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Thieves and vagabonds!

Okay, I write a fair bit about copyright on this site. The integrity of your web content is vital and it’s crucial you control exactly how and where it’s used. Over the years we’ve had to deal with everything from stolen articles and photographs to the extreme, not once but twice, of having entire sites cloned. I’m a photographer and take any copyright breaches very seriously – if you’re going to steal my work expect to have a fight on your hands! Continue reading

Don’t fake it on Facebook!

This week our Spain Buddy Facebook page topped 1000 likes. We’re quite pleased with that – somewhere about 100 likes a month in the space of time it’s been up. Even better (apart from twisting the arms of a few friends as everyone does on setting up a page), all SpainBuddyare genuine likes from people finding the page via Facebook or visiting from our site.

Better than that, all are quality likes.

What do I mean by the word quality in this context? Continue reading

Businesses using Facebook profiles… Enough is enough!

ReportWe’re forever harping on about business using Facebook personal profiles. I get more than a little irritated every single time I get a friends request from a business. How the hell can I ‘make friends’ with The White Horse Pub in Malaga (made up – if the is a White Horse in Malaga using Facebook properly please accept my apologies :)). Continue reading

Please stop circulating nonsense on Facebook

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It’s the I-N-T-E-R-N-E-T!

Map

Just to clarify. Here is a map of the geographic region in which we can operate! :)

It’s no secret that we’ve been living in mainland Spain for the last year. Since then we’ve been extremely busy and as a result this site has been neglected somewhat. I’ve been prompted to bring it back to life…

Recently Elle was asked if we still do websites for clients in Lanzarote. What an odd question! Of course we do. Why wouldn’t we – many of our existing clients (and friends of course) are on the island. We’re also working on a couple of sites for new clients from Lanzarote as I type this.

One of the joys of the type of work we do is that we get to live anywhere, whilst working with clients all over the world. To think that what we do is location dependant misses the point of what we do entirely. This is the Internet, the age of no borders, the age of remote working, We communicate by phone, by email, via Skype, and through social networks. We have many clients we’ve never even met in person.

So in answer to the original question, to make things clear we continue to work with new and existing clients in Lanzarote, as well as our clients on the other Canary Islands, in mainland Spain, the UK, France, Germany, the US, and Australia

Will we be back on the island? We’ll be back periodically of course – so many clients, and so many good friends. Permanently? Who knows what the future holds.

Don’t put all your eggs in one basket!

A social media presence is important, if not absolutely essential for any business these days. Of course you need your business to be as visible as possible – but, you still need your own space. Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google – they all have their uses as part of the marketing mix – but you should always have your own website. Why? The answer is very simple – they control your content. If they change their policies or perhaps even (yes I know it’s unlikely) disappear overnight, you may well be completely screwed if you’re using one of these sites as the main platform for your business. Continue reading

Video of Lanzarote

Here’s an excellent video that’s been doing the rounds amongst Lanzarote residents and fans on Facebook the last couple of days. Made me feel a little homesick for the island. Looking forward in summer, if time allows, to getting back over to the island for a period this summer.

The Lanzarote Effect from Lea et Nicolas Features on Vimeo.

Are you on page one of Google?

We were looking at some figures the other day relating to just how far users dig into Google when searching.

You may not be shocked to hear that the average is that 76.4% of users don’t delve any deeper than page one. It’s not an astonishing figure, kind of what we imagined – but what it does tell you is that if you’re only on page two you’re lucky to pick up the scraps. If you’re on page three – forget it, your site may as well not exist.

Is it not time you invested in getting yourself further up the rankings? What is the real value of a client, an extra sale, or a few bookings worth in your business. Quite possibly less than the cost, especially in the medium to long term.

SEO doesn’t have to be complicated, quite often applying a couple of common sense principles at a bit of clever targeting can give your site a lift. Not does it have to be ridiculously expensive. If you’d like us to give you a few suggestions how we can help you, and how you can help yourself, drop us an email and we’ll give your website a ‘health check’ and offer a few recommendations without obligation.

Do you even know where you are for your keywords? Do you know what your keywords are? If you don’t, you might be interested to know we are currently offering a free search engine monitoring service. For more information click here.

Buying a Spanish SIM in the UK

It’s been difficult to register a Spanish SIM as a visitor or traveller since the changes in the registration process a few years ago. We’ve often been asked by friends and users on the Lanzarote Relocation site how to go about it. However, there is an easier way as I found out when I looked into it properly when my dad visited last time – why I’d never checked before I don’t know!

There’s a number of companies in the UK who now supply Spanish pre-registered SIM cards which will save holidaymakers or regular visitors money. If you are looking for local options I suggest you take a look at the likes of the ’0044′ website which offers a number of options including PAYG for voice and data.

 

My next little stroll…

It’s likely that anyone who has read this blog regularly may know that last year I walked the length of Lanzarote, and in doing so managed to raise a reasonable amount of money for a couple of charities we actively support. In spring of 2012 I’m planning doing something similar, but a little more ambitious.

I’ll be walking the ‘Siete Islas’, the main seven islands that make up the archipelago. If you’re interested in finding out more, or indeed following the preparations and the walk itself please follow this link to my personal blog.