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Rent, Sell or Holiday Cottage

The White Cottage is nearly finished :)

Electricians finished today and plumber is in later this week or early next week to fire up the new heating system.

Carpenter is back on Monday to put cornice round the kitchen and finish of a bit of skirting and it’s then ready for the carpets.

Big question is – What do I do with it?

I had an agent around last month and he valued it at £275,000 and said I should obtain £750 – £800 per month if I was to rent it out.

My other option is to rent it out as a holiday cottage especially as it is so ideally located, is detached and has a real chocolate box look to it.

If we were in April, with spring around the corner it would be a no brainer and I would definitely use it as a holiday cottage, but as we are approaching winter and it isn’t even furnished yet, I’m not so sure it is a good idea and are swaying towards renting it out for 6 months and then taking it from there.

The White Cottage

Wheelchair Ramps for Shops

We find the most common mistake people make when ordering wheelchair ramps for shops is that they don’t take in to consideration they need to allow enough room for the wheelchair user to have a straight on approach to the ramp.

Where this often causes problems is when the shop entrance is directly on to the public pavement and the person ordering the ramp has not allowed enough room between the front of the shop and the edge of the kerb to allow, not only for the length of the wheelchair ramp, but also enough space between the bottom of the ramp and the kerb for turning.

As a rule we say to allow enough room for a maximum of 1:6 gradient for the ramp and an extra 1.2m between the bottom of the ramp and the kerb.

The 1.2m allows for the wheelchair user to turn and be square on to the ramp before starting their ascent.

Wheelchair Ramp Shop

Online SEO Training Course DIY SEO Courses


Some of the questions that pop up frequently on the online forums I visit are;

How do I find a good SEO?
How do I find a reliable SEO?
When do you know if you have a good SEO?
What does a Good SEO do?
How much should I pay for SEO?

The same old discussions and arguments start and the OP tends to be no wiser than before he asked the original question.

So, what’s the alternative for the person looking to employ an SEO for the 1st time who doesn’t want to risk being ripped off by all the charlatans who have jumped on the SEO bandwagon? – learn the basics of SEO.

Scientia potentia est – Knowledge is Power

What better way than knowing if an SEO is trying to hide behind technical terminology if you know the terminology yourself.

What better way to avoid an SEO gambling with your website when you know the odds.

What better way to avoid the little tricks used by an unscrupulous SEO when you know about these tricks.

Why rely on asking strangers questions in forums about SEO when you could be spending that time learning the basics yourself and then either using that knowledge gained to select a good SEO or even going on and learning more yourself?

I’ll let you in to a little secret here – SEO is fun and learning SEO is the most fun!

Once you start to learn the basics you may find you want to take a full SEO course and learn more about SEO, you may find it becomes like a hobby and whilst enjoying your hobby you gain more and more knowledge until you run not only your own SEO campaigns but also those of others.

Many of the knowledgeable SEO’s of today started by just picking things up on Usenet, building their own little sites, testing SEO theories and learning as they went along.

The Online SEO Training Courses provided by Fresh Bananas compact those initial stages of learning SEO in to easy step-by-step modules and tutorials that you can take at your own pace.

The DIY SEO Course also provides a number of ‘how-to’ videos, a unique tool for seeing how your website will look on Google, an advice forum used by successful SEO experts and 6 months online access to the course.

Find out more about this new Online SEO Training Course launched by Fresh Bananas


SEO Services for Tradesmen Warwickshire

It was 10 years in June that I gave up working on the building and decided to do SEO full time.

Having spent 25 years in the industry I decided enough was enough and that I just couldn’t afford to carry on working as it was costing me too much money being away from a PC and a phone.

In that time I have never really provided SEO Services to other people as I have so many of my own little sites set up for numerous products and services that I just haven’t needed the hassle of doping SEO for clients.

Just recently though I have been struggling to find a bit of inspiration so have decided to provide SEO Services for tradesmen local to me based on a paid on results approach and on whether it’s tradesmen I feel  can get on with.

This is none of your usual smarmy SEO stuff and I won’t be charging stupid SEO rates but if your a local tradesman in the Shipston on Stour / Stratford-upon-Avon area and want some no nonsense SEO advice and help feel free to get in touch with TJ on 01608 663759

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Free SEO Advice from V1 SEO

Here it is, The Free SEO Advice fact sheet that SEO companies want to see banned.

We are not saying follow this SEO Advice and you will miraculously suddenly appear on the front page of Google, but that by following the SEO Advice provided here it will set the foundations for your SEO campaign and will give you a far better understanding in the process of SEO and in many cases make you more knowledgeable than the countless SEO charlatans who have jumped on the bandwagon in recent years who exploit small business owners with unrealistic promises.

There are generally considered to be two types of SEO – On-page optimisation and off-page optimisation, the first part of this Free SEO Advice fact sheet concentrates primarily on On-page optimisation.

SEO Advice Key Points.

The following key points provide you the fundamentals of SEO

Realistic Expectations.

This is what I consider to be the number 1 piece of advice every SEO should share with clients.

Far too many SEO companies take on SEO work when the keywords are totally unrealistic and unachievable on the budget provided. The SEO company don’t care, they still get paid even though they know the targets are unreachable.

A good SEO company will be honest and upfront with you, if you say you have a budget of £200 a month and want to target the phrase Car Insurance they will tell you this is not possible and not take on the project, where as a bad SEO company will tell you it is achievable but may take a long time. 6 months later you are still very poorly ranked, £1,200 out of pocket and the SEO company has earned £1,200

Keyword Research / Competitor Analysis.

On a par, and related to, realistic expectations keyword research and competitor analysis is crucial before any SEO campaign is started.

Knowing which keywords and phrases to target with your SEO campaigns before you start is a must, not only knowing which keywords can potentially generate good traffic, but also knowing which keywords are realistic for you to target and which don’t have competitors targeting them who you can not realistically beat.

Good keyword research and competitor analysis before starting an SEO campaign will pay you dividends and also save you money spent on targeting keywords that will never give you a good ROI.

A Website is a Website – A Page is a Page

It’s important to realise that each page on your website should be optimised as an individual page, but then structured in a way that all pages are bonded together in a search engine friendly way. A common mistake made, is that people just a use default titles and meta descriptions throughout their website rather than providing individual titles for each page relevant to the content on the page.

Navigation and Site Structure.

When constructing a website the structural markup and navigation system plays a key role in search engine optimisation.

A good rule of thumb is to imagine Google being a small child when setting out your site.

Use your navigation system to tell Google where to go, tell Google where it is going and tell Google where it is when it gets there.

This is achieved by having a very simple, clear navigation system and by using the correct anchor text in links pointing to pages and the correct titles and content on the pages when it gets there.

It is important that Google doen’t get lost in your navigation and can quickly and easily find it’s way to any page on your site that it wants to find, just like a small child on its first day at a new school.

Titles and Headings.

OK you have your navigation and structural markup nice and clear, Google has followed a link to a page using Blue Widgets as the anchor text, it expects the page to be about Blue Widgets so give it what it expects.

First tell Google it is on a Blue Widgets page by having Blue Widgets in the page title, do the same with a main header, provide content about Blue Widgets and an image of Blue Widgets using Blue Widgets as the alt attribute.

Page Content and Layout.

Unlike the above section where I say treat Google like a small child when constructing your navigation system, once Google is reading your content treat it as a mature person, don’t give it content written for a search engine with keyword stuffed pages, give it natural well written creative content.

Creative being the keyword, a good SEO copywriter will provide content that reads naturally but still gets your keywords and phrases in the right places.

As mentioned previously, a page is a page and each page should be different. Google doesn’t like duplicate content and if you have generic text on all your pages it is important that there is a high percentage of unique content on all your important pages, this can sometime be a problem with template based websites which use a standard header, footer and sidebar throughout the site.

A good way of overcoming this is to have different templates for product pages which although look exactly the same, have different (or reduced) content in the header footer and sidebar and which give far more prominence to the main content section of the page.

More Free SEO Advice coming later – Let’s help each other.

This Free SEO Advice fact sheet is work in progress and can also be used as a SEO questions and answers page.

If you have any questions related to SEO you would like me to answer please use the comment form below. and I will do my best to reply with an honest answer.

Get Involved

Equally, if you are an SEO specialist who doesn’t mind helping out small business owners, please feel free to share any SEO advice or tips you have with everyone who reads this.

Please share this page with anyone you think might benefit from reading it and who might want to ask questions, join in or get involved in any way.

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Top 10 SEO Tips

1. Page titles should be as descriptive as possible about the content of the page and include main keyword target of the page.

2. Headers should include target keyword of the page.

3. Content should be carefully considered and include the keyword and derivative keywords evenly throughout the page.

4. Site navigation should be clear, precise, descriptive and use the correct anchor text whenever possible.

5. Alt attibutes (using keywords) should be used whenever images are displayed.

6. Content should be appealing, informative and encourage visitor engagement.

7. Locations should be frequently displayed for any location based service.

8. Always remember, a page is a page, each page of a website should be individually optimised.

9. Coding should be error free and kept to a minimum.

10. Make the file name of the page descriptive by using the target keywords.

These are the top 10 SEO Tips to help you rank higher in Google.

These are just the basic onpage SEO Tips you should follow when constructing each main page of a website, the pages should be treated individually and then linked together using a search engine friendly navigation system.

Once your pages are constructed in a search engine friendly way, are linked together using a search engine friendly navigation system and the site is ready to go the real SEO starts.

 

Top 10 SEO Tips for 2015

1. The busty bra technique – Lift and separate: If you are going to interlink multiple websites be very careful about lifting and separating and don’t take shortcuts by lifting content from money sites and spreading it too thinly over feeder sites.

2. Virgin Snow:  Remember that it is easy to find footprints in virgin snow

3. Golden Goose:  Look after them and they will look after you.

4. Talk Bollocks:  If talking sense and providing expertise isn’t working, just talk bollocks.

5. Annie Knows Best:  You are, and always will be, your number one fan.

6. Name Dropping:  I only said to Matt Cutts last week that I was thinking about preparing my list of top 10 SEO Tips for 2015

7. SEO Waffling:  A lower grade of bollocks but produced on a more regular basis.

8. Sexy SEO:  Does there have to be a reason?

9. The Good Shepherd:  Lead your sheep wisely, care for them, nurture them and when the time is right fleece them.

10. A picture is worth a thousand words: Especially if you make sure you add some SEO keywords to thae alt attibute

SEO Tips SEO Tips

 

Small is Beautiful UK Small Business Directory

When I started developing UK Small Business Directory one of the 1st things I did was provide free advertising

I was initially just getting a handful of new entries a day but as I optimised it more this soon started to grow until in it’s heyday when it was receiving 200 new listings a day.

The thing is though, I was a bit slack on moderation and a lot of entries that shouldn’t have got through did.

I then came up with the idea to use a pre-moderation database so listings didn’t go live until I approved them.

This moderation system worked well and cut down the new entries to less than 150 a day, but was becoming more and more time consuming.

I later added another filtering system that got listings down to less than hundred a day but again was even more time consuming.

I could tolerate the time I was spending on moderating new listings as my AdSense earnings were very good.

What I didn’t like though, was the thankless task of keeping the free listings to a high quality.

I kept a record for a few weeks and out of 2,000 free listings I had provided was only thanked less than a handful of times.

I would like to assume people adding the listings don’t understand the work involved at the other end od the approval form. think it is an automated system, or think it is just a faceless company at the other end.

Looking at new listings recently I notice a high number to be being added by agencies rather than small business owners, a high number are by people trying to add multiple listings in different areas, a high number are still spammers, a number are non UK based, a number just try to drop links and my being thanked rate is as low as it had been.

With all of this in mind I have decided, the number of new listings I get a day now is irrelevant and with this in mind I have changed the new business registration system so that people now have to email me 1st to get a link to a hidden submission page.

As expected new listings are rock bottom, but the work involved in moderating is rock bottom too, the fake/spam entries are virtually zero and I am back to being thanked for providing the service I do similar to how things were in the early days

All in all it’s been the best few weeks I can remember, the new entries may be at rock bottom but running the directory has become fun again and the thanks I get make it worthwhile.

Rather than just receiving hundreds of new faceless listings a week I am down to dozens, but it’s back to what made the directory good in the 1st place, I would rather have a handful of happy people registered who appreciate what I do, rather than hundreds who don’t give a toss.

What has happened to the waffling

I don’t know why but for some reason I don’t appear to have done much waffling recently.

I TEND TO GO THOUGH PHASES AND SPELLS OF WAFFLING, but can’t remember a waffle free period as long as this one before.

Admittedly, I’ve tended to spend more time on the Zone recently, lurk on Google+ and are back at UKBF, BUT THAT SHOULDN’T REALLY BE AN EXCUSE TO GO WAFFLE free.

I’ve been working at the cottage recently so are spending less time online in general and to be honest have got a bit bored with web work.

The directory has started to pick up again since the latest Google Panda update, but to be honest I’ve got so sick of the spammers, scammers and free loaders that I just can’t muster up the enthusiasm to do anything with it.

I can’t be bothered to do any affiliate work, my ramps site is just ticking over and the thought of doing SEO for anyone else just makes me want to crack open another tinny.

So where do I go from here?

To be honest, I enjoyed doing the house up so much last year and the work I am doing on the cottage at the moment that I’m tempted to see if there is any more property to buy after finishing the cottage and getting back on the tools even more.

Google Traffic Calculator

V1 SEO have devised a new SEO tool that calculates the amount of unique visitors based on the selected keyword for the position achieved in the Google SERPS’s for that keyword.

Google Traffic Calculator

Keyword:

Position in Google:

Amount of Traffic this keyword generates in 24 hours

 

Publisher Rank Checker

After months of deliberation Sim64 are proud to announce the launch of the Sim64 Publisher Rank Checker

The Sim64 Publisher Rank Checker grades your Google+ Page between 0 and 100 based on a number of factors devised by Sim64.

Find your Google Publisher Rank by entering the Google+ Id number or Custom URL of your Google+ Page below

For example – 104436605347101495088 or +UKSBD

   https://plus.google.com/        

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UPDATE 24/01/14 Whole of Google+ Down – Database backed up to 21 January 2014.

The Reason Why Google+ was down

http://googleblog.blogspot.co.uk/2014/01/todays-outage-for-several-google.html

http://www.google.com/appsstatus#hl=en&v=status&ts=1390591311985

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Kashflow Promotional Code Promo Code gives you a Discount of Kashflow

Update March 2014: New Kashflow Promo Codes and pricing structure announced for 2014

See more here – New Kashflow Plans for 2014

See more about Kashflow Promo Codes here – What does Promo Code mean on Kashflow and Where do I find a Kashflow Promo Code


I’ve blogged previously about the Kashflow Online Accounting Software and about how much easier it has made my invoicing.

I even set a page up on my directory site providing more info about it – Online Accounting Software

I never really realised how good the Kashflow Promotional Code was though.

As a Kashflow affiliate I can give out promotion codes that discounts Kashflow from £18 a month to £17 a month (for 6 months), this may not sound much, but it’s better than a kick in the teeth and pays for a couple of drinks at the end of the year :)

If you wan’t your round of drinks next year just use the Kashflow Promotional Code AFF2100231 or click on the banner below.

Accounting Software

Using Rich Snippets and schema.org to improve local search

Although Google say;

“Google doesn’t use markup for ranking purposes at this time”

they also go on to say;

“but rich snippets can make your web pages appear more prominently in search results, so you may see an increase in traffic.”

Something else they don’t mention, but which our testing appear to validate is that using Rich Sippets for locations can help with your Google Places listing.

With this in mind V1 SEO have created a simplified tutorial based on the schema.org microdata format for Local Business and  Postal Address.

The first thing you need to do is provide information on what the microformat is telling us, in the case of a Local business we use Local Business and start with

<div itemscope itemtype=”http://schema.org/LocalBusiness”>

We then name the business with;

<span itemprop=”name”>V1 SEO</span>

which produces

V1 SEO

and then move on to the address with,

<div itemprop=”address” itemscope itemtype=”http://schema.org/PostalAddress”>
<span itemprop=”streetAddress”>The White Cottage</span> <br />
<span itemprop=”streetAddress”>Stourton</span> <br />
<span itemprop=”addressLocality”>Shipston-on-Stour</span> <br />
<span itemprop=”addressRegion”>Warwickshire</span> <br />
<span itemprop=”postalCode”>CV36 5HG</span> <br /> <br />
<div>

which produces

The White Cottage
Stourton
Shipston-on-Stour
Warwickshire
CV36 5HG

Telephone number and email address are added using,

<span itemprop=”telephone”>01608 685039</span>
<a href=”mailto:1@v1seo.co.uk” itemprop=”email”>1@v1seo.co.uk</a>

which produces,

01608 685039
1@v1seo.co.uk

URL’s and descriptions can also be added and the divs are closed of which gives us,

V1 SEO
The White Cottage
Stourton
Shipston-on-Stour
Warwickshire
CV36 5HG

01608 685039
1@v1seo.co.uk

SEO Experts who specialise in helping small local businesses improve their online presence.

