Monthly Archives: March 2016

Breathe new life into your office

The looks of a commercial office environment are more important than you think. For many customers and potential customers, your office is the one glimpse into your business that they may get, so ensuring it looks good is a high priority. The painting and decorating of your office need not take up your own time either, London Commercial Decorators will perform your required decorating at evenings or weekends so that your customers don’t need to be inconvenienced.

Remember when you are planning the decoration of your office, it’s improtant to think about the layout of your office and how it will look when finished. Whilst you need to make it look nice for your customers, it also has to be a comfortable place for your employees to work. Whether you plan your design yourself, or ask a decorating firm for ideas, or even go as far as calling in an interior design service, you should ensure you pick a reputable commercial painting and decorating firm.

Most office buildings look best with a light and airy entrance/reception area so that customers instantly feel at ease when they walk in. Whilst lighting and decoration can play a big part in the interior decoration, the paint colours you choose can make a huge impact on the final result. Plan the layout of the room – will you have chairs in reception for customers to wait to be seen? If so – try to make it interesting. Plain white walls are bright and clean looking, but they can be pretty boring, don’t be afraid to add a splash of colour!

Making the best use of the space you have available is important, using light coloured, compact furniture can help you create the illusion of space and cleanliness. Be sure that your office doesn’t look cramped or uncomfortable, your employees have to spend at least 5 days per week there!

If you have corridors in your commercial space, ensure they are well lit and use bright colours to avoid any claustrophobic feeling. Ensure that you allow adequate space for signage when planning your new look, there’s nothing worse than trying to find your way to a particular room and checking each individual door – help your clients find their way to their destination.

A doctors surgery is an excellent example of a commercial office environment that benefits from signage – with multiple doctors working in different rooms it’s important the patient gets to the right place. You don’t want a customer walking into the wrong room – where a meeting or consultation is already taking place, or even into a broom closet!

Commercial decorators are very similar to normal household decorators, with one exception – they have different equipment available to them. Generally an office building will have a much larger surface area which needs to be decorated, so the likes of small scaffolding, and paint guns can speed up the process.…


Recycling Expired Domains

Almost every day of the week, thousands of domain names expire and are made available for registration again, or if the domain is seen as premium, it may go to a domain auction.

Ok, you might be saying “Why do I care if someone elses domain expires, it’s not going to cause problems for my website or email!”, which is technically right, but you should care, because expired domain names can be very useful to you. Expired domains are big business these days, with specialist brokers snapping up domain names to develop or to sell on. There are many websites online which provide a tool or list to search for expired domain names relating to your business, and we’ll tell you just why you’d want to purchase such a domain

But first, let’s go over what an expired domain name is – quite simply, it is a domain name which someone purchased for a period of time, whether that be 1 year or 10 years. That time has now ran out and the previous owner has either decided not to pay for another period of time, or has forgotten to pay. The domain name has now been removed from the previous owner and has been placed back into the list of available domain names, which anyone can register.

Ok, back to why you should care about someone elses expired domain;

– The domain name could have been a very well developed website under it’s previous owner, it may be that it’s a website many people remember and would love to see back online, what this means is, you would have traffic straight away once you placed a site on the domain, without having to do any form of advertising.

– The previous owner may have advertised the website extensively, they may even have paid for advertising which is still in place, this would mean that not only would you get a domain name for your money, you would also get some free advertising – everybody loves free stuff, right?

– The website may have been well ranked within the big search engines, imagine picking up a domain name which ranks number 1 for a hard to conquer keyword – a lot of the hard work has already been done for you – if a domain name has not expired for a long period of time, or you’ve purchased a domain name which hasn’t yet dropped (an about to expire domain) then the chances are, the search engine rankings won’t have dropped too much – you could make some serious money if you monetise the website properly.

– A lot of link building and social mentions could already be in place for the domain name. We all know that link building is grey-hat SEO at best, potentially even black hat, unless it is natural of course, and it can also be time consuming and costly. Purchasing an expired domain name which also has a diverse link profile can be an excellent way to get a head start.

So, if these expired domains are so great, why are they expired?

It’s hard to say really, it could be for a number of reasons;

– The previous owner may be suffering some financial hardship, and the cost of renewing a domain name and …