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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Use Facebook’s activity stream to make friends look like adulterous, job-changing murderers
September 23, 2011 – 10:17 am | 2 Comments
Use Facebook’s activity stream to make friends look like adulterous, job-changing murderers

Trick people's friends into thinking they have an STDs, are leaving their partner or looking for a new job.

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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Google gives big sites a free pass on author profile pictures
September 16, 2011 – 9:37 am | 3 Comments
Google gives big sites a free pass on author profile pictures

Guardian journalists get author profile pictures in search results without applying the markup. I doubt Google will do that for your site ...

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.

The ASA rules that the PCC is as independent as it is
September 4, 2011 – 8:00 am | No Comment
The ASA rules that the PCC is as independent as it is

The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has rejected my complaint about the Press Complaints Commission (PCC) advertising itself as independent.
I don't consider the PCC to be independent because it is "charged with enforcing the Code of ...

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

Google reduces the font size of publication names in its news results
August 16, 2011 – 10:34 am | No Comment
Google reduces the font size of publication names in its news results

This may just be an experiment but Google appears to have reduced the size of the publication name in its news search results.

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 ...

Average google analytics bounce rates
July 3, 2011 – 10:54 am | 6 Comments
Average google analytics bounce rates

Google's new analytics benchmarking newsletter has some global stats about bounce rates.

New Google mobile layout
June 28, 2011 – 10:38 pm | 2 Comments
New Google mobile layout

The mobile version of Google seems to have a fancy new layout. It's all go today what with Google Plus and web fonts v2 and a funny black bar across the top ... Here's how the new mobile layout looks.

Fill your boots – the government and Microsoft are running a reciprocal link scheme
June 28, 2011 – 8:00 am | No Comment
Fill your boots – the government and Microsoft are running a reciprocal link scheme

Backed by HSBC, Microsoft, Ofcom as well ...

Can you use schema.org with Facebook Open Graph?
June 8, 2011 – 12:32 pm | No Comment

It's a simple question. What's the answer?

EU cookie law: 4 examples of sites already implementing it
June 2, 2011 – 9:43 pm | 16 Comments
EU cookie law: 4 examples of sites already implementing it

Worried that implementing the EU cookie directive is like telling your website viewers to sod off? Here are some examples of sites who have implemented it.

Dear Google – what’s with the apostrophe and +1?
June 1, 2011 – 11:44 pm | No Comment
Dear Google – what’s with the apostrophe and +1?

Google has launched its +1 button and thrown its grammar book out the window.

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 ...

394,000 web pages name Imogen Thomas’s anonymous injunction footballer
May 16, 2011 – 9:04 pm | No Comment
394,000 web pages name Imogen Thomas’s anonymous injunction footballer

How much privacy has the injunction footballer got left after all the rumours on Twitter and hints on newspaper sites?

Google shows social connections in Flickr sitelinks
May 13, 2011 – 11:28 am | 2 Comments
Google shows social connections in Flickr sitelinks

When I search for Flickr, I see the Flickr user profiles of people I'm apparently connected to in my Google social circle (well, I recognise 3 of the 4, anyway).

Pippa Middleton’s arse: how newspapers optimise for the phrase without showing it to their readers
May 12, 2011 – 12:30 pm | 14 Comments
Pippa Middleton’s arse: how newspapers optimise for the phrase without showing it to their readers

Interesting use of different headlines on the Daily Mail today to solve the problem of how to optimise for the high-volume search term "Pippa Middleton's arse".

Pippa Middleton underwear pictures: Google updates its autosuggester
May 6, 2011 – 9:48 am | 7 Comments
Pippa Middleton underwear pictures: Google updates its autosuggester

Google is no longer suggesting Pippa Middleton's arse when you start to type her name in its search box.
Even worse, it's now suggesting Pippa Middleton underwear pictures, SHOWN HERE, after a photo of her in ...

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.