Samsung S10 plus – Playback Stops in Lock Screen SOLVED

So you upgrade to the amazing Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus and love the phone. You then come to listen to music on Spotify and the playback keeps stopping. This is so frustrating, looking online we found many people like our office mobiles have the same issue.

Samsung S10 plus – Playback Stops in Lock Screen SOLVED

Technically the reason the phone is stopping Spotify is due to the new power management system on the S10 and S10+ and this means you need to tell the phone to allow Spotify to use battery and not sleep.

    • Go to SETTINGS
    • Click Search (Click on the magnifying glass)
    • Type “Sleep”
    • Click on “Sleeping apps”
    • Now find SPOTIFY and click on the icon to enter the setting for the APP.
    • samsung s10 plus sleeping apps
    • Now you will have the APP info related to SPOTIFY
    • Click on the BATTERY wording to enter the setting relating to the Battery usage for the SPOTIFY APP.
    • samsung 10 plus spotify sleeping lock screen
    • Now set “Allow Background Activity”:-
    • samsung s10 plus spotify sleeping

Spotify will now not go to sleep when listening to music allowing to listen to uninterpreted music – SOLVED.

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Concours Vehicles

Classic car storage and Supercar storage is a big business in the UK. The company Concours Vehicles was set up online at the beginning of June to open up a service to others.

concours vehicles domain name

This is a great example of what Chameleon can achieve and to provide some time frames around results.

The website was purchased NEW on the June 6th 2019 and this means it has no past, zero power or trust and Google has never come across the domain before. This is positive because it has a clean bill of health.

The website was built in WordPress our favoured platform with a holding page containing the core keywords and setup for Google to find. Behind the scenes the website was being built, new fresh handwritten content and images were loaded to the site and then we forced Google to come and get all the new page content.

The first thing needed is to rank for the brand name which should be easy:-

Concours Vehicle Solutions

Some SEO Companies often do not understand the very basics and the early stages are vital to achieving a quick growth for a new website. We setup the website perfectly for Google to understand and the result is instant and the graph above shows this clearly what can be achieved.

The next thing is to achieve other keywords and interestingly the company name being a word used all of the Internet related to cars, the word Concours and top of Google for “concours vehicle” is the Wikipedia page related to this subject. Concours d’Elegance is a term of French origin that means a “competition of elegance” and refers to an event where prestigious vehicles are displayed and judged. There are many websites talking about Concours Vehicles and cars based all over the world which means this is competitive.

 

google concours

This Google search shows that there are 89,700,000 website results in Google’s database and the SEO consultant has to make Google like this website more than all the others.

The content at this early stage is vital providing Google with the details it needs to understand what the website is about will result in success:-

Concours Vehicle

concours vehicles keyword 2

The graphs above show the quickly achieved results, note that position 200 is page 20 of Google and position 1 is top of Google.

Then the service related keywords need to follow and as an example “supercar storage”:-

supercar storage

supercar storage 2

You can see from the graphs the quick growth onto page one shows that a Chameleon SEO Consultant can quickly achieve growth for a brand new domain name without doing anything outside Google’s guidelines, simply doing what Google wants to find. This is natural organic SERP growth as the result of understanding the Google Algorithm.

.uk Rights of Registration

The .uk Right of Registration period ended on 25th June 2019.

All registrars who applied to be part of the release process and met the criteria to participate were contacted by Nominet via email on Wednesday 26th June with their allocation.

The final list of domains was published on 26th June. Those domains were made available in batches from the 1st of July- 5th July to participating registrars. This phase of the release process is now complete.

Domains still available after the stage one release will become generally available from 8th July for any registrar to register, including those using WDM.

What is the ‘release’ process?

It is the release of .uk domains where rights were not exercised by the deadline date and the domain can now be registered by someone other than the rights holder.

What is happening to the unclaimed .uk rights?

Reserved .uk domain names which were not registered by 25th June 2019 at 06:00 BST (UTC+1) were subject to a first phase release process that took place between 1st July and 5th July 2019.

Participating registrars were informed.

Any domains not registered during this period are available to all registrars via normal systems (EPP and WDM) from 8th July.

When will the domains become generally available using the standard .UK EPP and WDM?

