Introducing SEO or Search Engine Optimisation

SEO or Search Engine Optimisation

What is SEO? SEO or Search Engine Optimisation helps search engines identify your website and its content which in turn helps the search engine recommend your website for relevant searches.

What do search engines look for in my website?
Having the right content on each page of the website is essential, along with optimising the content on the pages with correct formatting and including the words or phrases that people will search for. The correct meta data that also contains some the the words or phrases used in the page text, and ensuring its accessibility to all users on all devices is also looked at.

Meta Data – Metadata is snippets of text that describe a page’s content. The Metadata is hidden within the code of a page, and doesn’t appear on the website to a user, but is detected by a search engine.

Page Title – This is the text you see at the top of your browser window or tab. Search engines use this text as the title of your page which is very important at giving the search engine, and the user, a quick bit of information on what your page is about.

Meta Description – A brief description of the page. This needs to contain key information about the content of the page including some of the text (words or phrases that you want to be found with.

Meta Keywords Attribute – A collection of keywords which is relevant to a page/website content. Most search engines do not use the meta keywords of a website any longer, and they do not effect your websites positioning within Google’s search results at all. [MORE INFO – Googles explanation on how it works with keywords]

ALT Tags – An alt tag is a text description for an on your page. This has been adapted by search engines to allow them to identify the image and recommend it in its search results. It also assists people who are visually impaired, who use screen readers, The reader will use the ‘alt’ tag to describe the image.

Having the above done to each page of your website is a great start to climbing the search engine ladder and getting the position you need. Our Search Engine Optimisation packages are tailored to your needs and include the essentials above.

Off-Site SEO and how important is it?
Off-site SEO helps drive traffic to your site by using external sites and services such as social media and advertising. We recommend all sites to make the most of social media, even if they don’t use it personally, it can be essential for a business.

The ability to communicate one on one with a potential client, provide excellent customer service or even advertise to a mass audience can all be done by spending a few minutes each day on social media such as Facebook, Twitter or both. By setting up a business page for your business, we are able to provide you the key to communicating with your target audience.

Almost every business wants their business to be found on the first page of the major search engines. Your business has to earn that right to get these results using an effective SEO process.

Our Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) services are designed to increase the visibility of your website within the natural (or free) search engine rankings to deliver quality, targeted traffic to your website.

At Direct Submit, we believe every company is unique and we deliver a specific range of SEO services designed to help ensure the optimum performance of your website.

Call us today on 0845 2722350 and get your website working harder for your business.

Updating Your Bathrooms with a New Shower

Updating Your Bathrooms with a New Shower
Bathroom upgrades are among the most beneficial cost-efficient home projects: they make the space more enjoyable for you and your family in the short term and increase your home’s value in the long run. Before taking on such a major home remodelling project, however, it is important to plan out what you want very carefully, either on your own or with the assistance of your chosen bathroom supplier.

When upgrading small bathrooms, making the best possible use of limited space is key. Fortunately, a wide range of sleek, classic yet modern fixtures are available which will brighten up the space and provide that clean feeling that everyone wants out of a full bathroom – without taking up an inordinate amount of space. Shower cubicles without doors, such as those available from Matki showers, are an effective way to create an attractive, open space in which people will not feel cramped every time they walk in.

These days, another consideration is environmental friendliness. If you’re a homeowner, it’s simply no good to underpay for an average-quality shower head and then be faced with exorbitant water bills each month – especially if you have a family or other people living in the home besides yourself. On the upside, the cost of producing higher-quality, environmentally friendly shower fixtures has come down in recent years, and with “green” products now being more sought-after than ever, they are very likely to fall within the price range of someone seeking to renovate bathrooms of any size and for any number of people. If eco-friendliness and cost savings through increased efficiency are concerns for you, then consider installing a shower head from the product ranges of Fiora showers or Hansgrohe showers.

