Truly Dreadful Websites – Part 2

This is part of an occasional series looking at some of the poorer websites found on the web today. For the first post, click here. Today, we’re going to look at the navigational nightmare that is http://www.1001pens.com/ OK, it’s not as offensively bright as the last site we looked at but it’s still so bad […]

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We’re now a dofollow blog!

Thanks to the Hobo Custom Link Love WordPress plug-in that I blogged about yesterday, we are now offering dofollow links from the comments field of this blog. Spammers beware though, because I’ll be deleting any comments stashed full with links, with spammy names or anything that just doesn’t quite smell right!  So if you want […]

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The Future of Blog Comments

Recently, Matt Cutts (head of webspam at Google) announced that they have changed the way that nofollow links are used.  In fact, the way that Google have treated these links changed nearly a year ago but they only got around to announcing it now. For most people, this doesn’t matter at all but for those […]

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How NOT to use Twitter

Habitat is a pretty well respected brand here in the UK but they have made the most astounding clanger with the use of Twitter and hashtags. Hashtags are words that you paste onto the end of your tweets to add to a larger conversation.  The way it works is that people will use Twitter Search […]

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Affiliate programmes

I was speaking with my good friend yesterday, the marketing guru Jim Connolly and we got onto the topic of affiliate programmes.  Jim was telling me that while affiliate programmes are very common online, they also work just as well offline.  In fact, they can be even more powerful offline simply because personal recommendations between […]

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Truly Dreadful Websites – Part 1

I’ve been on the web since 1995 and have seen websites evolve from when the default background colour was grey through to today where anything goes.  My very first website had a highly classy ‘repeating cloud’ background which I thought was fantastic at the time.  However, looking back, this may not have been the case! […]

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Top 10 SEO experts to follow on Twitter

There are thousands of self-proclaimed experts on Twitter but there are very few actual experts that are worth following for their SEO advice. However, having been very active on Twitter for over a year now, I’ve built up a list of people who use Twitter to hand out solid SEO advice (amongth other things) and […]

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Want more publicity? Get a cute animal

Take a look at this short piece on the BBC news website.  http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/hampshire/8108319.stm At the moment it’s the fifth most popular article on the BBC news site and you can be sure that it’ll be picked up in hundreds of other websites, tweeted about, covered in many social media websites and generally talked about all […]

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Has your website been hacked?

The world of search engine optimisation has become so competitive (and lucrative) that for many years now, there have been many dodgy techniques employed to help push websites further up the rankings. Generally, these techniques are far beyond Google’s terms of service and are commonly referred to as ‘Black Hat SEO’. Instead of writing good […]

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Does blog commenting help SEO?

One old SEO technique that I still see is that of blog commenting.   Years ago, it was an easy way to generate links to your website.  All you had to do was leave a comment on a blog and either add your website to the comment or populate the URL field.  Either way, you’d […]

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China Blocks Twitter, WordPress, Hotmail….

According to Mashable and various other reports throughout the internet, China has blocked access to Twitter, Flickr, WordPress, Hotmail, YouTube, Blogger and a host of other websites. Apparently this is down to the upcoming anniversary of the Tiananment Square Massacre in 1989. The Chinese authorities obviously don’t want their people to be exposed to alternative versions […]

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Can you trust your web design company?

I’m a bit of a geek and I like to look at the search results for a variety of keywords and see who is ranking where.  I’m always interested to see why they’re ranking where they are so I often have a poke about to see what’s working for them and what isn’t. Today, I […]

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Lovely Warm Bread via Twitter

Strange title isn’t it?  But it’s about a wonderful story involving a London bakery using Twitter to inform people when they’re just baked a fresh batch of bread.  You can get the whole story here: http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5iIgCLG0fRo40rP-hNwT54BwCTIBA It’s a fantastic example of a business looking at how it can take new technology and use it to […]

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A 300% increase in responses?

Recently, I was asked if adding a ‘presenter’ would be a good thing to have on a website. For those of you that don’t know what a presenter is (and I must admit, I didn’t know that that’s what they were called!), here’s a link to the company selling them: www.mywebpresenters.com. My personal opinion was that […]

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Twitter Search is Evolving

CNET reports about two major upcoming changes to Twitter search.  Twitter search has a massive amount of potential but has been seriously overlooked so far.  That’s about to change. Firstly Twitter is about to start crawling and indexing the links that are tweeted to provide a far broader view of what’s popular at the moment.  […]

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Google gets it VERY wrong

On Friday I spoke about the trust that can easily be generated just by having a top ranking in Google for a relevant search term.  The findings of a recent survey showed that by having a top ranking, people assumed that you were an expert in your field.  What this means is that people are […]

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Do you trust search results?

