Conveyor belts have been in use for hundreds of years. They conveniently took up the burden of moving heavy loads from human beings. They have been very useful in the manufacturing industry for assembly, packaging and goods distribution. They are also useful in other areas like airports, gyms, grocery stores and others where heavy goods need conveyance.

Conveyor belts systems have evolved somewhat over the last 200 years. Initially conveyors had simple designs and materials, like leather belts over wooden beds powered by a series of pulleys and hand cranks. Later canvas and rubber belts started being used with the wooded beds. Then steam powered conveyor belts came about in the 1800s and the 1900s brought about the first steel belts, roller conveyors as well as polymers, synthetic materials and other fabrics still used in the automated conveyors of today. The most remarkable belts to come out of the 1900s however, has to be plastic modular conveyor belts. They’ve been tweaked and improved over time and continue to stay ahead of the curve.

BE Modular plastic beltInvented by Intralox in the 1970s, plastic modular belting continues to be at the helm of conveyor belt technology. What makes them so strong is their design: Tracked and driven by plastic sprockets, these belts are composed of interlocked plastic modules that have been assembled in a brick-layed pattern and held together by full length hinge rods.

They can be built to nearly any width or length and can even curve. Whether it’s pharmaceuticals, industrial food processors or automobile industries, plastic modular conveyor belts can cater to most manufacturing and processing industries. For a reputable belting supplier visit http://beltingedge.com/.

The Tough Belt is able to handle high impact without breaking and the Hi-Temp belt is non-stick, lightweight and can handle high temperatures. The Pasteurizer Belt is as durable as steel, but lighter in weight and requires less power. SeamFree belts are the hygienic solution, because they are made from non-porous, non-absorbent materials, which decreases contamination risks. They are also easy to clean, and their cam-link hinges stop detritus from jamming the belt.

Since their inception four decades ago, modular plastic belts have transformed the processes, applications, and methods in which conveyor systems are used. They’re versatile, easy to clean, easy to fix, cost effective, durable and they come with a host of sideguards, flights and other accessories. What more could plant operators look for in a conveyor belt?

The longer I train, the more patterns I see repeat themselves.  Just like a child goes through stages as they grow up, Jiu Jitsu practitioners pass through several levels.  There were several horrible mistakes that I made early on at white belt, but one stands out as my biggest white belt mistake.

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Chi Blast

I see EVERY white belt make this same mistake.  Until they figure this lesson out they will NOT progress and NO upper belt has ever gotten to where they are without learning this.

The Biggest White Belt Mistake

In my white belt journey, the first few steps happened on their own.

  • Understand basic gym culture and etiquette (feel comfortable in the space)
  • Trust training partners to help me learn
  • Get my body to do the techniques taught in class
  • Learn new vocabulary (“What does the instructor mean by ‘switch my hips’?”)

If you live around Cape Town and would like to join a Jiu Jitsu class, you can check out SBG Cape Town here: Jiu Jitsu Cape Town  

Basic level of coordination

At this stage, I felt like I had Jiu Jitsu figured out since I had figured out how to learn the moves taught in class.  I simply had to attend class for years and learn the moves demonstrated by the instructor and I would eventually become a monster on the mats.  I know that I suck now, but that’s just because my opponents know things I don’t know yet.  If I just learned more moves in class, I would finally be good.

However, when I rolled with my fellow classmates there seemed to be something wrong.  Even though I could execute all the moves taught in class, when it came time to roll, I mostly just got squished.  Months of techniques I had been taught didn’t seem to improve my rolling results AT ALL.

Lucas Walker Teaching Jiu Jitsu (Fixing White Belt Mistakes)

When my goals shifted from learning a move in class to getting better at rolling, the effect of the biggest white belt mistake became evident. There was a disconnect between learning something, and APPLYING my Jiu Jitsu live against a resisting opponent.  I was struggling in my individual journey on the mats.  Maybe Brazilian Jiu Jitsu just wasn’t for me?  Was I not athletic enough, or smart enough to get it?

The Solution To My Biggest White Belt Mistake

The solution is stupid, and it is basic, and it is essential.  Learning it on your own could take months.  Having someone tell you just makes you say “Of course.”  I have told countless white belts this advice and EVERY time their abilities improve.

