Sam Littler

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Category: Blogging

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...

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 ...