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Taking Back My Youth on an MGP Nitro Extreme

Fri, 04 May 2012 12:55:59 -0500

Sometimes you reach a certain age and you decide it's time to do something you should have done years ago. Sometimes it's best not to and accept that youth is slipping away. I really should accept my youth has gone. Time to buy slippers maybe...

What Is the Benefit of an SSD Over a Normal Hard Drive?

Tue, 19 Apr 2011 13:01:29 -0500

Although hard disk drives have been around for such a long time, they have steadfastly stuck to the same basic layout and mechanical design. This has meant that although advancements in technology means they are getting ever great capacity and versatility, they still have many limitations. For example, as they're a mechanical device, they suffer from wear and tear, high power consumption and the worst thing of all - sensitivity.

How MLC Technology Will Help Bring Down the Price of Solid State Disk Drives

Mon, 18 Apr 2011 12:34:28 -0500

What never ceases to amaze is the way that apparent barriers to the advancement of technology and devices are there one day and then seemingly wiped away the next. We are told that processors can't get any faster and then a few months later a company announces they have broken the barrier easily and a whole new range of products are launched off the back of it. Even though the technology in solid state drives is still new, they're being superseded all the time and a new technology called "MLC" or multi-level cell now means that capacity is effectively...

What's Next for the Hard Drive?

Mon, 18 Apr 2011 08:35:51 -0500

The hard disk drive has been one of the most critical parts of the computer system since they were first invented decades ago. They are essential because they allow people to store incredible amounts of data extremely quickly and now, very cheaply. As hard drives come down in price, they actually increase in capacity and if you buy one today you will probably find a cheaper one that will allow you to store even more MP3s, images and files tomorrow and probably for a cheaper price.

Forming Your Disaster Recovery Project Team

Tue, 12 Apr 2011 14:18:26 -0500

Disaster recovery programs are a necessary part of any company, enterprise, or corporation. The disaster recovery program is what will help these companies continue operations in case of any kind of emergency that causes a downtime in any systems. Having a plan in place to help the company continue on with their important business through a disaster gives employees a sense of confidence in their company and provides a measure of security.

Backlinks and SEO For Newbies

Mon, 11 Apr 2011 15:01:32 -0500

For someone coming into the SEO world for the first time it can be a bit of a daunting task trying to work out the first thing to do to get your campaign up and running. It's a terrifying prospect for the virgin Internet marketer as there's a big problem with SEO that a lot of people don't tell you - it will take a very long time to have any effect.

SEO Tips - The Most Important Tip of All

Wed, 06 Apr 2011 16:16:51 -0500

There are so many people wanting to give you so many tips on how to get the best out of your SEO that most of them miss the obvious. The Internet is awash with instant guides and dirty secrets and you'll be sent countless emails explaining how by just downloading this one guide you'll be able to dominate your niche and boost your profits so much that you can quit your day job. Expert opinions from across the web will tell you about the benefits of backlinks and how you should bookmark, post and tweet everything you do...

Tips for Outsourcing Your SEO to a Qualified Company

Wed, 06 Apr 2011 15:55:08 -0500

When you start examining the process of SEO you will probably find yourself looking to find as much information as possible with which to learn as much about it as possible. This will involve searching the Internet, reading books and scouring through SEO Expert's blogs and articles trying to find that one golden nugget of information that will propel you from SEO wannabe to utter genius in the art of the search engine. However eventually you discover that there's not actually much to it at all.

SEO and Backlinks

Wed, 06 Apr 2011 15:31:34 -0500

It's worth noting when starting an SEO campaign that you need to concentrate on certain areas of the overall work that will make the most impact and give you the best benefit. Although many people will argue for or against one particular aspect of SEO, the one that most experts agree is the most productive is the acquisition of backlinks. Backlinks are a measure of popularity and it's the only thing that Google can accurately use as a gauge to judge where a website should be positioned when any particular search is performed.

Five Quick and Easy Ways to Build Links Without Trying

Wed, 06 Apr 2011 14:59:50 -0500

Whenever I speak to people who are just starting out on their SEO campaign, I discover there is one thing holding them up and it's universal across all industries. There is a belief that they must get absolutely everything right before they even begin to start on promotions and so they begin to go down a path of investigating and researching into so much depth that nothing gets done.

It May Be Better to Pay to Have Your Flat Screen Installed by a Professional

Fri, 01 Apr 2011 11:12:21 -0500

Only a few years ago the TV that sat in the corner of your room was a huge and bulky beast that had to be man-handled to move it whenever the room was redecorated or someone wanted to clean the carpet. As the 21st century started, however, the move towards thinner, flatter screens accelerated and very soon the old CRT based TV became a feint memory in all but the most retro of households. It's pretty much impossible to buy one these days and the constant price falls of flat screen TVs has meant that they are...

How Online Stores Have Adapted to the Way People Search

Thu, 31 Mar 2011 13:32:33 -0500

Buying a gift for a friend can be troublesome at the best of times. Even a good friend can surprise you with their hobbies, likes or tastes in music and so whenever it comes to choosing a present for a special occasion many of us spend hours walking around the shops in our local mega-mall strolling around aimlessly. Sometimes we'll pick something up because on the face of it it looks like a fantastic gift, unusual or quirky.

