How to fix the ‘Not secure” message in Google Chrome

Google’s crusade to make the internet more secure for users will pass another key milestone in July when the company releases the latest version of its web browser Google Chrome. Chrome already protects web users from sites that use password and credit card fields and don’t have an SSL digital certificate, flagging up a warning […]

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Land More Business with Landing Pages!

When it comes down to it, your website has just two key functions: to generate interest in your organisation and to turn that interest into action. Or, to put it in web-speak – to maximise traffic and optimise conversions. So, when someone finds your website – whether it’s from a Google search, a paid-for advert, […]

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Get Google to Love Your Website with Organic SEO

What’s the first thing you do when you want to find a product, a business or a solution to a problem? You ‘Google it’ of course, and that’s exactly what your prospective customers are doing right now. So will they find your website? Social media, advertising and other marketing channels are an essential part of […]

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3 Reasons You Need to Update Your Website Regularly

It’s a question we’re frequently asked by clients; “How often do I need to update my website?” While there’s no definitive answer – because every business is unique – as a general rule, we recommend that a website should have fresh content added to it at least once a month. If you can manage updates […]

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Domain Names Explained!

By enabling customers to find your organisation online, and helping to drive traffic to your website through the search engines, your domain name plays an important role in determining the success of your business. Like your company name and your logo, your domain name is integral to your brand identity. We’re going to share some […]

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5 Reasons You Need Premium Hosting for Your Website

You probably go to great lengths to look after your most valuable business assets – staff, buildings, IT systems, vehicles and the like, but what about your website? It’s at the very heart of your business, integral to all your sales and marketing efforts, and it’s likely to represent a significant investment – so have […]

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Should I Blog?

We are often asked by clients ‘should I blog?’. Our answer is usually that it depends on several factors: do you know why you should be blogging, do you have something worthwhile to say, and do you have the time to commit to creating interesting and engaging content on a regular basis? Starting a blog […]

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PPC or SEO?

So, you have a great website and now you need a digital strategy to increase its traffic. You know that Pay-Per-Click (PPC) and Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) are two of the most powerful approaches to generate traffic, but which will work best for you? First up – Pay Per Click If you want guaranteed visitors […]

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Securing better search rankings with SSL

As you may know, the criteria for achieving a high Google search ranking is always changing. Since January 2017, your website’s security has been a much larger factor in how you perform in the search results, so we thought it was time we took a look at website security, or SSL. What is SSL? Secure […]

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Good copy – what is it and why do we need it?

by Nicky Parker Copy, content or wording – all fancy words for the same thing. But what does that actually mean? In essence, it is all the wording you use when marketing to, or communicating with, customers and prospects. That makes it sound pretty simple, but, in fact, it is anything but… Good copy resonates […]

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What’s in a title?

When it comes to grabbing a potential customer’s attention, the title you choose for your new content is crucial. But beneath the surface, there’s a sneaky bit of html code which is even more important – the title tag. Simply put, the title tag is probably the most essential bit of information within the content […]

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Unnatural Links Penalty: Does it Make Sense to Remove Links?

In recent months I had to deal with a so called “unnatural links” penalty by Google.  Now you think I’m one of those dirty SEO scoundrels and I deserved it but it wasn’t me, it was a client site I took over some time ago. I made it recover from a penalty originally by cleaning […]

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How I Got Authority Links from the Most Trustworthy Search & SEO Publications

  Despite all the social media signals frenzy good old authority links can still propel your site to top rankings. Also despite all the talk about how rankings do not matter anymore, I indeed said it myself already years ago, they sadly do for many of us. That’s why I’d like to recall how I […]

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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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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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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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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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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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PageRank – How to use it wisely

Over the past 3 or 4 months we’ve seen Google update its Toolbar PageRank at least 3 times.  That’s quite unusual because in the past it’s only been once or twice a year that we’ve seen an update. I’ve been fairly scathing of toolbar PR in the past, suggesting that it’s fairly irrelevant when looking […]

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Indented Listings on Google

Common sense would suggest that having two search results in positions 1 and 2 would be more beneficial than just having one result in the first position.  Google does this if you have two pages that are strong enough to rank for the same keyword, even if the other page is only good enough to […]

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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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