Useful search tips for Gmail users

I use Gmail every day and just found this page with amazingly useful search operators. Have a look below. It is really helpful even for doing things like finding emails before a certain date still in my inbox and then archiving them.

My search ended up being: “in:inbox before:2016/01/01”

Just type the above without the quotation marks in to the search box in Gmail and see what happens. More search operators below.

Search operators you can use with Gmail - Gmail Help

Search operators you can use with Gmail – Gmail Help operators you can use with GmailYou can use words or symbols called search operators to filter your Gmail search results. You can also combine operators to filter your…


SEO Pyramid – Search Engine Optimisation

SEO Pyramid

We at The Marketing Techy uses the Search Engine Optimisation Pyramid as the basis for search engine optimisation. The Search Engine Optimisation Pyramid is divided into 3 parts , Technical SEO, On-page SEO and Off-site SEO. In the video we provide users with more information about these types of search engine optimisations and how it is used and what it means. Here is a video that will tell you more about the search engine optimisation Pyramid:  (more…)

The Problem with Marketing Today

Contemplations on why marketing goes awry…

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In the last few months I slowly realised the way technical companies (tech, software, engineering and scientific) companies are doing their marketing is falling short of their expectations. Sales and marketing executives for tech companies are doing what they always did and suddenly they are not seeing the returns they used to.  (more…)

Do you need to patent your idea?

A question I get often: “Do I need to patent my new idea?”

Here is my personal thoughts on patents.

Is it worth getting a patent?

Can you get a patent?

First up if you can’t get a one it does not help worrying about it. Is your idea unique? Is it something that you can actually get a patent on? Has it ever been done before? A good idea is to do a search online. Google has a good patent search engine that will give you a good first idea. The South African Patent Office also has an online search engine. You can also look at registering a design and not a patent. If your invention is unique keep reading.  (more…)

WordPress: What is it exactly?

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Firstly let me begin by saying that WordPress and although related is not the same thing. WordPress (found at is the software. is a company and is an internet (website) hosting company that uses a specific (in most cases a more limited) version of the software which has the same name. All you need to know is that in most cases the best solution is to use the WordPress software installed on your own server at a dependable hosting company.  (more…)

Why should you own your own domain name?

I have come across this problem way to often when taking on new customers:
They don’t own their domain name

This is the scenario. I take on a new customer and they want a new website designed. A few years ago they paid someone for their first website. I check the domain and see that it is not registered in the business or owner’s name. They previous web design guy or web hosting company has registered the domain in their name.  (more…)