A final consideration is how the bathroom décor will all come together. While a wide range of shower heads and other bathroom fixtures are available in bright and shiny silver or glossy white or black, it is equally important to your home’s resale value that everything – walls, fixtures and all – fit into the same overall colour scheme. To that end, it is wise to choose a conservative palette of white, off-white, light blue or black for your bathroom walls.

Bathroom upgrades can be complicated, particularly when undertaking them for the first time for a small bathroom or in an older home, but they needn’t be. With a clear vision of what you want out of the space, you can easily turn a bathroom of any size into one of the most attractive rooms in your house. P.T. Ranson has been providing branded bathroom supplies and service for bathroom remodelling projects for years. P.T. Ranson has more than 30 years of collective experience and a commitment to providing the best possible products and service for each individual bathroom remodelling project.

When buying online from P.T. Ranson, deliveries on the UK mainland are free of charge. For more information, call today on 0191 4696999 or visit the PT Ranson Website today.

Expanding your Office Space with Mezzanine Flooring

Expanding your Office Space with Mezzanine Flooring

If your business has begun to grow and requires more space, but you want to avoid the expense and inconvenience of relocating, making use of the full potential of the space available within your current premises and creating a mezzanine floor within your existing building to create the space that you require could be the perfect solution.

Using the height of your building to make more space with the construction of a mezzanine floor is the ideal way to quickly create the space you need without having the expense and time of managing a major building project such as an extension or making plans to secure new premises, and with the right guidance you will be surprised and quickly and easily you will be able to create a pleasant and functional working environment no matter what purpose you may intend to use it for.

At Commercial and Industrial Interiors they are able to offer a wide range of office refurbishment services and have all the expertise and knowledge required helping you create a new mezzanine floor within your building that is completely suited to your company’s requirements. Whatever your reason for needing new space at CI interiors they will be able to manage the whole project for you, right from the initial designs to the final finishing touches such as lighting and installation of the cables and any technical equipment that you may require.

Whether you want to create extra storage, new office space or even a staff rest area at CI Interiors they will be happy to come and take a look at your existing building and discuss the various options available to you, when you have settled on a design that you are completely happy with they will ensure all the work is carried out with the minimum of disruption to the rest of your business.

So if you need extra workspace for your business why not consider getting in touch with CI Interiors, the real experts in mezzanine flooring and see what they can do to help you? With an excellent range of available options in all areas of office refurbishment services you can be certain that they will be able to help you find a sensible solution to any space issues you may have within your workplace.

Commercial & Industrial Interiors are a North East company, who are specialists in the field of internal office building and construction, demountable office partitioning, materials handling and storage systems. If you would like more information then please call 01661 836 304 or visit the CI Interiors website today.

Searching for Conservatory Roof Blinds

Searching for Conservatory Roof Blinds

Adding conservatory roof blinds to your conservatory is the ideal way to really make the most of the space you have, as not only will they make your conservatory more attractive they will also help to control the temperature and make it a more pleasant environment to spend time regardless of what the whether is like outside but sometimes it can be hard to find well fitted conservatory blinds that suit your tastes and your budget.

At Conservatory Blinds Direct they have an excellent assortment of made to measure conservatory roof blinds available to suit most tastes or design schemes and with plenty of helpful advice and information available as well whether you are looking for inspiration or know exactly what you want you may be able to achieve the design ideas you are aiming for far more easily than you may first think.

With a wide choice of designs and colours on offer no matter what size or shape your conservatory may be you will be able to find conservatory blinds that complement the rest of your home perfectly, whether you want to create a functional utility area, a fun room for the kids, a dining room or simply a place that you can sit and relax in peace.

Having well fitted conservatory blinds it the perfect way to turn your conservatory into a real feature within your home and gives you the opportunity to create a peaceful and attractive space to relax in, and with the added privacy and security conservatory roof blinds can offer they are a really worthwhile investment if you want to really make the best of what your home has to offer.

So if you want to give your conservatory a real lift why not take a look at some of beautiful designs of conservatory roof blinds available at Conservatory Blinds Direct. With a reliable and professional made to measure service and a full installation service available as well you will be able to have a conservatory you love with the minimum of fuss and disruption to your household.