Use your Jiu Jitsu

Daily, I roll with white belts who choose to invent some movement, on the spot, instead of using the Jiu Jitsu they have learned in class.  This is the foundation of the biggest mistake at white belt.

Lucas Walker Working Twister Roll Against Javier

They let their movement instincts take over.  Their instincts will do whatever they have always done, and that is rarely “well executed Jiu Jitsu techniques.”  Instead they try to just run fast in a circle around me, push at my legs, and tackle into me hoping for side control.  Their instincts NEVER have them executing a detailed pass they learned mere moments before rolling.

Lose In Order To Win

Nearly every white belt goes through early stages where they don’t trust their Jiu Jitsu.  This is normal.  The best way to get better though, is to become OK with losing.

The “run and tackle” method of guard passing will probably actually have a higher percentage of success against other white belts than a move you just learned moments before.  Especially because your opponent just learned it too and is on the lookout.

Riccardo Aviles Sweep as he improves at Jiu Jitsu

But short-term wins aren’t the goal.  Long term wins ARE the goal.  When an upper belt performs the “move of the day” against you, do you feel like you can stop it?  Is it because he is stronger than you, or just because it is executed in a way that shuts down your options?

Don’t worry about being the worst grappler on the mat today.  Worry about becoming 1% better and eventually, you’ll be one of the best grapplers on the mat.

The Mission

So here is the solution to the biggest mistake at white belt.  Your mission is to use as much Jiu Jitsu as possible, and as little “non Jiu Jitsu” instinctive movement as you can.  Initially you will have WORSE results.

To read the rest of this article, go here: https://www.bjjselfhelp.com/biggest-white-belt-mistake/

 

It’s easy to become overwhelmed by the wide variety of tools offered by Adobe Photoshop. Given the broad range available, chances are, there are probably even a few regular Adobe Photoshop software users that have not yet learned all the controls and menu options.

In a bid to save you some time and effort, here is the first of a 5-part series, where we’ll take you through various Adobe Photoshop features you need to know about. Fortunately, many of them are available in earlier editions of Photoshop so you can benefit from them even if you haven’t made the decision to upgrade to Photoshop CC yet.  To save you even more time, we’ve included the version of software in which each of them debuted next to the headings.

Content-Aware Scale (Debut: CS4)

This feature makes it possible to change the image shape without cropping the features or distorting the contents. To begin, select the part of the image you’d like to scale and then select “Edit”, then “Content-Aware Scale” and drag the handles to reshape the image. Keep in mind that not selecting anything will result in the entire layer being affected. Unimportant detail will automatically be trimmed away by Photoshop, but if this isn’t done right, you’ll have an option to specify what needs to be protected, by masking it on the alpha channel and selecting that channel from the Protect dropdown, which can be found in the options bar.

Camera Raw for JPEGs (Debut: 7)

You may have heard of this feature, but did you know that the “Photoshop Camera Raw” importer works with JPEG and TIFF formats too? This feature can be found in the “Filter” menu on certain versions. For other versions, select File | Open As | Camera Raw as the image type. Alternatively, you can right-click in “Bridge” and choose “Open In Camera Raw”. You’ll find a few handy tools in “Camera Raw”, some of which are not in the main Photoshop interface. These include the “Clarity” slider that can be found at the bottom of the main view, “Noise Reduction” sliders to remove blotches and specks from your images, as well as the “White Balance” too to fix colour casts that you don’t want.

You can learn more about this feature here.
Puppet Warp (Debut: CS5)

This feature makes it possible for you to give an image element a new pose, by making a “skeleton” for it and dragging it to the desired position. For example, should you wish to move someone’s arm, copy the person onto a new layer, then cut away any unnecessary elements around their body, leaving the rest of the layer empty. Select Edit | Puppet Warp for Photoshop to create a mesh. Pin it in place by clicking on the parts you want to pin. Now you’ll be able to change the pose by dragging the pins around. This can be fine-tuned to your satisfaction and there’s the option of creating a hierarchy of pins to ascertain which parts of the mesh move with the others, using the options bar.

