The Design Web is ranked #1 on page 1 in Google searches for “WordPress Websites Auckland”

Stu and BelindaWhen Belinda and I published our first Design Web websites in 2006, we had no aspirations for a Google page 1 ranking for our little website development business. With our initial listing on page 40 or so, behind zillions of other website development listings, we decided to treat our own websites as places where we could invite clients and potential clients to visit to check us out and check out the quality of our work.

We did of course put in place most of the normal sensible free optimisation initiatives that are readily available for WordPress websites, which we incorporate in all our clients’ sites, but we didn’t pay a cent on paid search or directory listings, and we didn’t use any trickery to pursue ranking elevation.

As early as our first year in business, it was clear that our approach to optimisation was working as nearly all of our clients’ websites achieved page 1 Google listings within a few months and many went to #1 on page 1 for their preferred keywords and key phrases.

Because we are focused so much on achieving results (including search engine ranking results) for our clients, we hardly ever searched for our own sites and were somewhat surprised but very happy to find from numerous potential clients who contacted us, that our New Zealand website is at #1 on page 1 in Google searches for “WordPress Websites Auckland”.

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The Art of Colour


Every year Belinda looks forward to her chance to design a poster for the Rose Bay Public School main arts event and this year the art show theme was ‘The Art of Colour’. Belinda asked that the kids supply her with coloured body parts, with their imagination being the only limit to what sort of body that might be…

Then she had some fun with colour!

Exchange Exhibition

A realistic painting of a powerpoint

Two of Belinda’s paintings were recently part of Exchange, an exhibition featuring 55 artists from regional and metropolitan areas around Australia. There were 110 small scale art works in the show, with each artist showing one for sale and one to swap.

The exhibition was curated by Amanda van Gils.

‘The Persistent Postman’ poster

The Persistent Postman, poster design

This is the poster Belinda designed for the 2012 School Production for Rose Bay Public School. Since the show is about a postman’s journey around Australia, she asked that the kids make pictures to be used as postage stamps. The A4 stamps were exhibited on the wall on the big night, along with a great collection of postboxes we made to go with the stamps.