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I was fascinated to read a recent article on the My Builder website quoting stats supporting the view that DIY can lead directly to couples breaking up.

Now, we all know that tackling major DIY projects can be stressful but the research found that half of all people in a relationship said their sex life had suffered as a result of tensions with their partner over such joint ventures, with 8% saying it was a total passion killer.

I was very interested to read the results of a recent survey carried out by Flo Marketing. For the first time website searches on mobile devices overtook combined searches on laptop and desktop computers.

I know many of you are members of Checkatrade so I thought I would relay some of the information they recently put on their website to celebrate their 20th anniversary.

Checkatrade.com was set up in 1998 following the devastation caused by a tornado to the coastal town of Selsey in West Sussex. Over £10 million damage was caused by the storm and many residents were subsequently the victims of rogue traders unscrupulously taking advantage of the disaster.

The company found themselves at the forefront of consumer choice as they stayed true to their core business belief: ‘Checkatrade.com does the checks so you don’t have too’.

I have no doubt that you are well aware of the dangers that the internet can pose for us. There are the obvious ones, such as your uncle the Nigerian Prince, but there are also plenty of scams that are more difficult to detect, especially if you are scanning your emails at a busy time.

Here are some things to look out for to help you avoid scammers, phishing attempts and fake enquiries:

You would be amazed how many times people tell me “I’ve already got a website so I don’t need a new one.”

You may also be surprised how many people go on to add “Mind you, I’ve not looked at it recently.”

Well they may not have but you can bet that someone has – a potential customer or fifty. What will they have seen? Yes the site has some pretty pictures of your products or services in action and hopefully up to date contact details but what else is on there?

An ‘Our Recent Work’ page with the last entry sometime in 2012?

Links that don’t actually work?


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