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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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.

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?

BBC reveals digital marketing spend
October 6, 2010 – 8:11 am | 2 Comments

The BBC spends £1.6m a year on digital marketing, according to an FOI request published today at whatdotheyknow.com. The request asked: "I would like to know how much money the BBC has spent on Internet marketing from 2009-2010:

Which Internet marketing methods do the BBC currently use? (e.g SEO, PPC, etc)
How much has been spent on each of these methods between 2009 - 2010?

BBC follows through on promise of dofollowed links to bloggers
September 1, 2010 – 9:00 am | 8 Comments
BBC follows through on promise of dofollowed links to bloggers

If you add "nofollow" to a link (in the HTML code), it tells search engines to ignore the link - so the site you link to gets no benefit from the link. Last December, the BBC replied to a blog post of mine promising to link to bloggers without using dofollow as part of its new Buzz tool. They've now apparently kept that promise.

Dragons’ Den’s one-sided Twitter ‘conversation’
July 21, 2010 – 11:06 pm | No Comment
Dragons’ Den’s one-sided Twitter ‘conversation’

There was a curious end to yesterday's Dragon's Den when Evan Davis turned to the camera and said: "Why not tell us what you think of today's programme by joining the conversation on Twitter."
But then, although someone is clearly running the account, they haven't actually replied to anyone's tweets. Odd.

The BBC and Guardian: more reasons I hate mobile sites
May 10, 2010 – 10:44 pm | One Comment
The BBC and Guardian: more reasons I hate mobile sites

Mobile versions of websites - what a train crash they often are. As I write this, at 10.30pm on Monday night, neither the BBC nor Guardian mobile websites are mentioning that Gordon Brown has promised to resign ... a story that their web news pages are unsurprising leading with - and have been doing so for several hours.

Express confuses followers and following. Ha ha ha!
January 17, 2010 – 5:02 pm | 11 Comments
Express confuses followers and following. Ha ha ha!

I pointed out this morning that the Express was talking utter rubbish claiming that the BBC was keeping up twitter accounts with 0 or 2 followers. The real numbers were in the 000s.

It appears the Express has confused following and follower numbers. Ha ha ha ha ha.

Express looking at wrong Twitter accounts in BBC attack
January 17, 2010 – 9:28 am | 8 Comments

Dear the Express. Please look at the right twitter a/cs when discussing the BBC's followers. That is all.

How to get a link from the BBC to your Twitter URL
October 28, 2009 – 1:50 pm | 3 Comments
How to get a link from the BBC to your Twitter URL

Want to get your Twitter page doing better in Google for a search on your name? Here's a way to get a link off the BBC to your Twitter URL.

Cervical cancer jab: Google fuelling unnecessary fears
October 1, 2009 – 9:43 am | 8 Comments
Cervical cancer jab: Google fuelling unnecessary fears

Anyone turning to Google to look into the cervical cancer jab is unlikely to be reassured. Although these results are generated algorithmically, Google's results are anti-jab. There is very little in the way of balance in the results, with a mixture of old and new scare stories, and only a couple of positive stories.

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.