Pass your Sound Testing in London

Good Acoustic Design will help you pass your Sound Testing in London
At the start of every conversion project it is essential that careful consideration must be shown to the acoustic design to avoid sound testing in London  failures. Many modern houses built between the 1980’s to early 1990’s encompassed the following construction details:

Floorboards (18–22mm thick)

Gypsum-based board

Mineral wool batt (80kg/m3)

Sub decking

200-220mm joists

100mm quilt insulation between the joists

One/Two layers of gypsum-based board for the ceiling

The above type of construction was termed a “platform floor”. Unfortunately as there was a wide range of batt densities the surface was often able to ‘bounce’ and deflect much more easily. If the density is to soft the floors will deflect badly resulting in loud squeaking noise, conversely if the density is too high then the floor may be too hard and impact sound may to transmit more easily to the residential dwelling below. Under these circumstances it was very difficult picking the correct materials in order to satisfy both the airborne and impact noise and pass the London Sound Testing.

aptsoundtestingOne solution to overcome the above problem is to add another ceiling element to the overall construction. This can provide the extra isolation required to pass the London sound testing.  This can be achieved by incorporate resilient metal bars which are connected to the underside of the joists and mounted perpendicular (90˚) to the joist direction. If plasterboard has already been tacked to the underside of the joists you can firstly add timber batten and then add the resilient bars, also mounted perpendicular (90˚ to the batten, thereafter 2 x 12.5mm layers of soundboard can be tacked to the underside of the resilient bar and an acoustic insulation added to the newly formed void. Above the floor a resilient membrane can be used to reduce the chance of impact noise transmitting down to dwelling below by providing another source of sound insulation.

The Annoyance of Squeaking Floors
In some cases although a floor partition may have passed impact sound teststhere may be an annoying squeaking sound due to the extra loads imposed to the floor partition by people walking above and the subsequent deflection of the weakened floor construction.  This can be down to the fact that floor Joists are often spaced too far apart which can result in a reduction in floor stiffness and complaints about footstep noise or squeaking boards at low frequencies. Over-notching or excessive service penetrations through the joist can also lead to a reduction in floor stiffness. All the aforementioned may result in a London sound Test failure.

In existing timber floor construction increasing stiffness can be increased by adding staggered timber noggins as well as doubling up on some of the central joists as stiffness is increased by building the equivalent of another beam in the middle of the joist system. Stepped blocking is more effective than doubling joists or reducing joist spacing, although performance can be greatly increased by combining the two together.  .

To help with impact sound testing, timber floors often pass as the separating floors normally have a resilient floor surface or “timber floating floor”. This not only assists impact sound insulation (against footstep noise transference) but also reduces airborne sound transference.

When we walk across a floor we generate different types of noise: footfall and structural deflection. Footfall noise is created by the impact of a hard object, such as a hard heel on a shoe, striking the surface of a floor. A heel is relatively lightweight and the noise associated with its fall is can be measured using a standard tapping machine as a source, which leads to the Impact Insulation Classification under ISO 140-7.   This is measured by the reaction of a floor system to a series of small hammers dropped from a standard height. Although this may accurately measure the noise of a heel tap against the floor surface, it does not measure the effect of loading and unloading under the full weight of a walker.

Thus in some instances an impact sound test pass does not guarantee that footfall noise will not be a problem, or that the sound of walking will not be audible in the spaces below.

If you require more information about acoustic design and/or sound testing on your project, please contact us now at info@aptsoundtesting.co.uk or call me direct on 07775 623464.

Promoting Children’s Health & Fitness

Promoting Children’s Health & Fitness
As we head towards the summer, parents and carers like yourself are often at a loss as to how to keep their children occupied with activities that will foster growth and development and keep them fit and healthy at the same time. If this sounds like you, then your concerns are entirely valid, as children growing up today are at a higher risk for becoming overweight and developing “lifestyle diseases” such as heart disease and diabetes than children of any generation before them.

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But what are the options? If your children are too young to be reasonably expected to participate in team sports, then through what other means might you keep your children occupied in structured or even unstructured physical activities?

And what about children who are old enough to have more options available to them but have already started down the path to a sedentary lifestyle marked by seemingly endless time spent in front of a television, computer or smart phone screen?

Fortunately, Kidz R Fit provide a range of children’s fitness classes in the North East and beyond, including children’s fitness and dance programmes are available all through the year, to schools as well as playgroups and community groups, which will keep your children engaged and help them maintain or even improve their physical fitness.

