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by Jo Shaer, on November 3, 2017

When you come to transfer domain ownership for a .co.uk website, you suddenly realise the importance of buying and registering a .co.uk domain correctly in the name of the person …

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Topics:Webmistress HostingWeb Design

by Jo Shaer, on December 5, 2016

Since May 1, 2015, RSS Grafitti is no more. If you are looking to auto post from your blog to Facebook, the RSS Feed to Facebook applet on IFTTT seems to do the …

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Topics:FacebookWeb Design

by Jo Shaer, on January 22, 2016

Wow, it's two years since I last wrote about domain renewal scams! But there are still fraudsters jumping on the bandwagon in 2016 as evidenced by this email in my …

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Topics:Web Designdomain-renewal-scam

by Jo Shaer, on June 8, 2015

We've all done it! The 'expert' showed us how to do it and we think: "Yes, that's easy, I'm sure I can remember how to do that!" And then a …

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Topics:Web DesignWordpress Tutorials

by Jo Shaer, on March 30, 2015

Ha, finding the RSS feed URL for a site is so simple - when you know how! And it took me a lot of searching to find the answer. So …

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Topics:FacebookWeb Design

by Jo Shaer, on February 28, 2015

One of our clients received a message from Google Webmaster Tools telling her Googlebot can't access your site She was not sure whether this was a sales message or something …

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Topics:Web Design

by Jo Shaer, on February 26, 2015

This infographic from MalwareBytes struck a chord as two of the three computers on our network fell victim to malware a few months ago. So we are very pleased to …

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Topics:Small BusinessWeb Design

by Jo Shaer, on February 23, 2015

Really excited to show off our new website design for Inner Body Pilates who run classes in Leigh on Sea and London. Previously built on a 1 and 1 template, …

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Topics:Web Design

by Alex Snell, on January 8, 2015

Lollipop Local are proud to announce that we now provide Growth Vouchers, and we're ready to help your businesses grow! What is a Growth Voucher? Growth Vouchers are part of …

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Topics:Small BusinessSearch Engine OptimisationWeb DesignLocal Business MarketingLocal SEO

by Jo Shaer, on January 4, 2015

Wordpress is one of the best loved website platforms because it is so easy to use. The down side of being so popular is that hackers can cause maximum effect …

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Topics:Web DesignWordpress Tutorials

by Alex Snell, on December 10, 2014

Topics:social mediaSmall BusinessSearch Engine OptimisationWeb DesignLocal Business Marketing

by Jo Shaer, on December 4, 2014

Our lovely web designer is very excited by news of Google's latest beta offering and that means we are too! It's a captcha that can tell the difference between regular …

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Topics:Web Design

by Jo Shaer, on October 31, 2014

Nozzy came to us looking for help with her website. It looked good but it just wasn't bringing in the customers because it wasn't showing up on Google. We took …

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Topics:Web DesignMobile Website Design

by Jo Shaer, on September 15, 2014

A few months ago, we got a call from Shencare Community Transport in Birmingham. They provide transport facilities for community groups - so helping the elderly and disabled to get …

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Topics:Web DesignMobile Website Design

by Jo Shaer, on July 21, 2014

Sometimes you may feel that your website is not working for you. And it certainly can be the case if you don't put as much effort into marketing your website …

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Topics:How To/TipsSmall BusinessWeb DesignLocal Business Marketing

by Jo Shaer, on July 14, 2014

One of our clients has received an invoice from a previous hosting supplier but doesn't know if they should pay it or not. It is for hosting their website... but …

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Topics:Small BusinessWeb Design

by Jo Shaer, on May 24, 2014

It was Sam from 137 Digital's stand in at the BNI who did an entire 60 second pitch consisting of "We, we, we, I, I, I, me, me, me, us, …

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Topics:Web DesignLocal Business Marketing

by Jo Shaer, on May 9, 2014

I had a potential client contact us this week asking for help with 'getting to the front page of Google'. The only information I was given was the person's name …

