Introducing SEO or Search Engine Optimisation

SEO or Search Engine Optimisation

What is SEO? SEO or Search Engine Optimisation helps search engines identify your website and its content which in turn helps the search engine recommend your website for relevant searches.

What do search engines look for in my website?
Having the right content on each page of the website is essential, along with optimising the content on the pages with correct formatting and including the words or phrases that people will search for. The correct meta data that also contains some the the words or phrases used in the page text, and ensuring its accessibility to all users on all devices is also looked at.

Meta Data – Metadata is snippets of text that describe a page’s content. The Metadata is hidden within the code of a page, and doesn’t appear on the website to a user, but is detected by a search engine.

Page Title – This is the text you see at the top of your browser window or tab. Search engines use this text as the title of your page which is very important at giving the search engine, and the user, a quick bit of information on what your page is about.

Meta Description – A brief description of the page. This needs to contain key information about the content of the page including some of the text (words or phrases that you want to be found with.

Meta Keywords Attribute – A collection of keywords which is relevant to a page/website content. Most search engines do not use the meta keywords of a website any longer, and they do not effect your websites positioning within Google’s search results at all. [MORE INFO – Googles explanation on how it works with keywords]

ALT Tags – An alt tag is a text description for an on your page. This has been adapted by search engines to allow them to identify the image and recommend it in its search results. It also assists people who are visually impaired, who use screen readers, The reader will use the ‘alt’ tag to describe the image.

Having the above done to each page of your website is a great start to climbing the search engine ladder and getting the position you need. Our Search Engine Optimisation packages are tailored to your needs and include the essentials above.

Off-Site SEO and how important is it?
Off-site SEO helps drive traffic to your site by using external sites and services such as social media and advertising. We recommend all sites to make the most of social media, even if they don’t use it personally, it can be essential for a business.

The ability to communicate one on one with a potential client, provide excellent customer service or even advertise to a mass audience can all be done by spending a few minutes each day on social media such as Facebook, Twitter or both. By setting up a business page for your business, we are able to provide you the key to communicating with your target audience.

Almost every business wants their business to be found on the first page of the major search engines. Your business has to earn that right to get these results using an effective SEO process.

Our Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) services are designed to increase the visibility of your website within the natural (or free) search engine rankings to deliver quality, targeted traffic to your website.

At Direct Submit, we believe every company is unique and we deliver a specific range of SEO services designed to help ensure the optimum performance of your website.

Call us today on 0845 2722350 and get your website working harder for your business.

Updating Your Bathrooms with a New Shower

Updating Your Bathrooms with a New Shower
Bathroom upgrades are among the most beneficial cost-efficient home projects: they make the space more enjoyable for you and your family in the short term and increase your home’s value in the long run. Before taking on such a major home remodelling project, however, it is important to plan out what you want very carefully, either on your own or with the assistance of your chosen bathroom supplier.

When upgrading small bathrooms, making the best possible use of limited space is key. Fortunately, a wide range of sleek, classic yet modern fixtures are available which will brighten up the space and provide that clean feeling that everyone wants out of a full bathroom – without taking up an inordinate amount of space. Shower cubicles without doors, such as those available from Matki showers, are an effective way to create an attractive, open space in which people will not feel cramped every time they walk in.

These days, another consideration is environmental friendliness. If you’re a homeowner, it’s simply no good to underpay for an average-quality shower head and then be faced with exorbitant water bills each month – especially if you have a family or other people living in the home besides yourself. On the upside, the cost of producing higher-quality, environmentally friendly shower fixtures has come down in recent years, and with “green” products now being more sought-after than ever, they are very likely to fall within the price range of someone seeking to renovate bathrooms of any size and for any number of people. If eco-friendliness and cost savings through increased efficiency are concerns for you, then consider installing a shower head from the product ranges of Fiora showers or Hansgrohe showers.

A final consideration is how the bathroom décor will all come together. While a wide range of shower heads and other bathroom fixtures are available in bright and shiny silver or glossy white or black, it is equally important to your home’s resale value that everything – walls, fixtures and all – fit into the same overall colour scheme. To that end, it is wise to choose a conservative palette of white, off-white, light blue or black for your bathroom walls.

