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VHI.ie – 5 Simple Steps to Improve UX 100%

Posted on Tuesday, July 22nd, 2008 under CSS,Marketing,Usability

A long post about the corporate site of VHI (vhi.ie), Ireland’s largest private health insurance company, in which I suggest 5 improvements of their front-end to improve their User eXperience 100% (well actually 4 front-end changes and one tincey-winsey server configuration change). Continue reading to find out what they are…

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VisitBritain.com Robbing Irish Tourists?

Posted on Thursday, July 17th, 2008 under Keywords

Deceptive Adwords marketing by VisitBritain.com – contrary to their marketing copy they do not appear to be the official trip planner website for trips to Ireland. Dirty tactics from the UK…

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Irish Times Where Art Thou?

Posted on Tuesday, July 15th, 2008 under Search Engine Optimisation

Another look at Irish Times, but with a alrge tangent – ireland.com. No hat-tips for SEO I’m afraid, and are they breaking Google’s TOS with hidden text?

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Wordze Keyword Tool Special – Coupon Inside!

Posted on Thursday, July 10th, 2008 under Keywords

A fresh Wordze offer – access for the month of July for just $4.95!.

I can say from a lot of experience that this tool is well worth signing up for.

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Irish Times Website – irishtimes.com

Posted on Monday, June 30th, 2008 under New Media,Usability

A first look a the new Irish Times website at www.irishtimes.com. Shooting from the hip, but I have a few thoughts on the boilerplate, usability and some great features and touches… More inside »

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One More Reason For Damien To…

Posted on Sunday, June 29th, 2008 under New Media,Online Marketing,Social Media

The big news is that the Irish Times is pulling down the pay-wall, as well as moving the online version of the paper to www.irishtimes.com. I’m more interested in dissecting the way the news arrived…

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Seedcorn – A Perfect Example of HOW TO ASK FOR ONLINE ATTENTION

Posted on Tuesday, June 3rd, 2008 under General

A nice email from InterTrade Ireland shows how to approach the online community and request a link or mention.

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Google.ie showing UK Results?

Posted on Friday, May 16th, 2008 under Geotargeting

Why oh why do you give us UK results when we’re sitting here in Ireland?

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Serious SQL Injection Vulnerability

Posted on Monday, April 28th, 2008 under Security

Massive SQL injection exploit in the wild – if you run IIS and MS SQL you need to know about this as it is already infecting Irish sites.

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Bebo Sells Out to AOL for $850m

Posted on Thursday, March 13th, 2008 under Social Media

Social network apparently just sold themselves for the nice sum of $850m…

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Do People Search More for Singulars or Plurals?

Posted on Tuesday, March 11th, 2008 under Keywords

Moving away from the ‘Bullshit’ (see below), here’s a really fascinating post about searcher behaviour, and whether singular or plural search phrases matter more.

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Let’s Call Some Bullshit on The ‘SEO is Bullshit’ Bullshitter

Posted on Wednesday, March 5th, 2008 under SEO

Bit of a sad post… but what the heck

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I have a favour to ask please

Posted on Tuesday, February 19th, 2008 under Blogs

If you see issues with my RSS feed I’d really appreciate if you could ping me.

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Vodafone.ie Homepage Not Happy

Posted on Sunday, February 17th, 2008 under General

At least I wasn’t the only one having problems with my website. But I’m surprised that the big names had issues also…

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How to lose half your subscribers in 15 minutes…

Posted on Saturday, February 16th, 2008 under Blogs

Sorry to any feed subscribers that had to put up with complete gibberish.

Text book example of a Wordpress upgrade gone terribly wrong… :(

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Am I Still Alive?

Posted on Thursday, February 7th, 2008 under General

I reckon this post will take minimum 3 days to get indexed…

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Google Webmaster Tools Geo Targeting – Great Idea, But…

Posted on Thursday, January 17th, 2008 under Google,Search Engine Optimisation

I’ve been meaning to blog about a few inside tidbits I picked up at PubCon last December.

This one is particularly important for virtually all webmasters as it concerns the new Geo Targeting Tool within Goolge Webmaster Console, and something that Google hasn’t even told you about the tool yet. Learn more by reading on…

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Serious About Keywords? Wordze Coupon Inside

Posted on Wednesday, January 9th, 2008 under Keywords

Wordze.com is my keyword tool of choice. If you haven’t checked it out, and you’re serious about keywording, then head over to Wordze.com before this Sunday and grab a free 30 day trial.

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Eubrowser.com .ie Domains Released – nike.ie, reebok.ie, irishindependent.ie

Posted on Saturday, January 5th, 2008 under Domains

Some of the juiciest .ie domains were registered over the years by individuals who really had no relationship with those domains. eubrowser.com had previously registered over 500 .ie domains including branded terms such as nike.ie and reebok.ie. Well those domains have now been deleted by IEDR along with a number of others previously owned by eubrowser. More details within…

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Revealed: Ireland’s Sleazy Senior Porn Kingpin

Posted on Tuesday, January 1st, 2008 under Keywords,Statistics

In a sleepy little village in the Garden of Ireland lives a quintessential pipe smoking senior citizen.

With a dark secret :mrgreen:

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Irish Times to Write Down Value of MyHome.ie?

Posted on Tuesday, January 1st, 2008 under Statistics

Everyone knows that Irish property is having a (much needed) bad patch at the minute.

