26 February 2008

Does Ask.com bring traffic?

Finding accurate traffic statistics about search engines is not an easy task. It all depends on who is publishing the figures. While is pretty obvious that Google has the biggest share of the search market, I was intrigued by the recent rumours about ASK.com’s "penetration" in the SE market of around 17%, which was more than Msn. Ask Jeeves has …

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26 February 2008

The great gadget monopoly

The advent of the gadget can be traced back almost to the creation of mankind itself, when ancient man used various devices to help carry out daily tasks more effectively.  However gadgets aren’t strictly devices, they are simply a means to complete a task more efficiently and precisely than was previously possible.  Google for example is not a gadget, its …

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26 February 2008

Every designer’s best friend

When it comes to designing and building websites, Firefox is every designer’s best friend. With its multitude of essential tools provided via the developer tools add-on, it has enabled designers to build websites more quickly. Primarily due to the fact that it allows you to see clearly how the browser is interpreting your code. Sadly there appears to be no …

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26 February 2008

The ten o’clock shuffle

Watch the SERPs change, set your watch! Over the last few weeks we have noticed that the Google ranking change at around 10am each morning. While we are seeing several variants of the results depending on which datacenter information is served from at 10 am each morning, or within a few minutes, the results flip from the ‘evening’ set to …

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25 February 2008

No Index Tag, don’t forget about it!

Where’s my site gone? In a brave effort to distract myself from the football this evening (my team is losing) I thought I would tax the grey cells and remind everyone about the No Index tag. This is a tag that excludes the search engines from crawling and indexing your pages and is often used on parked domains or when …

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25 February 2008

Google is top of the UK business super brands

Just how popular is Google? And Microsoft! Google has replaced the BBC as the number 1 business superbrand according to the latest annual Business Superbrands survey. Microsoft took second spot followed by BP with the BBC slipping from first to fourth place. The chairman of the Superbrands council which oversees the survey, Stephen Cheliotis, said the list was intended to …

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25 February 2008

YouTube’s Black Sunday

Many of you may have noticed the 2 hour YouTube blackout yesterday. It was apparently caused by Pakistan ISPs who where ordered by Pakistan’s telecommunications authority to ban YouTube in the country. The ban was prompted by a Danish cartoon being uploaded that was deemed offensive to Islam. Now I’m no techie so don’t understand how the ban in Pakistan …

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22 February 2008

Search and win!

MSN launch a search and win site We all like to search, well, it’s pretty much all we do online! In an attempt to lure people to use their search Microsoft have launched a new site called ‘bigsnapsearch’. When you conduct a search two playing cards at the top of the results flip over and if they match you win, …

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22 February 2008

Facebook Fatigue? That’s Sooo Last Month!

The boffins at Nielsen have put out a report showing that social networking use has seen a drop in user numbers for the first time in ages – and it’s getting picked up by a lot of major news outlets, including the Guardian, the Times, Telegraph, Forbes and even the Mirror. But are the numbers a good indication of the …

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22 February 2008

Call to Action / Conversion #7

Personas Further to the above a way of exploring this in further detail is creating a persona. This is your generic ‘customer’ which most companies should be able to advise you on. For example, recently for a pitch we created Jenny. Jenny was 35 and living in Tonbridge with her 2 kids, husband Joe and cocker spaniel. We created everything …

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