So two months into 2013 and I can’t believe it…….!
Where did those weeks go to? Every week I tell myself what I am going to achieve and before I know it, it’s Friday!
Note to self: time management planning needs addressing and I need to be accountable. So best intentions to try harder [am sure I’m not on my own with this issue].
One of the best things that I like about being an Internet Marketer is the flexibility, the choice of when and where you wish to work.
It gives us all the opportunity to spend time with family or friends and work when the kids have either gone out or have other things to do.
As for location, basically it enables us to work anywhere in the world with an internet connection….that’s just got to be the absolute best possible scenario for productivity and satisfied, happy employees…hasn’t it?
Well to say I was somewhat taken aback with the latest news from Yahoo’s new CEO, Marissa Mayer who aged just 37 has instructed all Yahoo’s telecommuters to report back to their office and work only from there from June.
Her reasoning being that ‘speed and quality are often sacrificed when we work at home’ and she believes that whilst homeworkers are usually as productive as those staff that worked at the office, they are missing out on interacting with their colleagues and therefore not being as creative as they could be!
Surprisingly Miss Mayer has herself recently become a mother, she took just two weeks off work [incidentally she worked from home whilst on maternity leave] and she has constructed a purpose built nursery to look after her five month old son adjacent to her office.
Wonder if she will open this facility for all other mothers!
Seems in my opinion to be a backward step and could possibly alienate the wonder girl who cut her teeth at Google!
On a final note when Miss Mayor was interviewed just two months ago in respect of her priorities in life, she listed them as: God, family and Yahoo in that order J
Would you believe it……..Sergey Brin the co-founder of Google has admitted that mobiles are anti-social!
Whilst he acknowledges the huge benefits they bring us, he is somewhat disappointed that we seem to have created an addiction similar to smoking!
Breaking news is that Sergey has just announced the use of ‘Google Glass’.
They incorporate a small computer, camera and wireless facility which will give the user a ‘heads up display’ – which they can voice activate…….can’t wait!
Profits recently announced from FB exceeded original forecasts which resulted in a net profit of £41m [4th quarter] which also saw it exceed one billion users.
As you would expect their revenues have gone up around 40pc with advertising becoming the main source of revenue at £840m…pretty good for college boys!
This just knocks the theory that accessing FB from your mobile would have had a negative effect on advertising income.
Apple however haven’t achieved the profits they’d hoped for, in actual fact they came extremely close to posting its very first dip in profits in more than a decade as sales of their new iPhone 5 failed to meet expectations.
However it did manage to sell 47.8m iPhones in the quarter………………..nice!
All isn’t bad Apple also shifted 22.9m iPads which achieved their forecast.
As you would expect chief executive Tim Wood was ‘thrilled’ with the figures.
Apple’s sales have suffered due to it’s rivals such as Amazon, Samsung and Google have all launched cheaper alternatives the iPhone and iPad.
And in November Samsung gained bragging rights as they sold 18m Galaxy S3 to Apples iPhone 4s 16.2m L
Apps – Buyer Beware!
After last months article on Apps just heard that a five year old British boy ran up a whopping £1,700 bill on his dad’s iPad.
They assumed that the game he was playing was free [Zombies v Ninja] unbeknown to them though by pressing a shopping trolley icon he was offered the chance to purchase extra ammunition…..what boy wouldn’t?
The good news is that Apple have since refunded the full amount, but as previously stated be aware!
Who are you in bed with? (Techy Alert)
That might seem like a strange question for a Internet marketing newsletter, although as you might have guessed it’s perhaps not what you first thought of!
I recently moved the hosting of my wife’s website and subsequently had problems with the email delivery from the email accounts associated with that domain (that being that they were bounceback saying that the email address or IP was on a blacklist). Now my wife goes about her business sending 2 or 3 emails a day and certainly does not spam. So I assumed that her account must have in fact and set about resetting the password and the usual tricks and notifying the various spam filters that the account was clean, a job in itself.
My wife continued to have problems even though I had messages back saying that her email address have been blocked but there are emails were still at best ending up in people’s junk/spam folders and at worst not getting through at all.
Now let me roll things back slightly here, whenever I take out a hosting account I always pay the extra for a unique IP address.
I set about investigating further and decided to see what other websites were hosted on the same IP as my wife’s website (this should have been six sites).
To my horror I got varying results up to 350 sites including several “adult” sites. As you can imagine I was not best pleased. Whilst I have taken the matter up with the hosting company who eventually after several goes admitted that I was paying for a unique IP address but that my account had been set up incorrectly. I wonder how many people have a check that they are getting what they paid for?
My account has now been moved to a unique IP and all is well.
Now whilst my ramblings related to email delivery Google also take into account your bedfellows when deciding on your ranking and suitability. So if your website is hosted on an IP with a load of spamming sites in Google will put you in the same bracket as it’ll just make it harder for you to get rankings and traffic.
I have listed below some brief resources so that you can check out your own IP and whether it is clean or not.
Resources at the end. All free.
Tim Ferris Blog
I am a big fan of the four hour work week by Tim Ferris, mainly because it made a lot of sense and the idea of a four hour work week greatly appeals.
I recently came across Tim Ferris’s blog and I have no idea why I did not go looking for it before!
There are many great posts on their which would be well worth you having a look.
One for inspiration is one of the several case studies that have been done on people who are living the for and were work week lifestyle the latest one by a family with three young children. If they can do it surely you can?
How to build a high traffic blog without killing yourself (video presentation)
But I was always beware when you get into this block it can be a great distraction and stop you from achieving your goal and generally take your eye off your focus so please use sparingly and selectively
Just to remind those of you who are based in the North West UK [or indeed anywhere if you don’t mind travelling] our monthly Internet Meeting is scheduled for Friday march 2nd 2013 at The Castlefield Hotel, Manchester.
Informal friendly meeting, open networking from 12.30hrs two course lunch 13.30hrs with a further networking opportunity afterwards, coffee served in the lounge area. We invite you to come along you might actually enjoy it and get some great information and meet new contacts.
Click here for location.
Reverse IP Checkers
Good site with feedback on possible doggy sites
Comprehensive list of sites on your IP
lots of info but only 25 results (on free account or 10 without loggiing in) less returns but more info on each
if you don’t know your IP find out here
or Good site
Enter you domain in this one. Lots of info and advice but very techy, best avoided unless you know what it all means, otherwise it will concern you unnecessarily.
Spam email checker
OK but not comprehensive