Domains that were not registered in batch 1 (from 1st July) will become generally available through the standard .UK EPP connection and WDM one week later, i.e. on 8th July between 14.00 and 14:30 BST (UTC+1).  Batch 2 on 9th July during the same time period, batch 3 on 10th July etc.

The release schedule for Stage Two is as follows:

8th July – Batch 1: Domains beginning 0-9, a-b
9th July – Batch 2: Domains beginning c-f
10th July – Batch 3: Domains beginning g-m
11th July – Batch 4: Domains beginning n-s
12th July – Batch 5: Domains beginning t-z

Once the domains become available, they will then remain available until registered.

There is no sign-up process to take part in stage two of the release. This is a general release between 8th July and 12th July via the normal EPP and WDM systems.

Has Nominet run any awareness activity to registrants?

We ran a series of awareness activities on the lead up to 25th June targeting a broad business and consumer audience, influencers and selected vertical sectors. Our awareness campaign included national press and radio, tube advertising, social media and PR.

Has Nominet contacted registrants directly before the 25th June deadline?

We contacted registrants during the reservation period, including some targeted outreach in recent months. We wanted registrants to be aware that they had a right to their corresponding .uk domain, without feeling pressured into registering a domain they did not want.

Over the last five years our direct communications have included emailing or sending letters to rights holders. Most recently, we did this if we were unsure whether rights holders had received sufficient communication from their registrar.

A series of promotions were available to registrars to encourage take-up, supported by toolkits to support registrar messaging.

The following FAQs are all specific to stage one of the release process that happened between 1stJuly and 5th July 2019.

Can I sign up now? 

The deadline for participating registrars to meet the release process criteria for the main release phase has ended.  Unfortunately, registrars that did not sign up or meet the criteria were not be able to participate directly in the first phase of the release.

Where a RoR domain name is not registered through the main release phase 1st – 5th July, it will be available to register through the standard registration systems seven days later.

When will the release process take place?

The rights period ended on 25th June 2019 at 06:00 BST (UTC+1). The domains begin to be available to register from 1st July 2019.

What was the process for signing up to participate in the release process?

Registrars were given the opportunity to sign up to take part from 8th April to 3rd May 2019. The sign up has now closed and only those who registered by the deadline and have met certain criteria were able to participate in the release.

If I signed up to the release should I have received a confirmation email?

Yes, every registrar who signed up should have received a confirmation email on Friday 10th May. The email was sent to the email address as indicated by each registrar during the sign–up process. All registrars who signed up to participate have since been emailed on 26th June to confirm whether they met the criteria, and if so, their allocation of registration requests.

What is the mechanism for the rights release?

Registration of released domains during the release period (1st – 5th July) could only be made through a separate Right of Registration EPP connection. Those registrars who have signed up to the release and have met the criteria to participate were able to use the Right of Registration EPP connection to register the .uk domains.

EPP is instant and responses are received in near real time. As such we have chosen to provide an EPP mechanism that supports domains to be released in a manner that protects systems and ensures continuity of service for normal domain name operations. We provided advanced notice of the release mechanism so registrars who only use Web Domain Manager have had opportunity to arrange to use EPP.

What credit had to be met in order to participate?

Registrars needed to ensure that they had sufficient credit available to qualify for their tier. Remaining credit can be viewed within Online Services via the Billing Summary.

The amount of available credit also needed to take into account any normal registration and renewal levels.

We asked that any funds added to an account to increase the available credit were done well in advance of the 21st June. If funds were added via BACS, we asked that registrars included a reference such as account number and ‘RoR’ so we could ensure it was allocated to the relevant account in time.

Registrars were given the opportunity to also ask for an increase in their credit limit for the duration of the release to ensure that they could meet their anticipated demand.

*This figure was in addition to registrar standard registration and renewal activity and only applied to Nominet members. Non-members were asked to deposit multiples of the £80 +VAT registration fee per domain, per two–year registration. Minimum available credit figures include VAT​. For those who don’t pay VAT, registrars were only required to have the amount on the account as specified minus VAT.

How were allocations/registration requests decided?

To ensure the stability and reliability of our systems a finite number of registration requests per minute were available.

Our approach was to allocate a registrar to a tier that corresponded to the number of registrations they indicated they would be pursuing.  Registrars were asked to ensure sufficient funds were available to secure access to each tier.

