Mastermind Closed Door Session

On the 29th March, we will be running a unique mastermind where a selection of companies from across the North East will come and learn a little about SEO and how they can improve their website so it has a great presence online. We have teamed up with Ready Salted, they will be providing insights into GDPR and what it truly means for your business/website moving forward.

LinkedIn has been acquired by Microsoft

LinkedIn has been acquired by Microsoft

Wow, it has been an exciting day indeed for the founders and stock owners within LinkedIn. Stocks have soared over 47% as Microsoft has now purchased LinkedIn for an astonishing 26billion dollars, but what does this mean for the average joe or business.

It definitely means we can expect to see more implementation of Microsoft/Bing ads in the future. The question is; will it improve upon the advertising platform or will it make it more of a pain.

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Places To Stay When You Visit Newcastle Upon Tyne

tyne-b-sun-1494464-639x863As well as luxurious and expensive hotels, you will also find those that offer rates at a more affordable level. However, you also have the choice of guesthouses and bed and breakfast accommodation as well. These are located throughout the town and below we look at the more popular areas where you can find good quality accommodation whilst staying in the city.

1. City Centre

This is where a great number of the hotels are situated and are really designed to cater for business travellers. Many of these hotels as well as offering good accommodation offer other facilities such as conference rooms and meetings rooms and suites.

One particular hotel, which has recently been built and is extremely luxurious, is “The Copthorne”. This is located in the Quayside area of the city and has gone under lots of redevelopment works in recent years. Along with a fitness club and its own swimming pool, this hotel offers everything that its guests would expect from any four star hotel in the world today.

2. Jesmond

If you want to be away from the bright lights of the city then you have the choice of around 12 different hotels in this area and which is only a short drive for the city centre. There is a wide range of hotels to choose from including Whites Hotel that is one of the more expensive to those that offer good accommodation at more affordable rates such as the Osborne or Grosvenor Hotels.

However if you feel that the hotels situated in Jesmond are still a little too close to the city centre then there are plenty more available situated on its outskirts. If you want luxury and views of the fantastic countryside that surround the city then booking into The Marriott Gosforth Park is worth considering. It is also ideally situated for a visit to Newcastle Racecourse and the Northumberland Golf Club.

Certainly by staying in accommodation, which is close to the centre of the city offers you the chance to make the most of your visit to this very up and coming city. As you will soon discover there is plenty that one can do and see whilst visiting this city. However, it is a good idea to compare the various places where to stay in Newcastle upon Tyne so that you get exactly what you want during your visit. A little research before hand goes along way to ensuring that you have as pleasant and enjoyable visit to this city as possible.

It is easy to travel to Newcastle. There are excellent road and rail links to the rest of England. For international travellers there is an airport within an hours reach. When it comes to having a break from the city you can easily spend any number of days exploring the beautiful coastline of this part of the UK.

Happy New Year – A Delayed Post

You may have realised we are now three months into the new year 2016. We have been so busy ranking websites and developing internet breaking idea’s that we have forgotten to update our website in this period. This is the first chance we have had to update our blog.

What we have been doing:

  • Working on our local ranking strategies and coming up with a system that works.
  • Creating an international ranking strategy that will work across the board.
  • Having more content wrote.
  • Website development projects.
  • We are also working on some custom theme projects that we will be launching soon.

What is to come?

I am busy working on a local SEO training course for small businesses. It will be a monthly subscription process; I will log in and update the latest techniques and strategies that I have seen working while working on our local sites.

What’s the benefit to you? Well, a lot of smaller business don’t have the income to support a £500 per month spend on an online marketing campaign for six months. You gain the control to do what we would be doing within that budget within your own time; you could even have your staff login and do this.

Types Of Tech Businesses In Newcastle Upon Tyne

Newcastle Upon Tyne is a quaint little city in Tyne and Wear in North East England. It is located just 103 miles from Edinburgh and it is the most populous city in the North East. With a history spanning over 2000 years, the city retains its original charm with unspoiled beaches and sand dunes. The entire landscape is dotted with castles and it is one of the best less known tourist attractions in the North Eastern part of England. The city flourished well during the Elizabethan times as coal export was a major business.

