10 more sites that stupidly try to ban you from linking to them
July 15, 2012 – 6:44 pm | One Comment

Even more sites that try to bank you from linking to them in the terms. Make it stop.

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10 ZX Spectrum games to play online
April 23, 2012 – 7:25 pm | 2 Comments
10 ZX Spectrum games to play online

To celebrate its 30th anniversary, I've come out of blogging hibernation to write a round up of the top 10 ZX Spectrum games you can play online (well, in my opinion) on the Mirror site.
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Hugely embarrassing: Daily Mail jumps gun on “Amanda Knox guilty” story
October 3, 2011 – 8:47 pm | 70 Comments
Hugely embarrassing: Daily Mail jumps gun on “Amanda Knox guilty” story

I'm not sure it gets more embarrassing than this for a news site. In their attempt to be first with the verdict on Amanda Knox, the Mail Online published its pre-written story the moment the ...

Facebook timeline beta screenshots
September 22, 2011 – 10:38 pm | No Comment
Facebook timeline beta screenshots

Here's what Facebook's new timeline beta looks like ... (Update: read about how you exploit the activity stream to make your friends look like murdering, adulterous, job-changing, STD-riddled nerds).
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A unique image that sums you up.
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Brighton SEO: Winning at SEO with duplicate content
September 9, 2011 – 8:00 am | 2 Comments
Brighton SEO: Winning at SEO with duplicate content

It turns out that you can dominate Google's search results in the short term via duplicate content - and here's the explanation, based on a talk I'm giving at Brighton SEO.

Google makes author profile pics MUCH more prominent in its results
August 30, 2011 – 4:07 pm | No Comment
Google makes author profile pics MUCH more prominent in its results

Google+ links are also much more visible

Ten secrets of online magazine success
July 20, 2011 – 3:44 pm | No Comment
Ten secrets of online magazine success

I've neglected my blog lately due to illness and overwork. Sorry. But here's a guest post from James Fryer who launched regional online magazine SoGlos.com, which celebrates its fourth birthday this week. To celebrate, he's sharing ...

The most annoying 1,200 pixels on the internet
June 27, 2011 – 11:02 am | No Comment
The most annoying 1,200 pixels  on the internet

The web version of Twitter has a really annoying usability issue.

Ryan Giggs affair injunction: the front pages
May 23, 2011 – 10:21 pm | 5 Comments
Ryan Giggs affair injunction: the front pages

How the newspapers are running the Ryan Giggs injunction story

The injunction DID protect the footballer Google search volumes show
May 22, 2011 – 11:20 pm | No Comment
The injunction DID protect the footballer Google search volumes show

Until this weekend, Google shows the injunction has been fairly effective. But on Saturday, there were 425,000 searches for his name ...

Search volumes for a footballer vs the rapture vs horoscopes
May 21, 2011 – 9:36 am | No Comment
Search volumes for a footballer vs the rapture vs horoscopes

Search volumes for the word horoscopes tend to be fairly stable at about 500,00 a month, so I've used them as a handy comparator so we can compare search volumes for a certain footballer's name vs the rapture vs horoscopes.

Are the courts blind to Google autosuggesting Fred Goodwin’s affair partner?
May 19, 2011 – 6:48 pm | No Comment
Are the courts blind to Google autosuggesting Fred Goodwin’s affair partner?

Fred Goodwin allegedly had an affair and although publishing the woman's name is forbidden by an injunction, Google is autosuggesting it ...

Twitter and super injunctions: no one need pack their toothbrush
May 10, 2011 – 7:38 am | 3 Comments
Twitter and super injunctions: no one need pack their toothbrush

No one is going to prison over the Twitter superinjunction leaks

Super injunctions and Twitter: Alfie Patten, John Terry, [redacted] and [redacted]
May 9, 2011 – 9:59 am | No Comment
Super injunctions and Twitter: Alfie Patten, John Terry, [redacted] and [redacted]

The biggest problem is, oddly, not that you can find out on Twitter or via Google. It's that the lawyers involved didn't seem to think it's necessary to tell Google or Twitter that an injunctions exists.

Express newspaper creates an infinite number of URLs using rel = canonical
May 6, 2011 – 7:00 am | 6 Comments
Express newspaper creates an infinite number of URLs using rel = canonical

The Express newspaper has cocked up its implementation of the rel=canonical command SO BADLY that it has created an infinite number of duplicate webpages ... many of which now have links from elsewhere on the internet.

Google’s indexed 64 fake Independent jelly-bean Kate-Middleton URLs
April 19, 2011 – 11:06 am | 7 Comments
Google’s indexed 64 fake Independent jelly-bean Kate-Middleton URLs

You can change Indy URLs to anything if you leave the unique ID number in. Google's started to index the fake ones people are circulating on Twitter ...

Google +1: What normal person would ever use it?
March 31, 2011 – 9:52 am | 22 Comments
Google +1: What normal person would ever use it?

Google has launched +1 - a sort of facebook like button for its search results. If you see a result you like, you can hit the +1 button and then Google will reflect that information ...

15 more sites that forbid you from linking to them
March 28, 2011 – 6:00 am | 54 Comments
15 more sites that forbid you from linking to them

Well here, in 2011, are 15 websites that I've not featured before, all of which try to prevent you from linking to them in some way (usually restricting the right to link to just the homepage or else requiring prior written consent). YOU ARE ALL IDIOTS.

Think Quarterly: 7 things I hate about Google’s new online magazine without having read a word
March 24, 2011 – 10:04 am | One Comment
Think Quarterly: 7 things I hate about Google’s new online magazine without having read a word

I confess to not having read it. But because they've decided to offer the primary desktop version of it as page-turning online magazine, here are 6 things I already hate about it.

ALT text, accessibility and SEO
March 18, 2011 – 5:00 am | 4 Comments
ALT text, accessibility and SEO

Should we really be using ALT text as often as SEO guidelines tell us to? I asked an accessibility expert ...

News of the World cloaking stories and breaking Google paywall rules
March 15, 2011 – 6:00 am | One Comment
News of the World cloaking stories and breaking Google paywall rules

The News of the World is cloaking its stories - showing Google one thing to get into Google News and then showing searchers a registration page.