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$65m, And Some Of The Worst Use Of Javascript Ever

Posted on Tuesday, February 27th, 2007 under JavaScript,Standards,WebDev

Use Javascsript well and you get some of the best web-based applications like Gmail and Google Reader.

Use Javascript where you should really be using plain HTML? Well here’s a nice $65m example that teaches a good lesson.

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A Dose Full of Comment Spam, Long Copy Referrer Pages & SEO Tools – What Do YOU Think?

Posted on Monday, February 26th, 2007 under Blogs,Keywords,Security,SEO

It’s a fact of life that spammers wouldn’t be in business if they weren’t making a dollar. Another fact of life is that very often SEO and spamming live very closely.

This is a post about some particularly well-known SEO tools that were pushed through comment spam left on my blog. A mini-rant? Yes, and a look at the effectiveness of ‘long copy’ pages to sell products.

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53% of Irish Companies Fail On-Line Search, Says Captivate Digital (Who Also Cannot Be Found)

Posted on Thursday, February 22nd, 2007 under Marketing,Search Engine Optimisation

53% of Irish firms are not leveraging the power of search engine marketing. Actually, I imagine the figure is far higher. But everybody loves a statistic.

But just who are the elusive Captivate Digital that released this study?

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The Coolest Secret Places on Earth in 9 Minutes Flat

Posted on Wednesday, February 21st, 2007 under Google

Some of the coolest places on the planet, all via Google Earth.

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SES London – Linkbait, and When It’s Not

Posted on Tuesday, February 20th, 2007 under Link Bait,Link Building

‘Link Baiting, Buying Links & Other Tactics’ promised to be one of the most interesting sessions at SES London.

And that it was, until the last speaker stuck his foot in his gob. Shame he just didn’t understand linkbait. Bigger the shame poor old Rand Fishkin was on the end of that speakers ignorance.

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SES London – Google Working on ‘Pseudo-Pagerank’

Posted on Monday, February 19th, 2007 under Google,Search Engines

Google are developing a Pseudo Pagerank algorithm that will compute internal pagerank purely from on-site factors. The new algorithm may affect what Google decides to index and how Google processes pages that receive no external pagerank.

It’s an interesting announcement that I haven’t seen mentioned anywhere else yet.

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SES London – When is a Link Farm NOT a Link Farm?

Posted on Monday, February 19th, 2007 under Link Building,Search Engines

A simple question concerning the difference between an authority and a hub led to a somewhat unexpected answer.

Quite a funny moment from SES London.

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For IBA Nominees Accepting My Offer – Please Read

Posted on Sunday, February 18th, 2007 under Blogs,Search Engine Optimisation

Please let me know if I’ve missed your acceptance of my Free Consulting Offer.

Please check the list and let me know if you need to be added.

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Alexa Updates Traffic Stats Console – New Features Added

Posted on Saturday, February 17th, 2007 under Statistics

It appears that Alexa is now reporting additional statistics including country origin and country-level rank.

Now if only one of the big search engines would just give us some Alexa-style statistics…

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When User Agent Sniffing Goes Horribly Wrong

Posted on Wednesday, February 14th, 2007 under Browsers,Google,Search Engine Optimisation

What happnes when your User Agent sniffing goes wrong?

So terribly wrong that you actually block Search Engine spiders from EVERY page on your site?

I sense supplemental hell a-coming…

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Google Webmaster Blog Open For User Comments

Posted on Wednesday, February 14th, 2007 under Blogs,Google

Want to comment directly on Google Google blog posts? User commenting has always been disabled on all Google blogs. Until today.

Google has just announced that user commenting will be enabled on the Webmaster Blog.

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Forresters Fund For Children – Vardis Scam Warning

Posted on Wednesday, February 14th, 2007 under Security

If this bunch call you take up as much of their time as you can. Go and stick the kettle on.

While they’re wasting their time on you you’ll be saving the poor next guy’s money.

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Blind People Can’t Eat Chocolate

Posted on Tuesday, February 13th, 2007 under Browsers,CSS,JavaScript

Hand on heart, this is one of the biggest shockers I’ve ever come across.

You probably wont know what all the fuss is about. But believe me when I say that this is going to go into a text book someday. And it won’t be under a ‘best’ title.

