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One more really interesting read today:

Posted on Tuesday, January 15th, 2013 under General

One more really interesting read today: Embedded Link What if Microsoft exited the search business? Amazingly, most everyone totally ignores a linchpin competitive assumption when they talk about search competition and Google’s antitrust liabilities – that Microsoft will always be a competitor in th… Google+: View post on Google+ This post was first made on […]

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Great read about payment form design and Ux:

Posted on Tuesday, January 15th, 2013 under General

Great read about payment form design and Ux: Embedded Link The Ultimate UX Design of: the Credit Card Payment Form In this series Marcin Treder of UXPin – The UX Design App explains how to design the User Experience of the most important ingredients of web and mobile apps. Step-by-step tutorials and examples from … […]

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Worth a read:

Posted on Tuesday, January 15th, 2013 under General

Worth a read: Embedded Link Google Disavow Tool: 10 Insights from 4 months of Testing We have now been testing the disavow tool for nearly 4 months, we have always been an advocate of it after achieving some quick wins immediately after it was launched. However, after months of testing… Google+: View post on Google+ […]

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You have to love the optimism of some domainers

Posted on Monday, January 14th, 2013 under General

TOURISM-PHUKET.COM $1,000,000 on TDNAM A steal at that… SIGH Google+: View post on Google+ This post was first made on the Richard Hearne Google+ profile.

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Thoughts on Google’s EMD update

Posted on Tuesday, October 9th, 2012 under SEO

Here’s my take on what might be the main factors used by Google to identify EMDs for demotion during the recent EMD update.

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How To Easily Hide Client-side Content from Google Web/Mobile Preview Bot

Posted on Tuesday, March 8th, 2011 under Google,JavaScript

Well here it goes, long time no see! Quick and easy way to hide content from Google’s PreviewBot which generates the preview images for Google Web Search and Google’s released-today Mobile Search Previews.

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Advanced SEO Course in Dublin this coming July 7-8

Posted on Wednesday, June 30th, 2010 under Search Engine Optimisation

Apologies for my first post in many months being about an advanced SEO course I’m instructing. But if you’re on the hunt for advanced SEO training then this may be for you. The course is running on July 7 & 8 in Dublin, and I’m hoping it will offer people some really good insight into applying advanced SEO techniques. Read on if this tickles your fancy.

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Irish Travel Websites Leaving Money On The Table

Posted on Monday, November 16th, 2009 under Search Engine Optimisation

I’ve never spent much time looking at the travel niche here in Ireland, but amidst all the doom and gloom I see fantastic opportunities for Irish travel agents who are willing to embrace technology to build strong online relationships with their prospects and customers.

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How Would You Let Them Know? Broken Website, and No Email Contact

Posted on Monday, November 9th, 2009 under Usability

I love feedback. Good, bad or indifferent – it’s all good. The only bad feedback is no feedback at all. So here’s a nice case where the lack of a simple online feedback mechanism means that one travel website is likely to remain broken for some time.

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Can Video Comments Explain Why Phone Numbers Matter in Local Search

Posted on Tuesday, November 3rd, 2009 under Search Engine Optimisation

Maybe it’s just me, but when I saw these video comments it opened my eyes to how the future will likely look – high fidelity communications where nuance between parties increases exponentially. Not to mention a very valuable insight into how Google might use phone numbers to determine website owners…

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What Google SERP Reload Error Messages Say

Posted on Monday, November 2nd, 2009 under Search Engines

For sometime now I’ve noticed some sort of message flashed on my screen when hitting the back button to a Google SERP. It doesn’t happen all the time, but certainly enough to have me wondering exactly what it says. The message normally disappears instantly (you only see it flash), but today one of those messages […]

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Enterprise Ireland Podcast on SEO Search Engine Optimisation

Posted on Wednesday, October 28th, 2009 under Search Engine Optimisation

Two weeks ago I recorded my second Podcast on Search Engine Optimisation for Enterprise Ireland. This time myself and John Ring discussed SEO for SMEs in Ireland, and how businesses can use SEO to increase traffic and sales.

