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Is Your Website Mobile Friendly?

How does your website look on a mobile phone?

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Take this one minute Google Test to see …  https://www.google.com/webmasters/tools/mobile-friendly

It checks … 

  • If text is readable without zooming
  • Whether users have to scroll horizontally or zoom
  • If links are far enough apart so that the correct one can be easily tapped
  • For software that isn’t common on mobile devices, like Flash

And shows …

  • What Googlebot sees and how it affects your website performance and search engine ranking.
  • What it takes to earn “mobile friendly” status with Google.

Check your website here now, it only takes one minute. https://www.google.com/webmasters/tools/mobile-friendly

If your site is mobile friendly – Great.

If not, try the test again and enter www.smartsites123.com to see how your website should look on a mobile phone.

5 Must See Attractions in Australia

Known for its endless beauty, exotic animals, awesome cafes, and infinite beaches, Australia is an adventure traveller’s paradise.

The Great Barrier Reef
Great Barrier Reef
Listed as one of the Seven Wonders of the World, the Great Barrier Reef is one of the largest living structures on our planet and can be seen from outer space. To protect the thousands of marine animals and coral reefs that call it home, it was established as a marine park in 1975. It stretches 2300 km long (1430 miles) along the Australian coast of Queensland. With more than 1600 species of fish, sharks, turtles, and giant clams the crystal clear waters make the Great Barrier Reef a snorkeler’s and diver’s paradise. For the extreme adventurer many tour companies offer White Shark cage diving. For the not so adventurous the wonders of the reef can be seen from the safety of glass bottom boats. Whichever way you choose to see this amazing reef is a must see when traveling to Australia.
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Photo Credit: oz-about.comUluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
Listed as a World Heritage Site, Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, also known as “shadowy place” by the indigenous Aborigines, is a striking red monolith rising 348 m (1,141 ft.) from the surrounding plains. It has become one of the most photographed natural wonders in Australia, sunset being the best time to capture its splendor. The best way to experience the sacred structures is to hire a local Aboriginal guide or ranger.
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Blue Mountains National ParkBlue Mountains National Park
A short 81 km (50 miles) from Sydney lays the Blue Mountains National Park, another UNESCO World Heritage site. Gaining its name from the blue hue that radiates from the eucalyptus trees covering the mountains, the 664,000 acres comprises waterfalls, aboriginal rock paintings, spectacular gorges, and almost 150 km (87 miles) of gorgeous hiking trails. The Three Sisters sandstone rock formations are one of the most popular points within the National Park.
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Bondi BeachBondi Beach
No visit to Australia is complete without experiencing the beach in all its glory and there is no better place in Australia to do it than Bondi Beach. Here is where you’ll find beautiful sand, refreshing blue water, gorgeous tanned bodies, and fantastic food. In the mood for some fun, the people at Bondi are more than happy to share their volley ball game, help a novice surfer, or include you in their picnic. There are various cafes, shops, and restaurants along the 6 km Bondi to Bronte coastal walk if a long stroll is what you want. A word of caution…the riptides off the beach can be treacherous so if you’re not used to swimming in the ocean stay in the shallow water. Of course there are those famous Bondi lifeguards to save you!Photo Credit: www.holiday-n-adventure.de
Broome and the Kimberley Region
Infinite white sand beaches and crystal clear turquoise seas make up the Cable Broome and the Kimberley region beach. Located off the town of Broome that was once known as the pearl capitol of the world, this thriving tourist town is known for its “Staircase to the Moon”. Visitors to this area in the months of March and October can witness a phenomenon that occurs during certain conditions in which the moonlight creates an optical illusion of stairs that appear to lead straight to the moon. Another famous must do activity are the sunset camel rides.

Marie Hernandez is a Destination and Hotel marketer, full time traveler, travel writer/blogger and the founder and author behind SeriouslyTravel.

Nightlife In Stockholm

Stockholm at night

Stockholm at night.  

Stockholm, the capital of Sweden, might be better known for its medieval history, art galleries and famous waterways than its nightlife for now, but this is all set to change in 2014.

The Summerburst electric dance festival has really put Stockholm on the map of best party destinations, rivalling Ibiza, – with past headliners including Avicci, Calvin Harris and David Guetta. As well as festivals, Stockholm attracts big name music acts with recent visitors including Rihanna, Beyonce and Miley Cyrus.

However it’s not all pop music and dance festivals, the foundation of Stockholm’s nightlife is based on a good mix of exclusive VIP nightclubs juxtaposed with relaxed live jazz music clubs and bohemian bars.