 

Article found here: http://learningcurve.co.za/adobe/photoshop/adobe-photoshop-features-3-features-to-know/

 

The Scandinavian countries are, geographically speaking, the countries of Sweden, Norway and Denmark, located on the Scandinavian Peninsula. In Needlework, including embroidery and cross stitching, the term “Scandinavia” refers to something much bigger than geographical location.  Scandinavian Needlework refers to a larger cultural group of people which are known as the Nordic cultures.  The Nordic countries consist of Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Iceland, Greenland, the Faroes, and Finland.

Viking Embroidery from theOseberg ShipEmbroidery itself is an ancient art form which has been preserved in some form or another throughout the ages.  Embroidered items salvaged from archaeological excavations, have played a key role in helping to piece together the time periods of certain excavations and often tell a very interesting story and give us a glimpse into the life of the ancient Nordic cultures.

The Danes are largely to thank for the incredibly rich archaeological findings. The Danes buried their dead in oak coffins as opposed to cremating them.  Later, they made a habit out of drowning people in bogs. The clay rich soils of the bogs tends to lock out oxygen. The lack of oxygen is key in preserving textiles from bacteria.

Historical evidence shows that the most common fabrics used by the Scandinavians were linen and wool.  Embroidery threads were made of homespun wool, which was dyed.  Occasionally silk, linen or some form of metal thread was also used.

In Iceland, the embroidery was blue, green, red and white on a yellow fabric background.  The Swedes favoured freestyle embroidery designs using silk thread, patchwork or applique work on wool or counted thread, commonly referred to as cross stitch thread.

Earlier works show the use of geometric patterns, but the designs become more and more free flowing as time went by.  The outlines of the work were emphasised by the use of thicker threads, much like the cross stitch thread used today.

The Swedes loved embroidering nature, which is very typical of Scandinavian Needlecraft; birds, trees, flowers (often lilies), stars and snowflakes, arranged in symmetrical patterns. Cross Stitch Supplies – Cross Stitching offers cross stitch charts and kits that you can pick up if you would like to try your hand at this type of needlecraft.

The stitches that are most typical of Scandinavian Needlework are cross stitch, split stitch, satin stitch, laid and couched work, pattern darning and the Holbein Stitch.

These embroidery styles are found in the work of immigrants to North America and in the stylised patterns found in many a piece of embroidery from the early days of the American pioneers.  The art of embroidery was passed on from one generation to the next as mothers taught their daughters to sew, not only the functional items needed for a household, but also the decorative items that make a house a home.

Africa is one of the most popular places for volunteering abroad and it once people visit this beautiful continent, they can’t wait to return. Most of these people will tell you that Africa has captured a piece of their heart. Let’s have a look at this what makes this continent so special and what the benefits of volunteering abroad in Africa are.

volunteering in AfricaIncluding the adjacent islands, Africa is about 30,300,000 square kilometres and covers approximately 6% of the worlds surface area, making it the second biggest continent in the world. It’s population of around 1,100,000,000 people makes up about 15% of the human population. It should come as no surprise then, that this is a continent that is diverse in languages, cultures, people, animals, regions and even weather.  Whether you’re a first-time visitor or you visit frequently, you’ll discover something new and breathtaking upon each visit. This is what makes Africa one of the most sought-after destinations to volunteer abroad.

Due to the diversity of this continent, there’s something for every type of volunteer in Africa. There are numerous volunteering agencies that provide volunteering programs in various projects throughout Africa. You just need to find the right one to suit your needs.

Thanks to technology, you can investigate the various volunteering Africa organizations online. There are numerous websites, such as http://volunteeringafrica.co.za/ that provide information regarding what these agencies are trying to achieve, the types of volunteering programs they facilitate, where they’re based, as well as photos of where you’ll volunteer and your accommodation. They should also provide you with contact information so that you’ll be able to find out a bit more about what you can expect from them, should you wish to join one of their programs.

Volunteering Africa – South Africa will give you a proper hands-on experience where you’ll have the opportunity to give, teach, learn and grow.  You’ll work with people from the community who truly want to make a difference.

