Yoast’s guide to higher rankings for WordPress

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Banjo Man receives Random Act of Kindness

This was a random act of kindness (RAK) from one busker to another. Firstly, here’s a bit of background about our local Banjo Man.

Banjo Man entertains Medway

Most people local to Gillingham and Chatham will have heard the slow finger-picking sound of who we affectionately call ‘Banjo Man’ strumming away in the high streets of Medway.

Many a time I’ve found myself wandering along with some ‘plinker plink’ finger-picking tune in my head. On a good day, you can see him in his full glory standing there like Elvis Presley in his black leather ’68 comeback special’ suit, banjo astride of him while he struts around drawing attention from all around. Mostly though, he’s sat in a doorway hoping for a little change from a sympathetic passer by.

The set doesn’t change much but he is very consistent, coming out to play in all weathers. We’ve even seen him out with the revellers in Rochester and always draws a crowd of people wanting a ‘selfie’ with the musician we all see so often around the Medway Towns.

Random act of kindness for Medway Banjo Man

The day this RAK happened was a Saturday (August 1st 2015) and I was sitting outside Costa Coffee in Gillingham High Street enjoying a large latte with my wife.

Across the road, outside the Nationwide was Banjo Man having a gentle strum on his banjo. He was standing when we first arrived but it was late in the afternoon so there were not that many people in the high street.

Another guy carrying an instrument walked past and was heading for the station. We overheard him saying that he was heading up to London to catch the partygoers and busk where the people are in abundance. For this article, we’ll call him ‘London Busker’.

When he noticed Banjo Man playing, he acknowledged him and they exchanged a few words. He then continued on his way. We thought it was nice to see him stop and share a few words and we continued to enjoy our coffee, content that there were still a few kind-hearted people in Medway. I jest 🙂

Random act of kindness for Medway Banjo Man
Random act of kindness for Medway Banjo Man

London Busker returns with a box

A few minutes later we saw the London Busker return and stop outside the Nationwide near where Banjo Man was sitting. He had a box of (what looked like) Magnum ice cream lollies. We were surprised to see him offer one to the Banjo Man and when he accepted, his face lit up and he looked to be thoroughly enjoying the gesture.

He then give the best gift of all – his time.

Going back to the beginning when we first saw the London Busker, I want to note that he was not meandering along taking in the sights on the way to the station. He was on a mission to catch a train to London to earn his living and was walking at quite a pace with his guitar strapped to his back and bag packed ready for the journey.

Not only did he give the Banjo Man an ice cream, he then chose to sit with him and share both his treats and his time. We observed them both chatting away and the joy he passed on was evident. Banjo Man was smiling and chatting along as if he was hanging out in the high street with his best pal – and just for that moment he was.

It was fantastic to see one human being extend such brotherly love for another human being with absolutely no personal gain whatsoever. He was there for at least 20 minutes, if not longer – and he seemed genuinely happy to be there.

It certainly restored our faith in humanity. I just had to get a picture and share this truly humbling experience. I’m grateful to have personally witnessed it.

Time costs nothing when it means that much to another person.

If you have any further information about Banjo Man or the London Busker and would like to share it with us, please contact us

Costa Coffee Gillingham – Costa confirms

Costa Coffee Gillingham - Costa confirmsNot only have we recently been treated to a Costa Coffee in Dockside, (review coming soon) we have news of a new coffee shop coming to Gillingham High Street. It’s true, we have our very own Costa Coffee Gillingham on the way and it’s been confirmed by Costa Coffee’s  official Twitter account: ( ).

There are job vacancies advertised in the window so if you’re looking for work, why not train to be a barista and learn the art of making good coffee?

That’s a good enough reason to embrace a new Costa Coffee Gillingham surely? If Costa thinks it’s worth investing in the area, shouldn’t we take that as a good sign?

Personally I really hope the opening hours are a bit later than the High Street shops, people want evening coffee and this town needs a lift! If you build it, they will come…

Here’s the Tweet about Costa Coffee Gillingham as it happened:

A new Costa Coffee Gillingham – bringing the art of good coffee

Here’s what’s coming: (Source: http://www.costa.co.uk/menu/coffee/)

Hand-making a cup of coffee is an art

Coffee is our passion. With 40 years in the business, we’ve discovered the finest beans, equipment and techniques to ensure every cup of coffee makes the grade.

We have over 10,000 passionate people that help deliver an unbeatable coffee experience worldwide. Our teams are expertly trained to handcraft every coffee in store.

So whatever your choice of coffee, whether it’s a small and powerful espresso, a long and smooth latte, or something a bit sweet and frothy, we’ve got the right drink to tickle your tastebuds.

I’ll be there at Costa Coffee Gillingham on the opening day and for many more days after! Will you?

My recommendation is to try a Flat White – this is my personal favourite. Velvety milk with a slightly stronger shot makes the best treat any time of the day.

Here’s where my love of the Flat White began:

Ooh how long do we have until the 16th of June 2015? 

