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Black Friday UK Retailer Meltdown

Black Friday is well and truly upon us. It can be categorically said that this has been the biggest hype of the event ever in the UK; Thanksgiving and in particular ‘Black Friday’ has taken our little island by storm. And this hasn’t come out of the blue either. The interest has been growing through the media and word of mouth over a couple of years and especially in the last two weeks. So it may come as a surprise that many of our major retailers including Currys, John Lewis,...
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HTTPS will give you a boost in ranking (Google Update)

Google recently announced that they have starting using HTTPS as a ranking signal in their search results. This comes after news they called for "HTTPS everywhere" in order to attempt to make the internet safer, at the recent Google I/O in June.  The decision to use HTTPS as a ranking signal was likely backed by Google's desire to make their services safer and more secure, this therefore having a knock-on effect for the internet as a whole.      In the past Go...
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WordPress is hacked again: cashnude.com exploit hack solved

Over the years, we have seen plenty of WordPress hacks and thankfully they are usually fairly easy to diagnose. This bank holiday Monday we have fought a nasty one from cashnude.com a spammy website which opens up an adult chat as a pop up, under your site.    Just follow these simple steps to get rid of this nasty code injection: 1. The first thing you want to do is change your FTP (File Transfer Protocol) password, this is just an extra precaution encase your password has been c...
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Drive greater social media traffic by playing the right Twitter Cards!

The ever prominent presence of social media in online marketing presents a unique opportunity to open up new streams of internet traffic to ensure continued success. This reduces a reliance on Google-specific organic traffic, producing a more reliable and diverse online marketing plan.  Companies are continually trying to make the most of all the social media platforms available to them and you do not have to look far to see that those who do it well reaps the rewards. Therefore any market...
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Local businesses take off with Google's new Pigeon update.

When Googles' new Pigeon update was released on the 24th July it was met by mixed reactions with some experts saying that the results would be beneficial to them and others stating that they would not. Not much is known of the actual changes that this update will bring as the details are being kept largely secret but the fact that Google has mentioned it means that it is a significant update. With the update Google has moved to improve the distance and location ranking parameters and delve deep...
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First authorship is scrapped, now video snippets are snipped as Google moves to favour its own media properties.

It seems that Google can't be pleased when it comes to the presentation of their search results. Reports have indicated that there has been a huge 44% reduction in the number of video snippets present in search results. A report by SEER interactive which shows the number of video snippets for a "iPhone 5 review video" search had fallen from 10 videos across 10 domains to  5 videos across 3 domains over the course of just 5 five days.    A number of large sites such a...
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Size Matters. The route to better content strategy through adaptation for all device screen sizes.

Whether we like it or not, it is human nature to judge a book by its cover and when it comes to viewing content the presentation and suitability is vital in determining its success.  The constant changing nature of content consumption presents a challenge to content producers: ensuring their content is suitable for all devices (smartphones, laptops/PCs and tablets). Facebook released gargantuan ad figures of $2.5 billion for the Jan-March quarter earlier this year and the majority of this ...
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Remember the little photos next to some Google search results??

  Well they're gone...!! 3 years after it was released, Google are removing the little images that appear next to authored content that was originally so popular. initially, Google authorship was widely acclaimed as it allowed content producers to improve the visibility of their content in search results and  it was simple to get authored content. Lately, Google has cut back on the amount of authorship content shown, improving the overall quality of the author snippets an...
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