30 Day Challenge – No Twitter just Google+

Never had a go at a 30 day challenge per se, did Dryathlon in January but technically that’s 31 days so doesn’t quite count.

I’m an active user on Twitter and mainly use it for industry insight and generally for my personal interests, so today Wednesday 29th October I decide for November I will use Google+ to see if I can get the same level of information served to me.

This will also be a test to whether G+ can be a serious platform for me in the future.

So next steps will be to get my circles organised and turn off Twitter on Friday.

I will report back in December with my findings.

TopSeos Banned by Google

A lot has been said about TopSeos.com both good and bad, it now appears that Google has hammered that last nail in the coffin and the site is now de-indexed :


Tip: Use the site: command to check if your site is indexed

This now compounds the site as they previously had a hit by Google in September as this chart shows and now with a zero score:


SearchMetrics last 6 months

SEMRush also shows how the site has deteriorated over time:

semrush last 6 months

semrush last 6 months

Not only have they been banned, the also appear to have left early from Pubcon:

There are many more posts available this is just a quick update from me.

Panda 4.0 Rolls Out

Matt Cutts tweeted confirmation of Google rolling out Panda 4.0 update. US based at present.

The Panda algorithm was released in February 2011 to target sites with low quality content and has been updated over time.

You can view the change history of Panda thanks to Moz.

What 4.0 will bring will be interesting to see. If you’re seeing any changes then add your comments for discussion.

Moving on from MEC to Vizeum

As of late it appears that a farewell blog post is written when changing jobs, so here is mine :)

It’s been 2 weeks since I left MEC Manchester, I joined this agency 3 years ago as an Account Director and I had a really enjoyable time and met some great colleagues and also friends.

The decision to leave was a difficult one but the opportunity to become the Head of Natural Search at Vizeum was too good an opportunity to turn down at this stage of my career in Search.

My first week in my new role as with most new jobs saw plenty of meetings as well as a pitch so to say I’ve been busy is an understatement!

Majestic SEO Site Comparator Tool – Updated

The Majestic SEO site comparator tool is very useful to identify the key link metrics of up to 5 domains so you can see the link data for your own site vs. another or for link prospecting and competitor research. The current report generates the data is as displayed in a simple data format: majestic-seo-site-comparator As a BETA tester, I have been privileged enough to see the forthcoming changes that Majestic  SEO are making. They have made the visual of the report stand out by adding bar charts for each metric that highlights the highest number of each link metric on display: majestic-seo-site-comparator-beta


The site comparator tool has now been revamped and live – View the blog post on the release .

Watch the Site Comparator Tool training video

Watch the training video to find out how to use the tool in more detail.


Has Digg Dugg a Big Hole, banned by Google? No just a mistake by Google

Another post on the banning/de-indexing of Digg by Google, datadial popped up on an SEO group with the 1st instance of this news and many posts have followed, read my related posts for more opinions.

Update 1800 20th March 2013

Matt Cutts reveals Google inadvertently de indexed Digg whilst tackling a spammer.

So, let’s look at the scenario, Digg is no longer is indexed in Google:



Their robots.txt file didn’t exist earlier in the day, but no seems to have recovered so was this issue, not having a robots.txt or showing a 404 error for the file, Google may not index a site with an error of a robots file.

They have millions of links, 963,508,932 to be exact:, is it a link penalty, most unlikely:


Related Posts:

Google+ logo

Google+ Vanity URL’s Coming Soon

Google+ logoUpdate

Vanity URL’s are now being rolled out, have a look at the headline strap on your profile if you can claim your URL.


A recent post by Saurabh Sharma at Google gave examples of vanity URL’s becoming available for Google+ for profiles and pages, she cited examples of brands and celebrities.

Until now the only way to get past the ugly URL was to use gplus.to to create one, at present only the privileged have the new URL’s and Saurabh commented:

At first, we’re introducing custom URLs to a limited number of verified profiles and pages. But over time we plan to offer custom URLs to many more brands and individuals, so please stay tuned!

