My Theme Just Died

Oh bollocks. WordPress has given us yet another bloody update (to 4.8) and without thinking, I updated the themes, including the custom one I had for my blog. And the update process deleted it and gave me this pile of crap.

So nothing is left of the old theme.

Images gone.
Sidebar gone.
functionality gone.

Even the damn video in the last post won’t play.

Damn I don’t have time for this. But I’ve had it with WordPress and it’s incessant updates. This blog will be moving to static pages, like most of my other sites are now. Who even needs a damn blog? I don’t!

End of irritated rant. Short post. Tough.

Music Video and Website Promotion

Lately I’ve been toying with a few different ways of getting certain websites in front of more eyeballs for the obvious reason. At least they’re obvious to anyone who does what I do online to earn my crust. To anyone else, it’s just what it looks like it is:

Promoting videos of music performed by the band or by myself (solo). I have my reasons and while I thought about sharing some nuggets of IM gold here, I don’t want to give away too much. Not that a whole lot of IM’ers actually read this blog of mine, since I haven’t been writing in it lately and I never really gave out much of what I knew in here anyway.

But since it’s no great secret that I’m working on a music related site with the band’s promotion in mind as well as sneaking in some affiliate ads to make it pay its way, I’m going to share something here. But first, the first of a series of videos I’m shooting for the site:

After watching that, you’re probably thinking that he didn’t really put much thought into it and he didn’t even use a professional video recorder. You’d be right on both counts.

I shot it at home, on my phone and while I did bother to edit out the lead in and tidied up the intro and outro, I left in the obvious mistake and didn’t even sing very well on it. I had a cold at the time (my lame excuse) and since I’m at home, I can’t exactly sing at full volume (I have a pretty loud singing voice) so couldn’t pitch it very well.

So why did I upload it to the band’s Youtube channel and why am I showing it here?

As I said, I want to promote the band, the site and the youtube channel. The best way to do that is to put up lots of videos, even very amateurishly shot ones like this video and get ’em linking to the site. Again, to all non-IM’ers that probably makes plenty of sense. And it does.

To IM’ers, it’s old news. So where is the nugget of gold?

It’s in there if you look. Here’s a hint. I link to the video from blog and static site posts. The video links to my site.

As for the music business, it’s a slow start and that’s fine since I’m marking time while the band gets its recordings finished so I can go in and mix them over Christmas ready for the CD we’ll be releasing. That’s when I’ll want that Youtube channel getting some regular views because I’ll be promoting some of the songs on there as free downloads.

That’s the plan!

Exciting Times

I haven’t updated this blog for a long time, partly because I’ve been up to my ears in work on other projects that are my bread and butter. Writing in here feels a little frivolous, but since it’s “my place” online, I suppose I had better bring it up to date.

Times are exciting right now.

I don’t write much about family life online because I like to keep it private, but I can reveal that after 18 years on this mortal plane, out old dog Ronnie finally gave up the ghost a few months ago, about a year after our other one, Daisy left us aged 16. Old dogs they were and we miss them a lot.

But at the end of September we got a puppy from a rescue place near Malaga and she has slotted right in. her name is Mia and she was actually born in the rescue centre and we got to meet her and fell in love with her right away. Our daughter loves her to bits too.

OK, so that’s as much personal stuff as I’m giving out here.

Musically, the band are going from strength to strength with both myself and guitarist Brad in full creative mode writing lots of new songs. Our set is almost entirely made up of original songs now, although we still play a few covers at our gigs to keep the crowd happy. We must be doing something right because we have a pretty strong following from the local biker crowd with connections in Germany, Belgium and right up into Scandinavia.

You can take a look at one of our older videos from 2012 in this post: Some Fun Music

We are currently recording a CD of a selection of our songs that we’ll be selling at gigs and online via my latest music website at webmusicstar.com. The plan is to release a couple of tracks onto iTunes and see if it generates any interest.

So what am I up to in my line of work?

I’m focused on a few newer websites in different niches, creating lots of good content and building links the right way (not the old pre-2012 way) which is a process that I’m keeping to myself because its working and I’m not about to give away information that is making me money for others to come along and muscle in on my success.

I’m sure there are still plenty of “gurus” that will sell you their latest greatest proven plan and maybe it will help you. I can’t really say. But what I can say is that if you want to get into this business (SEO + affiliate marketing) you need to do a lot of testing for yourself to see what works and what doesn’t. I don’t follow anyone, I just test my own stuff and follow what works.

I’m still an active member of Dave’s “Pond” which is the only forum you’ll find me on these days, but not if you’re not a member. It’ll cost you $10 a month to join http://pond.zenduck.me if you want. If not, don’t.

That’s all for now. Consider this site up to date!