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The Link Buyer's Guide

Most webmasters should know by now that link buying is a "black hat" search engine optimisation tactic. High profile sites are being given penalties for buying their way to the top and Google is publicly making life very tough for link buyers and sellers alike.

So why am I writing a link buyer's guide?

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Is the search interface key to user experience?

Google has one of the most basic interfaces on the web. In fact, the simplest pages on Google are their most profitable with most of the revenue coming from search pages and comparatively little arriving from maps, video, Gmail etc

The new Search Me search engine promises to deliver a new kind of interface and the developers no doubt hope to gain market share as a result.

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Arena Flowers’ Sam Barton on web design and development

Online florist Arena Flowers has had quite a lucrative time since its launch in late 2006.

The site says it generated £2m in revenues in its first year, helped by a strong focus on SEO, a bespoke e-commerce platform and a Facebook app that provides 15% of its traffic (albeit at lower conversion rates).

Here, head of design and development Sam Barton talks about its web strategy and plans for the future.

Arena Flowers homepage

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Has Converse marketed its Century milestone online?

Last week I attended the Converse Century party to celebrate the brand’s hundredth birthday. 

Is Converse making full use of online PR, and which SEO techniques should such a big brand be using?

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Victoria Beckham's SEO - fashion or music?

According to rumours Victoria Beckham wanted the Spice Girls tour to finish early so she could concentrate on her fashion career.

Does her online PR suggest she’s a WAG, musician or fashion icon? What can she do to turn it her way?

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Q&A: icrossing's Nilhan Jayasinghe on Google penalties

A number of well known UK brands have been penalised recently by Google for boosting their rankings through paid links and reviews.

This happened to Moneysupermarket.com last year, more recently to Gocompare, and just last week Kwik-Fit's car insurance offering was relegated from page 2 to the relative obscurity of page 5 of the search engine.

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Google introduces search within search

Google has started to add a secondary search box to some larger websites' listings in a move it says will help it deliver more accurate results.

But will the new feature funnel traffic away from sites' internal search and navigation tools, perhaps not always to the benefit of users?

Google search: times

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How to launch a new website - post launch

In the early stages it is very important to monitor your site's reputation using something like Google Alerts or even a paid solution.

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Web text that's worth it: the six most underrated types of digital copy

Digital copy is underappreciated, underrated and - astonishingly - still the poor cousin of the web relaunch process.

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Mainstream media fails to understand paid search

Those of you who read The Times , Guardian , FT or the Telegraph this week probably heard about the campaign against Marks & Spencer by Britain's biggest union, Unite.

Anybody who knows about internet marketing probably wondered why a story about somebody using Google Adwords to bid on a brand name was such big news, myself included.

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Why SEO is expensive

Last week I was discussing SEO with a small business owner who thought that the £60 a month he paid for optimising his website was expensive.

When I explained that a lot of companies (mine included) charge £500 - £1000 per day for consulting he came to the conclusion that his £60 per month was quite reasonable.

The issue is that some businesses still don't regard internet marketing as a professional activity in the same way as financial or legal advice.

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Common but pointless SEO tactics

While sorting through some comment spam today I found that one UK printing company had been dropping spam comments on my blog.

This sort of behaviour always strikes me as strange because surely any SEO company knows that links from blog comments are worthless?

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