2015


Below please find our recommendations
for the BEST tools for maximising your online success...


WORDPRESS

This is a free web based software that allows you to create a website or blog. As you build your site you may want to add Plugins that expand the functionality of your site. Here’s a few Plugins that you may find useful: http://www.wpbeginner.com/

WEBSITE HOSTING

HostGator

I have worked with HostGator for some time now and I find their service excellent. They offer hosting with free domains - if you purchase a web hosting plan. They store your site on one of their servers and assign it a unique DNS. The DNS serves as the address that allows people around the world to find and view your website.

GoDaddy

I have worked with GoDaddy for some time now and I find their service excellent. They offer hosting with free domains - if you purchase a web hosting plan. They store your site on one of their servers and assign it a unique DNS. The DNS serves as the address that allows people around the world to find and view your website.

OVH.com

This company seems to be a little known about gem, even though they are currently the number 3 internet hosting company worldwide. They have great customer service, a team of research & develop experts and are a keen Green company always looking for ways to reduce energy consumption. They are one of the few who deploy, manage and maintain their own finer optic global network.

OUTSOURCING

UpWork

Formerly Elance-oDesk, is a global freelancing platform where businesses and independent professionals connect and collaborate remotely. Upwork allows clients to interview, hire and work with freelancers and agencies through the company's platform. Their platform now includes a real-time chat function aimed at reducing the time it takes to find and hire freelancers. Cool huh?

fiverr.com

This is a great community of freelancers carrying out a variety of tasks for $5! A service offered on Fiverr is called a Gig. Gigs are offered for a fixed, base price of $5 - also referred to as one Fiverr. This is a great place to take care of everything from graphic design to market research to web work. For e.g. you can get creative static and video banners done for your webpages for just $5. Remember most sites have sizing restrictions. The freelancers here will be able to create the right images for the right sites, and any other graphic challenges you may have.

EMAIL MARKETING / LANDING PAGES / AUTORESPONDERS

LeadPages

This is such an easy to use tool for creating amazing marketing pages that capture new leads effortlessly. It's a simple drag and drop system. You can create all types of pages with amazing features for new leads. SEO and mobile optimised for maximum effect. LeadPages works with WordPress and non-WordPress sites. I highly recommend LeadPages for any new, or existing business. If you want to see one of their pages, which I assure you was so easy to create go to the top of this page and click on ‘Newbies Guide To Biz Start Up’.

INFUSIONSOFT

In my experience this is one of the most popular and easiest email marketing software programs available. It’s all about helping you to effectively communicate your business benefits to customers and prospects. They have some great tools and templates to help you customise your campaigns and newsletters. They offer a $1 trial too. That was how I got started, by using their trial to see if they offered my business any benefit. And yep, they did.

AWeber

In my experience this is one of the most popular and easiest email marketing software programs available. It’s all about helping you to effectively communicate your business benefits to customers and prospects. They have some great tools and templates to help you customise your campaigns and newsletters. They offer a $1 trial too. That was how I got started, by using their trial to see if they offered my business any benefit. And yep, they did.

ClickFunnels

In my experience this is one of the most popular and easiest email marketing software programs available. It’s all about helping you to effectively communicate your business benefits to customers and prospects. They have some great tools and templates to help you customise your campaigns and newsletters. They offer a $1 trial too. That was how I got started, by using their trial to see if they offered my business any benefit. And yep, they did.

Mail Chimp

Their simplistic tools and functionality make it easy for you to create landing pages and contests, to track leads and send emails etc. Their landing page builder has great features to help you build, publish & test the exact mobile-responsive landing page you want to achieve. I’m a big fan of Wishpond!

Get Response

Their simplistic tools and functionality make it easy for you to create landing pages and contests, to track leads and send emails etc. Their landing page builder has great features to help you build, publish & test the exact mobile-responsive landing page you want to achieve. I’m a big fan of Wishpond!

Wishpond

Their simplistic tools and functionality make it easy for you to create landing pages and contests, to track leads and send emails etc. Their landing page builder has great features to help you build, publish & test the exact mobile-responsive landing page you want to achieve. I’m a big fan of Wishpond!

Crazy Egg

is like a pair of x-ray glasses that lets you see exactly what people are doing on your website. It shows you where people are clicking, and perhaps more importantly where they aren’. It highlights how many people scroll through your pages, where they stop, and where they come from etc. This is a great tool that gives you an invaluable insight into your site visitors that will certainly improve your sales by understanding what content people view for longer or lesser periods thereby providing effective customer analytics. Special offer: free 60 day trial for our fans.

Instagram
Much like, well basically every other aspect of his career/life, Prince has a bit of an odd relationship with social media. All he ever did on his Facebook was announce a fan Q&A and proceed to answer precisely one of the thousands of questions received and he has tweeted twice, once with a photo of a salad and then again to declare that it was, indeed, his second tweet.

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A video posted by PRINCESTAGRAM (@prince) on


If you're familiar with Prince's public persona, none of that should come as any kind of surprise. He very publically denounced the internet as out of date a few years back, but he's never been one to resolutely stick to his convictions for more than about thirty seconds. He's like a squirrel on MDMA at the best of times. Bearing that in mind, it's hard to say how much mileage he's going to get out of Instagram before he gets bored and decides to move on, but for the time being, 'PRINCESTAGRAM' is a pretty fascinating, and prolifically updated source of all things Love Symbol.

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It's a blend of gig photos (both professional and fan-sourced), old promotional material, Prince-based memes and some stuff which fits into no category known to man. There's even a food selfie, with the man himself (skin either or hued or painted yellow for some reason) lying on the ground with a half-spilled box of sweets, captioned 'CHOCOLATE OVERDOSE'. What he was thinking when he put this particular shot together is completely beyond me, but I'm not complaining.