You will be surprised how easy it can be to create the conservatory you want, with the expert service, competitive rates and high quality blinds they have on offer. The Conservatory Blinds Direct and Shutters Company has been manufacturing bespoke blinds for homes across the UK for over 30 years. Our price match offer, lifetime guarantee, local production, green manufacturing practices, price match offer and lifetime guarantee ensure that you will have the best possible customer experience and, once the installation is complete, you will fall in love with your conservatory all over again.

For more information or to book your free appointment, call us today on 01642 762497 or visit the conservatory roof blinds  website today.

 

Sound Insulation Testing on House and Flats

Sound Insulation Testing on House and Flats

Sound Insulation Testing is undertaken near the end of a project to show that the party wall and floors meet the Building Regulations Part E stipulated. The method for sound testing for airborne and impact sound insulation is in full accordance with the suggested methods presented in BS EN ISO 140-parts 4 & 7: 1998.

Detached houses don’t require sound insulation testing, however if the house has been built on to the end of an existing house and/or terrace it usually requires 2 airborne wall tests, one test on the lower floor which is usually the living room ad a second test on the 1st floor through the bedroom walls.

Apartment blocks usually require airborne and impact sound insulations tests. Airborne sound testing is normally required between horizontally and vertically separated pairs of rooms i.e. the wall and floor partitions. The sound tests are undertaken by using a sound source, amplifier and loudspeaker to generate a high noise level in one room (the source room). Noise measurements are then taken in both the source and receiver rooms using a prescribed number of source and microphone positions. The background levels in the receiver room are measured and the reverberation time in the receiver room is also measured. From the results, the airborne sound insulation (DnT,w + Ctr) is calculated and compared to the requirements of Approved Document E.

Sound Testing on Flats

When undertaking sound testing for floors, impact sound testing may also be required for vertically separated dwellings. Impact sound insulation testing is undertaken using a “tapping machine”, which drops a series of weights/small hammers onto the floor of the upper room. The noise level in the lower (receiver) room is measured for a prescribed number of source and microphone locations. The background levels in the receiver room are measured and the reverberation time in the receiver room is also measured. From the results, the impact sound insulation (L’nT,w) is calculated and compared to the requirements of Approved Document E.

When it comes to refurbishment projects i.e. office block converted into flats or large house subdivided into dwellings, we can undertake a sample sound test of the existing wall and floor construction. Once we have established the sound levels for the existing construction we can then look at extent of the acoustic upgrades to attain Part E Compliance. This is much more targeted way to formulate a more cost effective and accurate acoustic design as we know the sound insulation performance of the existing partitions.

The sound insulation levels required to pass Part E are usually 45dB for airborne wall and floors and 62dB for Impact Sound Testing on new build, however sometimes a higher target may be required in-line with the Code for Sustainable Homes; this is usually in defined in the following figures +3, 5 & 8dB, this means if its plus 5dB you will need to achieve 50dB for airborne and 57dB for impact sound testing. Obviously if you need to comply with the Code for Sustainable Homes then special attention must be shown to the acoustic design from the offset to reduce the chance of sound testing failure.

The amount of sound testing you require depends on the size of the development. All new build properties and conversions require 10% of each party wall/floor construction type to be tested, i.e. if you have built a pair of semi-detached houses you would be required to undertake 2 airborne wall tests. If you have up to 10 flats you would require 1 x 6 pack, consisting of 2 airborne wall, 2 airborne floor & 2 Impact sound tests – known as a 6 pack) However if you have 11 units this would rise to 12 Sound Tests or 2 x 6 pack. Also, if you have many different wall or floor types you will be required to undertake more tests to satisfy Building Regulations Part E.

