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So Long And Thanks For All The Fish

July 25th, 2009


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I’ve been wrestling with this for some time now but I’ve taken the decision to close Twenty Steps.

The simple fact is that I’ve not got the time nor motivation to keep the site running as a going concern. My life has moved on from where it was when I started this three years ago and, if the truth be told, keeping the site active has become something of a chore.

I’ll outline all the reasons and the next steps after the break but, if you can’t be arsed to click on the Keep Reading link, I’ll thank you for taking the time to stop by and wish you well.

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I’ve Been Bitch Slapped – Am I Bovvered?

June 12th, 2009

I've been bitch slapped - am I bovvered?

I’ve written about it in the past, seen it happen to a lot of other folks and suffered a brief drop in green pixie dust in the past but, as of last week, I have been officially bitch slapped by Google.

My toolbar PageRank has been removed and I am one step away from the dreaded grey bar of Doom.

The question is: Am I bovvered?

Well after the initial disappointment, the answer is no. The effects of losing toolbar PageRank are negligible, as far as I can see. During SlapFest 07, a number of people saw little or no change in the performance in the SERPs. It’s early days for me but I’ve seen no change in search referrals to the site. Besides, let’s look on the bright side.

  1. I don’t have to read any more blog posts about PageRank updates cuz I’m not bovvered anymore
  2. All the weasly DoFollow comment spammers will leave me alone as I’ve got no more juice to give

If the situation changes and I start to see a drop in search referrals then I will most certainly be bovvered but, right now, I am not.

So did any of you get slapped last week? Seen any changes to your search referrals as a result? What about you folks who got dinged in SlapFest 07?

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3+1 Reasons I Suck At Twitter Marketing

May 14th, 2009

Twitter feed fail

The online world is awash with stories about Twitter and how it’s going to revolutionise the way we interact on the Internet. No matter where you look, Twitter is there in your face. Newspapers, radio, TV, your grandmother. Everyone is talking about Twitter.

As regular readers will know, I jumped on the Twitter bandwagon comparatively recently and, in the comments to that post, people have asked me how I was getting on with it and, crucially, whether I was making any money on Twitter.

Now if you’ve been reading my occasional ramblings on Twenty Steps for any length of time, you’ll know that one of the underpinning foundations to this site is that I blog the mistakes I make trying to make money online. Don’t presume that since I haven’t posted anything for a while that I haven’t made any mistakes. Quite the opposite. I regularly fuck up. I just don’t tell you every time it happens.

However on Wednesday 13 May 2009 I did something so monumentally stupid that it warrants a blog post.

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New Blog Launched

April 1st, 2009

As part of my continuing mid life crisis project to streamline what I’m doing online, I’m pleased to announce my new blog MikeyBee.com.

You’ll notice that a couple of blog posts from here have been moved across to the new site (Do You Suffer From Internet Schizophrenia and Ryanair: Bloggers Are Lunatics and Idiots). The more observant of you will also notice the Twenty Steps sidebar has been tidied up with fewer categories. The uber observant will also spot that around 50 old posts have been deleted.

Why?

Keep reading →

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Calling All WordPress Experts: Can You Move Individual Categories To New Blog?

March 25th, 2009


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Well that’s got to be the longest title I’ve ever written but it captures what I’m after relatively well. You see I’m looking to start a new blog and want to move across some of the old posts from Twenty Steps to the new site. Over the last three years, this site has become something of a brain dump of all things web based and I want to take it back to being focused on the original three main topics – search, blogging and online marketing – and how they fit together.

What I’m looking to do is take off any unrelated content and move the best of the old articles to the new blog. Not only does this make Twenty Steps fresher, more focused and more relevant, it also means that the new blog is launched with ‘new’ content without me slaving over a hot keyboard for weeks on end writing pillar articles. This appeals to my lazy side ;)

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