Volunteering opportunities in Africa include teaching or caring for children, the elderly, people with special needs, animals, wildlife rehabilitation, marine life, environment conservation and more.

Not only will you learn about the various cultures, cuisines, animals and people that you work with, volunteering in Africa will teach you a thing or two about yourself as well. You’ll develop a compassion for others and a strength within yourself, along with an appreciation of things you used to take for granted. Most of all, you’ll develop a newfound love for the most beautifully majestic continent of them all. For more information on volunteering in Africa, click here: http://volunteeringafrica.co.za/cape-town-programs/.

Sold board outside House

Buying your first home can be an exciting process. However, doing something for the first time could lead to you making some mistakes. Making the wrong decisions could end up costing you a great deal, so before you buy your chosen house, it is helpful to do the following:

Search information about the neighborhood

If you do not live in this community it is worth searching for information about the neighborhood. If you’re looking to purchase a home in Mitchells Plain, Cape Town for instance, you’ll want to know as much as possible about the area before making a final decision to settle down there. You can get useful information about a locality from websites of local government local newspaper, community and blogs. Such sources will enable you to get information about upcoming development on the locality and other important issues.

Check the state of local amenities

A good home should be close to essential amenities such as medical facilities and shopping malls. Establish whether there are essential amenities within walking distance from the home you intend to purchase. If you enjoy particular activities like swimming, golf or tennis, find out of there are such facilities nearby.

If you are buying a home within homeowners association, find information about the activities in that community online or through their officials. Even in areas that do not have an association, there could be frequent community gatherings or sport leagues.

Check on schools

Regardless of whether you have children, buying a home in good school district is a good investment as it will maintain its value because there is high demand for houses in such areas.

Find crime report

Before buying your first home, you should establish if a house you may have settled for is in a secure neighborhood. A home in a secure area in not only safe to live in but will retain high value. Local police stations have all statistics on crime. You can also visit local crime reports websites where you can find statistics according to particular addresses or zip codes.

Visit the home neighborhood at different times

Create time to visit the home neighborhood on a weekday, weeknight and weekend to see if the area is active or quiet at different times.  Take advantage of the visits to observe the traffic pattern during rush hours as this could affect the enjoyment of the home.

Schedule a discussion with the seller

Since at this time you have gathered a lot of information about the locality, you may want to contact the seller. Sellers who are ready to share truthful information are the best source of everything you want to know about the house and neighboring community. Also ask specific questions about the home to know about taxes, homeowners insurance, utility bills and homeowner association. Cape Town property costs differ from one suburb to another so don’t assume that it will be the same as where you are living now. Determine if the house is in its original state or if it was renovated at some point. If you have any plans for the house, ask the seller if this is possible.

You can then schedule a home inspection if you are satisfied with everything else. If possible, find a realtor to help you with inspection so as to get second opinion about its real value.

Do you want a reputable estate agent to sell your home, but you’re not sure how to go about finding him or her? As with everything in life, what you put in is what you get out and this is no different. Finding the perfect estate agent for you is possible, but it’s going to take some work from your side.

estate agentChoosing the right estate agent can be tricky. Not only do you need someone who knows what they’re doing, but someone you can trust to help you sell your house for the best price possible in the shortest time.

While 2 out of 3 home-sellers are satisfied with the services provided by their agents, a recent property survey showed that 1 out of every 6 home-sellers were disappointed, because they did not get what they were promised. This is why it’s essential to do proper research before hiring an estate agent.

Take the time to investigate the estate agencies in your area by checking local newspapers, driving around to see which local estate agencies are marketing other properties for sale in your area, speaking to people that you know have sold their houses to find out who they recommend and of course, checking them out online.

Websites speak volumes! You’ll see what their clients have to say about their services. You’ll also be able to get a feel for what a realistic asking price is for your house, because you’ll be able to view similar houses to yours that are for sale in your area by viewing their online property listings.

Online listings will also give you a general idea of how your house will be marketed. You’ll be able to see if the pictures used of the houses for sale are flattering, if the correct lighting was used and whether the houses are described in such a manner that you’d want to buy them.

