Archives 2017

Nosara Technical Support Services

Hi everyone!
I appreciate all of the people who are always contacting me and referring me to their friends and clients. Until now it’s always been challenging to give the attention that I would have liked to give and the response times that I enjoy providing.
In order to make it easier for everyone to get help I’m giving this to the community in order to let all of you help me to help you. I believe a simple pricing list and common requests is a good place to start.
For anyone who uses Paypal I also have special discounts when you pay online in advance!
****If you have a TICO/TICA employee, friend, son, daughter, family member, who is interested in learning how to do this type of work I welcome them to assist me as an observer as part of my goal to teach my local community about the profession that I love. 

Hotel and Resort Services

As a hotel owner you might have clients with simple-complicated issues with laptops or other types of technology. I’m happy to work with your location to provide an on-call or quick response service to your guests. Terms can be discussed in person but I think this could be very helpful for folks who don’t have a lot of places to turn in an emergency.
Please reference ONSITE ERT for an example of price ranges.

Basic Problem Assessment

5,000 colones for evaluation and basic assessment of issues – (Drop off price only or onsite for additional 5,000 colones)

System Scan and Updates

  • 15,000 colones drop off
  • 25,000 colones w/ Pick Up
  • 24 hour turnaround. Anti virus update, malware scan, windows updates, security updates, hard drive optimization, system tune up, driver updates

Apple Products parts replacement

  • 10,000 colones basic diagnostic of system issues
  • 5-14 day parts ordering (depending on origin of replacement parts and availability)
  • Some onsite options available depending on the situation usually with 24 hour turnaround.
  • Battery upgrades, purchases on older models

ONSITE ERT

  • Emergency/Onsite/immediate response (under 60 minutes): $50 + $35/hour
  • Same Day guarantee before 5PM Onsite Response: $20 + $25/hour
  • 24-48 hour response straight time: $20/hour
  • All drop offs are usually charged on a per task basis and will be quoted in advance

ORDERING PARTS and Computer Accessories

Computer parts, accessories, add-ons: Local orders can be obtained usually in less than 48 hours for regular business days with advance payment.
A common place to look for random items are on these 2 websites. There are also many local, regional, and countrywide websites throughout Costa Rica. My assistance to purchase things from these sellers is to verify authenticity, reputation, and delivery to the buyer (you). If you find an item on a website with a Costa Rica based seller we can help you to get items to your doorstep or pickup at my home/office.
http://mercadolibre.com
https://www.olx.co.cr/

Tourism Applications Assistance 

General assistance can vary depending on what you’re trying to accomplish. From photo and gallery organization to managing accommodations it can be a real headache for a business owner to have to deal with some of the challenges that come up in these booking website. If you have someone on staff who would like assistance it can be a good resource also to have a lending hand when something comes up.
Enhanced internet marketing to boost any booking site you are using is also available. Relying upon a booking site for business sometimes limits the exposure since a booking site is promoting every accommodation in the area as well as yours.

  • Booking.com
  • Airbnb.com
  • Hostelworld.com
  • and of course others as well

CELL PHONE setup for Movistar, Claro and ICE

If you have a cell phone that needs a local cell service for data or calls I can set this up quite easily usually. Sometimes, like anything here, there can be hiccups and extra time/expense is required. Usually not much but I can’t put too much guarantee on how much time it will take to handle these.
ICE: Sometimes a visit to their office is required or time on a telephone to deal with their support staff. In these situations an hourly charge applies.
*Fully unlocked cell phone with a space for a cell SIM is required. Apple products with complicated Apple type requirements will sometimes require extra time and effort and can be an additional $50-$150 to get someone set up as well as an additional 24-48 hours for a specialist.
****All Pricing when paid in dollars is rounded up to the nearest $5 increment (12,000 colones would be exactly $25 for example and 15,000 colones is $30. If a colones to dollars conversion is similar to $27 then it would be rounded up to $30. The idea is to avoid getting a collection of $1 bills.
WIFI REPEATERS 

Click Here to See Mercado Libre’s WiFi Repeater Page

Extend the wifi range on almost any property by adding these simple plug into the wall or electrical outlet type devices.
Well we all have some need for this one right?!
Here’s the deal: After making a trip in person I’ve discovered one thing: These just need to be bought from San Jose and there is usually a 48 hour wait to get them here. They cost between $30-$60 for a quality Linksys or other reputable brand name. Good price considering everything!
There are 2 types of repeaters. One requires that the repeater be connected to a router with a network cable. Not a great solution so I will make sure that these are not being sold or installed unless specifically requested. A couple of people got these and I’m working on getting them replaced.
PRICE
Cost of product plus $50-$100 install depending on level of complication with existing WiFi environment

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Inter Galactic Cyber Marketing Frenzied Extravagana

As digital marketing is becoming more and more necessary for a company, not understanding the best way to drive your business forward can really hurt your chances of success. If you are looking for a way to improve your digital marketing efforts, here are 10 of the highest performing strategies that can bring more people to your website, allow you to connect with new or returning customers, and create a digital marketing strategy that works.

