Monthly Archives: December 2016
Monthly Archives: December 2016
The Hunkpapa Lakota holy man Sitting Bull once said, “Let us put our minds together and see what life we can make for our children.” Today we could paraphrase that and say, “Let us put our minds together and see how we can prevent our children being slaughtered by jihadis.”
My parents generation had to fight the Nazis. It fell to them to fight fascism and to endure a horrendous war which threatened to crush everything; all hope, all joy, and all freedoms.
It falls upon the current and it would seem the next generation to live in the Age of Jihad and deal with all the threats and events it imposes upon them.
The assumption is that the vast majority of people want to prevent further acts of violence, to protect the vulnerable, and to live in an atmosphere of peace, cooperation, and mutual respect.
Here’s a little brainstorm about the current situation in Europe. I’ve tried to keep it factual but some opinions have crept in there too. It’s not just about jihadis and islamism, it’s about mass migration too because the two things are intertwined. You can’t discuss one without soon including the other.
That’s it for the moment. What are your suggestions? What’s your analysis and how do you think we can prevent more people from being bombed, stabbed, shot, run over, assaulted, and otherwise hurt?
The web is continually evolving and changing fast. Websites that seemed to be state of the art a few years ago now look dated. It is good practice to put some effort into a continuous cycle of improvement so with that in mind here are 11 ways to audit and refresh your websites for 2017 and beyond.
Websites are like plants, trees, and animals. They need to be nurtured, fed, and given regular health checks. It’s not a difficult task but it does need to be part of your routine. Happily, there are some easy and free ways in which you can increase traffic to your websites.
The first task is to take a detailed look at your website and audit it. Before you can make any improvements you need to baseline it to establish the current status so that you can measure any progress.
Things to consider in this review:
Next, audit the site for technical errors that could effect its performance:
Finally, don’t forget security and backups:
If you’ve checked all of this and found the site to be over 80% error free then well done! It’s in very good shape and only needs a few other tweaks to optimise it. However, if there are obvious areas for improvement then it’s time to work out a plan and implement it.
You can make these improvements in any order but you might prefer to start with the design first and then rearrange the content. Once you’ve decided on a new theme you rearrange and amend the existing content. You’ve then got a fresh looking site that might inspire you write more articles and blog posts.
You’ll need to address all and any of the items listed above. If this is beyond your expertise or if you’re in any doubt about how to do it then hire someone to do it for you. I would be happy to give you a no-obligation quote too.
It’s easy to become obsessive about SEO and forget that the priority is simply to create interesting and informative websites that answer your target audience’s need, and which inspire visitors to return and to share your content.
Take care of that task and your site’s ranking will improve naturally.
However, you an dive much deeper into this subject and use tools that will analyse the site, suggest improvements, and give you the means to implement those changes. Again, you can learn to do it yourself or hire someone to do this for you.
As with houses, businesses, life habits and more, websites need annual audits, reviews, and refreshment. You can make some or all of these changes yourself and the SEO Powersuite is an excellent collection of tools which, properly and regularly used will pay for itself many times over.
Alternatively, outsource the task and look forward to seeing a gleaming new website for the year ahead.
I’ve found out how to make internet marketing videos that look professional and that are ideal for capturing leads or promoting a brand. I can now offer it as a service to my clients.
Internet marketing can be difficult. It saps your time and your money, usually both.
Cyberspace is awash with SEO ‘experts’ who are ready to take your cash in return for promises of quick results.
After several months of paying their invoices you find that your site’s ranking has not improved enough to generate a decent return on your investment.
However, one thing that most experts agree upon is that video marketing is booming.
People search on YouTube for all kinds of solutions, products, and services. Many now go straight to YouTube for a video first and maybe check out websites on Google later.
A good video that’s properly configured for your target audience can help you gain those precious leads much faster than the article it is based upon.
So here’s another service I can offer: turning your blog posts or articles into Youtube videos.
Here’s a sample I made using a voiceover artist who read the script for me. I can hire UK or US speaking male/female voiceover artists:
Here’s one I made by recording my own narration.
The price depend on the options, number of words in the article etc, but here are some guide prices:
All prices are excluding VAT. I can offer you discounts for bulk orders. Contact me for further details and a no-obligation chat about your ideas.
Alternatively, learn how to do this for yourself and make as many videos as you want each month by clicking the banner below and signing up. The team behind Content Samurai are excellent. They produce clear and concise training videos and provide quick support. There’s also and active Facebook user group for subscribers.
Do you wonder what goes through the minds of spammers? No, me neither. All I was interested in earlier this week was how to stop iCloud Calendar spam.
The latest hooks to arrive unwanted on my mobile devices are multiple invites in my calendar for fake RayBan sunglasses. They contain a mixture of Chinese and English characters and the purpose is obvious – click on these links and buy something.
These arrived a few weeks after my mobile phone had received over 80 spam text messages from China in the space of about 15 minutes one Sunday morning. A couple of days later I was surprised to receive a call from my mobile provider to assure me that any charges incurred would be refunded.
However, I had to check my next bill and remind them of that fact as the refund didn’t occur automatically, but they didn’t quibble and the refund was immediate.
Anyway, back to the iCloud calendar spam. Whatever you do, don’t respond to the invite in your calendar in any way. This is the equivalent of clicking on the links in spam emails and simply acknowledges to the spammer that your account is active. It will only encourage more spam.
Now, any event notifications should arrive by email. Your email spam filter should be able to remove these before they even reach you.
Got any additional tips or comments on the above? Please share them below.