Visit the offices of the estate agencies that interest you. This way you’ll be able to see how each estate agency operates. You could even go so far as to pretend to be someone interested in buying a house to see how they work. Are they helpful and friendly? And more importantly, are they good sales people? This could help you to find someone that you feel you could trust to sell your property.

Once you’ve done this, narrow your search down to about 3 estate agents that you think have the potential to suit your needs. Set up meetings with each of them so that you can find out a bit more about what they have to offer.

Find out if they will arrange viewings, how they intend to market your home, what platforms they will use to advertise your home (online listings, newspapers, pamphlets, etc) and whether they will provide a “for sale” sign.

Ask them to evaluate your property while they’re there. At this stage you’ll be happy that you’ve done your research, because you’ll know if they’re giving you a realistic asking price for your house or if they’re telling you your house is worth a lot more than in an attempt to get you to hire them.

A reputable estate agent should also be able to provide you with sound advice as to how to stage your home when potential buyers come to view it and inform you of what their marketing strategy will be.  He or she should screen all potential buyers and only allow those that qualify to view your home, perform the negotiations between you and potential buyers and should effectively administer all legal and financial requirements.

In today’s era, almost every company needs to have an online presence in order to attract the maximum amount of prospects possible. While the owners of local companies in Rondebosch know their business well, it is understandable that they do not know much about Search Engine Optimisation. Even though you may never attempt to apply an SEO strategy to your own business, understanding the basics of SEO will certainly help when you employ the SEO services of a Rondebosch SEO expert.

We have included a few great articles on SEO Basics in one place for your convenience. As you read through this and familiarize yourself with the content, you will be better prepared to have an informative discussion with an SEO company Rondebosch before hiring their SEO services.

 

THE BEGINNERS GUIDE TO SEO

New to SEO? Need to polish up your knowledge? The Beginner’s Guide to SEO has been read over 3 million times and provides comprehensive information you need to get on the road to professional quality Search Engine Optimization, or SEO.

  1. How Search Engines Operate
  2. How People Interact With Search Engines
  3. Why Search Engine Marketing is Necessary
  4. The Basics of Search Engine Friendly Design & Development
  5. Keyword Research
  6. How Usability, Experience, & Content Affect Rankings
  7. Growing Popularity and Links
  8. Search Engine’s Tools for Webmasters Intro
  9. Myths & Misconceptions About Search Engines
  10. Measuring and Tracking Success

What is Search Engine Optimization (SEO)?

SEO is a marketing discipline focused on growing visibility in organic (non-paid) search engine results. SEO encompasses both the technical and creative elements required to improve rankings, drive traffic, and increase awareness in search engines. There are many aspects to SEO, from the words on your page to the way other sites link to you on the web. Sometimes SEO is simply a matter of making sure your site is structured in a way that search engines understand.

SEO isn’t just about building search engine-friendly websites. It’s about making your site better for people too. At Moz we believe these principles go hand-in-hand.

This guide is designed to describe all areas of SEO—from finding the terms and phrases (keywords) that generate traffic to your website, to making your site friendly to search engines, to building links and marketing the unique value of your site. If you are confused about this stuff, you are not alone, and we’re here to help.

Why does my website need SEO?

The majority of web traffic is driven by the major commercial search engines, Google, Bing, and Yahoo!. Although social media and other types of traffic can generate visits to your website, search engines are the primary method of navigation for most Internet users. This is true whether your site provides content, services, products, information, or just about anything else.

Read more here https://moz.com/beginners-guide-to-seo

 

SEO Basics: Complete Beginner’s Guide to Search Engine Optimization

WordStream has come to be known mostly as a PPC destination. But we also know a thing or two about SEO, and people ask us all the time for a primer on SEO basics. So we’re delivering: This article will be an introduction and overview of search engine optimization (SEO), a mandatory marketing tactic if you want your website to be found through search engines like Google.

In this guide you’ll learn:

  1. What is SEO & Why is it Important?
  2. Keyword Research & Keyword Targeting Best Practices
  3. On-Page Optimization Best Practices
  4. Information Architecture Best Practices
  5. How to Execute Content Marketing & Link Building
  6. Common Technical SEO Issues & Best Practices
  7. How to Track & Measure SEO Results
  8. Additional SEO Considerations (Such as Mobile, International & Local SEO Best Practices)

By the time you reach the end of this SEO basics guide, you’ll have a strong understanding of what search engine optimization is, why it’s valuable and important, and how to get great results in an ever-changing SEO environment.

