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How to Build a Website Right the First Time

If you’re at the beginning of your journey as a webmaster, there’s a lot to learn! It can be overwhelming if you don’t have any support or resources to tell you what to learn first. But that’s what this webmaster blog is for! Often, when you first start out, the hardest thing is to nail …

Google Domains Has Been Acquired By Squarespace

Do I Need to Move My Domain? Google Domains, the domain registrar of choice for myself and countless other webmasters, has been officially acquired by Squarespace as of June 15, 2023. For the uninitiated, Google Domains launched in June of 2014 and offers over 300 name extensions, which is enough for most people, if not …

How to Build A Website on Siteground

There’s a reason Siteground is such a popular web host. They make setting up your website incredibly simple and provide thorough documentation and tutorials about how to use their platform. As a Web Developer, you would probably expect that I had experimented with lots of different web hosts over the years, but that’s not the …

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Unboxing the Search Generative Experience (Google SGE) 

It’s Official: AI Is Coming to Google. As always, it’s an interesting time to be on the internet. Google SGE is set to bring AI to the everyday search process! With AI at the forefront of communication technology, it’s hard to know what the future holds. It’s like an arms race, with every company out …

How to Build Topical Authority As a Small Business

Small businesses often struggle to gain traction online when compared with larger corporations with seemingly limitless resources backing them up. But don’t get discouraged! With patience and some hardcore TLC (Tender Love and Care), your small business site can thrive online and bring in more customers despite all the competition. To do this thing right, …

Why Small Businesses Need a Website

You have a decision to make. Obviously, Studio O’Riley is a web development business, and I’m the owner, so there’s some inherent bias in this article, and you probably could survive as a business without a website provided the right circumstances: In 2023, most businesses can’t thrive without a website for the simple reason that …

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What Is Search Intent? The 4 Motivations Behind Search (2023 Guide)

If you’re looking up search intent, you’re probably a seasoned internet user. Most people (myself included) don’t give a thought to Google Search anymore. It’s so convenient and easy to use that we just pop in the first few words that come to mind and see where the almighty browser leads us. It’s just a …

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What Are Backlinks? Introduction and 17 Effective Link-Building Methods (2023 Guide)

Introduction to Backlinks (And 17 Ways to Get Them) Did you know that Search Engine Optimization (SEO) isn’t just about the content on your website? Along with over 200 other factors, your Google rank (or domain authority) depends partially on how many other websites link to yours. This free link-building guide will tell you everything …