27 October 2009

Surfacing content – why you need to do this

And what is surfacing content? Following on from the announcement last week about Google’s new Social Search which has now officially launched here I noticed that a certain phase was used a few times in describing how elements of Social Search works and that phrase was ‘surface content‘. But what does that actually mean and what do you need to …

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27 October 2009

A question of Flash

Adobe Flash (formally Macromedia Flash) first hit our screens in 1996 quickly reaching the cutting edge of web design technology. From banners to full GUI design solutions, Flash offers designers and developer’s powerful animation, audio/video streaming and Rich Internet applications (RIAs) development capabilities. This powerful tool is something that I have used for many years. Once using HTML Tables and …

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22 October 2009

Google Social Search – New!

Don’t get too excited though Alongside the announcement of Google and Twitter signing a deal it was also revealed that Google is to launch a new product called Social Search via their Google Labs experimental team. Sounds great yes? Well, I am not that excited as you have to  a Google Account, a Google Profile, and friends listed as Google …

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22 October 2009

Google & Bing sign up Twitter

Twitter to appear in Google and Bing Search Results First Bing and then Google announced that they had signed up to include Twitter updates in their search results. As Marissa Meyer commented ‘We believe that our search results and user experience will greatly benefit from the inclusion of this up-to-the-minute data, and we look forward to having a product that …

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21 October 2009

Windows 7 – what’s all the fuss about?

This week is the official launch of Windows 7, the operating system that Microsoft is banking on to minimise the damage done by its predecessor, Vista. I have not received my own copy yet, but I thought I would test-drive it on a friend’s PC. There are numerous changes to the operating system, but I thought I would point out …

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20 October 2009

SEO Pro Training – Day Two Summary

The day was kicked up by a head to head presentation-off between Will Critchlow and Rand Fishkin on the subject of keywords. Both took very different approaches to tackling the subject of keyword research; Rand opting for the macro approach and looking at SEO market share as a whole and in driving traffic to the site, whereas Will opted for …

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20 October 2009

Brands getting three listings?

Google pushing on Brand searches? Just noticed some Brand led searches are firing out some triple listings. So typing in ‘Sky TV Listings’ brings up the following results: Or looking for ‘Dorothy Perkins Dresses’ shows the following: These three listings only appear to be on qualified brand searches. So adding in another element such as ‘dresses’ or ‘listings’ seems to …

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20 October 2009

Google Trust Rank – new version

Trust Rank from Google, not like Yahoo! A  nice spot from Bill Slawski that Google have finally had a Trust Rank patent approved. This after abandaning their previous request for a patent going back a few years. Trust Rank is something which gets mentioned a lot and is often confused, so here is our take on it. Yahoo! Trust Rank …

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19 October 2009

SEO Pro Training – Day One Summary

Here’s my summary of day 1 of SEOMoz’s “SEO Pro Training” conference – sorry if this is a little messy, I’m typing this up on a Blackberry! The morning kicked off with ‘advanced analytics’ by Will Critchlow ,who offered a host of advice on plugins to make the most of your Google Analytics package and what metrics to use to …

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