Once you have put your address in microdata format you can test it using the Google Rich Snippets Testing Tool

To see the microdata format used to create this address view the source code of this page.

If anyone wants more instructions about the basic Local Business microdata just comment below.

I’ll do it for you

Just to add: If you’re still a bit lost in how to do this just send me your full postal address and I will send you the completed code you can just copy’n’paste on to your website.

Link Devaluation The views of SEO Weasel

SEO Weasel has an interesting theory about Link Devaluation

SEO Weasel says webmasters and website owners should stop running around like headless chickens looking at other websites for bad backlinks and links that have been devalued but instead try looking a little closer to home.

Have you got a website with a good navigation system that spreads your PR evenly throughout your site?

Do your pages rank higher than they deserve based almost solely on the fact that they have numerous internal links pointing to them?

Imagine what were to happen if your own internal links were to be devalued – Does that thought look similar to what you are experiencing now?

You haven’t been penalised, you haven’t been filtered, you are not suffering the effects of bad links, you’ve just returned to your natural organic position assuming your own links aren’t taken in to consideration as a ranking factor.

Link Devaluation

 

Top 10 Webcams for Google Hangouts The Best Webcam for Google Hangouts

If your want to start using Google Hangouts in Google+ you really should think about getting a quality HD Webcam rather than just using the standard low quality web cam on some laptops.

Over the next couple of days I will try to find the best webcams for Google Hangouts and create a top 10 webcams section.

For now, try taking a look at the ones below.

cheap webcam for hangoutsLOGITECH C270 HD Webcam

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Using the Google+ Comments System on WordPress Posts

This is a 2nd post to test out using Using the Google+ Comments System on WordPress Posts.
Please post a comment below to test this out – thank you.

Note: This is a test, please do not use the 1st comment box, reply to the 1st comment instead – thank you.

Post a Comment Using Google+

If you do not have a Google+ Account please use the old comment system at bottom of page (it may take a few hours before I approve it though)

Google+ Stats for Business Usage Comparison

This page has been set up to display the stats and compare Facebook, Twitter and Google+ usage by small businesses who sign up to UK Small Business Directory.

It displays how many businesses added their Facebook details, Twitter details and Google+ details when they registered in UK Small Business Directory.

Week 1 – 1st to 7th January 2012

Total sign ups this week – 321

Facebook: 86 = 27% sign up rate
Twitter: 94 = 29% sign up rate
Googe+ 16 = 5% sign up rate


Week 2 – 8th to 14th January 2012

Total sign ups this week – 423

Facebook: 110 = 26% sign up rate
Twitter: 91 = 22% sign up rate
Googe+ 19 = 5% sign up rate


Week 3 – 15th to 21st January 2012

Total sign ups this week – 429

Facebook: 137 = 32% sign up rate
Twitter: 124 = 29% sign up rate
Googe+ 29 = 7% sign up rate


Week 4 – 22nd to 28th January 2012

Total sign ups this week – 448

Facebook: 123 = 27.5% sign up rate
Twitter: 109 = 24.3% sign up rate
Googe+ 29 = 6.5% sign up rate


Week 5 – 29th January to 4th February 2012

Total sign ups this week – 464

Facebook: 123 = 26.5% sign up rate
Twitter: 108 = 23.3% sign up rate
Googe+ 21 = 4.7% sign up rate


Week 6 – 5th February to 11th February 2012

Total sign ups this week – 501

Facebook: 126 = 25.1% sign up rate
Twitter: 117 = 23.4% sign up rate
Googe+ 22 = 4.4% sign up rate


Week 7 – 12th February to 18th February 2012
Note: free registration page was offline for a day whilst updating site.

Total sign ups this week – 378

Facebook: 103 = 27.2% sign up rate
Twitter: 82 = 21.7% sign up rate
Googe+ 27 = 7.1% sign up rate


Week 8 – 19th February to 25th February 2012

Total sign ups this week – 528

Facebook: 156 = 29.5% sign up rate
Twitter: 148 = 28.0% sign up rate
Googe+ 27 = 5.1% sign up rate


A quick sum up now 8 weeks have gone.

Stats since January 1st 2012

Total sign ups – 3491

Facebook: 964 = 27.6% sign up rate
Twitter: 865 = 24.8% sign up rate
Googe+ 194 = 5.6% sign up rate

Google+ is still lagging well behind and to date shows no sign of catching up, one thing I have noticed is that a number of people enter the wrong details in the box when trying to add their Google+ listing, maybe if Google made it more clear about the ID number people would use it more.


Week 9 – 26th February to 3rd March 2012

Total sign ups this week – 418

Facebook: 129 = 30.9% sign up rate
Twitter: 128 = 30.6% sign up rate
Googe+ 22 = 5.3% sign up rate


Week 10 – 4th March to 10th March 2012
(currently in process of updating sites, next 2 weeks figures may up and down)

Total sign ups this week – 401

Facebook: 124 = 30.9% sign up rate
Twitter: 123 = 30.7% sign up rate
Googe+ 24 = 6.0% sign up rate


Week 11 – 11th March to 17th March 2012
(currently in process of updating sites, next 2 weeks figures may up and down)

Total sign ups this week – 429

Facebook: 114 = 26.6% sign up rate
Twitter: 122 = 28.4% sign up rate
Googe+ 27 = 6.3% sign up rate


Week 12 – 18th March to 24th March 2012
(currently in process of updating sites, next 2 weeks figures may up and down)

Total sign ups this week – 481

Facebook: 141 = 29.3% sign up rate
Twitter: 144 = 29.9% sign up rate
Googe+ 28 = 5.8% sign up rate


Week 13 – 25th March to 31st March 2012

Total sign ups this week – 456

Facebook: 131 = 28.7% sign up rate
Twitter: 128 = 28.1% sign up rate
Googe+ 24 = 5.3% sign up rate


Week 14 – 1st April to 7th April 2012

Total sign ups this week – 488

Facebook: 123 = 25.2% sign up rate
Twitter: 122 = 25.0% sign up rate
Googe+ 22 = 4.5% sign up rate


Week 15 – 8th April to 14th April 2012

Total sign ups this week – 457

Facebook: 130 = 28.4% sign up rate
Twitter: 116 = 25.4% sign up rate
Googe+ 28 = 6.1% sign up rate


Week 16 – 15th April to 21st April 2012

Total sign ups this week – 541

Facebook: 151 = 27.9% sign up rate
Twitter: 139 = 25.7% sign up rate
Googe+ 38 = 7.0% sign up rate


Week 17 – 22nd April to 28th April 2012

Total sign ups this week – 553

Facebook: 185 = 33.5% sign up rate
Twitter: 182 = 22.9% sign up rate
Googe+ 44 = 8.0% sign up rate


Another quick sum up now 17 weeks have gone.

Stats since January 1st 2012

Total directory sign ups this year to date – 7,707

Facebook: 2,223 = 28.8% sign up rate
Twitter: 2,091 = 27.1% sign up rate
Googe+ 470 = 6.1% sign up rate

Google+ is still lagging well behind, but has increased the percentage rate slightly, Twitter has also increased slightly with Facebook remaining virtualy the same.


Week 18 – 29th April to 5th May 2012

Total sign ups this week – 462

Facebook: 151 = 32.7% sign up rate
Twitter: 134 = 29.0% sign up rate
Googe+ 18 = 3.9% sign up rate


Week 19 – 6th May to 12th May 2012

Total sign ups this week – 452

Facebook: 142 = 31.4% sign up rate
Twitter: 129 = 28.5% sign up rate
Googe+ 33 = 7.3% sign up rate


Week 20 – 13th May to 19th May 2012

Total sign ups this week – 529

Facebook: 148 = 28% sign up rate
Twitter: 133 = 25.1% sign up rate
Googe+ 34 = 6.4% sign up rate


Week 21 – 20th May to 26th May 2012

Total sign ups this week – 432

Facebook: 123 = 28.5% sign up rate
Twitter: 120 = 27.8% sign up rate
Googe+ 23 = 5.3% sign up rate


Week 22 – 26th May to 2nd June 2012

Total sign ups this week – 454

Facebook: 133 = 29.3% sign up rate
Twitter: 126 = 27.8% sign up rate
Googe+ 29 = 6.4% sign up rate


Week 23 – 3rd June to 9th June 2012
(2 bank holidays in this week)

Total sign ups this week – 425

Facebook: 145 = 34.1% sign up rate
Twitter: 117 = 27.5% sign up rate
Googe+ 23 = 5.4% sign up rate


Week 24 – 10th June to 16th June 2012

Total sign ups this week – 456

Facebook: 141 = 30.9% sign up rate
Twitter: 131 = 28.7% sign up rate
Googe+ 26 = 5.7% sign up rate


Week 25 – 17th June to 23rd June 2012

Total sign ups this week – 458

Facebook: 124 = 27.1% sign up rate
Twitter: 118 = 25.8% sign up rate
Googe+ 36 = 7.9% sign up rate


Week 26 – 24th June to 30th June 2012

Total sign ups this week – 454

Facebook: 139 = 30.6% sign up rate
Twitter: 118 = 26% sign up rate
Googe+ 20 = 4.4% sign up rate


6 Month Stats

Well here we are 26 weeks in to this little experiment and here are the Google+ Stats for the first 6 months of 2012

Total of new businesses registered in UK Small Business Directory – 11,786

Facebook: 3,507 = 29.8% sign up rate
Twitter: 3,232 = 27.4% sign up rate
Googe+ 728 = 6.2% sign up rate

Let’s compare those to the stats from week 17

Facebook: 2,223 = 28.8% sign up rate
Twitter: 2,091 = 27.1% sign up rate
Googe+ 470 = 6.1% sign up rate

The 1st thing we can see when comparing stats from 17 weeks and 26 weeks is how incredibly similar they are, which probably shows how accurate they are.

The 2nd thing we can see is just how poor Google is still doing and how they have made no gains over Facebook or Twitter at all.

It looks even worse for Google when viewing the Google+ Directory on UK Small Business Directory – http://www.uksmallbusinessdirectory.co.uk/gplus-directory.asp

You only have to start looking at some of the Google+ Pages to see how inactive they are.

Summary after 6 months is that despite what the Google+ supporters say Google+ Pages for Business have been a complete failure, which possibly explains why they are now creating Google+ Local.


Week 27 – 1st July to 7th July 2012

Total sign ups this week – 503

Facebook: 151 = 30.0% sign up rate
Twitter: 141 = 28.0% sign up rate
Googe+ 32 = 6.4% sign up rate


Week 28 – 8th July to 14th July 2012

Total sign ups this week – 482

Facebook: 149 = 30.9% sign up rate
Twitter: 123 = 25.5% sign up rate
Googe+ 32 = 6.6% sign up rate


Week 29 – 15th July to 21th July 2012

Total sign ups this week – 473

Facebook: 143 = 30.2% sign up rate
Twitter: 144 = 30.4% sign up rate
Googe+ 32 = 6.8% sign up rate


Week 30 – 22nd July to 28th July 2012

Whilst school holidays are on I have moved the free registration form and made free listings a lot harder to find.

Total sign ups this week – 299

Facebook: 104 = 34.8% sign up rate
Twitter: 102 = 34.1% sign up rate
Googe+ 22 = 7.3% sign up rate


Week 31 – 29th July to 4th August 2012

Whilst school holidays are on I have moved the free registration form and made free listings a lot harder to find.

Total sign ups this week – 288

Facebook: 95 = 33.0% sign up rate
Twitter: 83 = 28.8% sign up rate
Googe+ 21 = 7.2% sign up rate


Update: End of year stats for 2012

As anyone who has been following these stats knows for some reason or another I stopped my weekly compiling in week 32.

This is an end of year update showing the total number of businesses that registered in the UK Small Business Directory in 2012 and how many added their Facebook, Twitter and Google+ Pages to their listing.

Week 52 – January 2013

Total sign ups in 2012 = 20,307

Total Facebook: 6,111 = 30.9% sign up rate
Total Twitter: 5,697 = 28.5% sign up rate
Total Googe+ 1,419 = 6.9% sign up rate


Google Author Rank Checker Testing Jump Links

Sim64 launch Google Author Rank Checker to help you find your Google Author Rank.

 

This is actually a little test on jump to links.

zEDDY

 

What About The Jump Links TJ

This all started of as a little test on jump links, if you look at the content menu above most of the jump links point to another website exept to the one talking about Jump Links. If you try searching in Google for some of the phrases used in the anchor text of the jump links you will some of the results. Jump links test by by TJ.
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UK Small Business Directory Reviews

This page has been set up so you can provide reviews and comments on the the services provided by UK Small Business Directory

Please provide a link to where your listing is within the directory when commenting.

Please have a browse through this blog whilst you’re here, you will find lots of useful SEO information, advice and tips.

Please note: when I upgrade listings your details are made more prominent and this may attract marketing calls, these are nothing to do with me I will never ring you.

If someone does ring claiming to represent UK Small Business Directory tell them where to go.

If you like the service I provide please recommend me to anyone you think may be interested.

Kashflow Online Accounting Software and Invoicing Software Promo Code

Update March 2014: New Kashflow Promo Codes and pricing structure announced for 2014

See more here – New Kashflow Plans for 2014

See more about Kashflow Promo Codes here – What does Promo Code mean on Kashflow and Where do I find a Kashflow Promo Code


I’ve been running my business for nearly 10 years now and in all that time have always done my own bookkeeping manually using spreadsheets.

I then drop everything in to my accountant at the end of the year, get frowned at, get told I should use an accounting system, and end up paying more than I should because my bookkeeping is a mess (even though my accountants are very fair to me and cap their fees for me)

I saw my accountant again last month and after the usual frowning and comments this time decided to take advantage of the 60 day Free trial Kashflow are offering on their Online Accounting Software

I’ve known about Kashflow for about 4 or 5 years now, as the owner frequents the same business forums I do, I’ve even been an affiliate of theirs for a number of years, but until last month never got around to trialing it.

Accounting SoftwareThis changed last month as I decided to bite the bullet and give Kashflow a go.

After just an hour of using it I said “WOW! why haven’t I been using this from day one?” It does everything well that I do badly.

All I do now as soon as I sell anything is log in, add customers details, generate an invoice and it does everything else for me.

It lists all the invoices and then once I have received payment I just click a button to say it has been paid and it changes the status from unpaid to paid.

I can now just go in, go to sales and see my full list of invoices and know straight away which have been paid, which are unpaid and which are outstanding (should have been paid)

Kashflow does loads more, like having similar system for receipts, keeping running totals of everything, providing numerous reports, etc.

Although I am an affiliate for Kashflow and earn a bit of commission if anyone buys it via me I can honestly say I would thoroughly recommend it to any small business owner who like me thought it was simple enough and cheaper to do things your own way.

The time it saves will soon pay for itself, the time my accountant spends sorting out my accounts will be a lot less which will save me even more £’s, the ease of using Kashflow makes preparing invoices and bookkeeping in general a joy rather than something I dreaded, and the fact Kashflow creates such good accounts means the fear of an HMRC inspection is greatly reduced.

I haven’t got it set up in time for this years accounts, but already can’t wait until next year to drop my accounts in to my accountants and see his face when I have everything organised so well. :)

Oh! one more thing, as a Kashflow affiliate I can offer a discount code that means you can get Kashflow for £17 per month (for the 1st 6 months) reduced from £18 a month when using the promotional code AFF2100231

Trust me, it’s well worth it and the 14 day free trial is a genuine free trial without you having to provide credit card details or all that usual cancellation or pay rubbish.

Free accounting software

Full Kit Wankers

No idea how this guy https://twitter.com/WankersFullKit  got in to my Twitter feed but I’m glad he did :)

The language may be a bit saucy for some, but the posts are classic

It’s basically a piss take of grown men who where full football kits

1st Tweet appeared on 10th September saying

“We’re @WankersFullKit, set up to expose the fully grown men who wear a full football kit publicly, otherwise known as #FullKitWankers.”

Update to add:

Looks like this could be the original: http://richardp1975.wordpress.com/2012/08/24/full-kit-wankers/

What is a good Open Site Explorer Domain Authority and Page Authority score

I know that the SEOMOZ Open Site Explorer implies a higer Domain Authority and Page Authority score is good but what is considered a good score?

