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SEOing Patrick Swayze’s and Keith Floyd’s death
September 15, 2009 – 11:10 am | 2 Comments
SEOing Patrick Swayze’s and Keith Floyd’s death

Patrick Swayze has died. So has Keith Floyd.

So no surprise that UK newspapers are rushing to publish as many news stories as they can on the subject to try to appear multiple times in the news and web search results, even if some of the pages are very similar.

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 ...

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.

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).

Is this the model for newspapers charging for online content?
August 17, 2009 – 2:26 pm | One Comment

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).

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.

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.

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.

How Murdoch CAN charge for online content – but can any other papers?
August 10, 2009 – 11:33 am | No Comment

I've written a guest post for econsultancy, entitled: Murdoch CAN charge for content online, but can anyone else?

Guardian and Times the most cited UK papers on wikipedia
August 7, 2009 – 8:45 am | 4 Comments

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.

Why Murdoch should WIN any lawsuit against Google (stay with me …)
August 6, 2009 – 9:57 am | 12 Comments

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 ...

How sticky are visitors to UK newspaper sites?
August 5, 2009 – 8:30 am | 3 Comments

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.

@Guardiantech gets to 1 million followers
August 5, 2009 – 8:21 am | 4 Comments

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.

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%.

UK newspaper Twitter followers: 1 August
August 1, 2009 – 3:31 pm | 4 Comments
UK newspaper Twitter followers: 1 August

With 981,359 followers, @Guardiantech is closing in on a million, as I reveal the latest figures for UK newspaper Twitter accounts. @GuardianTech has jumped 150,000 followers in a month. @TimesFashion (29,190 followers) has moved up one place to 2nd, overtaking @GuardianNews (27,802) which is now 3rd.

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%.

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.