“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 […]

Read more

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.

Read more

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 […]

Read more

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 […]

Read more

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 […]

Read more

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 […]

Read more

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 […]

Read more

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 […]

Read more

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 […]

Read more

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 […]

Read more

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 […]

Read more

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, […]

Read more

How to optimise your title tags

I was asked on Twitter to share some ‘best practice’ tips on web site title tags.  And so I did – in 4 tweets.  I thought that I’d share them with you as a very simple primer on how to start optimising the title tags on your website:   @GinaRubel Keep it under 66 characters, important […]

Read more

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 […]

Read more

Meta tags don’t help your SEO

When I speak with new clients, they often tell me that they’re surprised that their website isn’t ranking well because ‘all of our meta tags are great’. They’re then very surprised when I tell them that Google doesn’t actually look at meta tags any more so they’re wasting their time. In fact, this isn’t 100% […]

Read more

Shocking Behaviour from a Website

Today, I was asked the following question: Gregor, we’re listed with ‘XYZ’ business directory but we don’t seem to be getting any enquiries through their website. Also, they have just increased their listing fee by over 70%.   However, they claim that being listed on their website is giving us a great SEO benefit.  Can […]

Read more

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 […]

Read more

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 […]

Read more

How to spy on your competitors

If you own a website and you want to get more sales than your direct competitors then it is a really good idea to know and understand what your competitors are doing with their websites. By looking at their websites, you can learn all sorts of things that can really help your own website marketing. […]

Read more

SEO Companies do it

Lisa Barone writes a piece here about SEOs actually doing SEO rather than just reading about it. It’s interesting because by searching the internet, you can find a lot of SEO tips that you can apply to your website.  Unfortunately, there is also a lot of poor information out there, which is why it is […]

Read more

New SEO Software – Beta testers required

Every good SEO knows that to be a good SEO, they need great SEO tools.  At MMD we’re always writing scripts and other tools to help us get great results for our SEO clients. Sometimes we make them available for everyone (such as with our Yahoo Site Explorer parser). We’re currently working on a tool […]

Read more

How to change the title of your web page

The title bar is the most important element of your website with regard to on-site SEO.  What follows is a very simple guide on how to change it for SEO purposes.  This was originally written to accompany the Website Marketing Newsletter.  Visit us here to sign up for your own copy. If you want to […]

Read more

How to makes sales through your website

How to makes sales through your website Nearly every company has a website, but only a very small number of companies are generating regular leads, enquiries and sales through their websites. In this article, I’m going to show you how you can make your company website work for your business and start earning you lots […]

Read more

What’s a keyword?

You may have heard the term ‘keyword’ before – in fact, you may even get unsolicited emails from various SEO companies telling you about the keywords on your website! But do you know what a keyword really is and why it is critical to the effective search engine optimisation of your website? Simply put, a […]

Read more

Trust me – I’m an expert

I’m not usually one to boast or blow my own trumpet, but I want to remind you of a post I wrote a few weeks back about the importance of linking out for your website SEO and why you should be doing it with your own website. Why am I reminded you of it?  Well, […]

Read more

Comparison of the top 10 SEO companies’ backlinks

I’ve been playing around with Yahoo Site Explorer for a while now and looking at the backlinks that various sites have.  It’s a handy tool, but it does have its limitation (not least that it only allows you to view 1000 backlinks). But for getting a flavour of a site’s backlinks then it does the […]

Read more

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 […]

Read more

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 […]

Read more

Moses’ Ten Commandments of Good Website SEO

Not many people know this, but when Moses came down Mount Sinai with the tablets of stone, he also had some rather more lucrative documents that he was given on a USB stick.  After some painstaking research I have managed to get the USB stick working with Windows Vista and have uncovered the 10 commandments of good […]

Read more

Get in touch

Want to know more or chat over a project you have in mind?

0118 380 0131

Contact us