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How to show the number of Twitter followers you have in WordPress
January 20, 2011 – 11:14 pm | 9 Comments
How to show the number of Twitter followers you have in WordPress

You may notice that, over on the right hand side, next to my "Follow me on Twitter" button, there's some text that says (currently) "2,462 others do". If you want something similar to your Wordpress blog, here's how to do it.

Why you shouldn’t connect Twitter to LinkedIn
January 10, 2011 – 9:00 am | 13 Comments
Why you shouldn’t connect Twitter to LinkedIn

In the LinkedIn profile settings is an innocuous looking option: "Twitter Settings" Add your Twitter account on your profile." Whatever you do, don't do it.
Professional contacts of mine on LinkedIn received email updates with the words "I have deleted my last blog post as having anal at the top of my homepage didn't look good."

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.

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.

Google’s reading level scores for UK SEO blogs
December 11, 2010 – 3:22 pm | 11 Comments
Google’s reading level scores for UK SEO blogs

Google's launched a new feature that scores websites for reading level (probably using one of these reading level assessments, I guess). Anyway, I thought it would be fun to see what it made of UK SEO blogs' reading levels. So here are the answers. Not quite sure if it's good to be basic, intermediate or advanced ...

Invoicing Independent intern interviewed over internet. Interesting insights.
November 25, 2010 – 5:04 pm | One Comment
Invoicing Independent intern interviewed over internet. Interesting insights.

Depending on your point of view, Girish Gupta is an idiot or is standing up for workers' rights. Girish is the journalist who did two weeks' work experience at the Independent - and then invoiced ...

How quickly does Google News autocomplete react?
November 20, 2010 – 12:05 pm | No Comment
How quickly does Google News autocomplete react?

I pointed out the other day that the top Google News autocomplete suggestion for Cheryl Cole was Cheryl Cole fart - just two days after she broke wind on the X Factor. I've been trying to find the speed at which Google News can react to a surge in new searches. Here are evern quicker examples ...

… alternatively, the Adwords Keyword tool is spot on
November 18, 2010 – 10:58 pm | 4 Comments
… alternatively, the Adwords Keyword tool is spot on

I wrote earlier that Google's Adwords keywod tool was completely useless in the UK - no one in the comments seemed to agree with me. So maybe I was wrong.

I'm still comfortable with the logic of my argument. If the global monthly search volumes given by the tool are for searches on google.com, then the local search volumes cannot include data for google.co.uk.

But it is equally possible, as two of the commenters argued, that the data I used would be the same if the global monthly search volumes were for all versions of Google and the local data was for searches from the UK. If that was the case, the data would be good for the UK - but anyone relying on the global figures being based on google.com data would be wrong.

Final proof that the Google Adwords keywords tool is useless in the UK
November 18, 2010 – 5:11 pm | 29 Comments
Final proof that the Google Adwords keywords tool is useless in the UK

Google recently improved, supposedly, its Adwords Keywords tool - which is supposed to tell you search volumes for keywords, so you can plan your Adwords campaigns. Some SEOs use it to estimate natural search traffic as well.

I've finally proved that is of no use to anyone whatsoever in the UK - because it's not showing data that's of any use to anyone in the UK (it's fine if you're American though).

#KLMsurprise – KLM launches unmoderated hashtag feed. Surprise!
November 15, 2010 – 7:36 pm | 10 Comments
#KLMsurprise – KLM launches unmoderated hashtag feed. Surprise!

Learning no lessons from previous cockups, KLM has launched a website which publishes unmoderated tweets that contain the word #klmsurprise. Unsurprisingly, it's now being abused.

Cheryl Cole’s fart and Google News
November 15, 2010 – 3:13 pm | One Comment
Cheryl Cole’s fart and Google News

Google's autocomplete feature (where it shows you suggested search terms based on what you've typed so far) has to be up to date to be of much use in its News section.

So I was mildly amused to see that, less than two days after the incident in question on the X Factor, Google's suggesting "Cheryl Cole fart" as its number one suggested search (in News - in the web search, there's no fart shown).

Google removes helpful links. Is it messing with my head?
November 8, 2010 – 9:05 pm | No Comment
Google removes helpful links. Is it messing with my head?

Google appears to have inflicted its latest insane test on me. This time it's removed the handy links which let you swap between a web search, image search, news search etc. And also those that let you log in to your google accounts from a results page. This happened once before and it was a bug. Let's hope it is again ...

New Wikio rankings for Online Marketing section
November 4, 2010 – 12:29 am | 2 Comments
New Wikio rankings for Online Marketing section

Wikio got in touch to tell me that, apparently, I'm the 3rd top blog in their online marketing category. Full results are out on Friday. Make of this what you will. For some reason they supplied me with a table with all the links nofollowed apart from the keyword links to their deep pages. I may have swapped some of that around.

Cheapflights.co.uk swears on Twitter and calls X Factor contestant a silly bint
October 31, 2010 – 11:08 pm | 3 Comments
Cheapflights.co.uk swears on Twitter and calls X Factor contestant a silly bint

There you are, in charge of the corporate Twitter account, but logged in to your own personal account when watching Katie Waissell on the X Factor. "oh for f*cks sake, stop crying you silly bint", you tweet to your followers. You go to bed. Then you wake up in the morning and realise you were logged in to your work account.

Is Google abandoning QDF and giving more weight to category pages?
October 21, 2010 – 10:36 am | 2 Comments
Is Google abandoning QDF and giving more weight to category pages?

Google is prioritising news sites' category over QDF - this looks like a big change to me.

Google Instant filters misfire on video search
October 19, 2010 – 8:24 pm | 4 Comments
Google Instant filters misfire on video search

You may remember that when Google Instant launched (which shows suggestions and results based on what you're typing) that its rude words filter was a bit off - allowing paki jokes and kiddie fiddler but banning lesbian and funbags.

Search Engine Land has pointed out that the Google Images filter is allowing soft-porn suggestions through, such as girls breastfeeding each other.

Google Video has similar problems it would seem.

Google adds shared by number to Google news results
October 19, 2010 – 8:00 am | 8 Comments
Google adds shared by number to Google news results

Google seems to be experimenting with adding a "Shared by [number]" stat next to Google News results - so you can see how popular each story is on Twitter etc. Here's a screenshot - you ...

Websites that forbid you from pressing the refresh button
October 15, 2010 – 11:35 am | One Comment
Websites that forbid you from pressing the refresh button

You know how sometimes you want to see if a webpage has changed - and you hit the refresh button to see if it has been updated? Well that is NAUGHTY and you must stop. Here are some websites that forbid you from manually monitoring their pages for changes - which would seem to cover pressing refresh and looking.

Whisky hidden in robots.txt file
October 15, 2010 – 10:21 am | 3 Comments
Whisky hidden in robots.txt file

Following on from the Daily Mail hiding an SEO job advert in its robotx.txt file, Whyte and Mackay have hidden a competition in theirs (though I'm told it's already won).
Apparently there's another bottle to win somewhere else on the site ...