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Tales From SES Part 1 – Flights, Hotels, Lifts from ExCel Security, Drinks with SEOs & Chatting with the Googlers

Posted on Tuesday, February 13th, 2007 under Search Engine Optimisation

Some tales from Search Engine Strategies London.

If you expect any SEO related stuff this post contains none. But I have been having some fun :mrgreen:

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Google Thinks I’m A Whore, Searcher Agrees, From Page 47!

Posted on Tuesday, February 13th, 2007 under Google,Keywords

Yes, yes, yes. I know. I really must stop checking the referrers. I don’t know what’s creepier – that someone visited my site searching for ‘whore‘, or the fact that they went as far as the 47th page before dropping in: Perhaps it was just my magnetic page title and META description

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An Important Announcement – Free Consulting for ALL IBA Nominees

Posted on Sunday, February 11th, 2007 under Marketing

Well done to all the nominees for the Irish Blog Awards. And thank you to everyone who voted me onto three category shortlists.

If you are a fellow nominee then this is an exclusive free consulting offer available only to you. But hurry, it’s for a limited time only.

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What’s The Best Thing About IBA? Fantastic Animated Prank Phone Calls

Posted on Saturday, February 10th, 2007 under Blogs,General,New Media

Absolute class. The ‘So what’s happening’ comment has me in bits.

The animation is fantastic, and I think this is a great example of how new media can draw attention to your website. In fact, it’s so good here it is:

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The Cream Starts To Rise, Let the Voting Begin

Posted on Saturday, February 10th, 2007 under Blogs

The first count is in. Find out who was voted into this years prestigious Blog Awards.

Links to each and every nominated site and page are inside.

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Using ASCII to Cheat Adwords – Which Of These Ads Grabs Your Attention?

Posted on Friday, February 9th, 2007 under Google,PPC

Some clever advertiser inserts ASCII code to highlight the Adwords headline. And it works a treat.

What do you think? Shot inside.

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Not Content Sticking It To America, The Cork Telecom Fella Decides Ireland Needs Some Prodding

Posted on Friday, February 9th, 2007 under General,Technology

There’s this Cork fella who goes around annoying all the corporate folk.

God doesn’t he sound likeable already :mrgreen:

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Is Google Analytics Updating Intra-Day?

Posted on Thursday, February 8th, 2007 under Google,Statistics

Not sure if I’m just imagining things, but I think both Google Analytics and Google Reader have been behaving differently recently…

More of my madness? Buddha knows.

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I Sense Some Hackers Sniffing About

Posted on Thursday, February 8th, 2007 under Security

Strange Google search referrals can often point to some less than friendly attention.

I wonder what this guy is up to?

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How Would You Like A €2,000 Web Design For Free? It’s Just One Click Away

Posted on Wednesday, February 7th, 2007 under Blogs,Link Bait

What started out as a friendly blog thread has quickly escalated into one of the biggest on-line give-aways the Irish blog scene has ever seen.

Something tells me this is just the beginning. But if you fancy €2,000 of free web design read on.

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I Don’t Share Enough Link Love – I Hope That Buddha Forgives Me

Posted on Wednesday, February 7th, 2007 under Link Building

I’ve been a link meanie, and there are a few people who deserve a whole lot more love than they get.

So here’s a few sites that certainly don’t get the attention they deserve – they’re are well worth a look.

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The Ultimate Link Bait

Posted on Tuesday, February 6th, 2007 under Link Bait,Link Building

If you’re interested in link building and social media marketing then you really have to read this article published by Andy Hagans.

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Google Gives Back Link Data, But Not Publicly

Posted on Tuesday, February 6th, 2007 under Google,Link Building,Search Engine Optimisation

Google is now reporting full backlink data within the Webmaster Console.

A great tool, and you might be very surprised when you see some of the deeplinks you never realised you had :mrgreen:

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The Great Big Extraordinary Feed Contest (with that most typical of Irish prizes)

Posted on Monday, February 5th, 2007 under Blogs,RSS

There’s a contest going on and the stakes are high.

Your feed subscribers could win you free drink.

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Mobile Opperators To Launch Search Engine – Sounds Like More Walled Gardens To Me

Posted on Monday, February 5th, 2007 under Mobile Internet,Search Engines

The Telegrah reports that a group a mobile operators are to create their own search engine.

Best of luck to them…

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Google News Acting Weird?

Posted on Thursday, February 1st, 2007 under Google

Google News is acting all weird on me.

