I've just realised today that My lovely lady Becky in Germany, shortly to be with me here at Cloud and Sun towers is following me on Twitter for the sole purpose of following me on Twitter. She doesn't post. She doesn't follow anybody else, just me. Sigh...how heart warming is that?...How could I have been so lucky? Do you know what the funniest bit is though? even though as mentioned she doesn't post, she already has 6 followers! Twitter. always an eye opener..
Speaking of which I'm going to have to stop following Steven Fry. He posts so often, there's no room on the page for anyone else!
I had a not-to-be customer tell me the other day after a bit of customer research type prodding that because I use "do your own site" online software that my site wasn't professional enough for him and that was one of the main reasons why he didn't go with me...I don't know. I personally would be more impressed with a tradesman that had built his (cutting edge thin client - latest way of using computers with online software) own site (if it was a good one) than a guy who had just bought it in as a service from outside. I have to say though, after having been constantly called up by companies that promise to get you up to the top spot on Google for £99 per month, I got a little curious about the professional web merchants side of things.
How can they do this? Then I recalled one of my competitors who is always there at the top of the so-called natural positions on Google. I have a programme which I haven't bought yet but still gives me partial information on certain Search engine optimization methods etc. including competitors sites and what they are up to and low and behold this guy's site is as far as I can ascertain; "cloaked". This is a slightly questionable technique whereby the site you see is not necessarily what the search engine has seen on your behalf. It's usually designed that way for two reasons: 1. to fool the search engines into giving better results for your site and 2. To hide the efforts of the companies/web designers who have got the site up there by whatever means and don't want other optimization firms to steal their ideas! Fascinating stuff to all those who want the phone to ring off the hook! I spoke to a guy today from a media firm who promised to get my site up to the top of Google for 5 related search phrases (choose carefully eh?) for £99 per month and after researching the net for a while discovered that they have an identical sister firm also promising the same thing unless someone's ripped off all their text from the first website. Should I go with them? I don't know. I'm going to buy this software first and optimize the hell out of my site. It tells me at the moment that my site is only 18% optimized, so there's plenty of scope for improvement!