Examples of Bad Websites

There are countless examples of embarrassing website designs and development out there. These are the latest examples we have discovered. For each site below we provide a brief analysis to assist you in avoiding the same pitfalls.

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Precision Glass

Ever heard of keyword stuffing?  Just look at the thumbnail representing today's bad website.  Every area community and car/truck variety you can think of are 'stuffed' into this site, with the (supposed) goal of making THIS website the one that pops up when searching for auto glass for a certain vehicle in a certain community.  It's embarrassing for whoever made this website, because it's an underhanded tactic for SE results rather than putting in the work to make the business a natural and organic result with the TRUTH.

By 2005, many invisible text techniques were easily detected by major search engines.  These aren't even hidden.  Keyword stuffing may lead to a website being banned or penalized in search ranking on major search engines either temporarily or permanently.  

DON'T DO IT. It's not worth it, and very hard to recover from.

If you hire a company to develop a website for your business, please make sure they know what they are doing.  Otherwise, you could end up on boogersite.com, just like this bad website.

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A & P Tech Services

Once upon a time, this website functioned as the public face of a manufacturing firm.  Small, but competent.  Now?  You tell us.

It's been hijacked by someone but - as usual - it's hard to tell what the goal of doing so is or was.  Why bother to take over an unsecured website, to re-theme it with random images and filler text?

If you figure it out, let us know.  Or, submit a bad website here.

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A real waste of 'above the fold' space, isn't it?  Maybe there was something in that space before Flash went kaboom, because there's a nearly hidden "get Adobe FLASH player' image under the small picture in the upper left corner.  Hidden, because this site didn't bother with responsive design.

In the plethora of too-much information on the landing page, we see "So whether your (sic) a supermarket" which is just careless.  There is also nav across the top, down the left side, and also at the bottom - with different choices.  There must be a LOT to learn about paper & packaging.

Clicking on 'View Stock Products', which is essentially their product catalog gives an internal server error, btw.

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Zeta Beta Tau

Abandoned and lonely, today's bad website is all about a fraternity at the U of Pennsylvania.  We say 'abandoned', because there's not one piece of information on it with a date newer than 2015.  However, even as far back as 2015 is - we're certain that web design was much more advanced than this old chestnut.

Perhaps the starting year of its copyright - 1992 - indicates when this website was the bombdiggity.  Isn't there one fraternity member who has some interest in updating the online home of this brotherhood?  It does not seem so.

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Apex Brands

"This site is currently under construction."  When we bookmarked this bare-bones website on 5/22/22, it was the same.  Under Construction.   It sure is taking a while, so maybe we should stay tuned for the reveal of a website that has been a YEAR in the making.  It's going to be stupendous!

(don't hold your breath)

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