Screen shots inside.

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SES London 2007 – I’ll Be There!

Posted on Thursday, February 1st, 2007 under General

I’ll be going along to SES London on February 13.

I’m not sure if there is a big contingent of Irish who travel over, but if anyone is planning on attending the conference and would like to meet up drop me a mail.

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What is Google’s OneBox, and Will Local Search Ever Land in Ireland?

Posted on Wednesday, January 31st, 2007 under Google,Search Engine Optimisation,Search Engines,Social Media

Most people will have no idea what ‘OneBox’ is. But if you use Google there’s every chance you have seen and use OneBox on many occasions.

And now that local search results are being returned in the OneBox on Google you had better understand what might soon happen to your coveted top SERP positions.

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Overture Keyword Tool Dead, but Wordtracker Saves The Day (and now Trillain jumps on board)

Posted on Wednesday, January 31st, 2007 under Keywords,Search Engine Optimisation,Search Engines,SEM,Statistics

What are you going to do if the Overture Keyword Tool really does dies? Well you could switch over to the new improved Wordtracker Free Keyword Tool.

But if keywords equate to revenue then maybe it’s time to try out one of the professional tools on the market. More details within :mrgreen:

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Dotherightthing.com – Measuring Corporate Social Responsibility

Posted on Tuesday, January 30th, 2007 under Blogs,Social Media

A nice little service that lets users vote on the impact the actions of large companies have.

Do you think this would be a good idea for Irish politics?

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.IE Domain Name Strategies – Using Aged & Trusted Domains to Establish Your Website

Posted on Monday, January 29th, 2007 under General,Google

Picking up and hosting on aged domains with history and, more importantly, trust can have a hugely beneficial impact for a new website. It is very common for new sites to host on second-hand domains so that you can jump straight into the competitive SERPs.

A .IE domain came onto my radar recently that is a good example of how using an aged domain can really help boost your Search Engine rankings quickly. Could your next site launch benefit from this domain strategy?

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The Google Bomb That Got Away – Ireland’s Telecoms Poodle is Alive And Well (and living in Lower Abbey Street)

Posted on Sunday, January 28th, 2007 under Google,Keywords

Ireland’s best known Google Bomb is alive and well. So allow me to speculate as to how Google is filtering out Google Bombs.

I wonder if perhaps the ‘Telecoms Poodle‘ can give us any pointers?

What follows is more likely than not 100 miles away from the actual technique Google uses (if I’m that close I’ll be happy :mrgreen:).

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Say Goodbye to ‘Google Bombing’ & Hello to ‘Take Care with Your Anchor Text’

Posted on Friday, January 26th, 2007 under Google,Keywords,Search Engines,SEO

George Bush is no longer a miserable failure. So says Google.

Some algorithmic changes over at the world’s largest Search Engine have saved some blushes for many a top politician.

But could this affect your websites as well?

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The Tale of a Link Whore, a Mobile PC, a Site Review, and some Clever Market Disruption

Posted on Wednesday, January 24th, 2007 under Blogs,JavaScript,Keywords,Link Bait,Marketing,Technology

Roam4Free eh? Sounds compelling – something that everyone who roams wants.

I think Pat is on to an absolute winner. And with a couple of tweaks to the website I think this will become even more of a no-brainer for customers.

But is my advice any good? You decide (and there’s a free link for anyone who can figure out what I’m thinking at the end :mrgreen:)

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Who Said META Tag Optimization Was Dead?

Posted on Thursday, January 18th, 2007 under Blogs,Google,Keywords,Marketing,Search Engine Optimisation,SEO,Statistics

Did you know that the META Description tag can be one of the most important factors dictating whether searchers will actually visit your website?

But META descriptions aren’t useful for attracting search engines, they’re useful for attracting the people who use search engines. Read on to learn how your META tags can get you more traffic (and I’m pretty sure you aren’t thinking what I’m thinking).

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Hacker Threatens Digg.com, Targeting SEO-Related Sites

Posted on Tuesday, January 16th, 2007 under Blogs,General,Security

After taking down GreyWolf’s blog, a hacker threatens some of the biggest webmaster-related sites on the Internet. Digg.com included on the threat list.

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Irish Blog Awards *cough* *cough*

Posted on Sunday, January 14th, 2007 under Blogs,General,Marketing

Irish Blog Awards – do I deserve a nomination?

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