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Peter Vejrum Terp

My name is Peter Vejrum Terp, I am a travel geek, and tech hippie . I've been working as a professional Internet programmer, project manager and more since 2000. At the moment I work with SEO, and I've been doing it full time the last couple of years. I am cofounder of www.backpackerplanet.dk and www.backpackers-online.dk

Backpacker Planet relaunch

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Backpacker Planet was started in 2003 where it back then was created as a Social Media for travellers in Denmark. During the years the website has become the leading website for backpackers in Denmark, but unfortunately we hadn’t changed much un the website since 2003, but this has changed now!!!

Choosing a solution

Backpacker Planet has always been a sparetime project for me and the two co founders, and we therefore haven’t got that much time to put into the project. Therefore a great solution for us would be to convert the webpage to a standard system. Another reason for converting it to a standardsystem is to make it possible for the two co-founders to create more new stuff on the website. The old version of the webpage was programmed by me, and I am the only programmer on the team. Therefore I needed to be involved every time a minor expansion was needed.

The fact that many standard CMS systems comes with lots of functionality and is regulary updated has been a great factor for choosing a CMS system. We have checked the many CMS systems out there and came to the conclusion fairly fast that WordPress would be a really great system to convert to. We all had experience with WordPress and there is a wide range of plugins for the system that could support our plans. Another reason why WordPress is a preferable solution is that it is fairly easy and cheap to find programmers who can fix/develope the stuff we might need for the CMS system

Removing the grease

After the decision was made, we all three spend some time discussion which parts of the old site should stay and which shouldn’t. During the years we have had new competitors on the market like Facebook, which is an unbeatable competitor, this has caused that some of the section on our website is no longer popular. There was also other sections on the website which simply didn’t give the user experience we had hoped for etc.

All these thoughts and analyses ended up in a conclusion of which sections should be eliminated, and frankly I think it has been a great process. In every company and every website there will be “grease” which needs to be cut off. When the grease is cut off it is much easier to navigate because what you have left is the core of your business an you only have left what matters.

SEO

One big concern that we all had on Backpacker Planet was the SEO. The old website had a really good position in Google, and we wouldn’t want to lose that. Therefore we needed to create a really good plan for not loosing our rankings on Google. Fortunately both me and Kenneth (co-founder) has been working a lot with SEO during the last 6 years, and new a lot about best practice, and what to look for. We made a large scaled plan where text, images, technic on the webpage was in focus. We also made a plan for creation of about 18.000 redirects.

This has actually been a large part of the conversion – it takes a lot of time to analyse an old website, and it also takes a lot of time to create a plan on what to do about SEO.

The programming

We have converted the website from classic ASP programming where I had created all of the programming and all of the database, to a standard wordpress solution. This has been a big task because I needed to create a lot of database scripts, programming etc. to convert data to fit into the WordPress solution. My guess is that I have used at least 2 month of work for creation of scripts, sql etc. I chose to create all scripts and code self, because it would take a lot of time to explain the old structure to a freelance programmer, and because it would also cost a lot of money to do so.

What have I learned?

I have learned a lot in this proces, first of all it takes much more time to convert an old complex website than I had expected. I have learned that when you do your analyses and planning the right way, it will benefit you greatly afterwards.

I also learned that even when you think you have remembered everything, there is still stuff you missed. The after match on a conversion of a complex conversion takes a lot of time too.

But damn – it feels great that it has been done – and I am proud of what we managed to do.

Backpacker Planet – new blog

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Backpacker Planet is a website that I started back in 2003 with two friends. The website is about travelling as a backpacker, where backpackers can help each other and where we (me and my friends) share knowledge and experiences from our own trips around the world. The website exists in Danish and English at the moment, but the Danish version is the most active.

Recently we created a blog version of the Danish version of Backpacker Planet. This blog version of Backpacker Planet is in a new fresh design and is targeted backpackers who seek knowledge and travel experiences. On the blog backpackers will find a lot of information from our trips around the world and other bloggers trips, backpackers will also find factual information about different countries, cities and even guides to things like “How to pack your backpack”.

Medias – the next level

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The generation Y – people who was born just before 2000 has a different approch to medias than than other generations, this will change the way we look on medias in the future. In this article I discuss what I think will lay within a near future.

Tags – Meta information

Today most of us know what a hastag is, it is used on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Google+ and other social medias. We use it to indicate what a image or other content is about. Example if I shoot a picture of the Eiffel Tower in Paris and share it on Instagram, I might tag it with following tags #travel #eiffeltower #paris #france this indicates that the picture was taken on a trip to France and that the picture is of the Eiffel Tower. I might even tag it with @lisekryger which indicates that I was together with Lise Kryger. Many might think it is a disturbing element, but many also think that is is a good thing. The tagging kind of indicates meta information about the content which makes it searchable.