Some ways you can improve the chances of passing your sound test at the first attempt, they are:

  • Ensure all penetrations are fully sealed where they terminate through floors and they are adequately boxed with acoustic quilt and two layers of plasterboard.
  • Avoid the use of lightweight blocks in the inner envelope construction as sound will travel both vertically and horizontally from dwelling to dwelling.
  • The use of resilient suspended ceilings will help improve the performance of the floor partition.
  • Ensure all support steels/timbers are carefully boxed out where they travel from flat to flat vertically and horizontally.
  • Use a high quality resilient acoustic membrane on top of the floor to improve the impact performance of a floor.

Due to the overwhelming variety of material designs and combinations due to varying constructions, it is impossible to cover all problems in a short article such as this; however in our experience if the acoustic design is taken into consideration from the offset of the project, then it usually results in a successful sound testing and compliance with Building Regulations Part E.

If you have a project that requires sound testing in London then contact us now, we can propose a sound testing schedule that should comply with Part E. Please contact us at: info@aptsoundtesting.co.uk or call us at 07775623464

Promoting Your Business through SEO

Promoting Your Business through SEO

Business owners, have you Googled yourself lately? If not, do it now. Go on, type in the name of your business and see what comes up. If the name of your business is Joe’s Garage, then your search will likely bring up Joe’s car repairs (Cardiff), Joe’s Auto Body Care (Chester), Joe’s Automotive Ltd (Towcester), Joe’s Car Repairs (North East) and perhaps also a smattering of like-named businesses in America. Which business is yours, and how do you get people in your area to come to your shop and not to some other Joe who does auto repairs?

Well, you don’t need to come up with a more unique name for your business, but you do need to learn how to use search engine optimisation, or SEO, to make your company stand out and for promoting your business to the vehicle owners who are most likely to come to you for repairs. Following are three ways in which SEO can draw interested clients to your website and, ultimately, your shop.

Keyword Research Your target audience is searching online with specific keywords and key phrases that are relevant to your business, whatever that may be. You need to know what those keywords and key phrases are, and Internet marketing companies have the ability to research that information for their clients. Tap into that resource.

SEO Rankings The major search engines rank websites, in part, according to how prominently certain keywords figure in the website’s content. More specific keyword searches will set your business apart from the competition and result in higher rankings, which translates to greater visibility for your website and, ultimately, more sales.

Social Media Yet another opportunity for enhancing your online presence is through social media. If you already have a website, then you should also have a Facebook page and Twitter feed. Even businesses with stale websites are able to keep in touch with current and prospective clients by posting and Tweeting on a regular basis and interacting with their target audience. If you know which keywords your clients are using to find businesses like yours, then it pays to make use of them in your posts and elsewhere. Best of all, your Facebook page, Tumblr account and whatever else you’re using to stay in touch with clients get their own separate rankings in search results. In other words, one can keep you front and centre even when the other does not.

As impressive or even overwhelming as they may seem, these considerations are simply scratching the surface when it comes to Internet marketing and SEO. Direct Submit Internet Marketing Services can do all this and much more to increase traffic to your website and generate interest in your company. Direct Submit works with businesses of all sizes to develop effective SEO marketing campaigns that deliver lasting results. Let Direct Submit show you just how profitable your company can be.

For more information or to speak with one of our Internet marketing consultants, call us today on 0845 272 2350 or visit www.directsubmit.co.uk

Looking to Move into Middle Management

Looking to Move into Middle Management

Many people find that they are stuck within roles that they have been in for too long due to a lack of openings within their current company even if they are capable of performing at a much higher level but the amount of time it takes to find an alternative role and attend interviews off-putting so they become disheartened and remain unsatisfied in their roles, however others choose to use the services of a recruitment agency to help them find their next career opportunity.

If you feel over qualified for your current role, stuck in a rut and ready for a new challenge maybe it’s time for you to consider taking a step up the ladder to middle management and start looking for a new job so why not contact a specialist recruitment agency and find out what they might be able to offer you?

Generally signing up is a simple and straightforward process and they will start looking for your next role in middle management straight away, making sure that they match you to roles that will really make the most of your skills.