What Is a Multifunction Copier and What Can It Do?

Tue, 29 Mar 2011 09:53:02 -0500

A multifunctional copier or "MFD" as they've very often called is a photocopier that has a lot of functions packed into it that only ten years ago would have been impossible. They have become more and more common in the workplace, especially in large departments, because even though they are more expensive to buy or lease, they can actually save money in the long run. There is often some confusion when buying such items because they are both printers and photocopiers at the same time and so they appear in multiple places in manufacturer's catalogues - or sometimes in...

Using Photocopier Security to Ensure Your Information Is Safe

Tue, 29 Mar 2011 09:50:04 -0500

As the office becomes awash with technology, it's obvious that people are going to be using that technology for ever more nefarious means. As technology vendors make it easier for people to utilise new equipment to do things that were once very difficult or required lots of expensive equipment, new security measures need to be put in place to ensure they're not abused. Even though the law will obviously forbid someone from copying something they shouldn't, if it's easy to do then you can bet someone will have a go - whether their intentions are bad or not.

Small Businesses Can Get Help With Interim Managers

Tue, 29 Mar 2011 00:10:43 -0500

Small businesses have a lot going for them. Their ability to be flexible and change direction is probably one of the greatest advantages of working with just a few people. As soon as committees and meetings between lots of people start to rule the normal day-to-day world then you know any decisions are going to take longer.

Dealing With Rumours When Running Your Country Fair

Mon, 28 Mar 2011 09:34:31 -0500

Surely one of the biggest positives of human behaviour is that in general, people tend to be happy to help others who they work or socialise with. However, it's a fact that when pressure is applied, some can suddenly find themselves being at the wrong end of rumour and blame - regardless of what they've been up to. Rumours are by far the worst thing you have to deal with when organising any kind of large event and a country fair, even in a small village, can be a nightmare of huge proportions when you have so many people...

Running a Country Fair

Mon, 28 Mar 2011 09:02:53 -0500

As most business owners will attest, if you begin a large project without proper planning, you can soon end up with major problems and issues that could cost you a lot of money. This is true for all sizes of business and indeed, the larger the business it seems the bigger the potential downfall. In fact, governments (which if a business would be incredibly large) have a terrible reputation for project success, you'd think they'd know better.

Plan Ahead for Disaster Recovery and Consider Your Location Wisely

Wed, 23 Mar 2011 11:16:51 -0500

Planning your disaster recovery should be key to any IT infrastructure and written procedures are absolutely essential to ensure the smooth running of systems if the worst should happen. It's no use scrambling around looking for your disaster recovery plan when the local river bursts its banks and floods your computer room, you need to have them at hand and even have duplicates in strategic places within a company and even off-site. Nobody can predict what will happen when you need to refer to them, if we could plan what type of disaster was likely to happen then our...

Don't Count Your Backlinks - Count Your Sales to Judge the Value of Your SEO

Wed, 23 Mar 2011 11:16:28 -0500

When we learn that the best way to get great Google rankings is more to do with backlinks than it is to pile keywords into our pages, the focus of any rational person will then be to find the best back linking opportunities and use them to build the reputation of our site. A good way of finding such opportunities is to look and see who links back to our competitors and find out if any of those sites can be used for our purposes too. A good way to do this is to use Yahoo site explorer...

Consider the Energy Efficiency of Your Photocopiers to Save Money

Wed, 23 Mar 2011 02:59:01 -0500

The more energy conscious amongst us are always on the lookout for new ways to save the power that we use on a day-to-day basis. It's quite stunning the amount of energy we consume even when we're apparently not doing anything and yet because we can't see it, we simply let all that waste power continue to accumulate. It's only when the accounts department get in touch to ask why we have such a high electricity bill do we sit up and take notice of what's going on and then we scramble around to find the causes.

When You Decide to Become a Consultant, Remember You Need to Be a Salesman Too

Tue, 22 Mar 2011 18:35:44 -0500

When deciding to leave the safety of your 9-5 job you may be tempted to step into the world of the consultant. If you're coming from a background of employed consultancy, perhaps in a service industry where you are already providing advice to companies then this would seem like the obvious next career step. Surely going from an employed roll doing one job into doing it for yourself and reaping the obvious financial benefits is a no-brainer?

Leasing a Copier May Be Far Better Than Buying One - At Least You Can Upgrade

Tue, 22 Mar 2011 12:06:16 -0500

Leasing a photocopier for your office or indeed, entire company can be a much better way of making sure you get the best value for your investment. For one, leasing is usually a way to make sure you get 100% tax relief on your equipment (obviously check with your local tax office) and so the cost of the product is effectively offset against the tax you'll pay at the end of the year. But aside from tax benefits you've also got an easier upgrade path should you wish to change in the future.

Do You Know What Features Your Humble Photocopier Has?

