The rich keep getting richer

Over the last 24 hours or so this is a phrase I’ve heard a few times from people on the radio and on TV with regards to Maggie Thatcher’s time in power. They choose to complain that, under Thatcher’s premiership, the ‘rich kept getting richer’ as though this was solely down to Mrs T and her policies.

What utter crap.

The rich, as they were dubbed, kept and indeed keep getting richer because they don’t have a ‘spend, spend, spend’ attitude towards money. They don’t view money as something which has to be traded in for material goods in order to appear successful. They don’t waste their money on things they can’t afford. The rich get richer because they view money as an asset to be used to invest, and thus make more money – that’s why they’re rich in the first place.

Now yes, before you say it, there are some rich people who do ‘piss money up the wall’ like there’s no tomorrow, but they won’t stay rich for long and, as such, don’t fit into the bracket of the ‘rich who keep getting richer’.

My niece today awoke to find her shed had been broken into and her bike stolen – by the sort of people who, firstly, would have been rejoicing yesterday at the news Thatcher was dead despite not even being alive when she was in power and, secondly, the sort of people who complain about the rich getting richer and the poor getting poorer. If they want some sort of utopian society where the rich get poorer and the poor get richer so everyone shares the wealth, that’s called Communism, and they won’t like that much either because they’d have to work.

No, stop whinging about the unfair world which allows the rich to get richer because they’ve got the wherewithal and intellect to earn money and grow their wealth and get off your benefit scrounging arses and do it yourselves – and stop breaking into sheds and stealing bikes while you’re at it.

Scumbags.

The rich get richer because they work at it. Try it, you may find it works for you to.

The Brew Cards – an office game to decide who makes the teas and coffees

We’ve been playing this game at Engage Web since we started the company, so we thought it about time we made the rules all official like (seeing as I keep getting told I’m making them up) and put them down in Infographic format. The game is simple – if you’re in an office and you want a tea or coffee, but don’t fancy making one for everyone, simply ting your mug – follow the game from there. You’ll be hooked.

Engage Web's The Brew Cards Game Infographic
Courtesy of Engage Web

Demystifying SEO

We’ve just added a new infographic to our Engage Web website on demystifying SEO. It aims to explain many of the aspects of SEO and what is involved in the process, using the concept of a car on the open the road. Without demystifying the windscreen you won’t see where you’re going, and this demystifies the SEO process.

Let me know what you think.

Engage Web's Demystifying SEO Infographic
Courtesy of Engage Web

Spellcaster Spam

I must be one of those unusual people who actually enjoys spam (not the tinned meat variety, the automated crap posted on the Internet sort). I love the persistence of it, and the fact it does actually work – there’s always someone, somewhere, stupid enough to fall for it. Some spam is, admittedly, much better than others. I expect many people who would never dream of sending their bank details to claim their winnings on the Nigerian lottery have, at some point in the last few months, clicked to ‘like’ or ‘share’ a photo of a US marine holding a baby – accompanied by the tagline ‘like if you respect’ or ‘share if you support our troops’.

Spam takes all forms and guises, and some spam is subtler than other forms.

One of the more popular types of web drivel doing the rounds at the moment is the ‘spellcaster’ emails and comments. These are tales of woe and despair from some fictional loser who, after visiting a spellcaster, found the love of their lives come back to them.

This drivel plays on the fact many people online are particularly lonely and desperate and are even willing to pay some charlatan to cast a love spell for them. Hey, even losers have money. The loser pound is as good as anyone’s.

Anyhow – the plot of these emails and comments is fairly straightforward – but the example I have pasted below is such a classic that whoever wrote this clearly forgot halfway through whether they were writing this from the perspective of a male or female.

I mean seriously, you have to proofread your drivel. How stupid must somebody be to fall for this one?