One of the major benefits of using a recruitment agency to help you with your search is that they will often have good working links with many existing clients so will have the chance to fill many new roles before they are advertised elsewhere, another great advantage is because the recruitment agency will already have your cv and know your circumstances you won’t waste time looking into roles that won’t be suitable for you.

Signing up with an executive recruitment agency is also a really good idea if you if you are just starting out, returning to work after a break or looking for a more flexible role with such a wide range of job opening becoming available with them daily it isn’t likely to be long before you are attending you first day in a new middle management position and possibly climbing the ladder sooner than you thought.

PT Ranson Luxury Bathrooms & Showers

PT Ranson Luxury Bathrooms & Showers

Adding a luxury bathroom is an excellent way to really add a touch of luxury to your home. Whether you are totally refitting your bathroom, adding a new shower to an existing suite or creating a second bathroom within your home. At the North East P T Ranson showroom they have an excellent range of luxury bathrooms and high quality showers in a wide variety of designs ranging from the traditional to ultra-modern so you can be certain to find the perfect shower for any bathroom.

If you love classic design but want all the advantages that modern technology can bring Imperial Showers have included some excellent showers within their collections that you are sure to love. Made using the finest quality materials and some of the latest design techniques available you will be able to find a shower that looks great and offers high performance every time, you may also want to take a look at the rest of the available range and create a completely coordinated bathroom.

For designs that are both stylish and unique you may want to consider taking a look at the great showers by Fiora Bathrooms and Showers. With all the features you would expect from a top quality shower and eye catching modern designs Fiora are the perfect choice if you want to make your shower a real focal point within the room and with a great range of other items within the range you can be sure to find some really stunning basins and other bathroom items to really help you finish the look.

You will be sure to love the range available from Hansgrohe Showers if you are looking for a shower that is created using the latest design technology and offers you all the most up to date features available including great energy saving functions but still looks great. No matter what features you are looking for you can be certain that you with be able to find a Hansgrohe design that offers you exactly what you are looking for and with some really eye-catching designs available a Hansgrohe shower will be a welcome addition to any bathroom.

P T Ranson bathrooms & Showers
So if you want to install a new shower in your bathroom why not get some inspiration from P T Ranson? Regardless of your tastes or the style you are hoping to achieve with such a wide range of top quality products you are sure to find the ideal shower for your bathroom. So why not call 0191 469 6999 or head over to the P T Ranson bathrooms website for some inspiration and start planning what you could do with your bathroom this year?  With so many unique and high performance products on offer from some top bathroom design companies you can be sure that you won’t be disappointed.

First Call Teacher Recruitment Agency

First Call Teacher Recruitment Agency

If you are looking for a teaching jobs North East based specialist recruitment agency First Call Teachers may be a really good place to start.  With a wide range of roles available for supply teachers across all sectors of primary and secondary education and many permanent roles on offer as well, no matter what kind of teaching job you may be looking for within the North East you can be sure that First Call Teachers will be likely to be able to help you find something suitable.

Whether you are new to teaching, looking for a more flexible work routine, want to reduce your hours or are looking for something a bit more permanent First Call Teacher have all the expert skills required to make sure that your teaching career takes the direction you want it to, with a great team of supportive and committed staff, excellent working links with many different schools within the area and a simple and straight forward application service no matter what type of role you are looking for within the classroom you can be certain that they will do everything they can to make sure you find it.

At First Call Teachers they pride themselves on being able to offer high quality teaching jobs for staff to schools at short notice when they really need it. Being able to provide cover for sickness or other unexpected absences is a challenge that many schools regularly face and along with the daily running of the schools is a task many schools have limited time to carry out so many of them rely on good quality agencies to help them reduce staff shortages. First Call Teachers recognise this and aim to ensure every school is satisfied with the supply teachers they have available every time they need them so they can continue to build excellent working relationships with schools across the North East.

They offer a range of benefits to schools and teachers alike, not only do they match great candidates with the roles they are searching for and provide schools with a service they can rely on they also help to reduce the administration time required during the requirement process as they hold all the relevant details and documents required, they also find suitable vacancies a lot faster than you might expect as they have many established working relationships with schools who always let them know immediately of any roles they may need cover for.

