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Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Best Free Online SEO Tools

There's thousands of great SEO tools online, many cost money, but some can be used for free. Although our SEO tools at Hale Associations were purchased, there's plenty of great options for those working in the SEO field. In this article, we'll describe some of the most popular SEO tools online and their functions. If you're just starting out in SEO or you're experienced, these free online SEO tools will help you better serve your clients.

One of the best free complete SEO tools online has to be SEO Group. SEO Group gives you the opportunity to conduct a free SEO evaluation on the website of your choice. Although this free tool doesn't check every SEO factor, it does evaluate most of the major issues of SEO. The graphics, data, and analysis from these SEO audit reports are very professional, certainly a great free SEO tool to use.
Web SEO Analyzer is one of the most complete free SEO online tools available. Web SEO Analyzer can review your links, keywords, SERPs, indexed pages, and much more. The upgraded version is a must have tool if you have the funds to purchase the software. If you don't, the great folks at Web SEO still gives you great reports on a website's SEO.
At Hale Associations, we found that one of the best free online complete SEO softwares is SEO Powersuite. SEO Powersuite has a variety of great free tools that you can download. This SEO software includes SEO Spyglass, which uses tools to see what your competition is doing. Link Assistant helps you create strong links with other webmasters. Buzz Bundle allows you to build a strong social media platform for clients. Website Auditor allows you check a site's links, page ranks, domain age, link values, and more. Rank Tracker gives you the tools to check your rankings and evaluate their progress.
If you choose the free version of SEO Powersuite, you'll only have limited access to these SEO tools, but their still very useful. The paid software gives you everything that you need to provide professional SEO services. You can create and save reports with the paid version, you can't with the free version. Even so, this is a great free SEO tool to use for anyone.


The Moz Open Site Explorer is a popular online SEO tool that is well known and used. Open Site Explorer can be used to check the quality of your links and your link structure. You can use this SEO tool for free, but it only shows so many links at a time. Another great link checking tool is Majestic SEO. Majestic SEO is my favorite free SEO and link checker tool to use. You can only use this tool a few dozen times per day, but the free version gives a lot of great details on your links.
I use to recommend Google Webmasters Tools, but at this time, you can't rely on the information provided. I'm sure Google is trying to fix this, but at this time, you can count on the numbers. If you don't have the money to buy SEO software, try using multiple free SEO tools and combining the reports for a final report. I use to do this when I first started out and you can still provide great SEO services.
Hale Associations provides freelance SEO services to individuals and corporations. We also provide dozens of different freelance services, such as Web Development and Online Marketing. If you're interested in our services, please email us at 

Friday, October 11, 2013

Using META Tags In HTML Scripts And Coding-SEO Tips


If you are an experienced web designer or know the basics of web programming, you've probably heard the term "META" at some point in time. The <meta> tag defined metadata about your html document. This data will not appear on your document or in browsers, but it's machine parsable. There's a variety of different meta tags that can be used in your script. Most common metadata elements include keywords, page description, author of page, and modified date. Remember, all meta tags must be included within the <head> tag.

This is a correct example of how to place meta tags in your script or code.


 <meta name="description" content="Search Engine Optimization">
<meta name="keywords" content="SEO tips, SEO techniques, freelance SEO">
<meta name="author" content="Hale Associations">
 <meta name="robots" content="index, follow">
 <meta name="google-site-verification">
 <meta charset="UTF-8">


In HTML, the meta tag doesn't have to be closed. However, in XHTML, you will need to close the tag.

Some SEOs believe that there's no added value in metadata while others believe in it. We always advise our clients to use meta tags within their script or programming. The code above gives Google permission to index and read our HTML code. If you didn't want Google bots to read your website or index it, you'd add "no" to index and follow as you can see below.

 <meta name="robots" content="noindex, nofollow">

Hale Associations provides a variety of different freelance services, such as SEO, Web Design, Online Marketing, Social Media Marketing, SEO Writing, Content Building, Link Building, and much more. We also provide useful information about these categories also. If you're interested in our freelance services, please feel free to contact Richard at 1-304-752-3433 or email us at

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Free Web Design Software For Beginners

