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Schema Makes for Great SEO Results

Posted on May 3, 2020 under SEO

SEO has had a tough time over the years particularly with Google Ads increasingly dominating the SERPS.
Google will often throw a few scraps to keep the SEO community happy, Schema is one of those. I love the listings that you can generate using Schema. Here’s one that gets you excited as an SEO. What a listing!

FAQ Schema

There’s more details here on how to make your results standout using Schema

Our article on how we generated over 1 million pound for a client using Google Shopping is also live on the Codefixer website.




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2 Years Since the Last Post

Posted on March 28, 2020 under SEO

It’s been a while since I’ve posted here, over 2 years! Crazy how time flies.

The last 2 years have flown past. I’ve spent most of that time building an SEO & PPC team and putting systems in place at Codefixer. On top of that I’ve been running largely successful campaigns for clients and providing small group or 1-1 training courses on everything from Google Analytics to SEO.

In those 2 years I’ve learnt so much from others. Providing custom training courses has been a great opportunity to audit the websites of so many other businesses and get to spend time with other talented marketers. Building a team of search specialists who have made big contributions to client campaigns is hugely rewarding. Doing less day to day implementation work has also given me the opportunity to focus more on strategy.

When I first started doing SEO for my own sites, I wrote a lot. Over the years this has dried up. This year I’m hoping to post more often.

Here’s a few posts that we’ve added recently on Codefixer;

How to Fix Unwanted Sitelinks – written by the newest member of the Codefixer team, Ray.

How to Make your Search Results Stand Out with Schema Markup



Intro To SEO Training, Belfast | 21st February 2018

Posted on January 24, 2018 under SEO

Learn the basics of SEO in 2018 with a new date added to the Intro To SEO Training Course in Belfast.

Spaces are limited to 6 per training session.

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One Day Intro to SEO Training Course

Posted on November 10, 2017 under SEO

I’m running an introduction into SEO Training Course on 29th November at the Wellington Park Business Centre on the Malone Road.

Spaces are limited to 6 per training session.

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SEO Thoughts April 2017

Posted on April 8, 2017 under SEO

There’s been a lot of big moves recently in the world of SEO and I’ve been busy with all things Codefixer too. I’ve put together a quick roundup of my thoughts in the last few months.

DMOZ Shutting Down

As of 14th march 2017, DMOZ if officially closed for business. For those seasoned SEO campaigners like myself, this is an end of an era. It was set up back in June 1998 and was popular due to directory links from DMOZ carrying plenty of authority in terms of PageRank.

DMOZ Directory closed
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Learninbound & the future of SEO

Posted on August 2, 2016 under SEO

If you’re involved in Digital Marketing and you haven’t been to Learninbound then you need to put this event in your diary. Learninbound is a super digitial marketing event. The calibre of last week’s speakers was remarkable. Larry Kim responsible for billions of pounds of Google AdWords spend was the highlight.

The line up included 3 speakers included Larry Kim, Backlinko and Joanna Lord. The venue was central dublin in a very cool venue (the Academy) with free bar, and the sound was excellent. DigitalDNA are you listening? Unfortunately/fortunately I was driving so took lots in and didn’t miss a word. Tickets prices were fairly reasonable.
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Summer SEO Thoughts 2016

Posted on July 14, 2016 under PPC, SEO

Some quick thoughts for summer 2016.

DigitalDNA Event

Last month Belfast welcomed the 4th DigitalDNA conference. Great to see digital buzzing in Belfast, with some excellent companies and knowledgeable speakers. Great also to meetup with people within the industry.

Although the event was a great success and I’m sure it’ll continue to go from strength to strength, there was some lessons to be learnt. Two of the talks that I attended, the Google talk and the Loudmouth Media talk you could bearly hear. The speakers were drown out, so well done the speakers as they carried on despite this.

Surprisingly the main hall with some of the big speakers didn’t appear to be as well attended as I would have thought. Maybe there’s a disconnect between some bigger companies and the small businesses that I’m guessing would have made up the majority of the attendees.

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Google Still Has Problems with Javascript

Posted on May 8, 2016 under SEO

SEO isn’t just about high rankings, boosting page rank, getting keyword anchor text links and it’s far from dead despite the onslaught of Google Ads. Site architecture which involves the crawling and indexing of pages isn’t the first thing that springs into a clients mind, though it’s importance for onsite SEO shouldn’t be overlooked.

Recently after another re-development and site migration I was asked to review a site that was experiencing problems. It won’t be the last site to experience a drop in traffic after a redesign, as poor site migrations seem to be standard practice. The client was able to spot an issue fairly quickly, not least because there was a drop in the conversions.

Google Analytics also showed a big drop in traffic year on year, and looking in Google Webmaster Tools there was a noticeable drop in the number of indexed. Some important pages weren’t being indexed.

drop in number of pages indexed in google
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Google’s PPC v SEO War

Posted on February 28, 2016 under PPC, SEO

Last week saw Google remove the text ads from the right hand side of it’s desktop search results. The 8 ads that seemed glued to many search results and appeared on desktop search are no longer appearing.

An additional 4th ad may appear in the search results for ‘highly commercial queries’, something that Google’s been testing for a while. The 4th Ad can benefit from showing all the ad extensions, including site links, call outs and location extensions.

The screenshot below shows 4 ads at the top.
Google introduces a 4th Ad at the top in Google AdWords
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Google My Business Listings Scam

Posted on February 18, 2016 under SEO

Google My Business listings are Free. You can sign up here if you already don’t have one.

If you have someone manage them for you then fair enough you may have to pay a management fee.

However it appears there are companies cold calling claiming to have a ‘special relationship with Google’ and are attempting to charge for the privilege of maintaining and improving your listing, when it’s already there and in many cases performing pretty well.

For those that don’t know, below is a screenshot of what a Google My business listing looks like in the SERPS (Search Engine Ranking Positions).

Google my Business listing

Just ignore any companies that phone out of the blue, claim they have an association with Google, and if you don’t pay an annual subscription your Google My Business listing won’t be renewed.

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Michael Wall is an experienced web developer based in Belfast N.Ireland currently running his own web design company.

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