Newcastle Upon Tyne continued to be the center of industries when it became popular for shipbuilding in the 17th century. More than 25% of the ships in the world were built in the shipyards of this city. Commercial enterprise also embraced Newcastle and the city became wealthy in the 19th century. In the present times, Newcastle Upon Tyne has emerged as one of the tech cities in the North England with more than 14% of top 50 tech businesses in the city. These businesses specialize in e-commerce, digital media and other types of IT services.

Renewable energy industries and manufacturing businesses are found in abundant in Newcastle. This city has grown to become the cultural and financial center of the North East. The opening of Core, Science Central in 2014 paved way for the development of tech businesses in and around the city. Numerous firms focusing on technology, science, and sustainability adorn this charming city. One of the major reasons for the popularity of this city as a business center is the connectivity to the regional neighbors. The fastest train from Newcastle will take you to Kings Cross station in London in two hours 50 minutes.

Newcastle is a hub for energy and tech businesses as the city provides various incentives such as enhanced capital allowance, reduced business rates, and quicker planning process. This city is one of the prominent Centers for Offshore Renewable Engineering (CORE) and it is closer to National Renewable Energy Center, Blyth. Two of the popular UK universities, Newcastle University and Northumbria University are located in this city. These universities collaborate with tech businesses to train students in developmental projects. The availability of local tech workforce also encourages firms to establish the business firmly in Newcastle. It is cheaper to hire highly qualified local talents compared to the neighboring cities.As of 2014, more than 1,210 startup firms were started in the Newcastle region. The city houses three major and popular angel networks that dedicate resources to help startup firms to establish their business. About 38.6% of startups that were started in 2009 continued to run the business successfully until 2014 without showing signs of closing up. The government takes various measures to promote startups in Newcastle. Lets Grow program provides grant support for capital investment and R&D projects. Tech businesses can get anywhere from £50,000 to £1 million to start projects of various sizes.
Go Digital Newcastle and Superfast broadband scheme also provides all the technological assistance that the firms need to operate their business.

As of 2014, more than 1,210 startup firms were started in the Newcastle region. The city houses three major and popular angel networks that dedicate resources to help startup firms to establish their business. About 38.6% of startups that were started in 2009 continued to run the business successfully until 2014 without showing signs of closing up. The government takes various measures to promote startups in Newcastle. Lets Grow program provides grant support for capital investment and R&D projects. Tech businesses can get anywhere from £50,000 to £1 million to start projects of various sizes. Go Digital Newcastle and Superfast broadband scheme also provides all the technological assistance that the firms need to operate their business.

Facts About The River Tyne

The River Tyne is located in Northern England and flows over 100km (62 miles) of land into the North Sea just below Newcastle. The river forms near Hexham when the confluence of the North Tyne meets the Rede tributary and the South Tyne. Its northern part originates from an area close to the Scottish border beside Kielder village. The South Tyne originates in the hills of Alston Moor in Cumbria. All the way from Wylam, the Tyne River forms the boundary marking Northumberland and Durham counties. It crosses an area of coal and for the last 23 km (14 miles) it forms a tidal waterway.

The History

Since 1850 it has been maintained by the Tyne Improvement Commission which has done dredging on its lower side. The commission has also done construction and improvement of the river entrance. There is a historic crossing from Gateshead to Newcastle along Tyne just 16 km from its mouth. The river transported coal for about six centuries and the estuary is now filled with industry and big communities that make the Tyne and Wear metropolitan region. Nevertheless, its greater expense moves through unspoiled countryside. A greater part of the Tyne basin is found within the Northumberland National Park.

The Tyne Catchment covers 100 square miles with over 860 miles of waterway. About 100 miles of the waterway has fish and as new beats come along, there arise more opportunity to explore the river even further.

In the past two decades, the Tyne it has shown its true colors by giving anglers the opportunity to involve in fishing which reached its highest level in 2004 when over 4000 salmon and 2000 sea trout were caught. A counter placed at Riding Mill on the major Tyne about 30,000 catches may be seen ascending the river annually and this shows that there are enough to be caught still.

Today!

People living around the river have made good use of it so far and this is evident in the system at Kielder Water, the biggest reservoir located at the head of North Tyne all through Hadrian’s Wall. There are mines in the South Tyne valley all the way to the city and the ship building of the Tyne Estuary. This feature offers the Tyne, the unique character it has been known for and hence the reason why it continues to attract tourists from all over the world. Archeological finds established that beavers and moose were once many on the banks of the river and today some of the rare species of wildlife have made the river catchment their home. The South Tyne, which was once filled with metal mining, is now a favorable environment for plants which use the metal deposits as their food.