Having just checked one of my sites it comes up with an Open Site Explorer Domain Authority score of 74 and Page Authority of 79

Would those scores be classed as below average, average or above average?

Pantless Weasel SEO

 

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  569. Granite Worktops
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  572. Graphic Designers
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  578. Gunsmiths
  579. Haberdashery
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  582. Hair Extensions
  583. hairdressers
  584. handmade greeting cards
  585. Handmade Presents
  586. Handyman Services
  587. Hardwood Flooring
  588. Healing
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  590. HEALTH AND FITNESS
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  593. Health Products
  594. HealthTravel
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  596. heating systems
  597. Hen and Stag Weekends
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  610. Home Furnishings and Gifts
  611. Home Improvement
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  616. Homecrafts
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  618. Homeopathy
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  621. Horse Riding Schools
  622. House Clearance
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  626. HR Consultancy
  627. Hrbalists
  628. Hydraulic Engineers
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  634. Ice Hockey
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  636. Illustration
  637. Image Consultancy
  638. Immigration Services
  639. Import agents
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  641. Induction Loops
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  644. Industrial units to let
  645. Inflatable Hirer
  646. Information Services
  647. Inkjet Retailer
  648. Instrumentation
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  650. Interim Resource
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  652. International Removals
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  654. Internet (ISP)
  655. Internet (Outsourcing)
  656. Internet (Web Design)
  657. Internet (Search Engine Optimization)
  658. Internet Marketing
  659. Internet Safety
  660. Internet Service Providers
  661. Internet Services
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  663. Interpretation boards
  664. Introduction Agencies
  665. Intuitive consultant
  666. Inventory Services
  667. Investment Fund Managers
  668. Investment Gold and Silver
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  670. IRONING and LAUNDRY SERVICES
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  672. Islamic Clothing
  673. IT Consulting
  674. IT Project Mangement
  675. IT Services
  676. IT Services Solutions Provider
  677. IT Specialists
  678. IT Support
  679. Jackleg Cabins
  680. Jewellery
  681. Jewellery Valuers
  682. Joinery
  683. Karaoke
  684. kitchen designer
  685. Kitchen Fitters
  686. Kitchen Splashbacks
  687. Kitchen, Bathrooms and Tiling
  688. kitchens
  689. Knife Sharpening
  690. Knitting Services
  691. Label Printers
  692. Labels
  693. Ladies Fitness
  694. Land Agent
  695. Landscape
  696. Landscape Gardeners
  697. Landscaping
  698. language services
  699. Language Tuition
  700. Laptop repair
  701. Laser Hair Remover
  702. Laser Teeth Whitening
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  704. Lawn Mower Repairs
  705. Lawn Treatment Service
  706. Leaflet Delivery
  707. Leaflet Distribution
  708. LED Lighting
  709. LED Signs
  710. Legal Consultants
  711. Letting Agents
  712. LEV Inspection Engineers
  713. LG Mobile Phones
  714. Life coaching
  715. Life Insurance
  716. Lifestyle management
  717. Lifting Equipment
  718. Lighting
  719. Limousine
  720. Limousine Hire
  721. Linen and Laundry Services
  722. Lingerie
  723. Liquidation
  724. Lister Gaskets
  725. Load balancing
  726. loans and mortgages
  727. Local Advertising
  728. Locksmiths
  729. loft conversions
  730. Loft Ladders
  731. Log Homes and Products
  732. lubricants
  733. Magazines
  734. Mailing Machines
  735. Maintenance
  736. Male Grooming
  737. Manufacture
  738. Manufacturer of sewn products
  739. manufacturing
  740. Maps
  741. MARKET RESEARCH
  742. Market Research Companies
  743. Marketing
  744. Marketing and Advertising
  745. Marketing edirect
  746. Marketing Experts
  747. Marketing, PR and Design
  748. Marquee Hire
  749. Martial Arts
  750. massage therapy
  751. maternity Wear
  752. Maths Tuition
  753. Mechanics
  754. Media Monitoring
  755. Media Music and Recording
  756. medical equipment
  757. Medical Herbalists
  758. Medical Reference Books
  759. Medical Services
  760. Memorials
  761. memory boxes
  762. memory cards
  763. Memory Foam Mattresses
  764. Mens designer underwear
  765. Metal Buildings
  766. Metal Polishers
  767. metalworking
  768. mini digger
  769. Minibus Hire
  770. Mirrors
  771. Misc
  772. Mobile Bar Hire
  773. Mobile Car Body Repairs
  774. Mobile Disco
  775. Mobile Holistic Therapies
  776. Mobile Mechanic
  777. Mobile Phone Charms
  778. Mobile Phones
  779. Model Shops
  780. Modular Buildings
  781. Mole Catcher
  782. Mortgage
  783. mortgage brokers
  784. Mortgages
  785. MOT Centres
  786. Motorcycle
  787. Motorcycle Training
  788. Motorhomes
  789. Motorhomes For Hire
  790. Motorsport
  791. Moving and Handling Mobility Equipment
  792. multimedia
  793. Mural Artist
  794. Music (Instruments)
  795. Music CD Tapes DVD etc
  796. Music Management
  797. Musical instruments for sale
  798. Musicians
  799. Muslim News
  800. Narrowboats For Sale
  801. Natural Burial Sites
  802. Needlecraft
  803. Needlecraft Kits
  804. News
  805. Nokia Mobile Phones
  806. Novelties
  807. Nutrition
  808. Nutritional Supplements
  809. Oak Flooring
  810. Oak Flooring Suppliers
  811. Oak Framed Buildings
  812. Oak Furniture
  813. Obituaries
  814. Occupational Therapists
  815. Office Equipment Suppliers
  816. OFFICE FIT OUT AND PARTITIONING
  817. Office furniture
  818. Office Plants
  819. Office Refurbishmant
  820. Office Refurbishment
  821. Office Services
  822. Office Supplies
  823. Oil Filtration
  824. Oil Tanks
  825. on hold messages
  826. Online Advertising
  827. Online Tutoring
  828. Optical Fibre
  829. Optician
  830. Oracle Services and Consulting
  831. Organic Baby Clothes
  832. Organic Goods
  833. Orthopaedic Products
  834. Orthopedic Shoes
  835. Osteopaths
  836. Outdoor flooring specialists
  837. Outdoor Toys
  838. Outdoors
  839. Oven Cleaning
  840. Overseas Property Consultants
  841. PA Systems
  842. Packaging
  843. Packaging Consultants
  844. Packaging Suppliers
  845. Paint Manufacturers
  846. paint Protection
  847. Paintballing
  848. painters
  849. PAINTERS AND DECORATORS
  850. painting
  851. Painting and Decorating
  852. Paintless Dent Repair
  853. Pallet Racking
  854. Party Plan
  855. Party Plan Agents
  856. Party Supplies
  857. PAT Testing
  858. Patents and Trade Marks
  859. Patio Cleaning
  860. Pay Per Click Management
  861. payroll
  862. Payroll Services
  863. PC Repairs
  864. PC Services And Accessories
  865. Perfume and Aftershave Retailers
  866. Personal Coaching
  867. Personal Injury
  868. PERSONAL LOANS
  869. Personal Trainers
  870. Personalised Car Mats
  871. Personalised Childrens Gifts
  872. Personalised Gifts and Certificates
  873. Personalised Number Plates
  874. Pest Control
  875. Pet Behaviour Counselling
  876. PET BOARDING
  877. Pet Grooming
  878. Pet Memorials
  879. Pet Portraits
  880. Pet Services
  881. Pet Shops
  882. Pet Sitters
  883. Pet sitting and Dog walking services
  884. Pets
  885. Phone Engineers
  886. Phone Systems
  887. Photo Retouching
  888. Photocopiers
  889. Photographers
  890. photography
  891. Photography in Birmingham
  892. Physiotherapy
  893. Piano Teachers
  894. picture framing
  895. Piling
  896. Pirate Parties
  897. Planning Consultants
  898. Plant and Tool Hire
  899. Plant Nursery
  900. Plaster and Cement Mouldings
  901. Plasterers
  902. Plastering Services
  903. Plastic Injection Moulding
  904. Plastic Oil Tanks
  905. Plotter Materials
  906. Plumbers
  907. Plumbing Services
  908. Plumbing Supplies
  909. Point of Sale
  910. Pointers and Builders
  911. Pole Dancing
  912. Pool Tables
  913. popcorn machines hire
  914. Portable Air Conditioners
  915. Portable Appliance Testing
  916. Portable Buildings
  917. Portable Classrooms
  918. Portable Wheelchair Ramps
  919. Portrait Artist
  920. Powder Coating
  921. Power Supplies
  922. Pre-press and Pressroom Supplies
  923. Pregnancy and Birth
  924. Premium Rate Services
  925. Pressure Mattresses
  926. Pressure Washing
  927. Prestige Transport
  928. Print Finishers
  929. Printed Circuit Boards
  930. Printer inks and toners
  931. Printer repair
  932. Printer Spares and Toners
  933. printers
  934. Printing
  935. printing services
  936. Printing Supplies
  937. Private Healthcare Insurance
  938. Private Hire Taxi
  939. Private Investigators
  940. Private tuition
  941. Private Tutors
  942. Processing Equipment
  943. Procurement Specialists
  944. Product design consultancy
  945. Professional Kitchen designer
  946. project Management
  947. Promotional Merchandise
  948. Proofreaders
  949. Proofreading
  950. Property
  951. Property Advisors
  952. Property Developer
  953. property in romania
  954. Property investment
  955. Property Maintenance
  956. Property Maintenance Contractors
  957. Property Management
  958. Property Services
  959. Prototyping
  960. Psychic Readings
  961. Psychologists
  962. Psychotherapist
  963. Pub Quizzes
  964. Public Relations
  965. publications
  966. Publishers
  967. Publishing Services
  968. Pubs
  969. Quad Dealer
  970. Quality and Environment Consultants
  971. Quantity Surveyors
  972. R and D
  973. Rabbit Boarding
  974. Radiation Protection Adviser
  975. Radiologists
  976. Radley Bags
  977. Railway Signalling Installation
  978. Rainwater Harvesting Systems
  979. Real Estate
  980. Record Label
  981. Recording Studio
  982. Recording Studios
  983. Recruitment
  984. Recruitment Agencies
  985. Recruitment Software
  986. Reflexologist
  987. Reiki Healers
  988. reiki healing / Holistic Therapy Consultant
  989. REIKI PRACTITIONER
  990. Relocation Agents
  991. remote controls
  992. Removals
  993. repairs
  994. repointing
  995. Residential Recording Studio
  996. Restaurant
  997. restaurants
  998. retail
  999. Retail Consumables
  1000. Retailers
  1001. Reunite Friends
  1002. Reward Schemes
  1003. RF Components
  1004. Rigging services
  1005. Roller Shutters
  1006. Roof Coating
  1007. Roofers
  1008. Roofing Services
  1009. Rubber Products
  1010. Rubber Stamps
  1011. Rugby Shirts
  1012. Rugs
  1013. Safety
  1014. Sandwich Bars
  1015. Sash Window Renovators
  1016. Sash Windows
  1017. Satellite Broadband Providers
  1018. Satellite Tracking
  1019. sbem
  1020. Scaffold Hire
  1021. Scaffolders
  1022. Scaffolding
  1023. Scandinavian Clothing
  1024. Scientific
  1025. Scotch Whisky
  1026. scotch whisky exporters
  1027. Scrap Cars
  1028. SCRAP METAL RECYCLING
  1029. Scuba Diving Equipment
  1030. Search Engine Marketing Services
  1031. Search Engine Optimisation
  1032. Search Engine Optimization
  1033. Search Engines
  1034. Second-Hand
  1035. Secretarial Services
  1036. Secured Loans
  1037. security
  1038. Security Fencing
  1039. Security Services
  1040. self catering cottages
  1041. Self Storage
  1042. SEO
  1043. SEO Companies
  1044. SEO Consultants
  1045. SEO Courses
  1046. SEO Expert
  1047. SEO Packages
  1048. SEO Services
  1049. Serviced Apartments
  1050. Serviced Offices
  1051. sheds
  1052. Shipping
  1053. Shoes by party plan
  1054. Shop Fitting
  1055. Shopping
  1056. Shopping Mall
  1057. Shotblasting and Metal Finishing
  1058. Sign Maker
  1059. Sign Makers
  1060. SILHOUETTE ARTIST
  1061. Silver Jewellery
  1062. Sim Free Mobile Phones
  1063. Singles
  1064. Singles Events
  1065. Site Investigations
  1066. Site Investigators
  1067. Skateboarding
  1068. Skiing holidays
  1069. Skip Hire
  1070. SLATES
  1071. Small Business Software
  1072. Social Events
  1073. Social Media Marketing
  1074. Software
  1075. software companies
  1076. Software Development
  1077. Solar energy
  1078. Solar Panel Installers
  1079. solar panels
  1080. Solicitors
  1081. Solid Fuel Stoves
  1082. Sound Design
  1083. Specialist Pens
  1084. Speech Training
  1085. Spiritual Healer
  1086. Sports
  1087. Sports Equipment
  1088. Sports Psychologist
  1089. sportswear
  1090. Spray Tanning
  1091. stag and hen
  1092. Stained Glass Artists
  1093. Stainless Steel
  1094. Staircase Suppliers
  1095. Stairlift Suppliers
  1096. Statistical Consultants
  1097. Steel Stockholders
  1098. Stencils and Laser Cutting
  1099. Stock Auditor
  1100. Stocking Fillers
  1101. Stocks and Shares
  1102. Stocktaking Services
  1103. Stone Cleaners
  1104. Stone Suppliers
  1105. Stonemasons
  1106. Stop Smoking
  1107. Storage
  1108. Storage and Fulfillment
  1109. storage boxes
  1110. Storage Containers
  1111. storage/archiving/general
  1112. Structural Engineers
  1113. Style Consultants
  1114. Suit Hire
  1115. Sumo Suit Hire
  1116. Surveyors
  1117. Sweet Shops
  1118. Swimming pool lights
  1119. Swimming Pool service and maintenance
  1120. Swimwear
  1121. T-Shirt Printers
  1122. tarmacadam, iron work, jcb for hire
  1123. Tattoo and Body Piercing Aftercare Products
  1124. Tattooist
  1125. TAX ADVICE
  1126. taxi
  1127. Taxi / Minibus
  1128. Taylors
  1129. Tea Rooms
  1130. Technical Authors and Illustrators
  1131. Technical communication
  1132. Technical Illustrator
  1133. Technical Writing Courses
  1134. Telecommunications
  1135. Telecommunications Consultants
  1136. Telemarketing
  1137. Telephone Answering Service
  1138. Telesales
  1139. Television Repairs and Servicing
  1140. Tendering and Procurement Training
  1141. Test Equipment
  1142. Therapy, mentoring and coaching
  1143. Third Sector Consultancy
  1144. tilers
  1145. Tiles and Bathroom Products
  1146. Tiling Services
  1147. Timber Framed Buildings
  1148. Timber Repairs
  1149. Timber Resin Splicing
  1150. Timber Treatment
  1151. Time and Attendance Software
  1152. Time Management Coaching
  1153. Time Tracking Software
  1154. Toastmasters
  1155. Top 10 Digital Cameras
  1156. Top 10 mobile phones
  1157. Top 10 Social Networking Websites
  1158. Tourist Attraction
  1159. Towbar Fitters
  1160. Toys – Online
  1161. Tracing People
  1162. Tradesmen Accreditation
  1163. Trailer Manufacture
  1164. trailers
  1165. Training
  1166. Training and Development
  1167. Training Consultants
  1168. Trampoline Suppliers
  1169. Trampolines
  1170. Transcription Services
  1171. Translation Services
  1172. Transport
  1173. transport and leisure products
  1174. Transport Seating
  1175. travel agent
  1176. Travel and Tourism
  1177. Tree surgeons
  1178. Tribute Acts
  1179. Trophy Supplies
  1180. Turf Suppliers
  1181. Tutoring
  1182. TV Aerial and Satellite Services
  1183. TV and Radio
  1184. Tyre Services
  1185. Ultimate Sports Hobbies
  1186. Unusual Gifts
  1187. Upholsterers
  1188. Used Car Dealers
  1189. Used Cars
  1190. Used Printing Machinery Dealers
  1191. Utilities
  1192. Valeting
  1193. VALVES
  1194. Van Conversions
  1195. Van Racking / Storage Systems
  1196. Van Sales
  1197. Vaser Liposuction
  1198. Vehicle Bodywork/Paintwork
  1199. Vehicle Inspections
  1200. vehicle livery and graphics
  1201. Vehicle Sales
  1202. Vehicle Security
  1203. Vehicle Tracking Systems
  1204. Vehicle Valeting
  1205. Vehicle Water Heaters
  1206. Vending
  1207. Vertical and Roller Blinds
  1208. Veterinary Services
  1209. Video Conferencing
  1210. Video DVDs
  1211. Video Producers
  1212. Video Production
  1213. Virtual Assistant
  1214. Virtual Office Assistants
  1215. Virtual Tour Providers
  1216. Visa Services
  1217. Visual Aids
  1218. Voice coaching
  1219. warehousing
  1220. washing machine repairs
  1221. Washing machines
  1222. Wasp Removal
  1223. Waste and Recycling
  1224. waste disposal
  1225. Water Coolers
  1226. Water Heaters
  1227. Water Pipe Repairs
  1228. Water Treatment
  1229. Web Advertising
  1230. Web Design, Translation and Localization
  1231. web development
  1232. Web Hosting
  1233. Web-Directories
  1234. Website Audio
  1235. Website Designers
  1236. Website Marketing Experts
  1237. Websites For Sale
  1238. Wedding Accessories
  1239. wedding cakes
  1240. Wedding Car Hire
  1241. Wedding Caterers
  1242. Wedding Decorations
  1243. Wedding Dress Designers
  1244. Wedding Lingerie
  1245. Wedding photography
  1246. Wedding Planners
  1247. Wedding Rings
  1248. wedding services
  1249. Wedding Stationery
  1250. Wedding Videography
  1251. Weddings
  1252. Weighing solutions
  1253. weight control
  1254. Welders
  1255. Welding fabrications
  1256. Wheelchair Accessible Taxis
  1257. Wheelchair Lifts
  1258. Wheelchair Ramp Suppliers
  1259. Wheelie Bin Cleaners
  1260. Wholesalers
  1261. Wildlife Management
  1262. Will writing and estate planning
  1263. Window Blinds
  1264. Window Cleaners
  1265. Window Cleaning
  1266. Window Repairs
  1267. window tinting
  1268. Windscreen Services
  1269. wine
  1270. Wine and Spirit Retailers
  1271. Wine Cabinets
  1272. Wine Coolers
  1273. Wine Fridges
  1274. Wine Merchants
  1275. Wood Floor Restoration
  1276. Wood Flooring
  1277. Wood frame buildings
  1278. Wood Stoves
  1279. woodcarving
  1280. Woodworm Treatment
  1281. Work from Home
  1282. Workshops for Schools
  1283. Workshops, garages and sheds
  1284. workwear
  1285. Writing
  1286. XXX Size Clothing
  1287. Yang Kang Tang
  1288. Yoga
  1289. Youth Activities Provider
  1290. Yurts
  1291. Zoo

