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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10 more sites that stupidly try to ban you from linking to them
July 15, 2012 – 6:44 pm | One Comment
10 more sites that stupidly try to ban you from linking to them

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

Google gives big sites a free pass on author profile pictures
September 16, 2011 – 9:37 am | 3 Comments
Google gives big sites a free pass on author profile pictures

Guardian journalists get author profile pictures in search results without applying the markup. I doubt Google will do that for your site ...

Brighton SEO: Winning at SEO with duplicate content
September 9, 2011 – 8:00 am | 2 Comments
Brighton SEO: Winning at SEO with duplicate content

It turns out that you can dominate Google's search results in the short term via duplicate content - and here's the explanation, based on a talk I'm giving at Brighton SEO.

Google makes author profile pics MUCH more prominent in its results
August 30, 2011 – 4:07 pm | No Comment
Google makes author profile pics MUCH more prominent in its results

Google+ links are also much more visible

Google reduces the font size of publication names in its news results
August 16, 2011 – 10:34 am | No Comment
Google reduces the font size of publication names in its news results

This may just be an experiment but Google appears to have reduced the size of the publication name in its news search results.

Fill your boots – the government and Microsoft are running a reciprocal link scheme
June 28, 2011 – 8:00 am | No Comment
Fill your boots – the government and Microsoft are running a reciprocal link scheme

Backed by HSBC, Microsoft, Ofcom as well ...

Pippa Middleton underwear pictures: Google updates its autosuggester
May 6, 2011 – 9:48 am | 7 Comments
Pippa Middleton underwear pictures: Google updates its autosuggester

Google is no longer suggesting Pippa Middleton's arse when you start to type her name in its search box.
Even worse, it's now suggesting Pippa Middleton underwear pictures, SHOWN HERE, after a photo of her in ...

Express newspaper creates an infinite number of URLs using rel = canonical
May 6, 2011 – 7:00 am | 6 Comments
Express newspaper creates an infinite number of URLs using rel = canonical

The Express newspaper has cocked up its implementation of the rel=canonical command SO BADLY that it has created an infinite number of duplicate webpages ... many of which now have links from elsewhere on the internet.

Google’s indexed 64 fake Independent jelly-bean Kate-Middleton URLs
April 19, 2011 – 11:06 am | 7 Comments
Google’s indexed 64 fake Independent jelly-bean Kate-Middleton URLs

You can change Indy URLs to anything if you leave the unique ID number in. Google's started to index the fake ones people are circulating on Twitter ...

15 more sites that forbid you from linking to them
March 28, 2011 – 6:00 am | 54 Comments
15 more sites that forbid you from linking to them

Well here, in 2011, are 15 websites that I've not featured before, all of which try to prevent you from linking to them in some way (usually restricting the right to link to just the homepage or else requiring prior written consent). YOU ARE ALL IDIOTS.

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 ...

Announcing the UK SEO blog search engine
March 14, 2011 – 5:05 pm | 4 Comments
Announcing the UK SEO blog search engine

I've put together a list of the best 22 UK SEO blogs - and set up a custom Google search engine that searches just them. So if you want a UK take on the latest SEO news, an SEO problem, or something weird you've spotted Google doing, use the UK SEO blog search engine.

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 ...

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 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.

Working out what people are searching for now …
December 16, 2010 – 12:00 pm | 4 Comments
Working out what people are searching for now …

I'm giving a talk at News:ReWired today about how specialist publishers can compete with large news organisations when it comes to SEO. One of the things I'm talking about is how to work out what people are searching for right now, so you can create content accordingly. There are some paid-for services that can tell you this. But here are some free ones.