Virtually all children, sporty or not, love picking up a new skill (“Mum, look what I can do!”), so channelling that drive into activities such as dance and hula hooping will allow them to improve their motor skills, strength and balance while having so much fun that they won’t even realise that they are exercising. For any age group, adults included, exercise need not equal drudgery!

Kidz R Fit – Promoting children’s fitness classes in the North East
Kidz R Fit is dedicated to nurturing your child’s development through age-appropriate activities which emphasise healthy eating as well as physical activity. It is never too early to begin teaching the 5-a-Day rule to your children, and even in the Kidz R Fit programmes geared toward the 1-3 age group, children are offered fruit at the end of each session and encouraged to try new things.

Our aim is to help you provide your children the solid foundation on which they will build a life of good health and happiness. For more information on how Kidz R Fit children’s fitness and dance programmes can set your children on the path to good health and fitness, call us today on 0191 4387632 or visit the Kidz R Fit website.

Signature Hardwood Furniture

Benefits of Buying Solid Wood Furniture
Adding some classic hardwood furniture to your home is an excellent way to add a classy and homely touch instantly and can really help to finish a newly decorated room by adding the perfect finishing touch to any design.  At Signature Hardwood they have a wide range of solid wood furniture available for every room in a wide range of styles that are sure to appeal to almost every taste, all made using the highest quality hardwood and the best manufacturing processes available so you can be sure that they are built to last.

hardwoodfurniture1With so many different products available at Signature Hardwood regardless of whether you are looking for a bed frame, a dining table, a cabinet or even a desk for your home office you will be surprised how many options they have on offer that will be perfect for your needs and with many items available as part of a complementing range you can even create a totally coordinated look through your home.  With a wide range of clever storage solutions available to fit almost any space and many unusual designs available that you are not likely to find anywhere else no matter what kind of home you have you are certain to find something that suits it perfectly.

Buying a well designed and manufactured piece of solid wood furniture that you absolutely love is a really worthwhile investment, especially if it is for a hard to fit space of something that you will use a lot as you can be certain that it will last for years to come, and with the right care stay looking as good as new for just as long, so you can be certain that anything you may purchase  from Signature Hardwood is likely to last a lifetime, and with an excellent customer service policy you can be certain that they will do everything they can to put things right in the unlikely event you are not totally satisfied.

With an aim to have all pieces made and delivered directly to you within fourteen days and a commitment to ensuring all goods arrive in perfect condition at Signature Hardwood they always do everything they can to ensure every customer is left completely satisfied, with a simple ordering process a straight forward pricing policy and free delivery on orders over sixty pounds you can be sure of a really high level of customer service every step of the way.  They even offer the opportunity to see what they can do for you if you can’t find something within the available range to meet your specific requirements all for a very competitive price.

With ranges including some beautiful products created from oak, ash elm and mahogany so no matter what colour theme you have within your home you can be certain to find some really lovely pieces that will complement your home perfectly and really make the most of the space that you have no matter how large or small.  So if you are looking for some really individual and well-made hardwood furniture for any room within your home that is sure to last for years make sure your take a look at the great range available at Signature Hardwood where you are sure to find plenty of great ideas as really good prices.

Contact Signature Hardwood Furniture
Signature Hardwood was developed out of a passion for quality solid wood furniture. All of their furniture pieces are made from the finest hardwoods from around the World. They work tirelessly to ensure excellent customer focus and satisfaction and source only the finest hardwood furniture from established and reputable Suppliers and Manufacturers with a proven track record. If you would like further information about the range of hardwood furniture available from Signature then you can contact them via the Signature Hardwood Furniture website.

The Beautiful Blind Company

Five Types of Blinds We Sell That You Don’t Want To Miss

We sell a variety of blinds, which all are unique as the other. From roof blinds to conservatory roof blinds, we’ve got blinds that will suit your needs. To help better inform you of the blinds we sell, this article will take a look at five of these blinds. Of course, we’ve got local expertise, having sold blinds in Middlesbrough and Teeside for many years. If you’re looking for great Teeside or Middlesbrough blinds, we’ve got them right here.

1. Venetian Blinds

These blinds aim to enhance a more traditional atmosphere, while still using luxurious materials. These blinds are manufactured in England, and fitted in your home for a perfect fit.

