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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10 more sites that stupidly try to ban you from linking to them
July 15, 2012 – 6:44 pm | One Comment
10 more sites that stupidly try to ban you from linking to them

Even more sites that try to bank you from linking to them in the terms. Make it stop.

Google gives big sites a free pass on author profile pictures
September 16, 2011 – 9:37 am | 3 Comments
Google gives big sites a free pass on author profile pictures

Guardian journalists get author profile pictures in search results without applying the markup. I doubt Google will do that for your site ...

Brighton SEO: Winning at SEO with duplicate content
September 9, 2011 – 8:00 am | 2 Comments
Brighton SEO: Winning at SEO with duplicate content

It turns out that you can dominate Google's search results in the short term via duplicate content - and here's the explanation, based on a talk I'm giving at Brighton SEO.

Google makes author profile pics MUCH more prominent in its results
August 30, 2011 – 4:07 pm | No Comment
Google makes author profile pics MUCH more prominent in its results

Google+ links are also much more visible

Google’s improved search pages: no results
June 6, 2011 – 5:22 pm | 3 Comments
Google’s improved search pages: no results

Two examples of searches for a location with no results. Maybe a very high proportion of people who search this generically go on to refine their search?

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".

Express newspaper creates an infinite number of URLs using rel = canonical
May 6, 2011 – 7:00 am | 6 Comments
Express newspaper creates an infinite number of URLs using rel = canonical

The Express newspaper has cocked up its implementation of the rel=canonical command SO BADLY that it has created an infinite number of duplicate webpages ... many of which now have links from elsewhere on the internet.

Pippa Middleton’s arse closing the gap on her dress
May 2, 2011 – 12:31 pm | 2 Comments
Pippa Middleton’s arse closing the gap on her dress

Searches for "Pippa Middleton arse" running at 72% of the level of those for "Pippa Middleton dress"

Pippa Middleton’s arse: classy, Google, classy …
May 1, 2011 – 10:20 pm | One Comment
Pippa Middleton’s arse: classy, Google, classy …

In a new low for google autosuggest, it's suggesting "arse" as the top suggested search term when you type in Pippa Middleton's name.

Google’s indexed 64 fake Independent jelly-bean Kate-Middleton URLs
April 19, 2011 – 11:06 am | 7 Comments
Google’s indexed 64 fake Independent jelly-bean Kate-Middleton URLs

You can change Indy URLs to anything if you leave the unique ID number in. Google's started to index the fake ones people are circulating on Twitter ...

Online news isn’t turning journalists into sheep
April 19, 2011 – 7:30 am | 3 Comments
Online news isn’t turning journalists into sheep

John Naughton wrote an Observer article at the weekend complaining that news websites such as Gawker "allow ratings to dictate content". What's wrong with that, I say?

Google +1: What normal person would ever use it?
March 31, 2011 – 9:52 am | 22 Comments
Google +1: What normal person would ever use it?

Google has launched +1 - a sort of facebook like button for its search results. If you see a result you like, you can hit the +1 button and then Google will reflect that information ...

15 more sites that forbid you from linking to them
March 28, 2011 – 6:00 am | 54 Comments
15 more sites that forbid you from linking to them

Well here, in 2011, are 15 websites that I've not featured before, all of which try to prevent you from linking to them in some way (usually restricting the right to link to just the homepage or else requiring prior written consent). YOU ARE ALL IDIOTS.

Kelly Brook pregnant: Google Autocomplete has already noticed
March 17, 2011 – 11:27 am | One Comment
Kelly Brook pregnant: Google Autocomplete has already noticed

I think Google has got quicker and quicker at including search spikes in its web autocomplete (rather than the separate list in Google News which updates much quicker).

Surely Google doesn’t think Mashable is a content farm?
March 14, 2011 – 10:31 am | 2 Comments
Surely Google doesn’t think Mashable is a content farm?

Google's anti content farm algorithm doesn't seem to be doing Mashable any favours ...

What time the Carling Cup final 2011 starts
February 26, 2011 – 10:50 pm | No Comment
What time the Carling Cup final 2011 starts

Are you wondering, "what time does the Carling Cup Final start?" (Apologies to Huffpo for all this.)

It's a common search query, as is "what time is the Carling Cup Final," "Carling Cup Final time" and "Carling Cup Final kickoff time 2011," according to me typing some words to see what Google autocompletes.

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?

Working out what people are searching for now …
December 16, 2010 – 12:00 pm | 4 Comments
Working out what people are searching for now …

I'm giving a talk at News:ReWired today about how specialist publishers can compete with large news organisations when it comes to SEO. One of the things I'm talking about is how to work out what people are searching for right now, so you can create content accordingly. There are some paid-for services that can tell you this. But here are some free ones.

Google’s reading level scores for UK SEO blogs
December 11, 2010 – 3:22 pm | 11 Comments
Google’s reading level scores for UK SEO blogs

Google's launched a new feature that scores websites for reading level (probably using one of these reading level assessments, I guess). Anyway, I thought it would be fun to see what it made of UK SEO blogs' reading levels. So here are the answers. Not quite sure if it's good to be basic, intermediate or advanced ...

Now Google’s Americanising our dates
December 6, 2010 – 1:39 pm | 2 Comments
Now Google’s Americanising our dates

There was uproar - uproar, I tell you - at the start of the year when it was revealed that Google was favoring favouring American spellings. Now they are trying to make us adopt American date formats. Make us I tell you.