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Tech tip: Check your site in browsers you don’t use

It seems that those of us who are looking for the shiniest new technology objects seldom look back at the applications we have kicked to the curb.  So it is with web browsers.  I have been addicted to Google’s amazing Chrome browser for quite a while now.  I browse in Firefox occasionally, but Internet Explorer?  Didn’t everyone leave IE behind years ago?   To be honest, I have only used IE for the proprietary Realtor  tools that, for some reason, are written to perform only in IE.  Otherwise, I doubt if I would have would fired  it up except by accident.

The other day, I accidentally brought up the new version of my real estate site http://spake.com in IE, and I was appalled.  A site that looked pretty clean in Chrome and Firefox, was distorted as  a website Picasso might have designed when displayed in IE. (Too bad I didn’t get a screen shot)  To my surprise, Google Analytics told  me that 35.56% of my site visitors  this year used a version of Internet Explorer.  Time for panic!  Over a third of the visitors to my business website, were getting unformatted, and partially unusable content.  No wonder IE generated the highest bounce rates of any of the major browsers  opening spake.com.

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Power your photo blog with Flickr

 Everybody loves pictures

Wordmark of Flickr

The old saying “a picture’s worth 1000 words,”  has held true through the ages, yet many small business don’t see the real value of publishing pictures of their products and services.  Whether it’s a cleaning service, custom manufacturer, realtor, or provider of very specialized services, a picture of what you do, make or sell is almost always more appealing and memorable that a paragraph or more of descriptions.

cotton gin

Seeing what happens in a cotton gin is more interesting than reading about it

Flickr is the best online photo management and sharing application; and it’s free.  You can also upload videos and manage them in the same way as your photos.  Google has a long way to go with their photo system to catch up, but that’ a topic for another post.  I will leave it to you to explore Flickr’s simple interface.  You may even want to upgrade to the PRO version as you become a heavy user.  You can even make all your images private, and still use all the great Flickr management tools.

For me, Flickr’s best feature is Sharing.  Not only can you share individual pictures, galleries or slide shows to the major social media platforms but you can post directly to your blog/website, directly from Flickr. Simply link to your favorite blogging platform, Blogger, WordPress, etc. in the options, the locate a photo you want to add, and one click posts on the blog of your choice.  I seldom have to do anything with my Memphis photoblog,  except add keywords.  Posts come straight from Flickr.  Here’s an example  photo post to this blog.

This quick screencast will give you an idea of how easy this process is.

Whether you are a business person or an individual proud of your photography, a photo blog is a very effective way to showcase your work  and get your message out there in a visual medium; and Flickr makes the process a breeze.

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