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SEO Infographic – Link Data Visualization

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When it comes to SEO, it can be difficult to explain the difference between quantity and quality to those who are looking for the fastest way possible to rank their websites on Google and other major search engines. Especially when website or business owners start looking at what is working for their competitors and want to follow in their footsteps, which can be especially frustrating to those who know that high quality link building, in the long run, will be much more effective and prevent your website from getting dinged by the search engines.

One of the best ways to simply explain something is by simplifying the main points and placing it into a data visualization. So what does quality link building and expensive beer have in common?  Find out in this awesome, animated infographic!  Click on the image below and hover over the link building types to learn more about the quality of each and how to obtain them as well as see how many PR 1 links do you need to equal the value of a higher PR link.

Source: SEO Infographic – Link Data Visualization

How Much Time is Wasted on Loading Unnecessary Data Infographic

How Much Time is Wasted on Loading Unnecessary Data Infographic

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Wasted Time on Unnecessary Data

When you visit a website, how much time does the site waste loading unessential data?  Well, the folks at GTmetrix.com have a created an infographic to help answer this question.  They based their graphic on data analyzed from the top 1,000 websites on the Internet.  Using three basic optimization techniques, they discovered that there were 23 million gigabytes of completely useless data being downloaded each month.  To give you an idea of how much data that is, it would take one person on a standard DSL line a mere 619 years to download it all! Sounds crazy, doesn’t it?

Frankly, I had no idea how much useless data was really being downloaded each month until I came across this graphic. Sure, I knew it was a substantial amount.  But 23 million gigabytes? The Internet is truly a place to waste not only time, but data as well. Trading time for data, is it worth it?

Which type of website do you need to host?

Which type of website do you need to host?

This info-graphic shows the options when choosing a web hosting company to use. It’s worth thinking about the demands and requirements that your blog or website will need.

Finding the best web hosting company all depends on working out what provider gives you the most features and enough features for your business to grow.

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Infographic provided by bestwebhostingnow.co.uk

Choose Your Own Savings Adventure Infographic

Choose Your Own Savings Adventure Infographic

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It’s a treasure map!  It’s a choose-your-own adventure!  It’s a savings plan!  It’s a great idea, but let’s see how it’s executed…

Start the Game

The infographic states that “Stock markets have walked the plank.  Find the best place to stash your loot…”  This is going to be hard to explain, methinks.  Maybe I should do the rest of the review in pirate talk?  Arrrr!  Or. not.

Play the Game

The first question you’re asked is if you want easy access to your savings.  If you pick “no” you are taken to another question that asks if you’re prepared to “lock your money away” for five years.  If you say “no” to that, you are asked if flexibility is more important than a huge interest rate.  If you say “yes,” you are taken to Citibank, where you can get 6.30% on 6-month term deposits.  If you say “no” you’re taken to Victoria Teacher’s Credit Union, where you can boost your interest rate with a 3-year term deposit and 6.75%.  Basically, most of the questions lead to one of these choices.

More Factors

If you had answered “yes” to the first question, you would be asked if you have a mortgage with 100% offset account capability.  If you do, the game ends there as they advise you to put your extra money in the offset account.  If you say “no” to the mortgage question (and honestly, these days, who wouldn’t?) you are asked if you can make regular monthly deposits of over $200.  If you say yes, the game is over again, because UBank USaver pays 6.51% when you deposit $200 or more every month.  If you aren’t able to deposit $200 or more each month (and how many people in this economy can spare that extra scratch) it asks you if you’re 18-29 years old with less than $5K in savings.  It occurs to me that this is an Austrailian infographic, so none of these things actually apply to us, but it’s still helpful to know because how different could it be in the US?  Never mind.  It can be way different.  Shoot.  I digressed) and you are between 18-29, you can put your money in a UBank USaver Reach, but if you’re not you are asked if you’re willing to move your money around every few months.  And the game goes on.  It’s a clever idea, and I’m sure the information is wildly valuable to people in Australia.  I wish they’d make one of these for each country.  Actually, looking at the company’s website, I’m pretty sure they have information for everybody.  Just check them out.

Design:  B-

The idea is good, but the execution isn’t the prettiest, and I think they could have made it a lot more attractive.

Information:  A

The information given is very good and, like I said, very valuable to those it applies to.

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For the full treasure map, compare term deposits or savings accounts now.

The Hidden Cost of Running an Office

The Hidden Cost of Running an Office

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This is an infographic about the costs of running an office in the UK.  Visually, it’s very attractive.  For some reason, I really enjoy the use of the color blue in an infographic.  Someone told me once that blue was the most pleasing color for websites and for paint colors.  I don’t know if there is any correlation between the two, except that you can spend a long time on website, and a long time in a room.  But I digress…

Desk Space

This section addresses the average cost of desk space – having someone occupy a workstation each year.  The highest is in London’s West End, followed by the city of London, then Birmingham, Manchester, and finally Cardiff.  The variance between the highest cost per workspace and the lowest is about ten thousand pounds.

