Sam Littler

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My experience with the Monzo banking app

A few weeks ago, I wrote a post about an app I had discovered called Monzo and I promised to write again once I'd had a chance to play around with it a bit, so here I am! If you haven't read it, you should check out my previous post about Monzo to get a better understanding of what it is. But, in short, it's a new kind of banking.

monzo app telling me my new card is on its way

The first thing to keep in mind is that there's a waiting list to receive your Monzo card. When I first downloaded the app, there was a queue of some 10,000 people to wait behind before I could get my card - if I remember correctly, this was about 7 days. Whilst it ...

What is domain authority and how do I improve it?

Domain authority is the metric that determines just how much power and influence your site has on the web. Working to improve your domain authority is a difficult job but it pays huge dividends when it comes to generating organic search engine traffic.

Additionally, authority is exactly that. Like I mentioned in my other post about no follow links, it affects your ability to boost other sites with links to their content.

Domain authority

So how to boost your domain authority?

Domain authority is very difficult to influence directly. You shouldn't be disheartened if you don't make any change at first. If you'r...

Do I need to label my sponsored blog posts?

DISCLAIMER: The following post is not written by someone versed in the law. Only by someone with a passing interest. I encourage you to do your own research and consultant a lawyer if necessary.

Whether or not to state when a blog post has been paid for or subsidised (you've received a freebie from a brand) is a bit of a controversial issue.

On the one hand, sponsored blog posts help to keep bloggers going. They provide a little (and sometimes a lot of) recompense for the blogger's hard work and helps brands promote a product. Everyone's a winner!

Whilst I had my suspicions on where the law ...

How to use no follow links on your blog

So nofollow links. There're lots of misconceptions about them. The first think you need to understand is that neither nofollow linkes or regular follow links are better or worse than the other. They're for two different things.

As a blogger, correct use of nofollow links is one of the most powerful tools in your box because they allow you to directly affect your site's ranking in a way that few other tools do.

A pop-culture analogy

There's an episode of Community that features a fictional app called MeowMeowBeanz. Google works a bit like that. For those who haven't seen the episode or don't re...

My budgeting experiment

An all too-familiar story

I'm normally quite reluctant to throw my lot in with millenials. Not that I have anything against them, but I find it quite ridiculous wearing a usually-derogatory label based on my age.

Anyway, as I'm subject to the same economy - or lack thereof as other people my age, I find myself burdened with the same problem; that is, not ever having any fucking money.

Granted not all of it is entirely the government's fault. When I first left mum & dad's house, I didn't really organise myself. That'd be the day! Instead I spent a lot and failed to always pay it off. I had no s...

Jun 11, 2017
Keeping your blog content safe

With the outbreak of the WannaCry virus - that is, the malware currently holding your medical records to ransom - sharp focus has once again been brought upon IT security.

Several years ago, I hosted a "lifestyle" blog (I don't really know what that means). Me and some friends together starting writing posts about anything and everything we could think about.

Now whilst it wasn't particularly successful is was slowly gathering followers and we all felt pretty good about ourselves; which made it all the more painful when it was hacked by "the Kurdish Hackers Collective" or some such bullshit or...

On libel: knowledge for honest bloggers

Whilst I've been on Twitter for several years, I've only really began - to my continuing displeasure - to engage with the users on it recently.

Now whilst I generally find it a bit tedious to use, I persist regardless because it's a bit main-lining heroin from a bloke at the park through a dirty needle. What I mean is, there're risks that the substance you're getting isn't the real deal but on the whole, you're getting something at least resembles the news.

With that said, I witnessed an exchange between a blogger, small company and another blogger that went something like this.

@BigBrand As ...

Whatever you think this election, speak up

At the end of April, the Daily Mail printed their newspaper with the words "Crush the Saboteurs" printed across the front page. The article effectively went on to say that the opposition and their voters were attempting to sabotage the current government.

Unfortunately - and I'm not prone to scaremongering - this line is so often repeated to crowds of oppressed peoples by their viscous dictators, and whilst I think we're a far cry from that, we must utilise our critical faculties to analyse and criticise the governments decisions.

The idea that we should be blindly obedient to the government b...

Tim Farron should stand up and be counted

If you're out the loop, Tim Farron last week got himself in a bit of a bind. Four or five times in an interview with Channel 4 news, he refused to state whether or not he thought being gay was a sin.

Later on The Guardian's David Shariatmadari went on to say "I don’t care what he considers sinful, so long as it doesn’t translate into policy." Unfortunately, this seems to be an opinion growing in popularity. It's a nice way to turn a blind eye.

Whilst I don't share Farron's (suspected) views, the idea that one's opinion shouldn't affect their policy as loathesome as is it unrealistic.

It's a su...

Code Name: Black Panther

He darted this way and that - narrowly avoiding bullets as they screeched past him and buried themselves in the town around him. On the turn of a coin he shot down an alley way, deftly leaping over crates of chickens and barrels of unknown somethings as he went. More shots whizzed past him but it didn't matter - quick as a hare he turned a corner and was out of sight again. He was code name: Black Panther.

"Adam!"

He was shaken from the memory of his evening by his wife's usually gentle, but currently exasperated tone. On the end of his muscly, lightly scarred forearm was a weathered fist - cu...