How to double your revenue and profit in 3 years or less

One of my favorite books in my library is Double Double: How to double your revenue and profit in 3 years or less by Cameron Herold.

Double Double: How to double your revenue and profit in 3 years or less is a must read book for every entrepreneur. The book can show you how to double your revenues & profits in 3 years or less through the simple, actionable steps of focused planning, focused building and focused leadership.

Everything starts with the beautiful concept of a Vision / Painted Picture. As a leader, you need to paint how you see the future of your company 3 years from today, 5 years is too long to plan and 1 year is just too short. Once you have the vision, share it with your team and focus everything towards vision by reverse engineering your goals.

Grab your copy of the book on Amazon.

Mobile friendly websites are more important than ever

Earlier this year, in April 2015, Google released an update to their Search Engine which now includes mobile friendliness as a ranking signal. This change will affect all mobile searches in all languages all over the world.

It will help users on the move, using their mobile devices to reach relevant websites that are mobile friendly.

Use this tool to check if your website is mobile friendly.

If your business website is not mobile friendly yet, it’s never too late to give your website a makeover. Make sure to mention to your designer that your new website should be mobile friendly.

Source: Make sure your site’s ready for mobile-friendly Google search results.

Why you need a website

This blog was first published on Extreme Web Technologies’ Blog.

Don’t have a website yet? Here are some compelling reasons why you need to have a website.

1. Your website is available 24/7/365.
Your website is open and available to provide information to potential customers 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year to provide information about your business even when you are asleep.

Think of your website as your 24/7 sales person who can provide potential customers with information about your business, what you deal in, your recent work, portfolio or products, client testimonials as well has do some sales.

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2. A website will help potential customers find you through search engines.
More and more information is now available at peoples’ fingertips, thanks to mobile phones that allows people to use search engines to find information they need, when they need it.

On average, there are 40,000 Google search queries every second (source), that’s 3.5 billion searches per day and 1.2 trillion searches per year!

3. Your competition has advantage over you.
If your competitors have a website, they have an advantage over you. Level the playing field by having a website.

4. Business emails improves your company credibility.
A website usually comes with email storage for business emails, something like [email protected] Using these instead of free email service providers improves your company credibility.

5. A website is affordable than advertising on traditional media.
Ever placed an ad on newspaper, or perhaps a local magazine? Compare the cost with that to a website, and you’ll quickly realize that having a website is very affordable than traditional media. And whenever you do advertise on newspaper or other media, always promoting your website address can help potential customers to your website.

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Share your thoughts and more reasons in the comments below!

Editors Note: This article was written by Mohsin Sumar (@mohsinsumar) and serves as the Technical Director of Extreme Web Technologies. Mohsin with his Customer Happiness team constantly strive to deliver top notch quality web hosting in Tanzania.

Why we do not offer unlimited hosting

This blog post was first published on Extreme Web Technologies’ Blog.

We come across many customers who are looking for unlimited hosting. This article is aimed to explain why we do not offer unlimited hosting, and why you shouldn’t look for a host that does offer unlimited hosting.

Unlimited hosting is a marketing gimmick, that claims to give you unlimited resources: disk space, bandwidth and features at a very cheap price which is governed by their fair usage policy buried somewhere in their fine print.

Say, for example, you spent millions of shillings planning your campaign, getting all the creative right, and started your marketing campaign only to find out that your website is suspended by the fair usage policy.

A fair usage policy is put in place to ensure that you are not overusing the server resources. You may be hosting a website that consumes a small percentage of CPU for a couple of seconds every time someone visits your website. And when your site starts getting a lot of visitors, you may start seeing your site become sluggish as the server becomes busy. In such cases, a web host may decide to suspend your site for sometime to make sure their other customers are not affected.

On a shared hosting environment, one server is setup to ideally accommodate between 250 to 500 hosting websites. A web hosting company can only provide you with unlimited hosting when they are overselling it. This means that they are actually hosting 2 – 3 times more accounts on a server.

Realistically, there is nothing like unlimited hosting! If you think about it, your hard drive has a capacity limit, your internet bundle has a capacity limit, everything has some sort of limit which makes “Unlimited Hosting” limited too!

Finding a good host may be slightly more expensive than the unlimited ones, but you are rest assured to get what you are paying for. When you are looking for a new web hosting company, you should be looking at the following three things:

  • How long have they been in business?
  • What their customers think of their support?
  • What are their uptime statistics?

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Extreme Web Technologies has been providing top notch quality web hosting since 2004 with exceptional 24/7 friendly customer support. 

We monitor all our servers through a third party monitoring service which probes our servers through out the day. We have an uptime report of over 99.5%!

Our entire team is notified when an outage is detected, and everyone is hands on deck to ensure the server is back up & running as soon as possible. In the event of a downtime, we have a backup mail servers that holds your emails waiting to deliver it as soon as the server is back online.

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What do you think of unlimited hosting? Share your thoughts in the comments below!


Editors Note: This article was written by Mohsin Sumar (@mohsinsumar) and serves as the Technical Director of Extreme Web Technologies. Mohsin with his Customer Happiness team constantly strive to deliver top notch quality web hosting in Tanzania.

Generate 4 digit random PIN number in MySQL

I recently came across a problem where I had to update hundreds of client records with a random 4 digit PIN code. After some research, I wrote the following SQL which did the trick.

It will update all records on the table: table_name and set a random 4 digit PIN between 1,000 and 9,999 on the column `column_pin`.

UPDATE `table_name` SET `column_pin` = FLOOR( 1000 + ( RAND( ) *8999 ) ) ;

 

I hope this was helpful to you.

The value of social media in recruitment

I wrote an article on “The value of social media in recruitment” for ASPIRE™ by People Power™ published on 10th October 2011. A copy of the article is below:

The value of social media in recruitment

Candidates would normally research about a company and prepare themselves before attending a job interview. However, with the emergence and popularity of social media sites, recruiters can also do the same before calling candidates for job interviews!

Every day, new users sign up on the three main social media sites we know today – namely, Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn which have over 975 million combined user accounts. The people using these social media websites sign up with their personal information as mandatory; optionally include their employment history and periodically post updates on what they’ve been doing.

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Wealth does not pass three generations

I came across an interesting Chinese proverb and thought I’d share:

“Fu bu guo san dai”

  • Literally: Wealth does not pass three generations.
  • Meaning: It’s rare that the wealth of a family can last for three generations (the 2nd may see the value of hard work, but the 3rd forgets it).
  • Explanation: In business, the first generation works extremely hard, so that the second generation reaps the benefits. By the time the third generation arrives, the wealth is squandered.

Source: http://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Chinese_proverbs