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Topics:Search Engine OptimisationWeb DesignLocal SEO

by Jo Shaer, on April 19, 2014

[question ask="When my new website is be ready to roll out, I presume I can take my domain name with me?"][/question] Another great question after one of our training courses …

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Topics:Webmistress HostingHow To/TipsWeb Design

by Jo Shaer, on March 18, 2014

What's that sticking out? My lovely designer was looking at a post I had put onto our blog. He was viewing it on his iPhone and, about half way down, …

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Topics:FacebookLinkedInGoogleWeb DesigniPhone problems

by Jo Shaer, on March 1, 2014

[question ask="Was just checking Webmaster Tools and we seem to have some kind of HATOM mark up error on 711 entries since 10 January. Looks like they are all blog …

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Topics:Webmistress HostingWeb Design

by Jo Shaer, on January 29, 2014

There is nothing worse than logging into your Wordpress website and finding page after page of spam comments. Well, actually there is! It's logging into your Wordpress website and finding …

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Topics:Web DesignWordpress Tutorials

by Jo Shaer, on January 5, 2014

You may have noticed on Friday that our website was down for maintenance. It was a site that I put together using my very basic Wordpress skills three years ago …

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Topics:Search Engine OptimisationWeb Design

by Jo Shaer, on December 1, 2013

I expect that everyone who has a website has encountered this problem. It's not loading and your browser is implying that it's not working. You clear the cache. Sometimes you …

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Topics:Web Design

by Jo Shaer, on November 30, 2013

I wrote about why using photographs on your blog or website can be a bad idea here. Today I learned a great trick that will help you to find out …

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Topics:Web Design

by Jo Shaer, on September 17, 2013

Software For Photo Editing Captions For PicturesAre you looking for software for photo editing? Do you want to be able to produce captions for pictures to upload to social media? …

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Topics:Facebookwomen in businessWeb Design

by Jo Shaer, on September 15, 2013

where's the seo on my cheap websiteJo, I have been offered a cheap website - 5 pages for £99 with a minimal monthly fee for hosting, is this going to …

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Topics:Small BusinessSearch Engine OptimisationWeb DesignSEO For Business

by Jo Shaer, on August 2, 2013

Do people bounce off your website?You’ll hear some webby people talking about ‘bounce rates’. If you don’t know what that is; it means that people arrive on your website and …

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Topics:women in businessWeb DesignLocal Business Marketing

by Jo Shaer, on July 25, 2013

Now everyone who regularly works or trains with me knows that I am always banging on about the importance of using images to draw attention to your status updates on …

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Topics:Web Design

by Jon Law, on June 27, 2013

Feedburner RSS Feeds on Wordpress A great way to get readers to subscribe to your Wordpress content is through RSS feeds and a great way to get readers to subscribe …

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Topics:WordpressWeb DesignWordpress TutorialsFeedburner on WordpressFeedburner RSS

by Jo Shaer, on June 25, 2013

wordpress images an error occurred in the upload, please try again laterWordpress image upload issues The site I am working on was set up by another developer and we have …

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Topics:Web DesignWordpress Tutorials

by Jo Shaer, on June 9, 2013

My designer, Tay, introduced me to a new phrase today - TL;DR. It is short for Too Long; Didn't Read. According to Wikipedia, traditionally, the phrase too long; didn't read …

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Topics:Web DesignGoogle Adwords

by Jo Shaer, on May 23, 2013

How do I do a screen grab on a Mac? The new client wanted to keep a copy of her existing website as a memento but she was on a …

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Topics:screen grab pcscreen grab macWebmistress HostingWeb Design

by Jo Shaer, on May 8, 2013

Many small business owners are looking for specialists who can help them with their local marketing in Essex. But how can you work out which ones have the experience to …

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Topics:social mediaSocial Media For MarketingSearch Engine OptimisationWeb DesignLocal Business MarketingWomen and Small Business

by Jo Shaer, on May 3, 2013

No matter what your business or industry, the principle is the same. It's no good spending a fortune on a website which gives a fantastic visual and user experience - …

