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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More odd links on BBC Sport
February 9, 2011 – 11:15 pm | 4 Comments
More odd links on BBC Sport

More odd looking links on the BBC Sport site - why isn't the link a proper one and why is carrentals.co.uk designated as a sport site by the BBC?

Cross-domain rel=canonical now supported by Google
December 16, 2009 – 12:22 am | 4 Comments
Cross-domain rel=canonical now supported by Google

rel=canonical is a way to tell Google which the primary version of a URL is. It's handy if you have substantially the same content on several URLs - perhaps because you have a shopping site and allow users to sort a list of products by price or name, and this is reflected in the URL.

Adding this meta tag used to work only on the same domain.

But Google has announced today that it will support rel=canonical across domains - ie if you have the same content on more than one website, you can tell Google which is the main version you'd like it to index.

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?

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Sidestepping Google Sidewiki: changing URLs won’t help
October 16, 2009 – 9:04 pm | One Comment
Sidestepping Google Sidewiki: changing URLs won’t help

As part of the fuss over Jan Moir, the Daily Mail ended up changing the headline and the URL of its story and 301 redirecting the old URL to the new one. I wondered what would happen to the Sidewikis written on the original URL. The answer: the Sidewikis remain with a message saying they were originally about a previous URL.

9 sites who don’t know that www.domain.com ISN’T THE SAME as domain.com
July 23, 2009 – 7:40 pm | 7 Comments
9 sites who don’t know that www.domain.com ISN’T THE SAME as domain.com

You may not know it, but the www version of your website is not the same as the non-www version.: yourdomain.com/page is NOT THE SAME PAGE as www.yourdomain.com/page. It's treated as a different URL by search engines, for instance. And if someone leaves off the www (on a link or when they type a URL), they may not get any page at all unless you've set your server up right.