Top 5 things to build a successful website

By successful I mean a website that’s going to make money. From my experience, this comes down to 5 important points:

1. Pick up a niche (topic/subject/industry) where there are advertisers who are willing to spend money to market their products or services

2. Have a nice looking and simple layout for your website (first impression counts so make it look professional)

3. Write articles on topics which will attract visitors to your site – make the title catchy!

4. You need to have a good balance of keywords to triggers ads which are going to make you the money. So if you are writing an article on “How to cope with mortgage repayments?”, then you don’t want ads targetting new mortgages to appear but rather ads on mortgage problems so that the visitors are more inclined to click on the ads.

5. SEO and marketing – on page seo is easy to tackle and off page seo should be done with only quality links rather than going for bulk innefficient links. Marketing should be an ongoing process to get more exposure for your site and articles.

Cannot stop music from playing on iPhone 3G

I used to be able to quit the ipod app from playing any music by holding the home button on the iPhone 3G for 8 sec but since I updated to the new OS 3.0, this function has stopped working. This problem is caused by the new set of features that comes with iPhone OS 3.0 more specifically the voice features which are activated when holding down the home button. However there is a solution to quit any apps on the iPhone including the iPod and it works if you have upgraded to the new OS 3.0. You will need to hold down the top button on the iPhone (the one used for switching it off) until you see the red slider which says “slide to power off” and then you will need to hold down the home button for 8 sec to quit whichever app is still running. If you were on the iPod, it will close down and you will return to the home screen.

A nuissance I think but fortunately I found the solution.

My 3 little chickens

It’s been a while since I wanted to have a couple of chickens running around in my garden. Today I got impulsive and travelled just over an hour to Hullbridge in Essex to get some chicks. I originally wanted 1 day old chicks but they are more difficult to look after as they need to incubator to maximise survival rate. Despite day old chicks being so cute, I opted to have 7-9 weeks old chickens instead. So I got myself two hydrids and one pure breed (Orpington) which costs me a total of £40 (£24 for the 2 hydrids and £12 for the pure breed).

In about 7 weeks time, I’ll be getting free range eggs 🙂