January 2010

I was chatting to friend and colleague Matt Hodkinson from YourSeoConsultant this week. And we were talking about Google’s introduction last month of personalised search for ‘everyone’, and whether or not it would have a detrimental effect on search results.Google personalised search works like this: if there’s a site you frequently visit, Google is more likely to show you this...

It’s a rare occasion where I finish reading a business book and say ‘brilliant!’ (In fact, I rarely finish reading a business book at all.)But Brad Burton’s Get off Your Arse is unputdownable (yeah, I know it’s a made up word).The pace of the book is frenetic and not for the faint-hearted. And Brad, who hails from a tough area...

I was watching some of the Iraq Inquiry last week. And it got me thinking: when do we use inquiry and when do we use enquiry? A quick search online reveals that some institutions use both (yes, I’m talking about you Evening Standard).However, it’s generally considered that enquire is the British spelling and inquire the US spelling. But as we...

At various social gatherings over the holidays the subject of Twitter frequently came up.“Oh, I don’t use Twitter, it’s a complete waste of time.” “Yes, Sarah, but have you got any work from it?” “I’m glad you’ve got the time to muck around all day.” “No, I’m far too busy for that.” “What’s Twitter then?”And it got me thinking: what do I use Twitter...

Out and about over the holiday period I snapped these lovely pics on my mobile phone. You know those posters that people make which have loads or ClipArt, WordArt and about six different colours? This isn’t one of them. This 'poster' was stuck to the ladies’ loo wall of a pub in Battersea, where I was watching the footie last week. Times...