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Wix or WordPress websites

It's a minefield when you decide you want a website and it can be tempting to pay for something easy like Wix. As they have template designs that you can quickly edit, and you can get something Live in a few hours.   So why would you go with the bother and doing a WordPress website alone or with someone like me?   After doing website design for twenty years, you realize when someone promises perfection and something quick and comfortable when it comes to technology - its too good to be true!   Heres why you shouldn't, go with these companies, that offer a low monthly price and something live straight away.   1) Going with these companies that offer a low price on a monthly bases is just like going with catalogue companies that sell white goods and furniture. They target people who haven't the money to pay for items in one lump sum. You will...

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FREE online education resources

A non-exhaustive list that might help those affected by school closures due to coronavirus, compiled by home educators.   Khan Academy https://www.khanacademy.org Especially good for maths and computing for all ages but other subjects at Secondary level. Note this uses the U.S. grade system but it's a most common material.   BBC Learning http://www.bbc.co.uk/learning/coursesearch/ This site is old and no longer updated and yet there's so much still available, from language learning to BBC Bitesize for revision. No TV licence required except for content on BBC iPlayer.   Futurelearn https://www.futurelearn.com Free to access 100s of courses, only pay to upgrade if you need a certificate in your name (own account from age 14+ but younger learners can use a parent account).   Seneca https://www.senecalearning.com For those revising at GCSE or A level. Tons of free revision content. Paid access to higher-level material.   Openlearn https://www.open.edu/openlearn/ Free taster courses aimed at those considering Open University but everyone can access it. Adult level, but some e.g. nature and environment courses could well...

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Do you need some cheap graphics software?

You may need some graphic software just to do some simple banners or explain to a Graphic Designer an idea. Here’s some I’ve found on my travels and a little explanation on what I think about the:   Canva – Super easy to use but minimal design options. Click here for more information >>>   Gimp – This is used a lot by programmers as great to cut up images for the internet and has a straightforward navigation system. Click here for more information>>>   Pic Monkey – This is very similar to Gimp and may be good as an alternative if you cannot use Gimp. It also has templates sizes for all the social media platforms and is easy to use.  Click here for more information>>>   Gravit –  is good if you want to do graphics on the fly such as on your phone, and can not download the software. You do it all online, and the free version is excellent. Click here for...

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Selling out & Andy Weatherall

If you’ve bored yourself by looking at my website and artwork before, you will know I rant on about how I find it hard to become a fully-fledged artist in the capitalist society, as you have to change who you are. And for me, that feels wrong. My art is a way of expressing things that frustrate me in this world but positively and healthily, rather than releasing my feelings onto people or on myself by being self-destructive. Well, I’ve never thoroughly thought why I’m the way I am and whether other people influenced me. Which I’ve mentioned in other blog posts about Keith Harring and the Brit Pop group. But Andy was there always in the background doing good for the world. This guy went about it in a 100% class way and could have become famous and lapped the limelight up, “making people with money more money.” But he didn’t he...

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SEO tips that you may not know.

I always like to talk to people as if they have a certain amount of intelligence. As a small business, I'm sure you have read up about putting keywords into your website pages and made sure you have added your website URL to Google and Google business.   But have you done that 'deep' plunge and got into SEO intensely, and started to think like a professional SEO person. Here are some tips that you may not have thought about that could get you some more clients!   1) Did you know when you put your keywords into Google to check where your business is showing up? Google uses AI to locate where you are and then gives you a result that's related to that area. So it isn't accurate when wanting to research if your website is coming up and showing on the first page of Google's results.   So how do you correct this?...

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Cheeky little tips to get more customers (leads)

So the ultimate question for new businesses is how do I get new customers without spending massive amounts of money on adverts and marketing but doesn't take up all your time with technical/design work and knocking on doors. Here are a few ideas that have worked for my clients and me. Engage with customers with a Google My Business Account. You get more than a business listing. Your free Business Profile lets you easily connect with customers across Google Search and Maps. Click here for more information Create videos for social media Use Backlinks software that looks where your competitors are advertising online or use Google's free tools for this: click here Use rotational banner businesses that means your banners go all over the place (apps, websites) rather than spending a fortune on printed adverts - click here Get hold of emails via a third party business and send out newsletters to them. Get...

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Google Search Operators

What are Google search operators? Google search operators are special characters and commands (sometimes called “advanced operators”) that extend the capabilities of regular text searches. Search operators can be useful for everything from content research to technical SEO audits. How do I use search operators? You can enter search operators directly into the Google search box, just as you would a text search: Except in special cases (such as the “in” operator), Google will return standard organic results. Google search operators cheat sheet You can find all of the major organic search operators below, broken up into three categories: “Basic”, “Advanced”, and “Unreliable”. Basic search operators are operators that modify standard text searches. I. Basic Search Operators "your word" Put any phrase in quotes to force Google to use exact-match. In single words, it prevents synonyms. OR your word OR your word Google search defaults to logical AND between terms. Specify "OR" for a logical OR (ALL-CAPS). | your word | your word...

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22 Free Google Products for Small Business Owners

For e-commerce entrepreneurs and small business owners, Google has attractive, free tools for nearly every aspect of online productivity. Here is a list of free online products from Google. There are simple efficiency tools, as well as game-changing web applications. For the tools you’re using already, make sure you’re taking advantage of all the integrated bells and whistles. General Office Google Chrome. Google Chrome is a browser that is for speed, simplicity, and security. Customize Chrome with a wide variety of third-party apps from its marketplace. Google Calendar. Google Calendar is a scheduling platform to organize and share events. Access your calendar when you’re away from your desk with two-way syncing to your phone or tablet. Stay on schedule with reminders, and get notified by email or receive text messages directly to your mobile phone. Gmail. Gmail is Google’s email application, which includes 15GB of free storage (across Gmail, Google Drive, and Google+ photos). Gmail...

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