BWelford’s Monthly Round-Up For February 2009

This is the online version of the SMM Newsletter. It is a selection of the most popular posts written by Barry Welford (online name BWelford) during the past month.

We hope you will find this round-up instructive and in some cases thought-provoking. You can receive an e-mail version of this if you prefer. In that case, please subscribe at the top of the right sidebar.

The blogs in which the posts appeared are indicated by the following abbreviations after the date: BPW = BPWrap; DIR = DirJournal Marketing Articles; SGL = StayGoLinks; SMm = Senior Money Memos; SSc = SEO-Scoop, a Search Engine People blog; TOBB = The Other Bloke’s Blog
Apple Safari v.4 Beta For Faster Gmail - 02/26/2009 OBB
The Apple Safari browser version 4 beta handles Gmail really well and does a much faster job than Firefox with a better user experience than Google Chrome.
Scams in Canada - 02/26/2009 SMm
In the current recession there are even more scams being run and it is important for everyone to be vigilant. Lists of information resources are provided.
Click Here For Better Usability And SEO - 02/25/2009 SSc
Click Here works well for Usability but requires image buttons with ALT text to perform well in SEO.
Deep Web, NOW Web – more headaches for Google - 02/22/2009 BPW
The NOW Web includes all ‘online’ packets of information or Instants. The New York Times describes the Deep Web which is uncrawlable by Google.
The NOW Web Is Not The Mobile Web - 02/18/2009 SGL
The NOW Web includes the World Wide Web and all other online packets of information or Instants. The concept is suggested by what Twitter has done.
Yes, Yes Minister, Please, Please - 02/13/2009 SMm
The freebies received by top UK government civil services raise questions on what influence these were meant to have. Bonuses are also questioned.
The NOW Web From An Even Higher Place - 02/18/2009 OBB
Twitter has shown that there is much more online communication activity than is found by Google. The NOW Web is the descriptor of this enhanced cyber-space.
Getting Results From Twitter - 02/11/2009 SGL
Twitter is now a rich resource since so many people are now involved. Being effective requires careful time planning and contact with high profile users.
Check Those Cleared Bank Cheques – A New Scam - 02/08/2009 SMm
Even if your bank has ‘cleared’ a cheque, they may still come after you if the issuing bank eventually does not also clear the cheque.
Too Many Seniors In British Columbia - 02/07/2009 SMm
British Columbia has a high proportion of seniors and this will grow. However with good health, they can still contribute to economic performance.
How To Write Engaging Blog Posts - 02/04/2009 – DIR
Blog posts must be attractive to visitors and visible in the search engines. More challenging is to make them engaging so that visitors get involved.
Global Recession Needs Global Solutions Without Protectionist Trade Barriers - 02/04/2009 SMm
The Buy American clause in the US recover package would trigger retaliatory action by Europe and Canada among others against this protectionism.

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Barry Welford

Footnote: If you are looking for more information on how to run your business more effectively, why not check out these Top Selling Business Books from Amazon. This is an affiliate link but if you do buy a book the small commission does help to underwrite a small part of the cost of providing these newsletters and blog posts.

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BWelford’s Monthly Round-Up

This is the online version of the SMM Newsletter. It is a selection of the most popular posts written by Barry Welford (online name BWelford) during the past two months.

We apologize for the long delay since you saw the last version but as you can see I am now being invited to write for more blogs. We hope you will find this round-up instructive and in some cases amusing. You can receive an e-mail version of this if you prefer. In that case, please subscribe at the top of the right sidebar.

