Pixels Please: Image Scaling in CSS

Until now, web developers have had very little control over how browsers render images when they’re scaled. Take Mario, for instance: This is a 24×32 pixel image, scaled up using Photoshop to preserve its crisp, blocky composition. It’s a great example of the low-res pixel art that’s long been a staple of retro and indie […]

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The Impact of IP Host Location on Your Site SEO

Back in February I contacted WPengine to ask if we could upgrade to PHP 5.5. With WPengine (and the way we’ve set up our DNS) this upgrade involved an IP address change in Builtvisible.com’s a-records. Following this change, I saw a drop in SEO visibility in our UK rankings so, I investigated. Sure enough, Searchmetrics […]

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How 3rd Party CDNs Can Block GoogleBot

You shouldn’t block Googlebots’s access to your CSS or JS files. We’ve known that for a long time, but more recently we’ve had reminders from around the community and Google themselves because of algorithm updates and proposed changes to the way mobile sites might be ranked in mobile search. Some of us might be assuming […]

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3 Common Google Analytics Questions for Beginners

No analytics training? I get people constantly asking me about things related to Google Analytics and I don’t mind it at all, in fact I love it. Here are a few things I have been asked about already this year by people who are new to analytics. Are Unfiltered and Testing Views Important? One thing […]

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Low Effort, Big Return Marketing: Quick Wins for SEO

They say the smallest things can make a difference, and I don’t doubt that for a second. A passion for search engine optimisation is borne from a love of teasing out each and every possible performance gain on a site. That simple truth has kept me addicted to SEO for over a decade. Marginal Gains: […]

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My Favourite Queries: SEOgadget for Excel

SEOgadget for Excel got a little update this week with better documentation to help you learn how to use the extension. I thought I’d share the few queries that I use in Excel most heavily: All the URL Metrics from Moz Sometimes you need all the URL Metrics data, and, if you have a paid […]

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Quick and Easy: Embeddable Highcharts Code Generator

Last week’s post “On Link Volume” used a nifty interactive Highcharts.js embed, and a few of you noticed that we have Highcharts “working” in WordPress. I’m a big fan of Highcharts – they can look lovely in a blog post, with the only barrier to using the library is the initial complexity of learning “the […]

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On Link Volume for SEO

Like every other SEO / digital agency, we get requests for “link volume numbers” in our proposals on a regular basis. That’s OK, we know how to deal out a decent response to the query, but the queries still come. Today I’m going to talk about why asking for link volumes in an organic campaign […]

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WordPress Hosting: How To Migrate Your Site to WP Engine

What’s WP Engine? WP Engine is a fast, dedicated and scalable hosting platform for WordPress. In fact, their hosting environment is optimally configured, and only configured, for WordPress. I’d heard really good things about WP Engine’s hosting so, feeling in need of some distraction over the Christmas holidays, I got our blog straightened out enough […]

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SEO for ATG, Endeca and Oracle Ecommerce

Introduction Oracle acquired ATG in January 2011, as one of the most popular ecommerce software platforms, providing facilities for merchandising and content personalisation. Later that same year Oracle also acquired Endeca, a leader of ecommerce based search technology through faceted navigation. ATG & Endeca together formed the core of Oracle’s ecommerce solution, which evolved into […]

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Optimising Demandware for SEO

What is Demandware? Demandware is an e-commerce software platform for retailers. It allows them to grow and manage tailored digital and mobile commerce sites. Founded in 2004 by Stephan Schambach, the platform was launched in 2005 and went on to raise $88 million in its initial public offering (IPO). As of today Demandware boasts over […]

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The Single Best Career Tip You’ll Ever Hear

Over the years I’ve been lucky to work with exceptionally talented people all around the planet. I’ve also got some amazing friends, people that I look up to personally (and professionally, even if we don’t share the same careers). I’ve noticed that the people I admire most all tend to share very similar characteristics, and […]

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Choosing The Best WordPress Hosting Package

What are the best WordPress hosting options for my new website in the UK, US or Internationally? Choosing a fast, secure WordPress host is an important move for any business. If you’re anything like me, you’d probably prefer to spend your time writing blog posts and marketing your site, rather than trying to unpick problems […]

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Visual Maths: A Brief History of Lighting in VFX

Light. From even before the moment a new-born baby opens its eyes, we’re surrounded by it. From the way the sun shines on a clear or cloudy day, to the difference between harsh and soft lights in the home, our brains have developed an uncanny ability to understand the way light falls on a scene […]

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SVG Examples in Content Marketing

Content marketing is supposed to be about producing problem solving content for our customers. This should always be the case, but it’s competition that drives content marketing innovation forward. There’s competition with other brands, competition to win links, competition with other SEO’s in the same vertical and, competition to catch the attention of our users […]

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