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Cross Browser Testing Just Got Easier – Adobe Browserlab

Posted on Thursday, October 22nd, 2009 under Browsers

Building sites that work seamlessly across browsers and platforms is a difficult task, but now, thanks to Adobe Browserlab, the task of QA’ing your pages just got a whole lot easier.

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Interesting Case Study: rel=canonical Google Fail

Posted on Monday, October 19th, 2009 under Search Engine Optimisation

Interesting case study by Michael Wall showing that the rel=”canonical” tag is not panacea some would suggest. Take care or you might see the same outcomes as Michael…

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Well Done Kildare Street

Posted on Monday, October 12th, 2009 under General

Well done to John Handelaar for his Kildare Street project, winner of the Best New Web Application/Service category at the 2009 Realex Irish Web Awards.

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Realex Irish Web Awards 2009

Posted on Thursday, October 8th, 2009 under Marketing

This weekend the best and brightest Irish Internet folk will gather at the 2009 Realex Irish Web Awards. Red Cardinal are sponsoring the Best New Web Application/Service category, and want to wish good luck to all the great apps/sites short listed this year for an award.

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Google Introduces Local 7 Pack, 10 Pack Dead?

Posted on Thursday, October 8th, 2009 under Search Engine Optimisation

Small, but still significant change to Google Local search results – Google now return 7 Local results rather than the 10 they had previously.

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Google Publishing Extended Snippets on Related Forum Post Sitelinks

Posted on Wednesday, September 30th, 2009 under Search Engine Optimisation

A new SERP result layout that really delivers massive real estate to sites getting these types of listings in Google’s search results.

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Matt Cutts Video on Dupe Content and International Sites

Posted on Tuesday, September 29th, 2009 under Geotargeting

Nice short video from Matt on how to publish same language content for multiple countries AND avoid dupe content filters.

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Yahoo.ie Launches 2 Years Later, And Still Not Irish

Posted on Friday, September 25th, 2009 under Geotargeting

Interesting to see that Yahoo! finally built a dedicated Irish hompeage on Yahoo.ie. Interesting that is until you go 1 click further and not everything is at it should be…

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If You’re Irish You Need to Read This

Posted on Monday, September 21st, 2009 under General

A very, very off-topic post, but this is so important to my home country that it’s worth even having just one more person read this. Your kids’ futures may be determined by what happens with all this NAMA crap.

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Pibasure.ie Looking for a Google Slap?

Posted on Friday, September 18th, 2009 under Link Building

Sometimes you have to move very subtly if yo’re going to make waves in a competitive niche. Better to rise gradually than to jump to the top, especially if you’re buying your way there…

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Duplicate Content & Multiple Site Issues Video

Posted on Wednesday, September 16th, 2009 under Search Engine Optimisation

Very interesting video from Google explaining duplicate content and multiple site issues. Some great information for entry-level and advanced webmasters.

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More Sitelink Variations from Google, #3 with Internal Related Forum Threads

Posted on Monday, September 14th, 2009 under Search Engine Optimisation

An interesting change I just noticed where Google is showing sitelinks for sites ranked lower than #1. The sitelinks point at 4 related forum threads, and include the post date.

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How To Smother Your Prospects and Kill Your Leads

Posted on Monday, August 31st, 2009 under Conversion Optimisation

A look at high-commitment online funnels – in this case for car insurance – and how low perceived benefits and unknown outcomes will result in high drop-out rates. Smothering your prospects and killing your leads.

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Last Chance Saloon – Web Awards Nominations Close Today

Posted on Friday, August 28th, 2009 under Online Marketing

Have you nominated your favourite websites for the 2009 Irish Web Awards? If not you better get over and do it today – nominations close later on.

