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    Steveo
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    Updated site

    Hi guys,

    I’ve taken on board much of what has been said here and also from the *very* helpful Lucinda Lions of http://www.lionwriting.com.au (thank you again!) and have re-vamped http://www.carrotreviews.com somewhat.

    If you get time I would love to know what you think.

    Cheers, Steve.

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    Anonymous
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    I signed up so it must be working. I’m already a part of EmailCash and PureProfile … so I’m always open to new ways to earn that little bit extra cash “on the side” !

    I’m viewing it on a Macbook using Safari … and the colours are nice (easy on the eye, doesn’t look “off”), the design clean and it’s easy to understand quickly.

    As a “consumer” of it .. one thing I found difficult to find is a referral code or url I can use to promo your website to my friends (and get credits for it either cash or otherwise) ?

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    Steveo
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    vstacy, post: 17967 wrote:
    As a “consumer” of it .. one thing I found difficult to find is a referral code or url I can use to promo your website to my friends (and get credits for it either cash or otherwise) ?
    Thanks for taking time to review my website, I have changed the colours somewhat since the last incarnation, even so on an old laptop the colours look pretty dull, but on my Compaq presario monitor and samsung 22″ monitor the colours look good, so I’m not going to worry too much about the vibrancy of the colours on older monitors.

    I run another site (http://www.moneybackco.com.au) where I currently use a referral bonus, but it isn’t very effective if I’m honest, thats one of the reasons I haven’t employed the same on Carrot.

    Thanks again, Steve.

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    onlineiq
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    Re: How to improve my high bounce rate? re colours

    Steveo, post: 13475 wrote:
    To be honest I’d view a site with a mobile number in the same light as one with no number at all. I’d obviuosly like to get a 1300 number, but costs wise its not in the equation yet and I’m not going to supply my home/business number.

    Steve.

    Hi Steve,

    This company http://www.telcoworx.com.au/ give you a number for $5 per month – and the $5 includes the cost of calls!

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    onlineiq
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    I just had another thought about your bounce rate. If you are using Google Analytics for your stats, make your you exclude your own IP address from your stats.

    I used to have my site open by default and then go on and do my surfing from there, and found I was my own highest bouncer until I excluded this.

    regards
    URsh


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    Please pardon the thread jack however how do I:

    * find out my IP address
    * exclude it from Google Anaytics

    as I have a feeling this is also my problem (since I’ve updated the website a lot over the last few weeks)

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    King
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    Re: How to improve my high bounce rate? re colours

    onlineiq, post: 19073 wrote:
    Hi Steve,

    This company http://www.telcoworx.com.au/ give you a number for $5 per month – and the $5 includes the cost of calls!

    Telco works – shonky from my experience see other threads about them!

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    onlineiq
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    vstacy, post: 19220 wrote:
    Please pardon the thread jack however how do I:

    * find out my IP address
    * exclude it from Google Anaytics

    as I have a feeling this is also my problem (since I’ve updated the website a lot over the last few weeks)

    Here is a site which will tell you what your ip is…

    http://whatismyipaddress.com/

    If you regularly access your site from more than one location (or a mobile stick) you will need to gather these IP addresses at the time when you are connected to that particular internet connection. It can get a little tricky if you reconnect and don’t have your connection on constantly as the IP addresses can change slightly (**i think – not an expert in this area**)

    In Google Analytics, go to the settings area and select ‘edit’, scroll down to the filters and click on “Add Filter”. You need to name the filter (eg. Home IP) and enter the IP here. This screen grab will show you what you are looking for http://screencast.com/t/ZjMxZTFmMTct

    Ursh


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    Chris Bates
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    vstacy, post: 19220 wrote:
    Please pardon the thread jack however how do I:

    * find out my IP address
    * exclude it from Google Anaytics

    as I have a feeling this is also my problem (since I’ve updated the website a lot over the last few weeks)

    Hey Vanessa,

    http://www.whatismyip.com/ will give you your current IP address. However unless you have specifically requested a static IP address, it will change every now and then.

    One solution I have seen (specifically for a WordPress site), was to have a script that excluded the Analytics code for registered users. But I don’t know what software base you’re using (if any), so can’t suggest a solution there.

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    onlineiq
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    Re: How to improve my high bounce rate? re colours

    King, post: 19309 wrote:
    Telco works – shonky from my experience see other threads about them!

    thats a pity – i haven’t had any problems – will check out the thread
    thanks
    Ursh

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    PLEASE FORGIVE ME FOR THE THREADJACK …..

    Gabby

    I’ve been speaking with a few SEO types … and just people in general in re your web page … basically you seem to be the only one who thinks google gives a rats about where a domain is hosted? yes if the domain is hosted locally it will load faster however i’ve never had any problems in that area.

    and as far as I and a lot of other people are aware the extention .com.au is what google looks at not where it is hosted.

    yes the money is going O/S however that’s because the O/S hosting companies have very little downtime and provide “value for money”.

    If you can give me what HostGator is giving me for $10 USD per month (I’m on their Baby Gator plan)… then okay, shoot me a PM.

    As otherwise, my page rank hasn’t been affected. I thought google also placed more relevance to quality of backlinks as well ?

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    GMHost
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    Vanessa, there are too many so called SEO experts out there. And for them not knowing that the geographical location of a web server (determined by the IP address) effects ranking gives a bad name and taste for the SEO industry.

    The proper thing to do it the go directly to the source!
    Quote from Google itself:

    “we’ll continue to make geographic associations largely based on the top-level domain (e.g. .co.uk or .ca) and the IP address of the webserver from which the context was served”

    http://www.google.com/support/webmasters/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=62399

    So saving a few cents a day on hosting is just not worth it. Beside this, overseas hosting is a huge risk. More info here:
    http://www.gmhost.com.au/overseas.html

    Cheers, Gabby

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    Chris Bates
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    If no information is entered in Webmaster Tools, we’ll continue to make geographic associations largely based on the top-level domain (e.g. .co.uk or .ca) and the IP address of the webserver from which the context was served.”

    I wont begrudge you of your marketing angle, and how you use it in your daily business, but I will call you out here on the FS forums…

    Your TLD is going to make the biggest difference (.com.au), but as the FULL quote from google says, you can control this in Webmaster Tools anyway.

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    Anonymous
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    Thank you Tech Monkey you said it better than me.

    edit to add: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vXrIaKanRQc enough said :-D

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    Surfpacific
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    Hi all!
    I think there are several ways to improve your bounce rate including:

    – Ensuring that your content meets customers expectations
    – That your site is easy to navigate
    – That the design is appealing to visitors and not too complicated
    – Make sure your site loads quickly!

    Hope this helps!! :)

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