What We Learned Watching GoogleBot Crawl a JS Website

A little while ago, we built a prototype universal JS application called History of Humanity. More recently, I decided to start converting it to ES6, and go back and tidy the code a little (code available at the GitHub repo). So I thought we’d share a little of what we learned from that, and what […]

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An Introduction to Email Markup

We’ve just released another exciting update to our Schema.org guide, which now includes details on email markup. If you’re just looking to get stuck in, please head on over to the guide here, otherwise read on to find some of the highlights and opportunities that this mark-up provides… Why should you care? Gmail surpassed 900 […]

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Responsive Images for Busy People: Srcset & Sizes

This guide won’t regale you with the cool theory behind responsive images, because for now, you’re just testing the waters. It won’t lecture you on the potential benefits to site speed, because there are better resources out there. And it won’t dwell on the pitfalls, quirks, or brain-bending complexities of the modern implementation, because you’re […]

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React.js SEO: How to Build Search Friendly Javascript Applications with React.js

Preface: This post is aimed at technically inclined marketers. However, React.js is an important concept to be aware of if you’re new to the subject, so don’t be put off. In this post, we’ll unpack terms you may not know. Just hover over anything underlined to get an explanation of what it is, or feel […]

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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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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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How Google Search May Look on Mobile in the Future

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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