Blogging

4 Simple Tips for Blogging Success in 2018

Blogging began as a way to keep a digital journal, but over the years it has evolved into a popular pastime and viable career path. (read this tale of a London SEO expert success story you’ll never believe) With so much competition out there, it’s more important than ever to have a high-quality blog. In this post, I’ll highlight a few ways — from upgraded web hosting services to embracing SEO — to improve your website.

When it comes to creating and maintaining a successful blog, there are many, many things to consider. Although the design and content are the first things your readers will notice, the efficiency, SEO, and quality of your website hosting also play a vital role. In this post, we’ll take a look at why each of these benefit you and how you can implement them into your site.

  1. Quality Over Quantity

The blog posts you write are not only your website’s main purpose but also a representation of you as a person and a writer. Ensuring that the content you publish is of the highest possible quality will establish a stronger connection with your audience and give them a reason to keep visiting your website.

Although it’s good SEO practice to publish content on a regular basis, it’s vital not to slip into the habit of writing for the sake of writing. You should always prioritise quality over quantity when it comes to blogging, so plan ahead, research thoroughly, and don’t rush the writing process. Oversaturating your blog with too many posts will make it difficult for your audience to keep up and is a good way to lose readers.

  1. Is Your Blog User-Friendly?

Before people get a chance to read your content, the first thing they see is your website’s design. It’s for this reason that a professional and appealing design is essential, to make a great first impression and ensure that your posts get read. Although the style and aesthetic of your blog are important, it’s also vital that it’s user-friendly, because even the most amazing design will come unstuck if it’s a nightmare to use.

In this instance, you should aim to make your website as simple to use as possible. This means menus and other navigational tools have to be in plain sight, the font you use needs to be legible, and your website must be mobile-friendly. A few years ago, mobile internet usage overtook desktop for the first time, so without a mobile-friendly site, you’ll substantially decrease your potential readership.

  1. Upgraded Web Hosting Services

Another important aspect of website creation and maintenance is web hosting. This is the service that provides you with the web space and bandwidth to get online. If you’re yet to re-evaluate your website hosting service since you first created your site, it’s vital to upgrade if your current service no longer suits your needs. There’s a good chance that your traffic is now higher, meaning you need greater hosting resources to keep everything up to speed.

A higher quality website hosting service (e.g. upgrading from shared hosting to VPS servers) will improve site performance. This is another way to enhance user-friendliness as it means your blog will load quicker and be a lot smoother to navigate. Those things are necessities these days, as we expect our internet to be fast our patience for slow sites has seriously dwindled.

  1. Search Engine Optimisation (SEO)

As a blogger and someone who spends a fair amount of time online, it’s likely you will have heard of ‘SEO’ before. This stands for search engine optimisation and is a series of techniques you can employ to make your blog rank higher on search engines.

Optimising your blog posts and website copy for SEO — and therefore making your blog appear on the higher pages of a search — will prove to be a massive benefit for increasing your readership and establishing your site as an authoritative voice in your chosen niche.

So now that we’ve established that SEO is a fantastic thing for your blog, here are a couple of easy ways to get started:

  • Keywords: Keywords are words and phrases that are entered into search engines. First, you need to decide on a few keywords that relate to your blog and that you believe you can rank highly for. Then use these keywords throughout your content to make sure your site appears in more search results.
  • Backlinks: Backlinks are external links to high-authority websites inserted into your posts to help support aspects of the article like statistics and quotes. Doing so tells search engines that your site is a reliable and relevant source of information, and in the process greatly improves your site’s SEO.

Are you a blogger looking to kick things into gear in 2018? The tips in this post are a few ideal ways to make some adjustments to your website, current content, and future posts to give you the best chance of increasing your readership and brand recognition.

Parenting

Why ‘Me Time’ is Important as a Parent

When you become a parent, it’s pretty safe to say that your whole world changes forever. No longer are you able to cater solely to your own whims and wishes; instead, there is a tiny baby relying on you for care, support, love and attention. Instead of thinking out nights out and new outifts, your brain is occupied with things like nappies and babygrows.

Of course, welcoming a new baby into the family is an exciting time unlike any other, but as the weeks, months and years pass by, despite your best intentions, sometimes things can become a little overwhelming.

Many prospective parents underestimate just how much work goes into raising a child, which is sadly why some find it difficult to cope. After all, it’s not just an increased level of care and responsibility. For most, it’s also sleepless nights and lack of sleep coupled with a disrupted routine and, in the early days, often a lack of adult social contact.

For these reasons, it’s important to remember to take some time out to just be yourself. Parenting is hard work, so sometimes, it will do you good to take a step back and spend a few hours as yourself rather than just ‘mummy’ or ‘daddy’.