Bathroom upgrades can be complicated, particularly when undertaking them for the first time for a small bathroom or in an older home, but they needn’t be. With a clear vision of what you want out of the space, you can easily turn a bathroom of any size into one of the most attractive rooms in your house. P.T. Ranson has been providing branded bathroom supplies and service for bathroom remodelling projects for years. P.T. Ranson has more than 30 years of collective experience and a commitment to providing the best possible products and service for each individual bathroom remodelling project.

When buying online from P.T. Ranson, deliveries on the UK mainland are free of charge. For more information, call today on 0191 4696999 or visit the PT Ranson Website today.

Expanding your Office Space with Mezzanine Flooring

Expanding your Office Space with Mezzanine Flooring

If your business has begun to grow and requires more space, but you want to avoid the expense and inconvenience of relocating, making use of the full potential of the space available within your current premises and creating a mezzanine floor within your existing building to create the space that you require could be the perfect solution.

Using the height of your building to make more space with the construction of a mezzanine floor is the ideal way to quickly create the space you need without having the expense and time of managing a major building project such as an extension or making plans to secure new premises, and with the right guidance you will be surprised and quickly and easily you will be able to create a pleasant and functional working environment no matter what purpose you may intend to use it for.

At Commercial and Industrial Interiors they are able to offer a wide range of office refurbishment services and have all the expertise and knowledge required helping you create a new mezzanine floor within your building that is completely suited to your company’s requirements. Whatever your reason for needing new space at CI interiors they will be able to manage the whole project for you, right from the initial designs to the final finishing touches such as lighting and installation of the cables and any technical equipment that you may require.

Whether you want to create extra storage, new office space or even a staff rest area at CI Interiors they will be happy to come and take a look at your existing building and discuss the various options available to you, when you have settled on a design that you are completely happy with they will ensure all the work is carried out with the minimum of disruption to the rest of your business.

So if you need extra workspace for your business why not consider getting in touch with CI Interiors, the real experts in mezzanine flooring and see what they can do to help you? With an excellent range of available options in all areas of office refurbishment services you can be certain that they will be able to help you find a sensible solution to any space issues you may have within your workplace.

Commercial & Industrial Interiors are a North East company, who are specialists in the field of internal office building and construction, demountable office partitioning, materials handling and storage systems. If you would like more information then please call 01661 836 304 or visit the CI Interiors website today.

Searching for Conservatory Roof Blinds

Searching for Conservatory Roof Blinds

Adding conservatory roof blinds to your conservatory is the ideal way to really make the most of the space you have, as not only will they make your conservatory more attractive they will also help to control the temperature and make it a more pleasant environment to spend time regardless of what the whether is like outside but sometimes it can be hard to find well fitted conservatory blinds that suit your tastes and your budget.

At Conservatory Blinds Direct they have an excellent assortment of made to measure conservatory roof blinds available to suit most tastes or design schemes and with plenty of helpful advice and information available as well whether you are looking for inspiration or know exactly what you want you may be able to achieve the design ideas you are aiming for far more easily than you may first think.

With a wide choice of designs and colours on offer no matter what size or shape your conservatory may be you will be able to find conservatory blinds that complement the rest of your home perfectly, whether you want to create a functional utility area, a fun room for the kids, a dining room or simply a place that you can sit and relax in peace.

Having well fitted conservatory blinds it the perfect way to turn your conservatory into a real feature within your home and gives you the opportunity to create a peaceful and attractive space to relax in, and with the added privacy and security conservatory roof blinds can offer they are a really worthwhile investment if you want to really make the best of what your home has to offer.

So if you want to give your conservatory a real lift why not take a look at some of beautiful designs of conservatory roof blinds available at Conservatory Blinds Direct. With a reliable and professional made to measure service and a full installation service available as well you will be able to have a conservatory you love with the minimum of fuss and disruption to your household.

You will be surprised how easy it can be to create the conservatory you want, with the expert service, competitive rates and high quality blinds they have on offer. The Conservatory Blinds Direct and Shutters Company has been manufacturing bespoke blinds for homes across the UK for over 30 years. Our price match offer, lifetime guarantee, local production, green manufacturing practices, price match offer and lifetime guarantee ensure that you will have the best possible customer experience and, once the installation is complete, you will fall in love with your conservatory all over again.

