Explained: unexplainable on-site searches

As I am typing, I am sitting in between my girlfriend and my mum whilst they browse the Marks and Spencer website for the latest boxing day sale bargains.  This is the last place I would expect to get inspiration for a Searchblog post, but they have managed to surprise me whilst also educating me…

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#uksnow Twitter tag highlights UK obsession with weather

Getting relevant content published on the web early when a topic is trending is a fantastic way of getting lots of traffic to your website, but did you ever think about watching the weather forecast in order to predict what the next trending Twitter topic will be?! This morning the UK population turned to Twitter to share…

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Spanish SEO, is LATAM different to Spain?

I have recently been partnering with a lots of international site managers in Microsoft on various global SEO initiatives.  I had interesting discussion with one of our Spanish site managers this week, which reminded me how critical it is to work with someone who understands the local language AND the local culture when tackling SEO…

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Make sure you clear cookies before checking rankings

For a while now Google have offered personalised search which provides a custom ordering of search results based on your previous search behaviour.  If you clicked on a particular site lots in the past and were signed in to Google.com, Google would remember the action and rank that site higher for you in future searches…

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Popular searches for 2009

Bing and Yahoo have both recently released the list of top searches for 2009. . . Yahoo 1. Michael Jackson 2. Twilight 3. WWE 4. Megan Fox 5. Britney Spears 6. Naruto 7. American Idol 8. Kim Kardashian 9. NASCAR 10. Runescape Bing 1. Michael Jackson 2. Twitter 3. Swine Flu 4. Stock Market 5….

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Majority of social network users are female!

This post over on Pingdom provides an enlightening graphic showing the split of male vs. female social networking users, broken down by site. . . Share

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Download your Google Sidewiki comments

Google Sidewiki was launched a few months ago as a tool for Google toolbar users to comment on websites they visit and read comments from other users.  Whilst the volume of comments submitted on Google Sidewiki is not particularly ground breaking so far, the concept of allowing everyone to read every comment without censorship from…

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X-Factor + Twitter = predictable odds?

I’m not ashamed to admit that a couple of weeks ago I spent my Saturday evening with my girlfriend, nachos, a comfortable sofa and X-factor (equivalent to ‘American Idol’ in the U.S.).  I am a person who gets very excited every time he realises that life has been changed by technology – Saturday night was…

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Share Bing search results on Facebook/Twitter

Are Bing looking to change the way that people share content on the web?  Today, most users will perform a search, browse a set of web pages (probably involving multiple clicks of the ‘Back’ button) and then possibly share selected content by copying and pasting the URL in to Twitter/Facebook, or clicking on the social…

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International SEO: Non-latin domain names

There is strong evidence to show that the use of target keywords in a domain name is a significant ranking factor for search results.  A quick random search for ‘cool wallpaper’ (no idea why that was the first thing which came to my mind) shows how sites with those keywords in the domain name often…

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