What Makes Self-Care Essential?

Of course, self-care is important throughout life. Taking the time to look after yourself will improve your mental health and wellbeing, helping you to become a happier, more confident person in yourself. Even just a few hours a week can help you to relax, unwind and de-stress, enabling you to refresh yourself ready for the upcoming week.

However, many parents struggle to find time for themselves. Young children require around the clock care, and the need to be constantly on hand can end up taking away your personal time. One solution is to find a trusted family member or close friend who won’t mind babysitting for a few hours every now and then. Alternatively, there is always the potential to squeeze in a couple of hours in the evenings once you’ve put your little one to bed for the night – as long as they sleep through the night!

What are the Benefits of Time to Yourself?

‘Me time’ allows you the capability to pursue your own hobbies and interests, as well as ensuring that you are able to adequately relax. Of course, how you choose to spend your personal time is entirely up to you, but it is a good idea to try and vary things so you can fit in everything you want to do.

While catching up on your favourite TV series or finally getting to finish that book is a good place to start, why not consider pampering yourself with a little indulgence? Whether it’s a full-blown home spa experience or just taking the time for a catch-up with a few friends, these are all great ways to unwind. For those parents who are regularly pressed for time, why not treat yourself to your favourite dish for dinner or take five minutes out to enjoy a luxurious cup of coffee? Investing in the best quality coffee equipment can be a nice way to treat yourself every now and then – after all, being a parent is the most difficult job on earth!

While bringing up children is an incredibly rewarding experience, it’s also essential that you are in the best possible position to be able to give them your all. Being stressed and overworked can be detrimental to your health in both the short and long-term, so it’s important to do what you can to combat the pressures of everyday life. At the end of the day, regularly taking the time to properly look after yourself is a surefire way to lead to a happier, healthier version of yourself.

Baby · Family

BabyMel Changing Bag Giveaway (in association with Sudocrem and the Baby Changing Room Awards )

It’s crazy to think that in 2017, there are still public places with totally substandard changing facilities, but it’s a fact. Although both of my girls are well beyond the nappy phase, I still notice these things when we’re out and about and I’ve given more than one sympathetic eyeroll to a struggling Dad who doesn’t know whether to balance his kid on his lap to attempt a bum-change, or brave the ladies toilet where the ONLY changing facilities have been inconveniently placed. One place I never fail to be impressed by is our local IKEA. Not only to many of them have HUGE family toilets which have ample space for buggies and wheelchairs, their family loos also have an adult size toilet and a kid sized on in the same room so that everyone is catered for in one special space.

Sudocrem Baby Changing Room AwardsFive years ago, Sudocrem launched the Baby Changing Room Awards to celebrate exactly that – spaces which have been designed with ease and inclusiveness in mind, and this year’s nominations are now open. The awards aim to recognise the fact that “changing” is about SO much more than babies, and that there are children with complex needs who’s parents need adequate facilities to make their lives easier.

Parents like Laura Rutherford, whose son Brody, 5, suffers from GDD, epilepsy, hypermobility and hypotonia, is forced to change her son on a toilet floor. “Life beyond a baby changing table when your child is doubly incontinent means constant exclusions when you go out as a family. It’s heart breaking for us as parents and this is an issue that will sadly become harder and harder as he grows up. He is different not less. Time for change.”

Jenny Miller CEO of PAMIS explains, “We are thrilled that Sudocrem have recognized the needs of children with complex needs as they grow too large for baby changing facilities. Children and young people who require these facilities are often prevented from taking part in their communities by the simple things that we take for granted. In 2007 we cofounded the  Changing Places Consortium and campaign to develop accessible facilities for the most disabled people in the UK. The Sudocrem award scheme is a great idea and we’re confident it’s going to make a big difference!

If you would like to nominate a changing room for the award, then let us know which changing room, why you want to nominate it and preferably include a photo on Facebook via the Sudocrem website www.sudocrem.co.uk/social-hub or by emailing   competitions@satellitepr.com.

To promote the awards, Sudocrem is giving one lucky Mum’s the Word reader the chance to win a beautiful Babymel Frankie Tweed Nappy Change Bag worth £58.00.

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Good luck and don’t forget to nominate your favourtie changing space in the Baby Changing Room Awards!

Money

Why Passive Income is Your Road to Financial Independence

Most of us have to work daily to earn enough income to fund our lifestyle. Unless you are one of the fortunate few that are born into wealth, true financial independence is often a distant dream and the primary goal is to make it to retirement.

But it doesn’t have to be that way. Changing your perception of what work is can be a radical first step to financial independence. What if you didn’t have to work for somebody else? What if income wasn’t tied to the daily grind?

