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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.

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.

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.

Any thoughts on the new look?
January 13, 2011 – 11:05 pm | 11 Comments
Any thoughts on the new look?

After months of indecision, I've finally settled on a new theme for my blog. I'll be tinkering away for the next few days / months / years but if you spot any problems, don't like anything, wish something was here that isn't etc etc then let me know

Ignore WordPress’s SEO advice
February 9, 2010 – 1:39 pm | 2 Comments

Whatever you do, don't follow the wordpress advice on SEO ...
It seems to think keywords are really important but meta descriptions aren't.

Comment spam: using Backtype to spot it
November 26, 2009 – 10:08 pm | 11 Comments
Comment spam: using Backtype to spot it

Like most bloggers, I'm plagued by comment spam - but I've found a good way to spot the spammers: Backtype. It shows you comments on blogs that link to a specific URL.

WordPress and smart/curly quotes: turning them off
November 15, 2009 – 1:05 am | 2 Comments
WordPress and smart/curly quotes: turning them off

Wordpress has a habit of replacing normal quote marks with "curly" or smart quotes - the ones that look different at the start of a quote than at the end. They look nice - but they tend to break copy and paste (especially when you're pasting code, such as my wordpress title / description code).

Draft – any suggestions: Google’s cache and its limitations as a backup
September 22, 2009 – 6:00 am | No Comment
Draft – any suggestions: Google’s cache and its limitations as a backup

I overwrote my wp-content folder as part of my wordpress upgrade - deleting all my blog's images, CSS and theme PHP files. I'll be returning to that ...

Anyway, I, and a few others who answered my plaintive plea for help, thought using the Google cache (the copy of your webpage that it stores) might help. Here's what it can and can't help with as a backup if you've ever deleted your whole website ...

Meta keywords tag: Bing says carry on but Google says it’s a waste of time – but
September 21, 2009 – 6:51 pm | 3 Comments

I've been trying to get people I work with to stop filling out meta keywords fields for ages, with varying degrees of success.

Google has come out and said this: "Does Google ever use the "keywords" meta tag in its web search ranking? In a word, no."

Oh no. I’ve just deleted half my blog
September 15, 2009 – 12:53 pm | 2 Comments

Ah. When doing a wordpress upgrade, make sure you don't overwrite the wp-content file, won't you. I just have, so I've lost all my images, plugins and lord knows what else ...
I could have sworn ...

How related article lists reduce bounce rates and increase page views
August 20, 2009 – 7:45 am | 6 Comments
How related article lists reduce bounce rates and increase page views

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%.

Do blogs make reporting restrictions pointless?
March 31, 2009 – 9:17 am | 7 Comments
Do blogs make reporting restrictions pointless?

The case of the leaked DNA test on 13-year-old alleged dad Alfie Patten has revealed a big problem with court-ordered reporting restrictions in the internet age: there is nothing to stop websites repeating the information unless they know about the court order banning this. And under the terms of the order itself, there's no way to find out about the order.

29 easy ways to fine tune your blog
March 5, 2009 – 12:44 am | No Comment

Easy ways to fine tune your blog. Do them today and make a BIG difference!

Can you use rel = canonical to fix duplicate comment problems caused by comment pagination in wordpress?
February 15, 2009 – 11:49 pm | 3 Comments

Can you use rel=canonical to fix duplicate content problems in wordpress caused by paged comments / comment pagination?

SEO friendly URLs: myth and fact
February 7, 2009 – 11:52 pm | 22 Comments

SEO friendly URLs are largely a myth. Google doesn't care that much. Despite that, you should still definitely use them (but be aware of a drawback with wordpress).

Avoid duplicate content with paged comments in wordpress
January 17, 2009 – 12:47 am | 5 Comments

How to avoid duplicate content in paged comments in wordpress 2.7

IntenseDebate, SEO and post counts
January 12, 2009 – 12:01 am | No Comment

IntenseDebate has partly solved its problem with SEO (with the wordpress plugin at least). But there's something funny about the comment counts ...

Breadcrumb navigation trails and WordPress
January 7, 2009 – 1:16 am | 8 Comments

How to add a breadcrumb trail in wordpress, without using a plugin.

Adding page numbers: How to avoid duplicate titles and meta descriptions in pages 2 and higher of WordPress category and tag pages
December 20, 2008 – 12:12 am | 42 Comments

The answer to differentiating pages of the main index or category loops in wordpress - code to add the page number to the title and meta description.