Our venetian blinds come in many finishes and colours, even different textures! If you’re aiming to create a modern, contemporary look, our glossy range might tempt you. But for those who want to stay traditional and bring out that extra shade of luxury, our wooden “True” range should do the job.

If that wasn’t enough, we also have over 50 colours of Venetian blinds.

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2. Sunwood Blinds

These take blinds a step further, by incorporating beautiful wood with practicality and traditional aesthetics. With over 20 sunwood blind styles to choose from, there is a great choice in this selection. The wood grain really brings out nature and wood at its very best, and perhaps, it’s the natural aesthetics of these blinds that make them such a joy to incorporate into any home. It’s also useful to note, that these blinds are our most popular collection at the moment!

These blinds have a huge variety of slat sizes, from 25mm, ranging all the way to 65mm. These slat sizes give you choice and freedom to adjust the blinds to whatever look you desire. Combine that with the finishes (Matt, Satin and Gloss), and you’ve got blinds customized to your needs.

3. Aluminium Venetian Blinds

If you’re looking to create a more modern, sleek feel in your kitchen, these aluminium venetian blinds are super popular right now! The aluminium in these blinds aim to merge modern metal with practicality, resulting in a vibrant, colourful set of blinds which will stand the test of time.

Add these blinds to any kitchen, and they automatically add a pop of colour and inject an element of dynamism to the room. Their smooth, sleek finish creates modern, fresh vibes which will definitely add more energy to your kitchen!

Perhaps, it’s the massive choice you have, which makes these blinds such an attractive option. With over 40 colours to pick from, and all the finishes (we’ve got solid colours and wood grain effect, to name just a few) – these blinds provide everything. Since we’re based in Middlesbrough, we’ll be able to fit your aluminium blinds locally too (and as “Perfect Fit” blinds, if you want that option) whether you’re based in Teeside or Middlesbrough.

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4. Roof Blinds

We stock roof blinds now, also known as “Orangery Blinds” which combine German engineering with blind practicality. These blinds are perfect for lounges, living rooms, anywhere with a relaxing atmosphere. These blinds have been designed specially by a German company, and we now manufacture them here in the UK, and fit them locally for you.

These blinds are motorised, so that you can easily control them at the touch of a button. Whether you want to leave in some sunlight into your room, or you want to look at the stars at night – these blinds allow you to get very creative! They are pioneering, innovative and push the boundaries of blinds and technology, to create a product that aims to please, for years and decades to come.

5. Perfect Fit Blinds

Perhaps, our most impressive and exciting type of blinds on offer, are our Perfect Fit blinds. Again, just like our Orangery blinds, this new innovation aims to reinvent what we know about blinds and blind fittings.

Perfect Fit blinds can be fitted onto double-glazed windows, conservatory windows, without any special drilling or screws into your frames. We all know how difficult it is to find blinds which fit the exact shape and size of a window. Conservatory windows are especially hard to find precise fitting blinds for, because of their unique shapes and sizes. Their awkward shape can make blind fitting near impossible.

However, with our innovative Perfect Fit blinds, we can tailor your blinds to your window’s or door’s exact size and shape. This ensures a consistent, working fit which will ensure that your blinds can be mounted quickly and easily.

Another reason why these blinds are so attractive, is because of how child-friendly they are. They don’t include any hanging cords or chains, which can pose a threat to child safety. Also, these are ideal for your child’s bedroom, because they can black-out light at night time, if your child cannot sleep.

There are a variety of types of Perfect Fit blinds on offer, including Venetian, Aluminium, Pleated and Roller blinds. With the extensive range and the innovative technology behind these blinds, you should definitely consider them! If you’re living in Middlesbrough or Teeside, that means we can quickly and easily get to work on helping you choose your blinds and fit them.

Blinds For Everyone

The greatest thing about our blinds here at the Beautiful Blind Company – is the sheer choice that we provide. We’ve taken a look at only five varieties of blinds in this article, but there are so many more! We’re a blinds company that provide choice, variety and blinds that stand the true test of time.

If you’ve seen a product here that you like, or has caught your interest, don’t hesitate to give us a call! Our phone number is 01642 688 090 and we’ll give you a free quote. For Middlesbrough blinds and Teeside blinds, we should be your first choice!