Tue, 22 Mar 2011 11:54:42 -0500

One of the biggest problems with buying a colour copier these days is what add-ons to choose from the near catalogue-size range that is offered up by many of the larger manufacturers these days. It's not possible to just simply buy a copier to pop your desk, you need to tick a variety of boxes which will configure it to your exact needs - assuming you know what they are. And that's the big problem.

Don't Leave Your Disaster Recovery Plan 'Til After the Disaster

Mon, 21 Mar 2011 12:46:05 -0500

Disaster recovery planning is one of those things that your IT department usually worries about just after you've had a flood that takes out your datacentre. As the water rises and the electrical circuits start to trip out, the boss will call down and shout something about "calling the disaster recovery team" to get everything back on track ASAP. This is usually when you remind him that he didn't sign the proposal.

Some SEO Techniques to Use on Your Blog

Mon, 14 Mar 2011 09:11:46 -0500

Although I speak a lot about using a blog to get customers to engage with you and your company or organisation, you should consider the technical aspects of blogging too. Google is unfortunately not clever enough to understand a witty remark when it reads one, it's still a relatively dumb beast when it comes to 'understanding' content so you need to feed it stuff in a way that it understands and that means sticking to a few, fairly basic, SEO rules. The first thing to do is to make sure your blog is setup and ready to work seamlessly...

How to Maintain a Fresh Blog in a Large Company

Mon, 14 Mar 2011 08:42:28 -0500

If we finally take the leap and get a blog on our website, it's very often the case that we'll sit there staring blankly at a screen wondering exactly what it is we're supposed to be typing or doing in order to get Google and our customers to sit up and take note. How do we even start and what can inspire me to begin putting information out into the wide world. Well, the first thing to do is to consider what sort of information sits well on a blog and what doesn't.

Why Blogging Can Boost Your Business Profits

Mon, 14 Mar 2011 08:28:00 -0500

Whenever I talk to a business that is considering taking their products online or boosting their current online presence, the first thing I ask is "have you got a blog?" Sometimes the answer is "what's a blog?" but many times it's "I started one, but I ran out of things to say."

Internet Lingo - What Are RSS Feeds?

Thu, 10 Mar 2011 13:44:31 -0600

If you've ever been involved in Internet marketing or blogging then you may have come across the term "RSS Feed" - many of us Internet types use it without thinking that some people probably don't know what it means and we are always telling people that they should make their content available via RSS. Many people simply nod and agree without letting on that they haven't got the first clue what we're talking about. So what is it?

How to Prevent Risking Your Internet Security

Thu, 10 Mar 2011 13:03:38 -0600

I'm sure everyone these days has heard of the problems that can be wrought by computer viruses, the term has certainly become more commonplace and when our computer breaks, the first question for many is "have I been infected?" But as more of us go on to the Internet, the problems caused by viruses and other harmful bits of software become ever present and actually more dangerous. We no longer just have one PC in the corner of the room which needs to be protected - it's a number of PCs and other devices dotted all around the house that...

The SEO Myths That Won't Go Away

Thu, 10 Mar 2011 12:51:45 -0600

At a seminar I gave recently on the benefits of Internet marketing to small business, I did my usual "what do you know about search engine optimisation?" routine where I survey the room and find the level of understanding within it. As usual, I got pretty much the same level of response that I normally get, that is "not much" so I then know where I need to start and what subjects I need to cover first.

Go Beyond Car-Cleaning and Into the World of Detailing

Mon, 07 Mar 2011 08:31:22 -0600

As springtime approaches, households across the nation will be looking forward to longer days and brighter mornings with the hope of being able to spruce up the house and get ready for a long hot summer (we hope!). Whilst many will consider the home to be the first priority for this, there is a hard core of enthusiasts who have far more important things on their minds - they are absolutely committed to making sure their vehicles are the brightest and cleanest in the neighbourhood.

Relying on Google for Your Income Is Like Building a House on Sand

Fri, 04 Mar 2011 09:38:24 -0600

The world is a fast-changing place and technology is probably the fastest changing area of all as advances and the constant strive to keep up with and even leapfrog competitors means companies need to forever obsolete their own products. Of course, services need to change also and recently we have seen Google overhaul its algorithm in response to criticism from many corners of the marketing world and from competition in the form of Yahoo and Bing. It seems strange that the other two 'big' search engines would give Google much to worry about, they do only...

Mobile Phone Technology Plays Catchup With Social Media Advances

Mon, 21 Feb 2011 09:59:27 -0600

Nobody surely could have predicted the sheer relentless progress that social networking sites have achieved in overtaking most of our lives. The past five years has seen them appear and become ubiquitous to the point where it's simply expected that people use them. Want to meet up with someone for a drink later?

Hiring Audio Visual Equipment Can Make a Lot More Sense Than Buying

Fri, 18 Feb 2011 09:23:14 -0600

If you're organising some kind of event, be it a festival, gig or some kind of country fair for example, you may be in need of some kind of sound equipment. Unfortunately, it's not the sort of equipment you'd normally find in the local Hi-Fi shop. Sound equipment for any kind of outdoor event is very specialist and therefore extremely expensive.