“I NEVER BELIEVED IN LOVE SPELLS UNTIL I MET THIS WORLD’S TOP SPELL CASTER. HE IS REALLY POWERFUL AND COULD HELP CAST SPELLS TO BRING BACK ONE’S GONE,LOST,MISBEHAVING LOVER AND MAGIC MONEY SPELL OR SPELL FOR A GOOD JOB.I’M NOW HAPPY & A LIVING TESTIMONY COS THE WOMAN I HAD WANTED TO MARRY LEFT ME 2 WEEKS BEFORE OUR WEDDING AND MY LIFE WAS UPSIDE DOWN COS OUR RELATIONSHIP HAS BEEN ON FOR 2YEARS… I REALLY LOVED HIM, BUT HIS MOTHER WAS AGAINST US AND HE HAD NO GOOD PAYING JOB. SO WHEN I MET THIS SPELL CASTER, I TOLD HIM WHAT HAPPENED AND EXPLAINED THE SITUATION OF THINGS TO HIM..AT FIRST I WAS UNDECIDED,SKEPTICAL AND DOUBTFUL, BUT I JUST GAVE IT A TRY. AND IN 7 DAYS WHEN I RETURNED TO USA, MY GIRLFRIEND(NOW WIFE) CALLED ME BY HERSELF AND CAME TO ME APOLOGIZING THAT EVERYTHING HAD BEEN SETTLED WITH HIS MOM AND FAMILY AND SHE GOT A NEW JOB INTERVIEW SO WE SHOULD GET MARRIED..I DIDN’T BELIEVE IT COS THE SPELL CASTER ONLY ASKED FOR MY NAME AND MY GIRLFRIENDS NAME AND ALL I WANTED HIM TO DO… WELL WE ARE HAPPILY MARRIED NOW AND WE ARE EXPECTING OUR LITTLE KID,AND MY WIFE ALSO GOT THE NEW JOB AND OUR LIVES BECAME MUCH BETTER. IN CASE ANYONE NEEDS THE SPELL CASTER FOR SOME HELP, HIS EMAIL ADDRESS IS; doctorsunshinehope@yahoo.com HOPE HE HELPS YOU PPORTUNITY”

Stupid emails I have received: Someone thinks I am Carphone Warehouse

Over the years I have received some pretty stupid emails from some pretty stupid people. Last night I received one of the best yet, from someone who presumably Googled ‘Carphone Warehouse Complaints’ and found MrDaz.com – then decided to fill in my contact form believing she was contacting Carphone Warehouse. Like this site looks remotely like Carphone Warehouse.

When people are ready to fill their details into the first form they find on the Internet, is it any wonder ID theft and cyber crimes are so rife? Is it any wonder billions of pounds are lost each year in the UK by morons to Internet tricksters? It’s not like the fraudsters even need to be clever or devious about it, the idiots come to them – like shooting fish and all that. Anyway, here’s this idiots email – meant for Carphone Warehouse. Pass it on somebody.

Hi,

My Daughter has worked for car-phone warehouse for some years, she has left to go to college to become a midwife, and she needs her P45 from yourselves, she has phone HR, been into her store on many occasions and generally been given the run around as to where her P45 is this has been going on for nine weeks since she left.

she has just received a A4 piece of paper with a list of earning and such! which mean nothing to anyone this is not a legal P45 and you’s as a company have delayed my Daughter from getting her benefits that she is entitled to, for being such a big company we find it hard to believe that you could treat your former employees in such a way.

I trust that now the matter has been brought to your attention it will now be dealt with in a timely manner, which should have been the case nine weeks ago, we feel that because you’s have taken so long, as a company should pay some compensation to my Daughter for all the hassle and heart ache of trying to live on a mere £40.00 a week with a small child. the store in Washington the galleries Tyne and wear.

Michaela Golden

100 spam websites operated by black hat SEO firm

As an SEO, there’s nothing annoys me more than supposed SEO companies ripping off their clients by building spam links. It’s against Google’s TOS, it’s unethical, it’s black hat and, perhaps worse, it causes problems for the client further down the line – sometimes years down the line after they’ve ended their relationship with the spam company. If a website gets penalised at this stage there’s little they can do about it because the spam SEO company is unlikely to assist by removing the offending links. With Google’s Penguin update, this is an all too common occurrence as well.

Seeing as it annoys me so much (and gives SEO a bad name) I thought I’d help out any webmasters by highlighting one or two (OK, one hundred) websites owned by the same SEO company which are used for nothing more than building spam links. If you have a link from one, many or all of these websites show up in your link profile you may want to get them removed ASAP as your site could very well find itself penalised very soon.

So, in alphabetical order, here are 100 spam websites used by a black hat spam link building company. You’ll start to recognise a theme as you scan the URLs, as they all look pretty much the same, feature much the same content, are all hosted on the same hosting provider and all link to each other.