Use the Right Web Design​​

We don’t often think about web design as a marketing tactic, but it can influence the amount of time and attention a user will spend on your page. Your website is the center of all your digital marketing efforts, so if your page is not clean, easy to read, and interesting, it won’t matter how much time you put into strategy development – you’re still going to lose customers. Create a website that is up-to-date, attention-grabbing, and most of all, mobile friendly.

Utilize Search Engine Marketing and Optimization

Search engine marketing and optimization allow your name and website to appear on a list of search engine results. With a strong SEO strategy, your company website will become associated with the keywords used to find your services. This increases your chances of being the company an individual chooses to work with when selecting a company that offers your services or products.

Utilize Affiliate and Associate Programs

An affiliate or associate program doesn’t make sense for every business. However, if you do use these, you can quickly see your marketing efforts improve without needing to do much yourself. With an affiliate program, people who believe in your company can share your information and grow your market on a commission-based platform.

Use a Coach or Consultant

If you’re not an expert in digital and internet marketing, ask someone who is. There are hundreds of internet marketing coaches and consultants available to you, many of whom can give you a consultation about what you should change to see success. For small business owners who need to focus on other business systems, a coach or consultant can be extremely helpful.

Use Email Marketing

It isn’t enough to just send out emails. You will want to consider various email lists that cater to the specific needs of each individual and can present a personalized approach to your campaign. Take a hard and clear look at the purchasing habits of your customers and use that information to develop your strategy.

Use an Opt-In Email List

An opt-in email list allows customers to come to you and sign up to receive email campaigns and correspondence. This allows you to connect with new customers or clients.

Use Articles or News Stories

Having your name and information listed in other locations on the web can help you grow your company and business. This makes your name visible in an area where customers and clients are already looking and also allows you to become a trusted source of products or services.

Write Online Press Releases

When you use online press releases, you’re getting your information out there in a formal setting. This allows newspapers, blogs, or other media sources to see your information and write posts about your company without you needing to put in the effort to connect and claim a story.

Use Contests and Giveaways

People love contests and giveaways. Anytime you can encourage marketing from your customers in exchange for a free product or service, you will usually see a surge in purchases or connections.

Maintain a Blog

Your blog should be used for a number of reasons, including allowing you to consistently post new keywords and optimize your search engine strategy. More than that, your blog becomes somewhere you can offer advice, share bits of information, and really connect with your customers.

A lasting relationship begins with trust and your blog is a great way to build that.

A strong online marketing strategy will help you to boost your business and start seeing more customers, connections, and clients. These 10 strategies have been proven to help companies gain new exposure. By following the above tips you’ll be on your way to creating a concrete internet marketing strategy that could boost your business substantially.

We're testing the new Unleash Your Geek Mass Media Promotion Suite

We’ll be tracking the results of this post at https://www.unleashyourgeek.com/seo/control-your-internet-traffic/ which is a URL that has been in circulation since March 15, 2017.
After tracking the traffic patterns of this page that was not promoted with more effort than a simple Google Webmaster Tools/Search Console Sitemap we are now monitoring every movement as a release of the new Social API.
Results will be released from this mass marketing Social API via a secret URL of firms who are already subscribed to this First Ever Social API solution.
Get Ready for More.

