Friday, 7 October 2011

Take a look at clients who are smiling

Currently working for a charity 2011/2012: - Personalised greetings cards website
Personalised Cards - Funky PIgeon - UK's lowest prices on futons, beds and furniture

1weekSEO organic results : page 1 results for many terms and even position 1 for 'chair beds'
Comfy Living Chair Beds
This is for who also rank 1st in the UK for 'chairbeds' 'foam cube beds' and 'foam cube' and have page 1 positions for the single keywords 'futons' 'futon' and the term 'futon next day delivery' - Online store for fire retardent materials - Speed dating and singles events in Weston-super-Mare, Bristol, Somerset and the South West - Cheap eBay courier price comparison site - Organic candle and scent online store - Qualified accountant in Wigan - Bespoke design and installation of kitchens - Laptop repair in Solihull, Birmingham [also built this website]

Sugar Wishes - Feminine mastectomy swimwear and underwear - From window cleaning to pressure washing patios - Online wedding magazine for men - Music website with news and downloads - Wellness beauty clinic in London - Finance recruitment specialist in Weston-super-Mare - Botox, semi permanent makeup and beauty in Weston-super-Mare (Adsense parked domain) - London based photographer specialising in portraits and weddings
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Wednesday, 3 November 2010

Google Analytics suffers downtime on 02/11/2010

If you are a fan of Twitter and you are interested in SEO news, there's nothing bigger than Google suffering problems in every country across the globe, hence the phrase #Google Analytics trending worldwide on
If you were looking for your website stats on the morning of November the 3rd no doubt your jaw would have hit the floor and had you running to the nearest SEO forum to find answers.

The most popular link in replies to this post was to the Google Analytics Status dashboard:

Web Report11/1/10
All times are shown in your local timezone unless otherwise noted.
Time 5:59 PM 
We are continuing to investigate this issue. We will provide an update by November 6, 2010 12:00:00 AM UTC detailing when we expect to resolve the problem.
Starting Oct 25th, a 24hr delay with processing in sampled reports was identified in some accounts. No data has been lost and a fix is in progress.

The whole world seemed to stop for a few hours - ten years ago less than 5% of all posts on the internet on this subject would have been read - Google trending has thrown itself into it's own vat of boiling oil.

For some ecommerce sites this was unaccepteble, for others it was a cause for hilarity, but for everyone all data was restored by 12noon GMT and suddenly, the world started to turn again.

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Wednesday, 27 October 2010

Twitter book giveaway! Competition on Twitter

Win - "The History of the World Through Twitter" hardback book
This book is more than just a straight re-telling of history...Twitter is perhaps the most potent and versatile phenomenon yet thrown up by the web and the authors have created a fresh, hilarious, original and just occasionally (sort of) educational book which will take full advantage of the extraordinary popularity of Twitter.

On this day in history, 26th October 1965 The Queen awarded the Beatles their MBE medals at Buckingham Palace.

What would she tweet about this?  

TO ENTER: Leave a comment on this blog, or tweet your answer to @1weekSEO with the hashtag #TwitBook

The History of the World Through Twitter
Takes readers on a voyage through world history, told through the speculative tweets of its some of the famous people: from the Lord's commentary at the creation of the universe to Hardy's view from the Battle of Trafalgar, and from the Mona Lisa's reaction to being painted to Jackie K's take on the JFK assassination.

100 key moments from history are picked and reported in tweets - those 140-character maximum bite-sized chunks that are so familiar to Twitter users - and anyone who has read a newspaper in the last six months - today.

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Tuesday, 26 January 2010

Friendly SEO services - see results fast!

You're here because you want your website to perform well in Google search and drive traffic to your website ...... right?

I'm happy to give you a free consultation to give you an idea of how I can help and how cost effective it will be for you.

Based in Somerset UK, my services cover the whole of the UK remotely, there's no need for an on site visit. Working as an independent consultant with little overheads I am proud to offer a wide range of SEO services at a reasonable price.

I have valuable advice to give small businesses with new sites under a year old, but also have solid experience in SEO for companies with a 6 figure turnover, so get in touch for a free consultation today.

Below is a snapshot of traffic to a site that I was responsible for in January 2010.
The spike is from the power of social networking site Twitter and a free giveaway of a pocket 2010 diary. This went viral online and traffic spiked from 600 average hits to over 6,400 in one day!

Contact me if you would like to see your site perform well in terms of traffic and visibility in Google search engine results pages.

So, you want Google page 1?

The sooner people get over the idea of "top of google" as being a definition of SEO, the better. But it DOESN'T suit all businesses, just as other mediums don't. It's real, it's here to stay and for most businesses who plan correctly it can be hugely profitable.

You wouldn't believe a TV ad agency if they told you they could get your ad placed in the X-Factor breaks for £100, so why would you believe you're going to double your business for an equally suspect fee from an SEO company?

