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Author: Malcolm Coles
I'm a consultant - advising on SEO, content strategy and user experience for big brands and small websites. Like a busy builder who lives in a run-down house, my company website needs some work. So you're better off finding me on Twitter or my blog.
Before all this, I was editor of which.co.uk, the UK's most successful subscription website, with 200,000 subscribers paying £75 a year. As well as being the product managed, I ran the online editorial and news team, and have managed design and technical teams over the years.
Really bad company websites are organised around a business's internal structure - they reflect what departments the business has (which no one else gives a toss about), as opposed to reflecting what customers want or how they think.
The Ryder Cup site marks a new low in making your website reflect your organisation's internal structure.
In a surprising move, an MP revealed today that he doesn't understand the internet that well.
According to the BBC: "Four government departments spent almost £6m ensuring their websites appeared on search engine results pages in the last two financial years, according to newly released figures."
So far, so meh. Organisations spend money on online marketing. Shock horror.
I may not be a full service number-one digital branding or content agency myself. If I ran one, though, I'd probably make sure my site looked ok on the iPad, which we should all know by now doesn't do Flash.
Here are 11 screenshots showing agency websites as seen on my iPad. These screenshots show the sites exactly as they appeared on my iPad (which was in landscape orientation).
Google searches for the leaders of the main political parties soared on the day the general election was called. Searches for David Cameron doubled overnight; interest in Gordon Brown was up 2.5 times; and people Googled Nick Clegg's name five times as often on the Tuesday as they did on the day before.
But guess what? The main UK political parties, especially the Conservatives and Labour, have made a pig's ear of their leader's online presence. If their pathetic online efforts are anything to go by, this is in no way the first digital election. Here's how they are going wrong...
The BBC’s strategic review has created a lot of fuss – especially around the closure of 6 Music and the supposed “halving” of its website.
To save you having to read the review, here’s what it actually says about the BBC’s online presence (and given the amount of confusing repetition in the report, I should be given a medal for saving you having to read it – can I suggest getting some more editors for the next strategic review?)
The biggest load of old rubbish ever has been written about the changes to Google's first click free program. Here's a round up of who understands what they are talking about (and might survive with a paywall) and who hasn't got a clue ...