 

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Why I always shop at Amazon and buy direct from Amazon

I’ve just bought a new Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS II Lens from Amazon.

As I always tend to do, I paid a small premium to buy direct from Amazon rather than through an Amazon store and also paid extra for the express delivery.

On checking the next morning I found the exact same lens (from the same link I found it on the day before) being sold by Amazon for £12.99 cheaper :(

Did I get upset and start ranting about how bad Amazon are?

No, I waited for the time slot they said it would be delivered in, which it was.

Checked the lens was well packed and was as I expected, which it was.

Sent a polite email to Amazon support explaining the situation, saying that within a few hours of me paying close to £190 for my lens, it had been reduced by Amazon and was now only £177.

Within a few hours I received a reply back from Amazon Customer support saying it wasn’t their policy to extend post-order price guarantees but under these circumstances they will make a one-time exception and refund me £12.99 :)

This is exactly why I do 99% of my shopping at Amazon, the lens arrived next day in my delegated time spot, the driver was friendly, the packaging was great and the customer service was spot on.

This is also why I will carry on shopping at Amazon and happily pay a slight premium to always buy direct from Amazon

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Photos of Olympic Torch Relay Stratford-upon-Avon Shakespeare’s Birthplace

I went along and stood outside Shakespeare’s Birthplace as the Olympic Torch came through Stratford-upon-Avon today and got these photos of the Olympic Torch Relay.

Olympic Torch Stratford upon Avon

Olympic Torch Relay Stratford upon Avon

Olympic Torch Stratford-upon-Avon

Olympic Torch Shakespeares Birthplace

Olympic Torch Shakespeare's Birthplace

Olympic Torch Relay Shakespeares Birthplace

Olympic Torch Relay Shakespeare's Birthplace

Olympic Torch Relay Stratford-upon-Avon

Olympic Torch going through Stratford upon Avon

The last few photos show 83 year old local resident Peter Wyatt passing over the Olympic flame to another local Stratford resident 19 year old Camilla Hadland outside Shakespeare’s Birthplace.

A bit of a shame the local Stratford tourist board didn’t do a bit more, you would have thought the Olympic Flame passing by a building as iconic as Shakespeare’s Birthplace would have called for something a little more special.

I was fully expecting to see a few celebs there, either some Shakespearean actors or local Olympians, it was still nice though and well worth the trip and waiting.

Were you outside Shakespeares Birthplace for the Olympic Torch Relay?
Let me know what you thought by commenting below.

Why Google have messed up Google+ Local for Business

I’ll start this post by saying I really like what Google are trying to do with Google+, Google+ Pages and Google+ Local – BUT!

The big problem is though it appears as though there are different Google departments trying to out do each other rather than working together.

So what have they messed up with Google+ Business Pages?

For a start, it is far too complicated, so complicated in fact that most SEO experts or marketing experts don’t even appear to know how to us it properly.

I’ll start by explaining some basics about Google accounts.

1. Google Account – You have to have a Google account to do virtually anything, the big problem here is that over the years it has been easy to, either by accident or deliberately create different Google Accounts, Google allow you to merge these, but it isn’t easy and you may not want to. Why would you want what you do in Picasa, YouTube, GMail, Maps, Groups, Blogger, etc., all linked to an account you use for your business?

2. Google+ Profile – From your Google Account a Google+ Profile is created, you have one of these whether you like it or not and everything you have done over the years with your Google Account is linked to the Google+ Profile. You have to use this Google+ Profile to create Google+ Pages BUT and it’s a big but, you don’t use this Google+ Profile to create Google+ Local Pages – confused yet?

3. Google+ Pages – Google+ Pages for business have been with us since October/November 2011. To create a Google+ Page you have to do it via your Google+ Profile, some of you may have spent several months building up your Google+ Page and have very nice informative, active Google+ Pages for your business, guess what, you may have wasted all that time!

4. Google Maps – Initially a system that encouraged engagement, encouraged people to create maps, encouraged people to add places/things to Maps whether they had any connection with that place/thing or not.

5. Google Places – Jump forward a few years and Google saw that Maps could be used for business listings and via Google Local Business Centre businesses could add themselves to the system via a Google Account (not a Google+ Profile)

This was all very good except for the fact that Google, probably to make Google Local Business Centre look more used than it was, merged the data from Google Maps in to Google Local Business Centre to create what then became known as Google Places.

There were strict guidelines about Google Places, but these were contradictory with guidelines for Google Maps resulting in a complete mess with some Places set up correctly, some places just using Google Maps data and a lot of Places set up just to manipulate the system.

6. Google+ Local – Google+ Local or Local Google+ Business or whatever it may be called next month is the next reincarnation of Google Maps/GLBC/Google Places (still with the mixed up data)

Google+ Local is supposedly being merged in with Google+ and Google+ Pages.

As mentioned earlier though THE BIG PROBLEM is Google+ is all controlled via a Google Profile, Google Places (and thus Google+ Local) are controlled via a Google Account which may not neccesarily be under the same control.

Most people appear to think Google+ Pages for Business and Google+ Local for Business are the same thing, they are not.

Google intend merging them together but what will happen if;

1. The Google+ Page is controlled via a Google+ Profile via a Google Account.

2. The Google+ Local Page is controlled via a different Google Account.

You may think this may not be the norm, but as numerous Google Places listings were set up via marketing agencies, people using throwaway Google accounts, people using different Google Accounts (be it accidental or deliberate), people using old Google Accounts, etc. etc. we are going to end up with a right mess of duplicate listings that can’t be merged.

And what about us early adopters who have been using Google+ Pages since October? As it stands Google+ Local Pages seem to have a precedence over Google+ Pages. If the merging messes up will all our hard work over recent months just dissapear down the drain?

What Google Should Have Done

Had Google been brave and believed fully in Google+ for Business they wouldn’t be pulling in old, untrusted, out of date data from Google Maps, Google Local Business Cente, Google Places, ETC. they would have started a whole new system which only uses listings set up from verified Google users using their Google Accounts. They could easily email all Google Places owners and asked them to migrate to Google+ rather than do it automatically.

Off course, had they done this there would be a lot less Google+ Local Places in existence and as we know Google like to shout out about just how many users they have, the fact 90% may be inactive is in the small print.

It’s not too late if someone at Google is brave enough too look past the figures, it would be far better for all of us (including end users) to have fewer, but, active, up to date, genune, non manipulated Google+ Local listings than more, but, duplicate, out of date, fake, manipulated listings.

It won’t happen off course because all the seperate Google departments seem to be interested in themselves rather than the bigger picture.

Do you know what Google+ Local reminds me of at the moment ?

It reminds me of those cheap, tacky, scraping directory sites that scrape content then optimise it to rank high for business names so that when the business owner searches for his business name he sees his listing and is then pressured in to upgrading it.

Rant over for now.

 

SEO Services

Well what do you know!

I’ve just found this old SEO Services post which had been redirected to another post which was then redirected to another post.

No idea how long ago I made the initial SEO Services post and when or why I redirected it but I thought I might as well break all the redirects and set the post back up again with todays date.

Is ahrefs the best SEO tool available at the moment

I’ve played with many SEO Tools over the years but generally tend to ignore most and rely on my own SEO testing and experimenting.

There have been a few exceptions over the years, namely the fantastic McDar multi data center checker.

I would now put Ahrefs in the same class as mcdar as one of those must go to sites when doing SEO research.

The pricing may seem a bit steep, but if you are seriously in to SEO and have multiple sites to monitor it is well worth considering.

More here – http://ahrefs.com/

There is no point me writing a full review as there is a great one here – http://www.seobook.com/ahrefs-review

Note: this isn’t an affiliate link as in my opinion ahrefs earns this review on merit.

Using Microdata to Improve Click Through Rates in Google

Using Microdata to Improve Click Through Rates in Google

Google doesn’t use Microdata markup for ranking purposes at this time, but rich snippets can make your web pages appear more prominently in search results, so you may see an increase in traffic.


Using Microdata Markup to improve local search

One of the best ways of using Microdata to improve local search is by displaying your address using the schema.org PostalAddress markup as demonstrated here – Using Rich Snippets and schema.org to improve local search.
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Profile Images in Google Results Pages

I’ve posted before about How to Display Your Profile Picture in Google Search Results but as Google is ever changing their microdata, rich snippets and authorship info, I thought an update was needed – How to get your Profile Image in Google Results
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Review Stars in Google Results

Today V1 SEO reveals just how easy it is to manipulate the Google review system that shows yellow stars next to listings in the SERPs (Search Engine Results Pages) – Google Review Stars in Search Results Manipulation Exposed
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Jump links in Google

V1 SEO Jump Link tips used for displaying Jump Links in the SERPs
Jump links or jump to links have been appearing in the Google results pages for some time now, these jump link tips shows you how to obtain them in your results – How to get jump links showing in Google
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Author details

These microdata tips were written by Terry Simmonds – SEO expert at V1 SEO.
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Is Google using Traffic Data as a ranking factor Traffic Rating

I made a couple of blog posts last year predicting that Google may start using Traffic Data (data they aquire via people clicking on results in the Google results pages) as a ranking factor.

Is Traffic Baiting The New Link Baiting

Is Traffic Rating Important for SEO

My theory was that Google would lower the importance of how many back-links a page has and start using reliable, trusted, traffic as a measure of a pages value.

Basically, I though Google could Analyse the traffic and clickthroughs their results pages receive and use this data to determine which pages were delivering the higher quality content.

It may all sound a bit advanced (even for Google), but could there be an inkling of truth in my theory, and could the recent changes in the the relevance of backlinks be a small indication in a shift towards using traffic data as a ranking factor?

Let me know what you think.

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Best Sunglasses for Hayfever Sufferers

As someone who has suffered from Hayfever for a number of years and who particularly has problems with itchy and runny eyes I’m on the look out for the best sunglasses for hayfever sufferers.

I’ve read that the sports style wraparound sunglasses are good for hayfever sufferers and also heard that foam padded sunglasses are good for hayfever as they stop pollen getting in your eyes

I also read on the eyecaretrust website that it says to wear sunglasses with close fitting shields at sides, tops and bottoms.

What do other hayfever sufferers find?

Are the sporty wraparound siunglasses the best sunglasses for hayfever sufferers, and if so what do you recommend on a £50 – £100 budget?

Identifying Google primary authority and contributing authorities Google delegated authority evaluation system

V1 SEO have started a process to identify the Google delegated authority evaluation system primary authority and contributing authorities used for gauging; reliability, trustworthiness, accuracy, impartiality, and quality.

It is said that a primary authority may be a public entity or a private entity which hopefully then designates evaluation rating authority to contributing authorities that it/they trust and which can be revoked by the primary authority and dispersed amongst existing or new contributing authorities.

Withe the Google evaluation rating system being a combination of a very large, distributed, annotated database and meta-data markup are we to assume Google+ and +1 data is to be used and will Google assign primary authority on a selection and invite process?

Will this Google rating system lead to a race amongst Black Hat SEOs to crack the cryptographic protocols used to anonymously distribute evaluation or easier still will it be possible to identify primary authorities and contributing authorities by meta-data  and encrypted tokens.

Have you been approached by Google as a possible primary authority or contributing authority, do you suspect that some of the identifying meta tags you are using are being used for more than initially thought? If so, we would love to hear from you.

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Is Traffic Rating Important for SEO

I originally made this post back in June/July 2011 after seeing how important I thought traffic data may become.

Was my prediction that the traffic data Google obtain via the SERP’s correct? Who knows, but as Google appear to be using more and more social features I still think it could have a bearing and would be interested to hear what others think.

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Google has always been very data conscious, and all new changes they are making at the moment appear to be based on gaining even more data and drilling that data down.

You have Google Places where they insist small businesses provide data in the same format as the business displays online, the old Google Profiles where they encouraged people to use personal names, information and photos for avatars, the new Google+ which does the same, the Google+ Pages for business that encourages publishers to tie in all their projects, the fact all features you have ever used whilst logged in to Google are stored and effectively merged together building up profiles of not just your personal, but also your business connections.

It appears to be Googles number one aim for all new features at the moment that people stay logged in to their Google account 24/7 and are always logged in when browsing.

Lets not forget Google is still primarily a search engine, so to me it makes perfect sense that they would use all the data they obtain to improve search engine rankings.

A little theory I have is that they may be putting less emphasis on backlinks, less emphasis on site age, less emphasis on number of web pages and more emphasis on the Natural traffic provided via a Google Search with what I describe as Traffic Rating for new pages

Traffic Rating isn’t about building a new web page, and using fake clicks, Google is far too smart for that, Traffic Rating is Google measuring the natural traffic a new page receives via the position in the SERPS.

We have known for a long time about FreshBot where a new page gets an additional boosting rank in the SERPS for a couple of days, could a reason for this be to see if it gets clicks and traffic in that artificial high ranking? And if it does receive good Natural traffic could Google be using this in their Algorithm and give new pages that obtain natural traffic a higher Traffic Rating

 

Is Traffic Baiting The New Link Baiting

I originally made this post back in May/June 2011 after seeing how important I thought having a Google Profile would become and after thinking Google must use traffic data more.

Here we are nearly 12 months later, Google say they are changing the way back-links are being used and SEO’s are paniking.

Was my prediction that the traffic data Google obtain via the SERP’s correct? Who knows, but as Google appear to be using more and more social features I still think it could have a bearing and would be interested to hear what others think.

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As more and more SEO’s are manipulating the Google results by buying links, using link building schemes, link dropping, etc. some people are saying surely it is only a matter of time before Google tweaks the algorithms to give less emphasis on back-links.

Some of us who have been doing SEO for a number of years suspect that this is already happening.

A seemingly obvious way for Google to know which websites are popular and trusted is not how many links a site has pointing to it, but how much traffic pages on the site receive via Google.

For instance, if I put a brand new page online. would it not make more sense for Google to think it is a good page if it receives 1,000 different visitors via Google rather than think it is a good page because it has 100 links pointing to it?

