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or not – Suzy gets to rant today!

December 20, 2010 Leave a comment

Since I am trying to keep the negative thoughts away and instead spend precious time with my daughter, I’ve decided to let Suzy Malloy have the space today.

There’s nothing bugging me today!
Merry Christmas

A rant about poor website design

By Suzy Molloy

I’ve been comparing sales pages, sign up and squeeze pages recently.

Whilst there are some great quality designs out there nothing screams amateur as much as:

**poorly designed websites. You know the type, they load half off screen, or use blue text on a black background

**improper use of flash (Oh look I’ve just done my primary school flash animation project so I’ll include it here)

**pixelated graphics. Grainy and out of focus looking like they were stolen from newspapers.

**Images and graphics which don’t match or relate to the text copy. Don’t type “click the box that says BUY ME and then include a box graphic which says ADD TO CART”

My tips to better website page design:

**Proper use of white-space and use of dot points to highlight features makes it much easier to read.

**Properly formatted headings and subtitles. No meta-tags, or a page which says title instead of naming the page, not only looks unprofessional but you are wasting an important SEO opportunity here.

**Attention to detail – Proof read for errors and try your site in a variety of browser types.

Seriously plain text websites can look more professional than using the wrong graphics and images. I don’t want to get started here but just because you found an image online does not mean that it is free for you to use. Double check usage rights, copyright and keep yourself on the right side of the law.

I recommend you use a template for a design starting point. Even seasoned marketers and web designers make use of the good ones.

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or not – Yahoo Trying To Unload Delicious, Not Shut It Down

December 18, 2010 Leave a comment

This is an update to yesterday’s posting Is Yahoo Shutting Down Delicious?

Boy, was I pleased when I saw that headline this morning as I signed into my Delicious account. You can read it here:

Yahoo Trying To Unload Delicious, Not Shut It Down

Nothing could make me happier. But now I have to go back to StumbleUpon and move those bookmarks over to Delicious. There’s only a few so it shouldn’t take me too long.

Lucky for me, I had problems with my Internet connection yesterday and I wasn’t online and doing a lot of bookmarking.

So something good came from not being able to get access to the Internet. Less work for me today.

This morning, it’s not about what’s bugging me today but

what’s putting a smile on my face.  🙂

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Is Yahoo Shutting Down Delicious?

December 17, 2010 1 comment

[Update: Yes]

This is what’s bugging me today.

I really just started using it a couple of months ago after signing up with them years ago.

I have 300 hundred bookmarks, 400 tags, and I have made sure to tag properly, create tag bundles, and subscriptions to make things easier to find and tag.

And then this happens. The first item when I signed into Delicious this morning,  is the  headline:

Is Yahoo Shutting Down Del.icio.us? [Update: Yes]

I was stunned. I finally start using it, and organizing everything, and now I have to find something else.

I haven’t seen anything on when they are shutting it down, but I’ve already made a backup of my bookmarks, so I don’t lose them.

Then I departed on a mission to find an alternative to Delicious.

Then, right in my lap, arrives an article with the 10 Alternatives To Delicious.com Bookmarking.

I thought okay, here it is, some writer was quick and put something out already.

Ran down the list, checked out some of them, decide upon StumbleUpon and proceeded to download and install on my FireFox browser.

Everything was going smoothly, registered at the site, set up a basic profile, started finding my way around, checked out the toolbar in my browser. And I said yeh, I could work with this. I was set, had a new bookmarking service, I could stop using Delicious.

Well, that’s what I thought, until I went to use one of my neat little shortcuts that I do with the right-click button on my mouse and it wasn’t there!   arrrgh.

I use it all the time.  This little FireFox add-on, Text2Link, lets me highlight any word or sentence, right-click and search Google and I’ve set it up so it opens in a new tab. I use this all day long and it was gone. Instead StumbleUpon was there. I had StumbleUpon in my toolbar, I don’t need it in the right-click and I haven’t found a way to get rid of it yet.

I checked a few other programs, and managed to change some options and I got my Google search back, but it’s not there all the time – instead StumbleUpon is and other features are missing. This has changed my whole routine. It’s no longer a simple click.

Looks like I’m on the hunt again for another bookmarking service. arrrgh!
StumbleUpon just won’t do it for me! It’s going to be uninstalled quickly. I want my right-click back!

This is what’s bugging me today!

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