Is your login name “admin”? You’re a hacking target

Over at iTheme.com there’s an excellent blog post on the very serious ongoing hacking attempts of WordPress blogs.  I recommend having a read of it to understand what’s going on and how to protect yourself. If you want to get a quick overview though, then stick with me! The problem Essentially what’s happening is that […]

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Google Chrome, Helvetica Neue and strange characters bug

Helvetica Neue is a really nice, clear font that’s widely used by designers and is now quite frequently used on webpages.  However, it’s not a standard font on Windows and isn’t a “web-safe” font (which means you can assume it’ll be installed on most peoples computers.  For that reason, web developers generally provide an alternative […]

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Where to Engage Your Future Audience: Tumblr, Pinterest, Google+?

While most businesses are probably already on Facebook, maybe also on Twitter every year a new social site pops up. How to decide where to allocate your resources to reach your future audience as the early adopters move on to the next big thing? You wouldn’t invest time and money on Friendster or even MySpace […]

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The Dangers of Spam Comments

For those of you that have a blog then you’re probably used to getting lots of spam comments on your blog.  It’s easy enough to install a comment spam plugin and avoid the worst of it but there are always some that get through the net. Moderating comments is effective but time-consuming and frustrating for […]

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Inbound vs Outbound: How Content Creation Trumps Link Building

As an online publisher I have been always creating content and building links even long before Google. Then almost 10 years ago I became an SEO and learned that you can actually skip part of the content creation process and get traffic from Google right away by creating keyword-optimized pages. How did I start on […]

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Common Web Design Mistakes that Break Your SEO

* Over the years I have seen numerous websites ruined by relaunches even in cases where I warned clients to tell me about each and every change planned. In some cases there was a redesign done on the cheap, where I could see some images in Photoshop of how the websites will look. These mock-ups […]

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Small Business SEO is almost impossible

Who’d be a small business website owner? After the drama with Interflora and their Google punishment for placing dofollow links in advertorials comes Google with a reassurance that you probably won’t be penalised if you’re linked to from a third party that’s had a penalty applied Given that lots of small businesses still rely on Google for […]

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Will Google Still Exist 10 Years from Now?

* Do you remember AltaVista or even Yahoo? Search engines comes and go, even full fledged online empires crumble within a few years. Yes, Yahoo is still there and even has some useful products and services but there was a time when Yahoo was the dominant brand on the Web and the most used search […]

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New developments at MMD

You’ll have noticed the new website design for the MMD site which went live over the weekend.  I hope you like it – we’re really pleased with it! It was an interesting experience for us (and for me in particular) to be on the other side of the fence as the ‘client’ rather than the […]

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30 Web Trends of 2013: How Web Design, UX, Blogging…..

* For four years in a row I have been compiling lists of Web trends for a British SEO blog. It was pretty unknown at the beginning but became the the “best” UK SEO blog according to the UK Search Awards. So this is my fifth such post already. I know that it gets published […]

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Twitter Tools

We now have Twitter Tools installed on this blog – so any new blogs will automatically appear in our Twitter account. Check it out here: https://twitter.com/#!/MassMediaDesign

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Another Panda tip

On thing I forgot to mention in my last post about Google Panda was that Panda is a site-wide ‘penalty’.  What this means is that if you have a enough ‘low quality’ pages on your website then the whole site can be affected. That’s worrying – not least because ‘low quality’ isn’t particularly well defined. How […]

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Google Panda 3.3 Update

A little over a year ago we saw Google release the Panda update in the US.  The aim of the update was to remove ‘low quality’ sites from Google’s results.  What that essentially meant was sites that steal content from other sites, smother the page in advertising or generally offered little or no useful information […]

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“Guaranteed Number One Listing on Google!” (not quite…)

We have never promised anyone that we would get their website to the very top of Google.  We promise to use the very best techniques that have proven to deliver fantastic results in the past, but we can’t force Google to do anything.  If they don’t want to put your site at number 1 then […]

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Is your website fast enough?