Website Security Audits with Ongoing Scheduled Assessments Revisions

Do we design websites? No.
Do we design solutions that include websites? Yes.
The website is like a hammer and nails in construction. It’s tough to build a business with an Internet presence if you don’t have a website. A website however isn’t just a simple design that gets launched and is suddenly successful.
A website is an extension of a business that gets customized over time based on the way that its users are going to use it most productively.
This is where designing a website is also an intervention by someone who can assess the way a business functions and help the website function in a way that will be easiest to manage by the staff and management.
Let’s say for example you want to have profiles of your employees online. What if you have high turnover and those employees have a presence in multiple parts of your website? For this you want to have a centralized profile system that is easily managed by a middle income staffer. This small task alone will save your company money and hassle when simple adjustments can be done by someone other than a high paid programmer.
Building a business that will utilize the potential of the internet can have a lot of surprises. Building your website can involved 100s of scenarios like the one above and are usually only implemented by someone who sees that a simple task might have a more economical long term solution during the building process.
With so many things that need to be considered the design process becomes an evolution of contributions by the people who use the website. One way to attack this is to focus on getting all of the live information on the website, providing the most critical functions to run the business (online) and then make adjustments in a system that can be made over time. This allows a website to evolve fluidly and become a more secure, high performance, asset to the company, it’s users and it’s owners.
Will the average person with even the highest level of intelligence be prepared for things that are avoided by those with applicable experience? Share the journey into the unknown with a Cyber guide. Someone who can point out the things that are waiting in the shadows.
Every project has surprise expenses because there will always be something that can be done to modify a plan that is already in action. Even changing the same transmission on the same car 10 times can introduce a few variants to a simple task.
You are not indestructible and neither is your business but you can make your business more safe by making smart and educated choices.
What’s our point? Leave it to the pros.
Security Audits
During this building process there will be areas that should be addressed which can produce security holes in primary and secondary processes. A primary process would be something like a contact form or simple interaction on the website which does not have a secure connection or somehow creates a security hole.
A secondary process is when someone created a secure connection to your website but is using a company email address that has vulnerabilities that allow someone else to use a weak email due to low password standards. A weak authentication system can go all the way back to a person’s desktop/laptop in their home behind a VPN that is connected to the company’s home server. Every step of this usage process has to be examined and installed in a way that even the users who are the least tech savvy can handle meeting the minimum system requirements for security without the need to study computer science. This responsibility goes back to the person building the site and who will make sure all of these things are considered. They will also need to be taught to staff and rules of the security requirements have to be enforced.
Enforcing rules will be the least common denominator to the security vulnerabilities not the cool SSL certificate on your website.
For the average company a typical security audit and implementation with training or supporting documentation can take 3-12 months depending on cooperation and level of complication.
Website Performance

3 Great and Reasonably Priced headsets for cell phones, music and computer use.

These 3 of 4 sets are being used every day in my office for a combination of work needs. They each serve their own purpose and after such a long time trying to find a quality headset with decent noise cancellation and low impedence I found these not so expensive sets which are just great! So great I had to share them with the audience(s).
All 3 headsets are Durable. Not break proof durable but not flimsy. So far in my tough weather environment with dust, rain, water, moisture, jungle elements, they are holding up very well.


1.) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0002QLQ96/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_dp_T2_e2OEzbMS7EYQM 

I LOVE these. GREAT when you’re not trying to eliminate background noise, and when you don’t have to be aware of your own background sounds. (If you’re not trying to babysit a crying baby they are OK otherwise go towards the one ear headset for awareness of your surroundings. Of course, at a low volume you can hear things around you besides your phone call or music

FYI: Not OK for driving <illegal>.

Easy to adjust Volume control and great quality. Comfortable too.


2.) Gaming Headset BliGli Badasheng Wired Stereo Noise Cancelling Gaming Headphones for PS4, Xbox One, PC, Laptop with Detachable Microphone (Blue)https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01ANPI058/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o01_s01?ie=UTF8&psc=1 

GREAT FOR MUSIC! And KICKASS for phone calls. I wear these as much as I can but they’re not something you can throw in a fanny pack or be mobile. Best for office and home use but GREAT sound on both ends especially for the great price.

VERY COMFORTABLE!!!!


 
3.) Voistek Wired Cell Phone Headset with Noise Canceling Boom Mic & Adjustable Headband for iPhone Samsung LG HTC Blackberry Huawei ZTE Mobile Phone & Smartphones with 3.5mm Headphone Jack (A1H10DJ35)https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01ANPI058/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_dp_T2_q3OEzb5XF5RZ4 

Great so you can still hear what’s going on around you with good noise cancellation for the person you’re calling to hear less of your background noise and volume control. Comfortable and lightweight to wear.

 

Don't Pay for AdWords until your onsite SEO is completed

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SEO is not Optional if you want AdWords to beat your competition

Would you try to sell a car if it didn’t have an engine or promote a clothing store if you didn’t have any products on the shelves?

The Ultimate success of Adwords and other critical steps in your Internet marketing process depend on having a well optimized website and the basic architecture of your marketing plan in place.
Too many folks think that simple buying AdWords and creating amateur level campaigns is going to be the one all solution to kicking off their promotional process.
Beware of going down this road because there are a few things you really want, and need, to have in place so that your investment is optimal.
Google Analytics is very important to have installed on your website even if you don’t personally understand how to analyze the information. If at some point you need to ask the help of a more skilled professional they will be able to use Analytics to study the traffic patterns that help make AdWords more effective.
XML Sitemap should be installed or some sitemap should be submitted to Google via Google’s Search Console (formerly known as Webmaster Tools). This notifies search engines of the pages which reside on your website and helps them to decide what to index (add to their search engine directory). It will also provide search engines an automatic notification of any updates to pages on the website.
In addition make sure that every page on your website that you are specifically targeting with AdWords has an optimization score of above 80% and also includes properly formatted Meta tags (image, Title, Keyword, Description, tags, category).
The most common factor that is overlooked is page content. Look at your website and ask yourself, or a friend or co worker, if this is a website you, or they would like to visit.
People who visit a website and don’t find what they want or who leave for any reason will increase your “Bounce Rate”. Your Bounce Rate is a major factor in your search engine ranking. If you are increasing your bounce rate then your campaign with AdWords or any other SEO campaign is going to be counterproductive and create a mode of recovery which isn’t a good place to be.
If you don’t think your website is something that you would visit then it might not be interesting to your target market either.
Only when all of these things are in place do you want to begin any campaign. These things will help your campaign to gain the proper traction it needs to make your investment get a better return.
 