Assessing Some of the Benefits of a College Education

Fri, 18 Feb 2011 09:19:33 -0600

As a child enters his or her teenage years, thoughts begin to turn to what they will be doing after their educational time has passed and they're into the real world of work. Should they go on to college? Should they get a job?

Clear Out the House Without Throwing Everything Away? Store It!

Tue, 15 Feb 2011 09:18:53 -0600

As spring approaches many of us begin to think about cleaning out the house and having a good old tidy up of some of the clutter that's been lying about since Christmas. The holiday season is the main culprit in many households for increasing the amount of general tat in all the rooms of the family home as new toys replace old ones. Yet, a lot of those old toys remain and even though they're not played with, they tend to sit in corners gathering dust.

Very Soon the UK Will Have Powers to Stop Online Advertising Too

Sun, 13 Feb 2011 19:07:09 -0600

For many people, the web is the place to go for all your information, all your news and a slice of facts and figures when you're seeking a bit of knowledge. However, many will tell you that most of cyberspace is lies, or at least information put there by people who maybe have no idea what they're talking about. Ever since Wikipedia had been around, people have been complaining about the lack of quality or just the fact that a lot of the information on there is just bunkum.

What Are People Saying About You Online? Is It Damaging Your Brand?

Tue, 08 Feb 2011 01:59:02 -0600

For many companies the way their brand is perceived is absolutely key to their business and in some cases, their shareholders make big demands to make sure they don't drop the ball when it comes to their reputation. However with more and more avenues for the public to air their grievances, is it becoming an uphill struggle to ensure your company doesn't become a victim of bad press?

Online Reputation Management - Get Your Brand Back on Track

Sun, 06 Feb 2011 12:47:26 -0600

Online reputation management is a relatively new service that has appeared over the past few years in response to the ever-prolific expansion of websites containing personal data. Not only is there an expansion of data, Google has a nasty habit of being extremely good at finding and displaying the darkest secrets of apparently everyone and anyone who has had some sort of interaction with the web. It's not only individuals of course, it's also companies and If you have a high profile company that maybe has some particularly un-favourable reviews, you may find yourself at the brunt of a...

Don't Throw All That Stuff Away, Store It, It May Be Useful One Day

Fri, 28 Jan 2011 09:03:31 -0600

For three years of their life, students live in a strange world where they don't seem to stay in one place for long. In the UK, anyway, when you start college or university you could find yourself living in different apartments, houses or some sort of shared accommodation each year of your course. Obviously it's hard to imagine that each room or house will have exactly the same amount of space, they might be completely different shapes and sizes and so things you gather and furniture you buy or that is donated might not fit in dwelling two after...

Get Things Done Slowly

Wed, 26 Jan 2011 11:20:19 -0600

I've written in the past about how trying to aspire to something that is obviously quite difficult could leave you a little downtrodden and feeling worse than where you started. My case study was that of 'Inbox Zero' a method of ridding the inbox of all its clutter to leave you with nothing to read at all. This is fine in principle, but if like me you have an inbox with close to 18,000 unread emails it sounds a little bit on the daunting side.

The Internet May Yet Be the Answer for Businesses Suffering in the Downturn

Tue, 25 Jan 2011 18:28:36 -0600

If the current economic climate is anything to go by, we have a good few years ahead when everyone from individuals to large corporations through businesses of all sizes will have a tough time surviving let alone growing. It seems that as much as pundits would like to tell us that things are getting better, more evidence tells us that we are not out of the woods yet. But are there businesses thriving in this climate and can we learn from them?

You'll Probably Never Know How Many Links You Have, So Don't Sweat It

Tue, 25 Jan 2011 17:19:15 -0600

Every now and then, I'm prompted to write an article by an email that is sent asking a specific question, a question that is usually prompted by them receiving some 'advice' from another company. If you're in the SEO industry you'll know that it's pretty cut-throat and companies will say all sorts to get you to swap to their service or at least put doubt in your mind about what your current company is doing.

Choosing a Good Carpet Isn't Just Down to the Pretty Colours

Tue, 25 Jan 2011 16:40:30 -0600

Moving house is one of the biggest changes in people's lives and very often the new occupants will want make their mark on the home so they can make it theirs and also remove indicators of the previous occupants. Decoration is usually first on the list and one of the greatest effects can be simply removing and replacing the existing carpeting and flooring. Carpets are an interesting feature of many homes as they tend to reflect the personalities and tastes of the occupants.

Specialist Search Websites Are Challenging Google in Both Accuracy and Relevance

Mon, 24 Jan 2011 11:33:48 -0600

For years now the Internet has been helping people save money by offering them the ability to search for the cheapest options for a whole range of goods and services. Whether it's a flight to Benidorm or a new flat screen television, there's a website out there that will help you find the best deal. Obviously now that Google has become the dominant search engine for apparently everything, people get lulled into a false sense that it will be able to serve up the best deal for them or the best results.

