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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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Did you know?

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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Too popular

On Wednesday 28th May the article The staggering truth about Gloag's Manston deal was so popular that it was briefly unreachable as the server could not supply pages fast enough.

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Did Labour Lie?

Who actually believes TDCs Health and Safety line? Comment now on Thanet Star.

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MRP Minutes

All of the Margate Renewal Partnership Board Meeting Minutes (Via FOI)

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Manston Airport

Two weeks to find Manston Airport buyer says North Thanet MP (via BBC)

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CCG to review

Thanet CCG told by High Court judge that policy on assistive reproduction technique is “unlawful”. [link]

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Good comments

Generally longer, more in depth, comments get flagged as spam less often.

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Spam stopping

Matt has spent some time retraining the spam filter to avoid false positives and catch more spam. If your comment gets flagged as spam let us know on Facebook or Twitter.

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Did you know?

People traveled from as far as Boston USA to come to GEEK 2014.

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