If this is the case (as I suspect it is) it makes link baiting a whole new ball game, rather than using link baiting to attract people to link to our pages, maybe we should be doing Traffic Baiting and attracting more traffic to our pages?

This may sound a bit like a chicken and egg scenario,
ie.
Do good pages produce more traffic
or
Does more traffic produce good pages (in googles eyes)

Traffic Baiting Techniques – What is Traffic Baiting

There are a number of traffic baiting techniques that can produce high volumes of traffic via Google without necessarily having really well optimised pages.

The most popular way of traffic baiting is using news stories and current affairs and being creative with your page titles.

A short blog post made at the right time, with the right post title can easily bring in hundreds, if not thousands of visitors to a page and the more you do this the easier it becomes as it appears the site gains strength as it receives more traffic.

Further information about Traffic Baiting coming soon

To carry on with this post let’s look at one of my little SEO theories Traffic Rating

I uspect that Google is using a form of traffic rating for new pages already.

 

 

The Best Teenager in the World : 24th April 1999 14:31

April 24th 1999 was a Saturday

At about 07:00 on Saturday 24th April 1999 my wife and I started loading our car with some essentials and headed of to Warwick Hospital.

7 hours 31 minutes later at 14:31 on Saturday 24th April 1999 The best thing that has happened to me happened.

13 years later that best thing that ever happened to me becomes a teenager, the best teenager in the world, the sweetest, most caring, considerate, loving daughter a man could ever want.

Where has that 13 years gone though?

Will Google acquire VFM Leonardo for Google Hotel Finder

Last year Google acquired ZAGAT the restaurant review service, will VFM Leonardo be next on their list when Google Hotel Finder comes out of experimental trials?

“What is Google Hotel Finder?

Google Hotel Finder is a new experimental product that makes it easier to compare and book hotels that are found across the web. Try it out at google.com/hotelfinder

Google Hotel Finder is predicted to show results directly in the Google results pages eliminating the need to click through to another site. Will these results use images and videos provided by VFM Leonardo or will Google acquire VFM Leonardo for Google Hotel Finder?


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Google Affiliate Network Expanding to UK

Nice to see the Google Affiliate Network expanding to the UK at last.

We have been signed up to the Google Affiliate Network for at least 12 months now and have been waiting in vain for it to become better for UK based publishers.

http://adsense.blogspot.co.uk/ has now announced the introduction of UK promotions and deals from the Google Affiliate Network which is great news.

Sadly, there are still very few Merchants targeting the UK and those that are all appear USA based and are very USA themed.

At least it is a step in the right direction and hopefully UK based merchants will join the Google Affiliate Network.


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Google Keyword Tool Alternative Check Keywords on Google

V1 SEO have created our own alternative version of the Google Keyword Tool to show how many results appear for a keyword when using Google.co.uk

Simple enter your keyword in the box below and click submit to see how many results there are in Google.co.uk for that keyword.

 

You can also see the results at google.com

 

Another foops SEO Tool from V1 SEO


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SEO and the single product website

The concept of single product web pages and single product websites owes itself really to PPC where the main objective is to target a landing page to a specific AdWords campaign and set of keywords.

V1 SEO are now expanding on this to provide optimised single product web pages which are set up to target one product per page.

Below are just a small sample of single product websites

Portable Wheelchair Ramps

Upholstered Swinging Sofas

Ready Assembled Beehives For Sale

House Signs

Hanging House Signs

Slate House Signs

Stone House Signs

House Plaques

Please contact V1 SEO if you would like us to provide you with a single product web page or single product website.

 

Search Engine Friendly WordPress Theme

I’ve posted before about SEO friendly WordPress themes and as this blog becomes more SEO related decided to put my advice in to practice.

The first thing you will notice about this blog is the fact it doesn’t have the usual header images you generally associate with WordPress sites.

In place of the usual header you will see that every page has a h1 header which is relevant to the post / page title.

The navigation bar below the header uses the twentyeleven menu system and is a combination of posts / pages / and static pages.

Next we have a row of social buttons, as much for aesthetics as anything else but also used to engage visitors.

Looking at a page rather than a post or category we see all the additional blogging coding is stripped out of the source and a sidebar of all categories and 20 most recent posts is displayed.

After the content is displayed we get to a hard coded section in footer.php with links through to the usual pages one would expect to see in a footer.

Next we look at the category pages, these contain the 10 most recent posts in the category (not just a snippet as you often see, but the full post) Any category with more than 10 posts in it then has a link to older posts.

Having looked at pages and Categories we now look at Posts.

Posts vary considerably from Pages and Categories in that the sidebar menu is removed, which gives more emphasis to the post itself.

Using my Free SEO Advice post as an example you will see the title and main headers reflect the content of the post, there are far fewer internal links in template of the post, the content is given top priority, a link pointing to the category the post is in is included and also a link to an author page of the post author.

Comments are switched on so as to encourage engagement with any comments being approved and responded to as quickly as possible.

All in all this is a very Search Engine Friendly WordPress Theme which with a few other obvious adaptations could be even better from an SEO point of view.

There is obviously a little more to this site than I have displayed above if You would like to know more about setting up a search engine friendly WordPress theme on your site please contact me at 1@v1seo.co.uk or call me on 01608 685039

Olympic Torch Shakespeare's Birthplace Stratford-upon-Avon

Update 1st July

I have now updated some photos here – Photos of Olympic Torch Relay Stratford-upon-Avon Shakespeare’s Birthplace


The Olympic Torch passes through Warwickshire on day 44 of the Olympic Torch Relay (1st July 2012) and enters Stratford-upon-Avon at 2:51pm

The route goes; Shipston Road, Banbury Road, Clopton Bridge, Bridge Street, Henley Street (Shakespeares Birthplace), Windsor Street, Birmingham Road before then heading towards Warwick.

The Torchbearers who carry the Olympic Torch through Stratford-upon-Avon are named here

Who actually carries the Olympic Torch past Shakespeares Birthplace I do not know yet.

 

Google Plus failure to engage UK Small Business Owners

This post will probably get the Google Plus fanbois ranting and saying Google Plus isn’t devised to be used by business, to which my reply is why on earth is there Google Plus Pages for business then?

Since the start of 2012 V1 SEO and the UK Small Business Directory have been running a little experiment to see just how many UK small businesses add a link to the top 3 social networking channels; Facebook, Twitter and Google Plus.

Basically what we did was add 3 boxes to the UK Small Business Directory registration page and giving  small business the option of adding links to their Facebook, Twitter and Google+ Pages.

We have been recording the results every week here – Business Usage Comparison

As we enter the 11th week we decided to look back at these stats and also look at the Google Plus pages of the small businesses who registered them with us.

To be honest the stats are quite shocking and show;

Facebook: 27.6% sign up rate

Twitter: 24.8% sign up rate

Googe+ 5.6% sign up rate

Not only are these results very poor for Google Plus it gets a lot worse when we look deeper in to the stats of those who added a Google Plus link with their listing.

To gauge how businesses who add a link to their Google+ Page engage with Google Plus we set up a special here as a Google Plus Directory

Clicking in the left hand side column of the Google Plus Directory takes you through to a special Google+ Widget that shows the activity and engagement of the small business owner with Google Plus.

What is really shocking about this is how many of the small businesses may have created Google Plus business pages but they certainly are not using them.

A quick flick through the left hand column shows an extraordinary amount of inactivity, Google may claim to be the fastest growing social network, but if our results are anything to be based on, a very low percentage of those who created a Google Plus Page are actually active or engaging with Google+


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Google Review Stars in Search Results Manipulation Exposed

Today V1 SEO reveals just how easy it is to manipulate the Google review system that shows yellow stars next to listings in the SERPs (Search Engine Results Pages)

You will undoubtedly have noticed that when doing a search in Google that some results have little yellow stars next to their listings.

These stars look really cool and I would assume help click through rates.

Did you know though that these stars can be completely meaningless and can be created in minutes?

V1 SEO shows you just how much Google have messed up by allowing these stars to be displayed in their results.

There are numerous ways to get these stars showing with your listing, these instructions show you the semi-legitimate way of obtaining them.

  1. Create a Google Places listing (if you haven’t already)
  2. Ask 2 people who you know will give you a 5 star rating to write a review
  3. Wait until those reviews show with your Google Places listing (shouldn’t take any longer than 48 hours)
  4. Go to schema.org and copy the code for aggregaterating
  5. Add aggregaterating microdata code to your homepage saying you have a 5 star grade based on 2 reviews
  6. Wait until your page is indexed by Google again (throw a couple of links at it and write a blog post to boost this)
  7. Check the SERPs and within a couple of days (depending how often your site is crawled) you will have 5 nice gold star reviews next to your listing in Googles results.

It really is that simple to manipulate and shows what a mockery the Google Review system with Gold Stars is.

To be honest it is even easier and quicker than demonstrated here, unscrupulous webmasters can skip 1 to 3 and just say they have 5 stars based on howether many reviews they want to say.

Once more webmasters know how to do this will we see every listing in the Google top 10 with 5 stars next to them?

Come on Google stop showing these stars now it gives too much advantage to anyone who knows how to game the system.

How to get jump links showing in Google

How to get jump links showing in Google

V1 SEO Jump Link tips used for displaying Jump Links in the SERPs

Jump links or jump to links have been appearing in the Google results pages for some time now, these jump link tips shows you how to obtain them in your results.


What are jump links

Jump links are links on a page that when clicked on jump to another section on the same page, these are most commonly found on the tops of pages which have lots of content so the site visitor can just jump to a specific section on the page.
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Instructions for setting up Jump Links

First you have to have a link that triggers the jump link by using #place_to_jump_to then you have to set where on the page the jump link is jumping to using name=”place_to_jump_to”.
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Showing jump links in Google

To get your jump links showing in Google you need to use the correct microdata and mark-up and have you pages set out in a jump link friendly way.
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How can I get my jump links in Google

If you would like further information about how to get your jump links showing in Google contact tj@v1seo.co.uk or comment below.
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Author details

These Jump Link tips were written by Terry Simmonds – SEO expert at V1 SEO.
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Google Profiles Optimization

Google Profiles Optimization

Great tips on improving your google profile

The importance of having a good Google Profile should not be underestimated, this knol provides information on setting up a Google Profile and tips on how to enhance it.


Instructions for setting up a basic Google Profile

  • If you haven’t got a google account first create one here – http://www.google.co.uk/accounts/
  • Log in to your new account and click on Create Profile
  • Follow instructions and verify yourself (note you will need a mobile phone for this)
  • Follow instructions on your edt profile page
  • IMPORTANT: at the bottom is a section called Profile URL, think carefully when using this.
  • Once happy with your profile click on Done Editing
  • Return to your main google account by clicking the drop down arrow next to your name on top right of page and selecting Account Settings
  • Click where it says View data stored with this account to take you to your dashboard
  • Read the section in Me on the Web

Enhance your Google Profile

  • If you haven’t already added a profile image add one now – This will also integrate your profile account with a PicasaWeb account
  • Create a PicasaWeb album and upload 4 images in to it, the more related to your business the better, but remembering what we said previously this is Your Profile
  • Add the 4 images along the top of your profile page
  • If you haven’t already created an introduction yet do this now, note you can add links in here, we don’t recommend you adding more than one, the key is it doesn’t want to be too blatant and self promotional
  • The next 4 edit boxes are obvious
  • In places lived add a minimum of 2, ensure they are in the correct place on map
  • Next 5 boxes are obvious
  • Other Names Important box this one as it helps your profile get found when people are searching for you, for instance if you have regular nicnames you use online and don’t mind being found by these nicknames add them here Important If you use nicknames you don’t want associated with your Google Profile DO NOT ENTER THEM HERE
  • Nickname box: similar to above but your one main nickname that you don’t mind everyone knowing and finding you via
  • Search Visibility – obvious
  • Profile URL another impoortant setting, pretty obvious but think well about it first first

Further enhance and optimize your Google Profile

With this done save the page by clicking done editing and check for mistakes before moving on to next stage by going back in to edit mode.
  • In the left panel you will see you can set to receive email, do this
  • The information panel underneath is now editable (with information you provided in stage 1) It is up to you what you want to imput, but I recommend you add location
  • On far right panel is the links section, very important
  • The first link to add should be your most important using the correct anchor text, use Add Custom Link to do this
  • You can now add more links, custom ones by following instructions above, socual networking ones by using Manage connected accounts
  • Be careful when using Manage Connected Accounts only add the ones you want displayed in your Google profile
  • Save all your links and test
  • Click on Done Editing to save profile then check all is OK

The key stages to a well optimized Google Profile

You should now have a Google profile you are happy with, there is more though.
Stay signed in to your Google account and visit this page www.v1seo.co.uk/gpo.php
Click on the google +1 button (then follow instructions and make public)
Do the same with the google buzz button (then follow instructions and make public)
After you have done this to both buttons, return to your profile and you will see Google Buzz and Google +1 have automatically been added to your profile tab.
Google buzz is automatically live, with google +1 you need to go back in to edit mode and tick the box which says Show this tab on my profile
That’s it! your profile is set up and ready to use, be sensible with it, use your +1 and buzz sparingly, allow comments on buzz but monitor these well, add more links but not too spammy and remember everything is public.

Copyright and attribution policy.

This Knol is copyright Terry Simmonds and is released under Creative Commons Attibution 3.0 license, you are free to use it but must always attribute the work as follows and include this license information;
Author: Terry Simmonds – SEO expert at V1 SEO
Please note all links to websites within this knol must remain intact and not be edited, no more links are to be embeded or included in the knol and link to authors website must be left intact and unedited in the attribution.

The Lost Art of Link Building

Good link building has always been an important factor of SEO but what defines Good link building?

When I 1st stated SEO back in 2001/ 2002 I heard a phrase that has always remained with me.

The best links are the links that are the hardest to obtain

This thought still remains with me when working on link building campaigns

To me the art of link building is not just about obtaining links it is also about building up relationships with like minded webmasters.

Some of the best links I have to this day are as a result of chatting on newsgroups, exchanging numerous emails, being prepared to help others out, and generally networking.

A number of these good quality links have been obtained as a result of studying the SERPS for related keywords, assessing the quality of websites, profiling owners and webmasters and being prepared to link to them if it is a benefit to the visitors to my websites.

Some may think, “why link to a site that doesn’t return the favour” Two main reasons.

1. Benefits my visitors – If it benefits the users to my website, it improves the quality of my website.

2. Friendly referrer tagging –  More friendly, and legitimate version of referrer spamming. Let the owner of the website you are interested in connecting with know about you via his own stats.

This tends to work best with lower traffic niche sites where the chances are higher that the webmaster will notice your website referring traffic in their stats.

Friendly referrer tagging was often the 1st stage of the process of my art of link building and it wasn’t unusual for me to set up links like this at least 3 months before even trying to make contact with the webmaster.

One reason I give when asked why I do this is Ice Breaking.

The reason being, when I eventually contact the webmaster concerned the title of my email includes my website and the fact that the webmaster may have seen my site in his stats gives me that little advantage that may make him read the email rather than just junk it.

The initial email isn’t your typical,

“Hi, I saw your website, I think it is great, do you want to exchange links, here is my link code”

Having previously researched the website, (preferably finding owners or webmasters name) I then write a personalised email for each website.

I tell them a little about myself and my website, what I do and don’t sell, where I sell it and reassure them that although we provide similar products/services we are not in direct competition and may compliment each other.

I tend to play down mentioning linking to each other in the initial email and instead try to establish if there are any ways we could help each other.

i.e.

If they sell a product which may benefit my visitors I can provide brief info on it and direct people to them.

If they operate in a different part of the world (county even) to me I can send these people their way.

If they provide services similar to mine (that I don’t do) I can send people looking for these services their way.

The whole essence of the email and further contact isn’t about exchanging links on each others links pages, but is more about connecting and providing useful traffic to each others websites.

Why Link builders hinder the art of link building

Unfortunately as the realisation of the importance of back links grew, more people would try to obtain as many links as possible, as quickly as possible, howether possible, resulting in endless spam link request email which made webmasters cynical about any link request or anything even looking like a link request.

These spam link requests have made the art of link building harder as even a genuite attempt to network and connect can easily just be classed as spam by many people and junked.

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How to Display Your Profile Picture in Google Search Results

For some time now Google has been displaying profile pictures of certain authors in the search results it returns.

I have had this happen to me for some time now and have decided to provide my tips on how you can have your profile picture displayed in Google search results.