Tips For Securing Your Clients' Online Shopping Experience

Fri, 21 Jan 2011 09:57:15 -0600

As Internet security continues to hit the headlines with stories of fraud, exploitation and theft, it stands to reason that our customers and clients are going to be more wary of any transaction that could leave them open and vulnerable. Transactions such as taking credit card details, address information or anything else that means transmitting important or personal data over the Internet needs to be handled carefully so as not to put anything at risk. When people visit shopping sites now they are always on the lookout for the little padlock in the corner of the screen and other...

You Might Not Need an Online Coach - Here Are Some Ideas to Help You Coach Yourself

Fri, 21 Jan 2011 09:33:29 -0600

The beginning of the year is when most people consider their future and think about what they are going to do to make the new year ahead a little bit more bearable than the one that's just gone. This is usually because they've had a few weeks to think about where they are in life and have probably met someone who's doing a lot better than them.

Should We Drop the 'Dear' From 'Dear John'?

Fri, 21 Jan 2011 09:19:01 -0600

When was the last time you received an email from someone that started with the word "dear..."? I'm guessing you haven't for quite a while, if indeed ever, as the electronic modes of communication we now use to send information to work colleagues, friends and relatives has changed and for those of us for whom email is the norm, we've probably never used it ourselves.

How to Stay Safe and Secure Online

Fri, 21 Jan 2011 09:05:12 -0600

Having recently been the victim of online card fraud, I thought I'd explain a few things that might help others to avoid the inconvenience of this crime and hopefully ensure you don't lose any money in to the bargain. First of all, it's important to understand that if you lose money on your credit or debit card and it wasn't your fault then you're not liable. The banks and the companies that take payments using credit cards have in place some pretty strict security and they guarantee that your details won't be used fraudulently.

Is Outsourcing a Good Idea for Graphic Designers?

Fri, 21 Jan 2011 08:31:27 -0600

I'm sure there are many of you coming out of college and hitting the workplace with your fistful of qualifications and a portfolio of graphic designs just itching to get your next big contract and wow the pants of your first client. Graphic designers have a very unique skill in that they have learned the technicalities of the art and can then put their own personal touch to it to produce something quite stunning. If you're attempting to get into web design then you've probably already managed to amaze some potential clients and get them to agree that your...

Busting the Duplicate Content Myth

Fri, 21 Jan 2011 08:27:27 -0600

As I run a lot of training seminars on the benefits of SEO, many people are often confused and sometimes angered when I mention that when they submit a press release they should be sending them to many of the available blogs and article sites too. I usually get asked the very direct question "How many times should you do this?" to which I simply reply "As many as you can".

Are Photocopiers Dangerous to Pregnant Women?

Thu, 20 Jan 2011 15:29:45 -0600

The photocopier has been a staple part of many large offices for a long time now. They have developed over time to be amazing beasts capable of photocopying, scanning, faxing, binding and they're essentially a massive publishing machine that sits in the corner of the building humming away doing its thing. Of course, over time many people have been wary of them because of what they do.

How to Build Links Whilst Engaging in Your Hobby

Thu, 20 Jan 2011 14:32:45 -0600

Building links is the mainstay of the jobbing search engine optimiser and we're always on the lookout for places to pop a link that may help us get some of that good old link juice to our websites or those of our customers. However, if you need to do it for your company or your own personal website then it can be difficult to know where to start. The thought of blogging every day or submitting your articles to a ton of sites each day may fill you with fear and dread but anyone with knowledge of these things...

How to Search the Internet Faster

Thu, 20 Jan 2011 12:28:04 -0600

Our lives appear to be getting faster as each day goes by. What's news and new in the morning is old on the train home. If we haven't heard of something by lunchtime we're bored of it by tea-time and by night time we wish it would just go away.

Stopping Bank Note Counterfeiting With Copiers - How Does It Work?

Thu, 20 Jan 2011 11:49:00 -0600

As technology develops at an apparently ever increasing rate, we can forget some of the humble office equipment that we tend to take for granted can also benefit from these advancements. That colour printer you have on your desk that can print out at a resolution higher than most professionals could manage a few years ago has inside it the type of technology that also sits well within the photocopier that is probably languishing unused most of the time in the corner of the office. The drums, developer and toner than has seen an incredible rate of development, driven...

Are Your Photocopiers a Security Risk?

Thu, 20 Jan 2011 11:37:27 -0600

When I first started working in an office, it was a privilege if I were given the passcode or swipe card for one of the photocopiers that sat in the room at the corner of the office block. This room was especially guarded to keep people out because at the time, photocopier supplies were expensive and paper wasn't the sort of stuff you bought out of the local corner shop. No, you were extremely lucky to have access and even luckier if they let you use one of the machines.

Enhancing Your Google Listing to Attract Mobile Users

Wed, 19 Jan 2011 09:22:27 -0600

There's a whole new shift happening in the way people interact with and query the Internet that few web designers or site owners are taking notice of and less are exploiting to their advantage. For years we have only been able to access the Internet by using a PC or laptop that is tethered to a desk with a network cable or trapped within the coverage area of a wireless bubble. Even in cities with lots of wireless access, whipping your laptop out to search wasn't an easy task and even though netbooks made it a little easier, holding it...

