From May 2020 I had to make radical changes to my business. For many years I have been available to teach local people in their own home, as you can see from the early posts on this site right back to 2013.
My-Computer-Tuition is now only available Online and the main subject is now starting an online business
Towards the end of 2020 it became obvious to me that thousands of people are going to be affected by Covid, losing jobs, managing on much less income
Earlier this year, having launched a series of articles on the site to help visitors get started. I have put the articles in a Free Course for readers to follow, which will be available by email.
The emphasis will be on using the few Free tools available to anyone on the internet. So many courses use premium tools, which have a monthly subscription and this is a potential drain for those on low incomes. I don’t want there to be any barrier to entry.
I will be continuing to work online only. If I can help you with anything you find in “my-computer-tuition.co.uk” please feel free to contact me using the contact form and email. All my regular clients can follow along and of course my coaching clients can still be contact me by phone.
Coaching and Upgraded Course
As soon as possible in April , I will have online business coaching upgraded and ready to take new clients, so if you’ve tried and failed, or setup a website with some success, I’m ready to take you to the next level. There are many ways to earn money online, affiliate marketing has always been my favourite method, always happy to help you make your website take off, with Affiliate Marketing.
To apply, simply email me ( or use the online contact form ) with your progress so far – your website and where you would like to be in 12 months time. If I can help you, we can set up a phone call to discuss.
Sometimes the blog subject may be a difficult one to find affiliate products for. Any blog interesting enough to attract visitors in numbers, can be monetised with Ads
With an interesting site, you can approach Google Adsense, to place ads on your webpages. This is where the CPC ( cost per click) metric becomes important. If you can find topics with high cpc values, your advertising revenue via Adsense, will be much higher.
Wordstream seemed the best option and I entered my search term “How to get my Website ranking in Google” Wordstream responded with 25 keywords. They send it by email ( which is a crafty way to get your email !! ) and it is in csv format, so using Google sheets or Excel…
First – remove those with low number of searches/month
Next – remove those with high competition
Now I want to reorder the data table, based on its CPC. When I tried this, it didn’t work, behind the scenes the $ amount is held as character data – so to reorder it I needed it to be Numerical data, so I had to remove the dollar sign
More excel problems – just clicking on the column and changing the data types didn’t work on my 2007 version of excel, automatically , so I reverted to the formula method – make a new column based on the dollar column , enter this formula in the new column and replace B2 with the dollar column ID.
You should now have a column with just numbers. Reorder the table now based on the numbers column.
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Some of the terms with similar low search volume had only 1 or 2 dollar cpc value, so make sure you cover the subjects with the higher cpcs , which will start the ad revenue flowing
Don’t forget to fully get up to speed with the latest SEO for Googles algorithm. Details of changes are published on Googles developer pages.
Add your own banners to the sidebar, as internal links ( reference your own more detailed pages on a topic ) and external links ( to authority sites ), both of these are needed for SEO purposes.
Sounds ambitious? Well many people are making huge amounts by selling whatever is in great demand, on the internet. Not only goods but information too. In the ‘good old days’ you had to take a big risk, buying a shop, filling it with goods, advertising and hoping customers would come and buy.
Now you can open an online shop, selling ANYTHING AND EVERYTHING for peanuts. If it doesn’t work, just start again, overnight.
There has never been such a huge opportunity, to make a good business, with so little risk. Used correctly social media sites like twitter, reddit, facebook, instagram etc can help you spread the word. Advertising can be targeted precisely at ONLY your most likely prospects
Internet browsing is great fun. It can be educational. But there are many out there whose intentions are less than honest. To protect yourself and your computer from bogus offers, scam emails, viruses, ‘computer worms’ and similar , I can show you the basics and examples of typical scams to stay away from.
Also, who are you dealing with when you find an interesting article or offer? There are tell tale signs if all is not as it should be, find out and beware. At the very least I would suggest you email the website with the tempting offer and check that you get a reply. These days thieves don’t need to break in to steal your cash!
Example email scam email received August 2020
so… what are the tell tale signs that this is a scam. I’m sure you will all have received that tempting offer by some Nigerian government official needing your bank details, it’s a pretty obvious scam and by now you would think it no longer works…. it does, everyday !
I will go through all the points that I see on the email and its source website below, you would of course just delete the email if you suspected it as a scam, having found any one of these tell tale signs
Example 1. Email purporting to be from a trusted source
The Email Address:
First, is the email consistent with what you would expect ? For example one very common scam – this example is from today 27th August – ” We have placed a hold on your Amazon account and all pending orders” where the details in the email point to Amazon.com ( this is very very common since nearly everyone has an Amazon account ) but if you look at the email header it will either be from Amzon.co.uk or similar misspelled name , or like in this case, they actually have not even bothered to hide themselves and written from the following email account
email@example.com. ( OBVIOUSLY this is not the Amazon official email)
Any professional organisation will have their own domain name in the email address. Eg : firstname.lastname@example.org or accounts@Amazon.com . What a scammer often does is make it similar enough, so if you’re not being careful, it will look official , like – email@example.com or even firstname.lastname@example.org , so easy to overlook, but mail.com and gmail.co.uk are public free email accounts , anyone can open one in minutes and begin scamming people.
Is it Addressed to you specifically?
Second, It would be rare for the scammers to have your name, so if your name is missing…. suspect it . This is really common and you should
NEVER reply to a suspect email, don’t give them a second chance to contact you.
NEVER open any attachment file These may contain spyware or worse
NEVER log in through their link. If you want to check it – use the link you alway use.
EXAMPLE 2: This Scam Email arrived yesterday and shows the two points above perfectly:
Greetings, ( note there is no name here )
We have been asked by our client to make payment to you on their behalf.
Kindly confirm if the details provided are correct.
Thanks in advance,
Anita Merquel Accountant
The addressgiven is in Saudi Arabia ! (I don’t do business there)
The payment is supposed to be for Aircraft parts ( I have nothing to do with Aircraft ) . The Website is an obvious scam, with bad grammar and spelling mistakes all over and NO detail pages – nothing, no parts for sale, no price list, no Directors list, no departments,
If still in doubt – investigate further with Google Maps:
This is Google street view of the Address given on the website: as you can see unit 3 doesn’t even have a name above the door. North Aircraft Parts, just don’t exist ! So Don’t take it as read that just because an email comes from an “official looking website” that it is any sort of proof of validity.
Follow the links to their other pages –
Does it look like an official website of a big organisation? Here is the “About” page, which I would expect to be a comprehensive summary of their company’s structure, Details of CEO and major board members, Key Staff, List of Departments, Addresses of HQ and distributed locations….
But what actually is on the About Page, is vague , has very bad grammar and lots of simple errors
What to Do when you suspect a Scam
My advice is to simply delete it.
You could forward it to one of the many organisations that try to stop scammers like the National Cyber Security Centre, a government organisation with powers.
but, I am sure they have their hands full and reporting one more – will it be acted on?
What NOT to do – very important , DO NOT click any link that purports to remove you from their list ! All you will achieve is confirmation that you exist, which will make the more determined of scammers try even harder to win.
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Learn some basics and be able to communicate with friends and family. Use the Internet – It’s a giant library with every subject under the sun!
I will travel to you. I work anywhere in Sheffield, Rotherham, Barnsley or Doncaster. Use your own or my computer. You should have internet connection to make full use of the course. I’m happy for you to ask for anything specific or we can follow a basic computer course covering subjects from those shown below. Work at your own pace.
£20 per hour . Free second hour with your first booking.