“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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Why you need to update your website frequently

One of the first recommendations I’ll make to businesses looking to increase traffic to their website is that they set up a blog. There are a number of reasons for this – it allows you to capture “long tail” searches for a start.  But (assuming you are diligent enough) it also gives you a way […]

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How the VAT change brought me loads of traffic

One of the things I’m always surprised about is the sheer variety of search terms that people use to find my website. Recently I wrote a very brief post about the impact of the recent VAT changes in the UK and how it would likely affect small businesses.  I didn’t actually write it with the […]

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Why Search Engine Submission is Bad

I was checking out some of my competitor’s websites a few days ago (something I recommend that you do periodically) and was amazed to see that some of them were still offering a ‘search engine submission’ service. There may have been some value in this service back in 1997 but to offer this as a […]

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Google Chrome Plug-ins

I’ve been using Google Chrome now for a few days and I really like it. I’m a bit behind the times with posting a review but I wanted to take a few days to get used to it and see how I found it. So this is more of a considered review rather than first […]

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Google Chrome Browser Market Share

As you probably know (in fact, it’s almost impossible to avoid it) – Google launched a new web browser on September 2nd called Google Chrome. The implications for Firefox are pretty immense since the early techie adopters form the main user base for Firefox.  These same people are the people most likely to move to […]

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What search engine is the most important for my traffic?

Whenever I speak about SEO, I generally always talk about Google rather than Yahoo, Live, Ask or whatever.  I’ve been told that I should refer to search engines generically, and that’s good advice, but I think I can be forgiven when you look at the market share that Google has. In the UK, Google controls […]

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Google updates its Toolbar PageRank

Matt Cutts (Google’s head search spam fighting honcho) has announced that they’ve updated their Google Toolbar PageRank values and you can expect to see the changes in the next couple of days. You mayt be wondering what Toolbar PR is and how this change will affect you.  Most SEOs will tell you that it’s totally […]

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Flash websites now indexed by Google – A black hat’s wet dream?

The announcement that Google can now index flash pages thanks to a plug-in by Adobe should be welcomed by web developers and SEO practitioners but I’m afraid it leaves me with a rather cold sense of foreboding. I’ve never been a great fan of Flash websites. Note that I’m not saying that I don’t like […]

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