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Surprising Google Search ‘card’ error

It’s strange to see Google’s card results being so out of date.

As I mentioned on Twitter the other day, here’s an example of a search on the term ‘austrade ceo’. The current Austrade CEO Bruce Gosper has been at the helm since February 2013. And yet, Google shows this ‘card’ for Peter Grey (who retired in November 2012).

What’s even stranger though is that all the top results on the search term are correct – it’s only this card that is wrong.

It’s not as though it’s a small site, or a little known executive – this is the CEO of a major Australian Government site. Google, sometimes you surprise me.

(Disclaimer: Austrade is a client of […]

By |August 8th, 2013|SEO|0 Comments

This Is What Losing Money Looks Like

The following graph shows the daily traffic for a quality consumer information site (I was brought in to analyse the issue this week):

The pain starts in early May and then turns to heartbreak as traffic declines over the following month. From almost 20K visits to under 2K visits daily. That’s a 90% drop in traffic. And for this site – where the business model revolves around referring visitors to suppliers and taking a commission – that’s a massive drop in income.

Here’s the similar trend in terms of their rankings (ie number of terms they rank for) drop:

So, what happened in early May? Well, that’s when they went live with a brand new site. New design, […]

By |September 15th, 2012|SEO|6 Comments

Google Instant Roundup

It’s been a week now since Google Instant hit the news desks of IT blogs everywhere. I’ve started getting a few questions from clients and friends about it, so I thought I’d put together a simple collection of recommended links, and finish off with some of my thoughts. There’s been tons of discussion of course, but for a good summary of the main points, the following 4 or 5 posts will serve you well: SEObook – How Google Instant Changes the SEO Landscape Aaron Wall has a good overview of the announcement and summary of the main effects (and if you are an SEObook member a very detailed analysis inside) as […]

By |September 14th, 2010|Google, SEM, SEO|2 Comments

Introduction to Search Engine Marketing

Just realised I hadn’t posted this presentation I gave at the NSW.NET event last month. I was lucky enough to be presenting after Mark Vozzo who gave an excellent introduction to SEO, so my session on SEM flowed on nicely. In the SEM presentation (embedded below) I went through the following main points: How SEO and SEM work together (and covered the various definitions of SEM) Why you should use paid search to complement your SEO activities Advice on using AdWords effectively including coverage of 3 useful strategies: tight […]

By |July 28th, 2010|SEM, SEO|0 Comments

Using Excel 2010 Sparklines to Analyse Google Analytics

Seriously, how would businesses survive if it weren’t for Excel? :-) Excel is perfect for analysing analytics data in a variety of ways (eg using Pivot tables and Conditional formatting) and it keeps getting better. I’m loving Office 2010 and Excel 2010 in particular – it’s just beautiful to use. In this post I want to highlight one of the ‘tiny’ new things in  Excel 2010 that I love. It’s the new Sparklines feature. In a nutshell Sparklines allow you to analyse a range of data and display tiny trend graphs. They’re very handy for spotting correlating trends. Here’s a simple (contrived) example:   In this post I’ll […]


I’m excited to be presenting with Mark Vozzo (<- SEO guru) at this month’s NSW.NET meeting. It’s on this coming Thursday morning, June 24. You can register here. The event is in two parts. Mark will be covering Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) for 30 minutes, and then after breakfast I’ll cover Search Engine Marketing (SEM). To give you a quick introduction to the event, consider the following screenshots* from Google and Bing. In the green you’ll see organic search engine results, in the red you’ll see the paid ads (eg via Google AdWords)   Here’s how it looks in Bing: In […]

Bing Webmaster Blog

It’s good to see the Bing Webmaster Center Blog picking up. I’ve been following Rick DeJarnette’s posts more closely lately – he’s putting out some good stuff. I thought it worth highlighting a few examples: SEO for Silverlight SEO Site Review tips – Part 1 SEO Site Review tips – Part 2 Chasing the Long Tail with Keyword Research It’s not all good though – try to avoid any posts that refer to ‘discussions’ on the Bing forums – there’s so much bad advice and busy work getting pumped out there it’s not funny (example). Oh, and […]

WordPress and SEO

How time flies :-) I’ve been meaning to post these for months now – they’re sessions on SEO and WordPress I’ve presented at various User Group meetings this year. First off, here’s the notes from my IIS SEO toolkit presentation at SWUG back in February. The slides are pretty simple, so I recommend reading my complete review of the IIS SEO Toolkit (from my XEN SEO site). IIS SEO toolkit And for a quick overview of SEO tips, here’s a 10 Thing in 10 Minutes mini-session on SEO – with just the basics. [drain […]

Microsoft IIS SEO Toolkit

If you are interested in knowing a little more about the IIS SEO Toolkit (I give it the big thumbs up), I’ve written a little review over on my XEN SEO blog (note I originally wrote the review based on the beta version, but it has been updated based on the release in mid Jan). Plus, as mentioned in my previous post, I also discussed the SEO Toolkit with Andrew and Michael on Frankly Speaking last week. And if you are in Sydney tomorrow (Wed 10 Feb), I’ll be presenting on it at the Sydney Windows User Group (here’s the SWUG post with details). Tomorrow will be a big night – its […]

Frankly Speaking on SEO

A big thank you to Andrew Coates and Michael Kordahi for having me on their Frankly Speaking podcast to chat about SEO. You can listen to it here. Frankly Speaking (for those who aren’t yet familiar with it) is an Australian Tech podcast (or perhaps even an Australian Microsoft podcast) and listening to it should be on your weekly To-Do list. SEO is a big topic of course so we only scratched the surface, but here’s a summary and links to the various items we touched on: Danny Sullivan on SEO for Bill Gates – in which Danny reviewed Bill Gates’ new site The […]