Take the rough with the smooth in social media

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I recently had a really interesting experience with facebook. I made a post on a company’s facebook page that was, perhaps, incendiary, the other party certainly thought so and took an extremely heavy handed approach. I’d tried to word my post so that a positive spin could be taken – I wanted the company to […]

Say “No” to content spinners

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Content Spinners have been around for a long time now, some are very sophisticated and some are like blunt force instruments. Put one in the hands of someone who is ESL and it all falls to pieces. In my example the “writer” is Indian – and the level of English literacy coming out of that […]

Using Transcend to get .PST files into Gmail

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My husband’s beloved Shuttle running Windows XP died last week and in it’s place came Windows 8 with all the changes that neither of us were expecting. Gone was the old Outlook, gone was Word and Excel. After our initial setup woes it stopped feeling so different and it does appear to be quite a […]

Alasdair Thompson uses Sri Lankan spammers to promote himself?

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The  once hard working and high profile leader of the EMA fell from grace in 2011. It appears he’s committed to public service and is looking to be elected to a district health board. His blog at fairpoint.co.nz promotes him and even has a post on researching the gender pay gap – you have to […]

RootMetrics and Risk Assessment

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I attended a MTB coaching course recently and one of the topics was Risk Assessment and getting medical help. I usually ride in 3 forests with cell phone coverage ranging from adequate to poor to appalling. I decided it would be useful to find a tool that could map out the forests and give us […]

Pingbacks still being used to spam WordPress blogs

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Lots has changed in the world of link building but it seems that some “SEO Professionals” still believe that random pingbacks will help, rather than hinder, their clients. Take this example, found on the website for my local Pilates class… I’m not sure which alternate reality makes forex, bonsai and contact lenses relevant to Pilates […]

Social Media Gaffes

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I just bought a mountain biking magazine and was interested in a new product line from The North Face. Sat down and googled for their website and looked at their mountain biking range. Nothing came up that looked remotely like the clothes pictured. They did, however, have a link to their facebook account so I […]

If you spam Google will catch up with you.

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Google changes the rules constantly… and I like that. I like that they work hard to deliver good results and they have the people on board who are smart enough to know spam when they see it. There are alot of people running scared after the latest round and they’ve discovered that all that comment […]