Good communication is essential to make sure thing run smoothly and at First Call Teachers they have the experience and procedures required to make sure that important details aren’t overlooked and that everyone is always well informed at every stage, and if for any reason things happen to change or a role doesn’t work out First Call Teachers are flexible enough to try and find a way around things. With a dedicated team of fully trained and experienced staff on hand to offer advice or answer any questions you may have at any stage no matter whether you are a teacher looking for work or from a school requiring staff you can be certain that they will make sure that the whole process is completed as quickly as possible without compromising on the quality of service you receive.

So for a great range of teaching jobs why not take a look at what is on offer at First Call Teachers? With an excellent choice of roles for supply teachers, SENs, teaching assistants across primary and secondary schools within the North East and many permanent roles on offer as well you could find that you are working in a role that you really enjoy and adding valuable experience to your CV in no time at all.  Or if you are a school that needs a little extra help finding high quality and dependable staff you may want to see what they can do to help you to find suitable teaching staff at short notice to help keep your school running without a hitch. .

By working with First Call Teachers not only will you have the advantage of working with an ethical, progressive supply agency who put ‘Quality Education’ at the centre of everything we do!

First Call Teachers are specialists in offering teaching jobs, they supply teachers and support staff, who are highly motivated and a day to day, long term or permanent job in a school. For further information, call them today on 0191 280 5849 or visit their website to review their current vacancies and teaching jobs in and across the North East.

Achieving CHAS Accreditation & Registration

Achieving CHAS Accreditation & Registration

If you are finding that your business is finding it difficult to find work because of your lack of CHAS accreditation but aren’t sure how to achieve CHAS registration or have concerns about the costs involved or how long it may take, you may find that with the help of an accreditation service such as beAccredited if is far more affordable and easy to achieve that you may first imagine.

Having CHAS accreditation proves to prospective customers that your company takes their health and safety obligations seriously and that you use the best working practises at all times, it can also help to open up a wealth of new jobs to you as many organisations require a contractor holds CHAS registration before they allow them to submit a tender including most public sector and many privately run organisations. You will also be able to significantly reduce the administration time required when tendering for new work as your CHAS registration can act a pre-qualification tool in many circumstances.

The CHAS application process requires that you are able to produce the correct documentation and also have the required training programs in place at beAccredited they are able to help you identify any areas where you need a little help and close any gaps and also make sure that everything else is properly in place, so you can be certain CHAS will find you to be in accordance with their requirements, enabling you to complete the CHAS registration process smoothly and successfully.

So if you would like some help and support to get your CHAS registration in place so your company can start to tender for bigger and better jobs why not get in touch with beAccredited to help you get started? With an easy to use online service available and reasonable rates that reflect the size of your company you may find that you hold CHAS accreditation fan more quickly that you would have thought, and with all the help and support you need at every step of the process you won’t need to worry about a thing from beginning to end. So if you want to help your business grow and want to be able to prove that your company takes health and safety seriously why not get in touch with beAccredited and take a look at how straightforward and affordable the process really is.  As leading UK Health and Safety Consultants providing of online CHAS & SMAS Accreditation, Safe Contractor & Constructionline Accreditations, plus Builders Profile Accreditation and much more. With over 15 years of experience, clients include sole traders through to corporate clients.

With a flexible and easy to access online service, very competitive fees and an expert knowledge in health and safety accreditation including CHAS registration across a range of industries at beAccredited they are always more than happy to hear from businesses, regardless of their size or the type of work they carry out and have all the knowledge required to make sure that you get the accreditation that is most suited to your company.

They have helped 100s of businesses across the country by making the health and safety accreditation process hassle free, easy, convenient and reliable, allowing you to focus on the projects at hand. Visit their Health & Safety Consultancy services website to find out more about how they can help your business or call beAccredited today on 0845 2722350.