Ad blockers are all the rage. As is complaining about those “pesky” adverts that follow you around once you’ve searched for something and Google thinks it knows “just what you need.”
But consider this: What if the alternative to seeing adverts on websites was having to pay to subscribe to read the contents? Are you prepared to pay rather than give up the free internet, a source of so much interesting, useful and funny information?
I’m talking here about the tech giants – Google, Paypal, Microsoft and others of their ilk. Their help and support are generally pitiful, not just for their many “free” clients, but equally for their paying clients. And in each of those examples, I fall into the latter camp.
Here’s what inevitably happens when I have an issue or need to know something new:
Step One – You visit their “help” section
You try 13 searches, using different variations of search strings, but most of the stuff that comes up is totally irrelevant. read more »
“My wife and I both got up early on day 25, and set to work on the niche blog we have recently started. I like the early mornings - sitting there in our dressing gowns, one dog each at our laps, and working hard for our future. The niche blog is really doing well - it's already full of content, so it proves the old adage that content drives traffic. We had two benefits with that blog - firstly we started with lots of content as we had been writing it for ourselves for some time, and secondly, both of us work on it, so we have double the manpower of this one!”
The original Rav 4 was the first of the so called “Soft roaders” – cars that look like they are designed to go off road, but were created to spend their time on tarmac. The idea was a good one - people love the additional space and high driving position afforded by this type of car, and every volume manufacturer now sports at least one such model in its range. read more »
Like many people, I’ve been using various cloud services for a few years. But recently I moved my whole life into the cloud, and I thought it would be worth sharing the experience here.
My previous situation was that my files were spread all over the place – the majority on the hard drive of my PC, many on my laptop, a few on my phone and iPad, and anything I needed to share was split between Google Drive and Dropbox. It was a mess! And as someone who travels a lot, I was often in the situation where I had the wrong piece of equipment for whatever I needed to access.
We’ve been selling advertising on our large websites since 2008. Over those six years, I’ve seen dozens of other websites, a couple of radio stations and a few magazines set up in business. Typically, they’ll trade for a few months and then quietly disappear.
Why? Because they didn’t work out before they started that it takes a long time and a lot of hard work to build a loyal, engaged audience. Basically, they either ran out of money or patience.
The latest example is a new website which has launched with a “Two months free advertising” offer.