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Why you need a responsive website | The World of Suzy Homemaker

Speak to any SEO guru and they'll tell you how they will get you on the first page of Google, GUARANTEED. Yeah, I'm not so sure that's really possible. I mean, how many websites are there in the world? Even if every single one were fully optimised, there can't possibly be enough space on the first page of Google to GUARANTEE your website will appear.

And besides, the ranking factors that determine what Google looks for change more often than some people change their underwear; it's a wonder anyone can keep up!

Sure, if you can, I'd always recommend you hire an expert. I'm just not sure I'd listen to the hype. If you can't afford outside help, there are plenty of things you can do yourself to improve your ranking and even make it onto the first page of Google. Jeez – I managed to do it and I have ZERO SEO experience!

From 21 April, you've been able to improve your chances even further, by ensuring your website has a responsive design. Moreover, if you DON'T have a responsive website, Google will penalise you and you could see your website falling down the rankings.

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  • Christina
    Christina says #
    Now you have a fab. new hairstyle, we need to see a new pic. x
  • Joan Wallington
    Joan Wallington says #
    Your site always looks lovely Suzy - it is a bit of a mine field isn't it....and the problem is trying to decide on where to put y
  • lyndsey Nightingale
    lyndsey Nightingale says #
    Lots of web designers try to charge extra to make their clients new site responsive, this is just a big con and they get away with
  • Suzy Homemaker
    Suzy Homemaker says #
    I am in awe of people like your Beloved who can get their heads around SEO. In the main, it's beyond me, but I must be doing somet

How to create VIPs on your iOS device | www.suzy-homemaker.co.uk

Having VIPs on my iOS devices is one of those really handy tools that I use every day, but I always seem to forget how to add a contact to my VIP List! I figured, if I needed a reminder, perhaps you might like one too.

As a Personal Assistant who works primarily in the virtual world, I rely heavily on tech to do my job. After years of working with windows, I'm now primarily a Mac user, although I do still have my trusty PC for those times when it's needed.

I like working with the Mac for many reasons, not least of which because it links seamlessly with my other weapons of choice, the iPhone and iPad. Having said that, I have to admit to becoming rather disappointed with my iPhone of late. The battery life is shocking and, as someone who uses my iPhone for photography (a LOT!), my head is being turned by several competitors who are offering far better cameras, for far less money!

There's every chance I may consider jumping ship at some point but until then, I want to get the best out of what I already have. One way of doing that is to ensure I never miss an e-mail from an important person, or VIP.

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  • Alison Harriman
    Alison Harriman says #
    I didn't know you worked as a virtual p.a. I'm just starting as a virtual with a company called Time Etc. I loved temping as a p.a
  • Suzy Homemaker
    Suzy Homemaker says #
    Hey Alison. Welcome to the wonderful world of VAs! Are you with Time Etc in Birmingham? We're practically neighbours! Do seek me o

Things to Do List from The World of Suzy Homemaker

Ah..January. The time for starting over. For planning and goal setting.

Lots and LOTS of goal setting!

I'll be honest, I haven't done much in the way of formalising goals this year. Partly because I choose to run my business according to the UK Tax Year, so I'm still working on the goals I set in April. The other reason is because my only real plan for 2015 is to build upon the successes of last year and allow things to develop organically.

Business coaches everywhere will be hyperventilating at that one!

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  • Halfpint
    Halfpint says #
    I love the good old fashioned pen and paper method. It is so satisfying to scribble them out when they are done. I even add to the
  • Suzy Homemaker
    Suzy Homemaker says #
    Ha ha! Not just me then! ;-)

The iPhone is reputedly the world's most popular camera (according to Apple!) and yet, when it comes to saving those precious snaps to your computer, so many people get confused... including me!

Call me a dinosaur, but I like to housekeep computer files manually. That includes photos. 

With the changes to camera roll and photostream in the recent iOS8 update, it's more important than ever to keep your images organised, but how? 

Although a relatively recent iMac convert, I've been using iOS devices for several years now and merrily snap away on both the iPhone and iPad. But it wasn't until recently that I got my head around the best way to transfer photos between my mobile devices and my desktop.

Yes, my mac has iPhoto but for some reason, it's an application that makes very little sense to me. (Translation... possibly because of my fanatical housekeeping tendencies!)

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How to find Outlook Temp files on a mac - www.sueco.biz

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Hands up if you've ever saved an e-mail attachment straight from Microsoft Outlook and promptly lost it?

*raises hand*

Hmmm… thought so! It's SO easy to do, right?

