Visited northern Italy a few weeks back, here’s a few pictures i snapped with my phone
I took a wander this lunchtime across to the site of the under-construction arena ‘The Hydro‘ (sponsored by Scottish Hydro) in Glasgow (5 minutes from the office where i work) and took a few pictures.
Although there is obviously a long way to go, the arena is already beginning to take shape – and the scale of it is very impressive. At the moment they are putting the roofcap in place.
The 12,000 seat arena is set to open in 2013 and is expected to become one of the busiest entertainment venues in the world. Great for Glasgow as there has been a gap for this size of venue in the city – and many bands will tell you Glasgow is one of the best cities to play a gig.
Tourists flock to Luss by the tens every year to see the home of legendary Scottish soap opera ‘Take the High Road’. However, i tend to get away from the crowds and hit the marina, where you get great views of Loch Lomond.
Southerness, Dumfriesshire – September 2011
Essentially had miles of the Solway Firth to ourselves, peace.
The effects of ‘the ‘Larry revolution’ have rumbled through Google and emerged into the public domain in full force this week. Incase you missed it, amongst the torrent of developments were (deep breath):
I only recently received an invite (and hardly anyone else on on it) so i haven’t really formulated any detailed thoughts yet. My initial impressions are that the interface is very clean and intuitive (the Android App is nice as well), and it seems to tie together nicely your Google Profile and +1′d sites – however, im not so sure what adoption will be like outside the ‘tech’ community. I keep asking myself ‘would my mother want to sign up for this?’ – and the answer is no, as she already has ‘one of those Facebooks’
I quite like it – not so sure about that red heading colour though. Pushing the URL above the Meta Description also seems logical – my eye is now much more drawn to the description text than the previous layout, making writing effective 165 or less speils even more important to CTR.
This one has been coming and is tied to the launch of the Google Plus social network. All your +1 sites appear within your Google Profile.
Really like it – very much in line with the new SERPS layout.
Should be interesting to see what results are pulled in from these!
There’s probably been more but its near impossible to keep up.
I need a lie down.
You have to hand it to Matt Cutts – his life must be a bit of a mad whirl of high level mathematical thinking, coupled with dealing with queries from a broad range of SEO types – some of whom looking to find out whether Meta Keywords matter anymore to their rankings. Outwardly, he seems to handle it all pretty well.
Well, recently Matt has been on the brunt of some good natured banter from the SEO community – partially to mark the fact that the Google Webmaster Central YouTube channel recently surpassed 5 million views.
First, we have the Matt Cutts debunking flowchart from Search Engine Land:
This was then followed by the Matt Cutts Q&A Infographic, which includes vital details such as what colour of shirt he wears the most!
All in good fun – and to be fair to Matt, he seems to be taking it all in good humour.
Hold onto your hats folks – the Google Panda has chewed through the last of its Bamboo reserves and reached UK shores (SERPS).
Interesting times ahead……….
Just a quick nudge in the direction of a nice post from one of the newest members of the team here at Equator SEO – the SEOdolphin. Here, he explains what the first three months of working in SEO has been like – including references to some high-falutin’ authors and a picture of a Citroen 2CV. Somehow it all makes sense though.
The ever excellent Malcolm Coles discovered that Google is essentially treating some brand searches as site: command queries – allowing these brands to dominate natural search space, although how these brand queries are decided isnt quite clear as yet. Malcolm outlines a number of pertinent examples inclduing Apple, The Guardian and Sky Sports.
……..and the Big G itself has confirmed that this is a ranking change, telling Search Engine Land:
“We periodically reassess our ranking and UI choices, and today we made a change to allow a larger number of pages from the same site to appear for a given query. This happens for searches that indicate a strong user interest in a particular domain.”