3 SEO Myths You Should Ignore

3 SEO Myths You Should Ignore

Maybe it is because Google’s algorithm is such a closely guarded secret, or that many SEO aficionados, claim to have ‘discovered’ those secrets, but regardless of why, the number of myths that circulate about SEO seems to grow at a steady rate.

For many, this might seem harmless, and if you employ an SEO agency to do the work for you, you need not concern yourself that they are going to be influenced by them. But what if you are doing your own SEO, and are still trying to learn what you should and should not do?

It is understandable that you may have heard some of these myths and believe them. After all, some do seem to make sense. Unfortunately, no matter how logical they seem, if you base your SEO on any of them, it can undo all the good work you may have already done.

To try and ensure that does not happen here are 3 of the most common SEO myths circulating, and for which we simply have two words to advise you: Ignore Them!

Social Media Is A Waste Of Time

Of course, there are many aspects of social media that are purely for teenagers to have fun, or for families to send each other funny photos, but that is missing the point.

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Deciding How Often To Have Your Commercial Carpets Cleaned

Deciding How Often To Have Your Commercial Carpets Cleaned

If you own or manage a business, a commercial enterprise, or a service organisation, part of your role may include ensuring that the premises you are based in are maintained accordingly. That can cover many tasks and one of those is almost certainly going to be having clean carpets if there are carpeted areas within the building.

One of the decisions you will have to make is how often you want or need your carpets cleaned, especially if you use a professional office carpet cleaning company to do the work each time. The time between professional cleans will vary considerably depending on the type of business, how much foot flow walks on the carpets, the type of carpet, and the material the carpet is made from, will also influence that decision.

If determining the frequency of how often you get your carpets cleaned has been something you have been wrestling with, then we are going to try to give you some pointers as to how you can decide on the most appropriate schedule.

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Can A Child Choose Which Parent They Live With

Can A Child Choose Which Parent They Live With?

As part of any divorce where there are children, there will the decision, often made in court following submissions from respective family lawyers on behalf of their clients, as to which parent those children will live with.

In most cases, that is likely to be the mother, although there is never an assumption that it will be, which is not what most people believe to be the case. Most parents are somewhat shocked to discover that the courts do not automatically order that the children live with their mother.

Further to that, even if they do live with their mother, that is not to say that she has custody of the children. So, simply because the children live with her, the mother does not have the right to make all the major decisions relating to the children life and upbringing.

The reason for that is due to the Family Law Act, and the terms in it, which state that, when a couple divorce, they each have shared parental responsibility. That means that both of them must have an input into and agree to decisions relating to important matters of a child’s upbringing such their schooling and their health.

Obviously where the children live is also a major part of their lives, and for young children, the decision is one which is made for them, either by the parents agreeing, or with the court making a parental order.

However, children do not stay young forever, and there may come a time as they grow and mature that they want to live with their father, instead of their mother.

In Australian family law, there is not a stipulated age which a child can make that decision. In other words, the number of candles on a child’s birthday cake, does not determine whether or not they can choose which parent to live with.

This is another aspect of family law that many parents are unaware of, and many assume that when a child reaches a certain age, they can make that decision. Most believe it is 12 years of age, nothing in family law states that.

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Successful Office Relocation

5 Steps to a Successful Office Relocation

Most people do not like the upheaval and the planning needed for office relocations, even if the new location will be better for the business. It is a known fact that moving your office can be stressful and full of anxiety. But then again, moving to a new office can be done efficiently if certain steps are followed as you can see below.

Planning Is Everything

Once you’ve decided where you are going to relocate to, you need to have a robust plan in place. This needs to include everything from arranging internet service in your new offices, to who is going to look after and water the plants during the move.

Believe it or not it is normally the smallest of details that get forgotten about that cause the most grief during an office location. Just imagine the consternation when you arrive, start unpacking, and realise the office kettle has been left behind!

Communicate With All Relevant Parties

Office relocations are more successful if everyone it affects is aware of what is happening, and the only way that can happen is with great communication. Once you’ve assessed your needs and confirmed the relocation date, the next step is to alert anyone who should know, all the details.

More importantly, ask for their feedback and input with regards to how they can help make the disruption as minimal as possible, both for themselves, and for you and your team.

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Office Needs Constant Monitoring

Five Reasons Your Office Needs Constant Monitoring

If you own or manage an office building or other commercial premises, the chances are that you’re already using some sort of security system. This may include simple alarms, video surveillance or even higher-end monitoring systems.

However, the vast majority of businesses don’t use any sort of security alarm monitoring system. This can lead to all sorts of problems, as break-ins and vandalism are often discovered after they have occurred.

Like the domestic equivalent – a home security system, if you install an alarm monitoring system, you will be protected in real time. Any intrusion will result in an instant notification to your phone or computer, and you will be able to deal with it fast and efficiently.

With this in mind, we’ve put together the following list of the top five reasons why you should seriously consider installing an alarm monitoring system for your office – if you don’t already have one that is.

  1. Look After Your Business Assets

This probably goes without saying, but installing some sort of alarm monitoring system will help secure your business assets. If your premises are being monitored at all times, the chances of being broken into or vandalised drop dramatically.