  1. What is SEO & Why is it Important?

You’ve likely heard of SEO, and if you haven’t already, you could obtain a quick Wikipedia definition of the term, but understanding that SEO is “the process of affecting the visibility of a website or a web page in a search engine’s unpaid results” doesn’t really help you answer important questions for your business and your website, such as:

  • How do you, for your site or your company’s site, “optimize” for search engines?
  • How do you know how much time to spend on SEO?
  • How can you differentiate “good” SEO advice from “bad” or harmful SEO advice?

What’s likely interesting to you as a business owner or employee is how you can actually leverage SEO to help drive more relevant traffic, leads, sales, and ultimately revenue and profit for your business. That’s what we’ll focus on in this guide.

Why Should You Care About SEO?

Lots and lots of people search for things. That traffic can be extremely powerful for a business not only because there is a lot of traffic, but because there is a lot of very specific, high-intent traffic.

If you sell blue widgets, would you rather buy a billboard so anyone with a car in your area sees your ad (whether they will ever have any interest in blue widgets or not), or show up every time anyone in the world types “buy blue widgets” into a search engine? Probably the latter, because those people have commercial intent, meaning they are standing up and saying that they want to buy something you offer.

First published here http://www.wordstream.com/blog/ws/2015/04/30/seo-basics

 

Western Cape Tourist Attractions – The Rondebosch Common
Rondebosch Common is unusual – it is not state, municipal or regional council land. In fact it is a donation of private land by Cecil John Rhodes in his will to be left as a permanent open space for the people of Cape Town.

Where? Rondebosch / Rosebank, Southern Suburbs, Cape Town
When? Open daily.
Overnight? See Rondebosch accommodation, in Cape Town

It is also a National Monument and one of the best-known landmarks in the southern suburbs of Cape Town. It conserves one of the only remaining pockets of critically endangered Cape Flats Sand Fynbos, a type of fynbos that occurs only in Cape Town.

Rondebosch Common also preserves a few patches of Renosterveld and a seasonal wetland. There are hundreds of plant species that occur in Rondebosch Common, at least nine of which are on the Red Data List. Small mammals and over 110 species of bird are also protected by the common, despite its location in the midst of the suburbs.

Above article found here http://www.sa-venues.com/attractionswc/rondebosch-common.htm

 


To find out more about the SEO Services Rondebosch as brought to you in the video above, you can go directly to the Rondebosch SEO website here: Rondebosch Location

 

What is SEO and how can it help my website’s Google visibility?
Learning how to improve your site’s SEO can significantly improve your business’ prominence in online search results

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High visibility is important for achieving a successful business – good SEO can help. Photograph: Alamy

What is SEO?
Search engine optimisation or SEO refers to the process of improving the position that your website appears at in the “organic” search results returned by sites such as Google.

As a general rule of thumb, sites that appear higher up in the results will get more traffic to their pages, and so potentially more business. Your goal is to get to page one and ideally to position one, but whether that is feasible largely depends on the market that you are operating in. If you’re in the mobile phone space or travel, you’ll be fighting a losing battle unless you’ve got a sizeable budget to spend. However, if you’re offering a niche product or a service in a defined geographical area, you stand a pretty good chance of at least getting to page one if you are patient and follow these basic principles.

Keyword rich content
One of the key tools that search providers such as Google and Microsoft (Bing) employ to determine your rankings are “spiders”. A spider is a piece of software that crawls the web in a methodical, automated manner. They browse your website (and everyone else’s) to identify the actual copy written on the page along with things like use of key words and phrases. This data is then used to determine the relevance of your site when someone enters a keyword or phrase into Google, Bing or any other search engine.

With this in mind, you need to consider the search habits of your target audience, and ensure that the terms they might use to find your business are reflected on your pages. For example, if you offer physiotherapy services, your website content should include words or phrases that people may search for, such as “massage”, or specific problems such as “lower back pain”. Remember that text included in images cannot be crawled by spiders, although alternative text associated with the images is, so you may wish to revisit the design of some of your pages.

