Duncan Morris's Posts

Yandex: the best search engine in the world?

Somehow, Yandex, the well known Russian search engine has launched in the UK with very little fanfare. Please forgive me for getting this post up quickly. There is a lot of research I’d like to do before I make to many conclusions, but since when has research got in the way of a good story!

If you like your search engine to have a minimalist homepage, then you’ll love Yandex.

Yandex homepage

Yandex homepage

After a very brief play I’m incredibly impressed at the relative lack of spam and the quality of the results that are being returned.

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Introducing Kate Morris - The “Yank” is Here

Its been less than two months since we announced that we were to open Distilled Consulting, our American wing.

Our new office is now open, and Rob has moved to Seattle where he’s been busy with some great clients and with recruiting an expert SEO team. We’re proud to announce our first new member: Kate Morris has joined the Distilled team as an SEO Consultant.

Kate joins us after a year on her own as an independent search marketing consultant. Kate is a speaker on the conference circuit with shows like PubCon, SMX London / East, and Affiliate Summit East / West under her belt.

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Distilled are hiring, are you our next sociable geek?

Its only been a couple of weeks since we announced that we were opening an office in Seattle. The last couple of weeks have been a hive of activity and there is a definite buzz in the air at Distilled HQ.

Over the next week or so I’ll be posting a handful of new jobs at Distilled. If you have always wanted to work with us, then now is a great opportunity to join.

The first person we are looking for is an experienced SEO Consultant to join the team in our London office. Incidentally, we also have a couple of roles in our new Seattle office.

We have ambitious plans for growth, so if you want to be a part of that, I suggest that you check out the roles available and apply.

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Using Jquery and Google Analytics events to track form abandonment.

Yesterday, Sam from SEOmoz posted 11 Conversion rate lessons they had learned in 2009 - along with some traffic stats for their blog.

The 10th lesson that Sam posted really struck a chord with me and I got thinking about how best to implement it. Sam suggests that you track how far people get through your forms by registering a virtual page view each time someone completes a form element.


Some background

One of the first things to do when looking at improving the conversion rate of a page is to work out a list of possible client objections. There could well be some incredibly obvious ones, for example a lot of online shops somewhat hide the postage costs and only display them once you have added a product to the cart.

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X-factor advertising, or how to blow half a million pounds

In the UK we spend a metric shed load of money or to be more accurate £1.6bn in the first 6 months of 2009 advertising on TV.

This weekend is the final of x-factor (similar to American Idol), which is expected to attract an audience of 19 million people. Analysts are predicting the price of advertising slots to reach £250,000, which is over £8000 per second. (Check out that url by the way - WTF).


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