Dead End 404 - Holly Hayman - 25.01.13

Think of the internet as a room jammed full of people – and you’re speed dating.

The spammers are talking very loudly in quasi-American slang about Mulberry handbags and time-shares. Fashion bloggers are on the left dressed like homeless chimney sweeps. There are coffee-wired reviewers on the right, scantily-dressed social networks lining the walls and a gaggle of gossip columns all trying to catch your eye. No, no and no.

Then all of a sudden, “wow”: perfect hair, perfect clothes and smelling like fresh linen and Mama’s apple pie. You get up the courage to say something and tap them on the shoulder and you’re met with… a blank stare. Maybe a twitch. Not very friendly. How can you make a 404 a destination page in its own right? Continue Reading

Cold Blue Bean - Dave Langdale - 16.01.13

So it’s 2013 and I imagine many of us are fruitlessly trying to cling onto our New Year’s resolutions like an alcoholic’s resolve in the aftershave aisle. Mine was to stop dressing up recently thawed fish and seating them around the dinner table for Sunday lunch. Needless to say I failed miserably.

It seems that the resolution of the SEO world is to roll out predictions for Google’s antics over the coming year and sit with their fingers crossed hoping they come true. And, if they’re anything like me, they’ll be doing it sat fully clothed in the bath, listening to Classic FM and writing Relocation Relocation fan fiction where every episode ends with “and that’s how Kirstie died”.

But we’re not concerned with the future in this newsletter. So read on for stuff about iOS 6 analytics issues, Google patents and some sad news. Continue Reading

AuthrorRank SEO Prediction - Dave Langdale 14.01.12

AuthorRank isn’t exactly revolutionary news for 2013. Speculation about its implementation has been growing furiously ever since this Google patent was released in 2011:

“The digital signatures can be used to influence the ranking of web search results by indicating the agent responsible for a particular content piece. In one implementation, the reputation for an agent is expressed as a numerical score. A high reputational score indicates that the agent has an established positive reputation.” – Google Patent (11 May, 2011)

Because of this, and the multitude of useful articles out there about it already, making a prediction about the timing of the update or the possible factors involved in measuring the ranking would be fruitless to the point of lunacy.

So instead, I’ll be prophesying what impact it will have on SEO. Continue Reading

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