I think that tagging can be taken to a much larger level. Imagine that you tagged everything that you wanted to save or share. I read an article in the “New York Times” on my Mobile, I bookmark it because I didn’t finish reading it or because I just wanted to read it again. Today that is possible, but if then also tagged the bookmark and made it available in the clouds (the last part is actually also possible today). If it also was possible to do the same on Youtube on my tablet, on my Apple TV when I viewed a Podcast and on my Kindle when I was reading a book. Now imagine that all of these bookmarks were tagged and connected to you a place where they all were central placed. Suddenly you had a lot of information which is connected. All this connected information can be useful in many different cases. Example you are researching some kind of subject, either for fun or business related. Suddenly everything you have found interesting is easy to find again. Another thing that these information could be useful for could be artificial intelligence which can resonate what you would like to get more information about, this intelligence could suggest links, articles, podcast among a lot of other stuff.

Transparency

As you probably already noticed, I spoke about bookmarking and tagging on different medias. I think it is very important to make bookmarking and tagging transparent to the media. Most of us is several different medias during a day. Here is a day as it could be for me:

  • I get up early in the morning check my email on my iPhone / Tags the interesting emails
  • While sitting in the bus I check out the newspapers, Twitter and Facebook on my iPhone / Tagging the most interesting articles and posts
  • Takes the train, turns on my Laptop and do some research in the train I check for videos on YouTube, reads articles and participate in forums. / Bookmark posts, websites and tags different posts and articles
  • Jumps of the train and start walking to work, take some headphones on and hear a PodCast / Bookmarks a couple of places in the podcast
  • Get to work – work on a different computer / Bookmarks and tags different websites
  • Going home again in the train, reading a little on my Kindl, bookmarking and making notes
  • In the bus i listen to a audiobook on my iPhone using Audible, creating bookmarks while listening
  • Get home and relax on the couch with my son, while is looking on the teli I look on my Tablet, bookmarking and rating again
  • After my son has gone to bed, I might use my laptop for some research, again bookmarking and rating.
  • Looking a bit on social medias, bookmarking and rating content on the media

This is of course in the extreme – but it could quit easy be a day for me if I was hooked on a research task. As you see I work on many different medias on many different ways during that day. If it was possible to make everything connected to the same account, then it would be easy to go from one media to the other with everything targeted and streamlined for me. Some of this is already possible, you can bookmark on your tablet, mobile, laptop and desktop computers web-browser if you use Google Chrome on all of the medias, then the bookmark will be available on the different medias. If all that I have mentioned in the listing above was connected my day would be easier in many ways, and probably more scary too 🙂 Transparency is important in the future no doubt about it, Google, Apple and others also know this and there will be a lot more of this in the future.

Sharing

Social medias are here and they are here to stay, they will only grow bigger, it might be that Facebook will loose market shares to other Social medias, but all in all Social Medias will grow. Social medias is actually not that new as you might expect, I for example made a Backpacker homepage back in 1999 with a lot of the same features that many of the Social Medias have, Social Medias has just become more mature and more common. Most of us love Social Medias, we love to hear gossip about our friends on Facebook, we love to mingle with others on Twitter, we have our business connections on LinkedIn. Google+ and we use Instagram, Flickr, Pinterest for pictures etc. It is a part of the daily live, we love to share and we love to listen to what our friends and the professionals have to say about different topics.

There is actually nothing new in that, we have always loved to hear what our friends were saying, and what experts were saying. We expect that our friends tells us the truth and we believe that if they say a thing is good or bad they might be right. Or I should rather say I believe

Summarizing it all up

Well – that was a lot about what I think the future will bring and how it will benefit us. Summarizing it all then I think we will get the following benefits in the future:

  • A more coherent online daily life
  • Much more tailored use of “Internet”
  • Your social relationships gives you added value in everyday life

How to earn money from your photos

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Many people shoots a lot of pictures, many of these pictures is actually really good. You can actually earn money on the best of the pictures, but don’t expect it will come easy, and don’t expect that you will be rich within a moment. But what YOU can make is a way to get passive income. It will require some effort in the beginning, but the harder you work in the beginning the more you will gain in the future. Here are some solutions.

Solution 1 – Stock Photos

The most popular and most famous of photosites where you can buy photos is probably iStockPhotos they have a lot of pictures and of high quality. The prices is actually also pretty high, which makes it s a pretty good place to have your pictures.

The basic idea of all those sites is that you upload a lot of pictures to their site and they sell the pictures for you. The pictures is in digital format and can therefore be sold many times. You will typically get 15% of the sales price.