A useful free tool for identifying your keywords is the Google AdWords keyword tool. This is designed to help prospective advertisers identify the most relevant keywords for their chosen market, but it is also very helpful when writing copy for your website.

Once you have identified your keywords, ensure that they appear in the body of your pages, as well as in the metadata of your page, which is the unseen data that gives the spiders key information about your page. This can either be done by yourself, with a little knowledge of HTML and access to your server, or it can be done by your web designer.

Linking
PageRank is a number scored out of 10 that is given to your website based on inbound and outbound links, and helps search engines to verify how trustworthy your site is. Linking between sites allows “link juice” to be carried through, so if your site is linked to by a site with a good PageRank, link juice will be carried forward to your site, improving your ranking.

Full article here http://www.theguardian.com/small-business-network/2014/jan/16/what-is-seo-how-website-google-visibility

We trust that you have found this information informative and that it will help you going forward.

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If you’re one of the many people wondering if hiring SEO services is relevant to your Cape Town based business, this is the page for you. Today, most consumers make their purchasing decisions based on the information they receive from search engines, such as Google, Yahoo!, Bing, etc. Normally, an Internet user enters a keyword or keyphrase associated with your business, website, product, service, etc into a search engine’s search box to get more refined information on what they are looking for. In return, the search engine, e.g. Google, returns the user with a long list of websites or web pages that most closely match the search term of the user. It is your website that should show up in the top search results pages of Google if you want to get more visitors to your website.

SEO, which stands for Search Engine Optimization is the key to getting your website ranked higher up in Google’s SERPs (Search engine Results Pages). If you are not an SEO expert, and familiar with SEO best practices and the latest trends in the SEO industry, then you need to hire SEO services from a professional and reliable Cape Town SEO company to optimize your website for the search engines and the users, i.e. your potential customers or audience. That being said, should you wish to start off smaller, you could look for an SEO company that’s in your suburb, e.g a Fish Hoek SEO company.

The best way to expand your reach online and increase your revenue is to hire a reputable SEO company to do the work for you. Internet marketing is crucial to online marketing. SEO increases your website rankings by utilizing targeted keywords resulting in rapid online visibility. A professional SEO agency can provide the best Search Engine optimization services tailored to your website’s exact needs. Whether your business operates on a local, national or global scale, an honest and reliable SEO firm can help you take full advantage of internet marketing at an affordable cost.

SEO services include site audit, competitors’ site research and analysis, keyword research and selection, on-page optimization, such as writing the title tags, page titles, Meta tags, and page content using the keywords, offsite-optimization which includes primarily building high quality backlinks to your website via a number of ways like content creation and content marketing, guest blog posts, submission to search engines and other online directories, and much more.

Higher search engine ranking is very important if you want to get more conversion friendly targeted traffic to your website. Today, most people go to search engines such as Google, Yahoo, Bing, etc among others when looking for information about any product, service, company, or topic. Search Engine Optimization improves your website’s rankings for any competitive search term, i.e. keyword or keyphrase in the search engines’ results listings.

Whether you have an online or offline business in Cape Town, it is important that your website is properly optimized for the search engines and the users. If you have an eCommerce website or online store, reputable Cape Town SEO services can get more targeted traffic to your website. SEO drives offline sales. If you have a local brick and mortar business, a properly optimized website can attract more targeted traffic to your website and send potential customers to your physical store or shop.

If you want to get listed in Google, Yahoo!, and Bing among other search engines so that more customers can find your business and buy your products and services, you need to use one of the companies providing reliable SEO services in Cape Town.

shuttle servicesCape Town is a beautiful City with a very cosmopolitan feel. With Table Mountain as a backdrop and long beautiful beaches with some of the whitest sand in the world, it is a natural tourist magnet. Most tourists that visit this city go back home with plans for a return visit. As in many other great cities of most countries, there is an element of crime and tourists can often make for good targets, simply because they tend to be absorbed by their activities and are very relaxed. Thus their focus is seldom on the security of their belongings and themselves.

