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Golden Spiders Take #3

Posted on Monday, November 6th, 2006 under CSS,JavaScript,Standards,Statistics,WebDev

These results cover websites short-listed in categories 9 through 12.

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Golden Spiders Take #2

Posted on Sunday, November 5th, 2006 under CSS,JavaScript,Standards,Statistics,WebDev

This is the second batch of results for the analysis of the Golden Spiders short-listed websites.

This sample includes the Best Web Design Agency category.

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Golden Spiders Take #1

Posted on Sunday, November 5th, 2006 under CSS,JavaScript,Standards,Statistics,WebDev

The Golden Spiders are billed as Ireland’s ‘Oscars’ for the Internet industry. With over 100 websites nominated I decided to take a look at the accessibility and coding standards of each site.

Here’s the first batch of results.

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If You’re Going To Promote Your W3C Credentials…

Posted on Thursday, November 2nd, 2006 under CSS,SEO,Standards,WebDev

Any web designer touting “compliant coding standards” as a USP should do just one thing before he does so – validate your own website first.

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100m Reasons Why We Can’t Live Without Search

Posted on Thursday, November 2nd, 2006 under Google,Search Engine Optimisation,Search Engines,SEO

We now have over 100m websites hosted on the planet.

Finding what your looking for is getting more important every single day and the growth in content means that our reliance on the search engine is set to increase.

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Why SEO Is More Important Than SEM

Posted on Wednesday, November 1st, 2006 under Google,Marketing,Search Engine Optimisation,Search Engines,SEO

Marketing your on-line property has never been so important. Think about it for a minute – if people cant find your website they cant find you and they cant buy your products.

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Did Someone Say That Internet Scams Were Becoming More Sophisticated

Posted on Wednesday, November 1st, 2006 under Browsers,General,Security,Technology

Using some reverse psychology to sell your phishing scam. Now if you could just get a decent English speaking copywriter you’ll be emptying those PermanentTSB accounts in no time.

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Google Bombing An Election – Search As A Political Weapon

Posted on Friday, October 27th, 2006 under Google,Search Engines,SEO

Politicians are embracing the Internet as a very modern soap box, not only to get their message across, but also to manipulate the message their opponents are able to portray.

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Irish Road Safety

Posted on Thursday, October 26th, 2006 under General

The Internet can become a means for change when enough of the community want that change. And so Damien Blake, a Donegal councillor has set out on a campaign to leverage the power of the Internet to make our roads a safer place.

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Internet Video – The Next ‘Big’ Marketing Theme?

Posted on Thursday, October 26th, 2006 under Marketing,Technology

Rich interactive media is fast becoming common-place on the Internet. Low cost bandwidth coupled with the rising penetration of the Web globally is driving marketers to look toward new media to get their message across.

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Google Change Their Webmaster Guidelines

Posted on Wednesday, October 25th, 2006 under Google,Search Engine Optimisation,Search Engines,SEO,WebDev

Google can now crawl and index URL’s containing an ‘&id’ parameter in their query string.

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Sometimes A Spell Checker Wont Save You :-)

Posted on Tuesday, October 24th, 2006 under Blogs,General,Search Engines

I’d really hate to be the guy or gal who gave Ireland this first.

If you want a good laugh…

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Want Loyal Customers? Give Them What They Want How They Want It.

Posted on Monday, October 23rd, 2006 under General,Marketing,RSS,Technology,WebDev

Don’t you just love it when you can have it your own way? Getting things on your terms is the best way, isn’t it?

Well that’s the beauty of RSS – giving your readers the content they want when and how they want it benefits you and benefits your audience.

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Like To See The Organiser Of The Future?

Posted on Saturday, October 21st, 2006 under Marketing,Technology,WebDev

The biggest Internet companies on the globe are busy creating online services to organise our lives.