Made-to-Measure Blinds Keep Homes Cooler in Summer

Made-to-Measure Blinds Keep Homes Cooler in Summer
Summer weather will hopefully soon be on its way to the UK, and that means it’s time for smart homeowners and flat dwellers to make sure they are doing everything they can to keep their homes as cool as possible this summer.

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According to the Energy Saving Trust, most people can expect to save anywhere from £10 to £50 per year on their utility bills simply by draught-proofing around windows and exterior doors. Those with a bigger budget might consider having double-glazed windows installed, but for many, this is simply too much of an undertaking both financially and logistically.

Yet another way to keep your home cool in the summer is simply by ordering made-to-measure blinds for the windows and exterior doors which provide superior coverage and insulation compared to most models available in home improvement stores.

When it comes to keeping the home cooler in the summer, the benefits of made-to-measure blinds are twofold: darker colours will block out more sunlight, and made-to-measure blinds will cover the windows and doors more completely, allowing fewer rays of sunlight to enter through cracks or around the edges of blinds. Types of blinds that one might consider for this purpose include pleated blinds and blinds which are custom built to fit the window with their own frame. Many excellent models are available which do not require drilling into your existing windows or otherwise voiding the warranty, so if you do already have plans to install replacement windows, then custom blinds would be ideal!

The Beautiful Blind Company has been installing made-to-measure blinds in homes and offices in the Northeast for many years. Our Redcar-based installers provide an excellent service and will install our Perfect Fit blinds, or any other blinds you might select from our range of products, to meet your exact requirements.

For more information on how we can help you improve energy efficiency and keep your home comfortably cool all summer long, call us today on 01642 688049 or visit the Beautiful Blind Company website today.

The Ellen Conlin Hair and Beauty in Glasgow

The Ellen Conlin Hair and Beauty Salon
Visiting the salon is something many of us regularly enjoy, spending some time being pampered and then leaving looking great and is the perfect way to boost your confidence and feel refreshed. Ellen Conlin is a Hair and Beauty salon in Glasgow that is definitely worth checking out.  With two separate salons available they easily accessible, no matter where you are within Glasgow, they also offer an impressive range of quality hairdressing services and beauty treatments.

beautyTheir Hyndland salon has been long established as ‘Masters of Colour’ and they are one of the few salons locally that have the knowledge and expertise to create any colour you desire, regardless of your natural colouring, age or hair type and condition. As an award winning clinical centre Ellen Conlin Hair and Beauty are also able to offer treatments such as Microdermabrasion, DermaluxTriZone and EA Peels.

Ellen Conlin Hair and Beauty are a 5 star rated beauty business originally opening their flagship hair & Beauty salon in Hyndland in Glasgow’s famous West End 15 years ago, later following their success they went on to open a second hair & beauty salon in Giffnock.   As holders of a 2012 silver Investor’s in People accreditation and 2015 Investor’s in Young People accreditation, Ellen Conlin Hair and Beauty have high professional recognition, they have also achieved a wide range of awards and certificates from various Glasgow hairdressing and hairdressing business competitions.  With recognition like this and co-owner Ellen’s four decades of hair dressing experience it’s easy to see why they are such a successful business.

Making an appointment to visit one of their pleasant and stylish salons couldn’t be easier as they give the option to book online as well at http://www.ellenconlinhair.com/ , their website also provides information about the different treatments that are available, a full price list, customer reviews and much more useful information, including a 3d tour around each salon.

With air-conditioned salons, a great range of reading material provided and complementary refreshments you can be sure to spend your visit to either Ellen Conlin salon in total comfort. All staff members are dedicated to providing an expert level of customer care and aim to make sure that you have an enjoyable and relaxing experience.  No matter what your reason for visiting you will receive a full initial consultation where you will be able to explain exactly what you want done, and expect to be kept fully informed during the treatment process so you can be certain that you will be happy with the final result.

The range of hairdressing services available is really impressive with a choice of cuts, colours and extensions all available there is no limit to how much you can change the appearance of your hair! All salon staff are educated to the highest possible standard within their chosen specialist field and with specialist hair treatments such as Nanokeratin Hair Restoration and Smoothing System on offer they also know how to help you maintain your hairs condition and appearance, even after you have left the salon.  If you are pushed for time they also have the option for you to visit the Blow Dry bar so you can quickly have your style refreshed.

