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

Cold Walk - Holly Hayman - 12.12.12

We’re all pretty sharp when it comes to commercialism. Think Coca-Cola’s Santa Claus, Cadbury Easter eggs and those interesting mascots for the 2012 London Olympic Games. They all have one thing in common – they aren’t anything to do with the original event, but they have become an integral part. This is where SEO link bait comes in: finding a niche in a popular event that you can monopolise and turn into your own recognisable, multi-national conglomerate. Continue Reading

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Whether you’re an existing company, a brand new start-up or a couple of university students looking to start a blog about mushrooms, you need a website. Why? Because the UK internet economy is currently worth around £100 billion and is growing all the time. If you don’t have one, you’ll be left behind fast.

So you know you need one. But where do you start? Is it by choosing your CMS or the colour of your homepage?

The answer has to be your domain name. It’s the single most important thing you’ll ever choose. And because changing it is a world of hassle – think business cards, letterheads, t-shirts, van prints – you want to make sure it’s right first time.

Here’s how. Continue Reading

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SEO, over the time that I’ve been working on it, has changed drastically. Back in the mists of time, it was fairly easy to simply create a site, get the title, meta keywords and description tags right, have OK content and you’d rank. Nowadays it’s somewhat more complex.

There’s various aspects that haven’t been traditionally considered part of SEO which have absolutely become part of it. Over a series of posts, I’m going to deconstructing each of these and looking at what needs to be taken in to account as part of it. Continue Reading

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When you search, you’re not just looking for a webpage. You’re looking to get answers, understand or explore.Google

This statement from Google is clear. Its mission is changing. Search is developing in a way that means it is no longer about being pointed in the right direction for an answer, but more about providing that answer as soon as the question is asked.

The addition of the knowledge graph is the perfect example of this, with Google offering up key stats and information on specific searches enabling users to find the information they require without the energy sapping click of a mouse through to the ever-reliable Wikipedia. Continue Reading

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For a multi-billion dollar business Google’s motto couldn’t be simpler: “Don’t be evil”.

When you’ve been stung by an update it’s hard to know if this is true, but their top priority is and always has been their “customers”, the searchers and getting them the best results. In this post I’ll go over who won and who lost in this year’s major updates. Continue Reading

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Infographics have enjoyed a boom over the last couple of years, with the addition of Pinterest to the social media world, graphical representation of information is now readily available for everything from mobile phone sales to the amount of alcohol consumed by the Boston Bruins after winning the Stanley Cup. Continue Reading

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Q: How many designers does it take to screw in a light bulb? A: Why a lightbulb?

The question above provides the perfect illustration of what design thinking is all about.

Although difficult to get your head round at first, once you do, it opens up a world of possibilities for business and brand development that you would never have considered before. Continue Reading

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