Whether or not we should all be adding FAQs pages to our websites is a matter of often fierce debate with convincing arguments in both the For and Against camps. My website currently has an FAQs page. Honestly, it wasn’t something I gave much thought to at the time – it just seemed like the right thing to have a […]

The end of Google Authorship

On  28th August, Google announced the end of Google Authorship, confirming that it would no longer be shown or have special value in terms of ranking or authority in search engine results pages (SERPs). In a Google+ post, Google’s Webmaster Trends Analyst at Google Switzerland, John Mueller wrote: “We’ve gotten lots of useful feedback from all kinds of webmasters and users, and […]

On July 24th, Google rolled out an update to its algorithms designed to improve the value and relevance of local searches. In the absence of an official name, Search Engine Land christened the update ‘Google Pigeon’. According to figures by MOZ, Google rolls out somewhere in the region of 600-plus algorithm updates every year. Some of them – like Panda, […]

There’s no getting away from it. You’re busy. Your customers are busy. We’re all in danger of suffering information overload thanks to the staggering deluge of articles published online every single minute of the day. If you’re going to the effort of writing a blog, it’s essential that it gets heard above the noise and engages the reader; otherwise you’re […]

With so much information available about search engine optimisation, as well as lots of conflicting advice, it can feel as though SEO is an unfathomable mystery outside of the reach of small businesses. In fact, I think Google’s ongoing efforts to improve the quality of search engine results pages (SERPs) are actually making it easier for small businesses to be […]

Update (30/08/14): On 29th August 2014, Google announced the end of Google Authorship, which makes the content in the article below out of date. I’ll be blogging about this topic on Tuesday 2nd September, so watch this space. If you have Google Authorship set up for the sites to which you regularly contribute blog articles, you may have noticed over the […]

I know you’re busy with a thousand and one things on your to-do list. Although I don’t want to add to the pressure you’re under, I want to share with you why checking data and metrics should be part of your weekly routine if you want to know how your copy is performing. Many businesses take a ‘write it and […]

Do you know your meta descriptions from your alt tags or is search engine optimisation (SEO) still something of a mystery to you? Several of my clients have mentioned recently that SEO leaves them bothered, bewildered and confused. So, this week, we’re going back to basics for SEO 101. SEO 101 #1. What is a title tag? Some would argue […]

Update (30/08/14): On 29th August 2014, Google announced the end of Google Authorship, which makes the content in the article below out of date. I’ll be blogging about this topic on Tuesday 2nd September, so watch this space.   This week I was talking to a new client when he explained that there were three reasons he’d picked me from all the […]

On 26th September 2013, Google announced its largest upgrade to its search algorithm since 2001. Known as Google Hummingbird, this algorithm is said to officially mark the end of keyword stuffing and outdated SEO. Instead, it focuses on understanding the context around natural language searches. Less than a month after its launch, a search for ‘Google Hummingbird’ brings up more […]