Virgin’s Guide to Promoting a Blog or Website (Ethos – Part 2)

Another must read for any blogger who wants to last it this game.

Don Charisma

It’s been two months since I wrote what’s been lovingly nicknamed “Virgin’s guide to SEO”. It’s probably been the most popular post that I’ve done with more than 250 likes. It’s a really hard act to follow, and I hope that I will be able to do it justice. If you haven’t already then I’d suggest reading it – Virgin’s guide to SEO, Don Charisma, Airline Don Charisma Style Airline Don Charisma Style

I intend to do a series, but I like to have tested out things that I’m talking about first. With anything Google/SEO this takes time, a lot of it, it’s a waiting game as much as anything. The Google cogs turn slowly and quite rightly they have probably trillions of pages to index and serve you up every-time you request your daily Google menu. Props on them, they do (and have) deliver(ed) the best results of any search engine for years now.

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Branding a WordPress Blog

Just a quick post about branding:
I am playing around with concepts and themes for this blog. I believe that the Twenty Fourteen theme is a keeper for Although, I might find something better in the future. This theme is very easy to customize and does exactly what I need at this time.

The Header:
Pretty easy to design. I just found a free graphic and added some text with a style. If you are interested in some awesome sites that provide free graphics. Head on over to Don Charisma and look towards the bottom of his right sidebar, there is a cool list for you. While you are there, take notes! This guy is a marketing genius and you can learn a lot from him. Take special notice of how he interacts with his community. This is way more important than any of the visual stuff.

The Logo:
A basic .png file with a transparent background. The reason why I suggest a transparent png file is quite simple. You can chuck this on to any photo and it will look great. If using Photoshop, it might be an idea to give your logo little shadow or glow. This will make it a bit more visible on photos with similar colors to your image.

The Gravatar:
This is the icon that follows you around the internet. I love almost every Gravatar in my community and will probably like yours too. It is important to realize that this image must be clear when tiny. I suggest you keep it simple and easy to read. I think this one might be a little bit busy but I am going to keep it until my friends have given me some feedback. trg_gravatar That’s you!

The Domain Name (URL)
I didn’t like the domain at all. I just didn’t like it. So if you have a similar mindset to me regarding domain names it is very easy to have your own URL and still be hosted on the platform. A small annual fee will get you on your own domain in no time. Head over to the Store in your Dashboard for more info.

Your Personality
This deserves its own post, so for now all I can say is this. Be polite and be a contributor. Try avoid being a self seeking opportunist and look after your relationships. Your community is everything! Love them…

I would absolutely love feedback and advice on my ideas.

Love and Respect

People don’t roll over and die.

I wanted a message to post with my Easter well wishes to you all.

ChildworkingThis is a post about survival – not lack, not child labor, but rather it is a message about triumph and success.
While walking through the streets of Kolwezi, taking in the noise, smells and textures of the ground, looking for a topic for today’s post, I saw these kids and thought, AH HA! I know what I am going to write about today.

I started planning my Human Interest Article about poverty and pictured being interviewed on CNN for the great work I do. However, after some thought I realized, that is just not me. I don’t want to write about poverty and misery.

So here goes…
As we sit in our offices, studies or houses, hitting the internet with fervent passion, we assume the role of creator. We create wealth, relationships, followings and movements. We are important and respected, loved, or in some cases, hated. Our ideas are relevant and informative. What fun – We have lives filled with substance. We live in castles and have lands. Sitting where you are right now while reading this, take a moment and think: What if I lost my job or my ability to create wealth? What would go through your mind?

    • How would I pay for my home?
    • How would I pay for food and clothes for my children?
    • How would I get from point A to B?
    • How are we going to live?

These are a few of my questions. Although I don’t know how to even begin answering them, I look at the photos in this post and hear the words “PEOPLE DON’T ROLL OVER AND DIE”. I realize that I won’t and my family won’t ether. We are all winners, survivors and creators! The Bible actually suggests that we were created with the same kind of creative ability as God Himself.

