susanne

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Apr 05

Pinterest tip

Tip for creating links from your Pineterst site

I tell people to find me on Pinterest at http://pinterest.com/suecollyer/.

I pin a screenshot of the Virtual Assistant’s website who follows me there. (-: I make that work by having a special bulletin board for Virtual Assistant Community.  It does help my fellow VAs create a buzz and gives them a link to their site.. I think it sets an example of how to cross promote and how to be a generous marketer.

What are your thoughts?

Apr 04

WordPress–A Plugin to Secure Your Site

Security for your WordPress site is essential for  smooth operation of your business. You have to think about securing your site  from hackers or spammers. Hackers can do lots of things after breaking in, they can attack your site’s viewers with Trojan viruses to steal information from their computers and if it’s going to happen Google will block your site with a message like this “This site may harm your computer”. One of my sites was hacked and it caused me a lot of work to get it back to the way it was. Fortunately I found a plugin that could secure my sites with minimum effort. The plug in is  WebsiteDefender WordPress Security. There are two versions but I found the free version was all I needed.

Easy to use, and now easy to secure

Although the WordPress platform is well known for ease-of-use and speedy configuration, securing your website can still consume lots of precious time when one considers all the possible issues that put your site and data at risk. WebsiteDefender WordPress Security takes care of doing all the rounds by checking your WordPress installation, site files, and database, for a complete assessment and report on how to correct any security issues with the way your site is configured.WebsiteDefender can look at your website configuration and flag any known or potential flaws related to user accounts. This information is invaluable for maintaining a secure website.

Apr 03

World Autism Awareness Day

Today is Autism Awareness Day. Autism is dear to my heart as I worked with Autistic children for ten years. It is important that we  raise awareness for this disorder.

Autism is a complex neurobiological disorder that typically lasts throughout a person’s lifetime. It is part of a group of disorders known as autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Please   be more tolerant in public of  parents of a child with autism.  What may seem to be a parent being unresponsive to a tantrum may be an important way to reinforce desired behaviors and ways to communicate.

Cnn news has an encouraging article – Victoria, British Columbia (CNN) — Joseph Sheppard.  Mr.Sheppard, 42, has high-functioning autism. He found out only about six years ago, but the diagnosis explained the odd patterns of behavior and speech that he’d struggled with throughout his life. And it gave him the impetus to reinvent himself as an autism advocate.

People with more severe forms of autism may not be able to live independently or hold complex, social jobs. But those considered high-functioning can have a wide range of careers; you may even have a classmate or coworker with high-functioning autism who isn’t as vocal about it as Mr. Sheppard, or who never got a diagnosis.

Being different is OK and having tolerance and love for those who handle life differently than we do makes us a better person and a more humane community.

What are your thoughts…

Apr 02

Pinterest??

If you’re a small business owner, then the Pinterest statistics ought to grab your attention:      Just last week, Pinterest reached 11 Million monthly unique visits, 70% women, and 2 million Facebook users daily.. For many companies, it’s driving more referral traffic than Twitter and Google+. That growth is faster than any standalone site – ever.   Those are some impressive numbers if you’re looking to find a market for your goods.

Get the “Pin It” button for your blog AND bookmark bar. You want people to share your content, product photos and even book covers on Pinterest to drive incoming traffic. But you also want to have a “Pin It” button for yourself, so you can pin things you find interesting in a snap. Find them both here:  http://pinterest.com/about/goodies/

Here’s how it works: Users can set up “boards” to store all the images they find in their daily surfing. Cute puppies, home décor ideas, fun crafts for kids, and recipes are some favorites among the Pinterest devotees. When you pin an image, that image is linked to the original page you found it on, so others can check out that great new way to store wrapping paper, too. Those other users can also re-pin your image to their own boards, thus spreading the word far and wide.   I have a pinboard called “love Your boxer” sharing images of my favorite boxer dog and my images have been re-pinned.

This kind of viral sharing is – in large part – why companies are so interested in using Pinterest as a part of their marketing plan. And why you should be using it as well.

Share how can you  participate, and create value with your boards.

Mar 31

An extremely simple day calendar

I get questions asking for the simple calendar I have on my desktop and thought I would share where I got the calendar.
The program is called Xcalday.

It is a great tool to keep track of webinars, appointments and especially efficient in keeping track of virtual tour days. As soon as your computer boots up and shows your desktop…there is the calendar showing you what you have going on for that week,day and month at a glance.

 

Here’s how the author describes it:

Xcalday is a very simple to use calendar that allows you to write one note for each day.
Just click on any day, and enter a note.
No need to save, it’s saved automatically.
Days with notes appear bold in the calendar.
Xcalday takes minimal space in memory and on disk.
All notes are saved in simple text files.

I  find this little calendar so helpful in keeping my day organized. What do you think  about this little calendar…do you find it helpful? Leave a comment and share.

Jan 14

Do you ever need to PDF?

The Print Friendly & PDF button automatically creates printer friendly and PDF versions of your pages. There are other plugins that allow your visitor to print your content but they don’t allow you to brand that page with your domain name at the top and bottom of the printed document.With Print Friendly your document gets printed out as a super organized and branded PDF. How simple is that.

click on the image buttons and try it out.
Print Friendly and PDFWhen you click on the Print Friendly button a new window will open giving you 3 options:
1. Print(this blog post) as a PDF
2. Save to your computer as a PDF
3. Email the content to someone as a PDF
And that’s it. A simple way to make your content user-friendly and share-able.

To have the Printer Friendly plugin or any other plugins installed on your site, contact me today. I am waiting to help you.

 





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Jul 08

Lynn Langtry

This is Lynn singing a cut from her Album Elements.

Jul 08

interview recording

testing free conference call platform

Jan 31

QR Codes-those mysterious little squares

Ever wondered what those funny looking square things are?

Why Should you use QR Codes to market your Business?

 

      1. QR Codes are free.

      You can generate a code here. Your call to action will be embedded in the code. Remember to let customer know the benefit of scanning the code. If you a re sending them to a website make sure the site is Mobile friendly (remember they are scanning with a mobile device)


      2. QR Codes catch your Attention

      They nearly jump off the page at you. QR Codes give instant results. They are literally in the palm of your hand

      3. QR Codes drive traffic to your call to action.
      They give your website quick and instant access..so much easier to scan a code with mobile device than type url into mobile browser.

      4. QR Codes have Wow Power
      You can establish your business credibility by being practical and on the cutting edge. QR Codes need to be part of your marketing plan.

      5. QR Codes make Affiliate marketing easy
      You can promote a product discount coupon code with QR Codes. Affiliate marketing can be brought offline- promote affiliate product discount codes in the newspaper,on signs,and even on T-shirts, business cards, mugs–only limited by your imagination.

QR Codes are the up and coming trend that closely coincides with the mobile technology evolution.

QR Codes are new, exciting and make for interesting conversation.They are the new sensation. QR Codes – Quick Response.

Your Mobile phone plus a free decoding software transform the data in the QR Code to a “call to action” which could include a website url, email address, coupon or url to an event you are hosting.

Jan 13

Need your Business to be more visible?

Reach millions of people online, quickly and for free

I just learned about  Google Places. What a great easy and free way to add instant visibility to your business.

4 Reasons why Google Places is ideal for Local Businesses.

1. Highly targeted listing

2. Creates a highly optimized web listing including map and relevant business information

3. Ability to offer coupons to enhance Mobile searches

4.Opportunity to showcase positive reviews of  your business creating great testimonials.

This is a great feature by Google to promote your business for free,helping you to create a very visible and profitable business.

I can help create your profile and get google places up and running.. just give me a call.