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thawte revisited

ah! after my last frustrated attempt to renew our thawte security cert I was pleased to receive an email from Thawte saying that I have to update my site seal and that this will remove the need in future to update the seal when renewing the certificate – so that’s good news. Unfortunately we’re now

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it’s a trust thing

I’m really fuming. Every year or two it comes around that I need to renew the Thawte security certificate on www.selfcateringhols.com. Every time it comes round I have to refresh my mind as to what exactly needs doing. Every time it is the same, the documentation is unclear. There’s no one document that tells you

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Google Chrome oddities

The good: web pages are typically made to be viewed online, and not to be printed. Despite being able to piece together the various pieces of a page so as to display it correctly, try printing the page from a browser and you you might get just the header, or the format is terrible. Google

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Companies House website problems

Companies House have a new* website http://wck2.companieshouse.gov.uk/index.shtml – which unfortunately doesn’t work. I tried to access the WebCheck service which allows you to view basic information about a company, but the link returns you to the same page you were on before despite it having a different URL. The search box crashes to an unformatted

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Comment: yahoo spam warnings in search results

A report out last week showed that Yahoo was measuring the ‘spamyness’ of emails sent out by companies and printing ‘Warning: Unsolicited Emails against the search results for that company. This is an unwanted and unsafe intervention. There can be many, many reasons why a responsible company with a perfectly respectable privacy policy can be

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Google Knol

Google Knol was recently opened to the public as a rival service to the ubiquitous wikipedia – I had considered whether it would be worthwhile as a marketing and possibly SEO exercise to write something on there and so took a look to see what type of things had been put up. It didn’t take

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cuil

the new search engine cuil has launched the mixed reviews. It’s been ‘noticed’ because it has some high flyers from Google, Altavista and IBM involved but I’m not sure it deserves the attention. The search results are visually difficult to read, as they are spread over two to three columns. The pictures provided with the

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SEO forsaken

A couple of holiday property websites have come to my attention recently – one we were contacted by, the other I received a ‘newsletter’ (Spam?). In both cases the lack of attention to exactly where the paying visitors would come from was startling. They’re both advertising only websites pushing to expand their portfolio with free

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Diminishing returns of a Spam email

The above is a snapshot of the traffic to my site resulting from my post on a phishing email – the lows are the weekends, the highs Monday morning when they have obviously posted a fresh batch of their emails. It’s interesting to note the diminishing returns – presumably given that Spam emails by their

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Google emails

After getting a whole load of phishing emails posing as being from google adwords and being advised by google not to click on any links in emails sent by them I today received an email from google adsense inviting me to participate in a survey (click on the link). So that’s ‘don’t click on any

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