We applied a 5% tolerance to the credit limits (reflecting a registrar’s ability to delete up to 5% or 5 domains, whichever is higher, prior to invoicing), and where available credit still falls short, we allocated the registrar to the next appropriate tier.

Are the requests per minute the same as originally set out?

The allocations were subject to take up and the number of qualifying registrars.  For the top tier, the requests for registration per minute remained at 150.  For tiers 2, 3 and 4, they increased to 75, 12 and 9 requests per minute respectively.

Is that different to the original approach?

We specified that only registrars who met the following criteria would be able to connect to the release system via a dedicated EPP connection:

  1. Had sufficient available credit on their account for their original allocated tier by Midday BST (UTC+1) on the 21st June​
  2. Connected to the .uk testbed and performed a login, contact create and a domain create operation against any domain

Our team got in touch with registrars who applied to help as many as possible take part in the release.

In what order were the domains released?

All domains with rights that were not registered by the rights holder were put into five batches in alphabetical order. Each batch was released at 14:00 BST (UTC+1) from 1st July to 5th July 2019.  All domains in a batch became available at the same time (14.00 BST UTC+1). Once the domain became available during the release period it then remained available throughout the release period.

The release date and time for each domain name with expired rights was available in Online Services on 26th June.

The release schedule is as follows:

Batch 1: Domains beginning 0-9, a-b

Batch 2: Domains beginning c-f

Batch 3: Domains beginning g-m

Batch 4: Domains beginning n-s

Batch 5: Domains beginning t-z

Domains released in batch 1 (1st July) became generally available through the standard .UK EPP connection and WDM one week later, i.e. on 8th July between 14.00 and 14:30 BST (UTC+1).  Batch 2 on 9th July, batch 3 on 10th July etc.

 

Brewdog Equity For Punks

brewdog equity for punks

Brewdog Equity For Punks, since 2007 Brewdog has been on a mission to make other people as passionate about craft beer as they are. Set up by two beer-loving guys who are just two normal guys who were bored of all the same industrially brewed lagers and stuffy ales being produced for shops and pubs. They decided the best way to fix this was to brew a tasty beer that they actually wanted to drink that was unique and didn’t follow the normal mass produced methods.

Crowd funding has pushed the company to 67 Million.

Back in 2014 the company released their prospectus and you look at the latest prospectus it is clear to see their vision and goals are being achieved. Download the 2019 prospectus.

FUNDING TRACKER AS OF 21/06/2019
TARGET: £7,000,000 = 22%

EQUITY FOR PUNKS TO DATE HAS RAISED £68,523,750 ONLY 33 DAYS REMAINING

JOIN NOW:-

https://efp.brewdog.com/equityforpunks/apply-for-shares

Investment Capital At Risk = Investors face capital risk when they invest in stocks, non-government bonds, real estate, commodities and other alternative assets. Also, when a company invests in a project, it exposes itself to risk that the project will not produce future returns to cover its capital invested.

If you join the beer revolution and your application for shares is successful:-

Brewdog equity for punks investment

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Become A BrewDog Millionaire

A decade on from our first Equity for Punks crowdfunding raise, we are offering something completely unprecedented. Anyone who invests in our latest round will have the chance to win £1 million worth of BrewDog shares.

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The Flagship BrewDog beer is an IPA. It is a post-punk apocalyptic ale. This light golden classic has been subverted with new world hops, creating a devastating explosion of flavour. Kalashnikov bursts of caramel, incendiary tropical fruit and an all-out riot of grapefruit, pineapple and lychee, precede a spiky bitter finish.

Brewdog Punk IPA Flagshipi Beer

What IS Punk IPA

Punk IPA is the beer that kick-started Brewdog. It’s a light golden classic beer made with new world hops to create an explosion of flavour. Bursts of caramel and tropical fruit with an all-out riot of grapefruit, pineapple and lychee, precede a spiky bitter finish.


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HOS – House Of Sparkles Website

It ihos home logos great to read about the HOS Home – House Of Sparkles success and this is what inspires others to go for it and set up their own business.

Mandy Hale’s quote is great here “There is nothing more beautiful than someone who goes out of their way to make life beautiful for others.”

