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Bloggers - Database your Readers!

I live on an Atlantic island which is a huge tourist destination. Like many duty free destinations, we have lots of electrical retailers in the resorts selling video cameras, digital cameras, MP3 players and so on, and they do a roaring trade from tourists who save duty and benefit from our 5% VAT rate. Unfortunately some of them are unscrupulous and sell fake goods, returned goods or just dodgy stuff, and they often get away with it as people don’t realize until they’ve returned home.


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Why you should switch to Google - Part Three

Let’s now have a look at Google Documents, which is Google’s everyday usage document program, kind of like Microsoft Office. Like office, you can create a spreadsheet, a written document and a presentation. If you have used Office or Open Office, then you will find Google’s versions intuitive and you will be able to use them productively straight away.  read more »

Seven Things you don't Know about me

It seems I’ve been “tagged” by The Almost Millionaire as part of a “meme.”

And here are the rules of the meme:

  1. Link to your original tagger(s) and list these rules in your post.
  2. Share seven facts about yourself in the post.
  3. Tag seven people at the end of your post by leaving their names and the links to their blogs.
  4. Let them know they’ve been tagged.

So, here we go:  read more »

Why you should switch to Google - Part Two

So you’ve got Gmail – what you need next is Google Reader. It’s simply the very best RSS reader on the market, and once again it’s free! Here are the features of Google reader, and in a moment we’ll explore how to get the best out of it:

logo_reader  read more »

Multiple Accounts on Twitter? Not for Me!

I’m the last person who wants to tell you how to Tweet, but I would like to share my experience of multiple accounts on Twitter with you, to help you make up your own mind about whether or not it’s the way for you to go.

When I originally joined Twitter, I was running three blogs, in three totally unconnected niches – this one, a scuba diving blog and a travel blog about the island I live on. I decided that it made perfect sense to have three Twitter accounts. Each account would have it’s own followers, specific to the subject. So I set the accounts up and off I went. But after a month or so, I began to hit problems like:  read more »

Mike's Life POW 13th March 2009

Welcome once again to my posts of the week. This week seven have made the cut, which is a little disappointing. We seem to be going through a fallow period on the blogs I read – maybe you know some good ones I should be reading? If so please let me know in comments and I’ll add them to my RSS feed.

Here we go with my favorite posts this week:


How to work less and earn more

By Yaro Starak on entrepreneursjourney

Long piece from Yaro, written as well as ever, which does what it says in the title.


Open letter to the newly unemployed  read more »

The Right Way to Launch a New Blog

  1. Open a Twitter account
  2. Really engage with your Twitter followers, offer them help and advice
  3. Post dozens of really interesting, useful links via Twitter
  4. Build up to 15,000 Twitter followers
  5. Launch your blog and let all your followers know about it
  6. Continue the theme on the blog by posting some really useful content for all your new readers

Simple isn’t it? Wish I’d thought of it myself.

Congratulations to Jesse Newhart on his excellent new blog www.jessenewhart.com and you can follow him on Twitter @jessenewhart

Another way is to join my Beginner's Guide to Blogging course!

Cool Video

My wife shot this video this afternoon on the beach at Arrecife. It’s a Thomas Cook 757, and you can hear how hard the auto throttles are working to keep the aircraft flying in the gusty wind!

I apologize for this being totally irrelevant to the topic of this blog and suggest you blame @mcawilliams from the website mcawilliams.com for persuading me to post it!

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Why You Should Switch to Google - Part One

I’m typical of my generation – I’m in my forties. We were introduced to computing by our companies, and therefore many of us remain wedded to Microsoft products, because of their astonishing penetration into the corporate sector during our learning years. We marveled at Windows 98, we have slavishly used every generation of Outlook, because we learned with an exchange server, we’ve never thought of using anything other than the latest generation of Internet Explorer, and we believe that our data should live on our PC’s so it’s always accessible offline.  read more »

Using Twitter as a Blogger

I had to think carefully about this one, as I have ranted a couple of times at people who keep telling us how we should Tweet, most notably in my post Stop Telling me how to Tweet, which has become one of my most viewed. And here I am recommending a book about Twitter!  read more »

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