Brighton SEO 2012 – 10 Key Things To Take Away

Brighton SEO 2012 was held on the 13th of April and attracted upwards of 900 people (although it should have been 1000, many people didn’t turn up). Rather than do a huge write up I wanted to list just the key things that I have taken away from this years Brighton SEO. Links to the currently available slides can be found at the bottom of this post. Ask the Engines – SEO Panel Pierre Far, Dave Coplin, Martin McDonald, Rishi…

New Sitemaps Options in Google Webmasters Tools

Google have updated the Sitemaps Site Configuration section of their webmasters tools service. Although its a minor change I really like the new style, its a lot easier to visualise everything. Hopefully Google will start updating more of the config options in Webmasters Tools. Bringing up to Googles current style guidelines would give it a well needed revamp!

How to Create a Google News Sitemap

Google News Sitemaps are specifically designed to allow you to control what news is submitted to Google. More specifically they allow Google to: Identify specifically which are news articlesSpider and Index your news article fasterIdentify the article titles, as well as the publication date for each articleFind each articles unique metadata to displaySpecify article content with unique tags Additionally Google states that you should only include news articles that are less than two days old…

The How to Guide For Sitemap Index XML Files

If you want to utilise Google News Feeds or simply split out a specific section of your site into smaller sitemaps you can use sitemap index xml files to aid you. Sitemap Index XML files are a handy way to keep your sitemap.xml’s organised. Similar to the structure of a normal sitemap.xml file but with different tags, this allows the search engines to identify them as such. The Sitemap index file uses the following XML tags:…