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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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.

New Google sprite: September 2009
September 28, 2009 – 1:57 pm | No Comment
New Google sprite: September 2009

Google has updated its sprite again - the one image it uses to display all its graphics (to understand what a sprite is, see my post on July's sprite update). The only change is the addition of a large and a small version of what looks like a video play button.

Google showing multiple results for forums
September 22, 2009 – 3:34 pm | No Comment
Google showing multiple results for forums

Google is (sometimes) showing multiple threads for forum sites when they appear in the results.

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."

The SEO of A to Z (not an A to Z of SEO): single letter searches
September 18, 2009 – 8:00 am | 4 Comments
The SEO of A to Z (not an A to Z of SEO): single letter searches

Rather than bookmarking Google Analytics, for some reason I type a random letter in the Google toolbar, and navigate to my Google account. Anyway, as a result I thought it would be interesting to list the top sites that Google returns for single-letter searches. At the bottom are links to other people who have done something similar in the past outside the UK.

Mirror starts to remove MoneyExtra links
September 14, 2009 – 10:33 pm | 10 Comments
Mirror starts to remove MoneyExtra links

The Mirror has removed some of the links to MoneyExtra that I recently warned looked like paid-for links added for SEO reasons (which would put them in breach of Google's guidelines).

Of the 11 pages I pointed out: 5 contained links to the MoneyExtra credit card page - 4 have had the MoneyExtra links removed ...

Where can I find the UK’s cheapest cars – and what will the affect be on google’s results?
September 9, 2009 – 11:23 am | No Comment

Interesting post by Martin Belam on advertisers telling people to search for the phrase "Where can I find the UKs cheapest cars" (link is to his blog).

The Mirror should beware: it looks like it’s selling links to MoneyExtra
September 7, 2009 – 11:29 pm | 62 Comments
The Mirror should beware: it looks like it’s selling links to MoneyExtra

However, the Mirror wants to beware how its links look. Let's take a look at a few pages - stories which share these characteristics:

* All contain exactly three links to a MoneyExtra page.
* All three links use different anchor text.
* The text happens to be competitive search terms.
* And MoneyExtra isn't mentioned in the article itself.

What The X Factor tells us about Google’s keyword and search-volume analysis tools
September 7, 2009 – 7:30 am | 3 Comments
What The X Factor tells us about Google’s keyword and search-volume analysis tools

There are several ways you can use Google to find out what terms people are searching for, and how popular those search terms are.

I've used them to check search terms related to The X Factor (ITV's talent show) - and I reckon Google Insights is better than the Google Adwords Keywords tool.

Unexplained phenomenon: Telegraph pips Guardian and Mail to SEO victory
September 6, 2009 – 8:00 am | One Comment
Unexplained phenomenon: Telegraph pips Guardian and Mail to SEO victory

Google's logo over the weekend showed one of its Os being abducted by aliens, triggering an SEO scrap among UK newspapers, which the Telegraph won.

Has Google redesigned the header of its results page (for the worse)?
September 5, 2009 – 9:08 am | 10 Comments
Has Google redesigned the header of its results page (for the worse)?

Google seems to have redesigned the header section of its results page, removing the links to other types of search (web, images, news, blogs etc) and removing the ability to sign in.

Cash4gold and google news: there’s no conspiracy theory …
September 2, 2009 – 7:48 pm | No Comment
Cash4gold and google news: there’s no conspiracy theory …

There were a few tweets today hinting at a conspiracy theory around Google news and Cash4gold. I think we can probably relax - there is no cover up.

Hey, James Murdoch: How about thanking the BBC for all your traffic?
September 1, 2009 – 7:20 am | One Comment

Instead of lambasting the BBC for the "chilling" effect of its online activities, and blaming the problems of online news sites on the BBC "dumping free, state-sponsored news on the market", News Corp chief James Murdoch should thank the BBC for all the traffic it sends his way.

The BBC is responsible for about 870,000 visitors a month to Times Online and 1.1 million to thesun.co.uk (see methodology, below).

Did SEO failure contribute to thelondonpaper closure?
August 24, 2009 – 7:30 am | 3 Comments
Did SEO failure contribute to thelondonpaper closure?

thelondonpaper is closing - with a reported pre-tax loss of £12.9m in the last financial year on £14.1m turnover. Maybe if they'd sorted out their SEO strategy, they'd have got more website visitors and sold more adverts?

Google’s got Somerset in two places – neither in the UK …
August 20, 2009 – 3:52 pm | No Comment
Google’s got Somerset in two places – neither in the UK …

The issue around US maps appearing a part of the individual results for UK sites continues ... matt Cutts has written a post. But here's another oddity - the same site with two different wrong locations.

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%.

Google’s adding maps of the USA to UK results
August 19, 2009 – 9:34 am | 7 Comments
Google’s adding maps of the USA to UK results

There have been several complaints lately about irrelevant US examples filling up the results in Google UK. Now Google's started adding maps of the USA to UK-based companies. Here are two examples - both with a .com domain. This suggests to me that Matt Cutts has completely missed his point in his video explaining .com sites in the UK results.

Cottage hire Birmingham: another example of Google’s UK results going bad
August 18, 2009 – 11:48 pm | One Comment
Cottage hire Birmingham: another example of Google’s UK results going bad

Search for cottage hire birmingham, and Google shows you a map of bethlehem in pennsylvania. Huh?

Big Brother’s finished: searches halve in 5 years shows Google Insights
August 18, 2009 – 10:52 pm | No Comment

So why am I blogging about it? I wanted to try embedding a Google Insights graph - and this one for UK searches for Big Brother shows how interest has slumped over the last 5 years.

Google results: all adverts
August 12, 2009 – 9:25 am | No Comment
Google results: all adverts

Google's made its adwords move around when you resize your browser window. I can't say I like the change. But it also means that, by shrinking your browser window enough, you can make only adverts appear.