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Does your Thanet business cover these SEO basics?

Sooner or later if you are doing any amount of business on line in Thanet then the phrase Search engine Optimisation (SEO) is going to show up sooner or later. But what does SEO in Thanet mean?

Targeting an finite population of web users with SEO is much harder than simply blasting the millions of people on the web. However the millions of web users are unlikely to be particularly motivated to use your business unless they come from Thanet. That is where Thanet SEO comes in.

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This is the Thanet Star guide to avoiding snake oil salesman and getting good Thanet SEO.

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Your view: Reasons to be proud of Thanet

There should be, I feel, many reasons to be proud of Thanet.

Just recently I started a personal challenge (for reasons documented here) and part of that challenge was to find a damn good reason to be proud of the country I come from. That got me thinking about being proud of the district I come from too.

So I thought I would throw it open to you guys to help me compile a list of reasons to be proud of Thanet.

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Did you fall for the local press "tornado" mistake?

These are not photographs of Tornadoes people.

The local media has finally noticed that Thanet experiences plenty of down-draft vortex winds but seems fixated on calling them tornadoes, which they very much are not.

The "Thanet Tornadoes" are actually fairly common funnel clouds.

This is not a tornado in Thanet

A funnel cloud can be caused by Squall Line Thunderstorms (commen in these parts) and any other highly differentiated cold fronts moving in. These cold fronts usually bring rain and are very common here in Thanet.

When funnel clouds form in conditions such as ours they lack the energy to last any real time and definitely lack the energy to transform into tornadoes.

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Lib-Dems condemn Tory attitude to failing Hospital

Liberal Democrat Candidates for Thanet have called for the inspectors' report on East Kent hospitals to be taken seriously but local Conservative MPs are dismissive.

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) rated two hospitals as inadequate and the QEQM as "requiring improvement" The BBC have reported.

The Trust’s other hospital, Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother in Ramsgate, was told that improvements were required in many areas – in particular A&E. The trust has been recommended for special measures – the NHS’ regime for failing hospitals. says The Indipendant.

Also identified were long standing cultural issues of bullying and harassment. The number of staff who would recommend the trust as a place to work or be treated was significantly below the national average, we understand.

George Cunningham (Lib-Dem PPC for Thanet North) said that patients deserve the best care and dedicated staff deserve the best management. Hospital Trusts are complex organisations and it is difficult for individuals to hold them to account. Expert inspections are an essential part of keeping hospitals well run.

According to the damning report, which MP Roger Gale has been dismissive of, risks to patients were not always identified. Even when risks were properly identified they were not always acted on by the trust.

Much of what is in the report we have already recognised, claimed chief executive Stuart Bain which raises the question of why these issues have not yet been addressed.

We can't pretend everything in the garden is rosy says George Cunningham, I hear from hardworking and caring staff who love their jobs but have been frustrated by poor management, and from patients whose experiences have been a mixture of the outstandingly good and the quite unacceptable.

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£1.4m in Winnings for an Unknown Thanet Person

Someone in Thanet could be missing out on £1,471,718 - an unclaimed lottery jackpot for a winning ticket purchased in Thanet.

The search is now on to find the owner, who matched all six numbers in the Lotto draw on Saturday August, 2 2014. The winning Lotto numbers were 13, 23, 28, 37, 42, 45 and the bonus ball was 25. The lucky ticket-holder has until Thursday, January 29 2015 to claim their prize. says The Thanet Gazette.

I am pretty sure that I am not the winner as I do not play. If you do play double check your old tickets because you could be sitting on a fortune.

If you don't want it...

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TDC vs KCC on Trust

Who do you trust more Thanet District Council (TDC) or Kent County Council (KCC). Join the debate on our Facebook page.


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Margate to get its own council

Earlier this year we covered the councultation on parishing Margate which is something we have been saying is needed scince as early as 2009.

Now the news is that TDC are actually going ahead with the process of granting a parish council to Margate. They almost go so far as to admit that what they have been doing for Margate has not been working.

As always in Thanet not everyone is pleased with this outcome.


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Thanet gets a rough ride again

Thanet once more gets the short end of the comedy stick, this time from BuzzFeed. Was this a deserved ribbing or an unfair slating?


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Thanet: A week in review

So what's being going on in Thanet this week?

I don't think anyone missed that Southern Water once more dumped poo into the sea and spoiled our beaches.

We live in the South East and get a lot of rain. Southern Water can hardly have found a whole heap of rain as a total surprise. So why are they still woefully under prepared for the stuff. It is rain. It falls often.

Talking of rain falling fromm the sky it turns out that people in America (where else) willingly pay up to US$51 for hard water because it is somehow wetter or something. A well motivated business could easily bottle up our chalky stuff, ship it across the pond, import softer water from somewhere else for us to use and still turn a profit.

Well, okay, maybe...

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Margate was the first seaside resort to introduce deck chairs way back in 1898.

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MP Roger Gail (Thanet North) wanted to increase VAT

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MP Roger Gale (Thanet North) has never voted on measures to reduce tax avoidance

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