Tips For Using Google Search

Tue, 18 Jan 2011 01:59:03 -0600

So many people use Google search these days (it's the most popular search engine by a long chalk) that we seem to forget that it's got a lot more under the hood than simply a method by which you can type in a couple of words and get a list of websites. In fact, some of the frustrations people have when searching could disappear if they used a couple of neat tricks to get the best results possible. They'd save an awful lot of time too, so here are just a couple that will make your searches a lot...

Is New Technology Making Us Brighter or Dumbing Us Down?

Mon, 17 Jan 2011 10:06:41 -0600

The last decade has seen the amount of technology available to us explode in variety and quality from interactive TV to touch screen panels that whoosh and swish information at the flick of a finger. This technology aims to put more information than ever before in front of eyes to satisfy our insatiable need for yet more knowledge. But are we actually learning from it?

Keep Things Simple and Succeed This Year

Mon, 17 Jan 2011 09:36:36 -0600

I believe one of the best resolutions you can possibly make each year and keep to is to learn something new. Something absolutely and completely new that you've never done before and perhaps wished you had is a good way to start the year afresh and with something that can keep you focused. It's also a good way of keeping your resolutions because if it's a completely new skill then it should mean it's a novelty for longer.

If Inbox Zero Is Too Difficult, Just Try Slowing Down the Flow Instead

Mon, 17 Jan 2011 09:21:32 -0600

"Inbox Zero" is a fantastic idea that rose to prominence last year as people become disillusioned with the amount of emails they had sitting unread in their inbox. However, many people tried this and failed to get anywhere near the magic empty inbox that it was proposing. Put simply, our lives are too busy and in-boxes too full to do it. So I propose another method which simply means slowing down the flow of emails so you can take back valuable minutes of your time.

Some of the Benefits of Guest Blogging

Mon, 17 Jan 2011 09:20:44 -0600

If you're a regular blogger writing for your own website or maybe your company pages then you may well have been asked at some point if you would like to blog for someone else's blog. Why would someone want you to do this? Well you may not have heard the term before but you know you have really made the big time when you are asked to be a 'guest blogger' and if you receive this request you may be wondering what the benefits are for both parties.

How to Stay Virus-Free When Searching the Web

Fri, 14 Jan 2011 12:26:16 -0600

It's surprising how many people are exposing themselves to viruses necessarily each time they use the web. It really is simple to ensure you don't get caught out so here are a few tips to help.

Using a Dedicated Accounts Package Can Be Far Better for Your Business

Fri, 14 Jan 2011 11:44:11 -0600

Having a good grasp on your company accounts is absolutely essential in today's modern business yet it is surprising how many people still rely on paper-based systems to handle all of their book-keeping. Even if people have dragged themselves kicking and screaming into the modern age, you'll find many will still be putting all their information into a free tool such as Google docs or maybe even an old spread sheet package they managed to rescue from their old company cupboard.

Have We Lost a Whole Generation of Programmers?

Fri, 14 Jan 2011 08:53:39 -0600

For many the use of the web and the many thousands of applications that now occupy it is as normal as reading an email or making a sandwich. As we've grown up with it we see no problem in simply opening up a browser window, Googling something and then heading off to a website and pressing all the correct buttons. It's a doddle.

The Mini-Itx Form Factor Is a Great Space and Money-Saver

Fri, 14 Jan 2011 08:45:49 -0600

The mini-itx form factor has come a long way since the days when it was a mere hobbyist product confined to the back of the computer fair and hovered over by the geek and the nerd of us. It was going to be a rough ride to establish it as useful in the house because when first developed it required an entirely new form of motherboard that would fit this new size. At the time, motherboards were huge beasts that needed all that space to fit the inevitable shopping-list of extra bits that would make their way from the computer...

How Rugged Computers Have Developed Over Time

Fri, 14 Jan 2011 08:15:46 -0600

Ruggedized laptops (sometimes known as toughbooks) have been around for a very long time now and yet due to their expense (they are often much more expensive than normal notebooks) they are usually only bought by companies and individuals who have a specific need for a computer that can operating in challenging environments. Very often these environments are sandy, dirty, wet or generally rough such as in vehicles tackling rugged terrain. It's no accident that rugged laptops are used by explorers, scientists and the military when they're out in the middle of the wilderness but in need of computing...

Getting Noticed By Search Engines - What Is the Difference Between SEO and SEM?

Thu, 13 Jan 2011 09:28:35 -0600

Search engine optimisation, search engine marketing - just what is the difference and really, does anyone care? Can the two terms be used interchangeably or are they mutually exclusive? Let's see.

How to Sell SEO Services to Businesses

Thu, 13 Jan 2011 09:17:56 -0600

If you've been working on the search engine optimisation for your own website, or maybe even those in your company or club, you will have gained an awful lot of experience and knowledge about the processes involved in getting websites up the all-important rankings. So why not put those skills to some use and charge for them? Working in a large organisation is fine, but SEO techniques change all the time and so it is good to keep at the very fore-front of knowledge and this means working out of hours.