And then there’s a David that might just be the future. This could be serious…

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10 Steps to Getting Into Google And Staying There – The Ultimate Quick Guide to Google SEO

Unconditional Google love is something we all want. Let’s face it, Google is one of the top referrers in the world so keeping her happy has to be one of the most important jobs of any webmaster.

Here are my 10 top tips to getting and keeping that Google love.

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SEO Spam From Cork

Posted on Tuesday, October 17th, 2006 under General,Search Engine Optimisation,Statistics

E-mail spam is a scourge. SEO e-mail spam makes me particularly nauseous.

And when it’s Irish born? Thank you but www.amitan.ie does quite nicely without your kind offer.

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13 Deadly Google Sins – Is Your Website Committing Any of These?

Posted on Monday, October 16th, 2006 under CSS,Google,Search Engine Optimisation,Search Engines,SEO

Many of us love Google. Everyday we rely on countless Google services to make our lives a little bit better.

But what happens when Google wont play ball with your website? Here are 13 deadly sins that are sure to see your webmaster advances spurned by Google.

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Is This The Future Of Blog Commenting?

Posted on Monday, October 9th, 2006 under JavaScript,WebDev

Could this User Interface be the future of blog commenting?

Check out this innovative UI built on Yahoo’s User Interface Library.

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Click Through Rates Can Soar With The Correct Copy

Posted on Thursday, October 5th, 2006 under Link Building,Marketing,Search Engines

If you use SEM to promote your site then you could do a lot worse than check out this recent post from the Hitwise blog.

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Keyword-Rich Domain Names

Posted on Thursday, October 5th, 2006 under Google,Search Engine Optimisation,Search Engines,SEO

Can your domain name help you get top rankings in the Google?

Well this little experiment might help us find out.

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Bertie, Google and the Lie Detector

Posted on Wednesday, October 4th, 2006 under General,Google

Could Google be able to listen to a politician talking and predict with accuracy whether they are telling porkies?

You better believe it!

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Enterprise Ireland Doesn’t Look Too Good

Posted on Wednesday, October 4th, 2006 under Browsers,CSS

Enterprise Ireland are the body tasked with representing Ireland’s business interests across the globe.

Having an accessible and usable website might be a good start?

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Irish Media, News Websites to Readers – ‘Don’t Read Us’

Posted on Tuesday, October 3rd, 2006 under Clients,Consultancy,RSS,Statistics

RSS is a really great transport for delivering your content to the widest possible Internet audience. Unfortunately it appears that no one bothered to tell Ireland’s top media and news organisations.

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HOWTO: Combine Google Analytics Accounts in 5 Easy Steps

Posted on Saturday, September 30th, 2006 under Google,Statistics

Looking for a quick and easy way to combine multiple Google analytics accounts?

Well look no further – here’s a quick 5 step guide.

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Dublin Coastal Development a LOT Slicker Than Funda.ie

Posted on Friday, September 29th, 2006 under JavaScript,Marketing,Search Engine Optimisation,SEO,WebDev

Well this is definitely my last post about Dublin Coastal Development and Funda Ireland, whose website finally went live today without a bang.

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Another Distraction

Posted on Friday, September 29th, 2006 under Google,JavaScript,WebDev

I opened my RSS reader this morning to find that Google had completely renovated the place. And I’m not talking a lick of paint here.

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SEO getting bad press?

Posted on Thursday, September 28th, 2006 under Google,Search Engine Optimisation,Search Engines,SEO,Statistics

Discovering Google search volumes for any given phrase is a notoriously difficult task. Google offers a number of tools to help webmasters and site owners to research the keyword phrases people are interested in.

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Text Links Can Bring You Joy….

Posted on Thursday, September 28th, 2006 under General,Google,Link Building,Search Engine Optimisation,SEO

Link count is one of the most valuable currencies in Search Engine Optimisation. Trusted links are the most valuable by far.