The blogs in which the posts appeared are indicated by the following abbreviations after the date: BPW = BPWrap; DIR = DirJournal Marketing Articles; SGL = StayGoLinks; SMm = Senior Money Memos; SSc = SEO-Scoop, a Search Engine People blog; TOBB = The Other Bloke’s Blog; VC = Viral Conversations
Twitter, The Blog Killer – 01/29/2009 SGL
The wide popularity of Twitter is making blogging more difficult as Mark Evans states. However more people now use mobile devices.
How Well Do You Use Your Twittersphere? – 01/28/2009 SSc
Twitter can be an irritating noisy diversion or a process for dialoguing with your friends: effective use requires some interface such as Tweetdeck to derive maximum benefit.
UK Ministry Of Silly Walks- 01/23/2009 SMm
Monty Python on its YouTube channel offers free viewing of all its videos in the hope that you will then buy the DVDs from Amazon.
A Fluid Google Favicon – 01/20/2009 BPW
Google has adopted a somewhat fuzzy, fluid favicon reflecting the view that brands should be in constant evolution. A sharp favicon seems better.
Top 100 Lists Are Over The Top – 01/14/2009 DIR
Top 100 lists are like society columns with only fleeting recognition for those listed. They may have some small value in creating back links.
How Will Search Change In 2009? – 01/09/2009 DIR
2009 will probably be the year in which Mobile Search becomes more important than regular search so one needs a mobile-friendly websites.
Make That Elevator Speech A Twitter Intro – 01/06/2009 TOBB
Elevator speeches seem somewhat archaic in this online world. A Twitter Intro in 140 characters and spaces seems much more appropriate.
All About Money – 2008/12/28 SMm
Money is of interest to all and there are many descriptions and celebrations of its characteristics and the feeling of well being it brings.
Mobile Search – The pro and cons of developing a mobile version of your website – 12/26/2008 DIR
The Mobile Web is now bigger than the PC Internet Web and having a mobile version of a website is rapidly becoming a priority.
Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? – 12/26/2008 SMm
Eartha Kitt died at 81. Any of her adoring fans would have been delighted to be the millionaire that this old-fashioned girl was looking for.
Put Your Right Footer In – 12/15/2008 DIR
Fact-filled footers with many links can provide more navigation help to the enthusiastic website visitor and may make websites more sticky.
Visitors Bounce – 12/09/2008 BPW
The bounce rate for visitor traffic is a good measure of the relevance of a web page. Sticky websites will likely get higher Google rankings.
SearchWiki or Search Sticky – 12/03/2008 BPW
Basing search on searchers votes seems much less reliable than basing this on how they act. Sticky-SEO describes the future of search.

If you would like the occasional search-engine visible blog post added to your blog, why not contact us.

Barry Welford

Footnote: If you are looking for more information on how to run your business more effectively, why not check out these Top Selling Business Books from Amazon. This is an affiliate link but if you do buy a book the small commission does help to underwrite a small part of the cost of providing these newsletters and blog posts.

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BWelford’s Top Picks To November 30, 2008

This is the online version of the SMM Newsletter.  It is a selection of the most popular posts written during the past two weeks. We hope you will find this round-up instructive and in some cases amusing. You can receive an e-mail version of this if you prefer.  In that case, please subscribe at the top of the right sidebar.

The blogs in which the posts appeared are indicated by the following abbreviations after the date:  BPW = BPWrap; TOBB = The Other Bloke’s Blog;  SGL = StayGoLinks; SS = SEO-Scoop, a Search Engine People blog

