Smartphone Addiction: Are You?

Smartphone Addiction: Are You?

N.B. This blog post was written in June. The Eurostar was running late, trespassers on the line, I still had an hour left to kill and I was bored of my magazine and my iPhone so I thought I would write a blog post. While sitting in Gard du Nord station in Paris waiting to board I looked around and noticed that pretty much everyone in the vicinity was using a mobile phone, mostly smartphones - I was using one too! I tell a lie there was a woman reading on her Kindle, not her phone. I have read a few blog posts recently about smartphones, one in particular I remember because the title was 'Are you sleeping with your smartphone?' I've had my iPhone for 2 years now and it goes everywhere with me, currently it is sat … [Read more...]

Five Useful WordPress Plugins

Five Useful WordPress Plugins

I haven't done a WordPress plugin post for some time, so I thought I would introduce you to some of my newer plugins which I have found to work really well on my website.  If you want to check out some of my previous plugin posts then take a look at Plugins Your Blog Readers Will Love, and Spread the Luv on your Blog!. I've been using these five plugins for a while now and they have saved me time and made my website function in the way I'd like it to.  Below I have taken an extract from each of the plugin websites which gives you an overview of what the plugin does.  I have then written a little bit about why I use the plugin and how I think it improves my website.   Broken Link Checker for … [Read more...]

Combining Social Media Marketing With SEO

Combining Social Media Marketing with SEO

GUEST BLOG Brendan Egan owns Simple SEO Group that provides web design services and e-marketing to small business websites. ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦   Using social media as a marketing tool has picked up pace in recent years with the huge popularity of social media websites such as Facebook and Twitter that are accessed by millions of people worldwide – with a potential market of that size, how could it remain untapped to companies and marketers? SEO is a powerful internet marketing tool, and the combination of SEO techniques with social media is definitely something to talk about. Look at it this way: you are more likely to accept an opinion or recommendation when it is coming from a friend or someone you know … [Read more...]

Facebook: Should I Stay or Should I Go?

Facebook: Should I Stay or Should I Go?

Facebook is one of the most popular social media networks out there, but when you take a look at the other networks, Facebook is the one that comes off worst in terms of complaints.  So why is it so popular if it has so many problems?  I typed this into Google and here are the top 3 articles... Why is Facebook so Popular? Why Facebook is so popular - the psychology behind it (no longer available) Why is Facebook so popular? I'm pleased I didn't choose this phrase as my blog title - a little bit of competition, and that's just the top 3, there are pages and pages of the same! Ok so if you actually go and read these articles, you should get an idea why Facebook is so popular.  But that's not what my post is … [Read more...]

SEO, Social Media & Twitter all in One Post!

Au revoir

À bientôt tout le monde!! I am off to the UK next week for the first time since moving to France last year, it's not really a holiday it's for my best friend's hen weekend. Being away from work for 6 days is going to be interesting, I will still have Internet access but no real time to 'work' or check up on my social media networks much. I have managed to arrange my work around my trip, so all my clients are aware of me not being here but I am still quite anxious about leaving the comfort of my daily work routine. If you saw my recent blog post Social Media Robot - Do you Automate? you'll know that I use various third party applications to help me automate a certain amount of my updates each day on my social … [Read more...]