10 more sites that stupidly try to ban you from linking to them
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Google testing Adwords sitelink formats?
July 21, 2010 – 1:12 pm | One Comment
Google testing Adwords sitelink formats?

Google's extended its Adwords sitelinks recently. And they also appear to be allowing advertisers to play around with formatting - it seems you can now have funny pointy arrows (first one) or even ticks (bottom one) before each one ...

Google’s bizarre and rubbish celebrity boyfriend / girlfriend feature
July 14, 2010 – 10:10 am | 3 Comments
Google’s bizarre and rubbish celebrity boyfriend / girlfriend feature

Google has a series of things it will tell you if you search for them, such as how many horns a unicorn has. More usefully, it can tell you stuff like how many metres are in a yard or when sunrise is in London.

It also seems willing to try to tell you celebrities' dating status, although it appears to be quite rubbish at it ...

Google indexes 168,000 pages of Bing’s social search results
July 14, 2010 – 4:00 am | No Comment
Google indexes 168,000 pages of Bing’s social search results

When Bing launched www.bing.com/social (Bing's combined search of Facebook and Twitter updates) back in June, it forgot (I presume) to update its robots.txt file (which had previously, and still does, disallow results from the more limited forerunner - bing.com/twitter). As a result, 154,000 pages of its search results are in Google's index.

Steven Gerrard: Google autocomplete finishes off The Sun’s work
July 4, 2010 – 11:22 pm | One Comment
Steven Gerrard: Google autocomplete finishes off The Sun’s work

The Sun decided last week to run a story about the rumours circulating about Steven Gerrard. I don't know what Gerrard's lawyers made of this story but they might want to have a word with Google. If you get as far as typing Steven Gerrard into Google News, the auto complete function throws up this list ...

Channel 4 goes in for some keyword stuffing
June 25, 2010 – 2:05 pm | No Comment
Channel 4 goes in for some keyword stuffing

Channel 4 is keyword stuffing the Title of its Big Brother homepage:
Home - Big Brother - Channel4.com - Big Brother, bigbrother, BB, BB11, 4oD, Live Stream, Live Streaming, Live Feed, Channel 4, Channel4, C4, housemates, house, Ben, Caoimhe, Corin, David, Govan, Ife, John James, Josie, Mario, Nathan, Rachael, Shabby, Steve, Sunshine

How to change the date in Google Analytics on an iPad
June 2, 2010 – 10:55 pm | 5 Comments
How to change the date in Google Analytics on an iPad

The iPad doesn't do Flash. This means that, if you want to look at Google Analytics on your iPad, you can't obviously change the dates you're looking at - as the date range setting, pictured, is a Flash file.

You can still change the dates manually, however

Google acts to improve UK search results
June 1, 2010 – 7:05 am | 3 Comments
Google acts to improve UK search results

Google's Matt Cutts says that the search engine has taken action to improve search results for people searching in the UK - the "UK SERPS" problem.

Digging behind the latest SEO answers from Google
May 24, 2010 – 10:30 am | 3 Comments
Digging behind the latest SEO answers from Google

There's a fascinating Q&A with the Google search quality team over at Digital Inspiration. Here's some analysis of what they had to say, which includes:

If you don't nofollow affiliate links, your search engine rankings will suffer.
Links in copy ARE worth more than other ones.
Rel=canonical is suggested for cross-domain redirects - 301 isn't mentioned.
Google doesn't seem to like guest blogging.
Linking out both benefits you and doesn't benefit you at the same time.

Google nails Express sites over paid links email
May 23, 2010 – 2:49 pm | One Comment
Google nails Express sites over paid links email

Google says it has "taken action" and no longer trusts links from a major UK newspaper group - apparently referring to the Daily Express website.

The Express and OK sites appeared to suffer page rank penalties in April - and Google has now confirmed it has taken action against a UK newspaper site.

Google brand links: organic results to head further south?
April 29, 2010 – 12:20 pm | 13 Comments
Google brand links: organic results to head further south?

Google appears to be trialling some new related-search links over at Google.com - a list of "brands for ..." when you search for products. (Update: official confirmation).
So search for digital cameras at google.com (NB not ...

Labour beat Conservatives and Lib Dems in online manifesto campaign
April 13, 2010 – 12:55 pm | 2 Comments
Labour beat Conservatives and Lib Dems in online manifesto campaign

As with their party leaders' websites, the parties' online approaches to their manifestos leave a lot to be desired - although Labour has a clear victory over the Conservatives.

Google: estate agents are criminals
March 23, 2010 – 6:20 pm | One Comment
Google: estate agents are criminals

Google's planning an online property portal. For now, it seems to be attempting to soften up the market by suggesting estate agents belong inside - as this search for "Estate agents in Islington" showed ...

Google security problem: logging in to two accounts at once
March 4, 2010 – 1:01 pm | 2 Comments
Google security problem: logging in to two accounts at once

People are often complaining that they want to log into two Gmail accounts at once (the answer is to use two browsers, or Chrome in incognito mode). I seem to now be logged into two accounts at once - even though I don't want to be - potentially exposing someone else's details.

Uninstall a Google Chrome extension on a Mac
March 1, 2010 – 11:02 pm | 5 Comments
Uninstall a Google Chrome extension on a Mac

Obviously, Google Chrome extensions are cool (like plugins for Firefox), as they enable you to get your browser to do new things. But having installed the bit.ly one, it turned out to be a bit of a pain.

Instructions on the internet for how to remove / delete extensions for google's Chrome (I'm running version 5.0.307.11 beta) are sadly lacking - or way overcomplicated. It turned out to be quite easy.

Why Italy was right to find Google guilty
February 25, 2010 – 8:24 am | 20 Comments

reedom of speech and the future of the internet are at stake. An Italian court has found some Google executives guilty after some students filmed themselves bullying a boy with Down's syndrome [1] and then uploaded the clip to Google Video. The students were later convicted for their actions.

According to Tom Watson MP, the decision to hold Google liable for publishing the video:

"is the biggest threat to internet freedom we have seen in Europe. The only people who will support this decision are Silvio Berlusconi and the governments of China and Iran. It effectively breaks the internet in Italy."

Well, Tom, you can make that Berlusconi, the Chinese and Iranian governments - and me.

Ann Widdecombe undergoes odd makeover …
February 22, 2010 – 2:05 pm | 4 Comments
Ann Widdecombe undergoes odd makeover …

Ever done a search for Ann Widdecombe? No, me neither until today. There's an interesting image shown, as you can see.

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.

SEO revenge: analytics style
February 4, 2010 – 2:11 pm | 3 Comments

Exacting revenge on a company that secretly added links to clients' sites by targeting their analytics data ...

John Terry: another nail in the superinjunction coffin?
January 30, 2010 – 3:54 pm | No Comment
John Terry: another nail in the superinjunction coffin?

John Terry's been "nobbing" Wayne Bridge's girlfriend as one of the edits on Wikipedia puts it. Terry got a superinjunction forbidding publication of this story - and of the fact that there was an injunction. ...

UK searchers starting to prefer US spellings
January 21, 2010 – 2:02 pm | 3 Comments

Searchers in the UK are starting to prefer the US spelling of some words. Although we can still spell centre and theatre, with the following words the US spelling is now searched for more often than the UK version:

* donut vs doughnut
* yogurt vs yoghurt
* fetus vs foetus