The Internet is Twitter - 11/29/2008   BPW 
Social media such as Twitter typify the massive communication potential of the Internet. Although it is chaotic, perhaps surveys can provide order.
Reputation Management and Social Media - 11/29/2008 SGL 
Reputation management was possible although sometimes unethical before social media. Now companies must be an active part of the dialogue.
Traditional British Pubs Face Death - 11/28/2008   TOBB 
British Pubs are closing as visitors no longer wish to pay the increasing taxes on beer. The new generation may wish to spend more time online.
Standing Out In Social Media – Miss Manners or Mis-Behavior - 11/25/2008 SS 
Following the rules of netiquette may mean you are invisible in social media. Surprise marketing may be more ‘in your face’.
Benefit of Clouds in Africa - 11/23/2008  BPW 
Cloud computing accessed via cell phones or iphones brings powerful computing to many hands and can open up the way crises are reported.
Tom Clancys Endwar Voice Commands - 11/23/2008 SGL
Tom Clancy’s Endwar from Ubisoft uses voice technology. It works reasonably well in handling problem accents but limits functionality.
Abu Dhabi Brand Faith News Flash - 11/19/2008 SGL
News flashes should not be on Flash websites since they lose Google visibility. The website needs a RSS news feed for best effectiveness.
Happy 150th Birthday, British Columbia - 11/19/2008   TOBB 
British Columbia is 150 years old on November 19, 2008 and some fine companies have grown and prospered. The 2010 Olympics offers a bright future.
Voices mumble, fingers fumble - 11/19/2008 SGL 
As cell phones get smaller, speech technology will be capable of given very user-friendly ways of using them, particularly for seniors.
Five Seconds In The Blink Of An Eye - 11/18/2008  TOBB 
Malcolm Gladwell suggested a viewer makes up his mind about a web page in the blink of an eye. The five seconds test checks out web pages.

Footnote:
BWelford’s 6 Top Picks From The 2008 Business Best Sellers

BWelford’s Top Picks To 11/15/2008

This is the online version of the new-style SMM Newsletter.  It is a selection of the most popular posts written during the past two weeks. We hope you will find this round-up instructive and in some cases amusing. You can receive an e-mail version of this if you prefer.  In that case, please subscribe at the top of the right sidebar.

The blogs in which the posts appeared are indicated by the following abbreviations after the date:  BPW = BPWrap; TOBB = The Other Bloke’s Blog;  SGL = StayGoLinks; CF = Cre8tive Flow (the blog for the Cre8asite Forums); VC = Viral Conversations, a new website from Michael Gray.

Social Media: Please Keep The Noise Down - 11/14/2008 SGL
Tolerance of activities like Live Blogging in social media may be influenced by where individuals sit on the sociability scale.
POW! Surprise Marketing – Push or Pull - 11/13/2008 TOBB
Andy Nulman is the king of Surprise and his new book is a fount of advice and ideas on how best to exploit Surprise Marketing – with POW.
Random Thoughts - 11/13/2008 BPW
Many write random thoughts but randomness is an essential feature of strong and secure passwords. random.org gives true random numbers.
Brand Canada � Aw Shucks - 11/12/2008 TOBB
Future Brand puts Canada at #2 on their National Brand scale, whereas Anholt has Canada at #4. Canada needs to be a little more brash.
Always On The Alert - 11/11/2008 BPW
Systems that provide SEO Alerts when particular conditions arise give an easy way of monitoring performance and competitive activity.
Grow Your Business- 11/11/2008 CF
The final article in the Marketing Right Now (MRN) series on Internet Marketing covers how to continue to grow your business to achieve your goals.
Barack Obama And Grassroots Leadership - 11/10/2008 SGL
The nomination of Barack Obama as President elect signals many things but the most powerful is the Internet support to grassroots leadership.
Tools and Tips to Help You Keep Up With The Latest Buzz- 11/07/2008 VC
Tools are available to identify what are hot topics in social media. These confirm the effectiveness of the Barack Obama organization in using social media.
RightNow Customer Service - 11/05/2008 SGL
Providing the customer service that satisfies customers through online software or chat services is win/win as sales growth covers costs.
Frozen UK Pensions – European Court of Human Rights – Decision - 11/05/2008 TOBB
The ECHR has rendered its Judgment in the case of the Frozen UK Pensions. Only the President of the Court dissented from the negative decision.
SMM (Social Media Marketing)- 11/04/2008 CF
Social media can absorb a great deal of human effort for negligible results. It is important to use time effectively in making your social media efforts count.
Talking Behind Your Back - 11/03/2008 SGL
Conversations will occur massively on the Internet. Companies can get involved through social media or they can leave everyone else to talk.

Footnote:
BWelford’s 6 Top Picks From The 2008 Business Best Sellers

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