The Tyne River is cared for by the Ty Rivers Trust who looks after its catchment. The trust is doing all in their powers to make the Tyne be recognized for the environmental excellence achieved thus far. In a period of two decades, the river has gone from being threatened by industrial pollution to being the best river in England. Its waters are full of many creatures and this is a clear indication of how pleasant it has become.

Why You Should Visit Newcastle Upon Tyne

Karl HudsonNewcastle is a must see the city for anyone visiting England, and in fact for anyone else who lives in the country and is yet to see it. The city is a vibrant and cosmopolitan one and has within it a host of different attractions to cater to just about anyone. Here is a little information about short breaks in Newcastle Upon Tyne, England.

Newcastle is a center of cultural excellence. It has a dazzling quayside that is full of excellent bars, restaurants, and hotels, along with fantastic tourist attractions such as the Gateshead Millennium Bridge and the Angel of the North statue. If you are traveling from the North of England, then you need to look no further than Newcastle to gain the best possible sample.

Much like the rest of England, the city of Newcastle is steeped in history. With almost 2,000 years of history behind it, there is no wonder that there are so many beautiful buildings and sites littered all over. As well as this, there are numerous parks and gorgeous gardens for you to relax in during the summer time, as well as summer festivals and sporting events for the more active amongst us.

What other attractions it has to offer

The city has several other attractions that need to be seen on any trip there. The Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art is a free gallery that has exhibitions that are always changing. Repeat visits there, if you have the time, will often turn up different things than you saw on the first time you went. Also look out for the Castle Keep which has a rich history leading back to the 11th century and also offers beautiful views from the battlements.

Poetry lovers will enjoy visiting Newcastle upon Tyne as there is a place which has been set apart for the poetry lovers. This is the Morden Tower which is run by Tom Pickard who is a poet himself. This venue is the main center for a poetry reading in the North East. It was here in Morden Tower that Basil Bunting gave the first reading of Briggflatts in 1965. To this day you will find that Newcastle upon Tyne has a strong reputation as being a poetry-friendly town.

In addition to seeing the Newcastle upon Tyne compression bridge and listening to poetry, you will enjoy visiting the past with Newcastle upon Tyne’s many museums. These museums that you can visit will provide you with a glimpse and understanding into the city’s history. The various museums that you will find in Newcastle upon Tyne include the Great North Museum, the Newburn Hall Motor Museum, and the Discovery Museum.

For those of you with an eye for shopping, the city offers a vast range of high street names and local boutiques that offer a great variety of different styles.

Finally, if it is a little bit of extravagant nightlife that you are seeking then look no further. People come from all over to sample the great nightlife on offer with a host of award-winning underground clubs that play all the different genre’s of music you could hope for. Overall, the city offers a lot for any possible visitor. From the great host of historical sites to visit to all the great shopping, nightlife and culture, there is so much to see and do. You should make sure that you allow at least a few days in which to take in the top wonders of this great city.

Looking forward to Penguin 4.0

Do you think I am crazy? Why? The way I understand it is the latest Penguin roll out will be real time. What does this mean to you? Basically, if your website is doing something that flags the algorithm, it will be punished, but it also means you can fix it up very quickly and not potentially loose 6-12 months of earnings waiting for the next Google Penguin Refresh.

The latest video is attached to this post. Google is pretty confident that the penguin 4.0 algorithm will be rolled out sometime in January.

https://www.seroundtable.com/google-on-google-penguin-4-0-release-in-january-21324.html

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Updates leading us into the New Year.

It has been quite some time since we have updated this website. In the next few weeks, you will see some major updates happening we will be going through the entire website and working through all of the content and designing a whole new theme that will make it easier for you to read.

As well as introducing our new logo/style. We will be doing a big push in our local strategies in 2016 and will be aiming to take on four clients every week within local niches up and down the country. Helping all types of businesses achieve online success.

Stay tuned for updates to our social media case studies and some general case studies we will be launching in the new year. As well as some webinars.

We hope you have an amazing Christmas & a wonderful New year.

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