The website HOS – House Of Sparkles setup by Layla Chapman back in 2016 with according to the Sun News Paper for just £40 is now a booming success with a turnover of £10.7 million. This is great to read and we really hope that people feel inspired by this but also understand that it takes a huge amount of hours and personal sacrifice with added luck to succeed. Previous failures often come before achieving success and the road to success is often difficult and we always admire success stories.

Successful people have a ridiculous level of persistence in making their dreams comes true and we see people here at Chameleon on a daily basis that want to make it online and we create a plan to achieve success for everyone from what we do, but often people never realise how much work is involved once you make it. We think it is easy to read articles like this forget this fact and it is important to have this in the back of your mind so not have false hope.

If you look at the likes of Sir Alan Sugar, he worked so hard to achieve the success he has today and he often refers back to his routes, even today in a tweet as he is attacked for being successful:-

Sir Alan Sugar Tweet

The road to success is a journey and you will never stop learning. Successful people learn new things every day improving a little and the snowball rolling effect makes them become great. This website success has been helped along due to celebrities such as Amanda Holden and Peter Andre and this is fantastic. We are sure that with the positive publicity the business it will grow even faster now as a result.

HOS Home Sun Article

We thought it would good to look to into this website further from an online marketing perspective because often success comes and businesses miss the basics. The growth of this company could come from hardwork, luck, organic growth, paid online advertising or something else and identify and help HOS achieve more growth from what we find.

When a business comes to us and asks us to audit a company we look into everything to understand and identify how success has been achieved.

We take a look at everything to understand what is good and what can be better, there is always something that can be better and we have been in the industry since 2001 and helped grow some of the most successful websites online today.

HOSHome.com – House Of Sparkles Website

The website HOS is currently looking lovely:-

HOS House Of Sparkles website hoshome.com

Back in December 2018 which is not very long ago at all the website didn’t look as nice and it very important to look at how a website develops and move forwards. Often changes are made a result of research to improve conversions or simply to improve the visual look. The HOS Home website looked like this:-

hoshome website 2018

The website in 2019 looks in-line with the competition and when we look behind the scenes at search engine optimisation aspects of the website it is missing vital information for Google to help it rank organically and this is something that HOS Home online development need to look at. Normally we would run and audit using our in-house software and then make positive changes after looking over the results.

The website is built using Shopify a hosted shopping website platform with multiple themes which requires very little programming experience. The website is using MailChimp for Shopify, Automatic Discounts, Searchanise, Covet Pics, Product Reviews Addon and MageWorx usage statistics as an example of plugins/extensions installed.

The website is hosted in Canada and on a server that is hosting websites we would not recommend to have in the same neighbourhood. We look at hosting as this is part of the search engines algorithm.

We found hoshome.com is hosted with over 1,000 other domains hosted on the same web server which uses IP address 23.227.38.32 and this web server is hosting web sites with explicit content. To show examples of the websites our system detected a simple ping command can be used to check the hosting to confirm this problem:-

HOS House Of Sparkles hosting

There is a possibility that all of the web sites on this web server may be affected as far as being blocked by web filtering software. Search engine rankings for all web sites using the same IP address may be affected as well. We always recommend looking at the IP address and ensuring a website is hosted correctly with a unique IP address and SSL certificate.

HOSHome.com – House Of Sparkles Website SEO Report

We have a complete SEO PDF report you can download here:

free seo report

When you carry out a Google search can see the company is paying for Google Adwords for its brand name to protect it presumably. However, this will result in people clicking on this and adding additional costs to the business when visitors are already heading to the website.

HOS House Of Sparkles Google

The home page www.hoshome.com meta title for example is <title>HOS Home | Luxury Furniture</title> and then the meta description is <meta name=”descriptioncontent=”Welcome to HOS Home. Affordable luxury furniture specialists. High end glamorous furniture at high street prices. A brand you can trust.“>

This could be improved but is in line with what Google is looking for in terms of the title and description.

