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I work in Online Marketing Development for some medium to large size companies in the UK doing SEO, Online Marketing and Coding. I like to spend my spare time playing online games such as BC2 Vietnam with my friends, and playing around with websites such as building them, making changes and keeping content up to date etc. I also work on and run a number of sites for online solutions from web hosting to game servers and much more. Read more about me and my sites at My Profile. Just another rocker/metal head, that cares for nothing much but having fun and lots of it!

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Nov-10-2011
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Archive for September, 2011

Battlefield Core – The Only True Battlefield 3 Gaming Community!

Posted by NathanielB On September - 29 - 2011

Welcome to the Core Solider!
BattlefieldCore.com

The Core is a group of sites focusing on gaming related news and a massive community focus, with BF3 and the battlefield core being the first site in our project.

Alongside the main site features such as news feeds, forums, public teamspeak, soon to be launch public servers, content sharing and other features – the Core hopes to have one of the most up to date wiki sites relating to BF3 content. Currently we see no other sites with battlefield 3 wiki’s on them – so this could be one of the aces up our sleeves.

In the future of the site we aim to have better access to video and image content, though until the game launches there is not going to be much relating to that so it currently remains as work in progress to make way for more relevant things. Also the desire to get streaming on the site in some way shape or form is a massive interest to us. How to do it is not 100% decided. Do we find a good caster and go at it solo and provide our own content? Do we partner up with a site to provide content for them or vice versa? Or do we go for the community plan and provide a portal for “wannabe casters”, machinima makers, and frag video recorders to post their content for that extra exposure to our community? We could then pick the cream of the crop of casters to do exclusive casting for the site for example. Rest assured streaming of some kind will be on the site in the near future.

All this and more will help us to become the best Battlefield 3 community in the world, so keep reading for more exciting features and then head over to the core to see what its all about in the flesh!

The final idea in progress is an attempt to get battlelog integration with the site in some way shape or form. Now this is no easy task, but it is one we believe to be possible. It could be as simple as just displaying the cores platoon data on the site, or as in-depth as linking soldier profiles directly with user accounts, making forum sig images for them, and things along those lines. Cannot promise ANY of these features are actually possible, depends on battlelog and our ability to access it – but it certainly looks possible from a first glance at the BETA version of battlelog.

Hopefully the battlefield core will bring back the old skool community site that seems to be lost these days amongst a sea of tweeters, YouTubers, and “pro” gaming sites. With Battlefield 3 having 64v64 mode in it, a good community is something that fits the game very well and should, fingers crossed, be successful if it gets done well.

Battlefield Core signing off, for now! Now you know a little about us, come have a look and join the core site, be a part of the forums and everything we offer, and be a part the best darn BattleField3 gaming community in the world!

CRT Replacements – The Evolution Of Plasma and LCD Screens

Posted by NathanielB On September - 28 - 2011

With the advent of Plasma screens, then LCD screens, and now even the new LED screens, the older style Cathode Ray Tube (CRT) has become obsolete. CRT screens were what pretty much all television screens were up until 5 to 7 years ago when flat screen televisions came on the market.

Now with regards to televisions at home the early flat screen models were expensive, however now they are very cheap with a 40 inch screen costing less then £400. This means virtually everyone now has one, and not a CRT television.

You may think this has no impact, and in the residential and retail market it did not, other than the fact that CRT manufacturers went bust as nobody wanted them anymore, but some people really did “Need them”. Indeed to the people that needed them this was a big problem, as commonly CRT monitors had been built in to legacy systems on ships, power stations, and military applications, as well as pretty much all emergency services control rooms.

So the massive knock on effect was that for these services, many of whose systems had been designed and installed years ago with a predicted life in some cases of over 30 years faced the problem that if a CRT monitor failed, there was no longer a replacement, nobody was making them anymore. Potential big problems on the horizon?

Well the good news is that there are now specialist LCD monitor manufacturers that can offer custom sizes, as the initial problem was that whilst you could replace a CRT tube with an LCD screen, if the new screen was 6 inches wider what do you do? As in many of these situations there were banks of monitors side by side. So it needed to be the right size or nothing.

LCD monitors can now be bought that not only can be made to size but also to connect with a range of legacy system technologies, as many CRT tubes worked on different frequencies to modern LCD units.

