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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Telegraph winning at film review SEO
August 12, 2009 – 8:00 am | One Comment

Can't decide whether to watch a film? If you're searching online for a current film review, the Telegraph is winning the SEO battle.

Independent newspaper allowing spammers to leave dofollow links
August 11, 2009 – 1:16 pm | 2 Comments
Independent newspaper allowing spammers to leave dofollow links

The Independent newspaper website is taking a unique approach, and allowing spammers to leave keyword-rich links to spam sites - with no nofollow on them.

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.

Delia Online relaunch slices her traffic in half
July 21, 2009 – 8:42 pm | One Comment
Delia Online relaunch slices her traffic in half

The relaunch of Delia Online has cost Delia Smith half her web traffic in the last 4 weeks, according to stats from Alexa.

12 ways bing is an absolute usability disaster
June 2, 2009 – 9:59 pm | 14 Comments
12 ways bing is an absolute usability disaster

bing is a usability disaster - confusing links allied to unusable functionality. And is it called bing or Bing - make your mind up Microsoft.

Proof and implications of javascript passing anchor text and page rank in Google
June 2, 2009 – 8:50 pm | No Comment
Proof and implications of javascript passing anchor text and page rank in Google

An explanation and test of google's treatment of javascript hidden links.

Sites whose appearance sucks in google news!
May 27, 2009 – 8:00 am | No Comment
Sites whose appearance sucks in google news!

More examples of sites that appear in google news with headlines like 'Newsticker requires javascript' and 'Font size A A A'

MPs expenses: Telegraph now 1st in Google’s web results
May 22, 2009 – 10:28 am | One Comment
MPs expenses: Telegraph now 1st in Google’s web results

Maybe Google really does need to get together with Twitter to improve its real-time search. Taking 15 days to recognise the Telegraph as the best current result for MPs expenses is a bit poor.

Google’s results for MPs’ expenses are rubbish
May 18, 2009 – 10:08 am | One Comment
Google’s results for MPs’ expenses are rubbish

The results from Google if you search for MPs expenses are rubbish. Last week they had pages from the BBC first and the Telegraph 2nd - even though the Telegraph is the primary source of all this material. Today the results are even worse: they're absolute garbage.

Twitter’s latest SEO improvement: meta descriptions
May 13, 2009 – 8:04 pm | One Comment
Twitter’s latest SEO improvement: meta descriptions

Twitter is now using proper meta descriptions - the full tweet for tweets, and the bio for profile pages.

Telegraph.co.uk gets 8% of its traffic from social sites
May 10, 2009 – 2:46 pm | 23 Comments
Telegraph.co.uk gets 8% of its traffic from social sites

Telegraph.co.uk gets an astonishing 8% of its visitors from social sites like Digg, Delicious and Stumbleupon, Julian Sambles, Head of Audience Development, has revealed to me. The figure's much higher than anyone previously thought.

Twitter’s appearance in Google: sort it out …
April 27, 2009 – 4:48 pm | 4 Comments
Twitter’s appearance in Google: sort it out …

Someone at Twitter needs to read Google's guidelines to improve how the search engine shows individual tweets.
But even if Twitter itself doesn't care how it looks, clever people like Barack Obama and Russell Brand have worked out how to get individual descriptions in Twitter. I'll explain how ...

4.01pm – the best time to tweet if you want to be noticed
April 7, 2009 – 10:02 am | 33 Comments
4.01pm – the best time to tweet if you want to be noticed

The best time to tweet if you want people to notice is ... 4.01pm, according to my survey of nearly 120 Twitter users. 11am-12pm is another good time - but you've got more chance of being retweeted at 4.01pm.

Google shows triple inline sitelinks
April 2, 2009 – 4:38 pm | No Comment
Google shows triple inline sitelinks

Google is showing triple inline sitelinks in some cases, not just dual or single.

ITV.com IA: Man City filed under Man Utd (and anything under Johnstones Paint Trophy)
March 26, 2009 – 3:10 pm | 4 Comments
ITV.com IA: Man City filed under Man Utd (and anything under Johnstones Paint Trophy)

ITV.com's information architecture has Man City in a Man Utd cateogry, and the UEFU cup in a Johnstones Paint Trophy northern semi category ...

Ow.ly and Hootsuite in widespread breach of newspaper / other site T&Cs
March 25, 2009 – 10:26 pm | 4 Comments
Ow.ly and Hootsuite in widespread breach of newspaper / other site T&Cs

ow.ly is framing the destination URL, in direct contravention of many sites' T&Cs - rather than directly redirecting to the target URL, like most URL shorteners,

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.

MoneySavingExpert adds Twitter sharing button: Twitter goes really mainstream …
March 16, 2009 – 5:48 pm | 2 Comments
MoneySavingExpert adds Twitter sharing button: Twitter goes really mainstream …

Proving the increasing mainstreamness of Twitter, MoneySavingExpert.com has just added a Twitter button to its bookmark / Digg / Facebook sharing options.

External links: the 8 stages of linking-out denial
March 16, 2009 – 12:52 pm | 9 Comments

External links / linking out - which stage of denial are you at? There are 7 before you reach a sensible place ...