Marketing junk for a new site

I’ve recently set up a new site for a WordPress plugin I’m developing.  This is the site for those who are interested: It’s nothing special, it’s whole purpose is the provide support for the plugin which is hosted by WordPress. All well and good so far. Within hours of registering the domain and setting


Posted in April 2016

You can’t all be winners

A while back there was this rage for motivational posters that were supposed to push us all to be the best. To be winners and achievers. It was all a lie. There can only be one winner at anything. That’s the whole point of winning: to come first. Most of your dreams and aspirations will


Posted in December 2014

Why Social Media is bad for Business

The clue is in the name: social media. It’s not ‘I’m looking for something to buy’ media. If people want to buy stuff they go to a shopping channel or Google it or ask their friends for advice. There are loads of people telling you to get onto all the various social media platforms as


Posted in August 2014

Delete your Logos, slider and social media links for a better user experience

Every page on your site needs a reason to exist. Usually to inform, entertain or market a product or service. Anyone landing on that page needs to know who you are, what is on offer and how to get it. Anything else on the page is a distraction. Your logo is unimportant, slider images just get


Posted in April 2014

The Tech Support Scam

I had a phone call the other day from the ‘Online Windows Technical Support’.There was the normal slight delay as the auto-dialer connected me to ‘Veronica Parks’ in some call centre in Asia so I was already suspicious. Anyway, back to the story. Apparently they had received a report of errors on my computer that


Posted in August 2013

Choosing the right domain name

If your name is Darth Vader then buying the domain name is probably a good move. Buying isn’t so clever. It’s not because it’s a bad domain name, it’s because you are stuck with a domain name that no longer reflectes who you are. There will be those SEO experts who tell you


Posted in June 2013

How to fail at selling things

My laptop is getting a bit ancient but still works so I’m loath to replace it. But the battery is knackered so I decided last week to search for a new one.  It appears that almost nobody really wants to sell me one.


Posted in November 2011

Make my day and call me

The telephone is still a very effective form of communication. There is an awful lot you can do online but if you have question a then a quick call can be far more effective. So just suppose you have a potential customer what is almost ready to buy but just wants to check delivery or


Posted in October 2011

Website testing

There are all sorts of website that will run SEO, accessibility and other tests on your website. But none of them actual report back what people really think about your site. One service I’ve been using for a while is the fivescondtest from usabilityhub. There are two ways to get the tests: Pay for them.


Posted in July 2011

Xerox Real Business – a website that truly sucks

A short post this one because all that needs to be said is embraced by a truly awful website. One would have hoped that a large multinational company would know better. But they don’t. So three cheers for the xerox real business website (if you can be bother for the thing to load). If you


Posted in July 2011

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