Free blank speech bubble icons

I needed to dream up some alternative icon backgrounds for a project the other day, and here they are for you to download for free. The set features 3D style speech bubbles which you can drop a symbol onto to make your own personal icons, ideal for social media buttons, chat room icons or forum posts. Check out the free download category for more free icons.

To use any of these free blank speech bubble icons simply right click on the icon set and select “Save image as…” from the on screen menu and the high quality image will download to your computer. These are royalty free icons and there is no need to obtain a license or provide a link to the Scottish Borders Website Design blog or site.

GardenLife Log Cabins website design

GardenLife Log Cabins website design

Garden Life Log Cabins, Edinburgh
The new GardenLife Log Cabins website launched this morning, right on time for the opening of the Ideal Home Show in London. Scottish Borders Website Design worked very hard with GardenLife to develop a fresh new brand to help represent them in the UK. The site allows visitors to browse and purchase a huge range of high quality log cabins, summerhouses and other timber buildings. In addition to shopping online, a blog, Twitter account and Facebook page have been set up and Scottish Borders Website Design will be supporting the site with ongoing search engine optimisation and marketing.

Fusiliers Museum of Northumberland logo design

Fusiliers Museum of Northumberland logo design

Fusiliers Museum of Northumberland, Alnwick
Scottish Borders Website Design only output design work that will delight the client, but this logo design is very special because it’s not often you get the chance to come up with an identity and logo design for an establishment with such heritage (having meetings in the Falconer’s Tower in Alnwick Castle is pretty cool too).

How can my website be leaking juice?

Pure website juice, with bits (never from concentrate)When discussing website optimisation I often mention juice, and if the other party hasn’t run off thinking that I’m insane because I’ve also used terms such as Panda and Penguin in the same breath, I go on to explain that it’s the influence that can pass from one web page to another by way of a hypertext link.

What’s juice doing in my website? Well, every website has a Page Rank (PR) named after Larry Page, co-founder of Google. The PR is assigned to a website based on multiple factors such as the code used to build the site, the content within the site itself, the number, range and quality of other sources linking to the site, as well as things like visitor metrics (how long people stay on the site). These are all worked out by a mathematical computer program referred to as an algorithm.

Lets imagine a brochure site with a Page Rank of 3. On a typical brochure website you may have ten internal links (to things like “services”, “prices”, “about us”, “terms of use”, “disclaimer” and the like) and you may have a few external links to websites such as Twitter, Facebook or YouTube. By linking to all these pages without the correct code in place you are passing juice; basically telling search engines that your website (with it’s Page Rank of 3) values all of the web pages and sites that it links to equally; but is that true? Do you want your “terms of use” page (which will hardly ever be looked at and is highly unlikely to bring in site visitors) to be considered as important as your “services” page (which summarises all the great work you do and is a key lead generator)? Do you want a search engine to think that you deem your link to Twitter (which allows people to leave your website) as important as the link to your own “about us” page (which defines who you are and can help persuade a site visitor to call you to request your services)?

Answer: No. If you’ve managed to get your Page Rank up to 3 you must have put quite a bit of work into your content, optimisation, website marketing, and as a result developed a decent online presence. By allowing all links to pass juice you’re also allowing your PR3 authority to be passed on to everything your site links to, and in turn, you are undermining the great work you’ve put into your website.

Juice etiquette by Del MonteHow do I stem the flow?
As some of your internal pages are far more important to you than others, and also because you want to retain as much authority over your content and links as possible, it is best to plug the holes and stop passing juice. By adding ‘rel=”nofollow”‘ to the less important links and all external links, you are advising search engines what you consider to be important (your “services” and “about us” pages) and those pages that are useful but to which you don’t want to pass any authority (such as “terms of use” or a link to “Twitter”). By doing this you make your internal and external links far more efficient, retain authority, and stop your website from from dripping away all that hard earned influence.

Ultimately deciding when to pass, or not to pass juice, is just a small part of the ever evolving science that is search engine optimisation and marketing, but it’s another little thing that can help your site along the way.

Digital Life Safe logo design

Digital Life Safe logo design

Digital Life Safe, Duns
Based in Duns, Digital Life Safe provide online backup solutions. Scottish Borders Website Design created the icon to look like a safe, integrated the digital symbol for “On/Off” and added symmetrical arrows to represent the upload/download aspect of the service (as well as some colour, to help the logo stand out). The font choice relates to the service being secure, strong and trustworthy.

Free music icons to download

This is the last free set of icons in this particular range; all yours to download for free and make use of as you wish. As with other music icon sets, this one features back, next, stop, pause, play, record, fast forward and rewind buttons.
Check out the free download category for more free icons.

To use any of these free music icons simply right click on the icon set and select “Save image as…” from the on screen menu and the high quality image will download to your computer. These are royalty free icons and there is no need to obtain a license or provide a link to the Scottish Borders Website Design blog or site.