Thursday, December 31, 2009

Roundhay Bandstand Photographs

Just nipped to Roundhay Park in Leeds and took some really quick pictures inside one of the lovely bandstands in there.

I remembered photo collages by David Hockney and thought I'd have a go. It's very rough I took less than 5 minutes to take all eight images with by small digital compact. I then chucked them together in Photoshop. Not the greatest shots but a lot of fun.

To take a closer look double click on the picture.

Monday, December 21, 2009

New year planning, stop spamming comments

I just popped on here to post about planning for the new year in your business. As I logged on I noticed I had a comment to moderate. I love getting comments because like most bloggers, I don't get many. So imagine my frustration, it won't be hard, when it was a huge spam comment full of links and targeted text, with no connection to the post it was commenting on.

I've been doing SEO for quite a while now and I understand the reason behind the tactics, but this is 2009, nearly 2010, and spamming comments is so 1999!

So if there's one thing I'd advise as planning for 2010, if this type of SEO work was in your plan ditch it and start again. I love comments on my blog, but this kind just get deleted. The spammer wasted their time and mine, a net loss of effort.

Sorry for the rant, Merry Christmas.

Thursday, December 03, 2009

Sage Advice from Seth Godin

Yet again Seth Godin inspires me. His latest blog post extols you to just get on with it, if you've never done anything before using this internet thingy, then start now and catch up quickly!

All the tools are out there you just need to use them, most are even free, they just need you to put some work and energy in. I've used most of these in my previous jobs. Just started at Global Lingo as Director of Marketing, and they're dying to grow as much as they can, so I'll be using some of Seth's points to get things moving quickly.

You should too.

Wednesday, December 02, 2009

Focus on the goal of your website

When you're building or writing your website the first thing you should consider is:

What exactly do I want this site to do?

Now the fist thing to come in to your head will be - Sell, be read, make me famous etc (depending on who you are)

But once you've got that you need to delve deeper, who do you want to sell to? What type of people are you looking to read your site? What do you want to be famous for?

You need to delve down and focus on your core market, you can't possibly reach an entire population, country, world, universe so don't even try all you'll be is bland and no one buys bland.

Focus your site on what you want to deliver, what really burns in your soul (or your warehouse)