If we then move to an internal page for example www.hoshome.com/collections/living-room we find the title is <title>Living Room Furniture | HOS Home</title> and the meta description is <meta name=”descriptioncontent=”The living room is where we spend the most time, create the best memories, and relax. For this, you need the perfect furniture for your living space. From sofas, coffee tables, media units & more. We have everything you need to design your living room interior.“>

This page could be improved to help tell search engines like Google what the content is about, but is a great starting point to achieve online success. It is clear that from only looking at a couple of internal pages they follow the same pattern. This shows that what we presume this is automatically generated meta titles and descriptions and the job is partially done right.

We scrapped the site to look to see what the Google spider would find and for example, we quickly found broken links on the website using our in-house developed scrapping software.

For example www.hoshome.com/pages/returns-policy we found a link created wrong:-

HOS House Of Sparkles broken link example

HOS House Of Sparkles broken link example code

You can see the coding is has been built as follows:-

<a href=”customerservice@hoshome.com”>customerservice@hoshome.com.</a>

In the screenshot, you can see also that another link has been built correctly, so this is a simple coding error when the page was created.

To fix this they need to add the “mailto:” which would create <a href=”mailto:customerservice@hoshome.com”>customerservice@hoshome.com.</a>

As we carry on looking into the site we spotted the site has been built with an error using two rel=”canonical” tags across the site.

If you look at the homepage for example:-

HOS House Of Sparkles canonical code

A website should only have one canonical tag.

canonical tag is the method used to inform search engines that a specific URL represents the master copy of a page. Using the canonical tag prevents problems caused by identical or “duplicate” content appearing on multiple URLs.

This is probably because it is being generated by Shopify and also by a second extension adding SEO data.

A very important factor of ranking online is the power / trust a website has and this helps search engines determine whether or not to trust the website content and also it helps to identify the business links the website may have and the subject content to help place the website in a category.

Looking below we can see out of 100 the website scores 11 in trust and 18 in citation.

hos home power trust seo

 

To compare that against another website for a reference we have used WayFair.com and you can see below the trust is 54 out of 100 in terms of trust and 63 in terms of citation. The higher the trust the better:-

wayfair power trust seo

To increase the trust carefully selected backlinks need to be found and this is a subject in the SEO world that causes many issues. Here at Chameleon, we identify only the perfect links to try and find that will add value and we help clients create links organically by creating content that can be shared adding value to the users.

Looking at the link text known in the SEO industry as anchor text the links can be seen below and the geographical location of the links:-

HOS home anchor text

If we take a look at the traffic the website is achieving it is attracting a large volume of visitors already, but the traffic cost is low and this is due to the keywords ranking:-

hoshome.com semrush

HOSHome.com – House Of Sparkles Ranking Keywords

When we look at what keywords the website is ranking for it appears to be attracting its traffic via the brand name “house of sparkles”:-

HOS Home Ranking Keywords

 

So from what we can see the website strength isn’t its online rankings for keywords, it is something else which points us to Social Media as the main growth point of this business.

In the footer of the website there are links to the following social media accounts:-

https://www.instagram.com/hoshome_/

HOS Home Instagram

The Instagram account has 116K followers, but when we look at the sharing of posts this is relatively low which makes us think this is a lot of bot type accounts.

https://www.facebook.com/houseofsparkles/

HOS House Of Sparkles Facebook

From what we can see with the linked Facebook page being broken / hidden we think that actual FaceBook page https://www.facebook.com/HOS-Home-1525053811125655/ is in the process of being merged.

https://www.facebook.com/HOS-Home-1525053811125655/

HOS Home Facebook page real

https://www.pinterest.co.uk/HOSparkles/

HOS Home Pinterest

It appears that this business has grown as a result of Facebook and then recommendations from friends, family and celebrities which shows the power of social media.

So What Would Chameleon Do Next?

We would look at the website and hosting, ensure all the site is Google friendly and fix all broken links. Ensure that all touch points are working, for example the Facebook link going to a dead page is not good.

We would carry out on-page SEO across the entire website and make it fully search engine friendly and increase the trust of the website to help search engines like Google rank the content and grow the traffic to the website for keywords that are not brand related. The website could then take the power of Google and increase business turnover without spending on advertising.

We would look at the images and get these ranked in Google search results for window shoppers to find by mistake and this would result in higher conversions because if people are actively looking for the products that are being sold by image then the very fact they click on the image to view it means they more than likely like what they see.

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If you would like to understand more about this or wish us look into your website or a competitors, please get in touch.