Back in April, Google announced that the speed of your website is a factor in how they rank your site. That’s not ground-breaking.  If a site is dead slow then it makes sense that people will be less impressed by it and less likely to use it.  If they don’t use it then it’s no […]

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Google gets into the web design business (maybe…)

While I was checking a few search terms, I found Google ranking on page 4 for ‘Web Design Slough’. I’m pretty sure they’re not getting into the web design business in Slough, but it’s a peculiar search result all the same…

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Website designs for inspiration

Many of our new clients, when we’re discussing various styles of websites like to point to other websites that they like the look of. Often the sites are all fairly similar – clean, fresh designs but they never have the ‘wow’ factor. However, it’s possible to have a clean, fresh design that puts a professional […]

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New Google search results page

Google has provided more details about the recent changes to its search results page. Jon Wiley, senior user experience designer at Google, said in a blog post that the new layout is an effort to meet the “rising expectations for search” from increasingly web savvy users. “As the web has evolved over the past decade, […]

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Don’t rely on Google

A while back, Google introduced the Canonical Link Element to help site owners deal with duplicate pages getting indexed in Google (such as printer friendly pages, which have almost exactly the same content as the original article). It’s very widely used now but it’s not 100% accurate and if you make a mistake with it […]

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How to get rid of all your visitors

One of my favourite blogs is Red Cardinal and they have written a great study into how to request car insurance quotes online. With some great screenshots, they’ve shown just how awful some of the major websites make the user experience. Check it out over here: http://www.redcardinal.ie/conversion-optimisation/31-08-2009/how-to-smother-your-prospects-and-kill-your-leads

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Ask an expert

I’m now an contributor over at the excellent Ask the Expert section on the Start-up Community website. http://www.startupcommunity.co.uk/speakerscorner/speaker.asp?id=74023 So if you have any website or internet marketing questions, head on over there and ask away.  There are lots of other resources for small business owners or start-ups too.

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DMOZ – one big frustration

Dmoz is one of the more useful links to get.  Not only is it a trusted resource, since it’s hand edited, but many websites use it to build up their own link directory.  I’ve seen PR6 links from sites that get all of their data from dmoz. It’s generally accepted that dmoz is tricky to […]

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How to automatically check your rankings

In the past, I’ve often told people not to go crazy and check their website rankings every day because they’ll end up going crazy.  If you see your website drop down a couple of places then it’s natural to go and change something to try and rectify it but you might actually cause a worse […]

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New websites can drop dramatically

One of the things we’ve seen time and again is when someone has an old website that hasn’t been updated for months or even years.  They get a new website with wonderful SEO, they put it live fully expecting it to hit page 1 and it ends up lower down than it was originally! Cue […]

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Where should I put my keywords?

We’ve talked a lot about getting the right keywords and putting them in your documents but one thing I haven’t mentioned is where in your web page you should put. Google assumes that if your page is about a particular topic then you’re more likely to mention that topic nearer the start of the page, […]

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A textbook way to communicate bad news

Campaign Monitor is an excellent site for sending out newsletters.  We use it for our MMD newsletter and it works really well – lots of functions and behind the scenes works well as well.  Email servers are very jumpy about spam and newsletters can often be marked as spam, but if they come from Campaign […]

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Truly Dreadful Websites – Part 3

This is part of an occasional series looking at some of the poorer websites found on the web today. For the previous post, click here. Today we’re looking at the visual crime that is http://www.msy.com.au/ – “The Name You Can Trust”. I’m not too sure where to start with this one.  It’s a sort of minimalist […]

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Tweepi: Highly Recommended

There are a huge stack of tools out there to help you make the most of Twitter.  There are varying levels of quality but one of the tools that I’ve been playing with today is Tweepi and it’s impressed me hugely. Geeky Follow One of the problems that people have with Twitter is finding people […]

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Attracting More Traffic with TweetMeme

If you’ve ever had one of your blog posts re-tweeted by a big hitter on Twitter then you’ll know the massive amount of traffic that they can generate. That big wave of traffic can generate additional RSS subscribers and newsletter subscribers as well so it’s not just a one-off benefit. On a smaller scale I […]

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How many Twitter accounts does your business have?

Google has just published a list of all of their accounts on Twitter. There are quite a few as you can see but even for a small business, it may be worth considering having a couple of Twitter accounts. For example, if you ran a digital media company and your company produced websites, graphics, videos […]

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