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Forum: Blogs and Blogging 3rd June 2009, 03:14 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 5,242
Posted By simonr
Sadly, I'd suggest that some businesses need a...

Sadly, I'd suggest that some businesses need a blog, simply because their potential clients expect them to have one, and get a bit 'narked' if they don't.

For us, our blog has been an interesting...
Forum: Link Development 8th January 2009, 11:30 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 43,944
Posted By simonr
Just for a giggle

I got a call (from India, as it happens) asking me if I'd like to link to a site which I happened to know is Google Number 1 for our keywords. In exchange they were offering me two links from...
Forum: Link Development 4th January 2009, 04:11 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 7,596
Posted By simonr
I've got a fistful of inbound links from it but...

I've got a fistful of inbound links from it but as far as I can remember, no traffic. Mind you, what we do is pretty specialist.

S
Forum: New Member Introductions 4th January 2009, 04:09 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,008
Posted By simonr
Even with only one of us running a business

(and the other one an Assistant Head in a large comp school) we have to resort to "doing diaries" to find out when/if we can see each other. At one point it got so bad that the longest conversation...
Forum: General Online Marketing Information 18th December 2008, 02:29 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 3,266
Posted By simonr
I can't do the schedule thing... :(

So what I've done is put all the marking things I should do onto index cards one job per card. Then I shuffle them. Every morning (well, almost! :) ) I take one from the pack and do that... the at...
Forum: Blogs and Blogging 18th December 2008, 02:22 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 14,268
Posted By simonr
Tom - I don't agree

I'm thinking in the context of getting inbound links to your blog. NOFOLLOW links don't count as far as google is concerned. Obviously people might follow a link of any kind but not Google.

S
Forum: Social Media 18th December 2008, 02:15 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 4,058
Posted By simonr
Hi - you said you were recording this just with...

Hi - you said you were recording this just with your computer's built in(?) webcam software, is that right? I wonder if it's worth spending a few quid on a button mic...? That way the sound quality...
Forum: General Online Marketing Information 17th December 2008, 03:06 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,125
Posted By simonr
Cheat them! :) Get an address that you just...

Cheat them! :)

Get an address that you just use for signing up to this kind of thing. Then they can spam away to your heart's content.......

S
Forum: General Search Engine Marketing Information 1st December 2008, 02:46 PM
Replies: 82
Views: 27,414
Posted By simonr
Don't forget thought that although blogs get...

Don't forget thought that although blogs get indexed quickly the (vast?) majority of them won't do anything for you inbound link count as things like WORDPRESS have NOFOLLOW by default. I've turned...
Forum: General Search Engine Marketing Information 1st December 2008, 02:44 PM
Replies: 82
Views: 27,414
Posted By simonr
Don't forget thought that although blogs get...

Don't forget thought that although blogs get indexed quickly the (vast?) majority of them won't do anything for you inbound link count as things like WORDPRESS have NOFOLLOW by default. I've turned...
Forum: Search Engine Optimization 14th November 2008, 01:51 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,961
Posted By simonr
ktaylor - how much competition is there for that...

ktaylor - how much competition is there for that as a search term? If there's not much my guess would be that it's simply because of that....?

Simon
Forum: Newsletters and Email Marketing 10th November 2008, 04:15 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 3,586
Posted By simonr
Of course, you could just stop shouting at us! :)...

Of course, you could just stop shouting at us! :)

I actually stop considering responding if I feel like I'm getting bombarded: there's a clear maximum amount stuff I'll tolerate (and I'm sure I'm...
Forum: Blogs and Blogging 8th November 2008, 11:10 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 14,268
Posted By simonr
Nofollow

Tom you might want to check out the nofollow option and deal with that, too.

S
Forum: Social Media 7th November 2008, 08:35 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 5,750
Posted By simonr
All sites are not the same

Which one caused you to get bombarded?
Forum: Blogs and Blogging 21st October 2008, 05:25 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 4,698
Posted By simonr
Can I ask a 'daft laddie' question? Given how...

Can I ask a 'daft laddie' question? Given how simple it is to create/use feeds and so on these days, is there still much use/point in feedburner? I ask because my blog only gets a few hundred hits...
Forum: Pay Per Click Advertising 21st October 2008, 04:39 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 18,425
Posted By simonr
I must admit it's never worked for me

but everyone seems to tell me that it's just 'cos I've never got my adverts right. I'm tempted to ask someone to do it for me therefore. However, if things don't work out I'd have payed for nowt....
Forum: Blogs and Blogging 19th September 2008, 03:37 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 3,463
Posted By simonr
Another way of boosting posts might be to take...

Another way of boosting posts might be to take the NOFOLLOW stuff out of the blog (assuming it has one). Of course, you'll get a lot more spam because of it so make sure you've got ASKIMET (as...
Forum: Trade Shows, Conferences & Expos 14th September 2008, 04:29 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 15,890
Posted By simonr
Good stuff and thank you for taking the time to...

Good stuff and thank you for taking the time to write it up. Seems to me that the hard one is designing an (instantly) attractive stand.... how did you do that bit?

S
Forum: Blogs and Blogging 4th September 2008, 11:38 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 30,452
Posted By simonr
I know this isn't what you meant, but...

....but don't forget you can make money out of your blog by it

bringing in enquiries
upping your SEO
stopping you getting time-wasting emails

etc.

For us what it's done is actually save...
Forum: Computer Software 2nd September 2008, 04:04 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 3,399
Posted By simonr
Another vote for Thunderbird. So many of my...

Another vote for Thunderbird. So many of my friends and colleagues are using it now I'd even forgotten that it wasn't the 'de facto' standard!

It's also important to differentiate between the...
Forum: Reviews 2nd September 2008, 03:49 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,609
Posted By simonr
Well I'd agree it needs an obvious straplline or...

Well I'd agree it needs an obvious straplline or something to tell everyone what it is, instantly but that can be just one sentence-of-genius, it doesn't take a full re-design.

Pet hate of mine...
Forum: Viral Marketing 2nd September 2008, 03:45 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 10,537
Posted By simonr
If they have, I'll eat my hat! Even if you get...

If they have, I'll eat my hat! Even if you get traffic (big if!) it's just there for the sake of it - my guess is that they'll not even bother to read your site, even if they click to it,

S
Forum: Search Engine Optimization 2nd September 2008, 03:29 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 6,370
Posted By simonr
Relative vs absolute

Is there any evidence that it's not the number of pages you add but the number relative to what's there? Adding 25 pages to a site of 25 is different to adding 25 to a site which currently has...
Forum: Blogs and Blogging 2nd September 2008, 03:22 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 38,426
Posted By simonr
mobitforfree - can you check that link? I t...

mobitforfree - can you check that link? I t appears to take me somewhere I don't think I should be going!

S
Forum: Search Engine Optimization 15th August 2008, 01:29 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 16,107
Posted By simonr
Hang on a minute... not every site has to be...

Hang on a minute... not every site has to be SEO'd to the Nth degree. Sometimes it's more important to have a site which looks great and so on, even if that means the (onpage) optimisation isn't...
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