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Topics:Web Design

by Jo Shaer, on April 28, 2013

I received an email from 38 Degrees recently about their successful attempt to stop the so called Snoopers Charter - The UK Communications Data Bill. Late on Thursday 25 April, …

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Topics:Emailsocial mediaWeb DesignMobile Phones

by Jo Shaer, on April 23, 2013

Business owners often ask me how they can start taking online payments through their website or just over the phone so I began researching the subject. Taking £7000 or less …

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Topics:Small BusinessWeb DesignWomen and Small BusinessCustomer Services

by Jo Shaer, on March 3, 2013

There is nothing worse than going into one of your Wordpress blogs and discovering that you have 10,000 pending comments! The spammers have found you. That's what happened to me …

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Topics:Webmistress Hostingdelete pending commentsWeb DesignWordpress Tutorials

by Jo Shaer, on February 28, 2013

If you're looking for simple website design in the West Midlands, Lollipop Local are branching out. We now offer simple effective websites at budget web design prices which include basic …

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Topics:Web Design

by Jo Shaer, on February 12, 2013

The Flesch Reading score makes life very difficult when you're trying to apply SEO copywriting skills to a UK website. Or, at least, it does if you're an SEO copywriter …

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Topics:copywriting skillsseo copywriter ukseo copywriting ukwebsite copywritingWeb Design

by Jo Shaer, on February 5, 2013

This is what Companies House says Read more about how this relates to Fire & Security limited company websites here …

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Topics:Web Designuk limited company website requirementsWomen and Small Business

by Jo Shaer, on January 20, 2013

We redesigned a client's website and moved it to our own hosting with the lovely TSO Host yesterday but then got a nasty shock when we realised that the Privacy …

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Topics:Web DesignWordpress Tutorials

by Jo Shaer, on December 27, 2012

An inquiry has been made about your domain's (lollipoplocal.co.uk) value through PanSee web application. You can see the report by visiting this link /index.php?domain=lollipoplocal.co.uk. If you think you're not the …

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Topics:Webmistress HostingWeb Design

by Jo Shaer, on December 7, 2012

So you've set up a test site within your hosting on a private URL that you don't want anyone to see whilst you're building it. Child themes and customisation Always …

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Topics:Webmistress HostingWeb Design

by Jo Shaer, on December 6, 2012

Everything was running smoothly and I was editing a post and save it. I went to the home page and.... ... nothing! My url was in the search bar but …

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Topics:Webmistress HostingWeb DesignWordpress Tutorialswordpress-white-screen-of-death-fix

by Jo Shaer, on November 1, 2012

"But how can I get my happy customers to give me reviews?" Current thinking says that it is extremely important to get positive online feedback in the local listing directories, …

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Topics:Google PlacesWeb DesignLocal SEO

by Jo Shaer, on September 25, 2012

The more advanced the technology gets, the more Cookies seem to get deposited on the websites. And, because our coding colleagues in the US don't have the same legislation restrictions, …

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Topics:social mediaWeb DesignLocal Business MarketingWordpress Tutorials

by Jo Shaer, on September 13, 2012

The question of paid or free blogging platforms raised its head again recently when a new client was very excited to show me the new blog they had set up …

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Topics:Webmistress HostingSearch Engine OptimisationWeb DesignLocal Business MarketingWordpress Tutorialsblogging platforms

by Jo Shaer, on September 6, 2012

I have a fabulous small business web design but I'm not getting any customers from it. What's going on? Have you checked how much SEO has been done on it? …

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Topics:Search Engine OptimisationWeb DesignSEO For BusinessSmall Business Web DesignSmall Business SEOLocal SEO

by Jo Shaer, on August 13, 2012

I had a call from a colleague of one of my clients asking me to help with their domain name which had expired, resulting in their website going down. Because …

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Topics:Webmistress HostingWeb Design

by Jo Shaer, on June 26, 2012

I always thought that allowing comments would make for better engagement on a site. However, the ways that people are able to scam and spam your website through comments have …