Sometimes links can be your friend, but sometimes they can be your enemy…

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Funda Ireland, €30k (excluding the SEO)

Posted on Tuesday, September 26th, 2006 under Google,Link Building,Marketing,Search Engine Optimisation

Well the buzz about Dublin Property Company is certainly taking off. Well done to Funda Ireland and their marketing folk for putting together a great campaign.

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How About Some Serious Irish Viral Marketing

Posted on Friday, September 22nd, 2006 under General,Marketing

By far and away the best example of viral marketing I have seen come out of Ireland recently, The Dublin Coastal Development is a very slick on-line marketing campaign that is being talked about quite a bit on Irish blogs.

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Ireland’s Richest Companies On-Line Presence

Posted on Tuesday, September 19th, 2006 under Clients,Google,Search Engine Optimisation,Statistics

If you were to ask 100 people in the street ‘Which Irish companies have benefited the most form the economic boom over the past decade?‘ I’m quite sure what the majority of the responses would be.

It’s unusual to think that probably the richest and most powerful indigenous sector of the Irish economy is so poorly represented on-line.

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Wow, I forgot just how much I hate IE

Posted on Tuesday, September 12th, 2006 under Browsers,General

Hanging around in Internet cafes in Asia has reminded me just how much I hate MS Internet Explorer .

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Blogging tactics at SEOmoz

Posted on Thursday, August 31st, 2006 under Link Bait,Search Engine Optimisation

I have to admit that the whole blogging thing has quite a steep learning curve for me. I had never blogged or posted my views before launching Red Cardinal’s blog around the end of July.

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Yahoo Site Explorer – checking your backlinks

Posted on Monday, August 28th, 2006 under Link Building,Search Engine Optimisation,Search Engines

Sometimes you need to know what websites are linking to yours (or, cleverer still, what websites link to your competitors). Sometimes you need to know what websites are linking to the websites linking to yours (bit of a tongue-twister that one). Site Explorer from Yahoo is a great tool that can help you out.

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Why does Yahoo rank #1 for ‘seo ireland’ on Google?

Posted on Thursday, August 24th, 2006 under Google,Search Engine Optimisation,Search Engines

It’s funny how arch rivals sometimes sweet up to each other. Well OK, it seems a lot more likely that there is a problem with Google’s index, but the current #1 position on Google for ‘seo ireland’ is Yahoo!

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Gucci places faith in Scriptaculous over Flash

Posted on Wednesday, August 23rd, 2006 under JavaScript,WebDev

You may or may not have heard of Thomas Fuchs’ Script.aculo.us which is a Javascript effects library written on top of Sam Stephenson’s popular Prototype library.

Well the new Gucci site is built on top of these excellent Javascipt libraries and you may be interested in taking a look.

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Need WebStats? Google Analytics goes free for all!

Posted on Wednesday, August 16th, 2006 under Google,JavaScript,Search Engine Optimisation,Statistics

Previously invite-only, Google Analytics has now opened to the masses for business.

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It’s Official – Aliens Prefer Firefox

Posted on Tuesday, August 15th, 2006 under Browsers,General

I just have to post this – so cool! Via Threadwatch.org: Check it out! What better endorsement could Mozilla want?

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SERP Click Through Rate of Google Search Results – AOL-data.tgz – Want to Know How Many Clicks The #1 Google Position Gets?

Posted on Saturday, August 12th, 2006 under Google,Search Engine Optimisation,Search Engines,Statistics

Well after some gentle persuasion of MySQL the AOL-data.tgz files have surrendered some interesting, if not wholly unexpected, information about the relative strengths and click through rates of SERP positions. The dataset contained 36,389,567 search queries with 19,434,540 clickthroughs. While we all knew the importance of the top 3 positions in the Google SERPs, this […]

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Posted on Saturday, August 12th, 2006 under General,Marketing,Search Engine Optimisation,WebDev

I frequent many webmaster and SE forums which are great places to keep in touch with and learn about the ever changing SEO world. While the largest and best known forums provide exceptional information, the biggest problem I have is getting information specific to the Irish web market. The work I do (which, yes I […]

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