Internet Marketing Strategies and Drupal Tips

Aug 31 2010

How to Use Twitter to Expand Your Business - Part 2

1. Use to schedule your tweets throughout the day. Some people (like me) send tweets when they have the time and end up sending a bunch at one time. But I’ve learned it’s much better to schedule your tweets using a tool like Hootsuite and send 5 or 6 tweets throughout the day. You’ll have more Klout.

2. Klout is a measure of your influence in the Twittersphere. I noticed that Twitter users with more followers than followees had higher Klout scores. Some people will follow a whole bunch of people just to get them to follow them back. This is not the best strategy. The best thing to do is to follow people you are interested in following and who are important in your industry.

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Aug 28 2010

DrupalCon Chicago, March 8-10, 2011

DrupalCon Chicago March 8-10, 2011DrupalCon Chicago is being held March 8-10, 2011. The DrupalCon Chicago team is renting Sheraton Hotel and Tower. It has 1200 guest rooms, 4 restaurants and 2 bars. And hopefully strong and robust Wi-Fi and lots of great coffee! All DrupalCon sessions will be held in the hotel and you can book rooms there for only $179.00 USD per night. Sounds awesome! After the sessions, you can go upstairs to your room and take a nap!
The keynote speakers will be Dries Buytaert, Drupal Founder, and Jared Spool, Usability Guru, and Clay Shirley, Internet Visionary. Drupal Training Day will be held the day before the DrupalCon begins in the University of Chicago building across the street from the Sheraton Hotel.

You can help promote DrupalCon Chicago by signing up to be a DrupalCon Chicago Ambassador. Go to the contact page and chooose category - Request for DrupalCamp or local user group sticker packet.  The kit comes with several DrupalCon stickers. You place them in unique places, take a photo and geo tag the photo and upload to Flikr, I think. Sounds like fun, sign me up. Me want DrupalCon stickers! Yeah! Only 191 days until DrupalCon Chicago! More Drupal Fun!

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Would you like to attend DrupalCon Chicago in 2011?
Aug 28 2010

DrupalCon Copenhagen Closing Session Aug. 26, 2010

DrupalCon Copenhagen was held Aug 23-27, 2010. I watched the closing session recorded by They also had a live TV broadcast each day at 5pm Copenhagen time.  Steve Parks did a great job as TV host. He went into the audience and asked what sessions they liked the best. Jen Lampton's session was mentioned, Wordpress is better than Drupal: Developers take note. Yes, quite controversial, said Steve Parks. He also asked what would you like to say to the organizers. Need more coffee. Apparently they ran out of coffee. Microsoft was a sponsor. They paid for 900 bottles of beer for the participants. is a new online trade magazine for all things Drupal that launched this past week. They also have live TV broadcasts made possible by Brightcove.
Vancouver’s own Angie Byron gave a report on the bug fixing status of Drupal 7. On Aug. 23rd there were 24 critical bugs and after a day of bug fixing the count was down to 18 bugs and they were elated! But then more bugs were discovered and critical bug count went back up to 24. But they planned a code sprint for Aug. 27th so they hoped to get more bugs squashed and also to get the upgrade path from Drupal 6 to 7 fixed up real soon.
A big thank you to Morten and Isabelle and the Organizing team! Great job on a great DrupalCon!

Looks like the next DrupalCon Europe will be held in London, UK in 2011. I hope the dates will be in September so we can get discounted rates for flights from Canada. I noticed only 15 Canadians attended DrupalCon Copenhagen. Vancouverites Djun Kim, Ariane K. and Angie Byron, and Karoly (chx) attended.

Questions for you:
What do you like about DrupalCon Copenhagen? Would you like to attend DrupalCon London in 2011?
Please leave your comments below - we'd love to hear from you!
Aug 25 2010

Summer Updates

In July, we launched We upgraded this site from Drupal 4 to a much more reliable and stable website in Drupal 6.  We also added subscriptions services where boxing fans can sign up and pay for expert sports boxing tips. More information, see Project.

