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Hugely embarrassing: Daily Mail jumps gun on “Amanda Knox guilty” story
October 3, 2011 – 8:47 pm | 70 Comments
Hugely embarrassing: Daily Mail jumps gun on “Amanda Knox guilty” story

I'm not sure it gets more embarrassing than this for a news site. In their attempt to be first with the verdict on Amanda Knox, the Mail Online published its pre-written story the moment the ...

Pippa Middleton’s arse: how newspapers optimise for the phrase without showing it to their readers
May 12, 2011 – 12:30 pm | 14 Comments
Pippa Middleton’s arse: how newspapers optimise for the phrase without showing it to their readers

Interesting use of different headlines on the Daily Mail today to solve the problem of how to optimise for the high-volume search term "Pippa Middleton's arse".

6 tiny New Year’s resolutions for newspapers
January 5, 2011 – 8:00 am | 2 Comments
6 tiny New Year’s resolutions for newspapers

Here's a few small changes that I would like to see newspapers make in 2011. If you could just get a developer or someone to sort these out, that would be awesome, thanks.

Is RSS dead? Newspaper subscriber numbers now and 18 months ago compared
January 4, 2011 – 12:32 pm | 12 Comments
Is RSS dead? Newspaper subscriber numbers now and 18 months ago compared

There have been a couple of articles recently (see below) proclaiming the slow death of RSS as a way for users to subscribe to websites. So how do the number of subscribers to newspaper RSS feeds compare?

Here's a table that compares the number of subscribers in Google Reader to each paper's most popular RSS feed 18 months ago and today.

Google’s reading level scores for UK newspapers
December 11, 2010 – 3:45 pm | One Comment
Google’s reading level scores for UK newspapers

Google's launched a new feature that analyzes reading level scores for websites. Here are the scores for national UK newspapers, plus the overall verdict Google gives on the site's reading level.
There's no right score - ...

Want an SEO job? Check out the Daily Mail’s robots.txt file …
August 24, 2010 – 9:30 am | 33 Comments
Want an SEO job? Check out the Daily Mail’s robots.txt file …

Want a job as SEO manager at the Daily Mail? Check out their robots.txt file (just don't tell them you saw it here ...) in the middle it says:

# August 12th, MailOnline are looking for a talented SEO Manager so if you found this then you're the kind of techie we need!

iDosing: spot the difference between the Sun’s and the Mail’s stories
July 21, 2010 – 8:00 am | 9 Comments
iDosing: spot the difference between the Sun’s and the Mail’s stories

iDosing is the made up internet craze where teenagers download digital drugs in the form of MP3 sound files and get high. Or something. I'm not making it up - the Sun and the Mail have reported it. The Mail got there first by an hour or so.

Now compare and contrast the reporting ...

The Clegg bounce illustrated by the volume of newspaper stories
April 22, 2010 – 11:08 am | No Comment
The Clegg bounce illustrated by the volume of newspaper stories

Since the first TV election debate, Nick Clegg has started to be taken seriously by the newspapers (or else has been the victim of a series of hatchet jobs, depending on your point of view).

The charts how the number of stories about Nick Clegg has soared in The Sun, The Daily Mail and The Guardian - even allowing for the fact general election is on.

How much traffic Twitter drives to UK newspaper sites
March 26, 2010 – 7:00 am | 5 Comments
How much traffic Twitter drives to UK newspaper sites

Adam Sherk recently pointed out that Twitter drives less than 1% of traffic to US newspaper and magazine sites (but noted that this still makes it "a top 25 referrer for all the [10 sites he asked] and top 10 referrers for most").

Trying my luck somewhat, I asked people from the three largest UK newspaper sites (the Telegraph, the Daily Mail and the Guardian) what their figures were.
* For the Mail, under 0.5% of their referrer traffic is from Twitter.
* For the Telegraph, 0.5% of global traffic and 0.25% of uk traffic currently comes from twitter.
* For the Guardian, 0.4% of their page impressions in February came from Twitter.

PCC rules on Jan Moir: a strange and troubling ruling.
February 17, 2010 – 11:36 pm | 6 Comments

The Guardian reports that the PCC has rejected all the complaints (more than 25,000) about Jan Moir's article about Stephen Gately.

As it's late, I shall limit myself to comparing the reported ruling with the original article ...

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. ...

National newspaper Twitter account growth gets ever slower …
December 2, 2009 – 10:57 pm | 2 Comments

UK national newspaper Twitter accounts are continuing to grow - but the rate is getting slower and slower, according to the latest figures for the 129 accounts I'm tracking. November to December growth was just 6.6%, down from 17% earlier in the year.

Daily Mail readers pro Brown over condolence letter
November 11, 2009 – 2:03 pm | No Comment
Daily Mail readers pro Brown over condolence letter

As well as the Sun misjudging its readers' mood over Gordon Brown's handwritten letter, Daily Mail readers also seem to be sympathetic to the Prime Minister.

The best rated comments on its story are those with sympathy for the PM. The worst rated are mostly criticising him.

Growth of Newspaper Twitter accounts running out of steam
November 3, 2009 – 8:45 am | 4 Comments

Newspaper Twitter accounts are continuing to grow - but at an ever slower rate, according to the latest figures for the 130 accounts I'm tracking. October to November growth was just 8.3%.

September ABCes: How the Guardian and Telegraph overtook the Mail
October 25, 2009 – 11:31 pm | 2 Comments

June 2009 saw the Mail Online unexpectedly overtake both the Guardian and Telegraph in the ABCes, partly on the back of US traffic and Michael Jackson stories.

Fast forward to September and the story is the same as earlier in the year - Guardian first, Telegraph second and Mail third. So what's changed? To find out, I've compared the ABCe figures for UK and foreign visitors in June and in September. The difference between the Guardian's performance and that of the Telegraph and Mail is revealing.

Nofollow: How to link to someone or something you detest (I’m looking at you Jan Moir)
October 21, 2009 – 7:00 am | 10 Comments
Nofollow: How to link to someone or something you detest (I’m looking at you Jan Moir)

The furore over Jan Moir has thrown up several interesting SEO issues. Here's a basic one - how should you link to something you detest?

The problem with linking
Put simply, Google counts a link to a ...

Jan Moir: Don’t forget to change your meta descriptions …
October 19, 2009 – 10:48 pm | No Comment
Jan Moir: Don’t forget to change your meta descriptions …

There's a lot to remember when you're running around in a social media storm, as Jan Moir discovered last week. It would seem that updating meta descriptions isn't high on the list ...

The meta description on the Jan Moir article about Stephen Gately's death still reads: Our columnist asks why no-one will face up to the sordid reality of the Boyzone star's demise.

Jan Moir: Mail readers reject her hateful bile (probably)
October 16, 2009 – 11:23 am | 7 Comments
Jan Moir: Mail readers reject her hateful bile (probably)

Update According to Google, at 2.45pm, Jan Moir is the 42nd most popular search in the last hour. The Mail must be loving the traffic they are getting. So, why don't you try contacting the ...

Rate of growth slows for newspaper Twitter accounts
October 5, 2009 – 10:26 pm | 4 Comments

National UK newspapers had 1,665,202 followers of their Twitter accounts at the start of October - an increase of 193,266 on September 1st (when they had 1,471,936).

The rate of growth has slowed, however. This is a monthly increase of 13.1%, compared with 17% from August 1 to September 1, and also from July 1 to August 1.

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.