What a surprise it was to type in "Gloucestershire Business directory" into Google and find Quoakle high up in the Google Places Listings. You never know what they are going to slip in next! We had tried all sorts of ideas to get listed on that page as Quoakle is particularly keen to promote businesses in the "home territory" of Gloucestershire (even though it is now a UK Website Directory).So at the start of the 2013, it's "Thank you Mr Google!"
Just as people are beginning to talk about "coming out of the recession", there is more good news for UK Businesses. Today, Tuesday November 6th, Gloucester-based Internet Company, Quoakle.com, launches its "BIG idea" and begins giving out advertising gifts to scores of local companies! At the start of its 7th year, the Quoakle team wanted to do something a bit special. Website promotion specialist and boss, Nigel Steele, describes Quoakle's "BIG idea"."We've enjoyed real success with the directory, getting top positions on Google and we now want to take things to the next level. What better way than by giving something away!" From this week, Quoakle starts offering FREE advertising for all company websites that fall into Quoakle's 14 diverse topics - from Restaurants to Gardening Businesses and from Wedding Services to Days Out activities.Since its launch in 2006, Quoakle's online directory has enjoyed tremendous growth through its focus on clear, simple page design, removing the clutter of too much text as well as the distraction of off-putting banner adverts. Designed by an unusual Head Teacher-Former Pupil team, Quoakle has become known for its simplicity and ease of use. As one of its users commented, "...it's a breath of fresh air!"UK companies... Read More
During the last six months, from March 1st to August 31st 2012, the visits to Quoakle from Google's Organic listings have risen by an exciting 91.87% when compared with the previous six months! Going up from 15,603 to 29,745. This exciting development is largely due to Quoakle's strong performance from its Days Out and Leisure pages in the Google listings .To take a look at Quoakle's UK Days Out home page click on the link.Quoakle now has 64 County pages of links to UK Days Out websites! ... Activities for Children, Family Days Out, Adventure and Leisure Activities and Places to Visit. Visitors to Quoakle are now landing on Days Out pages for counties all around England and Wales. The most popular pages are:Days Out in Gloucestershire, Days Out in Worcestershire and Days Out in Bristol. However, we are seeing an increasing number of visitors arriving at Quoakle on the pages for Days Out in Somerset and Days Out in Cornwall where Quoakle is placed No. 3 and No. 2 respectively on the Google listings. The Quoakle team is confident we are going to see a continuing increase in visits to Quoakle's Days Out pages in the coming months and Quoakle becoming... Read More
This week, Quoakle teamed up with Really Simple SEO to provide a great, all-round, website promotion service for all its paying clients.ReallySimpleSEO.com is the popular website of well-established SEO Consultancy, Search Marketing Services, based in South West England. Specialising in affordable SEO training, Really Simple SEO provides online training resources to help small businesses learn how to optimise and promote their own website. Resources include downloadable Tutorials, eBooks and Lessons written in a simple to understand way that anyone can follow.Really Simple SEO is run by website promotion specialist David Howlett and provides lots of freely available resources as well as a very extensive service that is accessible just to signed-up members. When you become a member you get instant access to over 100 tutorials of SEO training resources.Really Simple SEO is now offering six months free membership to paying members of Quoakle's graphical directory.Director of Quoakle.com, Nigel Steele provided a recommendation over a year ago on the Really Simple SEO website. "What I like about your posts David, are that they are simple! They just take steady consistent work by readers such as myself on my own website. We have been applying a lot of your advice and our pages are steadily improving Google rank”.Many other members... Read More
For Quoakle's Web Design team, navigation continues to be our top priority - helping our users go from page to page really quickly ... finding what they are looking for so easily.Six months ago, Quoakle's graphical directory was significantly upgraded through the introduction of dropdown menus and buttons for Counties and Topics, just below the header on each logo page. The new buttons made it clear especially to new users how to move around the directory.Today marks the launch of the brand new dropdown menu design!The new design incorporates changes to the button design and also to the way the dropdown menu works, not to mention the exciting introduction of a new button, enabling users to focus their search more specifically on a town or a city.Special thanks to Jon Parker from Parkwood Digital for the design and coding of the new dropdown menus and to Jeremy Onion who integrated the new code into the Quoakle CMS.Try it out now! Go to Quoakle's UK Directory and choose your topic. If you live in Gloucestershire and are going out for the day, you'd choose Gloucestershire, then Days Out to look for local attractions and leisure activities. What a great selection! However, you're also willing to travel a... Read More
