UK Floods Ravage Homes and Businesses

Whether it’s global warming or freak weather, a crisis looms like an armageddon
cloud here in the UK as it seems the whole country is battling with the floods, starting with vast areas of the midlands and north earlier in the month and now south is heavily affected.
Panic buying of water has started as water supplies have been hit with some 150,000 people reported to be without water for up to three days in Gloucestershire.
I realise other countries have had to face these same weather mishaps and our US readers will know all about storms, but here in the UK it’s been worse than the 1947 flooding.

Many businesses have virtually been wiped out.

I’m talking about shops mostly, the small businesses that operate on the high street,
but also office based businesses as well. I read most of these businesses had been told
they would not receive insurance if the floods hit again. Goodbye Livelyhood then..

This made me think how advantageous it is to be running an online business.
There’s no physical shop, very little rental overheads (assuming you’re working from home)
and you can batten down the hatches and get on with it. OK the internet could go down
entirely and then we’d all be screwed.

Anyone considering getting out of the rat race to work for themselves should consider this story.

Online business has the be the easiest option surely? The mistake many people make coming onto the Internet to make money is thinking they can press a button and get ATM style cash from their cd drive or something.

This is about working hard to build a business just like any other, but the payoff is when you’ve moved the rock to the edge of the hill then the rest is pure momentum.

Google Slaps Squidoo

squidoo.gifA lot of Squidoo lenses got dropped from Google’s index recently as the bubble burst on the ‘Fast way to the top of Google’ ploy. It was great while it lasted, target your keywords, build a lens around it and with a few tricks here and there you could get a great ranking action thing going on.

But like any good thing, the spammers move in and spoil it for every one. One joker created 400 lenses in one day, filled purely with keywords. This is sad. The search engines are too clever for that crap now and Google slapping the entire Squidoo domain rather than individual lenses shows it is right across the board. In turn Squidoo are closing down any lenses they consider spammy. I noticed the Squidoo domain was also banned from netscape.com when attempting to post a story on a lens, whether this is a temporary measure remains to be seen.

Meanwhile Lenses are still a well worthwhile marketing device, just keep to the three module rule and provide useful content.

Ed Dale and Dan Raine have a very revealing discussion in this podcast..http://audio.wuranga.com/eddale/Squidooslap.mp3

Seth Godwin, creator of Squidoo, is interviewed about the Google Squidoo Slap here:
http://www.searchingdot.com/2007/07/17/interview-with-seth-godin-on-the-squidoo-slap/

Squidoo Blog on Lens Spam:
http://www.squidoo.com/blog/?p=156

Have you had Squidoo trouble? Leave a comment and let us know..:)

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