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It's hard to tell whether this is part of some grander plan, such as a promotional stunt for his most recent album, HITNRUN, or something that he simply intends to carry on until it runs out of mileage. With Prince it tends to be difficult to tell whether he's being subversive or just going with the flow, but whatever comes out tends to be entertaining in either case, so I'd say it's worth a follow at the very least.

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Since the selfie craze began it has rapidly gone from strength to strength, growing into the social phenomenon that it is today. It has become so popular that the word selfie was actually added to the dictionary in 2013, with over 1 million being taken every day.

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Unfortunately our addiction to taking selfies has got out of hand, with a recent study from Ford showing that a third of young drivers admit to taking a selfie behind the wheel. Whilst this may seem harmless to some, there is a good reason for its illegality as figures show that 22% of fatal road traffic accidents involve mobile phone distractions.

Behind the Wheel

According to 2014 government data, the majority of people who use their phone whilst driving hold it in their hand rather than against their ear. This suggests that it’s not phone calls that are the main problem, but messaging and social media. In fact, a study by confused.com into how young drivers use their phones whilst driving found that 8% use Twitter, 5% use Instagram and 7% openly take selfies behind the wheel.

If you search Instagram for #DrivingSelfies, you will see that over 27,000 have been taken. On top of this, Snapchat could be seen to be encouraging people to take driving selfies as a result of its speed recording feature. The feature works by calculating how fast you were travelling at the time you took a photo, which could motivate users into trying to ‘outdo’ each other. Although this may have seemed like a harmless idea from the developers over at Snapchat, it definitely gives us cause for concern.

Our Mobile Addiction

There are many reasons you might be compelled to pick up your phone whilst driving. Our smartphones are in under constant barrage of Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp and Twitter notifications, but if you’re afraid of not having your mobile phone on you at all times then you might just have what phycologists are calling ‘nomophobia’.

However, all the nomophobics out there need not worry as they’re not alone. In fact, the latest report from Ofcom shows that the average amount of time spent online has more than doubled, from 9.9 hours a week (10 years ago) to 20.5 hours. A separate report also suggests that the average Briton checks their phone more than 50 times in one day.

Rise in Penalties

Despite the penalty for using a phone while driving being increased three times over the last 12 years, figures show that the number of offences continues to grow each year. Worryingly, the Confused.com study also found that 57% of drivers admitted that they would reoffend if they were caught.

These figures haven’t slipped under the radar, as the Met Police Commissioner and Shadow Transport Commissioner are both urging for an increase in penalty. The rumoured increase is going to be from three points on your license to 6 points, which definitely puts a hefty price tag on checking your Facebook at the traffic lights.

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Cutting It Out

If you think you may have a problem with checking your phone in the car or even just in general, there are steps you can take to put some distance between you and your phone. After all, we weren’t born with a phone in our hands, so it’s not meant to be there 24/7.

Step 1: Turn notifications off

For certain apps that you don’t need notifications for, simply turn off their notifications.

Step 2: Put it on silent

If you’re waiting for an important call, put it back on loud. But try to make a habit of leaving your phone on silent.

Step 3: Leave it at home sometimes

It’s nice to have your phone on you at all times but we’ve survived for hundreds of years without them. Whether it’s a trip to the gym or just to the local shop, try and spend time without your phone in close proximity.


Our phones demand our attention. Whenever notifications come in we drop everything and grab them, but should it be that way? Take control of your phone and decide when you want to check it, rather than letting it interrupt your daily life. This is particularly important to remember when you are driving, as it could put you in a dangerous or costly situation. 


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Have you ever scrolled through Facebook while driving? If the answer is yes, please never do it again, but if the answer is a more acceptable ‘No! Who would do such a thing!?’ then you might be shocked to hear that apparently a lot of people do. A survey taken by AT&T in the USA revealed that 7 in 10 daily drivers use their smartphones behind the wheel. Along with the 4-in-10 using social media (mostly Facebook and Twitter), 3-in-10 surf the net and, amazingly, 1-in-10 use video chat.
The sample was taken from 2,000 drivers as a part of the network company’s It Can Wait campaign, encouraging people to keep their eyes on the road and off their phones. Texting remains by far and away the most common phone use for drivers, with email in second and Facebook a close third. Selfie-taking, Snapchat and Instagram all have shame of place further down on the list as well. Of those using Twitter, 30% claim to be using it 'all the time', while 22% of social media users claim that they are addicted.
This is a very real, very dangerous problem. In the US in 2012 3,300 people were killed as a result of distracted driving with a further 421,000 injured and in the UK of the 88 fatalities linked to that cause in the same year, 17 were directly blamed on mobile phone use.
Even without all the statistics, all you need to do is look around on a car journey and you’ll likely spot someone with one hand on the wheel and the other wrapped around their phone. I see it all the time, and in fact in 2008 I was involved in a rear-end collision as a result of someone texting whilst driving. Thankfully in that case nobody was hurt, but imagine if it had been worse? You might never have had the pleasure of reading this, or any of my other articles. What a horrid world that would be.

Misplaced arrogance aside, this grim side effect of smartphone development is one that needs to be addressed. We are increasingly existing within a society which leads people to believe that just because they are able to stay within constant reach of all their contacts and social media accounts, they should never go more than 10 minutes without checking them. 
Nothing anywhere on Facebook or any of the other platforms is so important that you have no choice but to check it while you’re driving. If your phone bleeps, bongs or buzzes, just find somewhere safe to pull over, take the time you need to address it, then put it down and carry on. Do not endanger yourself and everyone around you for the sake of making sure you weren’t tagged in any embarrassing photos on the staff night out. Somebody could end up dead. 


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