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Useful Image Optimisation Tips For Search And Social

New over on the blog - how to power up your posts and pages with some simple image optimisation.

#seotips   #socialmediatips  
Easily power up your posts and pages with these image ‪#‎SEO‬ tips.
Number 5 is essential - do you do it?

7 Image Optimisation Tips For Search And Social Media

With a bit of forethought optimising your images, you can really give your posts and pages some muscle and get them working harder for you.

* Choose the right file type for the job
* Resize images before uploading
* Compress your images
* Rename your images with useful file names
* Use image alt tags
* Use open graph tags
* Check your images display well on social media

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#images   #branding   #searchengineoptimization  

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The LAST Widnes BizMums Child-Friendly Networking of 2015

November will be the last BizMums meeting in Widnes for 2015. December's meet falls on Christmas Eve and I don't know about you, but I generally have other things to be doing!

I'm delighted that we have Karen Applegate from Applegate & Co Accountants with us to answer your burning questions about self-employment. Based just over the bridge in Frodsham, Applegate do accounting things without the stiff suits.

The member showcase is courtesy of Jo Howarth, who'll be sharing her brand of happiness and how to be happy.

We also have a new venue. Thanks to +Jellybeans Play Centre for allowing us to borrow their seats and cafe!

What: BizMums Child-Friendly Networking
When: 26th November 2015
Where Jellybeans Play Centre, Unit 4, Dennis Road, Widnes, WA8 0GU
How much Members and first-time guest FREE, returning guests just £6. Kids entry to Jellybeans £3.50

All welcome

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/962013620529520/

Book your place: http://www.bizmums.biz/events/widnes-november/
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Stick in a rut? Join us at Widnes BizMums

I'm really looking forward to Thursday's BizMums Widnes meeting.  +Una Doyle is our speaker - she informs me she will be armed with a sticky back flip chart and notes taking will be useful :)

Here's a sneak peak of what you'll discover in Una's talk => http://www.creativeflow.tv/event-widnes-bizmums/

And to top off the "be inspired" products and services month at Widnes BizMums we have +Kerry Wilkinson on the member showcase.  Kerry organises Halton Fit Club amongst other things, and has a great story to share.

Where: Crazy Club, Earle Road, Widnes WA8 0TA
When: 10am 22nd October 2015 

Child-friendly networking - feel free to bring the kids (or not).  All welcome!  BizMums members and 1st-time guests are FREE to attend, returning guests just £6

Details on the event page over on Facebook => https://www.facebook.com/events/1747689632124992/

#widnes   #bizmums   #networking  

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Stick in a rut? Join us at Widnes BizMums

I'm really looking forward to Thursday's BizMums Widnes meeting.  +Una Doyle is our speaker - she informs me she will be armed with a sticky back flip chart and notes taking will be useful :)

Here's a sneak peak of what you'll discover in Una's talk => http://www.creativeflow.tv/event-widnes-bizmums/

And to top off the "be inspired" products and services month at Widnes BizMums we have +Kerry Wilkinson on the member showcase.  Kerry organises Halton Fit Club amongst other things, and has a great story to share.

Where: Crazy Club, Earle Road, Widnes WA8 0TA
When: 10am 22nd October 2015 

Child-friendly networking - feel free to bring the kids (or not).  All welcome!  BizMums members and 1st-time guests are FREE to attend, returning guests just £6

Details on the event page over on Facebook => https://www.facebook.com/events/1747689632124992/

#widnes   #bizmums   #networking  

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Increase In WordPress Brute Force Attacks

XML-RPC is a feature in WordPress (and other content management systems) that allows you to post remotely.  It's also used in popular plugins such as JetPack and the WordPress mobile app.

Like everything else that has a good use, some people like to use it to cause harm.  Sucuri are reporting they're seeing a huge spike in XML-RPC WordPress attacks.  These attacks use 1 call with 100's possibly 1000's of password attempts.