  •  First you need to ensure you have a well set up Google+ Profile page
  •  Ensure you are using a clear headshot photo of yourself for your profile picture
  •  Ensure you link your Google+ Profile to your websites that you want to be seen as author of using the correct.
  •  Ensure you link back to your Google+ Profile using the correct rel=author tags
  •  Play an active part in Google+ and engage with other users
  •  Play an active part in other Google services whilst signed in to your Google account

The last point is what I consider the tipping stone for whether your picture is displayed in the Google results and why Google will chose to display your details.

profile pictures photos in Google Search

Update: Further details are now available here – How to get your Profile Image in Google Results

If you would like to know more about profile photos in google search results please comment below.

V1 SEO Definition of Google+

Definition of Google+

A place where people post a snippet from an interesting article they have copied from somewhere in the hope that someone else higher up the popularity chain will copy their copy of the post about the original article in the hope someone else higher up the popularity chain will post about their copy of the copy of the copy of original article.

Everyone in each link of the chain is praised and plus one’d for posting their copy of the original article or their copy of a copy of the original article with the most popular at the end of the chain being seen as a guru for posting a copy of a copy of a copy of the original article.

Please feel free to copy this definition of Google+

Are you a Pantless Weasel Too ?

SEO Weasel to the rescue.

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Are you a Pantless Weasel or just an accomplice?

Take the V1 SEO training course and you too could become a fully fledged pantless weasel

vCita Google Acquisition ?

Having had a good look around vCita I will be amazed if it isn’t another in a long list of Google acquisitions as it is such a great little tool.

It seems a natural progression to Google Hangouts and the perfect way to integrate Hangouts, Google+ Business Pages and business websites.

A lot of small online based businesses are crying  out for a way to organise online video conferencing and when I first saw Google Talk and Google Hangouts I though Wow, rather than just use it socially that will make a great business tool.

Question is, will Google make Google Hangouts available like this for business use and if they do, would they be better developing from scratch or acquiring someone like vCita ?

vCita on youtube: http://www.youtube.com/embed/rv-O7gxwLbk

Google Shoots the Messenger Over Microdata Abuse

Anyone reading the V1 SEO blog recently will know I have been running my own personal campaign about microdata abuse and the Google review stars that show in the Google results – Google reviews stars in Google results Manipulation Exposed

I’ve been hoping that someone from Google would read my posts on the topic and look in to removing all stars from showing in the SERPs until they have a way of ensuring reviews are genuine, although in my opinion that wouldn’t go far enough as showing stars in Google results only seems to reward those who know how to get them to appear, rather than genuine good businesses / services / products etc.

Well, nothing regarding the stars has happened and they still show, but what has happened is the V1 SEO Google Places listing appears to have been removed :(

Is this a case of Google shooting the messenger ?

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Improve your Citations Improve your Google Places Listing

It has long been believed that Google use citations from other websites and sources as a marker for Google Places listings.

V1 SEO have spoken before about using Using Microdata for SEO and Using Rich Snippets and schema.org to improve local search.

Today we talk about the importance of citations for improving Google Places listings.

Google Places listings are now firmly connected to websites so it is important that your address is not only clearly displayed on your website but also in other sources where your website or business is mentioned.

Something to look out for when listed on other sites is are they displaying your address correctly and better still are they displaying it in Microdata mark up which will help your Google Places listing as well as your own website?

Individual listings in UK Small Business Directory display your full address including Street, Town, County and Postcode Demonstration here – Warwickshire Drives and Gardens and more importantly list the addess in microdata format as seen by testing in the Google rich snippets testing tool

Improve your Citations and Google Places Listings

It is Free to register in the UK Small Business Directory provided you are UK based and provide services or products to the UK market.

To register simply fill the form in here – Submit Free Business Listing


image showing example of address in Microdata format
using microdata to improve citations

Google Gold Stars Manipulation

V1 SEO have recently been demonstrating just how easy it is to manipulate the way Google displays Gold stars next to listings in the SERPs (Search Engine Results Pages)

Since starting our little experiment we have noticed other companies replicating our little experiment and predict it is just a matter of time before all 10 listings in the Google Top 10 have 5 gold stars to their name.

To show how pathetic it is that Google shows these Gold stars next to listings we have now dropped ours down to 1  :)

Once we have completed our findings we shall be sending in our report to Google.

5 stars

I won’t give the game away about how simple it is to manipulate the Google star rating system other than to say it is a simple 2 minute process which virtually anyone can do.

Please, Please Google sort this out and scrap the stars showing in the results pages as it is completely pointless.

Shipston-on-Stour Business Directory

We set up a new Shipston-on-Stour Business Directory over the weekend which allows all small businesses within a 10 mile radius of Shipston to list their business name, address, contact details and a brief description of the services they provide.

It’s all completely free and just a simple 5 minute process to add business details.

Hopefully it should be a useful resource for all Shipston residents to help them find local businesses easier.

Current listings include;

Support your local Business – Shipston Business Directory

Local SEO Services Warwickshire

Someone asked me the other day why I included Shipston and Warwickshire in the title of the homepage on VI SEO

They said don’t you think it narrows down my potential client base as anyone outside the area won’t use my SEO services.

Bingo! I said, that’s exactly the reason I do it!

I prefer to offer Local SEO Services with a more personal hands approach and have face to face meetings every now and then.

Also, I don’t want the hassle of doing SEO for big companies and much prefer helping out smaller local businesses even if they do have lower budgets, the way I see it is I would rather be working with 10 small local business owners who appreciate what I do more and I can just go down the local pub with at anytime.

So if anyone is looking for SEO services in the Warwickshire area from someone with over a decade of experience in SEO, someone who will tell you exactly how it is without any smarmy sales chatter just give me a ring.

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Stourton
Shipston-on-Stour
Warwickshire
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01608 685039
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January 27, 2012

Can Robert Scoble do for Google Plus what Stephen Fry did for Twitter

Ask anyone to name 5 people connected with Twitter and the chances are a high % will have Stephen Fry in their list.

Ask anyone to name 5 people connected with Google Plus and the chances are a high % will have Robert Scoble (scobleizer) in their list.

Interestingly Robert has recently been tweeting that he is spending less time on Twitter as engagement is going down, and is now spending more time on Google+

Other Robert Scoble tweets says

“follow the circle I just shared. It’s better than Twitter”

“Twitter just isn’t a good place for conversations see ya at profiles.google.com/scobleizer ”

Now Robert Scoble could hardly be described as being as mainstream as Stephen Fry (certainly not here in the UK), but ask anyone techie or in the Internet industry to name a few influential people/bloggers and chances are Scobleizer will get a mention.

Could the influence of Robert Scoble (and especially his Tweets) pull more people across from Twitter to Google Plus and could he do for Google Plus what Stephen Fry did for Twitter?

Robert Scoble Scobleizer

 

Google+ Pages Tips for Business

Since allowing people to add Google+ Pages to their listings in UK Small Business Directory and add their business to our Google+ Directory the one thing that really stands out for us is just how few people know how to set up Google+ Pages for Business properly.

The most common problems we see when people set up Google+ Listings are;

1. People not making their Google+ Pages public

2. People adding Google+ Profiles and not Google+ Pages

3. People not completing their About Page

4. People not linking their Google+ Page with their website

With this in mind we have produced full instructions on how to set up a Google Plus Business Page and optimise it to gain the full advantage.

These instructions talk about How to create a Google+ Page, Why and when to use locate, how to make your page fully visible, how to connect, the importance of profile, page, product, service, when not to add images to posts, what to do before posting a link, when to post on Google+ and more

Google+ Tips on Setting up a Google+ Page for business usage.

https://plus.google.com/100924805901773774668

With these initial Google+ tips we will assume you are creating a Google+ Page for your business and will assume you are using a Google account with your own Google+ Profile already well optimised as touched on in a post I made before the launch of Google+ How to improve your Google Profile

Assuming your Google+ Profile is well set up, you are signed in to it, and you are setting up a Google+ Page for a local based business which has a good Google Places listing.

The 1st important SEO tip is when setting up your Google+ Page is to use the locate facility to tie together your Google+ Page and your Google Places listing, if you don’t use the locate facility when creating a new Google+ Page some features are not included in your new Google+ Page.

Follow the instructions ensuring you set up your business exactly how it appears offline, use the correct name, address, phone number, email address etc.

With your Google+ Page set up now is the time to enhance it.

Before going any further though, one very important point, Your Google+ Profile and your Google+ Page are 2 separate entities, always remember this and be aware of which you are using.

OK, you have created your page, assuming you are still using your Google+ Profile if you go to your homepage you will now see a small drop down arrow and the word Page next to your main profile picture. This controls your switching from using Google+ as your Page or Profile.

Click this arrow and then on the name of the page you have just created (if the arrow and name is not there yet, you may need to refresh or even log out and log back in again) and you are taken to your page.

ALWAYS check top right of the Google+ page to see who you are signed in as.

Image shows signed in as Google+ Profile
Image shows signed in as Google+ Page

Confident that you are signed in as your page, you can now enhance it.

Click on your profile tab and you will see an edit profile option, follow all instructions carefully paying particular attention that you ensure all settings are set to display to Anyone on the Web  (unless you prefer not to).

Image shows profile tab

Add a nice profile picture and 5 nice images to display along the top, there are some clever tools available which you can use to create these images, but we will look at that another time. Make a nice About section, including your phone number, web address and email address (this may need verifying)

Add your recommended links to the right of the page, being sure to include websites that you want to claim authorship of or as the publisher of. (we will touch on this later)

Make all your circles on the left sidebar available to all on the web (you can change this anytime.

Hide your videos tab (unless you have videos to add)

Make all photos public, downloadable and showing geo-location  (can be changed anytime)

Add tag line under title and again double check you have set to Anyone on the Web.

After you have finished and saved use the setting View as Anyone on the Web to see how other people will see it.

Click highlighted area and select "Anyone on the web" to see what others see

With your Page set now go back to your homepage (check top right of page to ensure you are still using Google+ as your Page not Profile).

Tips on using a Google+ Page for Business

Before carrying on I just need to mention Google+ is changing and having new features added to it all the time, these Google+ tips may not include the latest features.

OK, so we will assume you have followed the instructions in previous posts and now have a well set up Google+ Profile and a well set up Google+ Page for your business.

The next thing you need to do is link these up with your websites by using rel=publisher links for content you want your Google+ Page to be seen as the publisher of, and rel=author links for content you want your Google+ Profile to be seen as the author of.

One thing to note is that the Google Rich Snippets Testing Tool only reads one if you are using rel=publisher and rel=author on the same page, which has led to a little confusion as to whether to use one or the other (more about this later).

update: 20/12/11 – The Google rich snippets testing tool has now been updated to give both rel=publisher and rel=author information when used on the same page. It still gives a warning, but this can be ignored if you are using the 2 tags correctly.

How to link your Google+ Page to your website

Quite poignant really when we have had it drummed in to us that reciprocal linking is bad (only if done as a way of manipulating Page Rank or SERPs results, won’t let that ruin me saying the above though :)  ) but the way to form a connection between your Google+ Page and websites is via a form of reciprocal linking.

The 1st thing you need to do is ensure your Google+ Page is linking to your website (preferably the root) This is done via the About page on your Google+ Page in the brief description you write about your Page, with the website link or as one of the recommended links, example here – https://plus.google.com/104044418361598053077/about/

Next you need to add something to your site that links you with your Google+ Page

Go back to the homepage of your Google+ Page and under your profile picture click on Get Started

Read the section Connect your website which gives you a number of options. badges, icons, or just text to go in the head of your page.

With your site and Google+ page connected head back to the Google Rich Snippets Testing Tool to test your website.

With everything set up it’s now time to start using you Google+ Page

The 1st thing I recommend is don’t jump in, as the boy scouts say Be Prepared (in fact you should have already prepared all this previously) Don’t go mad joining Circles, telling the World, linking to your Google+ Page until you have 3 or 4 posts of top quality content on it, as the saying goes 1st impressions count, send your Page to lots of Circles with no (or poor) content on it and they may not come back, send it with good quality content already on and they may be more inclined to connect with you and add you to circles.

Posting on Google+ Pages

We will assume you already have enough good content for 3or 4 posts prepared so now is the time to start posting, back to your homepage and click on the stream box to open it.

1st little tip is a nice header line

Whether it will change or not, but at the moment Google+ doesn’t allow for creating titles and headers for posts, to combat this you can create your own by writing a short title and enclosing it with *on either end, example, *This is a short snappy title* What this does (and what very few people seem to know yet) is makes that line of text bold.

Next leave a couple of line breaks and start your post (aesthetically the posts look much better by doing this)

2nd tip – If you plan on writing a post that links to a web page on your own website do not add any images to the post in Google+ but instead add a very catching image that will still look good when scaled down to a 100 x 100px to the Web Page you are linking too. (I tend to add a 200 x 200 or 300 x 300 image)

With your web page prepared, your post written on Google+ click on where it says Add link and paste in the URL of the page you are linking to.

When doing this you will notice an image appears, scroll through the images to select the most appropriate (this is why you prepared one earlier) then add the link.

Happy with the post, happy with the image now is the time to post, 1st make sure you have the post set to display public then think about sharing it.

Before continuing you need to ask yourself what are your main reasons for posting on Google+ (more about this at a later date, I’m sure you can work this out) ?

Just before making your post in the Google+ stream you can highlight key points with ** and hash-tag the main word it is related to

i.e. if you are writing about SEO you could use this format

*Top 10 SEO Tips*

These are the top tips every #seo should be using….

The ** makes the words bold, the # tags the word and creates a link to the search for the word.

Tips when posting

Timing – Get to know when is the best time for posting, this will become clearer the more you use it, think of it like bulk emailing and read tips on bulk emailing to pick up useful information.

The 2 post rule – Google appears to only display 2 posts per person in feeds, use the 2 post rule carefully.

Get seen – This will be delved in to later, as discussed in previous Google+ tips, the initial idea is to get at least 5 or 6 good posts in your stream before growing your circles (1st impressions)

Engage – when people comment they like a quick reply, if you make a post, not check it for 24 hours and someone commented 23 hours earlier, they may never come back to see the reply to their comment (watch your incoming and notifications, more about this later)

Remember who you are – It can still be confusing the way Google+ switches between Profiles and Pages, always know who you are when posting, commenting, or replying.

+1′ing – Don’t be afraid to +1 comments and good posts, but like wise don’t get too +1 left click happy.

Tips on using Google+

As I keep stressing one of the most important things about Google+ is knowing who you are and who you are posting or commenting as. This is particularly important if you have multiple pages.

Next is engagement, don’t just sit back and read what is happening around your particular subject, get in there and play an active part. This doesn’t mean constantly posting about the subject, it also means following the interesting people and commenting on their posts, not only does this build up your contacts, you gain more confidence and soon rather than it being you just following interesting people and posting the odd comment, they start interacting with you and people start following you and commenting on your interesting posts.

When commenting and posting remember no one likes spammers or over promotion, don’t use Google+ with your marketing or sales head on, you’re not at a marketing meeting or a sales seminar, your relaxing in the bar afterwards.

Circles are there to grow – don’t just hide yourself away in a little 2 man inner circle, get out there and see what’s happening, get those circles revolving you can always create smaller more personal circles as you get to know people better.

I’ll say it again, engage, engage, engage.

You may not be the most sociable person offline, but online you can be who you want to be.

Eye-catching images in posts as your circles expand your streams get longer, we all do it, scan read  an eye catching image in a stream does what it says on the tin – catches the eye. Don’t go doing this too often or you lose the eye catching effect, and also make sure the post does the eye catching image justice.

Replying to comments – think before you type – read before you post. You may be able to delete what you right, but you can’t delete it from the memories of the people who read it before you delete it.

Quick replying to comments – Baring in mind what I have written above, if people write a comment on a post you make, or a reply to a comment you have made, they want an equally quick reply, always keep an eye on your posts and comments and respond quickly.

More Google+ Tips coming soon….

Please feel free to comment below with any questions you have regarding Google+ or if you have any questions about any of the Google+ Tips I provide.

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How to set up a Google+ Business Page and optimise it for best results

Since allowing people to add Google+ Pages to their listings in UK Small Business Directory and add their business to our Google+ Directory the one thing that really stands out for us is just how few people know how to set up Google+ Pages for Business properly.

The most common problems we see when people set up Google+ Listings are;

1. People not making their Google+ Pages public

2. People adding Google+ Profiles and not Google+ Pages

3. People not completing their About Page

4. People not linking their Google+ Page with their website

With this in mind we have produced full instructions on how to set up a Google Plus Business Page and optimise it to gain the full advantage.

