Posts in Search Marketing

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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Do you make Google look good?

Trying to improve the rankings of a site that offers very little value to its visitors is a short term strategy that is likely to come unstuck the first time Google carries out a manual review of the site.

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Click fraud on the rise?

It's the problem that Google insists isn't a problem and a topic that many online advertisers would prefer to ignore, but click fraud is potentially the biggest threat to the cost-per-click (CPC) advertising market.

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The end of the line

Back in the day we used to talk about 'above-the-line' and 'below-the-line' as a proxy for advertising versus direct marketing (and never the twain shall meet).

Digital has changed all that - we need to redraw the line.

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The issues facing big brand SEO

Affiliates and small companies are ideally placed to react quickly to algorithm changes but how can big brands do the same?

Search engine optimisation isn't a subject that sits well within the marketing departments of most large brands.

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SEO benefits of publishing news on your site

A lot of websites have news sections where company employees are tasked with writing about the latest industry news as well as news from within the company itself.

Sometimes the news is published because the writer is passionate about the subject and sometimes it is churned out by somebody who seems to be bored by the industry.

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