I read recently that you should never apologise for not blogging as it shows up a weakness and tells your audience you have nothing left to say.
Well I'm going to break that rule on this occasion - although I won't apologise again - after what has been one of the most intensive weeks I've ever had.
As the Landscape Juice Network grows it brings with it more responsibility and admin. Well the admin has just grown even more after I launched Pro Practitioner and Premium Supplier.
Landscape Juice is already the largest and fast growing association of landscapers and horticulture professionals in the UK. It also the only organisation positioned to provide help and assistance to all who work in the industry; it's not just focussed on landscapers, for example.
The LJN business is just under four years old now and has matured to the point whereby we can look to generate income to re-invest and provide even greater tools for members.
About 95% of LJN members who've commented so far say they like the new look and agree with the changes to membership.
Garden designer Caro Sanders said:
"think this seems very reasonable for the service provided - cheaper than a subscription to most gardening/trade magazines and provides an ever-growing group of professionals to keep in touch with.
I found an excellent gardener for one of our projects through the forum last year, and have picked up lots of practical tips through reading the forum threads and weekly newsletters etc. SEO is the holy grail of promotion these days so paying for the link to my website is fine. So count me in too, and good luck going forward!"
The SEO generated through the thousands and thousands of forum discussions, blog posts, photos and video is bringing in thousands of visitors a day. It's a potentially strong tool for anyone who's joined up.
The service is priced at just 0.11pence a day for Pro Practitioner and 0.22pence a day for Premium Supplier.
Those signing up to the premium account will have their profile page unlocked meaning anyone landing on the site can click through to visible profiles to see the business details of the premium member.
The whole site has been revamped too, with fresh bright colours. It's the same Ning powered platform but with a bit of re-coding around the styelsheet.