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Sign of the times? No vaping :) 23rd January 2017 1:16 PM

Stayed at the Lenny Henry hotel at the weekend and the sign made me chuckle...

It's funny how vaping has now entered the everyday vocabulary but I still chuckle every time I see a hipster wondering down the road in a cloud of whatever it is, steam, smoke?

Am I the only one that think it looks ridiculous, or is it the new cool and I'm an old fart?

Is the sitemap for the non www. not needed as everything redirects to www.”

Nope, you only need the sitemap for the URL you need, ie the www one.

It has been a historical pain as Google has always said you need to verify each version if your site, which for us was m.mylocal... mylocal... www.mylocal and now https://www.mylocal...

But Google is getting smarter, and although they still recommend you verify each version, you only need to worry about the correct version of your site, assuming you have your redirects in place. eg http:// to https:// or non www to www.

Frozen Pensions 23rd January 2017 12:51 PM

Good one Legal Stop

For anyone that's interested, the Government Pension tracking service is:


Would You 20th January 2017 5:25 PM

Saw this on the news, reckon this is just the beginning...

Tough one, we're all getting old and having the cheek to live longer. The bill to support this gets bigger, people will never squirrell away enough money so whats the answer?

Turn people out on the street, euthanasia, matrix style battery farms (literally and has my vote) or the country foots the bill by either local or central Government tax rises.

The young and wealthy will obviously vote no. The poor and the old will vote yes. 

NHS seems to be crumbling when it comes to Social Care and looking after old folk. Drastic change is needed, huge rethink, changes in attitude and delivery. But the one thing everyone does agree on is the NHS needs a huge cash investment. Question is where from? Back to bankrupt Britain or put up taxes?

I do think though this should be centrally managed and planned rather than adhoc decisions from local authorities who have some dubious track records depending on area 

Just saying hello 20th January 2017 5:13 PM
Hi Steve 

ha ha you think your grumpy!..... I didnt even bother getting them down to begin with lol 



Aha, a kindred spirit!

So if you are wondering what on earth is a Google crawl budget, fear not.

Every website wants to show up in Googles search results and to enable this, Google has something called a Google Bot. This is just a bit of code that zips round the web hoovering up web pages to display in Googles search results.

Sometimes it's called a spider or web robot. 

How often and how much time the Google bot spends hoovering up your web pages is called your "crawl budget" as the Google Bot crawls all over your website.

You can see how much Google is crawling your site or even amend your crawl rate by logging into your Google Console. If you have never used your Google Console, it's time to start. It's free and gives lots of valuable information about the health of your website and what Google thinks about it. It's fairly straight forward to set up, just follow the prompts, but let me know if you get stuck.

Once logged into your console, you will see a menu on the left hand side. If you scroll down to the Crawl folder and expand it, you will be able to see any crawl errors for your website.

This gives you a chance to see any problems Google has identified with your website. The next tab down is Crawl Stats.

Here you can see how many pages the Google Bot is indexing from your website. For us, you can see where we launched our new site, which has a much better structure than the old one, with the Google Bot hoovering up around 250,000 pages a day.

Now your site is likely to be much smaller, but as you update content then you are likely to see pages getting regularly updated. For pages which remain static then it may be 3 or 4 months before the Google Bot revisits. 

When it does land on your site is dictated by your Crawl Budget. There are a myriad of factors that cause this, from how often you update your website, the speed of your website, any problems with your site, popularity and a whole host more.

For a definitive study about Googles crawling habits, and how to influence it, there is a great post by Jennifer Slegg - Google Crawl Budget.

There are also some great tools out there that can help analyse your site and resolve issues such as Deep Crawl and Screaming Frog

Back in your Google Console you will be able to see how many pages Google has hoovered up and put in it's index, ie will be displayed in the search results.

Ours again shows the results of our recent upgrade and the number of pages being indexed. But this is a valuable reference point because you will want to make sure the majority of your pages are being displayed in Googles index. If they're not, then this will point to problems with your site, or individual pages.

Tackling and understanding things like crawl budgets and indexing can seem daunting, but if you are responsible for marketing your website, then take the time to become familiar. Spotting problems in your search console can save you all sorts of headaches later on.

If you have any questions, problems or want to know more, just comment below.

Yep loads on the market.

You can do it for free by right clicking a link in Chrome and selecting "inspect". That will tell you if it's nofollow.

Or there are multitudes of tools, Moz's Open Site Explorer

Very topical! I can see Mr Putin as John Travolta 

Investigations Inquiry Notice - SCAM 19th January 2017 3:39 PM

It's nice to get a new scam for a change. This time it's the Insolvency Service, Clive's obviously run off the credit card

If you get one of these, as usual don't open any links, delete, move on... 

Blimey, good question and forgot about this post 

So what is the latest? I'll confess that the initial push ended with the last post, so any Social Media growth is now organic. Our MLS stuff grows very well, particularly now it has dedicated attention in the form of Rachael. But our Trusted Trader social media is in need of some digital TLC and have a plan in place.

But waffle aside, scores on the doors.

20 July 2015
FB 511, Twitter 178 followers and Google Plus a spectacular 6

19 Jan 2017
FB 673, Twitter 302 followers and Googe Plus... drum roll... 12