Also there was the issue that many of the applications that used CRT screens such as CNC machines, needed a rugged screen as a replacement as they were being used in an industrial environment, the good news is you can now buy rugged LCD monitors that cater for just such situations, with direct like for like fixings even being available meaning that replacing a broken CRT does not now require any modification to the housing to fit a rugged LCD monitor.

You can find a large selection of Custom LCD Monitors at KME. Kent Modular Electronics are the number 1 specialists of LCD Monitors in the UK.

Infolinks Launches World’s First In-Text Ads Marketplace

Posted by NathanielB On September - 27 - 2011

You might have read about the new “In-Text Ads Marketplace” from Infolinks, which has not long gone into full swing for all its clients (old and new customers can register for the new marketplace) and being as I use the services of Infolinks on some of my blogs I thought it would be nice to do a little article on this grand new marketplace!

The look, feel and layout of the Infolinks Marketplace In-Text Ads admin area is very much link that of google adwords, which some may slate or put down due to them not doing something different, but I think the main reason behind this is to offer people any easy to use and navigate alternative to Google adwords without having to learn a new layout etc. And in my opinion thats a very good move as it means people dont have to worry about learning something new, and can simple get down to building Campaigns and Ads.

They have a minimum month budget of $49.60 which is a bit of a random amount (why not make it an even $50?) and maybe a little high IMHO as I tend to do half of that when I start a new google adwords campaign on just £20 – £25 to see how it goes, but I guest $49.60 isn’t far of that as it works out at £31.76 (at today’s rates on xe.com).

Even Geo-Targeting has been well thought out, which is performed at a campaign level and is available for regions as large as a country or narrow as a postal code. Specifically, there are four geographic types you can use to target your campaigns:

  • Country
  • State or Region
  • City / Designated Marketing Area
  • Postal Code

Along with all the above, the Infolinks self-service In-Text Advertising Marketplace includes the following features:

  • User Friendly – Create an In-Text advertising campaign in minutes
  • Keyword Selection -Select and own your branded keywords across the Web
  • Keyword Bidding - Segment your geographic and vertical market budgeting
  • Advanced Optimization - Customize your reach and maximize ROI
  • Real-Time Reporting - Monitor and continuously improve your brand lift

For more detailed information and to signup for this new fantastic service from Infolinks please head over to the Infolinks Blog and the Infolinks Facebook Page.

Oh yes, and I forgot to mention, I am currently making my campaigns so if you want to keep up with the competition I suggest you get a move on and sign up today before I take all your traffic :p

I just joined Distilled’s Se…

Posted by NathanielB On September - 22 - 2011

I just joined Distilled’s Search Marketing Meet Up Group! http://t.co/5ycJP1Tp

Checking out http://t.co/KvdQ4…

Posted by NathanielB On September - 20 - 2011

Checking out http://t.co/KvdQ4xUi from @followerwonk: Twitter bio search, user comparison, follower analysis, social graph tracking

How To Display Author Photo In Google Search Results

Posted by NathanielB On September - 16 - 2011

In Order To Show Author Photo in Google Search Results Page you need three things;

  1. A website or blog that you own
  2. A Google Plus Account
  3. An About Me page on your blog. If you already have an about page where information about author is given then you need not worry. However if you don’t have an about page then you must create one now.  If you have met these three conditions then you may follow these steps:
  4. On your website sidebar or header or footer add this link,

<a href=”https://plus.google.com/GOOGLE+ ID” rel=”author” target=”_blank”>Join me on Google+</a>

PS: Do not remove rel=”author” else the trick won’t work! Replace GOOGLE+ ID with your Google profile link id. You can edit the text Join me on Google+ if you wish.

  1.  Next go to your About Me page and add this link anywhere you want,

<a href=”https://plus.google.com/GOOGLE+ ID” rel=”me” target=”_blank”>My Google Profile</a>

Again replace the Google+ ID with your Profile ID. You can edit the text My Google Profile if you wish.

  1. Now go to your G+ profile and click the “Edit Profile” button

Then click on the “LINKS” area, Add your Blog/site homepage URL and also the URL of your about page. You can also add your Facebook and twitter links if you wish.

  1. Go to http://profiles.google.com/me/plusones.
  2. Click Edit Profile.
  3. Check the Show this tab on my profile checkbox.

Next upload a quality Profile Pic of yourself. Your image will look best if it is 150px by 150px in size.

  1. Finally Save your profile and you are almost done.

Now you need to see how your image will appear. Click here and submit your homepage link in the search box and hit preview as shown below,

You will also see this green message: “Verified: Authorship mark up is correct for this page”