Business Continuity Support for customers affected by adverse weather conditions (30/09/19 – 04/10/19)

Friday 4th October 2019 Our Customer Business Continuity Support (CBCS) plan is no longer in effect, existing requests under the CBCS will continue to be actioned Due to Environment Agency public advice and Met Office warnings being in effect for most of the UK over the next 24 to 48 hours we have activated our Customer Business Continuity Support (CBCS) plan to provide assistance to customers...
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Google makes changes to make Review Rich Results more helpful

Search results that are enhanced by review rich results can be extremely helpful when searching for products or services (the scores and/or “stars” you sometimes see alongside search results). To make them more helpful and meaningful, Google is introducing algorithmic updates to reviews in rich results. This also addresses some of the invalid or misleading implementations webmasters have...
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O’Brien Media is now an accredited Living Wage Employer

We're pleased to announce that we have been accredited as a Living Wage Employer. Our Living Wage commitment will see everyone working at O’Brien Media receive a minimum hourly wage of £9.00 in the UK or £10.55 in London. Both rates are significantly higher than the government minimum for over 25s, which currently stands at £8.21 per hour (as of 20th September 2019). In Swindon, and the...
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Mobile searches with the qualifier “for me” have grown over 60%

The fact is, people now want, and expect, information and advice relevant to their needs. People have realized that by being more specific in how they search, they can more quickly get to the information they’re looking for. A specialized pair of running shoes is one example. Shampoo for a certain type of hair is another. In fact, mobile searches for “shampoo for ____” are up 130% over the...
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WordPress plugins gone rogue – compromised plugins creating rogue administrator accounts

A recent malvertising campaign targeting vulnerable plugins is now trying to backdoor sites by creating rogue admin accounts. Back in July when the campaign was first noticed it was attempting to hijack sites to push popup ads, tech support scams, and malicious Android apps. Plugins targeted in July included vulnerable versions of Coming Soon Page & Maintenance Mode, which followed attacks in...
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1991 to 2019 – How many websites are there now?

Today we've got an infographic from Statista, showing the number of websites online since the very first one was created back in 1991. When Yahoo! came online in 1994, there were 3,000 websites while there were 2.4 million when Google was launched in 1998. Back to the beginning - 1991 On 6 August 1991, British physicist Tim Berners-Lee at CERN in Switzerland published the first-ever website, the...
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WordPress buys Tumblr for “less than $3m”, down from $1.1b in 2013

Sarah Krouse reports that Automattic, the company behind WordPress, is buying Tumblr from Verizon. WordPress is the software reportedly powering a third of the world's websites and was itself originally focused on blogging. Tumblr was (and still is for the most part) the blogging service of choice for millions of young people, but floundered after being sold to AOL Yahoo and subsequently...
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Redirect Old Domain to New Domain via .htaccess

When you migrate a site from one domain to another, it is very important that you don’t break all the links that you built to your old domain. Proper redirection of all the pages on the old domain to the same location on the new domain will ensure that visitors to the old domain will end up in the right place.  A failure to redirect will result in a loss of visitors as well as search engine...
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Is your website homepage leaky?

They say you should never judge a book by its cover but sometimes you just can’t help it, right? When it comes to your website’s home page, you should judge away because you’re likely missing out on a large number of leads and sales. After all, your home page is most often the first web page someone engages with. The majority of your inbound home page traffic is coming from and to here. It...
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Leading by example, some SEO & design changes to our blog

You may have noticed if you're a regular visitor to the O'Brien Media Insider blog, that we've made some minor changes. All in the name of SEO (search engine optimisation) and usability. As some background, Google hates duplicate content, and while they make allowances for some duplicate content that is a natural byproduct of blogging it's best to keep duplicates to a minimum‏. No more blog...
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