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Putting a stop to bad practice SEO and link building

Submitted by gazza on Tue, 01/10/2013 - 12:26

Over the last few weeks, due to Google's updated algorithms, I have had an increase in emails from agencies offering guest posts and text link proposals. These types of emails are now not just becoming annoying but the way they are initially worded appears to be legitimate interest in my websites and indeed offering money for advertising.

This of course is not new to me nor to anybody else with a website with regular traffic. But due to the way these emails are being worded and many coming from the UK appearing to be legitimate companies, I feel obliged to reply.

How do I check my web sites google ranking?

Submitted by gazza on Mon, 15/07/2013 - 14:16

This is a question I received today on a closed Facebook group and due to this being the type of question I get asked for quite a bit I felt I would adapt my answer slightly to fit nicely into a blog post. I needed to spend a little time thinking about how to answer this question because to be asked this question in the first place shows some lack of understanding. To answer this question first you need to understand a little more about how websites are ranked in the first place. Firstly, Google have over 200 factors that their algorithms take into account when ranking a website.

What is next for SEO?

Submitted by gazza on Mon, 10/06/2013 - 12:45

After surviving the Google Penguin update, do you know what should now be the focus of your SEO campaign? Before this question can be answered, it is important to know what the meaning of the Penguin update was. In a nutshell, the Penguin update addressed anything to do with web spam. The recent Penguin update caused many SEO experts to sit up straight and begin to fear the worst as the most recent Penguin update actually changed the algorithm rather than refreshing it.

Drupal modules to try out

Submitted by gazza on Sun, 26/05/2013 - 19:41

Just a quick post to store some Drupal module research, when I get the time I would like to try out and test the following Drupal modules:

Word Link
The Word Link module allows you to automatically convert specific words into links. It works with the fields of your content types. This can be useful for crossposting your site's pages, or for the contextual advertising of your partners (SEO) - http://drupal.org/project/word_link

Drupal Responsive Bartik Theme with Dropdown Menus

Submitted by gazza on Wed, 31/10/2012 - 18:37

I am pleased to announce today I have released a sub theme for the Responsive Bartik Drupal 7 theme with the addition of drop down menus.

You can download the sub theme above. You will of course need to download the Responsive Bartik theme as the base theme from Drupal directly here: http://drupal.org/project/responsive_bartik

Please do read the readme.txt as I have added instructions on how to enable the drop down menu.

How I updated my Drupal site from Drupal 5 to Drupal 7

Submitted by gazza on Wed, 24/10/2012 - 19:10

After many attempts and learning curves I managed to update my Drupal site which was originally built in Drupal 5 to Drupal 7. Due to the my learning curves, late nights and lots of backing up my data and database, I would like to share with you how I managed to update my site that has many contributed modules, had been updated numerous times and to also congratulate Drupal and it community on how future proof Drupal really is.

Drupal 7 series core updated to 7.16

Submitted by gazza on Sun, 21/10/2012 - 21:07

On the October 17, 2012 Drupal has released their latest update to the Drupal 7 Series from 7.15 to 7.16.

There is no major new functionality due to the fact that new features are only being added to the forthcoming Drupal 8.0 release. This release fixes security vulnerabilities. Sites are urged to upgrade immediately.

The release notes are as follows:

* SA-CORE-2012-003 - Drupal core - Arbitrary PHP code execution and Information disclosure
No other fixes are included.

How to enable your existing Drupal site to display nicely on mobile devices

Submitted by gazza on Tue, 14/08/2012 - 16:14

Over the last couple of weeks I have been looking into how I can ensure my existing Drupal 6 and 7 sites display it's content in a mobile friendly way. There are currently many ways of achieving this and the Drupal community as a whole are still working on many different projects and of course I imagine when the forth coming Drupal 8 series is released mobile will be at the very heart of the new Drupal core.

Drupal 7 series core updated to 7.15

Submitted by gazza on Tue, 07/08/2012 - 07:45

On the 1st August 2012 Drupal has released their latest update to the Drupal 7 Series from 7.14 to 7.15.

There is no major new functionality due to the fact that new features are only being added to the forthcoming Drupal 8.0 release.

The release notes are as follows:

Release notes

Maintenance release of the Drupal 7 series. Includes bugfixes and small API/feature improvements only (no major new functionality); significant new features are only being added to the forthcoming Drupal 8.0 release.