Enter passive income – your road to financial independence.

Once an initial contribution of energy, time, and financial investment is made, you can earn income passively. This means the money continues to come-in consistently, automatically, and with little ongoing maintenance.

If you can create a passive income, especially when young, it is easy to see why financial independence looks more attainable.

Passive Income Is Everywhere

Passive income opportunities are everywhere; from affiliate marketing online, to renting out property, to getting paid dividends from stock. The trick is to make your career and financial decisions revolve around potential passive income streams. Take classes in real estate, not history. Invest your savings, don’t leave them in a regular bank account. Work extra hard now so you can reap the benefits later.

Here are 4 of those benefits that passive income can bring you …

1) Prevent Financial Emergencies

A core piece of financial advice is to create an emergency savings account that you can turn to if you lose your job, are faced with unexpected bills and expenses, get stuck in a natural disaster, are going through a divorce, or a faced with any other kind of financial emergency.

You can also find 1,000 dollar loans online via sites like WeGot1000 to help bridge the gap.

While this advice is still solid if you have a passive income stream, you may never even view any of these situations as true financial emergencies and you might not even need a loan. Not only do you have a safety net, but that safety net keeps on replenishing itself regardless of your circumstances.

If you lose your day job, you can rely on passive income until you find another. If that car payment comes out earlier than expected, you can bridge the gap. Need to ditch everything and get away from a hurricane?  You still have money coming in.

Of course, every situation is different and even with a passive income you can still end up struggling, but you’re in a much better position than those who rely solely on a weekly or monthly wage, tied to their ongoing effort.

If the potential for financial emergencies is reduced, your road to financial independence is a lot smoother.

2) Create Investment Opportunities

A lot of people like the sound of investing. Who doesn’t want more money? The trouble is to invest you need capital to begin with, and you need to be prepared to risk that money because even the soundest of investments can result in a loss.

If you have a passive income alongside a regular job, you can use the passive income to invest. Your wage or salary covers your day to day lifestyle and your passive income can be used to experiment and generate more wealth in the long-run.

The main point is that passive income gives you more financial freedom.

3) Allow You to Find Other Revenue Streams

Usually, when you work a regular job (even a high-powered one), it takes up the majority of your time. You may find if you’re particularly driven that you can get something else going on the side, but there’s not much else you can do after that. There’s only so many hours in a day.

However, if you use your extra time to create a passive income stream and eventually you find success, you then have the freedom to repeat the process. This is because passive income, once it is up and running, takes minimal effort to maintain.

In theory, you can have an unlimited amount of passive income streams, or at least until the point where you’ve found a balance between maintaining them all and not feeling overwhelmed.

Of course, by then you can probably afford to …

4) Allow You to Quit your Day Job

If you have built a stable passive income that can sustain you, then there’s no reason to be working a regular 9 to 5 job. Financial independence is all about having enough wealth to live on comfortably without working. Passive income can accomplish this.

That’s not to say you’ll get there right away, but as you venture on the journey, things will get easier. Before quitting your job outright, you may have the freedom to quit a dead-end job and do something that you enjoy that pays less.

 And even if you don’t retire as the head of a billion-dollar empire, whatever passive income you do have will continue into old age if managed correctly.

It’s a Snowball Effect

As you can see, the brilliance of passive income is that it creates a financial snowball effect. A small passive income on the side gives you the freedom to create another, which gives you the money to invest, which earns you enough to quit your job, which gives you more free time to develop more passive income streams – your wealth continues to accumulate and you reach financial independence.

Now you have the time to travel, start a family, be creative without the pressure of making money, and thoroughly enjoy life.

Start Your Journey Now!

Now you know what passive income can do for you, it’s time to start. The best mindset to have is that of a bodybuilder – no pain no gain. In the beginning, you need to force yourself to live frugally and save every last penny, to have enough capital to get started.

The rest is up to you.

Health

How to Sue the NHS if You’ve Suffered from Medical Negligence

As a wave of news reports have revealed, the NHS is failing many of its patients. Medical negligence, whether due to mistakes or lack of care, is depressingly common. What many don’t realize is that you can sue the NHS if you’ve suffered from medical negligence. Nor do you have to take whatever minimal level of care they offer you as compensation. Here is information regarding how to sue the NHS if you’ve suffered from medical negligence.

Decide to Take Action

NHS negligence claims are typically bound by the same three year time limit that many medical negligence cases face. Don’t accept their recommendations to wait a few more months for a second opinion and then a few more months to see a specialist to treat your condition if the initial incident occurred several months ago. You run the risk of the three year time limit running out while you wait for the NHS to deliver care to correct for its initial mistake. And heaven forbid they put you on a two year waiting list for surgery to correct their first mistake and then drop you because you’re overweight or your condition deteriorated too much. Decide to take action instead of just waiting for the state to fix things.

