19 May 2009

Want more referrals in a gloomy year?

That’s the message coming out of Hitwise as a follow up to their report last week that paid search traffic is down by 26%. Specifically the share of paid clicks to insurance web sites is down 22% and to retail sites down by 20%. However, search-reffered traffic to finance sites is up 16% year on year and up 9% to …

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18 May 2009

CMS – The Secret of My Success

I quite often get asked by clients where they should be spending their limited design/build budget and my answer is nearly always the same. Get a good CMS.  A well implemented CMS will pay for itself many times over and will give your organisation a competivie edge.  Below are three of the top reasons for investing in a new CMS. …

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18 May 2009

Wolfram Alpha – C3PO… but with less personality

Will the new scientific search engine change the way we search for things? Unless you’ve been living under a large rock for the past few weeks (online), you’ll have noticed the increasing hype around the new “Wolfram Alpha” search engine, which is launching officially today. For those of you that aren’t yet familar, here’s a nutshell-sized explanation of what WA …

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15 May 2009

Seven simple questions to make the tech guys sweat…

Evaluating and comparing new technology solutions can often be a daunting task, with everyone from suppliers to Internal IT having their own vested interest in a particular outcome, it is often hard for individuals from a Non-IT background to find the right solution. Early in my career I undertook a Microsoft course on application architecture, and came across six simple …

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14 May 2009

P2P – It’s not all about copyright infringement

Peer to peer (p2p) networks have been in the news again recently with the founders of the PirateBay (a peer to peer file sharing site) receiving jail sentences for their roles in contributing to copyright infringement. It is important to note however that P2P networking is not all about file sharing and copyright infringement.  There are many uses of P2P …

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13 May 2009

Searchology 2009

What does this mean for you? So yesterday evening’s Searchology webcast has been and gone and now we are left wondering exactly what it means for natural search and for your sites. The Searchology events have come to mean the rolling out of new products and ideas from Google but this year – with the exception of their Android based …

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13 May 2009

The Censorship Bill

A new cyber-bullying bill, aimed to punish those who intend to cause harm through electronic mediums, could turn us all into criminals. The bill, HR 1966 introduced by US Representative Linda Sanchez, is being proposed as a result of the much covered “MySpace Suicide” in an attempt to hold people accountable for actions carried out online. People found guilty of …

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13 May 2009

Twitter FAIL – @replies and support

Twitter is a-buzz this morning with reactions to the news that Twitter have updated their system to change the way you see replies. Specifically, it affects the way you see replies from people that you *don’t* follow yourself. According to @Biz on the official blog: “Based on usage patterns and feedback, we’ve learned most people want to see when someone …

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12 May 2009

New Search Engines – Always a good thing

We often hear of new search engines but most pass by without making any impact onto the search consciousness let alone the general searching public. And part of the difficulty is that although many struggle with even getting close to Google’s relevancy (and that is going to be hard for anyone from a standing start) it is the fact that …

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11 May 2009

Apple Shampoo and the pitfalls of realtime trend data

Trends are in their essence, very trendy and the old saying spreading like wildfire is an understatement for this new monster that I have dubbed – The New Social Web. News is spreading faster and faster on the web these days, with microbloggers like twitter the latest trends are easily detected, and can spread internationally in under a minute.  The …

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