There are so many different beauty treatments available that you wouldn’t really ever need to visit another salon again! You can choose from a range of options including waxing, tanning, manicure, pedicure, eyelash and eyebrow tinting, threading, made up application and eyelash extensions, all treatments are carried out by professional, friendly staff that are highly qualified in their chosen field.

There are skincare specialists available that can advise you on a combination of advanced prescriptive treatments that can solve any skincare condition, and help you create a personalised skincare programme that is tailored to your needs.  The revolutionary Dermalux TriWave skincare treatment system is also available which is able to actually help to renew and repair the skin and limit any signs of damage.

With many offers available for returning clients including the VIP card, which offers many benefits including the opportunity to collect points and receive discount offers, as well as a wide range of professional standard products available to buy it is easy to see why Ellen Conlin is one of the most popular Hair and Beauty Salons in Glasgow

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Ellen Conlin Hair and Beauty provides these and many other services. For hair and beauty treatments that will leave you looking and feeling your very best, call our Glasgow salon today on 0141 339 8223 or visit the Ellen Conlin Hair and Beauty website today to make your appointment with a new look.

Reasons Why Your Small Business Needs SEO

Reasons Why Your Small Business Needs SEO
In today’s digital age, having a strong online presence is crucial to the success of any small business. People research services online before doing anything else, and they often find companies through searching on Google.

bannerSEO is the practice of helping your website to rank on page one or page two for certain keywords. By ranking highly in search results for specific keywords, you can attract more traffic to your website.

Did you know that 61% of global Internet users research products online, before making any purchase at all? This statistic, conducted by a HubSpot survey, shows the importance of having your small business rank well in search results. With every passing year, millions of new users are joining the Internet and starting to research products. This number will only increase with time.

In this article, you’ll learn the crucial importance of SEO for your small business.

1. You’ll Rank Well For Important Keywords

If you build a strong online presence through linkbuilding and make your website a robust and mobile-friendly website (just two of the factors that are essential for SEO), your rankings on Google search result pages will increase. The higher you go on the pages, the more people will see your website and click on it. Although it takes a long time and much work to get to page one for local keywords, it is very doable.

Hundreds of people could be searching for a small business like yours, but since you’re not on page one or page two, they’ll never be able to find you. If you offer a great product or service, this is quite a loss, indeed. By employing SEO and applying it to your website, you can start to rise in the ranks and pick up on these potential clients.

Let’s say you have a business that insulates windows in Devon. There are hundreds of searches each month for the keyword “window insulation devon”. If your website ranks highly for that term, the searcher will find your website and could become a client of yours.

2. You’ll Build Traffic To Your Website

The higher your website ranks, the more traffic it will receive. With traffic and interested people, you can use these to your advantage. You can direct them to email newsletters, social media channels, contact details or even, your services/products page. Getting sustainable traffic will ensure that you have a constant flow of potential clients coming to your website.

It is difficult to get traffic to your website using outbound techniques, like direct mail advertising. You might get an interested customer or two, but this isn’t sustainable. With a high ranking on Google search results, you will have a constant stream of traffic, allowing your website to grow in popularity and essentially, this will lead to more potential clients or customers finding you.

3. You’ll RankWell on Google MyPlaces

Local SEO involves targeting searchers in your local area who are looking for a product or service. Often, Google will display businesses in that area, who have a Google MyPlaces page. Using SEO, you can rank well on search results and have your own part in the Google MyPlaces page.

This will give you more exposure not just in search results, but also on the Google MyPlaces section of the search page (it is to the right of results). Your MyPlaces spot will also include a starred review, from cumulated customer ratings and also, images and a phone number. There are a variety of techniques you can use to rank well, and ultimately, dominate the Google MyPlaces spot.

4. You Can Focus Less On PPC

PPC or paid advertising involves placing ads on Google search results. However, this may lead to a lot of effort which isn’t sustainable. While it may deliver clients (at a price), you need to keep spending on PPC to keep your traffic coming.

With SEO, your website will rank on search results, and a constant stream of traffic will come to your website. Provided your website offers a great customer experience, it will more than likely stay in the results. There will be little work on your part, to keep the stream of traffic coming in.

Also, according to Informza, 70-80% of searchers ignore paid ads and focus on organic results. So, the majority of your potential clients could be ignoring your ad, if you decide to advertise with PPC.

Final Thoughts

By ranking well and having a strong online presence, you can attract more clients and ultimately, more sales and money for your business. It will help you build your online exposure and reach while picking up on many potential clients at the same time.

