2 July 2010

The Great nofollow Debate

Recently Matt Cutts posted a video on the Google Webmaster YouTube channel stating that in the vast majority of circumstances site owners should not add nofollow attributes on internal links.

There is some disagreement in the SEO community on this issue with a poll on Search Engine Roundtable showing a fairly even split of opinion, (48% saying they do use nofollows internally and 52% saying they don’t).

So with that in mind I thought it best to chime in to the debate and state my position

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2 July 2010

The trouble with Facebook community pages…

I’ve been thinking about Facebook’s (relatively) new ‘Community Pages’ lately, especially after a back-n-forth I was having with ITV’s Ben Ayers on Twitter yesterday. General consensus from within the online marketing community is that the new, mainly auto-generated pages going to turn in to something big at some point, but as they stand they’re a bit of an eyesore. If …

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30 June 2010

New Windows 8 operating system available in a year’s time

News has been leaked onto the internet that Microsoft has started work on their next operating system, predictably named Windows 8. On the back of the hugely successful Window 7, it seems that Microsoft isn’t resting on their laurels. Key features are: Even faster startup, which is always nice. Facial recognition technology. Improved touch screen functionality Improved support for the …

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30 June 2010

Usability best practice, Part 4 – Using personas

Carrying on the series ‘Usability best practice’ I am focusing on the use of personas explaining what they are, why they are useful and how to implement them. What is a persona? Personas, invented by usability pioneer Alan Cooper, in 1998, are widely used by designers, developers and usability experts to help them keep focus on users’ goals and needs. …

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29 June 2010

Microsofts IE9 gathers pace

There was a lot of noise coming from the Microsoft camp when Internet Explorer 8 was launched. But the fact that it was soon announced that Microsoft was to start developing IE9 pretty much confirmed that IE8 wasn’t really as good as it should have been. So what was Microsofts main improvements for IE9 There are three main areas that Microsoft …

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17 June 2010

Support to end for Windows XP Service Pack 2

Microsoft has announced that on 13 July 2010 they will suspend support for Windows XP SP2(Service pack 2). This means that Microsoft will no longer be testing newly discovered vulnerabilities to determine if Windows XP SP2 is affected, nor will it be developing any more patches or updates in support of Windows XP SP2. This will result in the Windows …

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17 June 2010

Cape Town CSR success

The Cape Town office headed for Vuyani Primary in high spirits on Tuesday, despite talk of snow on Table Mountain. We braved everything the wintery Cape Town weather had to throw at us, from bright sunshine to icy drizzle, as we set about constructing the food tent. Last year’s CSR project saw us building bookshelves and seesaws over five days. …

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16 June 2010

Brand lessons from the history of search

There’s little point in looking back unless you can learn something so I wanted to use today’s birthday retrospective to pull out some useful, relevant and fresh understanding for brands engaging in SEO. I was only a one-year-old, in Tamar terms, when the Big Bang happened (I joined the team in 1998). That’s when Google exploded into the Internet and …

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14 June 2010

Cape Town CSR project kicks off

Football fever has us all in its grasp here in Cape Town, and the football analogies are going to last until the very last game…but we have taken a moment to remember our CSR project tomorrow. We’ll be putting up a food tent at Vuyani Primary in Gugulethu – check it out here. Everything is organised and we are all …

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