These instructions talk about How to create a Google+ Page, Why and when to use locate, how to make your page fully visible, how to connect, the importance of profile, page, product, service, when not to add images to posts, what to do before posting a link, when to post on Google+ and more

Tips on Setting up a Google+ Page

We have now made this information available online here –  Tips on Setting up a Google+ Page for Business and SEO

SEO Company Shipston on Stour Warwickshire

If there is one thing that really anoys me it is when SEO Companies optimise to appear high when people search by location even though they are no where near the location searched for.

A lot of small business owners like a more hands on SEO service and the reason they are searching for SEO Warwickshire is because they want a Warwickshire based SEO company, not some company miles away who just manipulate Google results by just creating pages for every county or Town.

So, if you want to use the SEO Service of a local Shipston company who offer a hands on service and are prepared to come out and see you with very little notice (within 10 mile radius of Shipston) feel free to get in touch for a chat.

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Shipston-on-Stour
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A little SEO tip for all location based businesses, especially local service providers, is to ensure you have your full postal address on your homepage.

For instance if you are an SEO Company in Warwickshire make sure you have your full address on your homepage ensuring you also include Warwickshire.

Not only is this reassuring for potential customers it also helps with your search engine reputation as citations are becoming more and more important.

Rather than just having your address on your homepage, it is also advisable to use a tip we have talked about previously Using Rich Snippets and use microdata formatting

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Small Business and Google+ Help setting up a google+ business page

The UK Small Business Directory has been allowing new business that register in the directory to include links to their facebook page, Twitter page and Google+ page.

A quick test on the last 170 businesses to register reveals Google+ is lagging considerably behind for UK small business owners.

Latest figures from the last 170 sign ups show;

Facebook: 47

Twitter: 46

Googe+ 6

Weekly Stats comparing Facebook, Twitter and Google+ are now shown here – Google+ Business Stats

If any small business owners want help setting up a google+ business page contact V1 SEO

Google Plus help for small business

What is the USG parameter and N parameter in Google+

The following are examples of how the links are when clicked on in a Google+ page or post. (using IE)

http://plus.url.google.com/url?sa=z&n=1326280813384&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.v1seo.co.uk&usg=v_E9UopgN0MXUAKYwWI6UjHBLPM.

http://plus.url.google.com/url?sa=z&n=1326277427917&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.v1seo.co.uk%2F11%2Fistraffic-rating-important-for-seo-post-panda-balancing%2F&usg=1GAIQKn74wovEB3P3UGxaw3gj5g.

they should both work fine and redirect straight to the pages (when using IE)

Change either the N parameter or the USG parameter and you get taken to a Google page telling you it redirects to the page.

Change the URL and you get the same.

http://plus.url.google.com/url?sa=z&n=1326280813384&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.v1seo.co.uk%2F11%2Fistraffic-rating-important-for-seo-post-panda-balancing%2F&usg=v_E9UopgN0MXUAKYwWI6UjHBLPM.

Conclusion of this is that the N parameter and the USG parameter are tracking the URL and linking it in with the Google+ user ?

So what do the N parameter and USG parameter do in Google+ is it all part of the Google Delegated Authority ?

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Google+ Tips Optimising your profile recommended links

This is just one in a series of Google+ Tips provided by V1 SEO

The importance of the order of recommended links in your Google+ Profile

How you order your recommended links in your about us page in your Google Profile effects other Google features, as can be seen when you look at the V1 SEO Hover Card

Always ensure your 2 most important links are listed number 1 and 2 in the recommended links section on your about us page of your Google+ Profile.

Change for a dollar short film Reddit Story panhandling girl with baby

For those wo haven’t seen Change for a dollar yet I recommend you go and watch it now – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9DXL9vIUbWg

The reason for this post though is after watching Change for a dollar it reminded me of a truly heartwarming story I read on reddit about a young girl panhandling in a shop doorway carrying a small baby. I won’t say any more so as not to ruin the story.

I was sure I had bookmarked the reddit page with the story, but no joy :(

If any redditors out there know the story I am talking about please, please let me know how to find it.

Success I found it

It was a comment to another post made in 2009 and was actually voted Reddit Comment of the Year 2009 and got a Reddit Best of 2009 award.

Comment was by Reddit user: WarToad

Story is here: Have some tissues to hand before reading – Panhandling Girl Story

Google using teracent personalized ads without giving a message or opt out

I got followed around by a personalized ad today similar to Criteo, Struq, AdSense etc. but unlike the others this didn’t have the little message explaining what it was, and providing an opt out.

I dug a little deeper and discovered it was delivered by teracent.net who Google aquired in 2009

Are Google going to start doing this with AdSense ads too and scrap the AdChoices option?

I would like to know how google using teracent ties in with their privacy policy and Ads Preferences Manager – http://support.google.com/adsense/bin/static.py?hl=en-GB&ts=1631343&page=ts.cs&rd=3&contact=abg_afc

Especially as the opt out on teracent doesn’t appear to do a great deal – http://www.teracent.com/about-us/opt-out/

Soundproof Microphone Talk to pc or mobile device without being heard

Following on from my post about what is going be big in 2012 and by prediction that Voice Recognition Software will be big in 2012 my latest, some may say wacky, prediction is Soundproof Microphones, Soundproof Microphone Boxes or Soundproof Microphone Chambers.

With Google filing patents for Voice Search and promoting Google Hangouts. Mobile devices becoming more and more popular, surely we are crying out for a device that enables you to speak direct to your computer, tablet, mobile without disrupting those around you?

Will 2012 be the year Soundproof Microphones breakthrough?

I have found very little information about the development of soundproof microphones, if anyone has any information about them or any new devices on the horizon please comment below.

What will happen when marketers stop buying marketing from marketers

As social networking and social marketing continues to grow it amazes me that what seems to be the number one use of social networking is marketers selling marketing ideas to other marketers and talking other people in to using their marketing services.

Social networking has all the hallmarks of the Emperors New Clothes and the South Sea Company

Will the social networking bubble burst?

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Will Google+ Hangouts boost the sales of webcams

Google seem to be really pushing the Hangouts feature of Google+ at the moment and even have a Google voice and video plugin.

What happens if you haven’t got a webcam or only have a very poor quality webcam though?

As Google Hangouts gains more popularity and with Google implementing voice search in to the results surely the sales of quality webcams will rocket?

See what we think are some of the Best Webcams for Google Hangouts

 

 

If you sell webcams and would like to advertise them on this page please comment below ;o)

Best Webcam for Hangouts

Engaging Google+ Pages

This is a follow up post providing tips on Google+ Pages

You may find it beneficial to read posts in this order if you have not read them already;

  1. Best ways of using Google+ for business or SEO
  2. Tips on Setting up a Google+ Page for Business and SEO
  3. Using a Google+ Page for Business and SEO
  4. Tips when posting to Google+ Stream
  5. This Post

In my previous Google+ tips pages I have spoken about setting up your Google+ Profile, your Google+ Page, connecting your Profile, Pages and websites together and how to post in your Google+ stream, today’s Google+ tips is more about using Google+ in General.

Tips on using Google+

As I keep stressing one of the most important things about Google+ is knowing who you are and who you are posting or commenting as. This is particularly important if you have multiple pages.

Next is engagement, don’t just sit back and read what is happening around your particular subject, get in there and play an active part. This doesn’t mean constantly posting about the subject, it also means following the interesting people and commenting on their posts, not only does this build up your contacts, you gain more confidence and soon rather than it being you just following interesting people and posting the odd comment, they start interacting with you and people start following you and commenting on your interesting posts.

When commenting and posting remember no one likes spammers or over promotion, don’t use Google+ with your marketing or sales head on, you’re not at a marketing meeting or a sales seminar, your relaxing in the bar afterwards.

Circles are there to grow – don’t just hide yourself away in a little 2 man inner circle, get out there and see what’s happening, get those circles revolving you can always create smaller more personal circles as you get to know people better.

I’ll say it again, engage, engage, engage.

You may not be the most sociable person offline, but online you can be who you want to be.

Eye-catching images in posts as your circles expand your streams get longer, we all do it, scan read  an eye catching image in a stream does what it says on the tin – catches the eye. Don’t go doing this too often or you lose the eye catching effect, and also make sure the post does the eye catching image justice.

Replying to comments – think before you type – read before you post. You may be able to delete what you right, but you can’t delete it from the memories of the people who read it before you delete it.

Quick replying to comments – Baring in mind what I have written above, if people write a comment on a post you make, or a reply to a comment you have made, they want an equally quick reply, always keep an eye on your posts and comments and respond quickly.

Sorry, late here, more coming tomorrow….

Using a Google+ Page for Business and SEO

This is a follow on page from – Tips on Setting up a Google+ Page for Business and SEO If you haven’t already read that page may I suggest you do so 1st.

Before carrying on I just need to mention Google+ is changing and having new features added to it all the time, these Google+ tips may not include the latest features.

OK, so we will assume you have followed the instructions in previous posts and now have a well set up Google+ Profile and a well set up Google+ Page for your business.

The next thing you need to do is link these up with your websites by using rel=publisher links for content you want your Google+ Page to be seen as the publisher of, and rel=author links for content you want your Google+ Profile to be seen as the author of.

One thing to note is that the Google Rich Snippets Testing Tool only reads one if you are using rel=publisher and rel=author on the same page, which has led to a little confusion as to whether to use one or the other (more about this later).

update: 20/12/11 – The Google rich snippets testing tool has now been updated to give both rel=publisher and rel=author information when used on the same page. It still gives a warning, but this can be ignored if you are using the 2 tags correctly.

 

How to link your Google+ Page to your website

Quite poignant really when we have had it drummed in to us that reciprocal linking is bad (only if done as a way of manipulating Page Rank or SERPs results, won’t let that ruin me saying the above though :) ) but the way to form a connection between your Google+ Page and websites is via a form of reciprocal linking.

The 1st thing you need to do is ensure your Google+ Page is linking to your website (preferably the root) This is done via the About page on your Google+ Page in the brief description you write about your Page, with the website link or as one of the recommended links, example here – https://plus.google.com/104044418361598053077/about/

Next you need to add something to your site that links you with your Google+ Page

Go back to the homepage of your Google+ Page and under your profile picture click on Get Started and read the section Connect your website which gives you a number of options. badges, icons, or just text to go in the head of your page.

With your site and Google+ page connected head back to the Google Rich Snippets Testing Tool to test your website.

With everything set up it’s now time to start using you Google+ Page

The 1st thing I recommend is don’t jump in, as the boy scouts say Be Prepared (in fact you should have already prepared all this previously) Don’t go mad joining Circles, telling the World, linking to your Google+ Page until you have 3 or 4 posts of top quality content on it, as the saying goes 1st impressions count, send your Page to lots of Circles with no (or poor) content on it and they may not come back, send it with good quality content already on and they may be more inclined to connect with you and add you to circles.

Posting on Google+ Pages

We will assume you already have enough good content for 3or 4 posts prepared so now is the time to start posting, back to your homepage and click on the stream box to open it.

1st little tip is a nice header line

Whether it will change or not, but at the moment Google+ doesn’t allow for creating titles and headers for posts, to combat this you can create your own by writing a short title and enclosing it with *on either end, example, *This is a short snappy title* What this does (and what very few people seem to know yet) is makes that line of text bold.

Next leave a couple of line breaks and start your post (aesthetically the posts look much better by doing this)

2nd tip – If you plan on writing a post that links to a web page on your own website do not add any images to the post in Google+ but instead add a very catching image that will still look good when scaled down to a 100 x 100px to the Web Page you are linking too. (I tend to add a 200 x 200 or 300 x 300 image)

With your web page prepared, your post written on Google+ click on where it says Add link and paste in the URL of the page you are linking to.

When doing this you will notice an image appears, scroll through the images to select the most appropriate (this is why you prepared one earlier) then add the link.

Happy with the post, happy with the image now is the time to post, 1st make sure you have the post set to display public then share it.

Continue to – Tips on posting in your Google+ Stream

Setting up a Google+ Page for business

Tips on Setting up a Google+ Page for Business and SEO

I’ve previously hinted at how to set up Google+ Pages in a post called How to set up a Google+ Business Page and optimise it for best results This post will expand on that further and provide my tips on Setting up a Google+ Page for Business.

First things first, what are you going to use Google+ to create?

With these initial tips we will assume you are creating a Google+ Page for your business and will assume you are using a Google account with your own Google+ Profile already well optimised as touched on in a post I made before the launch of Google+ How to improve your Google Profile

Assuming your Google+ Profile is well set up, you are signed in to it, and you are setting up a Google+ Page for a local based business which has a good Google Places listing.

The 1st important SEO tip is when setting up your Google+ Page is to use the locate facility to tie together your Google+ Page and your Google Places listing.

Follow the instructions ensuring you set up your business exactly how it appears offline, use the correct name, address, phone number, email address etc.

With your Google+ Page set up now is the time to enhance it.

Before going any further though, one very important point, Your Google+ Profile and your Google+ Page are 2 separate entities, always remember this and be aware of which you are using.

OK, you have created your page, assuming you are still using your Google+ Profile if you go to your homepage you will now see a small drop down arrow and the word Page next to your main profile picture. This controls your switching from using Google+ as your Page or Profile.

Click this arrow and then on the name of the page you have just created (if the arrow and name is not there yet, you may need to refresh or even log out and log back in again) and you are taken to your page.

ALWAYS check top left of the Google+ toolbar to see who you are signed in as.

Confident that you are signed in as your page, you can now enhance it.

Click on your profile tab and you will see an edit profile option, follow all instructions carefully paying particular attention that you ensure all settings are set to display to Anyone on the Web  (unless you prefer not to).

Add a nice profile picture and 5 nice images to display along the top, there are some clever tools available which you can use to create these images, but we will look at that another time. Make a nice About section, including your phone number, web address and email address (this may need verifying)

Add your recommended links to the right of the page, being sure to include websites that you want to claim authorship of or as the publisher of. (we will touch on this later)

Make all your circles on the left sidebar available to all on the web (you can change this anytime.

Hide your videos tab (unless you have videos to add)

Make all photos public, downloadable and showing geo-location  (can be changed anytime)

Add tag line under title and again double check you have set to Anyone on the Web.

After you have finished and saved use the setting View as Anyone on the Web to see how other people will see it.

With your Page set now go back to your homepage (check top left of toolbar to ensure you are still using Google+ as your Page not Profile).

Continues here – Using a Google+ Page for Business and SEO

Setting up a Google+ Page for business

 

 

Best ways of using Google+ for business or SEO

Now that Google+ Pages for business have been with us for a while it would be interesting to here the best ways of using Google+ for business purposes.

If you are using Google+ for business we would be interested in hearing how you are using it, what benefits you are getting and seeing a demonstration of how you are using it (please feel free to comment below).

I’ll start the ball rolling with our demonstration of the Google+ Activity Widget

Google+ Activity Widget News Feed

This Widget pulls in the latest post and news from our Business Directory Google+ Page and displays it on our homepage – Business Directory

Google+ Activity Widget Product Feed

Our 2nd demonstration uses the same Google+ Activity widget but is combined with a Google+ Product Page which displays our top 10 products – Wheelchair Ramps

Google+ Activity Widget for Google+ Search

Whant to search Google+ from your own website or allow people to search and display the results on their own website?

Take a look at Google+ Search a simple stand alone demo which can be incorporated in to any page. This demo version searches 20 results by Most Recent but can also be set up to search by Best – Google+ Search

Tips on Setting up a Google+ Page

VI SEO now provide – Tips on Setting up a Google+ Page for Business and SEO


We have more demonstrations coming soon, if you would like to show us how you are using Google+ for business please comment below.

If we get enough we will create a Top 10 Google+ Business Use page and list our favourite 10 Google+ Business Applications on it.

Using the Google+ activity feed to display products on websites

Whilst playing around with the V1 SEO Google+ Widget I suddenly had one of those eureka moments.

Could I use the Google+ activity feed to display products on a little static website?

I quickly set up a new Google+ Product Page, added my top 10 products to it, then adapted the V1 SEO Google+ Widget accordingly.

Within less than 30 minutes the result was the Google+ activity feed widget on this page – www.wheelchair-ramps.co.uk

Wheelchair Ramps

A big thanks to Mike More at More Tech Tips for the original widget and inspiration

Google+ Widget Checker

V1 SEO have created a quick little Google+ Widget Checker so you can see how a Google+ Feed Widget would look on your website using the feed from your Google+ Page.

All you have to do is add your Google+ ID number and submit to check your widget

Further information here – Google+ Widget Checker

 

Google Rank Checker Tool : Check your rankings on Google

If you want to know where you appear in the the top 100 of Google for a specific keyword just follow the Google Rank Checker Tool instructions below.