XML-RPC is turned on in WordPress by default.  If you do not use remote posting features I recommend you turn off the XML-RPC function completely.  It's easily done by adding a line to your wp-config.php under the last ABSPATH command:

add_filter('xmlrpc_enabled', '__return_false');

If you're unsure about adding code, a simple plugin will also turn off the function completely https://wordpress.org/plugins/disable-xml-rpc/

The method above will cause any plugin or app that relies on remote posting to break.  The alternative is to turn off parts that are unnecessary.

The comments on the sucuri article describe how to turn off selected sections by adding code to your WordPress child theme.  A plugin is also available that turns off the pingback function https://wordpress.org/plugins/disable-xml-rpc-pingback/

As always, don't use the default admin login and simple dictionary passwords.

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#WordPress   #wordpresstips   #security  

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Google finally cracking down on spam robo calls

Great news and hopefully the first of many.  

These calls prompt you to press a number to speak with a real person who then say they work with/for Google.  They don't and often charge silly prices for services.

A very encouraging move and hopefully will continue :)

Thanks +Nick Rink for popping this in the feed.

#localseo   #google   #localsearch  
Google starting to crack down on spam robo calls
 
Good news from the folks in Mountain View that they are finally looking to start taking action against companies who lead local business owners into believing that they represent Google. Anyone working in local SEO will have come across this type of practice at some point, so it's encouraging news.
 
The official post from Google themselves is below but there's a great write up of the case here http://smrtl.cl/1KrFLDE The reviews on both Google and Yelp for the company in question make for some entertaining reading over a morning coffee. Something of a reputation management crisis!

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Vegan Pancakes - Surprisingly Gorgeous

I've been veggie for 30+ years and I still struggle with vegan cooking.  It doesn't help that a pound of cheese goes on everything I cook...

So, after the daughter went vegan just over a month ago, I have spent "my" dinner cooking turn swearing furiously at the amount of time it takes and muttering about recipes calling for nutritional yeast - what's wrong with Marmite for vit B12 anyway?

Anyway, these vegan pancakes are wonderful.  I particularly recommend the chocolate and berry pancakes - totally divine.  I'd eat them for breakfast, dinner and tea if I could!

#veganrecipe   #veganfood   #veganfoodshare  
Who doesn't love pancakes
An enormously simple recipe that you can swap and change to make your vegan breakfast magical and healthy (or not, if you choose).
#vegan   #veganrecipe   #veganfoodshare    #pancakes   #recipes   #food  

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A Bit Of History - The Peterloo Massacre

It's been an odd morning.  Things started as normal, coffee, flick through the feeds...

2 things caught my eye.

First, today is the anniversary of The Peterloo Massacre (16th August 1819).
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peterloo_Massacre

It's no secret I love history.  I have my one and only A-level in history that I did for fun.  (Most of my bits of paper are O-levels, ONC, HNC, several C&G's in useful things like pipe marking and such, more "professional" bits of paper from my time in HS&E than I care to count and an OU degree somewhere too).
I'm not a dates person, but a what and why person - a people watcher and lurker.

Anyway, back to Peterloo

It's 1819 in Manchester during a period of severe economic downturn after the Napoleonic Wars.  There's mass unemployment, what jobs there were are on ridiculously low pay.  Teamed with the corn laws (a tariff on imported grain) that kept the price of basic food high, you have a cycle of poverty that lasted years.

Only male landowners had the vote.  They loved the corn laws, it kept their profits running.

The new trade bosses, the mill owners, they want political reform but don't have the voting power.  High grain prices mean wages are higher than they like.  They want more for less out of the workers.

The workers?  Well they're starving in a corner somewhere.

With only 2% of the population having the vote - change isn't likely.

But there is grumblings of "radicalism".  The people are stirring.  Those who have are growling about the liberty of the press and people meeting and rallying.

On the 16th August 1819 around 60,000 people assembled in St Peter's Field in Manchester for a peaceful protest.  According to accounts many were dressed in their Sunday best - indeed, marchers were requested to turn up well-presented, sober, unarmed, peaceful and orderly so that there message would be taken seriously.