If you're looking for a free web design software that has the ability to produce web pages, we've found a solid software for you to try. Adobe Photoshop CS6 and Dreamweaver CS6 are two of the top web designing software on the market. However, if you're wanting these programs, look for a price tag of $400 for Dreamweaver and $500 for Adobe Photoshop. If you have the money to invest in these two web design programs, be sure to get them. If you don't, I want you to give NVU.
I know price can determine a lot of things and at this current time, you may want to get into web design but you don't have enough money to buy the software. Perhaps, you're new to web design and you want a free web design software that gives you the opportunity to learn web design. Although NVU doesn't have the same features as Dreamweaver and Photoshop, it's a solid web design software that can create dynamic web pages.
NVU can also help you if you're trying to learn HTML and CSS coding. This NVU software generates code as you enter text and other elements on your web page. I haven't seen a split screen for coding on NVU as we see with Dreamweaver, but the source button does bring up your HTML codes. With NVU, you can add tables and images to your web page. You can change pixel sizes and adjust them to your liking. This is a great web design software to learn from, giving you the opportunity to learn the basics about web design.
We prefer Dreamweaver CS6 and Adobe Photoshop CS6 to everyone, we use this software professionally and personally. Even so, NVU is a great platform for beginners and anyone else that doesn't have the money to purchase new web design software. Just follow the links to NVU, choose your browser, and download NVU. The interface is very easy to learn and you'll be able to create web pages for free in no time.
Hale Associations provides a variety of different freelance services, from SEO to Web Design. You can contact us by using the contact form on the right side bar or email us at  You can also call Richard at 1-304-752-3433. We work with flex-pay, so pay monthly for our services. We always work with budgets and our prices can't be beat! Find us on Freelancer, Elance, and PeoplePerHour.

Monday, October 7, 2013

SEO Evaluation For Websites

SEO Evaluation For Websites
If your website or blog is struggling to get traffic, rankings, or sales, you may want to consider having a SEO evaluation for your website. What is a SEO evaluation? This is when a SEO or SEO firm evaluates the current SEO applied to your website. Basically, it's a score of how well SEO is being used on your website or blog. We score websites 0-100, 0 being the lowest SEO score possible and 100 being the highest. SEO evaluations can also include the SEO potential for your website which can give you a detailed plan of SEO changes that need to be made.
Each website is different and has different search engine optimization needs. As you may or may not know, there's dozens of different ways to apply SEO techniques to your website. These techniques can be applied on page and off page. Our SEO evaluation studies your ranking factors for on page SEO and off page SEO. Each one of these factors can increase your SEO performance when done correctly or hurt your website when not applied.
We've conducted SEO evaluations over the past few years and one common feature that we find in websites that rank low for SEO is content. "Content" is still the most important SEO tool that you have at your disposal. We see that websites or blogs that have a large amount of content rank higher then sites that don't. If you have a low SEO score and very little content, you need to add more content to your website. The more content that you can deliver, the higher your SEO score will be.
Pre-2013, if your website had a lot of links, your website probably ranked high. After recent changes with Google, we've found that low quality links drives SEO scores down. Link building has become a risky business in 2013. If you have low valued links as most webmasters had earlier this year, you're going to lose traffic, rankings, and sales. One of the best link testing software that I use is SEO PowerSuite. This is the free version of SEO PowerSuite. This software can check every link that you have, checking page ranks, link values, age domain, Alexa ranking, and more.
There's so many different factors that can increase a website's SEO and many more that can decrease your SEO rankings. Our SEO evaluation will score your SEO, evaluating both on page and off page SEO factors. We'll then give you a detailed report on your SEO score, so you'll know where you rank high and rank low. Lastly, you'll receive a full detailed report on how to properly increase your traffic and rankings. This service is free for anyone that choose are SEO campaigns or monthly SEO services. For those who don't, we only charge $30 for a full SEO audit of your website.
If you're interested in our SEO evaluation or any of our SEO services, please send a request to or call Richard at 1-304-752-3433. 

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Hale Associations Freelance Marketplace PreLaunch

Hale Associations Prelaunch Of Freelance Marketplace/Full Web Design

Richard Hale is proud to announce that Hale Associations will be launching a freelance website where freelancers and clients can work with one another, similar to websites such as Freelancer and Elance. We can't give too much detail at this time, but it's going to bring new opportunities to freelancers and clients, something the freelance world has never seen.

We wanted all freelancers and clients to be aware of the prelaunch. At this time, we don't have a time frame, but we expect it to be up and running within a few months. We're currently speaking with investors and sponsors. If you're interested in learning more about our freelance marketplace, please contact Richard Hale by phone or email.

Hale Associations has operated on this blog and freelance websites over the past few months. Our website is nearly finished and we hope to be operating by the end of the year. Our freelancers have been taking web design courses and we'll be offering full web design options by that time.

We appreciate everyone's support during our launch. We also give thanks to all our past and current clients. I know this is certainly not the best operating platform, but we wanted to get our work and abilities out before we launched. A few chosen clients put their trust in us and I'm thankful for that.

I know we've lost dozens of projects because we're currently operating from a blog. Remember, we can also be found on Freelancers, Elance, and PeoplePerHour. We'll be offering full web design by the end of the month with Dreamweaver software, such as CSS and HTML. We'll continue to provide SEO services to all current clients and new clients. Thanks for your patience.