Mobile Friendly websites and Google SEO

You may or may not have noticed that Google listings have changed…

Do you have a Mobile Friendly website?

If you search from a mobile device, Google now informs you which sites are optimised for mobile browsing. On the left hand side, just under the title of the website being listed, you will see ‘Mobile Friendly’. Those sites that are not optimised will be easier to avoid!

Here’s how it looks when viewed from a mobile device (in this case an iPhone 6+):

Mobile Friendly website and Google SEO

Mobile Friendly Website’s are given new priority in Google’s page listings.

50% of Google searches are now made using mobile devices. This is why they are updating their system to reduce the value of sites that don’t display well on mobiles.

Many consider Yoast to be the authority on all things SEO and Google and I would highly recommend reading his article here: https://yoast.com/mobile-friendly-sites-seo/

Here’s Yoast’s tweet about Google’s latest update:

How do I make my site a Mobile Friendly Website?

You talk to us. We’ll advise the best way forward for your site. If it’s wordPress, we can simply choose a ‘Responsive’ theme or install an app that makes your site show correctly when viewed on a mobile device.

There are other ways to achieve this and we’re aware of all the options. We’ll advise you the best solution for your site and your business. Of course, we can get you listed on Google Page 1 – guaranteed. Yes, I did say GUARANTEED GOOGLE PAGE 1.

All Medway SEO sites can be made into mobile friendly websites. AT NO EXTRA CHARGE.

If you’re serious about your SEO, you’ll be wanting to make sure your site is mobile friendly pretty soon. Google is changing. The way we browse is changing. Don’t get left behind!

Make your site a Mobile Friendly Website. Contact us today.

Where to get Costa Coffee 24 hours a day in Medway

Opening hours: Costa Coffee 24 hours a day in Medway

Do you know where to get Costa Coffee 24 hours a day in Medway?

Here’s where to get Costa Coffee 24 hours a day in Medway…Moto services on the M2. Known to old school locals as Farthing Corner, I think the official term these days is ‘Moto Medway Services’ but whatever it’s called, it’s a great place to get coffee made by professional barista’s – any time of the day or night!

For those who know the site but may not have been there in a while, here’s how it looks now:

Refit: Costa Coffee 24 hours a day in Medway New machine at Costa Coffee 24 hours a day in Medway

As part of the ongoing works to introduce M&S to the list of major brands on the site, the Costa unit has now moved. Don’t worry, it’s just been moved to the old seating area over the bridge walkway and it now has it’s very own seating area. It is a little smaller but there are other areas to sit. Things have changed and we now have Greggs the bakers to compliment the WH Smiths that has always been there. You know they do Krispy Kremes in there right?

A perfect Costa Coffee 24 hours a day in MedwayMy wife and I have been unashamedly addicted to Costa Coffee since we lived in London back in 2008. We’ve visited most of the Costa’s in South East London and Kent and this is by far the best in terms of coffee consistency. Dockside is a close second and the quality has improved tenfold since they opened a few months back.

Should you choose to visit Moto Medway Services in the early hours, you can still be assured that you will receive a top quality drink. It’s not like the old days, the current night staff are all friendly and really do excel at making drinks!

Being self-employed means that I work strange hours. To know that I can work through to finish a project until 2am and STILL be able to have a coffee break in tru Costa style is of huge value to me as a businessman.

I signed a sponsorship deal with boxer Adam Jefferies there, I regularly meet Peter Cole from Universal Roofing as he’s passing through, Cliff Bone from Capricorn Services loves a good latte on route to fix catering machines and the inventor of Tidi-Cable products, Perry Coppen and I brainstormed the SEO plan for his website over a Costa Coffee at Moto Medway Services!

Personally I go there to do business and chill at the same time. Where else can you do that 24 hours a day?

I am currently working on a project with our good friend (and fellow ex-employee of Costa) Shakira to offer lead generation jobs to driven people looking to generate income through real-life business opportunities. More information can be found here: KW Systems (Feel free to contact, you know where we can meet!)

Opening hours: Costa Coffee 24 hours a day in Medway
Proof: Costa Coffee 24 hours a day in Medway

Another bonus – 20% off your Costa Coffee 24 hours a day in Medway

A new app has just been released to help you find Costa Coffee 24 hours a day in MedwayHere’s where you can get the app: http://www.moto-way.com/app check it everytime you go because 20% off is on offer every few days. My wife and I spend £7 on a round of coffee. When the app is on, that’s reduced to £5.60. It’s a big difference when you visit as much as we do!

Click the link to download the app – I’m an iPhone user but I’m pretty sure it’s available on most mobile platforms!

OK, now here’s exactly where to get Costa Coffee 24 hours a day in Medway

Moto services are located Eastbound and Westbound between Junctions 4 and 5 of the M2. Visit the official web site here: http://www.moto-way.com/location/medway-westbound

Costa Coffee have their own store locator mini-site, so if you’ve reached this from somewhere other than Medway, you can check for your local coffee shop here:

https://www.costa.co.uk/locations/store-locator/