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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Google’s reading level scores for UK SEO blogs
December 11, 2010 – 3:22 pm | 11 Comments
Google’s reading level scores for UK SEO blogs

Google's launched a new feature that scores websites for reading level (probably using one of these reading level assessments, I guess). Anyway, I thought it would be fun to see what it made of UK SEO blogs' reading levels. So here are the answers. Not quite sure if it's good to be basic, intermediate or advanced ...

Now Google’s Americanising our dates
December 6, 2010 – 1:39 pm | 2 Comments
Now Google’s Americanising our dates

There was uproar - uproar, I tell you - at the start of the year when it was revealed that Google was favoring favouring American spellings. Now they are trying to make us adopt American date formats. Make us I tell you.

How quickly does Google News autocomplete react?
November 20, 2010 – 12:05 pm | No Comment
How quickly does Google News autocomplete react?

I pointed out the other day that the top Google News autocomplete suggestion for Cheryl Cole was Cheryl Cole fart - just two days after she broke wind on the X Factor. I've been trying to find the speed at which Google News can react to a surge in new searches. Here are evern quicker examples ...

Is Google abandoning QDF and giving more weight to category pages?
October 21, 2010 – 10:36 am | 2 Comments
Is Google abandoning QDF and giving more weight to category pages?

Google is prioritising news sites' category over QDF - this looks like a big change to me.

Google adds shared by number to Google news results
October 19, 2010 – 8:00 am | 8 Comments
Google adds shared by number to Google news results

Google seems to be experimenting with adding a "Shared by [number]" stat next to Google News results - so you can see how popular each story is on Twitter etc. Here's a screenshot - you ...

Why Google might be showing just four results
September 29, 2010 – 9:05 pm | One Comment
Why Google might be showing just four results

I came across an example of Google showing only four results (even though it had found thousands for my search term - something a couple of other people have seen Google testing).

At first I thought it was an idiotic test. Then I decided it was genius.