While SEO takes more work, it is sustainable, and once the foundations are made, your website will attract traffic for years to come.

For information on how Direct Submit SEO services can help your business get noticed on the Internet, call today on 0845 2722350 or visit our Internet Marketing website.

Business Websites Falling Victim to Hackers

Small Business Websites Falling Victim to Hackers
According to newly released Google Transparency Report safe browsing statistics, over 10 million internet users encounter unsafe websites delivering malware and spam every week. Google says many of the pages falling victim are small business websites and personal blogs. The search engine says many compromised site owners are unaware there is a problem, visitors are turned away with a ‘This site may be unsafe’ warning meaning a lack of traffic, and when the problem is detected, often there is a lack of cyber security know-how to fix the issue and restore the site.

Internet Security
Security on the web is paramount, especially for webmasters striving to create a coordinated and enjoyable online experience for their visitors. But with statistics showing more than 10m users encountering harmful websites every week, just how deep does this security issue go – and how can webmasters make their sites more secure for their audience?

The figures are certainly worrying, both for those browsing the web and the webmasters attempting to keep their site free from hackers, malware or scams. Over the last year, Google says it has detected more than 800,000 compromised websites, with 16,500 new ones springing up every week, from all over the globe.

The unfortunate visitors to these sites find themselves looking at scam content and malware, often with downloads inserting themselves onto the computer. Many of the scams are fairly easy to spot, and many users have software installed which alerts them to these fake sites – but they are becoming ever more sophisticated, and the uninitiated can fall for the dirty tactics employed by the malware creators.

In order to help webmasters protect their websites and their businesses, Google teamed up with the University of California, Berkeley, to devise new methods of reaching out to compromised site owners quickly and to expedite recovery. It says, “When Google works directly with webmasters during critical moments like security breaches, we can help 75% of webmasters re-secure their content. The whole process takes a median of 3 days. This is a better experience for webmasters and their audience.”

Staying safe
The big question then is how can webmasters protect themselves against these kinds of hacks and ensure that their visitors aren’t exposed to potentially harmful content? How can compromised sites be repaired and measures put in place to stop it happening again?

If you’re a webmaster concerned about the figures above, try these strategies to protect your site and safeguard your online reputation.

Keep everything up-to-date
One of the most effective ways to protect your website is to ensure that all the platforms and scripts your website utilises are kept up-to-date. The downside of using open-source software is that the code is available to hackers, who can take their time to pinpoint security loopholes they can exploit. By keeping your scripts and platforms totally up to date, you can minimize the risk of hackers exploiting loopholes – but it’s important to remember that this method alone will not be enough to secure your site fully.

Encrypt login pages, and limit sharing of login data
Using encryption on your login pages is essential when it comes to ensuring that hackers can’t get hold of your login credentials. SSL encryptions are among the most popular – this is the type that makes ‘https://’ appear at the beginning of the URL. When you use this type of encryption, it means that the information entered there is meaningless to any third-party who may have come across it, and cannot be interpreted or translated in any way.

You should also ensure that you’re not handing out login details to those who don’t necessarily need it. Rather than allowing coworkers, third-party service providers or other associates to use your login information, create separate accounts for them and ensure that their permissions are kept up-to-date. Remove or downgrade permissions immediately if they leave the company or change their role, and remind all users to change their passwords regularly.

Utilise Google’s tools
Google offers a multitude of tools across a number of its properties that can help you remain vigilant when it comes to your website’s security. The site:search feature accessible from the search page allows you to check for suspicious URLs or directories associated with your website. The Search Queries page in Analytics lets you check out the significant keywords that Google has found on your website. If you’re seeing unexpected keywords (terms like ‘casino’, ‘viagra’ and ‘loans’ are among the most common), it’s likely your site’s security has been breached.

Google plays a big part in helping to detect malware, which is why it is important to set up and verify your website in Google Search Console. If it picks up any suspicious activity on your site, it’ll send you a notification via your Message Centre. Not all webmasters check their Message Centre regularly, so you should have these notifications set up to forward to your email account, to ensure that you receive them quickly after they’re sent.

Change your CMS settings from the default
A lot of malicious website attacks are carried out by automated systems which depend entirely on sites using the default CMS settings. These attacks are the most common attacks on websites, and this can be rectified simply by changing your settings. Make sure you adjust things like comment controls, visibility of user information and file permissions to bolster your security and protect your site further.

Scan regularly
Schedule in a regular scan of your website using one of the many scanning services out there – if you haven’t used one before, tools like Norton Safe Web, McAfee SiteAdvisor and Google Safe Browsing Diagnostics are all safe bets. These services will pick up on malware and suspicious pieces of code that may have latched onto your website, so that you can remove them as soon as you find them. If you neglect regular scans, your site could be vulnerable to hidden code or suspicious malware coming in under your radar and infecting potentially thousands of users’ devices.

Work from a safe computer
Try to avoid updating or maintaining your website from a public computer, if you can help it. Access it only from your own device, and ensure that your software is up to date, you have no viruses and have carried out a malware / anti-virus check recently.

Subscribe to security updates
Many hosting companies and publishing platforms have their own RSS feed providing updates on security issues. Stay up-to-date on the latest happenings on your platform, as well as gaining useful insight into improving your security or closing known loopholes.

Keep your site clean
Attackers thrive on the hidden files, redirects and remote inclusions tucked away in the deep directories of your website in order to plant and deliver their malware. Ensure that your site is cleaned up regularly by deleting any content or files that your site isn’t using.

These simple steps will help to enhance the security of your website significantly – and while there is no guarantee that you’ll never be hacked, you’ll be one step ahead if you continue to keep up with these tips and steps. Be prepared, be vigilant and be pro-active about your security, and you (and your users) should stay safe.

View the full Google study for more on this topic here: Remedying Web Hijacking: Notification Effectiveness and Webmaster Comprehension.

North East SEO & Internet Marketing Services

North East SEO & Internet Marketing Services
Are you looking for cutting edge SEO & Internet Marketing Services to promote your business or company onto the Internet? Marketing North East are part of the Direct Submit Internet Marketing group and can provide the SEO solutions to make sure your website gets noticed. A North East located company we can offer advice and professional guidance on getting your business noticed on the Web.

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Marketing North East are an Internet Marketing company located in Newcastle upon Tyne and the North East. With our sister company Direct Submit Internet Services, our goal is to promote businesses and companies operating from within the North East region.

For further information call us today on 0845 2722350 and let us help you market your website and business.

 

Local SEO to Help Promote your Business

Local SEO to Help Promote your Business
Are you looking to expand your customer base or hoping to raise the profile of your company to a local audience? How many potential customers now open Yellow Pages? Not many is the probable answer, with most house owners now reaching for the laptop or tablet device. The benefits of local search engine optimisation can often prove more relevant to what can often be called ‘bricks-and-mortar businesses’ rather than to Internet-based companies, and it can be an important marketing tool for any company with an online presence to use SEO to their advantage.

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For local businesses, locally focussed SEO services can make the difference to help get potential customers in your own neighbourhood coming to you to buy your services or products.

Local Search Engine Optimisation and effective Internet Marketing can quickly allow you to promote your business to a local or regional audience, helping customers find your business and potentially purchase your products.

Some of the benefits of a Local Internet Marketing campaign include:

– Potential for more sales and repeat business

– Attracting new customers

– Diversifying into new business

– Increased market profile

– Opportunity to expand marketing

– More cost effective and flexible than offline advertising

– Promote your Local business

– 24 x 7 days presence

Internet Marketing & SEO are systems used to get your website in front of as many of your potential customers as possible and Internet Marketing specialists such as Direct Submit do this by targeting specific key phrases that potential visitors relevant to your business might type into search engines such as Google or Yahoo. For example, ‘Plumbing Services Newcastle’ or ‘Office Cleaning Services Edinburgh’.

Direct Submit can work with you to achieve excellent and very cost effective Search Engine Rankings for your business. We can do this using a number of means, for example strategically placing key phrases throughout your website and reviewing your website content. Using these techniques and others we can significantly improve the chances of seeing your website appear on the first pages of the major search engines including Google, Bing and Yahoo.

If you are serious about selling your products, services or enhancing your company profile online then talk to us at Direct Submit Internet Marketing Services. We are a professional, ethical online marketing company who offer a comprehensive range of Internet Marketing Services including search engine optimisation, pay per click, link development and directory submissions.

Contact Direct Submit
If you would like further information on how we can help your business grow then call us today on 0845 2722350 or visit the Direct Submit SEO website where we will be able to offer you friendly and expert advice about getting your website listed, using our proven and very cost effective SEO services.