Will the Irish Times have to write down some of the purchase price paid for myhome.ie back in August 2006?

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The Importance Of Architecture and Messaging – Argolon.com

Posted on Sunday, December 30th, 2007 under Conversion Optimisation,General,Search Engine Optimisation,Split Testing

Just how much does architecture play a role in SEO? In my experience good internal architecture can be the difference between lots of traffic and none at all.

And what should you do if your messaging is built for conversions? Why test of course…

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Google News Finds HSE ‘Entertaining’

Posted on Thursday, December 27th, 2007 under Google,Keywords,New Media

I use Google News most days as the ‘entry point’ to my online news consumption.

Google News Ireland served up some odd results the other day however. Is there a secret message in here for the HSE?

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European Internet Marketing Statistics

Posted on Wednesday, December 26th, 2007 under Marketing,Mobile Internet,New Media,Online Marketing,Social Media,Statistics

Some interesting figures about Online marketing spends in Europe during 2007.

If you work Online in Europe I imagine you have a good idea of the main findings…

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Merry Christmas

Posted on Tuesday, December 25th, 2007 under General

No excerpt needed really…

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Running Conversion Optimisation Tests? Save Time – Copy Google

Posted on Monday, December 24th, 2007 under Online Marketing,Statistics

While 2007 might be the year that SEO went seriously mainstream, I think 2008 will be the year of the conversion optimisation.

And if you want to kick start your testing you could do a whole lot worse than follow Google’s lead. Read on to learn more…

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Golden Spiders Best Spammer Award Goes To…

Posted on Thursday, December 20th, 2007 under Security

Irish Web Awards have been beaten black and blue of late. But when the organisers of Ireland’s most prestigious web awards get caught spamming people…

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Phuket – The Domaining Capital of The World

Posted on Wednesday, December 19th, 2007 under Domains

I never realised all the major domainers hung out in Phuket for Christmas.

Sure ya learn a new thing every day….

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PubCon In The Rear-View Mirror

Posted on Monday, December 17th, 2007 under General

We made the journey to Vegas and here’s a short snapshot of what happened.

Certainly left with more ideas than I arrived with – and as per most SEO conferences the really juicy ideas generally emanate from the bar :mrgreen:

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Keyword Data Is Often Very Skewed – Internet Marketers To Blame?

Posted on Monday, November 19th, 2007 under Keywords

Just who is doing all the searching on [Internet Marketing Ireland] and [Online Marketing Ireland]?

It might not be the people you hoped it was. Especially if you are a Search Marketer yourself…

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Google Local Business Center Now Includes Ireland

Posted on Sunday, November 18th, 2007 under Google,Mobile Internet,Search Engine Optimisation

Google Local Business listings have been available for quite some time in many of the Google country properties.

It appears that Ireland is set to also enjoy Google Local – Ireland is now covered within Google Local Business Center. We might be about to get some quite cool OneBox listings on Google.ie…

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Digiweb Online Edge Presentation

Posted on Wednesday, November 7th, 2007 under Online Marketing

Online Edge is a fantastic free half day seminar sponsored by Digiweb. Site owners and business managers can attend for free and access some of Ireland’s leading web experts.

Last week Eoghan McCabe, Larence Veale and myself were the speakers in the Digital Hub, Dublin. Here are my slides from the event…

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Web Marketing Specialist Contract Available

Posted on Monday, November 5th, 2007 under Online Marketing

If you fancy working for a world-class Internet firm and being part of a serious web team then details of such a position are within.

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Best New Indigenous website in 2007

Posted on Wednesday, October 31st, 2007 under Standards

What exactly is an indigenous website? But I could swear I’ve seen that site somewhere else…

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Golden Spiders Awards 2007

Posted on Wednesday, October 31st, 2007 under Marketing

Good God… more Golden Spiders…

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Google Pagerank Export FUD

Posted on Friday, October 26th, 2007 under Google

If you worry about Pagerank Google has just given you one less reason to do so – the latest export is either a dud or a lie.

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Yahoo! Comes to Ireland (properly)

Posted on Friday, October 26th, 2007 under Search Engines

I bet if I asked Joe Public if they had used Yahoo! recently I wouldn’t get too many positive responses.

Well Yahoo! seems to have decided that we’re worthy of our own little place in the Y! network and we no longer have to visit Yahoo! UK & Ireland to use their services.

And there are a few other really neat features that have been rolled out to Yahoo! Ireland – more inside…

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Mobile Search Statistics

Posted on Monday, October 8th, 2007 under Mobile Internet

Do you notice a lot more people using their mobile phones these days to go online? Checking email, finding cinema times, looking at porn (the number #1 use of mobile Internet didn’t you know ;-) )…

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entertainment.ie – Exploring the Pitflls of Site Redesigns

Posted on Friday, September 28th, 2007 under Online Marketing,Search Engine Optimisation

Website redesigns are a great way to improve the user experience. Everyone likes to use a site which engages their senses and delivers a great experience.

And if you manage the migration well you should find that Search Engines quickly pick up that you have a new site, and continue to send you the traffic you enjoyed previously. If…

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Is Your Website Converting Poorly?

Posted on Thursday, September 27th, 2007 under Usability

I’m looking for a new office. Something nice, well fitted, good location.

Oh yeah, and preferably with a website that actually lets me in to preview what they’re offering…

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