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SOPA, PIPA & ACTA

You may have heard in the news recently of all the controversy around the Stop Online Piracy Act – a United States bill introduced by Lamar S. Smith.  The purpose of the bill is to extend the ability of the U.S Government for fighting Online Piracy.  Any website that has copyright material uploaded to it by any user (not even an employee) would have to take responsibility for it – this could mean a prison sentence of up to 5 years.  The majority of tech companies have an issue with the bill because it is quite vague and gives the Government a lot of leverage.

If SOPA passes in its current state it would mean new web based companies that focus on user content and social media would have an incredibly hard time getting off the ground.  This is mostly due to them starting with a small work force and … [Read More]

SEO: Optimal Optimisation

Now the fun bit. You have your content. You have your keywords. The next bit is to optimise these on your site so that Google finds you for them.

This bit does take a bit of technical knowledge of websites and coding therefore if you have no idea about html id suggest getting some help with this part. SEO companies can help, we like to provide of customers with a detailed report of what we have done. We try to keep the technical jargon to a minimum and if there is anything you don’t understand you can simply give us a bell and we will do our best to explain it.

Before I talk about specific things we do to optimise sites there is an important task which must be performed before you can start. This is to work out exactly what page you optimise what word. If you’ve followed … [Read More]

SEO : Clever Keyword Selection

There was a reason why I spoke about content in my first blog and this is because people are often tempted to keyword stuff. This is where you write your content and then randomly put your keywords in where they simply don’t fit. What I would suggest is writing about who you are what you do in depth. If you write your content well then it makes keyword selection quite easy as you’ve already written them somewhere.

Choosing keywords that relate to you

Instead of picking random words out of the air if you have your content in front of you then you can go through and find terms that appear often. These will be the main products or services you offer choose quite a lot of keywords at first as these will be narrowed down to a shortlist later.

If you have different sections to your site for instance … [Read More]

Ofcom boosts 4G mobile coverage plan

With the popularity of smart phones and tablets rapidly increasing the current mobile internet just doesn’t quite cut the mustard.

According to the Office for National Statistics 45% of people surveyed said they made use of the net while on the move, compared with 31% in 2010 and studies suggest that mobile internet usage may take over desktop internet usage by 2014.

Ofcom has revised proposals for its fourth-generation mobile spectrum auction, adding measures that could bring coverage to 98% of the UK meaning that rural areas will see much improved mobile internet connectivity.

This is all great news, but how does this effect whats on the web?

More and more companies are deploying mobile websites to react to the volume of people using smartphones and tablets to access the internet, although there are vast amounts of websites on the internet that unsuitable for mobile use.

What makes a … [Read More]

A major overhaul of web domains good or bad?

The BBC announced yesterday that applications will soon open for new top-level domains in the biggest change to the system in over two decades.

From today it will be possible to register almost any word as a web address suffix. Familiar endings like .com and .org could potentially be joined by the likes of .pepsi, .virgin or .itv.

There are arguments for and against this introduction of custom domain suffix.

Peter Dengate Thrush, a former chairman of Icann’s board of directors, stated

“No-one would design a domain name system now for several billion users just using a couple of names that we started the system with in 1985.”

And what he says is probably true, domain names are beginning to get longer due to the amount of companies now having websites and struggling to buy domain names that are simply their company name. Over the past few years there has … [Read More]