For more information or to book your free appointment, call us today on 01642 762497 or visit the conservatory roof blinds  website today.

 

Sound Insulation Testing on House and Flats

Sound Insulation Testing on House and Flats

Sound Insulation Testing is undertaken near the end of a project to show that the party wall and floors meet the Building Regulations Part E stipulated. The method for sound testing for airborne and impact sound insulation is in full accordance with the suggested methods presented in BS EN ISO 140-parts 4 & 7: 1998.

Detached houses don’t require sound insulation testing, however if the house has been built on to the end of an existing house and/or terrace it usually requires 2 airborne wall tests, one test on the lower floor which is usually the living room ad a second test on the 1st floor through the bedroom walls.

Apartment blocks usually require airborne and impact sound insulations tests. Airborne sound testing is normally required between horizontally and vertically separated pairs of rooms i.e. the wall and floor partitions. The sound tests are undertaken by using a sound source, amplifier and loudspeaker to generate a high noise level in one room (the source room). Noise measurements are then taken in both the source and receiver rooms using a prescribed number of source and microphone positions. The background levels in the receiver room are measured and the reverberation time in the receiver room is also measured. From the results, the airborne sound insulation (DnT,w + Ctr) is calculated and compared to the requirements of Approved Document E.

Sound Testing on Flats

When undertaking sound testing for floors, impact sound testing may also be required for vertically separated dwellings. Impact sound insulation testing is undertaken using a “tapping machine”, which drops a series of weights/small hammers onto the floor of the upper room. The noise level in the lower (receiver) room is measured for a prescribed number of source and microphone locations. The background levels in the receiver room are measured and the reverberation time in the receiver room is also measured. From the results, the impact sound insulation (L’nT,w) is calculated and compared to the requirements of Approved Document E.

When it comes to refurbishment projects i.e. office block converted into flats or large house subdivided into dwellings, we can undertake a sample sound test of the existing wall and floor construction. Once we have established the sound levels for the existing construction we can then look at extent of the acoustic upgrades to attain Part E Compliance. This is much more targeted way to formulate a more cost effective and accurate acoustic design as we know the sound insulation performance of the existing partitions.

The sound insulation levels required to pass Part E are usually 45dB for airborne wall and floors and 62dB for Impact Sound Testing on new build, however sometimes a higher target may be required in-line with the Code for Sustainable Homes; this is usually in defined in the following figures +3, 5 & 8dB, this means if its plus 5dB you will need to achieve 50dB for airborne and 57dB for impact sound testing. Obviously if you need to comply with the Code for Sustainable Homes then special attention must be shown to the acoustic design from the offset to reduce the chance of sound testing failure.

The amount of sound testing you require depends on the size of the development. All new build properties and conversions require 10% of each party wall/floor construction type to be tested, i.e. if you have built a pair of semi-detached houses you would be required to undertake 2 airborne wall tests. If you have up to 10 flats you would require 1 x 6 pack, consisting of 2 airborne wall, 2 airborne floor & 2 Impact sound tests – known as a 6 pack) However if you have 11 units this would rise to 12 Sound Tests or 2 x 6 pack. Also, if you have many different wall or floor types you will be required to undertake more tests to satisfy Building Regulations Part E.

Some ways you can improve the chances of passing your sound test at the first attempt, they are:

  • Ensure all penetrations are fully sealed where they terminate through floors and they are adequately boxed with acoustic quilt and two layers of plasterboard.
  • Avoid the use of lightweight blocks in the inner envelope construction as sound will travel both vertically and horizontally from dwelling to dwelling.
  • The use of resilient suspended ceilings will help improve the performance of the floor partition.
  • Ensure all support steels/timbers are carefully boxed out where they travel from flat to flat vertically and horizontally.
  • Use a high quality resilient acoustic membrane on top of the floor to improve the impact performance of a floor.

Due to the overwhelming variety of material designs and combinations due to varying constructions, it is impossible to cover all problems in a short article such as this; however in our experience if the acoustic design is taken into consideration from the offset of the project, then it usually results in a successful sound testing and compliance with Building Regulations Part E.

If you have a project that requires sound testing in London then contact us now, we can propose a sound testing schedule that should comply with Part E. Please contact us at: info@aptsoundtesting.co.uk or call us at 07775623464