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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Telegraph winning at film review SEO
August 12, 2009 – 8:00 am | One Comment

Can't decide whether to watch a film? If you're searching online for a current film review, the Telegraph is winning the SEO battle.

Why Murdoch should WIN any lawsuit against Google (stay with me …)
August 6, 2009 – 9:57 am | 12 Comments

There's a story in Australia that News Corp. is preparing to sue Google and Yahoo to stop both from linking to, and quoting News Corp content. It comes as Rupert Murdoch promises to start charging for online content across his company's news sites.

The suing story has prompted the usual hilarity, with comments such as if murdoch sues google & yahoo over news rather than use robots.txt file, it'll be a short, embarrassing lawsuit. But here's why Murdoch might have a case ...

Sites that drive the most USA traffic to UK newspaper sites
August 3, 2009 – 8:30 am | One Comment

Overall, Google drives the most US traffic to the nine UK national newspaper sites - 19.1%. News aggregator Drudgereport.com is the 2nd highest source of US traffic. Next is Yahoo at 5.2%, with Facebook 4th at 1.6%.

Michael Jackson’s kids made the Daily Mail the most visited UK newspaper site in June
July 27, 2009 – 9:27 am | 6 Comments
Michael Jackson’s kids made the Daily Mail the most visited UK newspaper site in June

Figures from Compete.com, which tracks American internet use, show that, of the 4.7 million unique users that the Mail added from May to June, 1.2 million were from the USA, and foreign searches for Michael Jackson's kids also drove the Mail's growth.

The importance of a 404 status code on your 404 page
July 23, 2009 – 2:34 pm | 6 Comments
The importance of a 404 status code on your 404 page

The ABCe website demonstrates the importance of returning a proper 404 status code, as this search at google for abce demonstrates.

New google sprite: July 2009
July 17, 2009 – 10:36 am | No Comment
New google sprite: July 2009

Google has updated its 'sprite' - the one image it uses to render all its graphics. If you're not sure what a sprite is, it's a way to speed up page loads by downloading just one image, and then using CSS to just show the relevant bit.

Trinity Mirror stops selling followed links – Christian Science Monitor starts…
July 15, 2009 – 3:39 pm | 3 Comments

Trinity Mirror has stopped selling paid links without the nofollow tag. Christian Science Monitor has started.

Google predicts Ashes win?
July 9, 2009 – 7:25 pm | 4 Comments

For some reason, Google's showing a title of "BBC Sport - Cricket: Ashes 2005" for the BBC's cricket page, which is of course all about Ashes 2009.
This is despite Google's cached page having the correct ...

Is Trinity Mirror selling followed links on its ic network?
July 2, 2009 – 9:28 am | 12 Comments
Is Trinity Mirror selling followed links on its ic network?

Is Trinity Mirror selling keyword-rich links on its ic Network without using the nofollow tag? Don't tell Google ...

Google autosuggest: Prince Charles = antichrist. David Cameron = sexy idiot.
June 27, 2009 – 8:16 pm | 5 Comments
Google autosuggest: Prince Charles = antichrist. David Cameron = sexy idiot.

Google's autosuggest feature has some interesting suggestons for Gordon Brown, David Cameron, Prince Charles, Michael Jackson and Jade Goody.

How Google foresaw BNP election wins
June 8, 2009 – 11:21 am | 2 Comments
How Google foresaw BNP election wins

BNP wins were foreseen (predicted is probably an overstrong word) by the data from Google Insights from Search.

Google’s European election predictions based on wrong search terms
June 6, 2009 – 4:30 pm | No Comment
Google’s European election predictions based on wrong search terms

Google puts UKIP 13 points ahead of the Conservatives in the European elections. But Google has used the wrong search term - and the real, and worrying story, is that the BNP is ahead of everyone.

BUSTED: bing defender is Microsoft employee – and have they deleted my post on bing’s usability from bing?
June 6, 2009 – 7:43 am | 6 Comments
BUSTED: bing defender is Microsoft employee – and have they deleted my post on bing’s usability from bing?

Microsoft seem to have reacted badly to my post on the usability of bing - someone left a comment defending it without revealing they were a Microsoft employee (which is illegal in the UK). And they've either manually deleted the post from the bing search results or it's taken them more than 4 days to index it ...!

12 ways bing is an absolute usability disaster
June 2, 2009 – 9:59 pm | 14 Comments
12 ways bing is an absolute usability disaster

bing is a usability disaster - confusing links allied to unusable functionality. And is it called bing or Bing - make your mind up Microsoft.

Proof and implications of javascript passing anchor text and page rank in Google
June 2, 2009 – 8:50 pm | No Comment
Proof and implications of javascript passing anchor text and page rank in Google

An explanation and test of google's treatment of javascript hidden links.

Sites whose appearance sucks in google news!
May 27, 2009 – 8:00 am | No Comment
Sites whose appearance sucks in google news!

More examples of sites that appear in google news with headlines like 'Newsticker requires javascript' and 'Font size A A A'

MPs expenses: Telegraph now 1st in Google’s web results
May 22, 2009 – 10:28 am | One Comment
MPs expenses: Telegraph now 1st in Google’s web results

Maybe Google really does need to get together with Twitter to improve its real-time search. Taking 15 days to recognise the Telegraph as the best current result for MPs expenses is a bit poor.

I’ve already found the Wolfram Alpha killer: a librarian in Slough
May 19, 2009 – 6:58 pm | 3 Comments
I’ve already found the Wolfram Alpha killer: a librarian in Slough

Wolfram Alpha - the new search engine that gives access to systematic knowledge (ie it's a big database of curated facts) - has been variously hailed as a google and wikipedia killer. I've found the Wolfram|Alpha killer - the UK Ask A Librarian site.

Telegraph dropping like a stone in google results?
May 18, 2009 – 3:16 pm | No Comment
Telegraph dropping like a stone in google results?

The Telegraph has now dropped to result number 8 in Google for a search on MPs expenses.

Google’s results for MPs’ expenses are rubbish
May 18, 2009 – 10:08 am | One Comment
Google’s results for MPs’ expenses are rubbish

The results from Google if you search for MPs expenses are rubbish. Last week they had pages from the BBC first and the Telegraph 2nd - even though the Telegraph is the primary source of all this material. Today the results are even worse: they're absolute garbage.