If you’ve been researching SEO techniques to improve your Google ranking, you may have heard of article spinning? This article explains what it is, how it works and the risks involved if you’re considering it as an option.
Sometimes, a web design client will want a domain name that someone else already owns. Usually, this is just bad luck and they have to register something else but every now and then, they have a real problem because it is owned by a competitor or a “cybersquatter” and is a name they have trademarked, their brand or something that they had previously owned. Perhaps they are being held to ransom by the current owner, de-famed or the new owner is taking business from them. What can they do?
I have spent the last 3 hours identifying and removing a nasty little attacker called the S.M.A.R.T. Data Recovery Virus. It’s a very clever piece of software that will try to convince you that your hard drive is corrupt and encourage you to enter your credit card details to “register” it and “clean” your computer. Don’t fall for it! Here is what you can do to fix the problem. Do Not attempt yourself if you’re not sure what to do.
According to a report by BusinessInsider.com, something amazing happened in 2011. The number of smart phones sold was greater than the number of standard computers sold. They say that mobile device sales have only just begun to hit it’s growth phase and that in a few years, mobile devices will far, far outnumber PC’s.
A recent report on ecommerce in New Zealand by PwC and Frost & Sullivan, shows online shopping will boom to a record NZ$2.68 billion in 2011. That is a massive increase of 12 percent from 2010. As traditional retailers struggle in the recession, online shopping will account for 5.1 percent of all retail sales in the country. It is estimated that $910 million (34%) of all sales will be to offshore online businesses. Can traditional retailing survive?
MYOB have released a report into ecommerce in New Zealand that shows businesses with a website earned significantly more than companies that are not represented online. The study included over one thousand businesses and showed that Northland companies had the lowest internet presence in the country at just 21%.
Most Google users will have seen another change to the search results today as Google launched it’s new +1 button in New Zealand. The button has been tested in the USA since March and is Google’s answer to Facebook’s LIKE buttons and a foray into the world of social marketing.
Bios Life Slim has been popular in the US for years but has only just been launched in New Zealand following successes in Australia. Unlike a lot of other diets plans or weight loss fads, I was impressed to see that this one has some actual science behind it. Bios Life Slim is even noted in the 2010 PHYSICIANS’ DESK REFERENCE as being beneficial for lowering cholesterol, heart disease and maintaining healthy body weight.
Boat dealers from Whangarei in the North Island to Wanaka in the South Island are already taking advantage of BOATS.co.nz to sell their stock. Boating professionals and can now list boats for sale on BOATS.co.nz and also update their own websites at the same time!
In a glorious example of how the power of the internet can backfire, the England Rugby Football Union have been embarrassed by the release of a video on YouTube celebrating themselves as the “2011 Grand Slam Champions”. Unfortunately, it didn’t happen! (includes video)