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Nardo's Presentations Companion Site

Thank you for visiting this companion site. Chances are that you listened to one of my presentations. Several things mentioned in my presentation, such as the article "50 Resasons why you need a web site" are linked to from this page. You may also be interested in reading some of the columns that I wrote for the Centre Wellington Chamber of Commerce.

On this companion site I have mentioned a number of links to interesting websites and resources.

Of course I would welcome your inquiries for one of our services: 

  1. Web design
  2. Search engine optimization
  3. Pay-Per-Click advertising campaign management
  4. Usability evaluation 
  5. Website critique
  6. Inexpensive Hosting
  7. Website Statistics
  8. Website Analytics

We also have quite a number of associates with a wide range of skills and fee levels. Contact me today with your specifications, and I will see whether there is a good match.

Disclaimer:
There will be a number of links with my affiliate link embedded; this means that if you would decide to buy that book or software, I would get a commission. But I would not recommend something just to get a commission - these are books that I enjoyed reading and software that I use within my company. 

Recommended Books, Software & Websites

From Our Friends At Amazon.ca

As a consultant you have to know which books to rely on. Granted, I have not read all these books cover-to-cover, but these printed books are all on my shelf:

  1. Now, Discover Your Strengths - Marcus Buckingham and Donald O. Clifton (2001)
    Focus on your strengths instead of trying to improve on weaknesses;
    This is the book that got me into Usability Consulting!
  2. Web Design For Dummies - Lisa Lopuck (2006)
  3. Web ReDesign 2.0: Workflow That Works - Kelly Goto and Emily Cotler
  4. Don't Make Me Think! - Steve Krug (2005; update version)
    Humoristic view on website usability from the man who called his company Advanced Common Sense
  5. Designing Web Usability - Jakob Nielsen (1999)
    (1999 - probably the best-known book on website usability)
  6. Prioritizing Web Usability - Jakob Nielsen (2006; an update on #5)
  7. Net Words - Nick Usborne (2001)
  8. Search Engine Visibility - Shari Thurow (2007)
    Common sense
  9. Winning Results With Google Adwords - Andrew Goodman
  10. Call To Action - Bryan Eisenberg, Jeffrey Eisenberg and Lisa T. Davis
  11. Waiting For Your Dog To Bark? - Bryan and Jeffrey Eisenberg

There are also a number of e-books that I thought had very valuable information in them; I can recommend you reading them too :o)

  1. The Joomla Book - Barrie North
    Now 20% OFF! Only USD 27
  2. The Butterfly Manuscript - Mike Filsaime
  1. Marketing websites
    1. ClickZ
    2. Simpeology
  2. Open Source (usually free):
    1. Open Office
      Like Microsoft Office - with ability to make PDF's
    2. NVU
      HTML editor like Dreamweaver or FrontPage
    3. KompoZer
      HTML editor like Dreamweaver or FrontPage (NVU's successor)
    4. The Gimp
      Like Photoshop
    5. OSCommerce
      e-commerce platform
    6. Mambo
      Website content management system
    7. Joomla
      Website content management system (Mambo's successor)
    8. Wordpress
      Blog software
    9. Drupal
      Website content management system
    10. CM Simple
      Website content management system
    11. OSWD
      Website design templates
  3. Search engine optimization
    1. Wordtracker - keyword research
    2. iBusiness Promotor - top SEO software
  4. Web
    1. W3.org - lots of information about correct coding, accessibility and handy validators (links, HTML, CSS)
    2. Marketleap - quick online tool to check whether your site is indexed, how many pages are indexed, and how many links are pointing to your site.

Audio Video Samples From Presentation

Audio samples...

Maybe you want to give your site a voice...

You can have your CEO tell a little bit about the company:

http://www.nicholsgroup.co.uk/aboutus/corporateprofile/ourvision.cfm

Or, you maybe your website sells waterbeds:

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