My presentations from SMX and SES

So i have just finished speaking on my panel at SMX London, on what is new with social media. I think it went really well, and hopefully put the message across that social media is a powerful medium which is growing and growing.

The other panellist’s were excellent also, and we all complimented each other very well.

I have put my presentation from this panel right below, just click the image to download.

SMX London

As a bonus i have put up my presentation from SES London on Successful site architecture.

SES London

Please enjoy and let me know what you thought.

Sphinn’s wacky redirects

I was just talking with Jane Copland about the beloved Sphinn blog and how it is always up to date :o) So i decided to type in http://sphinn.com/blog and found it rather amusing when it 301 redirected to http://blog.sphinn.com/blog and then returned me a 404 error.

I then decided to type http://www.sphinn.com/blog and got redirected to http://sphinn.com/php-fastcgi.fcgi/blog/index.php

sphinn

It made me smile that Sphinn, an SEO blog, haven’t got there redirects sorted correctly, although I do sympathise with them since they are using the rather useless Pligg platform.

Evil Green Donkey was unavailble for comment, when i leaned over the desk to ask him he put his fingers in his ears and started singing YMCA :o)

I’m speaking at SES London

The blog has been a bit quiet over the last month since i have been a very busy little bee.

I just wanted to write a quick post to say that i am speaking at SES London tomorrow on the 19th February at 12:45 on the Successful Site Architecture panel.

We will pretty much be covering the following…

Learn how to successfully architect your site for search engines and how specific page elements and design technologies may impact your ability to gain good organic listings. Covers topics such as directory and file structure, server-side includes (SSIs), 404 error trapping, JavaScript, robots.txt use, frames, secure area usage, and much more. Toward the end of the session, volunteers from the audience will have their sites examined to see how changes could be made to their site architecture and design to increase search engine traffic, as time allows.

I am going to cover the more technical details, so if you around come and sit in my session and cheer me on 🙂

Dean chew SES

Merry Christmas to all

Well Xmas time is upon us and i will be going back home to Lincoln to enjoy some fine food, fine wine, and some prezzies.

Our very own Chewbacca logo has had the Xmas treatment so he and I wish you a Merry Xmas and a Happy New Year.

I look forward to writing a ton more blog posts next year and getting some more guest bloggers on board.

Have fun,

Chewie

Google SearchWiki released on Google.co.uk

I just did a quick search on Google and noticed that i got those Digg like Google (Diggoogle?) results. I think its officially called Google SearchWiki, and if you didn’t know it basically just lets you promote a site up the rankings (by use of the arrow), send a site to the bottom of the rankings (by use of the X), and also make a comment about the site all within the Google SERPS.

At the bottom of the results page you also get the option to add a result, see all your notes, and see all notes that have been made about that particular search result.

Off we go to the top :o)

Off to the top we go :o)

This has been in labs forever so its not new, i think may have even had it rolled out on .com for a bit? According to a post i later read over at Search engine land, it was realised to .com at the same time as .co.uk. Anyway, it doesn’t matter because this is the first time i have been logged into Google (it never shows if you are not logged in) or haven’t changed any of my settings, and it has shown up.

I think it’s pretty obvious that we won’t see our voting patterns being able to effect the natural SERPs for a while, but you KNOW that Google is mining and ploughing through all that data to continue to tailor results in the future. I haven’t looked too hard but i can’t immediately see how to turn it off either.

It’s probably worth noting that it doesn’t appear on the G Labs experimental search page, which i am sure is where it used to live, and you can check out more info on the Google Search Blog.

Finally, take a look at the video explaining it all…