Research. Research. Research. People get scammed because in most cases they fail to conduct ANY research at all in the first place. It's basic business acumen. If you feel let down by a previous agency or consultant I would love to hear your story.

With a brand new website, position 1/2 in Google is achievable (in free organic search) with keyword research and regular emarketing I'd say 6 months in all honesty. I'm not going to lie about this and anyone who says different will just be taking your hard earned cash! However - with Adwords I can get you to google page one in a matter of hours. What adword daily budget would you set yourself?

I have worked with new sites and currently work full time on contract for a company who launched in October 2009, 39 hours a week just to put it into perspective the man hours involved are substantial.

SEO tasks include:
  • Installation and reporting of Google Analytics
  • Submission of URL to Google Webmaster tools, and code installed into your site to verify
  • Similar code verification for Alexa, Yahoo, Bing
  • Adwords reporting, keyword researching
  • Directory submission with full lisiting and photos, images, information
  • Article writing (500 words) submitting to article sites and press release sites
  • Blog creation on wordpress, Blog on Google (blogspot)
  • Google maps directory verification and submission
  • DMOZ submission
  • Posting on forums, creating identities
  • URL submission using a tool for global search engines
  • Facebook, Twitter, social networking accounts, creating proper profiles
  • Setting up Google Alerts for competitors and your own URL to track appearance on the internet
  • Meta tags and meta description for your website, Alt tags on images, proofreading for grammar etc
  • Web page copy composition in a style to suit your site
What I say to my clients with a low budget is to agree an arrangement of so many hours a week and I continue through this list and take payment as we go along. The work I carry out with contracting is done in the evenings and weekends.

Thursday, 19 November 2009

Official Google Blog: New site hierarchies display in search results

New site hierarchies display in search results

11/17/2009 08:02:00 AM
Google usually shows a green web address, or URL, at the bottom of each search result to let you know where you're headed. Today we're rolling out an improvement that replaces the URL in some search results with a hierarchy showing the precise location of the page on the website. The new display provides valuable context and new navigation options. The changes are rolling out now and should be available globally in the next few days.

Some web addresses help you understand the structure of the site and how the specific page fits into the site hierarchy. For example, consider a search for the biography of Vint Cerf (Google's Internet Evangelist). The URL for one result, "," shows that the page is located in a page about "execs," under "corporate," which is on the "" site. This can provide valuable context when deciding whether to click on the result.

Often, however, URLs are too long, too short, or too obscure to add useful information. For example, consider this result from ProductWiki for the query:

Click below for full details

Official Google Blog: New site hierarchies display in search results

Beginners Guide to Twitter and Tweetdeck

When I first started to use Twitter for my company I was posting discount vouchers constantly, adding random people I didn't know and repeat postings from a Word document I had created, allowing me to copy and paste previous tweets without getting RSI.

Then I downloaded Tweetdeck - I really recommend this free software (it will auto shorten URLs and you can add photos and pitures with a drag & drop). After then I realised, how uninteresting I must be, who wants to be bombarded with repetitious discount codes for a product you don't specifically need at that time.

I learned the basics of Twitter:

  • Names are preceeded with '@'
  • E.g. - senting out a tweet to Thefunkypigeon will not show up on their page, it needs to be @Thefunkypigeon
  • RT = Re-Tweet, repeating some else's post and crediting them by mentioning their name
  • # the hash symbol represents a group, e.g. I am interested in any local tweets, so I have #bristol and #somerset saved on tweetdeck
  • # groups that are being tweeted about (by mentioning this in your post) that are the most popular are called "Trending Topics"

Trending Topic

A regular trending topic is #FF or #FollowFriday where tweeps looking to increase their followers will RT their follower's names in their posts and the circle goes on - here's an example:
Here's some great tweeps for #FF @somerset1 @bristol2 @personalised
This really helps increase your followers, because they join in with the #FollowFriday they WANT to follow and be followed.

Another tip is to follow a tweeter called 'goodbyebuddy' which will notify you daily when anyone chooses to 'unfollow' you, this will help you understand how to make your audience stay with your tweets

I faded out the promo tweets and started to interact directly with local tweeters, and tweeters who have similar business, by re-tweeting their promotional tweets, effectively helping out their reach, and with good success. In the first 2 weeks of using Twitter, I had appeared on local radio and booked an advertisement in an eshot who I would have otherwise never come across before. You can also tweet to advertise #jobs or #vacancies online, real time, for free.

I hope this you have found this useful as I should have researched Twitter before I went barging in full steam ahead. One twitterer said there are 3 golden rules on Twitter which I adapted slightly:

30% Personal tweets and observations

30% links to interesting, pertinant articles and webpages

30% Promoting aspects about your own business / services

That leaves 10% to do what you like - for me it's following celebrities and replying to their tweets, and tweeting about trending topics...

Hope this was good reading, please feel free to leave a comment.
You can follow me on Twitter @SEOukSomerset

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