un·leash ˌənˈlēSH – verb: release from a leash or restraint

un·leash Your Geek
ˌənˈlēSH/Submit
verb
release from a leash or restraint.
“we unleashed his hidden talent and the campaign succeeded beyond expectations”
synonyms: let loose, release, (set) free, unloose, untie, unchain
“if you learn to unleash your geek then you can accomplish whatever is possible”
cause (a strong or violent force) to be released or become unrestrained.
“the failure of the talks could unleash more fighting”
UNLEASH YOUR GEEK – Whatever talent that you have which you want to put into action.
You need to learn how to Unleash Your Geek.
This is what we do.
We show you how to unleash what makes it possible to get that extra cyber boost

The Secret to helping your business grow is to be less generous

Who would have thought this was the answer!

It seems to take the fun out of having a business that does so much to help people and their businesses.
In 10 years I’ve accomplished what none of my competitors or predecessors had been able to accomplish. This is accurate because I was hired in these cases because I was able to do what those before failed to accomplish.

I also built a reputation of being a man of my word. My word is like Gold and while I stand by and watch con artists and scammers take the legitimacy out of an industry that can carry such a great reputation I am forced instead to constantly battle the doubts, cynicism and skepticism of people who have been taken advantage of by Internet companies and self proclaimed consultants who have no experience.
Most of them can’t be found on Google. This isn’t a good sign by the way. Unleash Your Geek is all over and easy to find because our experience has scorched a solid path of success throughout the edges of the Internet.
By the time these companies find me they complain that they gave all their money to the guy before me so now they want a discount.
We should give a discount for doing a job properly because you gave money to someone who FAILED?
Please explain this logic to me.
Putting yourself out there to help another business succeed looks good on paper but in the end seems like a bad investment of time and energy. Moving forward we’ll have to do less no matter how it seems like it might benefit.
It’s too bad to have to have this approach to business relationships but the players in this world seem to have a different set of values and are happy to take something for nothing.
Save your favors, freebies and extra attention to clients who have already paid. The rest will need to find free labor from others.
If you hired someone who failed while taking all of your money we are sorry to hear that. If you want it done right then you’ll need to pay what the time and the task are worth.
Leave your doubts and skepticism at the door.
Our quality services start at the low introductory price of 50% more than the guy who failed to do the job you paid to have done.

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The #1 Most Common Cause of Websites That Fail: "Measure Twice: Cut Once"

Sometimes our clients’ biggest obstacles are inside their own management team or process(es).
If your team members are creating road blocks by creating delays it’s time to hold those people accountable. Those delays create bottlenecks and affect the schedules and accomplishments of other people on the team. Eventually this becomes resentment and frustration which leads to massive loss of productivity.

If you hire someone to analyze and improve your SEO it may be because what you have tried isn’t working.
If you continue doing the same thing and insist that your new “SEO” people follow your own pattern of behavior you’re going to get the same results as before. Sometimes fixing a traffic problem begins by looking inside your own company and not at the website itself.
You can keep on painting your house but if your foundation isn’t stable it will eventually fall down no matter how attractive it is from the new paint.
When these improvements are resolved then your company, and your website, have a fighting chance to survive.

Old rules still apply.
This is #1 in the long list of Big corporate obstacles to productivity.
Rushing for lack of time will cost you more time then if you took the time to be careful the first time.

“Measure Twice: Cut Once”
Most of our clients, who we love and cherish, are inefficient and cost themselves money and time. With this simple rule a typical company can save itself money as well as increase revenue and improve Quality Control.
Like those people who make jogging like movements to appear like they’re hurrying when actually they’re not moving any faster than the people who are walking. They work in a frenzy to appear more busy then they are while accomplishing less than the multi-taskers who work more efficiently.
Perception of working harder or doing more simultaneously accomplishes nothing if the actual work isn’t getting adequate attention to detail.
This is why we hire people to be our eyes.
This is why management works on their specialty and we work on ours.
SEO and Internet Marketing should not be managed by people who are in a hurry, lack attention to detail or who otherwise affect timelines of productivity and ultimately the massive failure of their expensive marketing campaigns.