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September 30, 2014
New Google Panda update rolling out this week

Google has confirmed that updates to the Panda algorithm change are being rolled out this week which means you might see an improvement or drop in your rankings. “Earlier this week, we started a slow rollout of an improved Panda algorithm, and we expect to have everything done sometime next week. Based on user (and… View Article

September 30, 2014
Turn off 'tip' notifications on Facebook pages

If you have the ‘Pages’ app for Facebook on your phone you no doubt will be getting sick of ‘tip’ updates. Your phone vibrates and its something on your page so you get excited…unfortunately its just Facebook saying something like ‘You’ve not posted for X days, why not add a post?” These are actually pretty easy… View Article

September 25, 2014
Freelancers, stop devaluing our trade

If this post gets as far as one freelancer and they take this advice on board I see this as a success… Sadly, we’ve all been there. Work dries up and we are forced to browse the horrible freelance job boards around the net. I myself have wasted many-a-keystroke ‘applying’ for these jobs in the… View Article

September 23, 2014
How to prepare for a meeting

Meetings are an essential part of your business as a freelancer. Setting them up is easy and it can save you a lot of e-mails back and forth. A professional and friendly meeting can open many doorways, but this doesn’t come without preparation. Here are a few tips of mine which will help you to… View Article

September 17, 2014
Twitpic to close on 25th September 2014

Twitpic has confirmed that it will close its doors on September 25th after Twitter demanded they give up their trademark or lose access to the Twitter API. Users will be able to export all media before this date if so desired, but after the 25th, the service will no longer be active. “A few weeks ago… View Article

September 16, 2014
How to find more freelance work

Freelancing can be both a difficult and rewarding trade. On the whole, once the work is steady, you can work the hours you choose and pick your clients…Great! However in quieter periods you will probably most likely be sitting at your desk wondering where the next pay cheque is going to come from. It can be really stressful…. View Article

September 15, 2014
Surf faster and more securely with a modern browser

Billions of us browse the internet every day, yet there are only a handful of browsers that we can use to do the tasks we want to do. From my experience of working with clients all across the North West and UK, I’m amazed at the volume of people browsing on out-of-date or old browsers… View Article

August 15, 2014
5 must-know websites for free stock images

Free stock image websites have become all the rage in recent months as designers around the world unite against the ludicrous prices of websites like iStock. Here are a few of my personal favourites that I tend to browse when starting a new project. Unsplash http://unsplash.com/ Unsplash was one of the first free stock image blogs… View Article

August 13, 2014
Introducing GridWOW!

I’m delighted to have finished work on my personal grid system this week. GridWOW! Is a responsive 12-col grid system with the aim of helping front-end developers easily build fully responsive websites. I had started this a few months back and never found the time to finish it, but with going back to full time… View Article

July 25, 2014
A brief summary of using a standing desk

As a freelance web designer I spend most of my time sat on my arse. Because of this (not-so-sudden) realisation, I’ve been trying out a standing desk. In total I’ve been sampling the concept for a week or so and although I have enjoyed it on occasions, I’m still not completely sold on it. I thought… View Article

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