Nov 102014
 

I get an unreal number of emails each and every day.  While the actual number may vary, the average is well up into the triple digits spread overt 4 email addresses.  Even when you discount the ones that are for support or are inquiring about HayleStorm Interactive services and just count the ones specifically to me (people selling me services or products, news items on topics I follow, etc) I still average 200+ emails received each day.

I do not read every one. The fact is I don’t even open them all.

Once I get past those that are business related that I really have to open…emails from PayPal, my bank, my insurance company, etc…I actually open less than 10 of my emails each day.

If you receive a lot of emails you are probably the same…and guess what?  The people you email with info on Continue reading »

Bob Hayles

A Luddite at heart, Bob has adapted to being in a tech world adequately. The King of Cheap, he enjoys sharing his WordPress and inexpensive web video production skills with others. He abhors Geek-lish, but translates it into normal human language quite well. He avoids code as much as possible, and breaks out in hives at the mere sight of php, but he will make minor adjustments to HTML. He also reverts to being a Luddite at JuicyMaters.com and is something of a political junkie/blowhard at Common-Sense-Conversation.com.

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Nov 122013
 

Subject line (well Duh!)

If you don’t get the subject line right, no matter what else you write in an autoresponder email, the email will fail.  That is because most (over 90%) decisions on whether to open an email or not are made based on what the recipient sees in the subject line.  The subject should find a middle ground between boring and over-hyped, and it should give a hint…not a lot, just a teaser amount…to what is in the email.

It should also be honest.

10-15 years ago most people would open almost any email they received, but those days are long gone.  People are far more discriminating about Continue reading »

Bob Hayles

A Luddite at heart, Bob has adapted to being in a tech world adequately. The King of Cheap, he enjoys sharing his WordPress and inexpensive web video production skills with others. He abhors Geek-lish, but translates it into normal human language quite well. He avoids code as much as possible, and breaks out in hives at the mere sight of php, but he will make minor adjustments to HTML. He also reverts to being a Luddite at JuicyMaters.com and is something of a political junkie/blowhard at Common-Sense-Conversation.com.

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Sep 282013
 

It seems like it was only last month that I told you that Google had made a major change in how webmasters would have to use Google’s Webmaster Tools (Or at least “major change” in my opinion.  To me, doing away with the much loved Keyword Tool was major).

Wait!  It WAS just last month…August 28th to be exact!

Well, Google has done it again.  The hits just keep on coming for SEO folks, and this is even faster Continue reading »

Bob Hayles

A Luddite at heart, Bob has adapted to being in a tech world adequately. The King of Cheap, he enjoys sharing his WordPress and inexpensive web video production skills with others. He abhors Geek-lish, but translates it into normal human language quite well. He avoids code as much as possible, and breaks out in hives at the mere sight of php, but he will make minor adjustments to HTML. He also reverts to being a Luddite at JuicyMaters.com and is something of a political junkie/blowhard at Common-Sense-Conversation.com.

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Mar 312013
 

You have purchased a domain, set up a web hosting account, and have a fresh WordPress installation set up.  Now what?

"Now...what in the world do I write?"

Damn! If you are not an experienced writer (and maybe even if you are) that first blank sheet of virtual writing paper, also known as an empty text document, can be pretty intimidating. What seemed to be a good idea…sharing your passion for (insert your topic here)…just yesterday, now seems to be an almost unbelievable task. Yet creating compelling content (Epic Content, as the folks call it), is the cornerstone of a successful blog.

Here are a few questions the sight of “that blank screen” might generate…and some tips that might prod you towardssitting down and typing out a few words to share.

  • What should I write about? My blog has a main theme or “niche”, but I’m sometimes stumped for individual post topics.Write about an aspect of your niche that you are passionate about on that day. While you are really into the niche your blog is in…I hope, else you shouldn’t be blogging in it…different aspects of it pull you towards them on differentdays.  For example, I have that focuses on simple Continue reading »

Bob Hayles

A Luddite at heart, Bob has adapted to being in a tech world adequately. The King of Cheap, he enjoys sharing his WordPress and inexpensive web video production skills with others. He abhors Geek-lish, but translates it into normal human language quite well. He avoids code as much as possible, and breaks out in hives at the mere sight of php, but he will make minor adjustments to HTML. He also reverts to being a Luddite at JuicyMaters.com and is something of a political junkie/blowhard at Common-Sense-Conversation.com.

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Mar 242013
 
So much to do, so little time

Don’t just be physically at your keyboard…be here…be fully present.

In this day, when everybody seems to always be in a hurry to get as much done in as little time as possible, multi – tasking seems to be how everybody does everything.

50 years ago multitasking used to be  jotting down bullet points for a report while talking on the phone about something related to the report.

At home, multi-tasking was when a stay – at – home mom (the hardest working person on the planet, by the way) was holding a toddler on her hip while stirring a pot of soup.

Today, that stay – at – home mom might be running an online business while juggling the toddler.  She might even be a blogger and an important part of her blogging activity, wedged among keeping the advertisements on her blog timely, getting rid of outdated plugins and replacing them with newer ones that do a better job, checking her Continue reading »

Bob Hayles

A Luddite at heart, Bob has adapted to being in a tech world adequately. The King of Cheap, he enjoys sharing his WordPress and inexpensive web video production skills with others. He abhors Geek-lish, but translates it into normal human language quite well. He avoids code as much as possible, and breaks out in hives at the mere sight of php, but he will make minor adjustments to HTML. He also reverts to being a Luddite at JuicyMaters.com and is something of a political junkie/blowhard at Common-Sense-Conversation.com.

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