyright2" style="width: 363px"><a class="copyright" title="Matt Cardle Guestbook" href="Guestbook/">Guestbook</a> <img src="images/arrow.png" width="10" height="10" /></td>
                                <td class="copyright2"><a class="copyright" href="Legal/">Privacy Policy</a> <img src="images/arrow.png" width="10" height="10" /></td>
                </tr>
                <tr>
                                <td class="copyright2" style="width: 363px"><a class="copyright" title="Matt Cardle Judges Houses" href="Judges-Houses/">Judges Houses</a> <img src="images/arrow.png" width="10" height="10" /></td>

                                <td class="copyright2"><a class="copyright" href="Legal/">Terms and C&#39;s</a> <img src="images/arrow.png" width="10" height="10" /></td>
                </tr>
</table>

 

I've remove a lot of the tabbed white space to make it more readable, but with some fairly simple CSS rules this hog of mark-up could be re-written to (note the etc. comment of course):

 

<ul class="footer_links">
    <li class="l"><a title="Matt Cardle Audition 1" href="Audition1/">Audition</a></li>
    <li class="r"><a title="Matt Cardle Videos" href="Videos/">Videos</a></li>
    <li class="l"><a title="Matt Cardle Bootcamp" href="Bootcamp/">Bootcamp</a></li>
    <li class="r"><a title="Matt Cardle Live Shows" href="Live-Shows/">Live Shows</a></li>
    <!-- etc -->
</ul>

 

That kind of rework throughout the code would increase your mark-up : content ratio considerably. From what I can see there's also a lot of empty tables, broken code, deprecated tags, etc, etc.

 

You're also not making use of any header (<h#>) tags, which allow you to add a meaningful header to the page that'll search engines pay a lot of attention to when indexing your content. I can't see any paragraph (<p>) tags used. Links with the text 'read more', which obviously don't describe what you're linking to - 'read more about ...' is much better.

 

There's a lot of room for improvement to be honest.

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