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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Why the ASA’s figures on online advertising complaints won’t be trustworthy
April 12, 2011 – 7:00 am | 4 Comments
Why the ASA’s figures on online advertising complaints won’t be trustworthy

The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has thrown away my complaint about an online marketing claim because it's too similar to a complain about an offline marketing claim.

The news people are searching for right now
April 1, 2011 – 1:00 pm | 2 Comments
The news people are searching for right now

If you've been at Brighton SEO or you're after the websites from my chapter in Face The Future: Tools For A Modern Age, here they are.
Data on real-time search trends

Yahoo Buzz UK (appears to have ...

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 ...

Kelly Brook pregnant: Google Autocomplete has already noticed
March 17, 2011 – 11:27 am | One Comment
Kelly Brook pregnant: Google Autocomplete has already noticed

I think Google has got quicker and quicker at including search spikes in its web autocomplete (rather than the separate list in Google News which updates much quicker).

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.

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.

Surely Google doesn’t think Mashable is a content farm?
March 14, 2011 – 10:31 am | 2 Comments
Surely Google doesn’t think Mashable is a content farm?

Google's anti content farm algorithm doesn't seem to be doing Mashable any favours ...

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 ...

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.