Power and Surfing the Internet

The average office worker uses 6,886.7 kwH each year, costing almost seven hundred pounds, annually.  Additionally, they estimate that 4.4% of work hours are dedicated to surfing the web for non-work-related reasons, like social networking sites, and that it results in an annual loss of over nine hundred pounds per employee.  I bet the numbers in the US are MUCH higher.  *checks Twitter feed*

Office Supplies

This section is labeled “office supplies” but they only talk about the essential essential – toilet paper.  They estimate that every employee uses the equivalent of almost seventeen pounds (money, not weight) of toilet paper each year.  I don’t know what toilet paper costs in the UK, but here in the US you’re looking at about eight dollars for a 12-pack of “double rolls” which is supposed to be the equivalent of two rolls but isn’t really because it’s extra fluffy, so that’s about seventy cents per roll, and if you convert the 16.98 British Pounds to dollars, it’s $27.70, which means that if the consumption of toilet paper is similar from country to country, people use about 41.5 rolls of toilet paper per year.  I think I might have digressed again, and this time with bad math.  Either way, that’s a lot of TP.

Utilities

Back to power, which earlier was broken down by employee cost, now it’s broken down by cost per employee, per year, by region.  Did you know that leaving a monitor powered on overnight uses the same amount of power it would take to print 800 pages?

Tea Breaks

Four hundred pounds = 24 minutes per employee per day.  Wowsa.

Sick Days

Sick days only cost two hundred pounds per year per employee more than tea breaks.

Smoking Breaks

Broken down by region, smoking breaks cost a lot more than tea breaks, sick days, and toilet paper.

Expenses

Four hundred sixty two pounds per year are claimed for business expenses – mostly for travel and accommodation.

Salaries

A necessary evil, the median income of employees by region, per week is outlined in this section.

Design:  a solid A –

It’s blue (I like that) and it is attractively laid out and easy to understand.

Information:  A

The information is good and valuable to a UK business owner.

Source:  Small business insurance and office insurance from Towergate

San Francisco Battle of the Bridges

San Francisco Battle of the Bridges

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This infographic might be very interesting to a person who lives or works in San Francisco.  To someone who doesn’t, it was mildly interesting to see the differences between the Golden Gate Bridge and the still-to-come Bay Bridge.  If you’re a bridge fanatic, this is exactly the kind of stuff you like.  Unless you’re an extreme bridge fanatic, in which case you’ll probably already know all the information given on this graphic, and will want more detailed information about how many man hours each will take, the amount of paint it will take to paint the lines on the road, and stuff like that.  Or, if you’re afraid of bridges, this graphic could give you a big old case of the heebie jeebies.  But I digress…

Bridges in San Francisco – There Was a Big One, Now There is Going to Be A Bigger One

Assuming everyone cares about the difference between these two bridges, the biggest question here is what the researcher considered to be the criteria for “California’s greatest bridge.”  Does the location make one greater than the other?  Is the older one greater because it was built first, in a time that provided more challenges to a project of its scope?  Is the newer one greater because it is much longer?  The infographic  shows which bridge comes out on top for each category, but doesn’t state earlier in the graphic what will actually determine the “greatness” of the bridge.  I’m thinking a different title might have been more appropriate.  The data collection is great, but the organization of the Bay Bridge stats, and then more stats below compared to Golden Gate Bridge stats was a little confusing for me.

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The title font is just awful.  I see what they were going for – a Rice-A-Roni sort of feel, but it doesn’t work for me and, let’s face it, nothing looks good with it.  The typeface right below it is a serif font, but later in the graphic there is a clean typeface I think they should have used throughout.  I think everything from “Today’s Bridges” down looks fantastic, and gets the point of the graphic across.  I just wish they had “tallied” up to see who “won.”

Which Bridge Is Better?

In the side by side comparison, the bridge with the “greater” stat had its data presented in larger letters or numbers, to indicate who “won” for that category.  Again, had there been a tally or conclusion at the end, I would have liked it better.  They probably want the viewer to decide for themselves, but I guess I’m lazy, because I wanted them to tell me which bridge was greater.

As infographics go, I think this one accomplished the goal of communicating data, though the mix of typefaces was a little much for me, and if they weren’t going to come down on one side or another I wish they’d presented the comparison in a different way.

Design: C-/B

C for the top part with all the wonky typefaces, but B+ for the lower section.  From “Today’s Bridges” down it was a quite attractive infographic.

Information:  A-

It tells loads of information about both bridges.

San Francisco bridge information about Golden Gate Bridge facts and Bay Bridge Construction submitted by SFTravel.com