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Twitter Tips

Building A Twitter Following!

  This article is aimed at those of you with a new twitter account or are wondering why you are struggling to build a decent following, of course you may just want your message out there and not care less about what the number is or isn’t under the followers on the menu in which case you’d be as well rambling to yourself.

      There are numerous books out there on this subject, some of which are very good, but some of which are overly grandiloquent and sadly dated. So the following steps outlined below will hopefully get your follower number rising in no time!                                                             

  1. Post regularly – a couple of times a day

  2. Don’t over-follow. We like a one to maintain a 1:1 ratio.

  3. Mix your content with your main message and selling point

which means try and entertain now and then, thus not boring

your reader.

      1. Avoid the shock content and gross factor tweet. It’s not nice!

      2. Thereby keep it pleasant!

      3. Keep it clean. Let’s face it most of us are ethical moral people and believe certain things should be kept behind closed doors.

      4. We wouldn’t buy a twitter following and only return follow now. Perhaps we’d achieve a greater following by hitting the follow button and perhaps not, we are experienced enough not to worry either way.

So hopefully by revealing our twitter strategy, we might help you achieve a little more success on your Twitter account.

Dernier Cri Web Solutions

These Foolish Things

Will somebody please sign this fellow up. He has a lovely voice and his guitar playing is out of this world.

 

http://alanblueheart.co.uk                         Official Alan Blueheart site

http://alanbguitarplayer.co.uk                  Alan’s classical guitar site

https://twitter.com/AlanBlueheart          Alan Blueheart twitter

http://www.musicviews.co.uk/                Alan’s general music site

Search Engine Optimization Multiplicity

MULTIPLICITY

This article will hopefully help those of you not as internet savvy or aware of search engine optimization strategies used by website people as those professionals actually in the business. So let’s begin!

We assume that if you typed into your browser a search for a specific service in a specific location provided by people actually in the area you would hope the results of that search to provide details of those offering the service to have their premises in the stated area. Of course these days, unfortunately, this is not the case.

To illustrate this try this google search:- ‘web design radcliffe’. Yell Directory comes up first! Do you know where the Yell office is in Radcliffe? These people are in fact based in Birmingham!

What these big companies and even small companies are doing is using multiple versions of the same home page but using a variable to change a location. Obviously the more times this is done the greater size of the site in effect. So to use a hypothetical example a web design agency in Bolton, Greater Manchester may have the same home page but load the same variable with  different values such as Radcliffe, Bury, Tottingham, Whitefield and so on.

We believe this practise to be morally wrong and http://derniercriweb.solutions is indeed located in Radcliffe. We do at this present time only use the one home page and would really love to help people local to the area achieve the websites and apps of their dreams. However if people around here are completely unwilling to change their attitudes and start communicating effectively we think we may be forced into relocation.

It is undeniably difficult to spot companies using multiple versions of the same page, however a few pointers are if the website address ends in an extension like .php .asp and anything other than .html or .htm you may begin to smell a rat, but we admit this is not always the case. Try also typing into your search a few different areas, then perhaps it may be clearer when a company is trying to achieve a monopoly of a service. Perhaps it is difficult and touchy area but it is something that Google need to look at if there is to be improved fairness in search engine results.

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Recommended Products!

There are many products out there that make life an enjoyable experience if you’re lucky enough to be in a position to be in a place where you can appreciate the finer things. This does not necessarily mean high value expensive sundries as sadly in this day and age where greed is of the essence finer things are equated to expensive things, but perhaps a small item which may offer a lot of pleasure and may only cost a few pounds or dollars if our friends in the USA are reading this. So we will try to bring to you a few items a week published here that we think will make yours and your dearest lives a better place.

 

Is It Necessary?

IS IT NECESSARY?

With the increasing usage of html5’s advanced features being incorporated into today’s modern websites by professional web developers such as ourselves we are now being treated to effects that were once the sole domain of Adobe Flash. But and this is a big but how much do these effects add to a page’s attractiveness and effectiveness? Does a split second effect such as text seemingly to move in from off screen impress the customer as much as the people writing this kind of code would like to believe?

Another effect we think is in the stage of being done to overkill is putting multiples of information on one space so that when the cursor is placed on the area there is a constant change. There is only so much the mind can take in during a short of interval of time. Wouldn’t the information be better on another page? What is this modern fashion of cramming everything into a small space?

A site I looked at recently actually had half a page pop up from the bottom when I put the cursor over their small twitter graphic top right. Erm…hello!

Yes if you wish we can do these effects and more to your websites here at Dernier Cri Web Solutions in Radcliffe, Greater Manchester, England, derniercri.biz, but we believe that discretion and taste should be the main issue with modern trends. Its the old adage because you can certainly does not mean you should!

Go and look beyond!

This small piece is for those of you who are using sites like www.gocompare.com and the suchlike. Many people wrongly believe that they are saving money by using sites like this when the truth is in fact so very different. Companies on sites like these are paying the site owner for their listing and the best value option may be to use a company that is not listed on these at all, but could be found looking beyond the first couple of pages on your internet search; in fact we suggest looking diligently at the first five pages at least before deciding to spend your hard earned cash on a product or service. This principle applies to anything, not just web design. There are a couple of reasons for this: firstly the immediate advertising on a compare site does not need to be covered in the product price and secondly smaller companies are likely to care much more about their clients not paying extortionate fees and are more likely to be in touch with small businesses and the family man.

