Week 31: Press Mentions and Website Redesign

It’s been quite a while since I’ve updated this blog, and a lot has happened since then. At the end of my last blog post, I said that I had submitted my website to the Yahoo Directory. Did it help? You bet! The Yahoo Directory comes at quite a steep price at $299 per year, but I figured that it had to be that high for a reason. Since the Yahoo submission, many of my keyword rankings rose from the bottom to the middle of the first page.

That may not seem like a big jump, but it is! My number of website inquiries has tripled! The majority of web design inquiries have come from people in Atlanta, but I’ve gotten quite a few from Metro cities like Kennesaw, Marietta, McDonough, Doraville, Roswell, and Alpharetta just to name a few. I can’t say that it was just the Yahoo Directory submission that contributed to my higher ranking though. There were other factors and they were:

1. Being included as one of the top 50 web designers in Atlanta

Upcity Logo

At the beginning of April of this year, a representative from UpCity contacted me to let me know that I had been included in their list of top 50 web designers in Atlanta, GA. I was stoked to say the least and proud to have been included with some of the biggest names for web design in the city.

Of course, I had to mention this on my Twitter, Google Plus, LinkedIn, and Facebook company pages which gave that UpCity blog post backlinks of its own and some visits.

2. Getting interviewed by an Atlanta SEO Expert

I’m not that concerned about ranking for SEO, but I wanted to see who showed up on the first page for freelance SEO in Atlanta, GA. I was shocked to find out that I showed up on the first page for that search term. As a matter of fact, I was in the top 5.

Freelance SEO in Atlanta GA Google Query

I’m at the bottom of the screenshot at #4. See the top result? That’s Jenny Munn, a well-known SEO consultant in Atlanta. I met her while making my way to this year’s Atlanta WordCamp in March. I was lost, and she helped me find my way. On our way in to the WordCamp, she mentioned to me that she was speaking on SEO. I listened to her talk, and I learned a good bit. Jenny definitely knows her stuff.

After the WordCamp was over with, Jenny and I stayed in touch and connected online. She saw me posting about my success on Google Plus and asked to interview me. I was honored to do the interview.

In the interview, I talked about my beginnings, the hardships that I faced, and how I got to where I am at now. If you care to read the interview, click here.

3. Redesigning my website

My search engine rankings were solid, and I was getting leads from multiple sources, but my website was not mobile ready. The last time I redesigned the Mr. Technique website was back in 2011. Click here if you care to see my website’s evolvution.

I started the website redesign process in January of this year, and I finished it right before Memorial Day. Here are before and after screenshots of Mr. Technique.

I kept the same content and added a few more pages. Feel free to test the website on a mobile device. I wouldn’t say it is perfect, but I would call it an upgrade. Now I feel armed with the tools to get to #1 on Google for web design in Atlanta, GA.

If you’re interested in knowing about what I used to redesign the Mr. Technique website, I used the Divi theme from ElegantThemes. It is one of my favorite WordPress themes. Out of the box, it is a plain theme, but if you know your way around HTML and CSS, you can mold it to the way you want it to look.

Disclosure: The link to ElegantThemes is an affiliate link which means that if you purchase something after clicking on the link, I will receive a commission. 

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