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Topics:Webmistress HostingWeb DesignWordpress Tutorials

by Jo Shaer, on May 28, 2012

Usually, when you transfer domain ownership from one registrar to another it is a simple enough process. You ask the existing registrar if they will change the IPSTag from their …

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Topics:Webmistress HostingWeb Design

by Jo Shaer, on May 26, 2012

There are two ways that you can create content on your Wordpress site - Pages and Posts. Pages are what appear across the top of the menu header and Posts …

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Topics:Web DesignWordpress TutorialsWordpress CMS

by Jo Shaer, on May 8, 2012

Jo, My phone isn’t ringing and I’m not getting any traffic to my site. I wondered if I could try out your SEO Services to see if that helps. Is …

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Topics:Search Engine OptimisationWeb DesignSocial Media and SEOLocal SEO

by Jo Shaer, on April 12, 2012

Having spent the last few months working on how to crystallise what we do as a company into an image for the website header, the new Facebook timeline for business …

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Topics:FacebookLocal Social Media OptimisationWeb DesignLocal Business Marketing

by Jo Shaer, on January 31, 2012

A client was asking me recently about Intellectual Property Copyright and the Internet and it made me stop and think about the processes involved. We put up Terms and Conditions …

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Topics:Web Design

by Jo Shaer, on January 4, 2012

Several shops have closed their doors for the last time in my neighbourhood recently and, in the majority of cases, the owners made the same local business marketing mistakes which …

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Topics:Google PlacesWeb DesignLocal Business MarketingSEO For BusinessLocal SEOlocal business marketing mistakes

by Jo Shaer, on December 5, 2011

Really enjoyed this article about how to decide whether you are designing your website in the right font Apparently, there is something called the Golden Ratio which helps you to …

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Topics:Web DesignMobile PhonesMobile Website Design

by Jo Shaer, on November 26, 2011

Really enjoyed this post on the Hubspot blog about designing a website, 76% of consumers say that the most important factor in a website's design is "the website makes it …

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Topics:Web Designwebsite-designMobile Website Design

by Jo Shaer, on November 25, 2011

A bit late to this but this bill was under consideration in the House of Representatives in America last week and this graphic from Mashable explains to the less enlightened …

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Topics:social mediastop online piracy actWeb Designinternet blacklist bill

by Jo Shaer, on November 6, 2011

By chance I found a great questionnaire about my F Score which allows you to assess your own hidden talents of persuasion and could have huge implications on the focus …

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Topics:Social Media For MarketingWeb DesignLocal Business Marketing

by Jo Shaer, on October 4, 2011

Further to my post on using CPanel to filter Email Spam, I was given another tip by Don Crowther, which is to forward your email at the cpanel to a …

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Topics:Emaildealing with email spamWeb Design

by Jo Shaer, on September 11, 2011

Working with my clients recently on their new Wordpress websites, they pick up creating and editing Pages very quickly in Visual. But, of course, if I have set up a …

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Topics:Web DesignWordpress Tutorials

by Jo Shaer, on September 9, 2011

Dear Chairman, We are a professional intellectual property rights consultant and dispute organization based in HongKong, which mainly engaged in internet intellectual property rights protection. Now we have a pretty …

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Topics:Webmistress Hostingdomain name fraudWeb Designdomain name scams

by Jo Shaer, on August 25, 2011

Back in June 2010, I bought my first .co.uk domain name for a client. Having purchased .com and .info addresses in the past, I thought it would be the same …

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Topics:Webmistress Hostingbuying-registering .uk domainWeb Design

by Jo Shaer, on August 18, 2011

Many businesses in Birmingham and the rest of the UK do not understand the relevance of Local SEO Services to the actual concept of their website's design. Do you have …

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Topics:Google PlacesWeb DesignLocal SEO

by Jo Shaer, on August 16, 2011

It's the perennial cry that I hear from business owners - "I want to make changes to my website without paying the designer another several hundred pounds" They have an …

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Topics:website accessWeb DesignSEO For BusinessSocial Media and SEO

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