Architecture For Apps & Content in React.js

How I’m currently building things in React.js, what’s good about React and what work there is still to do I spend most of my time building applications. By way of a brief introduction to how most of those work, the back ends consist (generally) of MariaDB with Memcache as a caching layer, PHP for logic […]

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Identifying Quick Wins in Your Internal Link Structure

In an industry heavily focused on building links and content marketing to improve search performance, it’s easy to forget about the foundations in which your site operates. Paying a little more attention closer to home, working with your on-site / technical SEO doesn’t necessarily mean heavy or costly development resource because sometimes, the smallest & […]

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How to Deconstruct Inspirational Creative Marketing Campaigns

As a marketer interested in technical innovation, I like to keep a close eye on where the marketing industry is going. Often, I find things that are so inspiring, I have to find out how they were made. Over the years, I’ve developed a fairly simple process for de-constructing how a campaign was created, and […]

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React.JS: The Marketing Implications of Modern Javascript Development

Recently I’ve spent a lot of time developing software and working with marketers. More recently, that’s included building a front end using React.JS. The why behind React rather than Riot.JS or other similar software could itself consume an entire post, but for today we’re going to look at some thoughts on modern JS front ends […]

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Development & Technology for Marketing Content: A Look at The Future

Over the past couple of years, there’s been an increasing move to building front ends of websites and applications where HTML is used as the data layer, but it’s built and modified by Javascript. As a result, we’ve started building a richer, more compelling web. That has implications though, and so I’d like to take […]

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How Do You Get New Pages Indexed or Your Site Re-Crawled?

How do you get new pages indexed or large websites re-crawled quickly? A few days ago I saw this post on Search Engine Roundtable on a recommendation from a Googler that using PubSubHubbub is still a good way to go if you want to get content indexed quickly. It was something Google were recommending publishers […]

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An Introductory Look at Social Mark-Up

Each week at Builtvisible the teams get together for a group training session. This week we took a look at the basic fundamentals of social mark-up. I thought it’d be nice to share what it is and why it exists, give examples of some of the different types, basic schema & examples, methods of testing […]

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Why You Should Learn JSON-LD & Separate Your Data from Your Markup

For years and years, web developers have been taught to separate presentation from structure. Your HTML (the Markup) should be separate from your CSS (the presentation) and so on. That’s why I’m an advocate of placing your data in a JSON-LD payload; rather than including data inside the HTML Mark-up. I’d argue this is a […]

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Implementing JSON-LD in WordPress

First, A Brief History of Structured Data for SEO Microformats For a time, we had Microformats. Those times were simple, and good. Implementing Microformats would lead to interesting things, like review ratings in Google’s search results. You could have your events listed, recipes indexed, and all sorts of contact details marked up as critical data […]

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Does This Look Right To You?

A few days ago I was at the Inbound Conference in Dublin. At the bar after my session, a junior digital marketer asked me a really interesting question: “What’s the best piece of advice you could give someone who’s currently learning SEO?” My answer: always ask yourself, does this look right? Be Curious The SEO […]

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The Future of Mobile Is Search, Not Just “SEO”

A few weeks ago, one of our junior team asked me to host a training session to explain Schema markup. Specifically, what Schema is, and why we implement it. It was an extremely on-point question, and one that I enjoyed answering. Around the same time, I was contacted for an opinion on Google’s Mobile update […]

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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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Launching “Big” Content – A Checklist

When I wrote this back in 2012 I was probably having a bit of a bad day: The big day comes, it’s time to go live, to publish your work. You click “publish”, and, nothing. Sorry folks, you had an ugly baby. Your content marketing looks like a dog chewing a wasp. The humiliation of […]

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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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