Ad blocking should be banned

By Nov.22, 2016

ad blocking should be bannedOk, so ‘Ad blocking should be banned’, maybe a little over dramatic, but Internet adverts are the main source of revenue for most of the websites. The majority of websites are free to browse which is thanks to the advertisements displayed on the web pages. This model of internet has been steady over the last two decades. As time goes by, ad companies have become more and more aggressive in their approach and this has led to the use of ad blocking software rising dramatically.

At the present time, if you open a web page, you are to likely to see many ads based on your browsing history, cookies and other private information. More annoyingly, many ads are simply deceiving, forcing the users to click on them to view the original content. No one will disagree that the digital ad business has now reached a point where the users find the ads an annoyance rather than useful.

This atmosphere has given birth to ad blockers. You just install software or a browser plug-in to block the ads from being displayed. This prevents the ads from displaying and also prevents hefty ads from eating up bandwidth and lets pages load faster. Ad blockers are gaining more and more popularity. From old players like ‘AdBlock Plus’ to Opera’s new, free built-in blocker. The rise of ad blockers is threatening the economic model that the internet is based on. For these reasons maybe ad blocking should be banned. Read more…..


IVA Advice and IVA Debt Advice SEO for X-Debt

By Nov.17, 2016

IVA Advice and IVA Debt Advice SEO

Company introduction

X-debt is a debt company dealing mainly IVAs (Individual Voluntary Arrangements) a form of debt management and IVA debt advice . The company relies on introducers of new business which can be expensive. The aim of this SEO work is to try increase the amount of business through the company website and improving the google rankings will help with this.



Digital Marketing for Law firms: The Basics

By Nov.16, 2016

In the legal sector, reputation means everything. Word of mouth recommendations have secured client instructions at law firms for decades. Provide a quality service and you will be rewarded by having previous clients point their friends, family and colleagues in your direction should they ever require a solicitor.

Word of mouth recommendations will undoubtedly continue to play a prominent role in the decision making process of those looking for a solicitor. However, as the business landscape evolves and clients demand different experiences, failing to keep up with the curve could prove costly. Getting the fundamentals of digital marketing for law firms correct is something firms of all size should be investing in.

In this blog post we will discuss the basics of digital marketing for law firms, highlight some useful tools and prove why investing your time (and maybe money) into digital is absolutely key.

The three key areas we will cover are:

  • SEO
  • Social Media
  • PPC



How to get high quality backlinks?

By Nov.15, 2016

It is a well known fact that getting high quality backlinks for your site is one of the hardest elements of search engine optimisation (SEO). But, if done well it can set you apart from your competitors. However, the main challenge remains –  how to get high quality backlinks.

So, what is a backlink?  How to get high quality backlinks?

Well a backlink is quite simply a link from another site back to yours. They are important for SEO as they signal to search engines that your site is trustworthy and contains good noteworthy content. However, with Google’s penguin update you need to make sure that links coming to your site are high quality. Links should be from good quality relevant web pages and not spammy link farming sites…



Social media campaigns: don’t FAIL!

By Apr.21, 2016

Understanding your goals and achieving a return on investment (R.O.I.) is crucial when embarking on a social media campaigns. There are so many different perceptions of “success” when it comes to social media that you could easily invest a large budget into a campaign and fail to achieve your goals – We did and we were left feeling pretty stupid!!

social media campaigns - didn't think that one through



Getting Started with Google Analytics

By Apr.21, 2016

Whether you have a blog, E-commerce site or try to sell new cars using the power of the internet like me, then the SSMM course at Salford University will teach you that Google Analytics will be key. It will help you to distinguish what sinks or swims and help you to understand your website visitor traffic.

So where do you start with Google Analytics?

Create an account for you and your website here or get an existing user to add permissions for your login and you’ll be able to see the incredibly useful and anonymous tracking data Google Analytics collects for visits to your website including

  • Location
  • Device type (mobile, tablet, desktop)
  • Operating system
  • Screen resolution
  • Internet provider
  • Age
  • GenderGoogle Analytics meme sudden clarity clarence reads i just installed google analytics now i can see everything
  • Language

Along with many other values to ultimately understand your audience so you can target and optimise your website whether you’re selling or creating content.

It may take a while, but spend a little time familiarising yourself with the toolbar at the side. It has taken me around ten weeks to remember all the different options and hidden treasures that can be found.



What is Digital Marketing? #passion4digital

By Apr.20, 2016

What is digital marketing after all?

So, couple of years ago now I had a fancy website designed, which to all intents and purposes was not my intention at all at the time.

I contacted a local web design guy, his website looked great and I liked his style, he was pretty cool.  He was enthusiastic, confident and he knew a damned sight more than me about this whole website design game.

We met and I presented him with my idea, all I wanted was a little website, nothing too flash, just a gentle introduction into the worldwide web but an hour later, I’m not quite sure what I’d agreed to, but it sounded great! What a guy!



Social Media Recruitment and a beginner’s take on #SEO

By Apr.20, 2016

social media recruitment

As a recruiter I have gone through a journey. Gone are the days where I could solely rely on newspapers and company websites to find and attract talent. Although these methods are still used, with the growth of the Internet and social media combined with a competitive market, I recognise that social media recruitment is an essential tool to finding top talent. Not only do I recognise this, I am excited by this!

How do we know this?

A global social recruiting survey completed by LinkedIn found that more than 50% of jobseekers now use social media to assist them in their job searches. With this in mind, it is important to understand and develop a social media recruitment strategy. Not only is social media an important recruitment tool to attract and source top quality candidates, it’s also an exciting opportunity to create and develop your digital presence.



Digital Marketing Help for Small Businesses

By Mar.31, 2016

Do you own a small business and struggle with your digital marketing?

I can sympathise, empathise and advise. Help is available for most small businesses.

Repairs by post team

Me, Hannah and my husband Jonathan

Our small business RepairsByPost has gone from a traditional bricks and mortar business to an online business within the last year. It was the scariest thing we have ever done. ‘Our’ is myself and by husband, and that alone has its own tribulations. (You can read more on my blog post about working with my husband).



Digital marketing and SEO – the ten commandments

By Mar.24, 2016

Get ahead in SEO and digital marketing

CC by hin255 from

The Search and Social Media Marketing course at Salford University has some brilliant SEO and digital marketing tips . Small businesses like mine need to be able to market themselves online. We all know we have to be at the top of the rankings to get noticed. Here are the ten most important lessons we’ve learned so far: