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Remote Working – Top Tips for Working from Home

I have been remote working off and on since 2011. I had wanted to remote work before then but I did not know what it meant.

When we were younger my dad’s job meant we moved around the world, living in  6 different countries by the time I was 13. We were lucky to experience so much at such a young age as well as visiting many other countries and cities near to where we were living. However some places I lived, I really loved and did not want to leave. Therefore as a 10 year old, I vowed to work where ever I wanted in the world. Little did I know about digital marketing or online businesses.

Since going back to working full time remote in 2015, I have a lot of tips on what we should do to help you be as productive as possible. I try and take part in online events as much as possible, Alexandra hosts her Digital Olympus that was purely online and branched out to offline as well, there was even a global work from home day last year too put together by Remote How.

WorkfromHome

Now with many people working from home due to the coronavirus, I wanted to share these tips:

  1. Tell everyone you are working from home. Otherwise they may get you to do invisible jobs (like weeding or cleaning out the cupboards)
  2. Get a proper desk and chair. If you cannot go and buy one, see if you can borrow one from your friends or family.
  3. Change out of your PJs before 9am. It can be 8:58 but make sure you are in work or outdoor clothes before your official work time.
  4. Have a lunch and your regular breaks – you could do lunch with your mom/dad – whoever is not working
  5. Plan a proper stop time and do something away from your desk, this way you are not working into the night.
  6. DO NOT answer the door or phone calls that would go unanswered if you were in the office away from home
  7. DO NOT start doing cleaning jobs or getting distracted with that is on the tv
  8. BE STRICT with yourself, ask yourself if you would act that way in the office (eg watching tv all day)
  9. Communicate with your team. There are a lot of different channels to use, for example Slack, skype (yes skype) and mattermost.
  10. Keep up to date with your tasks, Trello is one way to record your to-do list, asana is a good project management tool.
  11. Have video conferences when you need to through GoToMeeting or Zoom or skype (yes still exists).
  12. Keep to a schedule as if you were in the office.
  13. Get up and walk around – sitting down for too long is not healthy. Your legs will not like you for it.
  14. Make the most of your non commuting time – you may need to get super fast broadband installed.

I went to IKEA to get my desk and chair, the chair was 159 Euros but it is the best chair I have had. Plus I also bought a foot stool. If you cannot find a footstool, get a small box or small step ladder to use under your desk

Working from home is not for everyone. However, during this coronavirus it is recommended everyone stays at home and avoids going out, I recently read about Florian Reifschneider who set up this StayTheF**kAtHome campaign to encourage people to stay at home. Avoid large crowds, do not take the metro or public transport and stay safe.

 

View from outside the flat

 

 

Voice Technology Research Disability Project

Last year I started a survey about voice search and disability as I noticed when I attended conferences people were talking about voice search but no one was mentioning about how it was helping those who are disabled.

ComScore projected that 50% of all searches would be voice search by 2020, but there has been limited information about voice search helping those who may be blind/partially sighted, deaf or unable to speak clearly or use their hands.

I was fortunate to be introduced to Lily earlier this month and we are relaunching the project with updated questions about how voice search can help those who are disabled. If voice search is inaccessible then we want to ensure that something is done to ensure everyone has the opportunity to be connected to this technology.

Lily shares her thoughts on the project:

“As someone who has been disabled all my life, and have recently begun working in digital marketing, researching accessibility online and through technology is very important to me. This project is very interesting and will be used to inform leaders in voice technology where their focus should be next. By drawing attention to a key part of their audience, accessibility will hopefully become a key focus for those developing voice technologies. It is crucial to consider disabled people as part of the audience for a product and service and to understand that not all those with disabilities have the same needs, but by endeavouring to understand these needs more, it is increasingly possible to try and cater for a wide variety of people.

As a deaf person, voice technologies have been inaccessible to me, but I can see with a transcription facility, I would be able to orally ask a question and to read the response. However, it is important to note that voice technologies may never be accessible for some disabled people, but this research allows us to know where technology industries can move forward and progress to ensure all products and services are made with disabled people in mind”

Please find the link to the survey:

Thank you for answering the questions.

If you have any further questions or comments or feedback, please let us know.

SEO Jo Blogs and Lily from @DisabledTimes

Inspirational and Motivating People – Areej Abuali

As we are coming into a new “school year”, I wanted this site, SEO Jo Blogs to have more information to help those in the industry, whether it is guidance about the next career move or confirmation about a project they are working on, or just motivation if they are in a bad place right now. Therefore part of the blog will feature interviews from inspirational and motivating people. I have found that hope is something that can easily get crushed but it is the one thing that keeps people motivated. I also realised that everyone has a choice in what they do career wise, but each choice can have consequences, which can both be bad and good. Hope can sometimes be crushed when that career choice has negative consequences. 

Areej at BrightonSEO

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Digital Elite Day Recap – June 6, 2019

Digital Elite Day took place on Thursday June 6th and I was honored to be the MC for the Search Elite track. This year was bigger and better than ever before with 26 speakers and over 200 attendees. Below is a write up of some of the key points from the Search Elite track.

PWAs SEO: Optimising for the Future of the Web

EU Search Personality of 2018, Aleyda Solis and founder of Orainti was up first at the Search Elite track.  Aleyda said that apps provided a fragmented and vertical specificities app experience. They can be expensive to develop, but we end up installing a lot of them.

Aleyda Solis

Why do we install apps?

  • The reason is that it is easier to access apps through the home screen
  • Apps can use additional phone features
  • Mobile websites speed and usability
  • You need internet to access web content.
  • SO mobile web is also broken.  BUT it is not more broken than the app one.
  • Because of this we are sometimes forced to download apps.

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Digital Elite Day – The Best Search and CRO Conference

I am proud to be part of Digital Elite Day, the best SEO and CRO conference in 2019.

I have been involved with Search and Conversion Elite since June 2016 and have attended everyone in London. This year we have rebranded as Digital Elite and there will be practical and intensive workshops the day before the conference, which takes place on Thursday, June 6th.

There will be two tracks, one for search and one for CRO and the venue isProspero House, 241 Borough High Street, SE1 1GA. Jackie Bissell Craig Rayner and Andy Brown are the team behind Digital Elite Day and thanks to Under2, we have a brand new website.

DED speaker montage

There are more than 22 speakers on the day, including a key note from Karl Gilis and an SEO Clinic Q and A with Jono and Nick.

This is certainly one conference, you cannot afford to miss. I wrote some of the key tips and take aways from the search session last year here. I cannot wait until the Digital Elite Day, taking place June 6th this year.

The conference is for those more technically advanced both in search and CRO. You will have an all day access to the speakers and you can speak to them over lunch and breakfast. There were some healthy and sweet options last year and we will have a varied menu in June as well. We expect there to be just under 300 attendees, this is the right size to network with everyone. Doors open at 8am and we will have drinks until 7:00pm. Attendees will also have unlimited beer, wine and soft drinks as well as swag bag including t-shirt on arrival.

Register for your ticket today. Search London is a media partner of Digital Elite so contact me for a special discount.

Search London’s 8th Birthday Party – Feb 4th, 2019

Search London is officially turning 8 years old next month and we are holding a birthday party.

I took over the meetup from Judith Lewis back in October 2010 and it has grown from 200 members to over 2150 members. I am happy to see how it has grown and am pleased to say we have between 6 and 8 events a year.

In the past we had International SEO consultant and EU Search Personality, Aleyda Solis, Pierre Far, as well as Pete from Kaizen, Fili Weise, Nick Wilsdon from Vodafone and Chris Green from award winning Strategiq.

We will be hosting our 8th birthday party at Bounce in Holborn on Monday, February 4th at 6:00pm. We have the room until 11:00pm so reserve this date in your diary !

We will have 90 – 100 digital marketers at the birthday party with drinks, food and of course cake. We had some great parties in the past where speakers shared insightful tips.

Search London is an independent organisation and we are looking for sponsors to help put on the event. Have your brand in front of a captive audience and network with some of the best search professionals.

Contact SEO Jo Blogs or Tim Sheed  to get involved with our 8th birthday party.

Birthday Cake

Take Aways from Benchmark Conference 2018 – Organised by Click Consult

I went the Benchmark Conference in Manchester September 5th. There were some great speakers and I was pleased to be on the panel with Omi Sido as moderator. I wrote up a review of some of the key takeaways from the event.

Let’s do AI- How Artificial Intelligence is Amplifying Human and Also Marketing Ingenuity- Today.

Ellie England

Ellie England, Sales Director, Bing Ads was first up and talked about a new technology paradigm, AI.

  • AI is not just for tecchies, it is for everyone.
  • AI – so much information about this.
  • Microsoft has a lot of research on this. Bing is a search engine, but also a data repository of 2.5 billion pieces of data.

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