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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 ...

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.

Average google analytics bounce rates
July 3, 2011 – 10:54 am | 6 Comments
Average google analytics bounce rates

Google's new analytics benchmarking newsletter has some global stats about bounce rates.

New Google mobile layout
June 28, 2011 – 10:38 pm | 2 Comments
New Google mobile layout

The mobile version of Google seems to have a fancy new layout. It's all go today what with Google Plus and web fonts v2 and a funny black bar across the top ... Here's how the new mobile layout looks.

Can you use schema.org with Facebook Open Graph?
June 8, 2011 – 12:32 pm | No Comment

It's a simple question. What's the answer?

Google’s improved search pages: no results
June 6, 2011 – 5:22 pm | 3 Comments
Google’s improved search pages: no results

Two examples of searches for a location with no results. Maybe a very high proportion of people who search this generically go on to refine their search?

Dear Google – what’s with the apostrophe and +1?
June 1, 2011 – 11:44 pm | No Comment
Dear Google – what’s with the apostrophe and +1?

Google has launched its +1 button and thrown its grammar book out the window.

Google shows social connections in Flickr sitelinks
May 13, 2011 – 11:28 am | 2 Comments
Google shows social connections in Flickr sitelinks

When I search for Flickr, I see the Flickr user profiles of people I'm apparently connected to in my Google social circle (well, I recognise 3 of the 4, anyway).

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.

Pippa Middleton’s arse closing the gap on her dress
May 2, 2011 – 12:31 pm | 2 Comments
Pippa Middleton’s arse closing the gap on her dress

Searches for "Pippa Middleton arse" running at 72% of the level of those for "Pippa Middleton dress"

Pippa Middleton’s arse: classy, Google, classy …
May 1, 2011 – 10:20 pm | One Comment
Pippa Middleton’s arse: classy, Google, classy …

In a new low for google autosuggest, it's suggesting "arse" as the top suggested search term when you type in Pippa Middleton's name.

Google +1: What normal person would ever use it?
March 31, 2011 – 9:52 am | 22 Comments
Google +1: What normal person would ever use it?

Google has launched +1 - a sort of facebook like button for its search results. If you see a result you like, you can hit the +1 button and then Google will reflect that information ...

Think Quarterly: 7 things I hate about Google’s new online magazine without having read a word
March 24, 2011 – 10:04 am | One Comment
Think Quarterly: 7 things I hate about Google’s new online magazine without having read a word

I confess to not having read it. But because they've decided to offer the primary desktop version of it as page-turning online magazine, here are 6 things I already hate about it.

Kelly Brook pregnant: Google Autocomplete has already noticed
March 17, 2011 – 11:27 am | One Comment
Kelly Brook pregnant: Google Autocomplete has already noticed

I think Google has got quicker and quicker at including search spikes in its web autocomplete (rather than the separate list in Google News which updates much quicker).

Surely Google doesn’t think Mashable is a content farm?
March 14, 2011 – 10:31 am | 2 Comments
Surely Google doesn’t think Mashable is a content farm?

Google's anti content farm algorithm doesn't seem to be doing Mashable any favours ...

Google Circles: a new social network (just not yet)
March 13, 2011 – 4:28 pm | No Comment
Google Circles: a new social network (just not yet)

Google was rumoured to be launching a new social media network called Google Circles today. But they've now come out on their (verified) GoogleSXSW account and said they are doing no such thing.
Update: Tim O'Reilly, CEO ...

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 ...

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 ...

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.