Whatever you consider a good night out, Stockholm can provide. The best areas to go out in are Stureplan and Södermalm, two different areas with two very different nightlife styles. Find out which one suits you best below:

Stureplan

Described by the Swedish tourist board as ‘Glamorous Stureplan’, this part of town will really appeal to visitors who want to see how the other half live. As well as designer shops like Versace and Gucci, here you’ll find the most expensive bars and restaurants, which of course are also Stockholm’s most famous.

Laroy, Spy Bar and Sturehof are just some of the more well-known nightlife venues to visit, but there’s plenty to pick from with Stureplan’s extremely dense concentration of bars and nightclubs.
Many of the venues are decadent, with lots of white and purple furnishings and guests who regularly splash out on bottles of champagne.

A number of the clubs, like the posh sushi restaurant East, start as restaurants before transforming into clubs – but forget bar snacks of fries and chicken wings, you’re far more likely to dine on red snapper carpaccio or beef tenderloin sashimi here.

  • Word of advice: If you’re going to do Stureplan’s nightclubs properly get on a guest list. It’s not as hard as it sounds; usually you can sign-up to a guest list online at the club’s website. Although open to the wee small hours, the best clubs reach maximum capacity very quickly, so head there before midnight to make sure you get in before they fill up.

Best of Stureplan

Spy Bar

Spy Bar

Spy Bar

  • Although it now attracts Stockholm’s fashionistas, hipsters and anyone working in media, Spy Bar used to be reserved for just B-list celebrities and wannabe stars.
  • The door policy can still be tough however, and although the bar really gets going between 3-5am, it’s worth getting there before 1am to increase your chances of making it past security. But once you’re in, the long queue (and pricey drinks) don’t seem to matter – the decadent rooms, beautiful locals and visitors and excellent music make it all seem worthwhile.

Sturecompagniet

  • Stockholm’s largest nightclub is also one of the city’s oldest, giving it a legendary status. With four halls over two storeys, there are different music themes in each room with an elaborate interior of period ceilings, marble and carved roses. Sign up to the online guest list to increase your chances of getting in.

The Wall at V

  • A club within a club, you can only access The Wall by going through Sturecompagniet to get to the V Club. The Wall is the al fresco courtyard within the V Club, complete with its own conservatory style bar. The secret location makes the club very alluring to those with enough swagger to try their luck at getting in.

Södermalm

Forget pretentious staff and unforgiving bouncers, Södermalm is Stockholm’s more inclusive part of town. The bars here are all about the music and prefer to focus on creating their own niche style rather than creating a contrived VIP scene.

Pet Sounds Bar

  • Ran by Pet Sounds Records you can rely on this bar for top class music and guest DJs. With Rock history inspired cocktails and a restaurant serving up decent food at reasonable prices, Pet Sounds provides the whole package for a solid night out without any self-important attitudes.

Snotty Sounds Bar

  • Don’t be put off by the name, Snotty is another bar that’s all about the music. Specialising in loud indie rock, (both in music and décor) Snotty is popular with locals and visitors alike as a relaxed hangout during the week and attracting larger crowds over the weekend.

Debaser Medis

  • THE venue for live music in Södermalm, Debaser Medis spreads over three floors with live gigs, DJs and clubs. A laid-back atmosphere, choice of restaurant and bars and brilliant live performers all contribute to make this a must-visit club in Stockholm mid-week or at the weekend.

Jazz Bars

Glenn miller Cafe

Glenn Miller Café

Glenn Miller Café

Stockholm has a really strong live jazz scene, with a number of high and low profile clubs and cafes all over Stockholm.
The Glenn Miller Café is Stockholm’s most highly rated jazz café, with a 1930’s eastern European feel and a hideaway location in a very central part of the city.
The café has a loyal, local crowd and is always busy yet still very welcoming to visiting music lovers. Guests can enjoy a drink or make a reservation for dinner and the café boasts a live music program practically every day of the week.
See more jazz bars and reviews in Stockholm here.

Find out more

As well as this short snapshot of Stockholm’s nightlife, find out more about Stockholm’s restaurants, hotels and museums with these videos from London City airport.

Guest post by Stephanie Sheehan
Propellernet.co.uk

Why Pictures Work And What You Can Do Easily

A short while ago I posted this and had a lot of positve comments saying how effective a simple picture like this is.

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So I asked these three questions

1.  Are you using your pictures to help grow the number of visitors to your website?
2.  Do you include a picture in all your Tweets?
3.  Do you have the pictures you need to include in your advertising in the social media you use?

And the answers I got were mostly YES to question 1 and NO to questions 2 and 3.
The solution for question 2 is simple – just do it, but number 3 isn’t quite so easy.
But there’s help from SproutSocial here …

If a picture is worth 1,000 words, and the average length of a word is 5 letters, it would take you 8 months worth of Tweets to tell the same story you could with one shared image on social media. So why not just include an image?