http://www.bestindustryonline.info/

http://www.bestindustryonline.net/

http://www.bestindustrypro.net/

http://www.bigcorporationlive.com/

http://www.bigcorporationlive.net/

http://www.bigmanufactured2u.com/

http://www.bigmanufactured4u.com/

http://www.bigmanufacturedlive.com/

http://www.bigmanufacturedpro.com/

http://www.bigmanufacturedstore.com/

http://www.bigmechanical2u.com/

http://www.bigmechanical4u.com/

http://www.bigmechanical4you.com/

http://www.bigmechanicalpro.com/

http://www.bigtrade2u.com/

http://www.bigtrade4u.info/

http://www.bigtrade4you.com/

http://www.bigtrade4you.info/

http://www.bigtrade4you.net/

http://www.bigtradeforyou.com/

http://www.bigtradeforyou.net/

http://www.easycompany2u.info/

http://www.easycompany2u.net/

http://www.easyindustry4u.info/

http://www.easyindustry4you.com/

http://www.easyindustry4you.info/

http://www.easyindustry4you.net/

http://www.easyindustryforyou.com/

http://www.easyindustryforyou.info/

http://www.easyindustryforyou.net/

http://www.easymachineautomobile.com/

http://www.easymachinecarsonline.com/

http://www.easymanufactured2u.com/

http://www.easymanufactured4u.com/

http://www.easymanufacturedlive.com/

http://www.easymarketingscience.com/

http://www.easymechanical4you.com/

http://www.easymechanicallive.com/

http://www.easymechanicalpro.com/

http://www.easysmalltradelive.com/

http://www.freemanufacturedlive.com/

http://www.freemechanicalpro.com/

http://www.hotindustryonline.com/

http://www.hotmanufactured4u.com/

http://www.hotmechanical4u.com/

http://www.hotmechanical4you.com/

http://www.hotmechanicalforyou.com/

http://www.hotmechanicalpro.com/

http://www.industrialbuildingwork.com/

http://www.industrialcomputerswork.com/

http://www.industrialconstructionwork.com/

http://www.industrialelectricwork.com/

http://www.industrialmarketingwork.com/

http://www.industrialprocesswork.com/

http://www.industryonlineworks.com/

http://www.industrytradework.com/

http://www.industryworldwork.com/

http://www.mycorporationlive.com/

http://www.mycorporationlive.net/

http://www.newcorporation2u.com/

http://www.newcorporation2u.info/

http://www.newcorporation4u.com/

http://www.newcorporation4u.net/

http://www.newcorporation4you.com/

http://www.newcorporation4you.net/

http://www.newcorporationstore.info/

http://www.newindustry2u.info

http://www.newindustry2u.net/

http://www.newindustry4u.com/

http://www.newindustry4u.net/

http://www.newindustry4you.info/

http://www.newmanufacturedpro.com/

http://www.newmanufacturedstore.com/

http://www.smallbooktrade.com/

http://www.smallprintexchange.com/

http://www.smallsoftwaredeal.com/

http://www.yourindustry4u.info/

http://www.yourindustry4u.net/

http://www.yourindustry4you.com/

http://www.yourindustry4you.info/

http://www.yourindustry4you.net/

http://www.yourindustryforyou.com/

http://www.yourindustryonline.com/

http://www.yourindustryonline.info/

http://www.yourindustrypro.com/

http://www.yourindustrypro.net/

http://www.yourlightcompanypro.com/

http://www.yourlightcorporation.com/

http://www.yourlittlecompanyonline.com/

http://www.yourlittlecompanypro.com/

http://www.yourlittlecompanystore.com/

http://www.yourlittletrade.com/

http://www.yourlittletradelive.com/

http://www.yourlittletradepro.com/

http://www.yourlowercompanyonline.com/

http://www.yourmanufacturedlive.com/

http://www.yourmanufacturedonline.com/

http://www.yourmanufacturedstore.com/

http://www.yourmechanicalforyou.com/

http://www.yoursmalltradestore.com/

Up, up and away!

This weekend I finally managed to take off on the taster flying lesson I’d been given in February. Despite booking the flight three times, it had always been cancelled as a result of bad weather (raining, Liverpool, who’d have guessed) and I’d had to rebook it.

This weekend the weather was good and I finally piloted a plane for the first time from Liverpool airport with Merseyflight Flying School.

One requirement for flying the two seater aircraft was that I weighed under 16 stone (which I now do, but didn’t when the flight was booked) and I can see why that’s so important as the plane itself is paper light. The instructor pushed the plane, one handed, onto the runway before we boarded. It was that damn light!

Anyhow, after squeezing into the cockpit, and positing my legs so they weren’t hindering the wheel, we set off for a quick flyby of Liverpool, where we soared over Anfield, Goodison Park and even saw Blackpool in the distance – which I was informed would take about 20 minutes to reach. The experience was excellent, and I picked up my logbook which details the 30 minute flight – counting it towards one of my main goals in life, attaining a pilot’s licence!

I am definitely going again and recommend it to anyone. The whole flight was also recorded on camera, and I should be getting the footage on DVD in the next few days. I’ll add that to YouTube and get it on here as soon as I have it.

So much anger, so little time

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