  1. Go to http://www.google.co.uk/ and underneath the Google logo you will find an input box with 2 buttons below it (Google Search and I’m feeling lucky) for clarity’s sake we shall call this a  Search Box
  2. Enter in to the  Search Box the Keyword that you want to see where your website appears for in Google.
  3. Click on the button that says Google Search
  4. You should notice that this opens a new page that displays the top 10 rankings for the Keyword you have just searched for.
  5. Look closely at the green text under the title of the first listing and you will notice it is a website address, is this your website address?
  6. If it is your website, congratulations you have used The Google Ranking Checker and found where your website is ranked.
  7. If the website in the green text under the title of the first listing is not yours, look closely at the the green text under the title of the 2nd listing.
  8. If it is your website, congratulations you have used The Google Ranking Checker and found where your website is ranked.
  9. If the green text under the title of the 2nd  listing isn’t yours repeat this procedure on results 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10.
  10. If you cannot see your website in the green text under the title of results 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 or 10 it means the Google Rankings Checker has not found your website in the Google Top 10 for the keyword you have entered.

Do not despair, just because the Google Rank Checker has not found the position of your website for the Keyword you have selected in Google, it does not mean you are not using it correctly, or that it is not working.

Simply go to page 2 of the google results for the keyword you are using the Google Ranking Checker Tool to check what position you are in, and repeat the instructions 5, 6, 7, 8 above, but this time looking at results 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19 and 20

If you still cannot see your website address in the green text under the title of the results on page 2, repeat the instructions on page 3, then page 4, then page 5 then page 6, then page 7, then page 8, then page 9, and lastly page 10.

If you have closely followed all of the instructions above, and the Google Rankings Checker Tool has not found the your website address in the green text under the title of the top 10 SERPs when searching for the specific keyword that you are checking to see what position you are – Get a better SEO.


Glossary of Words used in these Google Rankings Checker Tool instuctions.

  1. Google – A search engine which you type a word in to to find a website that ranks highest for that word.
  2. Google Rankings Checker tool – system for seing where a website is ranked in google when a word is entered in the search box
  3. Search Box – A box on the Google website where you enter the word that you are searching for
  4. Google Search – Search for a word on Google
  5. I’m feeling lucky – The wife has just finished her 3rd glass of wine and is getting giggly
  6. Keyword – The key word that you are searching for when using the google rankings checker tool
  7. SERPs – an acronym for Search Engine Results Pages
  8. SEO – a geeky nerd who spends far too much time on the internet, but is probably fronted by a smarmy, smooth talking salesman who tells the clients the SEO will achieve top 10 rankings for all their keywords, but it’s a slow process so be patient.
  9. Smarmy, smooth talking salesman – The guy who cold calls you just after you have provided your contact details to online business directories.
  10. Online Business Directories – Websites that let you list you business details free of charge and then contact you regularly talking about how great their upgrade options and SEO services are.

Update 26/08/2011

Website Marketing Expert Gerald Duck has pointed out to us that if you want to check the top 100 Google rankings you can set the number of results displayed on the Google page to 100 instead of 10 and therefore elininating the need to go to pages 2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9, and 10.

He says this is a handy trick to know as he often tells his clients they only have to pay when they are on page 1

If they moan when he sends them an invoice he points out that they are on page 1 of Google (even if only down in the 90′s) and to pay up.

New SEO Tips Post The Google Panda Update 2011

I’ve previously posted my favourite SEO Tips for on-page optimisation and also my Top 10 SEO Tips when starting a new website, but thought it was about time for a little refresh.

Rather than just updating the existing pages I have decided to create this New SEO Tips section which provides SEO Tips following the Google Panda update of 2011.

For clarification purposes these SEO Tips are based on my own opinion mainly as a result of SEO testing, experimenting and methodically reading instructions and information provided by the Google Webmaster team.

I tend to ignore most 2nd hand information as there is so much miss-information about that it can sometimes be hard to see the wood from the trees.

If I do come across new information that appears feasible, I tend to try to drill down to the original source and set up little experiments to test the theories.

Before talking about my new SEO Tips the first thing I will say is that all the tips on my main SEO Tips page still apply, these new tips can be described as being Post-Panda bolt on Tips.

Before talking about Google Panda Tips first we need to understand just what were the intentions of the Google Panda update and where better to get this information than from the horses mouth.

“Our goal is simple: to give people the most relevant answers to their queries as quickly as possible. This requires constant tuning of our algorithms, as new content both good and bad comes online all the time.”

Sources: http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2011/02/finding-more-high-quality-sites-in.html

http://googlewebmastercentral.blogspot.com/2011/04/high-quality-sites-algorithm-goes.html

From these Google articles I thing it is fair to assume that the primary goal of the Google Panda update was to weed out thin content, poor content and duplicate content and reward websites that provide quality, trusted  and unique content.

Three months after the initial Google Panda update was rolled out Google posted another article saying;

“In recent months we’ve been especially focused on helping people find high-quality sites in Google’s search results. The *Panda* algorithm change has improved rankings for a large number of high-quality websites, so most of you reading have nothing to be concerned about. However, for the sites that may have been affected by Panda we wanted to provide additional guidance on how Google searches for high-quality sites.”

Source: http://googlewebmastercentral.blogspot.com/2011/05/more-guidance-on-building-high-quality.html

As you will see, the articles goes on to provide more guidance on building high quality sites, and these new SEO Tips are based on a combination of that article, my testing and my theories on Traffic Rating and Panda Balancing with my article Lose Weight and Beat The Google Panda Update.

So with an understanding of why Google rolled out the Panda update let’s have a look at my new SEO Tips (in no particular order).

Ensure Quality Content – This may be stating the obvious, but first of all ensure your pages contain trusted, quality, original, information and content which is in keeping with other content throughout your site.

Don’t be tempted to spread your content too thin – Pre-Panda a number of webmasters tended to use the amount of pages indexed in Google as a positive gauge, the more indexed pages the better. This could often lead to content that could quite easily appear on just 1 page being spread over 5 or more different pages. – Not advisable Post-Panda.

Know your content and where it is – On smaller sites not that much of a problem, but on larger sites, and specifically on sites with blogs attached it can be easy to lose content over the years and even forget that it is even there. This ties in with my theory about Panda Balancing where I strongly suspect that having too many pages about similar subjects not only weakens the pages involved but the whole site in general (almost the opposite effect of pre-Panda)

Update or Delete? – The jury is still out on this one, OK you realise the mistakes you have made over the years, know you have lots of thin content, lots of similar content on different pages, lots of below average content, so what do you do?

Do you systematically delete pages you think may be causing issues, do you leave old pages up but add more quality content to the site, or do you find the problem pages and update them?

Let’s take a closer look at these 3 options;

  1. Delete poor quality pages – The pros with this method is it is quick and simple, the problem is though, do you really know which are the problem pages? Could you end up deleting the wrong pages and could you cause problems with broken links and messed up navigation structures.
  2. Leave old pages replace with new – Again, very simple, just try to rectify past mistakes by filling the site with quality content. The problem with this though is that it hasn’t appeared to have worked, many people have spent months adding quality, trusted, engaging content to their sites but still remain Pandalized. Could the reason for this be connected with my theory about Panda Balancing? i.e. The new quality content is adversely effected because their is similar existing content on the site?
  3. Update and improve problem pages – What my mind tells me is the preferred option, but also most difficult and time consuming (we never said this would be easy). It would appear to make sense to cure the problem rather that just put a plaster on it, but the problems are first you need to find the problem pages, then you need to update and upgrade the content, then you need to ensure you haven’t got too similar content on too many other pages throughout the site. You have to be careful that if you have content thinly spread across 5 pages that you don’t bulk up the information on to the wrong page or are not tempted to bulk up the information on all 5 pages with the same content. This may mean having to create a lot more unique content so that you can justify it being spread over the 5 pages and with different enough content on each page to escape from duplicate content penalties. (if this is not possible you may have to go back to option 1 and delete pages, but being very careful that you are deleting the correct pages and adapting your navigation structure accordingly)

Be Sociable With Your Websites Pages - Just about everything Google has done in recent months appears to have been geared towards people having Google Accounts and being signed in to their Google accounts when browsing. They have previously stated that the data obtained from the Google +1 button may be used as a ranking signal and this ties in with my 2nd theory about Traffic Rating.

Can Google be using the amount of Natural Traffic* delivered via the Google results pages as a ranking factor? Is a new web page given an artificial boost for a couple of days (often referred to as Fresh Bot) so that Google can then decide to reward it based on the amount of Natural Traffic it generates?

*natural traffic =  unique IP’s, natural link pattern, from country the page is related to, from people signed in to google, etc.

If this is the case (as I suspect), a good SEO tip is to build web pages devised with the intention of attracting high clicks and then providing engaging content, so as to improve bounce rates.

i.e. Sociable Web Pages

I provide more information about traffic baiting techniques in a previous post – Is Traffic Baiting The New Link Baiting

Congratulations if you have read all the way down here (and not just jumped down)

My final new SEO Tip – Research and read methodically – Far to many people flick through articles and blog posts just picking up snippets, if taken out of context the information gained may be worthless (or even worse, damaging). You need to have the right mindset to be good at SEO don’t cut corners, don’t stop researching, don’t stop learning and most important don’t stop testing.

All comments appreciated.

PS. If you like this post, please share it around a bit, link to it, recommend it, like it, blog about it, post in forums about it, or whatever – It took a lot of time writing (and half a bottle of wine). – Many thanks, TJ

Is Google+ a Failure Outside of Technology Circles

I have been running some little traffic generating projects this week by targeting phrases related to the Christmas Adverts that most big brands have now released.

Soon in to my little experiment something glaringly obvious hit me.

First have a look at these 6 pages;

  1. Sainsbury’s Christmas Advert 2011
  2. Argos Christmas Advert 2011
  3. Slow Moving Milly Please
  4. Littlewoods Christmas Advert 2011
  5. 2011 John Lewis Christmas Advert
  6. John Lewis Christmas Advert 2011

Don’t go looking at the content of the pages for what I am talking about, look just underneath the horizontal navigation bar.

Still no wiser? – look at the social networking buttons.

A quick calculation of facebook likes shows me those 6 pages have been liked in facebook 610 times in the week I have been running that test.

In that same period those 6 pages have received a total of 1 possibly 2 Google +1 clicks and do not appear to have been added to any Google+ streams.

What do these results tell us?

To summarise, the little experiment has been running for 7 days now and in those 7 days the 6 pages have received 610 facebook likes and 1 Google +1

Is this an indication that Google+ is having very little impact in the mainstream and that Google+ is a Failure Outside of Technology Circles ?

 

 

The Heating Engineer Who Came In From The Cold

Some tradesmen moan about the costs of advertising in the paper directories – but still do it.

Some tradesmen moan about the pressure to list in trade directories – but still do it.

Some tradesmen say social networking is a complete waste of time and effort – And spend hours chatting to their mates on facebook about football and sending rude jokes.

Some tradesmen get taken in by the promises made by cold callers selling facebook advertising, high Google rankings, Google maps listings, online directory listings and Pay Per Click management.

Others Listen, learn and reap the benefits of self learnt online marketing.

James Smith is a typical example of the latter.

James is the owner, manager, webmaster, SEO, marketing expert of a small Leicestershire heating engineering company Dormouse Heating

6 months ago James was like the above;

Ask him what Google Places was and he would assume it’s some kind of travel agents service provided by Google.

Promise him number 1 rankings in Google and he would want to know who to make the cheque out to.

Ask him about his Google Profile and he would have said his left side has always been his best.

Ask him about Analytics, how his SEO was performing, his directory submission was going , his back-link profile was building up and his keyword research was progressing and he would have given you one of his Karl Pilkington looks.

What did James do that is different though?

First of all James didn’t get taken in by all the promises from the snake oil salesmen and smooth talking cold callers.

Rather than getting taken in by the guys trying to charge him £149.99 to set up a Google Places listing – James went to Google found out some information about Google Places, followed the instructions and set up his own listing – http://maps.google.co.uk/maps/place?cid=3673054218823410558

When James was cold called by a company implying they were facebook that had a special offer for just 1 heating engineer in his area at an amazing rate. He said, thank you very much, I’ll think about it and then went and looked up about facebook advertising to discover using facebook pay per impressions for a small heating company wasn’t really the best ROI he could get, he also found out that he could run the similar £99 per month package they were selling himself for about £5.00 per month.

When James started his directory submission he had already been forewarned about the sales pitches. James knew that the reason most directories allow free listings is so they can then up-sell upgraded listings.
With this knowledge James was ready to handle the inevitable calls, James wasn’t rude, he didn’t get annoyed, and more importantly, he didn’t get taken in by any sales spiel.
Rather than the calls dragging on James was 100% clear he wasn’t interested, made it clear he only wanted the free listing, was polite, and gave the opportunity for the salesman to just quickly move on knowing he was only wasting his own time.

As James learnt more it became more clear to him how important SEO (search engine optimisation) was if he wanted his website to be found in the search engines.

Did he rush out and engage the first SEO company he could find? – no

As with other aspects of his marketing James went in to Google and researched.
He found websites providing Free SEO tips and free SEO advice and read the information methodically, he found facebook groups about SEO and started following the blogs of the more successful SEO experts.

James then went that one step further that in some SEO Circles is often referred to as the golden step, James started to express an interest and connected with some SEO’s and marketing people.

It can be in these little circles, where people share the “You scratch my back, I’ll scratch yours” philosophy, that the little SEO tips and Advice are shared which don’t generally appear elsewhere.

James himself will tell you he still has a lot to learn, but do you want to know something? That learning isn’t a chore it’s a pleasure.
Online Marketing and SEO can become a hobby and how many hobbies are there that you know earn you money rather than cost it.

You may read the above and say I haven’t got time for all that malarkey, but do you know what James is probably doing whilst your sat moaning about the rubbish Eastenders has become, moaning about the quality of this years X factor, constantly flicking through the remote moaning that nothing is on? – He’s probably chatting on an SEO forum, adding some latest news to his facebook page, uploading a short heating advice video to youtube, re-coding his own website, reading more about the latest Google+ feature, networking with like minded people in his area and industry, and you want to know something else, he is learning all the time as he does this and at the same time is improving his online profile.

Knowledge is key – Learning is Fun – What a Combination.

6 months ago James and his website were in the wilderness when it came to online marketing, now he really can be described as The heating engineer who came in from the cold.

Dormouse Heating Services Ltd

If there is one bit of very important advice I can give to James that is go to Reddit and ask what they think of him using the Comic Sans MS font – http://www.reddit.com/r/comicsans/search?q=comic+sans ;)

Article written by TJ – SEO for V1 SEO

No animals were harmed in the creating of this article – honest, that isn’t a real dormouse.

What came first the V1 SEO number plate or the v1seo.co.uk website?

Someone asked me the other day about my V1 SEO number plate, so I explained to them it was just an advertising gimmick for my website http://www.v1seo.co.uk

They then asked which came first the number plate or the website?

To be honest it was a bit of both, I was getting a new car and came up with the idea of getting an SEO related number plate so that when I was visiting any local business centres it would be a bit eye catching to any small business owners who had any knowledge of SEO.

This then gave me the idea of tying the plate up with a website and having a windscreen banner with the plate URL displayed on it www.v1seo.co.uk

I had a search on the DVLA website, decided the plate had to be a number 1 so searched for all the plates with *1 SEO and decided V1 SEO was the most eye catching of all of them.

I then quickly did a domain search found www.v1seo.co.uk was available so registered it there and then.

With the domain registered I then had to decide whether to spend the £750 on the number plate but put this off for a few months.

It was probably about 3 months later and after a particularly good week of AdSense earnings that I decided to go for it and spend some of my earnings on the number plate.

I still didn’t have the new car so had to wait, but about 4 months later the new car arrived and I got the dealer to put the V1 SEO plate on it from new.

So in answer to the question, the idea of the number plate came first, but I registered and put a site on www.v1seo.co.uk at least 3 months before actually buying the V1 SEO number plate, which took another 4 months before going on the car (VW Polo 1.4 SE for anyone interested).

Google+ Pages For Business Now Live

Google Plus  for Business is now live.

Just in the process of setting one up for V1 SEO now https://plus.google.com/104044418361598053077

And here’s the new Google+ button for business

v1seo.co.uk
on Google+

 

For those wanting to know how to create your Google+ business page visit here https://plus.google.com/pages/create and sign in to your Google+ account, alternatively, sign in to Google+ and there should be a create page link on the right of your page.

I’ve now also created a UK Small Business Directory Google+ Business Page

More about google+ for business coming soon….