Engage Web John Murray, Author at Engage Web

How do you avoid spoilers in the digital age?

Posted on September 18, 2019

If you’re of a certain age, you might well have seen the episode of ‘Whatever Happened to the Likely Lads?’ where Bob and Terry are trying not to find out the result of an England game so that they can watch the highlights on TV that evening without knowing who won. The pair spend a (more…)

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Google’s latest trial lets you see themes discussed within videos

Posted on September 17, 2019

Google may be set to reward those who carefully structure their videos, as it trials a new feature detailing which subjects a video includes, and where you need to skip to if you want to see them.

The feature was spotted yesterday by SEO Analyst Amit Singh, who tweeted an eight-second video of a video (more…)

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New attributes could change how Google treats links

Posted on September 12, 2019

Google has announced an interesting development to its ‘nofollow’ attributes, allowing webmasters to advise the search engine on what type of links they are inserting into their content.

What is ‘nofollow’?

The nofollow value was introduced in 2005 in an effort to tackle spamming on blogs and forums. By applying it, webmasters could add hyperlinks to (more…)

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The four “don’ts” of travel writing

Posted on September 10, 2019

At Engage Web, we won’t deny that there are some briefs that our writers tend to respond to more excitedly than others. One that always goes down well is the opportunity to write for travel agents and airlines.

Reading and writing about desirable places to visit allows you to indulge in your digital wanderlust, but that’s not to say (more…)

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How can I see what my website looked like five years ago?

Posted on September 5, 2019

Websites should always be fluid, which means that in most cases, they should look a little different now to how they looked in 2013 or 2014, but is there an easy way to see how much yours has changed in that time?

Perhaps you want to look at a site that’s now been taken off the internet, or recover (more…)

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Why is the ‘less’ and ‘fewer’ thing important?

Posted on September 3, 2019

One sure way to find out whether or not someone is a stickler for grammar is to say something to them like “I’ve got less commitments than you” or “there are less people living in Scotland than England”. A keen grammarian will point out that you don’t mean ‘less’, you mean ‘fewer’.

This rule might be seen (more…)

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How to deal with direct messages on Twitter

Posted on August 29, 2019

This week’s decision by Russian football champions Zenit Saint Petersburg to allow supporters to get in touch with the club directly via Twitter may have seemed noble and innocuous enough, but it ended up making the news as fans of Manchester United and Arsenal saw it as an opportunity for high-jinks.

Zenit have taken it in (more…)

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Google trials highlighting the part of the site you searched for

Posted on August 28, 2019

In what appears to be a move to help users find the text they searched for on a site more quickly, Google is testing a tool that highlights the text the user searched for on the site itself.

Users of the search engine will be familiar with its Snippets, which pull a section of text from a website through to (more…)

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