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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Carphone Warehouse attacks Microsoft in Sidewiki
September 24, 2009 – 12:51 pm | 7 Comments
Carphone Warehouse attacks Microsoft in Sidewiki

Carphone Warehouse has slammed Microsoft as 'useless' and 'crap' - making use of Google's new sidewiki feature to make sure that everyone visiting the Microsoft site knows it too.
At least, I assume that's what's going ...

Google showing multiple results for forums
September 22, 2009 – 3:34 pm | No Comment
Google showing multiple results for forums

Google is (sometimes) showing multiple threads for forum sites when they appear in the results.

The SEO of 1 to 20
September 22, 2009 – 2:50 pm | 3 Comments

Following on from the SEO of A to Z, here's which sites rank first for the numbers one to 20.

Draft – any suggestions: Google’s cache and its limitations as a backup
September 22, 2009 – 6:00 am | No Comment
Draft – any suggestions: Google’s cache and its limitations as a backup

I overwrote my wp-content folder as part of my wordpress upgrade - deleting all my blog's images, CSS and theme PHP files. I'll be returning to that ...

Anyway, I, and a few others who answered my plaintive plea for help, thought using the Google cache (the copy of your webpage that it stores) might help. Here's what it can and can't help with as a backup if you've ever deleted your whole website ...

Truncating text: more weird Express descriptions
September 21, 2009 – 8:40 pm | No Comment
Truncating text: more weird Express descriptions

I wasn't going to carry on giving examples of the Express truncating story descriptions. But SARitchie and SharkSEO sent me some more ... so here are some more from today.

The SEO of A to Z (not an A to Z of SEO): single letter searches
September 18, 2009 – 8:00 am | 4 Comments
The SEO of A to Z (not an A to Z of SEO): single letter searches

Rather than bookmarking Google Analytics, for some reason I type a random letter in the Google toolbar, and navigate to my Google account. Anyway, as a result I thought it would be interesting to list the top sites that Google returns for single-letter searches. At the bottom are links to other people who have done something similar in the past outside the UK.

Mirror starts to remove MoneyExtra links
September 14, 2009 – 10:33 pm | 10 Comments
Mirror starts to remove MoneyExtra links

The Mirror has removed some of the links to MoneyExtra that I recently warned looked like paid-for links added for SEO reasons (which would put them in breach of Google's guidelines).

Of the 11 pages I pointed out: 5 contained links to the MoneyExtra credit card page - 4 have had the MoneyExtra links removed ...

The Mirror should beware: it looks like it’s selling links to MoneyExtra
September 7, 2009 – 11:29 pm | 62 Comments
The Mirror should beware: it looks like it’s selling links to MoneyExtra

However, the Mirror wants to beware how its links look. Let's take a look at a few pages - stories which share these characteristics:

* All contain exactly three links to a MoneyExtra page.
* All three links use different anchor text.
* The text happens to be competitive search terms.
* And MoneyExtra isn't mentioned in the article itself.

What The X Factor tells us about Google’s keyword and search-volume analysis tools
September 7, 2009 – 7:30 am | 3 Comments
What The X Factor tells us about Google’s keyword and search-volume analysis tools

There are several ways you can use Google to find out what terms people are searching for, and how popular those search terms are.

I've used them to check search terms related to The X Factor (ITV's talent show) - and I reckon Google Insights is better than the Google Adwords Keywords tool.

Unexplained phenomenon: Telegraph pips Guardian and Mail to SEO victory
September 6, 2009 – 8:00 am | One Comment
Unexplained phenomenon: Telegraph pips Guardian and Mail to SEO victory

Google's logo over the weekend showed one of its Os being abducted by aliens, triggering an SEO scrap among UK newspapers, which the Telegraph won.

Has Google redesigned the header of its results page (for the worse)?
September 5, 2009 – 9:08 am | 10 Comments
Has Google redesigned the header of its results page (for the worse)?

Google seems to have redesigned the header section of its results page, removing the links to other types of search (web, images, news, blogs etc) and removing the ability to sign in.

How many Diggs you need to get the nofollow taken off
September 3, 2009 – 9:55 am | 4 Comments
How many Diggs you need to get the nofollow taken off

Digg has started nofollowing links below a certain threshold of popularity. From a quick hunt around, I reckon it's somewhere above 200 Diggs. However, some sites appear to be trusted and need fewer. Other sites need more.

Me on Sky News talking about the anonymity of Baby P’s killers
September 2, 2009 – 8:55 pm | 6 Comments

I went on Sky News a couple of weeks ago to talk about the publishing of Baby Peter's killers' names on the internet - despite the court order banning naming them. Here's the clip.

Cash4gold and google news: there’s no conspiracy theory …
September 2, 2009 – 7:48 pm | No Comment
Cash4gold and google news: there’s no conspiracy theory …

There were a few tweets today hinting at a conspiracy theory around Google news and Cash4gold. I think we can probably relax - there is no cover up.

UK newspaper twitter followers up 17% from August to September
September 2, 2009 – 12:14 pm | 3 Comments

National UK newspaper accounts had 1,471,936 followers at the start of September, an increase of 213,892 or 17% on August 1 (when they had 1,258,044 followers).

You can see the September figures in the table.

The (in)accuracy of Alexa: more evidence not to rely on it
September 2, 2009 – 7:30 am | 2 Comments
The (in)accuracy of Alexa: more evidence not to rely on it

I'm giving up comparing websites using Alexa.com's data. Checking the accuracy of Alexa data using ABCe numbers led me to believe they were good enough to rely on. But the Times reckons the Alexa numbers in my latest post relating to referrals from the BBC were rubbish - and the Guardian agrees.

Hey, James Murdoch: How about thanking the BBC for all your traffic?
September 1, 2009 – 7:20 am | One Comment

Instead of lambasting the BBC for the "chilling" effect of its online activities, and blaming the problems of online news sites on the BBC "dumping free, state-sponsored news on the market", News Corp chief James Murdoch should thank the BBC for all the traffic it sends his way.

The BBC is responsible for about 870,000 visitors a month to Times Online and 1.1 million to thesun.co.uk (see methodology, below).

Guardian has the most bookmarks on Delicious
August 26, 2009 – 7:30 am | 2 Comments

The Guardian has more bookmarks on Delicious than any other UK newspaper according to Quarkbase. There are nearly 11,000 bookmarks for the Guardian, with the Times in 2nd (3,944) and the Independent 3rd (3,196).

Did SEO failure contribute to thelondonpaper closure?
August 24, 2009 – 7:30 am | 3 Comments
Did SEO failure contribute to thelondonpaper closure?

thelondonpaper is closing - with a reported pre-tax loss of £12.9m in the last financial year on £14.1m turnover. Maybe if they'd sorted out their SEO strategy, they'd have got more website visitors and sold more adverts?

Google’s got Somerset in two places – neither in the UK …
August 20, 2009 – 3:52 pm | No Comment
Google’s got Somerset in two places – neither in the UK …

The issue around US maps appearing a part of the individual results for UK sites continues ... matt Cutts has written a post. But here's another oddity - the same site with two different wrong locations.