So, you’ve worked long and hard on a new blog post. You’ve gone outside of your comfort zone, bared your soul, written like a person possessed as you’ve poured your passion into every word. You’ve silenced or at least ignored those pesky gremlins inside your head that tell you that you can’t write or that you don’t have anything to […]

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, […]

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 […]

Earlier this week, I was doing some competitors’ research for a client, looking at what the top ranking sites for a particular search term did well and what they could improve. As I sat there making notes, I realised that despite ranking in the top five on page one of Google, three of the five main competitors did not have what […]

The evolution of guest blogging

I’ve been watching the debate about guest blogging with interest for a while now, not because I tend to feature or write a lot of guest blogs but because it’s an issue that’s going to affect a lot of my clients in one way or another. Also, I do think that high quality posts from expert contributors have merit in […]

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On 29th August 2014, Google announced the end of Google Authorship, which makes the content in the article below out of date.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 […]

If you’re looking for ways to make your website copy more engaging, I’ve put together some simple hints and tips about writing for the web. Website copy has three main functions: It needs to grab attention Entice people to stay on your site Make readers want to buy from you Writing for the web certainly presents some challenges. Figures suggest […]

Does search engine optimisation leave you flummoxed and overwhelmed? For small business owners, SEO can feel like quicksand under your feet – just when you feel you’ve got a handle on what to do, the ground shifts beneath you. Google’s latest change in algorithm – Penguin 2.0 – was released on 22nd May 2013 and continues Google’s efforts to reduce […]