Here are a few so far:

So whats the big deal with vanity URL’s? they are easier to remember than the current, mine is currently https://plus.google.com/107389176055486775575/ no chance of remembering that.

As Google have said, stay tuned for updates, I will also be keeping an eye on vanity G+ URL’s and will update when I get mine!

Related Posts:

Another Box (Almost) Ticked: Vanity URLs in Google+


Unnatural Link Warnings – Ignore them if you want?!?

Ok did you just get the dreaded Google unnatural links warning message in Webmaster Tools?

Matt Cutts Drawing

Oh no is my site to be penalised? Usually this would be the way, but no, even more confusion and panic after the latest spam messages received as Google’s head of web spam Matt Cutts explained on G+:

If you received a message yesterday about unnatural links to your site, don’t panic. In the past, these messages were sent when we took action on a site as a whole. Yesterday, we took another step towards more transparency and began sending messages when we distrust some individual links to a site. While it’s possible for this to indicate potential spammy activity by the site, it can also have innocent reasons. For example, we may take this kind of targeted action to distrust hacked links pointing to an innocent site. The innocent site will get the message as we move towards more transparency, but it’s not necessarily something that you automatically need to worry about.

If we’ve taken more severe action on your site, you’ll likely notice a drop in search traffic, which you can see in the “Search queries” feature Webmaster Tools for example. As always, if you believe you have been affected by a manual spam action and your site no longer violates the Webmaster Guidelines, go ahead and file a reconsideration request. It’ll take some time for us to process the request, but you will receive a followup message confirming when we’ve processed it.

This to me speaks of a load of cobblers, so what do we do next? Ignore the message?

Trawl through the thousands of back links to your site to find the rogue link?

If you’ve had the message what have you done about it?

There has now been an update from Mr Cutts, presumably from all the feedback negative sentiment:

Update: Thanks to everyone who gave feedback on this change. An engineer worked over the weekend based on the suggestions here, and starting on Sunday we made two changes so you can tell the “individual links aren’t trusted” messages from the “our opinion of your entire site is affected” messages.

First off, we changed the messages themselves that we’ll send out to make it clear that for a specific incident “we are taking very targeted action on the unnatural links instead of your site as a whole.” So anyone that gets a message going forward can tell what type of action has occurred.

The second change is that these messages won’t show the yellow caution sign in our webmaster console at http://google.com/webmasters/ like our other webspam notifications. This reflects the fact that these actions are much more targeted and don’t always require action by the site owner.

Thanks again for the feedback, and we’ll continue to work on ways to provide more useful and actionable information for site owners.

Hat tip for the Matt Cutts graphic by SEOBook.com

Google TV

Google TV Set for UK Launch with Sony Partnership

Google are finally launching Google TV in the UK, it’s been a long time coming and set-top boxes made by Sony will be available in UK stores from 16 July, prices starting at £200.

What is Google TV (If you don’t already know)?

Google TV allows you to surf the internet, play games and watch videos through your TV using Android software giving easy access to Chrome, Play and YouTube.

Set-top Boxes

There will be 2 boxes on offer, an internet player (£200) and a an integrated Blu-Ray player (£300), the latter will be available in October. Both feature an internet remote which doubles up with a QWERTY keyboard on the reverse.

Battle with Apple

So how is this different from Apple TV which is half the price? Google TV brings the full internet to your screen so you can email as well as surf the web, Google TV is based on their Android software which power millions of smart phones. The software will enable you to switch between online apps and live TV.

Will it be a hit?

There have been struggles in the US for Google after the launch in 2010, Logitech partnered with them and lost millions as customers returned the products in there droves. So will it be a hit in the UK?

I’m interested in trying but at £200 seems a bit steep when you have internet features via PS3 or internet enabled devices such as the BDP-S185. Albeit more limited in their internet capability still makes me wonder is it worth it, perhaps for live tweeting whilst watching live events such as Eurovsion, tbh it make that pile of old donkey more interesting.