Build it and they will come?
The basic advice from the search engines is to build a website and people will come if it is good enough. Is this really the case? Do people have websites that are largely undiscovered and therefore ranking well below where they arguably should be? Of course they do!
Here at http://www.floodriskconsulting.com for example they don't seem to be ranking at all for their own company name even though they have used the company name in the URL and title of the site - and indeed people search for the company name just to find that specific company! I guess Google would just say, "pay for adwords"!
As the online market gets more and more competitive, it is harder and harder to get visitors to your website without good quality SEO sercives. There are numerous companies out there who are quick to take your money but not really provide the service or results and because these companies are not (and arguably cannot be) regulated, there is little that you can do. There is however a Coventry SEO company can boast about. Reasonably new to offering the service to outside customers but certainly not lacking in the knowhow and experience to get good listings and therefore a good return on investment in a reasonably short turn around time.
At the same time as being valuable, there is also a limited risk involved in online promotion. The search engines are forever altering their algorithms to improve visitor experience, these alterations and updates can set a campaign back reasonably quickly, but few setbacks can cot be rectified reasonably quickly (weeks rather than months).
I personally believe that it is worth a look at this SEO company Coventry website. I do however have a vested interest, but a cracking service nontheless!
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Dent Removal - Worth It?
What a wind up! Nice new car, you take great care of it, avoiding potholes, washing it regularly, hoover it out. Then next thing, after months of driving carefully, some numpty opens their car door too wide in a carpark and 'bang', the perfection is gone.
If I am completely honest, a number of years ago, the wind caught my door (van door) and blew it open onto the car parked next to me. I am thoroughly embarassed to say that I did not own up to it! Instead I justified it to myself saying that the damage was minimal and the mark that I put on the car door was 'nothing' compared to the many marks that were there already. Still I now think that it was no justification, and would like to think that I would own up if if happened again.
When informed of the following I was shocked. A friend told me that many cars have little scratches on th bonet due to people setting their shopping down on the car next to you while looking for your car keys! What? People put their shopping on someone elses car? Apparently so! Since he mentioned this I have noticed it for myself.
Also, he has an aunt who believes that the little black rubber things that have been put on the edge of her doors are there to soften the bounce each time she opens her car door onto the one next to her!
So what can you do when you get a little dent?
Gone are the days that a little dent means filler and a respray. There are many companies springing up that offer dent removal for a fraction of the cost that it used to be. It is not uncommon for a dent to cost 60 pounds to have removed, as opposed to the 4 or 5 hundred that it would have cost 15 years ago.
A lot of these companies operate as franchisees, following training from an umbrella company. It is a job with much job satisfaction, meaning that many of the technitions take pride in doing a good job. The problem is just making sure that you find one of the good ones. Get recommendations from others if possible, not just going for the cheapest, but rather opting for the best. Buy cheap, buy twice, as they say.
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When I got my first new car it was such a novelty. It followed years of driving quite average cars and a few buckets! But was it really worth it? Would I buy one again? Have I any suggestions? Read on..
The smell of a new car - I love it. There is just something about that aroma, that speaks volumes. It says 'I'm new! '. So much so that over the years there have been air fresheners produced to emulate the smell so that people can rejuvenate the aroma as well as the condition of the car. I often wonder if car manufacturers would easily be able to eradicate this smell if they wanted to, or maybe even do things to increase it as there is such a novelty attached to it.
But are new cars really worth it? Well I for one am very pleased that I was able to buy a new car. The novelty of having one was great. The problem with new cars are numerous.
Reasonably often, new cars have small issues. By the time you buy a second hand car a lot of the initial problems have already been ironed out. Also, for the first few thousand miles, new car engines have to be treated with kid gloves, not highly revved etc. During the breaking in period, new cars also have lower fuel economy. Additionally, even though it is great to have an absolutely spotless car, the stress involved in keeping it that way is also there, you notice every stone chip and mark and even bird droppings become an issue!
Apart from those few things is the cost. The moment that you drive off the forecourt, your car can lose literally thousands of pounds. For a 15,000 pound car, the first year could therefore cost you 5,000, whereas the second year could then cost you 2,000 pounds. Therefore you would be financially better off buying a 1 year old car as opposed to a new one.
All of the above taken into consideration, I would probably buy a new car again if I came into loads and loads of money, but, failing that, I am glad that I have done it in the past but would be unlikely to do it again.
One solution however could be going for a test drive in a new car each and every weekend! Now there is an idea.
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That 'Learn to drive' Resolution?
Every year people make new years resolutions - some silly ones and some useful ones, some that would realistically be impossible to keep and some (like learning to drive) quite realistic.
Learning to drive is nearly always in the 'Top 10' each year, with 10's of 1000's of people undertaking driving lessons. This year however, the numbers of new pupils starting lessons is down on previous years. This (I assume) is more down to the expense of training and driving test etc as opposed to it not being seen as a valuable asset to anyone's skills repertoire!
Like nearly any product or service that is of real life value, driving lessons are a costly undertaking. Even so, the cost should, in the long term, be greatly outweighed by the benefits such as the time saved in not having to wait for the bus to arrive and simply driving yourself home with the shopping in the boot rather than your hands.
With fewer people wanting to learn to drive at the moment, there are some deals to be caught out there, either by getting out your Yellow Pages, by hunting online or by using a comparison service like the one below.