Also in July, redesign project was launched. Katy coordinated the website design committee and Alex Ventpap did a great job on the graphics design. Katy also built the Drupal 6 theme for the site. The conference is being held in Vancouver, Canada, on October 2-3, 2010. For more project details, see Project.
Jun 25 2010

Fort Langley - Online Business Directory

We launched a new website this week, It features a searchable online business directory with over 100 businesses. The home page features a beautiful photo slideshow and lots of good information on Day Trips, Festivals and more.  Custom photography for the slideshow and photo gallery by Katy of

More info on Project

Jun 23 2010

Free Online Tools for Your Small Business

1. Primo PDF – This is a free tool that enables you to convert your Word documents and Photoshop designs to PDF format. It comes with a plugin that works like a printer. You choose it from your printer menu. Works great! I use it all the time to send design mockups and documents to my clients.

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Jun 23 2010

Keep your website healthy and secure by upgrading to Drupal 6

A new project I'm currently working on is upgrading It has 2500 articles about boxing. The original site was created in Drupal 4.5 and will be upgraded to Drupal 6.

The site owner first contacted me to ask me to fix his website. Since his web host company no longer supports PHP 4, his site broke down and he was not able to upload images to the website. Here's the advice I gave him.

Unfortunately, your current website cannot be fixed. You will need to upgrade to Drupal 6 to have a stable working website. You have plans to expand and improve your site, now is a good time to do that. We can update your design, add new features and give you a stable working website. Now is the best time to expand your website and add the new members section.

We recommend that you upgrade your website to Drupal 6. This means that we will build a new website for you in Drupal 6. The new website will be very secure and stable. Your old website software is no longer supported and will most likely keep breaking down.

This is good advice for anyone running a Drupal 4 website. Most web hosts have upgraded to PHP version 5 and no longer support PHP 4 which is used on most Drupal 4.x websites.

Drupal 7 is expected to be released late this summer. After that happens, Drupal 5 will no longer be supported. This means that no Drupal 5 modules will be updated or no more security updates will be available for Drupal 5.

Please contact us
to help you transition to a stable secure version of Drupal.
Jun 4 2010

Why Seascape Web Hosting?

1. We provide managed hosting plans for our web design clients. This means we take care of your website for you. We provide Free setup and upload for your new website. We also set up your email addresses and setup your domain to work with your new web host account. This is all included free of charge with your SWD web hosting plan.
After your site is launched, we take care of your website so that it stays up and running smoothly. If your website goes down for any reason, our staff will get on the phone with the tech support people at our web hosting company and work with them to get your site up and running as soon as possible. The time we spend fixing your web hosting problems is included free of charge as part of your website hosting plan.
2. If you go choose to go with another web hosting company, you are responsible for supplying us with full access to your web host panel. We will upload your new website files to your web host account free of charge and set up your site for you. However, you are responsible for setting up your email addresses and also for pointing your domain to your new web host account.  Let us know if you need help with this. We provide this service for a setup fee of $60.00 CAD.
After your website is launched. and your site goes down, you can call your Web Designer, Katy, to fix the problem for you. We have Express support services within 24 hours available at $100.00 per hour.
3. In the web hosting industry, what you are paying for is the level of support. If you go with a less expensive web host, you will find their level of support limited. With our managed web hosting services, we manage your website for you. It makes sense to have the person who designed and built your website to also take care of web hosting since we can fix the problems as quickly as possible.

4. We provide quotes for hosting your website starting at $25.00 per month. Get 2 months free when you sign up for a yearly subscription. Contact us for more information.
Jun 3 2010

Top 7 Ways to Boost Your Google Ranking

Enjoy your FREE issue of our monthly Internet Marketing Tips for May 2010:

1. Get inbound links on related sites
Find websites related to your industry that are not direct competitors that would like to link to your website. Look for websites that have a Google Page Rank of 3 or above. Use your keyword phrase in the link text for these links. For example, one of my clients is They could approach the company that supplies their whitewater rafting boats and ask to exchange links. Then both companies can benefit from the resulting traffic.

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May 7 2010

What to say about Drupalcon San Francisco?

It was an amazing experience to be in a room with 3000 people listening to Dries Buytaert give his bi-annual State of Drupal address. It was also live streamed for those in Europe who couldn’t make it due to the volcanic ash cloud drifitng over Europe. Only 100 critical bugs left to be fixed in Drupal 7 before it can be released. Volunteers worked hard and the number of critical bugs was down to 90 before the week ended. The earliest expected release date for Drupal 7 is June 2010 and the latest is September 2010.