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Interesting Departure for BMW

Posted on Wednesday, August 26th, 2009 under Marketing

Very off topic post today about a new BMW advert that got my attention. No SEO here, but it’s always nice to look at the offline world once in a blue moon.

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Malware Stats for Irish Web Hosting Companies

Posted on Tuesday, August 25th, 2009 under Security

If these figures are representative of actual levels of malware infestation on Irish hosting networks then many, many Irish webmasters need to take extreme counter measures. In fact, perhaps the hosting companies themselves may need to review how they protect their infrastructure and the sites they host.

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Irish Web Awards – Nominate Now

Posted on Tuesday, August 25th, 2009 under Marketing

The Irish Web Awards really are the “web awards”. Where all other awards function to generate returns for their oganisers, IWA functions to applaud the those Irish websites that truly deserve kudos. No strings, no ulterior motives, just the best of the best. Get nominating today!

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Bing.com’s Language/Country Handling Bug Explained

Posted on Monday, August 24th, 2009 under Geotargeting

While messing around with bing I found some odd handling of country/language settings. Doing some more digging over weekend, and it does indeed appear to be a bug that affects Chrome users. When you select a country, and then visit an alternative bing country site bing gets confused when displaying results. In the following example […]

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Google Opens More ccTLDs to GWT Geotargeting Tool

Posted on Wednesday, August 19th, 2009 under Geotargeting

It appears that Google is slowly relaxing the rules around geotargeting of ccTLDs. Personally I don’t think this will help, but for webmasters stuck on vanity ccTLD it’s probably a God-send.

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Can Third Party Cookies Kill Your Sales?

Posted on Monday, August 17th, 2009 under Conversion Optimisation

With the rise of online privacy concerns it pays to be careful how you treat users who may restrict certain third party cookies. Here’s a case where a major airline blocks access because Doublclick’s cookie is restricted. And this must be costing them sales…

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Bing.ie Doesn’t Do Google Chrome

Posted on Saturday, August 15th, 2009 under Search Engines

Perhaps the bing developers don’t use Chrome, but here’s an interesting bug that leaves Irish Chrome users stuck with UK results.

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Waldberg&Hirsch Global Collections – More Scams To Simply Ignore

Posted on Friday, August 14th, 2009 under Search Engines

Sadly the Internet can be a real cesspool, and if you were caught out by the scamming Euro Business Guide, and subsequently received legal threats demanding payment, then this post outlines what to do.

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Google Testing Breadcrumb Navigation Within SERP Results

Posted on Thursday, August 13th, 2009 under Conversion Optimisation

Some nice screenshots of another Google test that could affect how searchers enter your site via Google SERPs. Will this become another form of sitelink?

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New Google Search Infrastructure in Public BETA

Posted on Tuesday, August 11th, 2009 under Google

Check out Google’s future search results in this just-released public BETA.

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Never Seen This Before

Posted on Sunday, August 9th, 2009 under Google

In an improvement to their generic “Your computer may be infected with spyware” message to blocked search requests, Google now lets you know when someone behind your IP is running automated requests.

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Is Google Introducing Major Changes To Organic Geotargeting?

Posted on Monday, August 3rd, 2009 under Geotargeting

Organic geotargeting affects every site owner. How search engines, and Google in particular, handle geotargeting is one of the most important factors to be considered in SEO. And in this post I’m outlining some tests I observed that suggest big changes to geotargeting may be on their way. This will affect your website, so please keep reading.

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Beware Of SEOs Bearing Gifts

Posted on Tuesday, July 28th, 2009 under SEO

Beware of thinly veiled blackmail attempts from companies who claim to have your best interests at heart. The old adage always rings true – if it sounds too good to be true…

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More Evidence of Google Geotargeting Gone Bad

Posted on Monday, July 27th, 2009 under Geotargeting

I was searching ‘pages from Ireland’ looking for a supplier of load-balancing routers. Google for some odd reason thought the most relevant result was from a French business story on Yahoo!s FR Biz site. Not good.

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