Thursday, 16 December 2010

Enabling your Joomla website to update your Facebook Status

This is something I've been battling with for a couple of months. There used to a fanpage application called 'Fwitter' which linked up to your Twitter account and recieved statuses from there. This meant that with the help of using a component that sends our article title and link to Twitter we could make a loop. Unfortunatly the Fanpage version of Fwitter ceased to work.

Thats left me hunting another solution.

I tried the route. This component claims to be able to do what we want but again I could get it to send to my profile but not our fanpage.

In the end i've had opt for a paid solution. I was already using 1st Movers Autotweet application - which is free and pings Twitter a status. However if you go for the pro version then you can also access Facebook Fanpage statuses. It's very easy to set up. A couple of things you should know before purchse though. Firstly the first person to go to the site after a message is being sent takes ages and then see's a blank page and secondly it takes about 30 mins odd for the message to go through.

if anyone knows a free solution to this problem then please let me know.

Monday, 13 December 2010

JoomGallery not showing images on image view page

After making an Joomla Upgrade I've noticed that the main images on our Gallery aren't showing. After a quick search on and the general concensus is to turn off all your plugins and you'll find out if its a plugin conflict.

NOTE: If you turn off your USER plugin then you'll not be able to get back into the administration panel. Which means you'll need to get in through mysql admin and change the status in _plugins back to 1

In my case it was the Ninja Shadow Box plugin. Which to be honest I can live without.

Wednesday, 8 December 2010

Getting Your Products Noticed on Google Shopping

Getting Your Products on Google Shopping

If you sell products online this has to be one of the most important ways to get your products listed. Why? Because if you're on Google Shopping it means you mean business. You're in shopping mode and ready to spend cash. I been using Google Shopping as a punter for quite a while now and this is normally how I use it.

> I've seen ( or already know ) the product I want. I've researched it, read reviews on the products itself and know I want to know if its anywhere else on the internet where it's cheaper.

> so I goto to Google Shopping - type in the full product name and do a search. Then list the products by price.

> If there's a shop thats quite a bit cheaper I will then take a look at the site to see if it I think it looks professional enough. And then google the Company itself to see if I can find any reviews on them. If everythings ok then I will proceed to make the purchase.

> However normally many things will be the same price, if theres only 50p or a pound in it then I will often go for the tried and tested sites that I know. Ie Amazon, Magicseaweed etc. Another thing I look for is Google provide a merchant rating. The higher here the more reliable and the more likely people will use.

So that raises the question on how to get that google Merchant rating up. Well there's 3 ways.

1. Install Goolge Checkout. Google customers will be emailed and asked to review after the purchase.

2. Write a review at

3. Write a review at

Its as simple as that. So now you just need to twist customers arms to get them to write nice reviews for you.

Wednesday, 1 December 2010

December Keyphrases to be worked on

December Keyphrase promotions.  Every month I need to check that the main keywords for my clients websites are coming top and to select another keyphrase that needs improving and a third keyprhase that at the moment doesn't register at all. A selection of 5 key phrases is constantly monitored and a further 2 singled out for improvement on the basic SEO package and

Hillside Glastonbury - Glastonbury B&B 1st , b&b glastonbury 2nd , bed and

breakfast glastonbury 4th
, glastonbury accommodation 4th, accommodation glastonbury 7th

improve glastonbury abbey

add  glastonbury tor

Glastonbury Properties - self catering glastonbury 6th , self catering somerset 4th glastonbury self catering 3rd, glastonbury accommodation 19th,
accommodation glastonbury 6th

improve  glastonbury accommodation 19th

improve glastonbury short stay

Mint Condition Valet : Bournemouth Car Valet 6th, Bournemouth Car Cleaning 10th, car valeting ringwood 5th , car valet bournemouth 14th, Bournemouth Car Valeting 12th

improve: Bournemouth Car Cleaning 10th

improve: Bournemouth Commercial Van cleaning

Escape - polzeath surf report 10th, cornwall surf report 11th, polzeath surf 5th , surf report polzeath 1st, surfboard repairs 11th

improve: stand up paddle boarding , paddle board

Escape - surfboard sprays 14th, surfstore 5th, surf store 3rd , surfboard 4th, surfboards 2nd

improve: thruster surfboard

improve: buy surfboards