The aim was to listen to speakers, particularly Henry Hunt who was known for his rousing talks on political reform and was a keen supporter of universal suffrage.  To demonstrate peacefully and push for parliamentary reform.

Unfortunately, the authorities were tipped off about the meeting.  Magistrates read the Riot Act and the cavalry along with hundreds of special constables and yeomen who were waiting nearby were called in to disperse the crowd.

Accounts of deaths and injuries on the day vary.  The official death toll on the day is 11 including a woman and a child.  People were shot, sabred or trampled by cavalry horses. Injuries were in the hundreds and several people died as a result of their wounds or in the rioting that happened after the event.  
http://www.bl.uk/learning/images/Campaign_MAI/chartism/transcript92838.html

Ring-leaders and speakers were arrested.

When news reached poet Percy Shelley he wrote The Mask of Anarchy, a political poem remembering the day and adding weight to the movement of non-violent action.
http://www.poetsgraves.co.uk/Classic%20Poems/Shelley/the_mask_of_anarchy.htm

Personally, I prefer Song To The Men of England, which was written a few years later.  Plus it gives me the excuse (not that I need one) to listen to some New Model Army.

It's a shame that nothing came directly from the demonstration at St Peter's Field.  It was years before any reform - whether it was abolishing the corn laws or political reform.

The massacre did lead to the rise in the Chartist Movement, which in turn lead to the birth of Trade Unions.

The second thing that caught my eye?

An article on The Next Web about working conditions and culture at Amazon.
http://thenextweb.com/opinion/2015/08/15/the-real-deathstar/

Why this is surprising people I don't know.  It seems to me this culture of dog eat dog working is rife in many medium to large businesses.

We may not be wearing clogs and working in mills, but the pressure is there.  More hours, more stress, less pay, no guaranteed work, managed out...

Meanwhile, workers are living in poverty on pay that can't sustain the basics.  "Radicalism" is increasing and the government is tightening the noose.

We'll blame anybody for our predicament -  the immigrants, the benefit system, Europe.

History has a habit of repeating.  We don't seem to learn at all until the pressure reaches exploding point. 

#peterloo  

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Do you want to expand your audience and inspire others?

Ladies (and Gents), are you trying to reach a new audience? I'm looking for guest speakers for the Widnes BizMums group.

October 22nd - products and services month.
Can you share your knowledge about any of the following topics? Sales skills, routes to market, niches and/or needs, pricing (always an interesting one!), packages, purchasing or a topic that falls in the "your products or services" category. 
Perhaps you're a business coach or mentor who knows these topics like the back of your hand. Maybe you're a business owner who can share your experience of going through these challenges the hard way and succeeding.

November 26th - money month.
Oh the joys of running a business, I think this is a stumbling block for many of us. Can you share your knowledge and experience in any of the following? Pricing, payments, budgeting, controlling costs or any business money related topics.

If you would like to inspire a friendly group of women business owners in Widnes, I'd love to hear from you. You don't need to be a professional speaker - enthusiasm, knowledge (yes you have it if you're doing this stuff!) and willingness to share your tips is all that's required.

The photo is from July Widnes BizMums meeting where we got hands on with +Andy Guile of +Bear Behind Events Management sharing his mind-mapping and planning tips for organisation month.

If you'd like to try your hand at speaking to a friendly group of business women - get in touch!
Send me a PM here on G+ or reply to this update, Tweet me .@jankearney or find me on Facebook fb.com/mylocalbusinessonline

#bizmums   #widnes   #cheshire   #networking  
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Will Your WordPress Site Break?
WordPress 4.3 update doesn't like many plugins

+MaAnna Stephenson advises you check your site(s) before they die a death...

There's a rather long list of plugins that will break on the next WordPress release linked in this post.  Rather sad to see Genesis Responsive Slider in there.

Don't leave it till your WordPress site crashes and burns, check your plugins and plan replacements this week.

#wordpress   #plugin   #PHP  
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