Engage Web John Murray, Author at Engage Web

Is defensive web content ever a good idea?

Posted on January 15, 2020

A few years ago, the vehicle sales website WeBuyAnyCar.com broke advertising convention by openly admitting that you might get more money for your car if you sell it somewhere else. The ads argued that sale price isn’t everything, and that many car owners just want a quick and easy way to sell their motor for a (more…)

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First Google core update of 2020 takes place

Posted on January 14, 2020

Google revealed yesterday that its January 2020 Core Update is now underway, meaning that website owners may notice some fluctuations in their rankings over the coming days.

The announcement was made on Twitter at around 8:00am UK time, with a second tweet following an hour later to confirm that it had gone live. (more…)

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Is restricting who can reply to tweets a step in the right direction?

Posted on January 10, 2020

At the Consumer Electronics Show currently taking place in Las Vegas, Suzanne Xie, the director of product management for Twitter, has announced that users will soon be able to have more control over who is able to reply to their tweets.

In a change due to be implemented this year, users of the social media site will be able to (more…)

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Why we need to be smarter with keywords in 2020

Posted on January 7, 2020

Non-native English speakers who are trying to learn the language often say that one of the most difficult aspects of it is making sense of prepositions and other short words. For example, “doing the washing” and “doing the washing up” are very different things, and imagine trying to decipher phrases like “set it out” or “write it up” just by (more…)

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How to use percentages in writing

Posted on January 3, 2020

At this time of year, we start reading and hearing a lot about the year just gone, and how it compared to the year before that. For example, we’ve recently heard that Boxing Day high street shopping was down 8.6% in 2019 compared to 2018, but what do statistics like this mean and how are they (more…)

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What did we search for over Christmas?

Posted on January 2, 2020

A look at Google’s trending searches over the last few days gives an interesting insight into how Brits spent the festive period, with television, sport and shopping among the biggest themes.

The biggest search on Christmas Day was ‘Gavin and Stacy’, with the sitcom’s return after nearly a decade’s absence pulling in 11.6 million viewers and becoming (more…)

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How to (literally) never be lost for words

Posted on December 19, 2019

Yesterday, we looked at the debate over whether it’s better to choose a long password over a complicated one, with many experts pointing out that with each character added to a password, the chances of it being guessed correctly decrease dramatically.

There is one other advantage to choosing a two- or three-word password instead of a (more…)

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Why size matters with passwords

Posted on December 18, 2019

The recently published list of this year’s most common passwords shows that in these times of increased cyber awareness, there are still millions of people using extremely basic passwords that can be cracked in an instant. However, it’s easier to criticise than to suggest a solution, so what attributes should a strong password have?

Special characters?

Many websites that (more…)

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