Archive for October, 2012

If your business operates from a domain name, you should be VERY worried !

The new .uk proposal could put your established website out of business

The new .uk proposal could put your established website out of business

If your business operates from a domain name then you should be very worried about the recent proposal from Nominet (they are the apparently “not for profit” charity that looks after every .uk domain)

They are planning a new ‘safer’ and shorter alternative to the current (and domain names which will be .uk – sounds great yes ? In theory it does, but when you actually look into what Nominet is proposing it is actually very alarming, and as a business owner in the UK you really need to take note and action to what the Nominet proposal could do to your business before it is too late, and you are displaying a ‘CLOSED – OUT OF BUSINESS’ sign on your website.

Would you be happy for a potential competitor to set up a website on the .uk equivalent of your domain name which you have been building for years and has cost you bundles of cash ? Confusing your customers who have been visiting your established website for all those years AND losing you £1,000′s of business in the process ? Of course you wouldn’t but surely Nominet wouldn’t let that happen anyway would they ? THEY ARE !

In the current proposals, the current owner of any given domain name DO NOT HAVE AUTOMATIC RIGHTS to the .uk equivalent of their domain name which they have spent years and countless money marketing and building up their brand and website, only to be shafted by the very people who are supposed to be looking after them.

The UK economy has suffered from a devastating double recession over the past couple of years with 10,000′s of businesses stopping trading and going bankrupt - if you were fortunate to survive the recession then you may not be so lucky with this – do you really want to go out of business due to a totally flawed proposal ?

Edwin Hayward a UK domain name expert since 1996 has compiled a document aimed at showing UK business owners the issues they face with the new domain name proposal and I urge EVERY SINGLE UK BUSINESS OWNER to click here and read this document and the effect it will have on your business if this proposal goes ahead.


What Is Twitter and How Does Twitter Work ?

What is Twitter ?

Living in Wales where colour TV has only been available since 2009 and people parade around their Nokia 3210 like it is an iPhone 5, it will come as  no surprise that Twitter is virtually unheard of. The people in Wales who use Twitter usually fall into one of the following four categories of people :

1. The young trendy people who usually have it on their latest iPhone
2. The ones who are trying to talk to celebrities, so they can tell their mates down the pub that they once spoke to Keith Chegwin
3. The people who have opened an account and tweeted a single tweet which compromises of “Just joined and trying to figure this out”
4. Those who are trying to promote their businesses in a different way to the others in Wales who put up a notice in their local corner shop pushing their ‘earn £200 a week stuffing envelopes’ type businesses.

When I am out in Wales watching over my flock of sheep and listening to the harp playing in the distance, I often get asked by people if I am on Facebook, to which I reply ‘I prefer Twitter to be honest, so you’re better off following me on there’ to which I am met with A.  a vacant stare OR B. ‘what is that mush’ so I decided to do a blog post so I can direct people to this self explanatory post instead of trying to explain to them.

So what actually is Twitter and how does it work ?

Twitter is a social networking website which comprises of short updates (tweets) that have a maximum length of 140 characters. Individuals, who use Twitter, are usually people who want to quickly update their followers about what they are doing or interact with others who they may or not be following. Twitter is mainly used for socialising but an increasing number of businesses are now using Twitter for promoting their own companies and they are gaining followers whom they can inform about their brand and company products, and therefore providing a great connection with a potential customer.

‘Followers’ are those who want to be updated about a persons or companies tweets and if they are following that person or company, then their public tweets will appear in their ‘timeline’. If you decide to follow someone on Twitter, then that person or companies tweets will appear in your own timeline.

You can ‘tweet someone’ by starting the tweet with @theirusername (‘theirusername’ being the person’s username on the Twitter website. So mine would be @TheFrankPaul).

If you are following someone on Twitter who is also currently following you, you then are able to contact that person via ‘direct messages’ (which are more commonly known as private messages)

If you would like to follow a young, trendy, iPhone using, Welsh, celebrity liasing , business promoting tweeter then you can follow me by clicking the link below.

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