These little children call hard labor in extreme conditions normal. Isn’t that incredible? Doesn’t that give you hope? It is by the grace of God that you were born in a different time and place to these people and it would be by the same grace that you could rise out of any circumstances that you may find yourself in.

How many of our heroes come from rock bottom? Greatness is definitely spawned from disaster, lack or desperation. In fact, I honestly believe that it is our comfort that consistently keeps holding us back.

My Easter wish for you is that you keep pushing! Don’t settle, and don’t fear failure. Tell yourself, I WILL NOT ROLL OVER AND DIE! I am a creator, a survivor and a winner!”

I just want to give a special shout out to Jesus Christ, my Lord and Savoir. Without You I would surely have not survived my life of drugs and crime. You will always be the ultimate Hero.

Thank you kstorm for helping me edit this.

Love and respect.

A walk to the Bulldozer

The first part of this walk involved finding a taxi that would make the trip to the market, then to the gate of the mine without falling apart. It was a very bumpy road with the shocks bottoming with a bang every time we hit a bump. BTW the roads are all bumps.
This is the market, I had to pretend that I was talking on the phone when taking this photo. There were loads of police all over the place just waiting to make a buck of anyone for any arb thing.  Photos, a big no no. Can you believe that we were able to pick up a genuine Caterpillar oil filter at this place for only $50?
Finally, the walking part of this post. This is the team carting all the kit we need to get the repair done. We will probably only need a size 12 spanner for this job but it is such a mission to get to the machine, better to be over prepared. These guys are as tough as nails. I have real respect for the team up here.
This dump site goes on for miles, I saw an opportunity for a decent photo. I really like this shot, just random, colorful and full of stuff to look at. Did a few things in Photoshop to make the colors pop a bit but not bad for my Samsung.
I just love the huge machines that litter the copper mine. They have all made their millions, and now have settled down for retirement. Towering over most things just keeping their eyes on the movement.
Closing up after a hot and dirty oil change. This machine is much happier now and the lights on the dash reflect this.

Thanks for reading my post.
I hope you liked it.

Collaborative SEO – Powerblogging On Steriods

This is a MUST read for all who are new to blogging and those that want to make something of themselves.

Don Charisma

I’ve been kicked in the teeth, hard, plenty of times. As one ages it’s harder to get back up, dust oneself off and get back on it. Age brings with it wisdom which is the gift of time.

One of the things I so realised when I’ve been knocked down is that we can’t do *everything* on our own, or it’s incredibly difficult to do it on one’s own. Social media only serves to re-iterate the point. So my perspective is that we need to learn ways to “do it” in relationship with other people, bringing each other up.

A movie I like is “Scarface” and this kind of serves to illustrate my point. Yes Tony becomes incredibly successful, but his problem is that he’s done it on his own, he’s not really sharing his success with anyone else, or letting anyone enjoy their success. It’s got some elements of…

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A Walk to the Market

The 500 Franc note, the lifeblood of the DRC. It takes bucket loads of these notes to get stuff done here.  This note which is still in fantastic condition compared to the other notes in my wallet.  Value a whopping $0.40.  I have a 50 000 Franc note in my wallet. Don’t want to spend it because it makes me feel loaded. 🙂

I must admit is was a bit of a let down when I got to the Market for the first time with a pocket full of money and they took it all. The 2 small bags of veggies seemed a bit light for all that cash.
VegieStandThe Market – 2 tables with 4 ladies shouting “Meesta, Meesta”. They are almost desperate to make a sale so I make a point to get something from each of them. It is all very rural.

I must be quite a sight for the locals being white and heavily tattooed. There are not many white people here that walk around or do their own shopping. It is the kind of environment where people with money have people without money doing everything for them. I don’t like this, rather get out and make stuff happen for myself. Specially now that I am blogging, great to have some interesting subject material.

Makemba1Quite an interesting post on these Huge Bananas (Makemba)

As usual, thanks for reading. I would love to here your thoughts.