There are lots of tools for different types of images and many of these have free and paid versions, and all are listed in this document.

I recommend you start at the top and look at two Image Design Tools, CANVA and PICMONKEY (Nos 1 & 2 in the list) to see what suits you best.
Both have free versions which enable you to design and edit images for your social media posts.
There are many free image editing tools for you to start altering, touching up, or creating your own social images, and these are two of the simplest ones to use.

So click on the link below and get started.

36 Free Tools for Creating Unique Images
By Michael Patterson on 

http://sproutsocial.com/insights/free-image-creation-tools/

Cliff Chapman
traveljunkies

How To Make Your Adverts Work Better

“When things are good you should advertise, when things aren’t good you MUST advertise.”

Advertise your website, not your services or products. 

Traffic is the lifeblood of your website, without traffic your site is dead.
If no-one sees it, it might just as well not exist.

  • To attract visitors to your website, advertise your website not your services or products.
  • Your website does your selling so don’t make the mistake of making your adverts a mini version of your website.

Include a wide range of keywords and key phrases in your adverts.

  • As well as the keywords for your own business, think wider. Include key words and phrases people might use when they aren’t specifically looking for you.
  • For example, if you provide accommodation, include words for nearby attractions and activities. People searching for tours, scuba diving, sightseeing etc. will often need somewhere to stay so use these kind of keywords in your adverts,

Be friendly, helpful and contactable.

Make it easy for people to get in touch with you. Many adverts fail because they’re not user friendly or don’t tell visitors what to do next.

  • Don’t forget your Call To Action. Tell people what to do.
  • Include your name and contact details and encourage people to contact you.
  • Keep adverts short and to the point as many are read on mobile devices.

Use Social Media to promote your business – it’s free.

  • Always include links to your social media sites in your advertising and emails.
  • Link to Facebook, Twitter, Pinit and Linkedin. These four cover the widest range of prospects.
  • Limit it to four. More than four can look like spamming.
  • Promote your Blog in the same way you advertise your website. Then use your Blog to promote your website.

Make sure they’re mobile friendly

See more - http://www.traveljunkiesblog.com/2014/12/23/mobile-friendly/

One more thing …

If your advertising isn’t working, stop doing it. Do something else.
You run your business to make money so find out how, where and when to advertise to get the best value for your money.

More for small businesses …

Cliff Chapman
traveljunkies

Not New – But Worth Seeing Again

Thanks to whoever posted this first.
If you tell me your website I’ll give you credit.

Bless the Aussies and their sense of humour.

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These were posted on an Australian tourism website, and the answers are the actual responses by the website officials, who obviously have a great sense of humour.

Q: Does it ever get windy in Australia? I have never seen it rain on TV, how do the plants grow? (UK)
A: We import all plants fully grown, and then just sit around watching them die.
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Q: Will I be able to see kangaroos in the street? (USA)
A: Depends how much you’ve been drinking.
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Q: I want to walk from Perth to Sydney – can I follow the railroad tracks? (Sweden)
A: Sure, it’s only three thousand miles. Take lots of water.
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Q: Are there any ATMs (cash machines) in Australia? Can you send me a list of them in Brisbane, Cairns , Townsville and Hervey Bay? (UK)
A: What did your last slave die of?
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Q: Can you give me some information about hippo racing in Australia? (USA)
A: Af-ri-ca is the big triangle shaped continent south of Europe.
Aust-ra-lia is that big island in the middle of the Pacific which does not …
Oh, forget it. Sure, the hippo racing is every Tuesday night in Kings Cross. Come naked.
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Q: Which direction is North in Australia? (USA)
A: Face south, and then turn 180 degrees. Contact us when you get here and we’ll send the rest of the directions.
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Q: Can I bring cutlery in to Australia? (UK)
A: Why? Just use your fingers like we do.
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Q: Can you send me the Vienna Boys’ Choir schedule? (USA)
A: Aus-tri-a is that quaint little country bordering Ger-man-y, which is …
Oh, forget it. Sure, the Vienna Boys Choir plays every Tuesday night in Kings Cross, straight after the hippo races. Come naked.
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Q: Can I wear high heels in Australia? (UK)
A: You are a British politician, right?
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Q: Are there supermarkets in Sydney and is milk available all year round? (Germany)
A: No, we are a peaceful civilization of vegan hunter/gatherers. Milk is illegal.
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Q: Please send a list of all doctors in Australia who can dispense rattlesnake serum. (USA)
A: Rattlesnakes live in A-mer-ica, which is where YOU come from. All Australian snakes are perfectly harmless, can be safely handled, and make good pets.
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Q: I have a question about a famous animal in Australia, but I forget its name. It’s a kind of bear and lives in trees. (USA)
A: It’s called a Drop Bear. They are so called because they drop out of gum trees and eat the brains of anyone walking underneath them.
You can scare them off by spraying yourself with human urine before you go out walking
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Q: I have developed a new product that is the fountain of youth. Can you tell me where I can sell it in Australia? (USA )
A: Anywhere significant numbers of Americans gather.
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Q: Do you celebrate Christmas in Australia? (France)
A: Only at Christmas.
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Q: Will I be able to speak English most places I go? (USA)
A: Yes, but you’ll have to learn it first.