Last August, the Quoakle team began taking major steps towards the aim "to spread right across every county in the United Kingdom". The first phase saw the launch of 14 new counties, from Cornwall in the south-west to Cheshire in the north-west. The first topic within these counties was Days Out and Leisure which is beginning to feature highly on Google across England and Wales. Quoakle users are now able to flick from county to county looking for great places to visit, days out and family activities, and finding hundreds of websites with just a couple of clicks.In the last few months, Sean Cresswell, responsible for Client Development, has been expanding the whole directory across England and Wales so that there are now pages for all 14 topics across all 64 counties. The only region not covered currently is Greater London which awaits careful strategic planning.For Quoakle, the original graphical directory, navigation is very important indeed. Fulfilling the strapline - " a quick link to local websites" - means helping Quoakle users go from page to page quickly and easily, so they and you can find what you're looking for without getting lost or wasting time in the wrong part... Read More
During the last three months, from January 6th to April 5th 2012, the visits to Quoakle from Google's Organic listings have risen by an exciting 82.32% when compared with the same period last year! This is an exciting development and is largely due to Quoakle's strong performance in the Google listings from its Days Out and Leisure pages. Take a look at Quoakle's UK Days Out home page.Quoakle now has 64 County pages of links to UK Days Out websites! ... Activities for Children, Family Days Out, Adventure & Leisure Activities and Places to Visit. Visitors to Quoakle are now landing on Days Out pages for counties all around England and Wales. The highest numbers of visitors are landing on the following pages:Days Out in Gloucestershire, Days Out in Worcestershire and Days Out in Bristol. However, it's great to see an increasing number of visitors arriving at Quoakle on the pages for Days Out in Somerset and Days Out in Cornwall where Quoakle is placed No. 3 and No. 2 respectively on the Google listings. As we are only just at the beginning of the main holiday season, the Quoakle team is confident we are going to see a massive... Read More
For Quoakle, navigation is a high priority - helping our users go from page to page quickly and easily, so they and you can find what you're looking for.At the bottom of each page, you will have noticed links to other topics in that county, and also users have been able to travel from e.g. our 'Pets' page in one county over to another 'Pets' page in a different county using the simple dropdown menus. Well - now there are buttons to make it even clearer to new users that Quoakle works in this way!Try it out now! Go to Quoakle the UK Web Directory and choose your topic. I fancy going out to a restaurant, so I'd choose Gloucestershire, then Restaurants to look for local Restaurants. What a great selection! However, I'm also willing to travel a bit, and live close to Herefordshire, so now I can click on the Other Counties button at the top of the page, and instantly look at the Restaurants available in Herefordshire. Simplicity itself!We're excited that more people using Quoakle are going to see much more easily how to move around the website. We hope you will do too!
Steve Jobs has stepped down as CEO of Apple, handing the reigns over to Tim Cook, Apple's COO. While Steve Jobs will remain involved in Apple as chairman of the company, he will no longer run Apple on a day-to-day basis. To celebrate the end of his career as CEO of Apple, we thought it would be good to publish a quote from Steve Jobs that really must apply to Quoakle!Steve Jobs on designing products:“Look at the design of a lot of consumer products — they’re really complicated surfaces. We tried to make something much more holistic and simple. When you first start off trying to solve a problem, the first solutions you come up with are very complex, and most people stop there. But if you keep going, and live with the problem and peel more layers of the onion off, you can often times arrive at some very elegant and simple solutions. Most people just don’t put in the time or energy to get there. We believe that customers are smart, and want objects which are well thought through.” – Steve Jobs in an MSNBCand Newsweek interview, Oct. 14, 2006.It would be great to know what Steve Jobs... Read More
More good news from the Quoakle office! Over the past five years, Quoakle's graphical directory has made searching for local businesses quicker and easier for thousands of users. Since August 2009, Quoakle's innovative page layout and simple presentation of information has enabled users to connect with local websites literally hundreds of thousands of times. The most recent statistics from Quoakle's CMS reveal the passing of the landmark half a million click-throughs to local websites. With the current dramatic expansion of the Days Out and Leisure Directory, the Quoakle team is aiming to reach one million click-throughs within the next twelve months.