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Some links from my Google Reader..

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You need links to rank in competitive markets – read this short guide for useful tips and tools on link analysis….

Up for an affiliate challenge? Why not try this, but I would do it with more tools to try and streamline the process.  100 sites x 100 pages = 10,000 pages!!!

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January 17th, 2011 at 11:58 pm

New Year 2011 in Paris!

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Where to go for New Year? With the bleak prospect of staying in Costel Del Porto we decided to get away for a few days over the New Year and after thinking of either Rome, Venice or Paris we went for the city of Paris.

We decided to experience the Eurostar (return from little Sutton to Paris), we caught a Virgin service from Liverpool Lime Street on 30th December down to London, arriving just before 8pm into Euston. We jumped on the tube to Kings Cross and stayed at the nearby Alhambra Hotel. Bit of a grim hotel for the night before the early morning train to Paris. We made a bit of a night of it in London with a few drinks in Camden including a brief visit to the Dublin Castle.

Up at 5am for the Eurostar to Paris, we slept most of the 2 and a half journey into Paris before getting the metro to Bastille and to our hotel. With prices for most hotels over New Year in Paris being the wrong side of £250 we found a gem of a hotel in the lively Bastille district of the city. Le 300 was a reasonable £115 a night and within walking distance of the metro.

Working out the metro:paris1

We visited the Eiffel Tower and some Christmas Markets after leaving the hotel. Unfortunately had to queue for 2 hours in the biting cold before we could board the dodgy old lifts to go upto the 2nd level of the tower, the highest level was closed due to fog! The 2nd level shown some views over the white city! Quite impressed by the Eiffel Tower, but maybe they should cap the amount of people that go up the tower every day as a bit crowded at the top! New Years Eve was spent in numerous lively bars and a nice meal (which I seemed to have about 15 dishes for!) in Place de la Bastille with one bar charging 16 a pint!

View from top of the tower:paris5

Top of the tower:


New Years Celebrations:


New Years Day we decided to go and have a look at Notre Damn Cathedral, quite an impressive building but there were huge queues and as I didn’t want frostbite we decided to grab a few drinks. There is a great little alley of bars and restaurants just over the road from the cathedral, we stopped off at a little piano bar where I proceeded to drink the barrel dry and Rachel tried all the cocktails the pub had to offer. Bit of a chilled out night after the excessive of the previous night, we had a few drinks and had a meal in a little Thai restaurant.

The next morning we were back on the Eurostar and after a short stop and Chinese meal in London near Leicester Square to were on our way to Little Sutton with a few little drinks on the train and a nice chat with a Merseyrail enforcement officer.

Drinks on way home:paris6

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January 17th, 2011 at 11:55 pm

Posted in Travel

Interesting SEO articles from my Google Reader

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Bit of a lazy blog post, recommending you read a few SEO articles from other sources in my Google Reader.

SEO Reputation Management – I’ve worked on a few projects for clients where we are tasked with clearing up negative search results. Have a look a this strategy for doing this. Article on SEO Reputation Management.

Crap Clients – Spoke to a few of this kind of client. Want work done but don’t want to pay? Pete Glaeser (spoke to him at A4U London in 2008, pleasant cheap!) gives the indicators of a crap clients.

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January 12th, 2011 at 11:04 am

Posted in SEO