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3 Strategies for Making New Team Members Feel Welcome

As a owner or manager of a business or have received professional business advice, you probably already understand how important building team work and the development of a cohesive workplace is. Unfortunately, integrating new team members into your team can be difficult, especially if your core group has been working together for some time.

Luckily, there are a few things you can do to make this integration process easier, whether it be organising a team building event at a venue such as ten-pin bowling, axe throwing, or an escape room; or providing help around the workplace during work hours. We’ve drawn on our experience and first hand knowledge to bring your three of our favourite strategies for making new team members feel welcome around the workplace. These include:

  1. Provide a Mentor

For us, the very first thing you should do is connect each new employee with a mentor who they can speak with when they have concerns and questions. Additionally, this will help your new employees integrate and become a part of your team, giving them personal and business advice.

When you’re choosing someone to become a mentor, consider the following:

  • Pick someone who is talkative and easy to get along with.
  • A good mentor is someone who has been with your business for sometime and knows common workplace processes inside out.
  • Try and pair new employees with mentors that you think they will get along with.

Ultimately, choosing a mentor for your new employees shouldn’t be too difficult, but it’s definitely worth putting some time and effort into.

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Developing A Mobile Website

Things To Keep In Mind When Developing A Mobile Website

Web development has advanced in leaps and bounds over the past few years. The rapid increase in the popularity of mobile devices and mobile browsers means that it’s important to make sure that your website is attractive and fully responsive on devices of all shapes and sizes.

Similarly you’re getting professional web designers, such as Slinky Web Design, to build a website that’s targeted primarily at those browsing via mobile devices, then you need to keep a few things in mind to make sure that you’re building the best website possible. Consider the following when developing a mobile website:

Make Sure That You’re Using A Responsive Design

Although most modern website templates and themes come with built-in mobile responsiveness, it’s extremely important to double and triple check this.

Basically, a mobile responsive design is one which includes CSS3 code that allows your website to adapt to different screen sizes. Responsive code contains ‘break points’ that tell your website to render differently according to the size of the screen that it’s being displayed on.

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WordPress Blogger

How Can I Become A Better WordPress Blogger?

As one of the most popular content management systems in the world, WordPress is widely used by bloggers and amateur website designers & builders. It is easy to use, requires little coding or web development knowledge and its popularity means that there are thousands of online tutorials and guides available to beginners.

However, becoming a good WordPress blogger isn’t as easy as simply starting a well designed blog. Not everyone has the skills or know-how to write high quality blog articles, but the good news is that you can learn if you’re willing to put a bit of time and effort in.

Consider the following tips to help you improve your WordPress blogging skills:

  1. Put Time Into Your Headlines

The title or headline of a blog is the first thing that people read. If you can create high quality headlines that draw people in and encourage them to click on and start reading your pieces, you will find your audience increasing exponentially. Try and use catchy words, ‘clickbaity’ phrases and things that you think will appeal to your target audience.

  1. Use High Quality Images!

As the old saying goes, “an image is worth 1000 words”. If you’re serious about creating a top of the range WordPress blog or any well done web design that people actually want to read, then you need to learn how to use images effectively.

If you’re writing about a particular web topic, then consider using screenshot/screen grabs. Alternatively, take your own photos to complement your blog content or source pictures from a stock photo site online.

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Best Plugins for WordPress

What are The Best Plugins for WordPress?

As the world’s most popular content management system, WordPress comes with a huge range of additional features that web developers of all experience levels can make use of. One of the most useful features is the ability to quickly and easily install plugins on your site.

Although plugins can be extremely useful when used correctly, they can come with their own set of problems. They can slow your website down and impact the user experience, which means that it’s important to make sure that you choose your plugins carefully.

With this in mind, we’ve put together a list of our favourite WordPress plugins for the average website owner. Consider installing the following on your site:

Yoast SEO

Advice from experienced professional Perth SEO company Oxygen Marketing says that SEO, or search engine optimisation, can be a difficult and tedious task for the average web developer. A lot of amateur web developers don’t have a lot of SEO knowledge or experience, which makes a plugin like Yoast SEO extremely valuable.

Basically, Yoast SEO is installed on your WordPress dashboard, allowing you to make sure that you get the most out of every single post that you add to your site. It looks at things like keyword use, meta tags and meta descriptions. It also analyses the readability of written content to make sure that it’s well written and likely to resonate with your website visitors.

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Social Media Marketing Expert

3 Reasons Why You Should Employ A Social Media Marketing Expert

Social media is an essential component of a complete digital marketing plan. Social media for removalist businesses can drive business, increasing brand visibility and helping you remain competitive in the modern world of business.

However, maintaining a strong social media presence can be difficult. Most removalists have busy working lives, which means that they simply don’t have time to update their social profiles and engage with their followers. Employing a social media marketing expert can help reduce your workload and make sure that you’re getting the most out of your social media use.

With this in mind, our business advice friends at QWIN have put together a quick list of their top 3 reasons why you should employ a social media marketing expert for your removalist business. They include:

  1. A Professional Will Do Things Right

Social media marketing can be difficult. Paid marketing is very hard to master, and simply maintaining a strong presence on your business profiles can be difficult. If you want to see positive results from your social media marketing, you should employ an experienced expert who will do things right the first time.

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