The other fallacy being put around is agencies being qualified. These sites are written by web developers to perpetrate a myth. And these so called qualified agencies do employ people that aren’t qualified at all. We only employ degree educated people here at Dernier Cri Web Solutions and I myself possess a couple of Bsc degrees. Give us a go you just might be pleasantly surprised with our service http://derniercriweb.solutions

The Slemnec Stone (Episode 4)

CHAPTER 2

Many people (friends, colleagues and family included) considered him to be a big-headed, self-centred, arrogant pig, they were so wrong he thought: his own well considered opinion was that he may be the most modest person in the world. Dr Jeremiah Chandos ,contented smile spread across his face, peered out of the 747’s porthole at the dense carpet of fluffy cloud below. He was returning to England, having spent three months summer vacation in his native New Zealand. Dr Jeremiah Chandos was a renowned geologist, who specialised in igneous petrology. He was affectionately referred to as J.C. by his students at Blackdale University, and extremely popular, particularly with the female students; and the female staff for that matter.

Dr Chandos started teaching at Blackdale University in October 1992, the year it had opened. Blackdale is a small town located on the Lake Serpentine in the Lake District, quite close to Keswick. The university consisted of two main buildings; a science block, and an arts block. Each building had been designed for about five hundred students. The science building had been built last, and it had turned out to be a bit of an eyesore to say the least, what we might call a ‘carbuncle’. In stark contrast the arts and humanities building was attractive, some might even have said enchanting. To reflect the theme of the building (supposedly one of culture), the education department of Cumbria County Council had decided to give the building a Gothic feel. The main entrance featured a pointed arch about twenty feet high, and inside transverse arches supported the ceiling of the entrance hall. The exterior of the building was dominated by tal windows ornamented by decorative stonework all the way around. These tall windows resembled a translucent wall set in a framework of meshed stone. Anyway, the cost of this building had proved so great, and the schedule of completion had been so far behind, that not enough money or time were available to complete the science building, so the council in their infinite wisdom decided to hastily erect the science building out of grey breeze blocks.

Again Dr Chandos looked out of the 747’s porthole, the layer of cloud cover had now disappeared. Beneath, the Mediterranean Sea sparkled a sapphire blue, interlocked with white crests that shimmered and then vanished. A flotilla of sailing vessels wove in-between a myriad of small islands.

I guess we’re flying over the Greek Islands”, Dr Chandos said, as a young blonde airhostess refilled his glass with port.

Er, I’m not quite sure….”

At that moment there was a crackle.

Ladies and gentlemen we will be landing to refuel in Athens in approximately ten minutes time. If you look out of your porthole you will see Cyclades one of the numerous Greek Island groups. Once we have landed in Athens you may disembark the plane, but please be back within an hour. Thank you”.

Well that confirms my surmise”, Dr Chandos said.

The Slemnec Stone (Episode 3)

He started to sweat. Had the temperature risen or was he imagining it? but suddenly he felt claustrophobic. He loosened his shirt collar. The air now felt sticky as well as hot, almost tropical. The first floor lights were extinguished, the security men were now on their way. Professor Heinkel rose from his chair and flashed his torch towards the door. Horrified he froze at what he saw he froze on the spot.

Every square inch of the door was covered with wasps, literally thousands of wasps. Bringing himself under some kind of control he moved the beam of the torch slowly to the right and then to the left. Wasps filled both sides of the entire wall. Panic swelled up inside him as he circled the beam around the room and saw that there was not a gap of paint or glass showing, no way out. The quiet humming became a loud buzzing, and then quickly intensified to a deafening cacophony. He clutched his ears astounded at the sight around him. At first the wasps left the wall one at a time and he grabbed the nearest magazine or journal and swatted the wasps wildly. Some wasps were killed but not enough. Then millions of wasps took flight peeling off the wall like old wallpaper. They began to encircle Professor Heinkel limiting his room and airspace. A wasp flew into his mouth and he quickly spat it out. He screamed as the wasps landed on him and stared to pierce his skin injecting their poison. The pain became unbearable and he fell to the floor. The torch dropped from the loose grip of his hands now riddled in sores that dripped yellow pus. It slid across the floor becoming wedged on a slab of granite pointing a pointless beam towards the ceiling. The last thing he felt was a stabbing sensation as fifty wasps covered each eye, and then nothing.

Five minutes later Paul Foreman opened the door of Dr Chandos’ office, “My God! Hey Dave, look at this”.

The other security man rushed in to see what the trouble was. Professor Heinkel lay dead, sprawled across the floor covered in sores and red lumps, his clothes in tatters. Not a single wasp remained in the room.

Foot All the Age of The Footer

Remember the days when the website footer was what its name implied about an inch at the bottom of a web page. So why oh why has it increased to ridiculous proportions on many a website one might ask; even to the extent of filling half a screen?

Of course the content there on these kinds of websites would look much better on its own page, but this is a modern ploy used by companies to climb the much sought after web page rankings. In the words of an old Bonjovi song ‘Its a graceless age’.