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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Sites that ban you from linking to them. Still. In 2010
June 29, 2010 – 11:53 am | 39 Comments

The Guardian has poked some fun at the Edinburgh Fringe website for banning people linking to it in its terms and conditions. Can this still be going on, more than a year after I revealed that most newspapers banned deep links, as did brands like Apple, Royal Mail, Channel 4 and, er, the Association of Online Publishers (which culminated in the hilarity of my attempts to get the Royal Mail to post me the paper licence they insisted I needed to link to them)?

Here are some more sites that still think they can - or should - ban people linking to them. YOU ARE ALL CLOWNS.

Love Chips: what the site says about government spin and SEO
June 27, 2010 – 10:55 pm | One Comment
Love Chips: what the site says about government spin and SEO

Lovechips.co.uk: It lies about the nutritional value of potatoes. The people who commissioned it don't know or care that it's rubbish. But shutting it down won't save us a penny, even though the government claims it will.

Channel 4 goes in for some keyword stuffing
June 25, 2010 – 2:05 pm | No Comment
Channel 4 goes in for some keyword stuffing

Channel 4 is keyword stuffing the Title of its Big Brother homepage:
Home - Big Brother - Channel4.com - Big Brother, bigbrother, BB, BB11, 4oD, Live Stream, Live Streaming, Live Feed, Channel 4, Channel4, C4, housemates, house, Ben, Caoimhe, Corin, David, Govan, Ife, John James, Josie, Mario, Nathan, Rachael, Shabby, Steve, Sunshine

How to change the date in Google Analytics on an iPad
June 2, 2010 – 10:55 pm | 5 Comments
How to change the date in Google Analytics on an iPad

The iPad doesn't do Flash. This means that, if you want to look at Google Analytics on your iPad, you can't obviously change the dates you're looking at - as the date range setting, pictured, is a Flash file.

You can still change the dates manually, however

Google acts to improve UK search results
June 1, 2010 – 7:05 am | 3 Comments
Google acts to improve UK search results

Google's Matt Cutts says that the search engine has taken action to improve search results for people searching in the UK - the "UK SERPS" problem.

Digging behind the latest SEO answers from Google
May 24, 2010 – 10:30 am | 3 Comments
Digging behind the latest SEO answers from Google

There's a fascinating Q&A with the Google search quality team over at Digital Inspiration. Here's some analysis of what they had to say, which includes:

If you don't nofollow affiliate links, your search engine rankings will suffer.
Links in copy ARE worth more than other ones.
Rel=canonical is suggested for cross-domain redirects - 301 isn't mentioned.
Google doesn't seem to like guest blogging.
Linking out both benefits you and doesn't benefit you at the same time.

Google nails Express sites over paid links email
May 23, 2010 – 2:49 pm | One Comment
Google nails Express sites over paid links email

Google says it has "taken action" and no longer trusts links from a major UK newspaper group - apparently referring to the Daily Express website.

The Express and OK sites appeared to suffer page rank penalties in April - and Google has now confirmed it has taken action against a UK newspaper site.

Google brand links: organic results to head further south?
April 29, 2010 – 12:20 pm | 13 Comments
Google brand links: organic results to head further south?

Google appears to be trialling some new related-search links over at Google.com - a list of "brands for ..." when you search for products. (Update: official confirmation).
So search for digital cameras at google.com (NB not ...

Labour beat Conservatives and Lib Dems in online manifesto campaign
April 13, 2010 – 12:55 pm | 2 Comments
Labour beat Conservatives and Lib Dems in online manifesto campaign

As with their party leaders' websites, the parties' online approaches to their manifestos leave a lot to be desired - although Labour has a clear victory over the Conservatives.

The demographic of Youtube’s UK audience
March 30, 2010 – 10:56 am | One Comment
The demographic of Youtube’s UK audience

YouTube has a tool - YouTube Insights for Audience - that lets you check out which sorts of people use YouTube, and what sorts of videos particular subsections watch.

So by checking UK viewers only, we can see their age ranges (40% are aged 18-24, for instance) and gender split (72.7% of UK viewers are male).

Google: estate agents are criminals
March 23, 2010 – 6:20 pm | One Comment
Google: estate agents are criminals

Google's planning an online property portal. For now, it seems to be attempting to soften up the market by suggesting estate agents belong inside - as this search for "Estate agents in Islington" showed ...

Cash Gordon: some SEO advice
March 23, 2010 – 11:12 am | No Comment
Cash Gordon: some SEO advice

Following on from yesterday's Cash Gordon debacle, the site is now live again. I thought I'd offer some SEO tips as they seem to be floundering about the place .

Ann Widdecombe undergoes odd makeover …
February 22, 2010 – 2:05 pm | 4 Comments
Ann Widdecombe undergoes odd makeover …

Ever done a search for Ann Widdecombe? No, me neither until today. There's an interesting image shown, as you can see.

Copywriting – please help me!
February 19, 2010 – 10:48 am | No Comment

I wrote a guest post about when you should pay professional rates for great copywriting - as opposed to 2p a word via some content mill, or even less for some automated keyword spewer.

If you fancied reading it and retweeting it, I might get invited back to do another one (and you might find it interesting, too).

SES London: the ultimate list of blogs about it
February 17, 2010 – 10:31 pm | 7 Comments
SES London: the ultimate list of blogs about it

Every blog post ever about SES London 2010 ...

Twitter adds nofollow to @names
February 17, 2010 – 9:27 pm | 2 Comments
Twitter adds nofollow to @names

I might be going bonkers. But I have a Firefox stylesheet that reveals which links are nofollow. And 'm fairly sure that, last time I looked, @ mentions of people's names weren't nofollowed - but now are, as this screenshot demonstrates.

Ignore WordPress’s SEO advice
February 9, 2010 – 1:39 pm | 2 Comments

Whatever you do, don't follow the wordpress advice on SEO ...
It seems to think keywords are really important but meta descriptions aren't.

SEO revenge: analytics style
February 4, 2010 – 2:11 pm | 3 Comments

Exacting revenge on a company that secretly added links to clients' sites by targeting their analytics data ...

Church blogs: SEO and copywriting tips for the Pope
January 25, 2010 – 2:02 pm | 5 Comments
Church blogs: SEO and copywriting tips for the Pope

So, just as Search Engine Land has issued some SEO advice for Bill Gates's blog, I thought I'd help the Pope out with some SEO and copywriting tips.

UK searchers starting to prefer US spellings
January 21, 2010 – 2:02 pm | 3 Comments

Searchers in the UK are starting to prefer the US spelling of some words. Although we can still spell centre and theatre, with the following words the US spelling is now searched for more often than the UK version:

* donut vs doughnut
* yogurt vs yoghurt
* fetus vs foetus