The Best Use of Link Building Time and Anchor Text

Wed, 12 Jan 2011 09:24:19 -0600

Link building and anchor text are the holy grail of the Search Engine Marketer, but for the everyday businessman they can be a mystery. Just how many is 'too many links' and what's this anchor text thing about anyway?

How to Use SEO to Improve the Profits Created From Your PPC Publishing

Tue, 11 Jan 2011 10:07:48 -0600

Very often I get asked what is the best strategy to use in our general Internet marketing, Pay Per Click (PPC) or organic SEO (search engine optimisation) and unfortunately the answer I always give is: "both". I say 'unfortunately' because people want a quick answer and they want to know the one thing that will enable them to beat all their competition quickly and without great expense and as you can imagine, embarking on two campaigns is going to cost more than doing one. So, we have to give a very good reason why we would suggest...

Reasons Why Lack of SEO Isn't Bringing the Results You Desire

Tue, 11 Jan 2011 09:23:47 -0600

The reason people give up on any particular project or goal or fail to see the benefits is usually a mismatch between what they expect and what they get. Here we look at why your SEO isn't getting you the millions you wanted, quickly.

Online Marketing Isn't the Only Way to Push Your Products

Mon, 10 Jan 2011 08:57:13 -0600

We seem to have forgotten in our rush to go fully digital that there's a whole world out there inhabited by people, walking around and communicating in other ways other than Skype. If you're clever with your marketing, you can reach those people too.

You Can't Save Your Business With Instant Results From SEO

Sat, 08 Jan 2011 09:54:08 -0600

One of the biggest problems with search engine optimisation is the fact that you don't get immediate results and you will in fact have to wait quite a long time for it to have any great effect. This singular problem has its root in the idea that the Internet is essentially an instant media and people expect things to happen more or less straight away. When I'm consulting with customers, it doesn't matter how many times I try to set the expectation that results won't come for a good few months, maybe eight or twelve, they still call me...

Keep to Your Goals the Easy Way, by Not Trying to Achieve Too Much

Thu, 06 Jan 2011 08:05:48 -0600

So many people fail to keep their New Years resolutions and the reason is simple - we try to do too much. Instead of trying to put everything right before the end of January, try to keep things simple and take each day as it comes by doing little and often.

Starting Your Business With Affiliate Sales

Wed, 05 Jan 2011 10:51:13 -0600

Starting a business may seem daunting but some people do well simply selling other people's stuff. Why not consider affiliate income and make money without having to do anything other than create a website?

Clear Out Those Emails and Stop Being Pestered All the Time

Wed, 05 Jan 2011 01:59:02 -0600

Many people cite the main reason they get distracted during the day (at work and home) is their emails just keep piling up. We get interrupted from our normal activities simply because of a beep from our phone. Time to stop the rot and reclaim our lives!

Starting the New Year With New Business Ideas

Tue, 04 Jan 2011 09:16:46 -0600

For some people the start of a new year means thoughts drift to starting their own business and 'giving it to the man'. However starting up isn't easy and you need to consider your options and just what sort of business you can start before diving in.

Starting a New Business - A Few Tips on How to Go About It

Mon, 03 Jan 2011 08:27:15 -0600

For many people, the start of a New Year means the start of new ideas to make money and eventually get free from the shackles of work-a-day life. Here are a few tips to get you off on the right foot.

Myth Busting - Why Google Won't Ban You For Link Building

Fri, 10 Dec 2010 07:35:40 -0600

There are so many myths within search engine optimisation that it almost requires a book to test and either accept or reject each one (maybe I should write it!) But there's one that seems to do the rounds constantly and it is so utterly ridiculous that I can't believe that people still believe it.

What If Google Was Closed Down Next Year?

Fri, 10 Dec 2010 07:31:46 -0600

Ever asked yourself what you'd do if you didn't have Google to find pretty much everything and anything you're after? Sounds strange doesn't it to think of a world where you can't just type a query into a page and get an answer, but what if it were to happen tomorrow? What if Google simply wasn't there anymore?

Poaching Eggs the Really Easy Way

Wed, 08 Dec 2010 11:44:56 -0600

It stuns me the amount of people who when discussing the cooking of a humble egg will admit that they cannot poach one. It seems the simple skill of dropping a cracked egg into a pan of boiling water is one that has been lost down the centuries and now relies on microwave gadgets to ever get done correctly, but seriously, it's easy. Let's break it down into its constituent parts.

Google Local Search Is Upgraded and Everyone Is Feeling the Benefit

Wed, 08 Dec 2010 09:17:47 -0600

As an apparent leader in my field (not my words, someone else's!), I need to comment on new occurrences within the search engine world as soon as they happen. Very often there will be a change in the way Google does something and I'll get a call from someone asking "what does this mean for my business?"

Why Do People Need Rugged Laptops?

Wed, 08 Dec 2010 08:51:09 -0600

That laptop you bought wasn't meant to be thrown about and dropped on the floor or into a puddle. No, they were meant to compute and if you intend to abuse them, you should consider a rugged laptop instead.

Is Blogging Just Vanity Publishing?

