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Announcing the UK SEO blog search engine
March 14, 2011 – 5:05 pm | 4 Comments
Announcing the UK SEO blog search engine

I've put together a list of the best 22 UK SEO blogs - and set up a custom Google search engine that searches just them. So if you want a UK take on the latest SEO news, an SEO problem, or something weird you've spotted Google doing, use the UK SEO blog search engine.

Fred Goodwin’s “affair” super-injunction shredded by internet
March 12, 2011 – 1:25 pm | One Comment
Fred Goodwin’s “affair” super-injunction shredded by internet

Claims about Fred Goodwin's injunction are out in the open - in Google, on social media sites, on newspaper sites, on Wikipedia and on popular blogs.

Vodafone blogs hijacked by anti-cuts protestors
March 10, 2011 – 1:50 pm | One Comment
Vodafone blogs hijacked by anti-cuts protestors

The blogs at Vodafone's flagship CSR World of Difference site have been hijacked by UKUncut.

Are newspapers buying links now?
March 10, 2011 – 11:53 am | 2 Comments
Are newspapers buying links now?

An interesting email thread has been passed my way... Suggesting that at least one newspaper may be willing to buy links

Census question 17 blank? The answer
March 10, 2011 – 11:10 am | 5 Comments
Census question 17 blank? The answer

If you are filling out the census, you may be puzzled by Has anyone been amused by question 17, which says "This question is left intentionally blank. Go to 18". Or you may not be puzzled because your Q17 has some real questions.

Facebook’s new comment system doesn’t work when you’re logged in as your page
March 2, 2011 – 12:57 am | No Comment
Facebook’s new comment system doesn’t work when you’re logged in as your page

When I look at the examiner.com page logged in as my website Facebook page, all the Facebook like and new comment options are missing. Bug or deliberate?

Open Graph: let people FaceBook “like” your WordPress (or other) website
February 28, 2011 – 12:07 pm | 2 Comments
Open Graph: let people FaceBook “like” your WordPress (or other) website

How to use the Open Graph protocol and a Facebook Social Plugin to send people updates about your website - even if you don't have a Facebook page for it.

My attempt at content-farm and Huffpo-style SEO: Carling Cup Final time
February 28, 2011 – 10:25 am | One Comment
My attempt at content-farm and Huffpo-style SEO: Carling Cup Final time

The Huffington Post recently wrote the most over-SEOed article ever called "What time does the Super Bowl start?". It was embarrassing. Meanwhile Google is about to roll outs its anti-content-farm algorithm in the UK.
Which led ...

What time the Carling Cup final 2011 starts
February 26, 2011 – 10:50 pm | No Comment
What time the Carling Cup final 2011 starts

Are you wondering, "what time does the Carling Cup Final start?" (Apologies to Huffpo for all this.)

It's a common search query, as is "what time is the Carling Cup Final," "Carling Cup Final time" and "Carling Cup Final kickoff time 2011," according to me typing some words to see what Google autocompletes.

Google adds remove option to Google Autocomplete
February 10, 2011 – 12:10 am | One Comment
Google adds remove option to Google Autocomplete

Not because I'm an ego maniac - I was trying to find something, honest - I Googled my name. And Google Autocomplete offered me the option to remove suggestions from the list. Here's a screenshot.
As ...

BBC still needs to do more on linking out
February 8, 2011 – 5:54 am | No Comment
BBC still needs to do more on linking out

There was an accusation yesterday that the BBC was adding links on its site in exchange for cash in order to influence Google's results. I think the bigger issue is the failure so far of the BBC's new external linking policy to have much an effect.

Don’t believe Google Autocomplete when it comes to scams
February 7, 2011 – 10:48 pm | 5 Comments
Don’t believe Google Autocomplete when it comes to scams

There were a couple of posts today based on the idea that Google Autocomplete (where it makes suggestions based on what you've typed so far) is a good test of whether a brand is a ...

Paid links and the BBC
February 7, 2011 – 8:57 pm | 4 Comments
Paid links and the BBC

The BBC's been accused of selling links - adding links on its site in exchange for cash in order to influence Google's results. I don't think this is true - but why were so many people quick to believe this? And Why do so many SEOs think you can buy a link off the BBC website?

How to bookmark a moving target: the latest minute-by-minute Guardian report
January 26, 2011 – 7:30 am | No Comment
How to bookmark a moving target: the latest minute-by-minute Guardian report

How I implemented a URL that always redirects to the latest Guardian minute by minute football report - and how you can do something similar.

How to make your infographics accessible and SEO friendly at the same time
January 24, 2011 – 11:17 pm | 13 Comments
How to make your infographics accessible and SEO friendly at the same time

Here is how to turn your infographic from one big picture into something that's accessible and SEO friendly.

Any thoughts on the new look?
January 13, 2011 – 11:05 pm | 11 Comments
Any thoughts on the new look?

After months of indecision, I've finally settled on a new theme for my blog. I'll be tinkering away for the next few days / months / years but if you spot any problems, don't like anything, wish something was here that isn't etc etc then let me know

Great-looking, long one-page websites: three’s a trend
January 7, 2011 – 12:17 pm | No Comment
Great-looking, long one-page websites: three’s a trend

You know those incredibly long one-page websites that sell e-books. Unlike the e-book ones, there are some pages that use this sort of design that aren't awful - in fact, they're good. On the basis that three's a trend, here are three I've seen in the last day.

Is RSS dead? Newspaper subscriber numbers now and 18 months ago compared
January 4, 2011 – 12:32 pm | 12 Comments
Is RSS dead? Newspaper subscriber numbers now and 18 months ago compared

There have been a couple of articles recently (see below) proclaiming the slow death of RSS as a way for users to subscribe to websites. So how do the number of subscribers to newspaper RSS feeds compare?

Here's a table that compares the number of subscribers in Google Reader to each paper's most popular RSS feed 18 months ago and today.

Working out what people are searching for now …
December 16, 2010 – 12:00 pm | 4 Comments
Working out what people are searching for now …

I'm giving a talk at News:ReWired today about how specialist publishers can compete with large news organisations when it comes to SEO. One of the things I'm talking about is how to work out what people are searching for right now, so you can create content accordingly. There are some paid-for services that can tell you this. But here are some free ones.

Vodafone’s unmoderated #mademesmile hashtag feed. When will people learn?!
December 12, 2010 – 11:04 am | 3 Comments
Vodafone’s unmoderated #mademesmile hashtag feed. When will people learn?!

Vodafone is the latest firm to stick an unmoderated hashtag feed on its website. If you use the hashtag #mademesmile, you can get tweets about them not paying enough tax published. It's rapidly turning into a car crash, as these tweets, published here show.