Here is an example on how it will work at iStockPhotos

  • Sign up here http://www.istockphoto.com/sell-stock-photos.php remember to post your very best pictures in the signup process, because they will evaluate if your are good enough for them.
  • When they have agreed on that you can be a contributer then the action starts.
  • You now need to add a lot of pictures as many as possible everyday, if you want to live of it you might need to add as many as 100 a day for a year. BUT you can of course start with less.
  • You can increase the performance of the sales by being smart, here is an advice:
    • Put 50-100 pictures of very different kind up to iStockPhoto.
    • Check out which style has been selling the most after a month.
    • When you know which 5 types sell the most, then upload 50-100 pictures a day within these photo types.
    • Do series for minimizing your work. Example go to a farm shoot a lot of pictures of many different animals in different situations. Shoot at least 1000 pictures on a photo shoot like that. Then upload the 200-300 best to iStockPhoto.

The photos that wasn’t accepted on iStockPhoto could be posted on other Photo Stock sites which requires a little less of the quality. In that way you can get the most of the pictures you take.

Solution 2 – Posters and similar

You could make a serie from the very best pictures you have shot. You create a range of large posters that you can sell. The selling will be done through your own webshop. It would also be possible to create a photo book which could be bought online on Amazon.

Solution 3 – Write a book

You could write books about how to take really good photos. It could be titles as “Beginners guide to photography”, “Advanced guide to photography”, “Getting the most out of your phone camera” and other ideas, only the fantasy is the limit. The books could be sold as e-books on Amazon, iTunes and other online stores. The advantage is that you can be up and running fast, you don’t need much advertisment because Amazon and the other stores will do much of the work for you. You can of course also sell the book online on your own website.

Solution 4 – Branding yourself

You could also brand yourself and your skills through Instagram,. Google+, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and other social medias. You can do that by posting new really good pictures regularly on one or more social medias. This will brand your name and by that get your name more and more famous. This fame could be used for selling books, pictures, making courses, getting paid for taking pictures and so on.

There are of course many other ways to earn money on pictures, but I do hope that the four solutions has inspired you about earning money on pictures. You could actually use the same four solutions on videos as well with some minor changes.

4 mobile UX rules

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There are four rules you should remember when making Mobile Websites

  1. Mobile site is mobile
  2. Context is king
  3. Difference in media
  4. Mobile is not web

1. Mobile site is mobile
Never forget that a mobile site is mobile. A mobile website is used by users on the move. They can be on the train or bus at a cafe and 1000 other places. It’s important to remember that the user is on the move. Therefore it is important that you also make the page for that purpose. Typically you will not read long in-depth articles. It’s much more likely that they need to find a hotel, a restaurant or similar. It’s also likely that the mobile user has 5 minutes to check what it costs to get to Paris (he might surprise his wife, caused by working too many ours last month.)

2. Context is king
It’s very important that you focus on context. What does the user need right now in the given situation?

If you have 5 minutes. at the busstation, you might just have 5 min. to kill before the bus arrives, but on the other hand on the train then you might have 30 min. to kill.
It is therefore important to focus on what the user wants.

A desktop PC is usually used to read and search for more articles, send important emails and surfing in general. One can therefore say that the desktop PC typically used to solve more time-consuming tasks.

On most smartphones you can ‘track geolocation’, therefore there is already an important information which is unavailable on the desktop PC. This information can be used for many purposes and may be used if you think carefully. An example can be on a flight search preset nearest airport or on a hotel search engine prestart a search for nearest hotels.

In short, the mobile web evolve to be simpler than the desktop PCs and be more focused on solving a task here and now.

3. Difference in media
Mobile devices are obviously very different from notebook and desktop PCs. They often have a non-standard keyboard and a small screen. Furthermore, the mobile devices also vary in size and have different types of keyboard, resolution, etc. and most smartphones have both supine and upright screen size.

The difference between the mobile devices in between means that you have to think deep about what to present. Perhaps consider different designs for different variants and / or cut certain devices from being supported. And example could be – you do not want your mobile site to work on devices with a screen resolution of 320 pixels in width.

4. Mobile is not web
Design for a mobile site is markedly different to a website. So forget about plain website design and think about mobile. Mobile is a unique medium, therefore it must also be considered as a separate media.

  • Forget Flash – It doesn’t work on iPhone as an example.
  • Forget about 3 column design, there is not enough space.
  • Think about what the goal is with your mobile website, it is NOT the same medium as a Website.
  • Think about use of images (and video). Images can be heavy to download, and maybe they don’t have the same effect because the screen is very small.
  • Think about your navigation, navigation on a mobile is different than on a website. There is not much space and it should be intuitive to use.

Your mobile site is NOT a simple website but a media for themselves. Context of the mobile is different than on a website, it is important to remember that.

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