Posts about: Internet
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%.
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.
Search for cottage hire birmingham, and Google shows you a map of bethlehem in pennsylvania. Huh?
So why am I blogging about it? I wanted to try embedding a Google Insights graph - and this one for UK searches for Big Brother shows how interest has slumped over the last 5 years.
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 ...
The Champions League is about to start. And ITV seem to have cocked up their website.
I recently argued that bundling was the most likely way of Rupert Murdoch succeeding in charging for his newspapers online. And now I've spotted that the Times / Sunday Times are already doing that with their Culture section (apologies if you already knew this).
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'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.
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.
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.
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?
Blimey. Tr.im, which has seemed a bit unreliable lately (the stats have been all over the place), has shut down completely. Trimmed URLs will continue to work until the end of this year.
Shows the danger ...
There are more than 100,000 citations on Wikipedia that reference the Guardian - more than twice as much as any other UK national newspaper. The FT is way down the list - barely higher than the Sun.
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:
There's a story in Australia that News Corp. is preparing to sue Google and Yahoo to stop both from linking to, and quoting News Corp content. It comes as Rupert Murdoch promises to start charging for online content across his company's news sites.
The suing story has prompted the usual hilarity, with comments such as if murdoch sues google & yahoo over news rather than use robots.txt file, it'll be a short, embarrassing lawsuit. But here's why Murdoch might have a case ...
Visitors to UK newspaper sites look at an average of 2.5 pages a day, according to data from Alexa. And 62.8% of users look at just one page. Only the Sun (4 pages/day per user), Guardian (3.1) and Telegraph (2.9) come out above average in terms of daily page views per user.
Short and to the point. But @guardiantech reached 1 million followers early this morning.
It benefits massively from being on Twitter's suggested users list. But impressive nonetheless. You can see more UK newspaper twitter numbers here.
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!
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%.