Welcome to Bill’s Blog

Welcome to Bill’s Blog

Welcome to the blog site of Bill Watkins! This web site blog is dedicated to helping people to increase their presence on the Internet, as well as helpful tips for doing things on-line as well as for working with their computers.  Generally, the information here is a result of my work, research and answered questions from clients, family or friends. I know, I know: how many blog site are there on the Internet?  I’m betting millions.  However, I get asked a lot of questions by my clients, family, friends and even total strangers about the Internet, Web Sites, Security, Computers.  Though I  am not the guru of any of the subject matters, I have a broad array of experience in just about anything to do with Web Sites, the Internet and Computers. So, the purpose of this web site is to share information to my clients, family, friends and anyone else who can use help with web sites for their businesses, organizations or personal use.  Please feel free to browse around and take advantage of this web site. Contact me too, if you feel the need to, especiallyt if it’s something personal or you need help.  You may also provide feedback to each of the blog entries at the bottom of each posting so fee free to do that too.   Thanks and God Bless! ~...
Twitter Follow Friday

Twitter Follow Friday

    Well, its Friday and in Twitter land, we like pass on other Tweeters to others so they can follow too.  The common term for this is Follow Friday (hash word is #FF).  Rather then send out multiple Tweeters, I’m going to start listing them here (thanks to Chris Brogan’s Blog on this recommendation) and you can click to their profile then follow them.  This will be a weekly thing for me and I will be making changes or at least adding more so come back weekly! @poetpecky: So, for starters, I start with my Mom. She has always been an inspiration to me. In fact, she does a weekly blog & newsletter called “Inspiration from the Mountains” via her web site at www.bearwallowblessings.com. @chrisbrogan: He’s a savvy social networking and marketing blogger and informer. He wrote the article on doing this, rather then clogging up the Twitterverse. I think its a great idea! @SolutionCoach: I’ve recently been spending some time with Sean and he truly wants to help people big time.  He’s also on the verge of some great tools and training for business leaders and entrepreneurs.  Stay tuned there. #NoCo List: I’ve got a great list of Tweeters from Northern Colorado. Its growing and currently has at least a couple hundred. Feel free to follow it if you like. And, if you want to refer more to me, please direct message (DM) me. #Colorado List: I’ve got a list of Tweeters from Colorado, which is almost at 450. I’m sure there are many, many more but its hard to keep tracke of them. Believers-In-Christ: I am...
Social Networking – Taking advantage of Facebook, Twitter and YouTube

Social Networking – Taking advantage of Facebook, Twitter and YouTube

Social Networking: Taking advantage of Facebook,  Twitter and YouTube for your Church, Ministry, Organization or Business. April, 2010: This started as an online Webinar in November, 2009, for a Christian organization called Christian Media Assocation (CMA), at www.christianmedia.org.  Since then a lot has changed and been added (like Google Buzz) but I decided to add this to my blog and I’ve updated and added much more to make it more relevant. I will follow this up with more details about each of these awesome tools to increase your presence on the Web and hopefully to “connect” with people.  Isn’t that your ultimate goal? More will come in shorter spurts.  After several months of research and working within these social networks I’ve garnered a lot of information.  So, stay tuned.  Also, please feel free to sign up on my Newsletter as that is becoming active again. ~ Bill With all that is available on the Internet for your use, you can get overwhelmed with all of the articles, tutorials, books and even the paid-for advice that can bombard you with social networking. “Social Networking” is being talked about at an unbelievable buzz rate and the speed at which folks are signing up to do both Facebook and Twitter is amazing! In fact, the word “buzz” has become the new social networking answer from Google.  More about that in another article. So, let me help you get through the hype and help point you in the right direction to market your organization via the available social networking channels there are available. Over the next few weeks, I will share some basics...
Templates – Joomla has a ton of them!

Templates – Joomla has a ton of them!

Hi Everyone. Just a quick blog to share with you one of the greatest things about the Content Management System (CMS) that I use, Joomla!, is that you can change the templates pretty quickly.  It took me about 30 minutes to do this, with most of that time spent on a Logo at the top.  I also had to rearrange the modules (things like the search, twitter info, newsletter sign up, etc.) to set in the correct position of the web site.  All the graphics was already done for me.  With Joomla, you I set you up with templates, pre-made or custom, as well as modules to better communicate with your clients. I hope you like this template and if any of you ever need a blog site (using WordPress or Joomla!) for personal or business, I can help you out.  If you need a business site, I’ve got some pretty reasonable options for you so don’t be afraid to contact me.  If you find me on Google, you’ll see there is a coupon out there.  You just have to find it! And, thanks to Joomlabear.com for the free template.  These guys and many other developers out there do an awesome job of creating these types of templates and other things for your Joomla and WordPress web sites. God Bless!...
3 Free and Easy Ways to Increase Your Web Presence!

3 Free and Easy Ways to Increase Your Web Presence!

Many of you have enough web savvy to know you need to have a presence on the Internet if you want to compete or be found. To increase your web presence for your business, organization or group for a location, particularly in a town, city or region, here are 3 Free & Easy ways to do this. It involves Google, Yahoo and Microsoft’s Bing and their local listings.  Local listings usually show when you do a search using a certain keyword combination that includes a business or organization as well as a city and state.  Example: “storefront window cleaner Loveland, CO” on Google search will result in Window King showing up right at the top.  The keyword phrase “whirlpool appliance repair Loveland, CO” will result in Jim & Dave’s Appliance showing at the top. Google Google, being the top dog in search engines, has a pretty good local listing service for your biz.  Think about it, how often do you hear the terms “I will google it” or “I will find it on Google?”  I don’t think I’ve ever heard “Let me Yahoo it” or “I will bing it.”   Anyway, on to the goal of this part of my blog. Go to http://www.google.com/local/add/businessCenter?gl=us&hl=en-US You will require a Google Account which can be any email address.  Make sure you use one either related to your business or one that you won’t change often.  I used a gmail account I’ve had for years.  Had I known where I was going with all this I would have used my business email address for this but alas, its too hard to change...