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  • Jungle
    Jungle says #
    Thanks a lot! You helped to leave work on time
  • Suzy Homemaker
    Suzy Homemaker says #
    Yay! I'm all for not having to work longer than necessary. Glad to be of assistance :-)
  • Chris Best
    Chris Best says #
    whoops, I meant circumstances.
  • Chris Best
    Chris Best says #
    You're brilliant. You just saved me from missing a key deadline when I made exactly the mistake you refer to. And no, you're not t
  • Suzy Homemaker
    Suzy Homemaker says #
    Really pleased I could help, Chris. Thanks so much for taking the time to leave a comment, I really appreciate it. You can be nice
  • Suzy Homemaker
    Suzy Homemaker says #
    Happy to help, Aileen!
  • Aileen
    Aileen says #
    Invaluable. Providing the path made a difference in being able to locate my temp files. Other advice just didn't show the files.
  • Marcus
    Marcus says #
    THANK YOU.
  • Suzy Homemaker
    Suzy Homemaker says #
    Pleasure, Marcus! :-)
  • Bobo
    Bobo says #
    You deserve a nobel prize for this advice. Absolute lifesaver.

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Have you noticed how when you meet people, one of the first things they want to know is how you spend your time?

"What do you do for a living?" (Translation: "Do you earn more money than me?")

"What's your role"? (Translation: "Is your job more glamorous than mine?")

"What DO you do all day?" (Translation: "Are you a fully paid up, useful member of society, according to my terms?"

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  • Hubby
    Hubby says #
    Your chosen path enables us to have the life we have as a couple and I wouldn't want to change anything. We have the perfect rela
  • Suzy Homemaker
    Suzy Homemaker says #
    Awwww. Thank you, Beloved ❤️
  • moo
    moo says #
    SH....maybe you need to find more adpt words in opening conversation to describe how shit hot you are expressing yourself in visua
  • moo
    moo says #
    SH....maybe you need to find more adpt words in opening conversation to describe how shit hot you are expressing yourself in visua
  • Anne Grey
    Anne Grey says #
    Hi Sue How you doing? You of all people do not need to justify yourself to anyone. You have always struck me ( Fremantle days) as
  • Suzy Homemaker
    Suzy Homemaker says #
    Thanks Anne

How to clear formatting in Microsoft Word - www.sueco.biz

Starting out on this blogging lark has taken me on a massive learning curve. Not least of which involves a swift, sharp lesson in web design.

One useful tip I've learned is that if you're going to write articles in Microsoft Word, which you then plan to publish on the web, it is SO much easier to paste them into your website using unformatted text. This way, all of your formatting is done in your website's text editor, thus avoiding any conflicting formatting from Word.

If, like me, you're used to laying out everything nice and neatly in Word, you might be wondering how you clear all that lovely formatting.

Well, if you have a great Content Management System (CMS) such as I use for The World of Suzy Homemaker, you simply copy the text from your original, formatted document, hit the "paste as plain text" button in your CMS and hey presto.  

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 @SuzyHomemakerUK - www.suzy-homemaker.co.uk

Welcome to The World of Suzy Homemaker!  

Thanks so much for dropping by and for being remotely interested in my ramblings about life on Sue's planet.

Why should you care? 

To be honest, I’ve been asking myself the same question! Hopefully, I’ll post something vaguely interesting from time to time and maybe, just maybe, you might enjoy what I have to say and come back for more.

So what IS it all about?

(Translation: Why am I taking up valuable internet space?)

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  • Edwina
    Edwina says #
    Hi Sue. I came over from Suzie's Halloween party. It is lovely to meet you, and you have a wonderful blog here jam packed full of
  • Suzy Homemaker
    Suzy Homemaker says #
    Thank you Edwina, it's great to have you aboard! I look forward to welcoming you back again soon :-)
  • jerry
    jerry says #
    finally managed to access your site,thanks to my daughter. Great site Sweet Sue xxx
  • Suzy Homemaker
    Suzy Homemaker says #
    Hey Jerry. Great to welcome you aboard! Hope you can visit again soon x
  • Helen Cook
    Helen Cook says #
    Hi Suzy Thought it was worth a quick note to let you know about Mellow Duck, a new Ilkley based venture, which offers upholstered
  • Suzy Homemaker
    Suzy Homemaker says #
    Hi Helen. I've sent you a DM on Twitter. Looking forward to chatting further!
  • Lyn Oliver
    Lyn Oliver says #
    Great stuff Sue. Keep it coming :-) x
  • Suzy Homemaker
    Suzy Homemaker says #
    Thanks Lyn :-)
  • UBBER Nick
    UBBER Nick says #
    That's my UBBER gal.......loved it! love UBBER Nick xx
  • Suzy Homemaker
    Suzy Homemaker says #
    Thanks UBBER :-)
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