Wed, 08 Dec 2010 08:43:41 -0600

Someone once told me that blogging was just 'vanity publishing'. By this I assumed they meant that it was a method of self promotion, of vainly putting your comments out there so people would read it whether they wanted it or not. Is this really true?

Using Industrial Grade PCs in the Tough Environments

Wed, 08 Dec 2010 08:41:15 -0600

That monitor on your desk is probably doing a fantastic job, but would it work well if it had to deal with water splashes or being beaten about every day? Probably not which is why there's a whole industry built up around the manufacture of toughened computers and monitors.

Advantages of Using Twitter

Wed, 08 Dec 2010 06:48:10 -0600

I bet you've not even tried Twitter yet. Most people haven't, even though it's probably the biggest thing to happen to the net in the last decade. Most think it's just a waste of time and whilst it probably can be said to be one of the biggest causes of procrastination yet invented, it also has a lot of uses beyond telling the world what flavour of pasty you just ate.

The Benefits of Using Seminars to Gain Clients

Tue, 28 Sep 2010 14:42:20 -0500

There are many ways to gain clients for your business from traditional methods such as advertising and general marketing activities to cold calling and search engine optimisation, however there is one way that may seem a little odd to most but is proven to bring in plenty of clients. The seminar has been used by many to get more clients for some time because it actually allows potential clients to see how you do what you do before they part with any cash. But there's a deeper psychological reason why people buy at a seminar and it's to do...

When It Comes to SEO, Maybe We Can Learn From the Blue Whale

Tue, 28 Sep 2010 13:39:08 -0500

Don't always go for the huge keywords in your next marketing campaign. Whales do quite well by eating little and often and we can use this analogy ourselves when picking easier, yet more lucrative keywords.

Working From Your Boat - The Attraction of Your Own Internet Business

Tue, 28 Sep 2010 13:33:07 -0500

Way back during the industrial revolution, much was made of the way machines would be able to liberate us from the drudgery of manual work. Machines would take the place of people in all but the most technical of roles and we would become required to do more skilled work that couldn't be performed by any new-fangled technology.

SEO Is Like Baking - You May Know the Recipe But It Doesn't Mean Your Cakes Are Any Good

Mon, 27 Sep 2010 01:59:05 -0500

There are loads of books and websites that say they can teach you SEO, but unfortunately it's not that simple. SEO isn't just a set of processes, it needs experience and a little bit of a 'feel' for the job. Only experience can really help you succeed.

Google May Be King, But Don't Forget the Princes

Fri, 24 Sep 2010 15:36:26 -0500

Google has become the most popular search engine, ever, but there are still millions of people flocking to Yahoo and Bing, so don't write them off yet. A well rounded SEO campaign should really try to encompass all three search engines.

A Total Beginners' Guide to Blogging

Thu, 23 Sep 2010 18:36:25 -0500

Not everyone knows how to blog or even what a blog is, but it's an important skill and it can help your search rankings. So here's a quick run-down on what it's all about and why you should investigate it.

Blogging Your Way to the Top of Google

Thu, 23 Sep 2010 18:36:12 -0500

There's blogging, and then there's blogging to get noticed by Google. Although many people simply use blogging as a tool to inform the world about their life, a few little techniques used here and there will also give you some much-valued link love and give your website a boost in rankings.

Had Enough Caffeine Yet?

Thu, 17 Jun 2010 12:03:11 -0500

Just when you thought your search results were fast enough and fifty billion pages of information would see you through to the end of the week, Google goes and makes a change that means every-thing's faster and there's more of it. Darn, how will I fit it all on my iPad?

The Tortoise and the Cyber-Hare

Wed, 16 Jun 2010 16:06:02 -0500

The relentless pace of life we now live gives many the impression that everything works at this pace and that millionaires are made overnight. Unfortunately, it's not like that with SEO - time is you biggest friend and your biggest enemy.

Facebook - Use Freely Yet With Caution

Tue, 15 Jun 2010 09:43:02 -0500

Facebook is an excellent medium for getting your company brand out there where your customers freely roam, but it could be the worst decision you ever made. Be careful with your online updates and you'll reap the rewards but one quick mistake and you'll regret ever going online...

Be Careful What You Tweet About

Fri, 04 Jun 2010 11:57:17 -0500

Twitter is no longer the innocent playground we all thought it was. Saying what you feel could actually get you in deep trouble...

The Biggest Mistakes in Web Design Part Two - Splash Pages

Thu, 03 Jun 2010 12:16:36 -0500

Even though the web has been around for decades and you'd think we'd learned what was good and bad in web design, people still make the simplest of mistakes when it comes to their own websites. One such mistake is the use of a splash page.

The Biggest Mistakes in Web Design - Part One - Canonical URLs

Thu, 03 Jun 2010 11:36:30 -0500

Web design isn't just about how pretty a site looks. In fact, it's only a bit about how pretty it is and more to do with functionality and certainly, a gorgeous looking site won't help you in the search rankings. However, even though people spend a fortune on great looking designs, they go and ruin their search engine chances by mucking up on the simplest of things. One such thing is canonical URLs.