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.
When planning your website it’s important to consider what details you want on your contact page. Of course, you want your phone number, probably your address, a map might be handy and your email address… right? Well, maybe not! It depends on how you do it and how you feel about email spam.
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!
If you find that Google is listing results for your website that are no longer valid, this may affect your search engine rankings and will certainly affect potential visitors to your website. This can arise due to a number of reasons and it’s best to sort them out before you end up with a stack of 404 errors in your website stats!
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)
Yazoom and TreatMe enter the online discount, impulse shopping arena to compete with GrabOne and DailyDo. It’s unlikely that all these sites will survive so will Yazoom be able to capture enough subscribers with their expensive TV campaign or does TreatMe have the edge by having TradeMe’s backing? Is the massive cut in price worth the time for businesses or are these kinds of deals just helping them tread water?
The Google Farmer update has destroyed rankings, and therefore web traffic and advertising revenue for a large number of good quality websites that are now struggling to recover. Was it planned that way or just an unfortunate side-effect?
IE9 has been officially released to the public. This is Microsoft’s latest version of the widely used Internet Explorer Browser. Is it good enough to prevent a further exodus to Firefox and Chrome? At first blush it looks pretty good, it’s fast, nicely designed and I have high hoped for it. Read this IE9 review to see if it’s right for you.
If you’re looking for NZ Boats for Sale or for somewhere to sell your boat, check out UsedBoats.co.nz – it’s a new website that was launched just a month ago to offer free boat listings to both the public and boat dealers. It’s really easy too use and has some great advanced features that you can access if you sign up for a free account.
Three guys are in an alleyway. They have masks, they have guns. They are about to rob a bank. They have a plan that they have worked on for months. One will get the cash, the other covers the room and the third watches the door. Let’s call it GoogleBank.
If you’ve noticed your website suddenly drop in the Google rankings, you may have received a penalty for breach of Google’s webmaster guidelines. This penalty may be manually instigated in response to a complaint about your website or activities, or it could be an automatic drop caused by a change in Google’s algorithm. This article explains what you can do to recover your rightful place on the first page of Google!
There’s more to registering a good domain name than just getting your company name. In fact your company name might not be the best choice for your website address. There are several things that you should consider for your new domain name.
Today, Google announced that it has updated it’s algorithm (the super-secret formula that ranks search results) to improve the quality of the results. Some of this will be new and some will be a greater emphasis on aspects of a website that were previously not so important.
Amid the tragedy of the Christchurch Earthquake, I was shocked to find this website. The (clearly un-medicated) owner has hidden their identification but the website is hosted by BlueHost.com. As you can see from my discussion with Blue Host customer support (below), their management have decided not to remove the website and are hiding behind the excuse of needing legal direction from a court before they can do anything. This is clearly unnecessary and the cynic in me thinks that they are hoping to generate some media attention from it. Either that or their company management is utterly spineless.
Christchurch Earthquake list of useful websites and contact phone numbers. I will update this as I gain further information. Please feel free to send me any more links you think may be useful. The Christchurch city centre is inaccessible and the roads should be kept free for essential traffic only. Trains are not running. There is substantial damage to all utility services. Water should be conserved. Much of the phone network is running off battery backup power. If possible, text rather than call to conserve power.
Ever wondered how to stop spam getting to you when your spam filters don’t pick up junk mail? Try out Mailwasher and see how easy it is to remove spam before you even receive it! You can trial download Mailwasher Free.
With search engines getting smarter, there are some SEO tricks that should definitely be avoided. I still see websites making use of these and they wonder why they’re not on the front page of Google.Make sure you get good advice from someone who can show you successful websites that they’ve done SEO work on and explain how they did it.
Google Analytics is a free online website statistics service that shows you how viewers found your website, what they looked at and even how they found you. At it’s most basic level, you can check how many visitors your website is getting but it really comes into it’s own in the way that it allows you to see what is working and what isn’t. Simply “counting visitors” doesn’t really tell you much.