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

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How related article lists reduce bounce rates and increase page views
August 20, 2009 – 7:45 am | 6 Comments
How related article lists reduce bounce rates and increase page views

Adding a related-posts plugin can reduce your bounce rate by around 3% if my site is anything to go by.
In the two months before I installed the Yet Another Related Posts plugin my bounce rate was 84.3%. In the two months since then, my bounce rate has averaged 81.6% - a drop of 3.25%.

Google’s adding maps of the USA to UK results
August 19, 2009 – 9:34 am | 7 Comments
Google’s adding maps of the USA to UK results

There have been several complaints lately about irrelevant US examples filling up the results in Google UK. Now Google's started adding maps of the USA to UK-based companies. Here are two examples - both with a .com domain. This suggests to me that Matt Cutts has completely missed his point in his video explaining .com sites in the UK results.

Zemanta related articles explained
August 18, 2009 – 8:02 am | No Comment
Zemanta related articles explained

I'm seeing increasing numbers of pages linking to this blog that, when I go to look at the linking/referring site, list one of my posts in a box called "Related articles by Zemanta".

Wondering what it was all about, I asked Andraz Tori, CTO of www.zemanta.com a few questions. Here are the answers ...

A wireframe for a new Express homepage
August 13, 2009 – 10:36 pm | 2 Comments
A wireframe for a new Express homepage

The Express has a new homepage beta. I was rude about it on Twitter today. I thought I should be more constructive. So here's a wireframe for an alternative.

The idea is that the 4 main areas - each dedicated to one of the Express's obsessions - pull in content from around the web (including the Express's own) in real time and link to it.

Google results: all adverts
August 12, 2009 – 9:25 am | No Comment
Google results: all adverts

Google's made its adwords move around when you resize your browser window. I can't say I like the change. But it also means that, by shrinking your browser window enough, you can make only adverts appear.

Telegraph winning at film review SEO
August 12, 2009 – 8:00 am | One Comment

Can't decide whether to watch a film? If you're searching online for a current film review, the Telegraph is winning the SEO battle.

tr.im is back!
August 11, 2009 – 11:17 pm | No Comment

The other day, tr.im, the best URL shortener in my book, shut down.

Good news. It's back! According to the tr.im blog:

Independent newspaper allowing spammers to leave dofollow links
August 11, 2009 – 1:16 pm | 2 Comments
Independent newspaper allowing spammers to leave dofollow links

The Independent newspaper website is taking a unique approach, and allowing spammers to leave keyword-rich links to spam sites - with no nofollow on them.

New research: 100% of surveys are rubbish
August 11, 2009 – 9:20 am | 8 Comments
New research: 100% of surveys are rubbish

In my survey, 100% of polls I looked at are rubbish. Therefore I conclude that all surveys are meaningless.

10 sites that say it’s OK to print their pages – but not photocopy them
August 10, 2009 – 8:32 am | 4 Comments

There also appear to be lots of sites that say it's OK to print their pages (gee, thanks) but forbid you from photocopying them. Here are 10. Is this really an enforceable, or sensible, condition?

Is Twitter down? 4 ways to tell …
August 6, 2009 – 2:37 pm | 5 Comments

Twitter appears to be down. How do we tell people? Maybe it's just me. Here are some ways to find / work out what to do:

UX tweeters- now with added bios
August 4, 2009 – 7:28 pm | No Comment

If you liked the list of user-experience twitterers that Done Bright put together, you may have wished, like me, that you could see the bios / description of each account. Well, I've played around with the Twitter API, and now you can!

Sites that drive the most USA traffic to UK newspaper sites
August 3, 2009 – 8:30 am | One Comment

Overall, Google drives the most US traffic to the nine UK national newspaper sites - 19.1%. News aggregator Drudgereport.com is the 2nd highest source of US traffic. Next is Yahoo at 5.2%, with Facebook 4th at 1.6%.

How US traffic is vital for UK newspaper sites
July 30, 2009 – 8:30 am | 3 Comments

On average, US traffic to UK newspaper sites is 36.8% of the UK traffic. The figure for the Telegraph is slightly higher (44.5%) and for the Mail it's a massive 62.5%.

Five changes I’d make to the new Web User beta design
July 29, 2009 – 11:11 pm | No Comment
Five changes I’d make to the new Web User beta design

Five changes I'd make to the new Web User beta design. Well, they did ask ...

Alexa data: how accurate is it – using audited ABCe figures to check?
July 29, 2009 – 8:30 am | 5 Comments

By making use of ABCe data, we can check what Alexa says with the official audited data for UK newspapers. As the table shows, it's OK but not brilliant.

Ofcom: we need action not research on broadband speeds
July 28, 2009 – 9:35 am | One Comment
Ofcom: we need action not research on broadband speeds

Ofcom has revealed that people don't get the broadband speeds they pay for. Well, duh. Here's a timeline of how we already know that. Their research isn't groundbreaking or new or revealing something for the first time, as is being claimed. What we need is action: ISPs should be forced to publish a typical range of speeds rather than an upto speed that no one can get.

The importance of a 404 status code on your 404 page
July 23, 2009 – 2:34 pm | 6 Comments
The importance of a 404 status code on your 404 page

The ABCe website demonstrates the importance of returning a proper 404 status code, as this search at google for abce demonstrates.

Delia Online relaunch slices her traffic in half
July 21, 2009 – 8:42 pm | One Comment
Delia Online relaunch slices her traffic in half

The relaunch of Delia Online has cost Delia Smith half her web traffic in the last 4 weeks, according to stats from Alexa.

New google sprite: July 2009
July 17, 2009 – 10:36 am | No Comment
New google sprite: July 2009

Google has updated its 'sprite' - the one image it uses to render all its graphics. If you're not sure what a sprite is, it's a way to speed up page loads by downloading just one image, and then using CSS to just show the relevant bit.