10 more sites that stupidly try to ban you from linking to them
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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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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.

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 ...

Google Circles: a new social network (just not yet)
March 13, 2011 – 4:28 pm | No Comment
Google Circles: a new social network (just not yet)

Google was rumoured to be launching a new social media network called Google Circles today. But they've now come out on their (verified) GoogleSXSW account and said they are doing no such thing.
Update: Tim O'Reilly, CEO ...

Vodafone blogs hijacked by anti-cuts protestors
March 10, 2011 – 1:50 pm | One Comment
Vodafone blogs hijacked by anti-cuts protestors

The blogs at Vodafone's flagship CSR World of Difference site have been hijacked by UKUncut.

Snoods banned
March 5, 2011 – 1:50 pm | 3 Comments
Snoods banned

The International FA Board has announced that the wearing of snoods in matches will be banned from 1 July. Haven't they got better things to do?

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 ...

What time the Carling Cup final 2011 starts
February 26, 2011 – 10:50 pm | No Comment
What time the Carling Cup final 2011 starts

Are you wondering, "what time does the Carling Cup Final start?" (Apologies to Huffpo for all this.)

It's a common search query, as is "what time is the Carling Cup Final," "Carling Cup Final time" and "Carling Cup Final kickoff time 2011," according to me typing some words to see what Google autocompletes.

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 ...

More odd links on BBC Sport
February 9, 2011 – 11:15 pm | 4 Comments
More odd links on BBC Sport

More odd looking links on the BBC Sport site - why isn't the link a proper one and why is carrentals.co.uk designated as a sport site by the BBC?

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.

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."