I’ve been meaning to write about the results from this poll for a long time – I’ve finally got around to doing it today. I’ve been thinking a lot about these results and what surprised me the most is that people are willing to trust search results (which can quite easily be gamed/manipulated) over something […]

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The power of the newsletter

Today I want to share an example with you of how powerful a newsletter is at attracting new clients. Recently we launched a new ‘Affordable SEO‘ service especially aimed at small and medium sized businesses.  We knew that it was going to be a popular service but we didn’t realise just HOW popular it would […]

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Gumtree.com : Recommended!

Recently I’ve needed to find a new tenant for my flat which I rent out, so I went to the usual estate agents that I use.  They wanted £750 to find someone, which I thought a bit steep but which seemed to be the going rate so I told them to proceed. 3 weeks late, […]

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Affordable Search Engine Optimisation

After a lengthy period of development and refinement, we are pleased to launch our new ‘recession-busting‘ search engine optimisation service. Exclusively aimed at small businesses, it’s an affordable way to get your website search engine optimised by a leading SEO expert as well as giving you the tools and knowledge to beat your competitors in […]

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April 2009 PageRank update

For those of you that follow such things (most SEOs (despite what they say (including me!)), Google updated their Toolbar PageRank yesterday – April Fools day. While such an update has little to no impact on your search engine rankings, it’s an interesting indicator as to whether your SEO efforts are having any effect or […]

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Do something for charity and get a link in return

Today is Comic Relief day in the UK.  It’s a huge event and has people and down the country doing the craziest things all in the name of charity.  It’s a very worthy cause and has raised over £600 million UK Pounds for good causes all around the world. You can do a tiny bit […]

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Seven Things You Don’t Know About Me

SEO guru Liam Delahunty from the Online Sales blog very kindly invited me to participate in this meme. Seven things about me 1. I’m the Chairman and Trumpet player in the local wind band: Woodley Concert Band. 2. I took 6 months off work to go travelling in China and ended up visiting North Korea, the […]

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Re-tweeting is the new linking out

There’s a new(ish) website called retweetist which shows the top links that are being tweeted by people on Twitter. There are some big numbers there – articles being tweeted by over 100 people. When you consider how many followers those 100 people have then you’re looking at some serious amount of traffic being driven to […]

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Must read Twitter posts

Tad over at the SEOptimise blog has collected together a great list of blog posts about Twitter, including 15 great tools and how to use Twitter for business.  I’d recommend taking some time to check it out if you’re trying to get the most out of Twitter.   In fact, it’s worth looking at it […]

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Is the Guardian Website Keyword Stuffing?

While browsing the Guardian website I came across a story which had this fantastic URL: http://www.guardian.co.uk/sport/2009/feb/23/honda-formula-one-bernie-ecclestone-richard-branson-jenson-button-bruno-senna-mercedes-benz The aim of having such a huge URL is that when someone links to the story (just like I’ve done), the anchor text is full of nice rich keywords which should help the website’s SEO.   Whilst I can’t […]

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How to get to Page 1 in Google

I’m going to give you the single most important piece of search engine optimisation advice you’ll ever get. I’ve seen clients move up 30 places in Google by doing this one thing. I’ve had clients that have moved to the first page of Google JUST by doing this one thing. And it is so simple […]

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Gmail is down

Gmail, usually one of the most reliable email site on the Internet has been down for a few hours today.   Google has taken a bit of a beating for not responding within an acceptable time (3 hours). I don’t use my Gmail as my primary email account so I’ve not really suffered but one […]

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Linking out? Make sure that they know!

I’ve a strong advocate of linking to other blogs – not just to get links back (although that is a very nice side-effect) but also because I want to share information with my blog readers if I think it’s useful. However, if you’re linking out to other blogs in order to get them to link […]

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Launch of our Blog Design Service

Many small businesses are now incorporating blogs into their websites and are seeing some amazing results!  What is a Blog? A blog is a website, or an area of a website, that allows you to easily publish your own content.  It’s usually much more informal than a business website, with a mix of articles, tips, […]

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