Why You Need Travel Insurance …

… so never travel without it.

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Are you looking to save money on your travel costs?

Have you thought about cutting down, or even cutting out your travel insurance? Are you looking for cheap travel insurance? Before you do anything else, do yourself a favour and read this.

Why you need travel insurance.

When planning a vacation or business trip, travel insurance is often one of the last things you think about, if at all, yet it’s one of the most important things to ensure your trip is stress free.

You carefully plan your holiday making sure you get exactly what you want and the best deal, but what if things go wrong? This is why you need travel insurance. You never know what might happen. At home you have a pretty good idea how things work, what risks you can take and where to get help when you need it. But when you travel, it’s quite different. Especially if you’re traveling abroad but even when traveling in your own country. You don’t know what kind of unexpected setbacks could affect you and your family while you’re away.

Here’s what to protect yourself against if you’re to have a safe, enjoyable and stress free trip.

1. Things do go missing, get lost or stolen

2. You can have an accident or become ill and need medical attention. And make sure your children are properly covered. It’s very easy for children to have an accident and need medical care.

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3. Your travel arrangements can get cancelled or changed by your tour company

4. Bad weather can affect your plans. Recent events across the world, floods, storms, cyclones, earthquakes etc have affected thousands of people’s plans resulting in additional travel costs, extra accommodation etc.

5. Travel companies do go out of business

6. You may incur legal expenses

7. Things can go wrong back home and you may need to return early

8. Medical attention, dental treatment etc can cost a lot more abroad than they do at home, especially in the United States.

9. You may need foreign help, with language or legal situations.

10. You may need to change your plans for many different reasons.

11. The world is unstable today with terrorist threats and actions, and countries and regions do become unsafe.

12. Hired equipment such as skis, snowboards, surfboards etc do get broken.

13. Luggage does get damaged or get lost on flights

14. Family illness etc can prevent you going on holiday.

15. If you run your own business and can’t return, who will run it for you?

16. And finally, the thing no-one likes to talk about, what happens if you or member of your family is injured or even dies?.

Your travel insurance will give you peace of mind that if anything goes wrong, you have the protection and help you need.

Cliff Chapman
traveljunkies

In Business? – Then Use Your Lists

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Not just your customer list … but all your other lists.

“What lists?” you might ask? “I don’t have any other lists”

Don’t you? Think about it!

First of all, what do you do with your customer list?

Do you send them a newsletter? How often? What do you say?

Are you trying to sell them more of what they’ve already bought?

Or are you helping them in some other way?

And what about your other lists?

Oh yes, your other lists!

Have you got a list of them somewhere?

“I DON’T HAVE ANY LISTS!” you shout!

Think about it. 

Here’s a few for starters ….

Your family
Your friends
Your neighbours
Friends of friends
Your prospects
Your enquirers
Your suppliers
Your advertisers
Your competitors
Your networks
Your groups
Your organisations
Your clubs
Your local shops
Your local businesses
Your local publications
Your trade publications
Your local telephone directory
Your local schools & university
Your Chamber of Commerce
Your local Government
Your Facebook friends
Your Twitter followers
Your LinkedIn contacts
Other people’s lists
The list here in traveljunkies
The junk mail you get
The business cards you’ve collected
And what about the reps that call on you, they’re a great list.
And how could you forget the Internet?

So you do have some lists don’t you?

(If not – go and get some)

Cliff
traveljunkies

Blogging Tips From Top Travel Bloggers…

Top Travel bloggers Tips …

(Please share with your friends and business contacts if you find this useful)

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Whether you’re starting a new blog, and if you’re in business you know you should, or already an established blogger there’s always more to learn.

Vicky Philpott (aka Vicky FlipFlop) compiled this list of blogging tips from top travel bloggers

  • What to Blog
  • Travel Tips
  • Make Some Money
  • Using Audio & Video
  • Using Social Media
  • Networking is a Must Do
  • Develop Yourself
  • Manage Your Time
  • Keep Going
  • Photography – Getting it Right
  • How to Design Your Blog
  • Getting Sponsored
  • Technical Bits.

See Vicky’s 69 Travel Blogging Tips From the Top Travel Bloggers

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