When traveling in and about Cape Town, you have many options of the type of transport that you choose to make use of. All modes of transport, both public and private, can be safe and enjoyable, providing that you take some precautions to make it so.

Public transport would typically include taking the bus, the ‘micro-bus’ taxi, the metrorail train service, or a type of transfers service.

The first 3 all include travelling with a lot of other strangers that you do not know. When choosing one of these modes of transport it is essential that you know exactly where they are headed and the route they would take to get there. Also, as far as possible, sit next to people that look trustworthy rather than dodgy. If you are about to use one of these services and you feel uncomfortable, listen to your instinct and wait for the next one. Don’t put your bag or satchel down where you can’t see it at all times. Your lap is probably one of the better places for it. Of the 3 mentioned, the mode of transport that can often pose the most risk is the train. Never board a train where there are only a few passengers in the coach, especially at night. An empty coach is a great hunting ground for thieves. There is far less risk of being robbed in a crowded coach.

Transfers services are a generally far safer when it comes to commuting. Your typical tranfers would be shuttle services in Cape Town or the city’s sedan taxis. Two advantages of choosing one of these types of services is that you firstly do not share your trip with strangers and, secondly, transfers can take you to specific destinations rather than sticking to predetermined routes.

You could also opt for a car rental service. This way you are in complete control. This option is great if you know your way around or if you have a good GPS. If not, then perhaps using a shuttle service is the better option. Should you rent a car, it is still important that you take care as pertains to your belongings. Ensure that you put all your bags in the boot rather than on the back seat. Also, don’t place your wallet, bag or cell phone on the seat or center console where they are easy targets for smash-and-grab.

Taking note of these few precautions can greatly increase your personal safety and the safety of your belongings. Not having to worry about loss will significantly increase the wonderful experience you are bound to have when visiting Cape Town.

Your home and your business are arguably two of the most
important assets in your life. Finding ways to make sure they are safe should
be your top priority. There are a few differences in protecting your home and
business, but overall the concepts are the same.

 

The most important thing is to find ways to show those who
plan to victimize you that your home is not accessible. This psychological
effect can go long ways to prevent potential threats. Here are two simple moves
you can make to protect your house.

 

Fences

 

When people see fences around your house, they will realize
it is protected. Whether this is in chain link or wood, the message you send
out will go a long way with potential burglars. 
However, keep in mind that for your business, you want to design a way
so that your location is still inviting to your customers but deterring to
those you want to avoid.

 

Small Alarm Signs

 

Perhaps a better way for businesses is to have a small alarm
sign right outside the building. This also works for protecting your home too.
A small alarm will signify that you have an alarm system for your home. Even if
you do not actually have an alarm system at home, the psychological effect will
work to protect any unwanted attacks on your home or business.

 

If you feel that these two moves are not enough to protect
you, here are more specific additions you can set up for security for your home
and business.

 

Home and Business
Alarm Systems

 

Most home and small business alarm systems include a main
control panel, a LCD keypad, both external and internal sirens, a strobe light
for the exterior, and movement sensors. You also usually get back-up batteries
and AC plug pack.

 

You can also get a Passive Infrared (PIR) Motion Detector,
which will detect when people intrude into your property. If you have pets you
do not have to worry, as there are many pet friendly alarms as well.

 

Other additions for extra protection include door and window
reed switches that activate your alarm when someone tries to force it open,
monitored smoke detectors, and wireless remotes for your convenience.

 

Home and Business
CCTV Surveillance

 

Cameras are one of the sure ways to keep unwanted people off
your property. Usually it fits in easily with your existing home security
system, and you can capture live and pre-recorded images. Images taken during
the day are coloured and images at night are infrared.

 

Home and Business
Monitoring & Alarm Response

 

If you feel that you need the extra security, you can set up
a monitoring and alarm response. This gives you direct links to a center where
people provide 24/7 monitoring of your alarm system. This means if you are not
home and your neighbours do not hear your alarm go off, you will have a second
pair of ears. You will immediately be informed whenever your alarm goes off.

 

These few moves will go a long way to ensure the security of
your home or business. You will be comforted in knowing that you and your loved
ones are always under protection.