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Papers continue shameful coverage of vaccination death
September 30, 2009 – 10:19 am | 7 Comments

I posted yesterday about the shameful reporting of the tragic death of a girl who died on the same day as getting the cervical cancer vaccine - and how, without any evidence of a link, the papers were giving the impression that the vaccine, which will save hundreds of lives a year, is unsafe.

So, how are the papers covering the news that, as the BBC news site puts it in its 3rd most important story "Cancer jab 'unlikely' death cause: A girl who died shortly after being given a cervical cancer vaccine had a 'serious underlying medical condition', an NHS Trust says"?

Cervical cancer jab: how the newspapers have learned nothing from MMR
September 29, 2009 – 11:00 am | 12 Comments
Cervical cancer jab: how the newspapers have learned nothing from MMR

The UK media have learned nothing from the debacle over the MMR vaccine - where they relentlessly covered stories doubting the safety of MMR, putting the lives of children at risk.
They are continuing their habit ...

SEOing Patrick Swayze’s and Keith Floyd’s death
September 15, 2009 – 11:10 am | 2 Comments
SEOing Patrick Swayze’s and Keith Floyd’s death

Patrick Swayze has died. So has Keith Floyd.

So no surprise that UK newspapers are rushing to publish as many news stories as they can on the subject to try to appear multiple times in the news and web search results, even if some of the pages are very similar.

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.

UK newspaper twitter followers up 17% from August to September
September 2, 2009 – 12:14 pm | 3 Comments

National UK newspaper accounts had 1,471,936 followers at the start of September, an increase of 213,892 or 17% on August 1 (when they had 1,258,044 followers).

You can see the September figures in the table.

Guardian has the most bookmarks on Delicious
August 26, 2009 – 7:30 am | 2 Comments

The Guardian has more bookmarks on Delicious than any other UK newspaper according to Quarkbase. There are nearly 11,000 bookmarks for the Guardian, with the Times in 2nd (3,944) and the Independent 3rd (3,196).

Guardian and Times the most cited UK papers on wikipedia
August 7, 2009 – 8:45 am | 4 Comments

There are more than 100,000 citations on Wikipedia that reference the Guardian - more than twice as much as any other UK national newspaper. The FT is way down the list - barely higher than the Sun.

How sticky are visitors to UK newspaper sites?
August 5, 2009 – 8:30 am | 3 Comments

Visitors to UK newspaper sites look at an average of 2.5 pages a day, according to data from Alexa. And 62.8% of users look at just one page. Only the Sun (4 pages/day per user), Guardian (3.1) and Telegraph (2.9) come out above average in terms of daily page views per user.

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%.

How US traffic is vital for UK newspaper sites
July 30, 2009 – 8:30 am | 3 Comments

On average, US traffic to UK newspaper sites is 36.8% of the UK traffic. The figure for the Telegraph is slightly higher (44.5%) and for the Mail it's a massive 62.5%.

Alexa data: how accurate is it – using audited ABCe figures to check?
July 29, 2009 – 8:30 am | 5 Comments

By making use of ABCe data, we can check what Alexa says with the official audited data for UK newspapers. As the table shows, it's OK but not brilliant.

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.

Guardian wins newspaper URL tweet war
July 16, 2009 – 8:47 pm | 7 Comments

Other people have tweeted (or retweeted) the Guardian's URLs 328,288 times over the last 4 months - way more than any other UK newspaper.

The FT and Times have more followers on Twitter than the Telegraph and Mail - but they're not tweeted about as often. The Telegraph is in second place: 120,731 tweets have included a link to one if its URLs. The Daily Mail is 3rd with 95,851.

Newspapers on Twitter – how the Guardian, FT and Times are winning
July 6, 2009 – 9:22 pm | 12 Comments

National newspapers have a total of 1,068,898 followers across all their Twitter accounts - with the Guardian, Times and FT the only three papers in the top 10 newspaper accounts. The Guardian's the clear Twitter winner, as it's place on the Twitter Suggested User List means that its GuardianTech account has 831,935 followers - 78% of the total ...

Newspapers: turn off your RSS feeds
June 30, 2009 – 11:01 pm | 23 Comments
Newspapers: turn off your RSS feeds

The latest subscriber figures (see table below) show that, apart from a couple of exceptions, it's time for newspapers to turn off their RSS feeds - and hand over the server space, technical support and webpage real estate to something else. Like Twitter.

Newspaper sites: PLEASE improve your readability
April 20, 2009 – 12:35 pm | 6 Comments
Newspaper sites: PLEASE improve your readability

Newspaper websites are failing in some obvious ways to make their stories readable. Too many are using small fonts, long off-putting paragraphs, no subheadings, no in-content boxes or pictures, and no in-content links.

90 minutes later, some newspaper sites haven’t published the football score
April 1, 2009 – 11:26 pm | No Comment
90 minutes later, some newspaper sites haven’t published the football score

20 minutes after the Englang game finished at 9.55pm, half the major UK newspaper sites hadn't published the results.

Google street view: which news sites linked?,
March 20, 2009 – 12:56 am | No Comment

Newspaper sites did very badly at linking to google's new street view service.

Comic relief: which news sites gave a proper link, and which didn’t?
March 19, 2009 – 9:55 am | One Comment

News sites are bad at linking out. Which of them managed to link to charity site rednoseday.com on its big day - and which failed to make mentions into proper hyperlinks.

Fark: It’s the Sun wots winning it
March 2, 2009 – 10:22 pm | 2 Comments

When it comes to Fark, it's the Sun wots winning it. The Guardian come second - and yet again, the FT, Mirror and Express come last.