If you or your loved one is still in the hospital, confront medical staff directly instead of accepting their advice to wait and see if things get better. If it is necessary, file a formal complaint. This establishes that you’re unhappy with the service or experiencing problems from their inadequate care or mistakes. It generates a paper trail that is invaluable when you take them to court.

What if your child is suffering the consequences of someone else’s medical negligence? The three year time limit doesn’t start until the child turns 18. The child could thus, in theory, file a case as an adult, though this isn’t an option if they are mentally impaired. If you’re in need of legal help for a medical negligence claim on behalf of a child, consult with an attorney now. You don’t have to wait until the child is 18 to file a claim on their behalf, since you’re probably incurring medical and caregiving expenses on their behalf already.

If your loved one has died due to medical negligence by the NHS, you can sue the NHS as well. Consult with a medical negligence expert, since the statute of limitations may be the date on which they were injured, or in some cases, the date that they died. Seek professional advice before you give up due to the mistaken belief it is too late to seek redress.

And don’t fall for the propaganda that you’re hurting the NHS if you sue them for the injuries or harm you’ve received. If you file a medical negligence claim against them and win, the NHS’s management will have another incentive to improve quality of care, get rid of bad doctors or alter procedures so that future mistakes don’t happen. It is rare that the medical practitioner involved loses their job unless it is truly an egregious mistake or they have a history of such errors, and in these cases, they shouldn’t be in their job.

Request All of Your Medical Records

Your medical records are yours, and it is your right to receive a copy of them. Know that you may need to pay a modest fee for copies of medical notes to be made. Don’t worry about these charges; if you win a medical negligence case against the NHS, these costs can be recouped. You want these records now, before you see a solicitor, so that their investigation will go much faster. And getting copies of the records now before you mention that you’re going to talk to an attorney ensures the staff doesn’t get defensive and delay giving you information.

Seek a Medical Negligence Expert

The first step is to find medical negligence solicitors with experience suing the NHS, you can quickly get in contact with someone using the contact form at websites like www.the-medical-negligence-experts.co.uk. The NHS is not easy to sue, and cases end up getting dropped quite often, so you have to make sure that your lawyer understands the NHS negotiating tactics so you don’t get swindled in your settlement. You should also work with a solicitor who has an actual story of winning cases against the NHS as well.

If your medical negligence solicitors are focused on suing private healthcare facilities, they are less likely to come to an amenable settlement with the NHS. And you should seek your own legal counsel, not just go with the legal advice you may have received from the NHS when you filed a complaint against them.

You should also make sure that you pick the right solicitor as well if you want to encourage cooperation. The best medical negligence solicitors are those who take every case seriously and are ready to fight till the end for their clients. A good medical negligence UK solicitor should also have a long standing record and a reputation for getting results. Don’t get overwhelmed by star cases, and try to see if they have success with smaller cases as well.

Cooperate with Your Solicitor

This isn’t an oxymoron. Too many people hire a solicitor and then get frustrated when asked to make more copies of medical and other receipts or be reluctant to add detailed financial bookkeeping of every little cost related to the injury and maintaining the home after the incident. Or they refuse to visit a second medical professional for a separate, unbiased medical evaluation. They may be tired of all the run-around with doctors or feel it is unnecessary.

However, your solicitor is trying to generate the documentation that will maximize the odds of winning your case in court. You may be asked to see more than one independent medical specialist because they are seeking a firm diagnosis or verification of your recovery before filing the claim.

Be Patient

The NHS is a bureaucratic behemoth, but it does have processes for settling medical negligence claims UK. This can take months for some, years for others. The more serious the injury or harm, the longer it takes to settle. The more complex the case, the longer it takes, too. Don’t be afraid of going to court, though, since fewer than 2% of cases against the NHS go to court, and you’ll have a qualified solicitor by your side the whole time.

Conclusion

Whatever you do, it’s important that you take action if you feel you’ve been a victim of medical malpractice, even if it’s against the NHS. It may start with filing a complaint while you’re still in the hospital. Request copies of your medical records while avoiding threats of legal action to ensure the medical facility’s full cooperation.

Then seek the advice of medical negligence experts who have experience taking on the National Health Service. Cooperate with the solicitor when they ask you do to something, whether keeping detailed bookkeeping, making more copies of receipts or visiting another medical professional for yet another medical evaluation. Be patient when dealing with the solicitor and the NHS. Complex cases and those with multiple liable parties take longer to resolve.