Facebook Vanity URL, Best Man Speech, new phone plans and Annoying Google UK SERPs

Morning guys and gals – been way too long since I last wrote a blog post.

Since then I’ve been off on a stag do that I organised for my good friend Ben, been playing lots of resident evil 5 (god I hate those guys with Chainsaws) and have been working hard at the office to keep on top of everything.

This morning I managed to get my “vanity” facebook URL – I’m www.facebook.com/ismepete – a strange name “ismepete” I’ll grant you, but its been a name that I have been using for years, and its not something that anyone else seems to use – I’m ismepete on lots of sites, its my PSN id, my twitter name, used to be my MySpace name (before I got bored of it and joined the legion of people leaving the place), so at least I am consistent. Not quite sure if there is any real point in getting one, but hey ho, why not eh?

So, I’m up early this morning and I am working on my best man speech now that the stag is done and dusted. Or rather, I should be – I’m not as I am writing this blog instead. I thought I had made a really good start on this when I started thinking about it a few months ago, but having just typed up my notes I’m a bit disappointed. 3 paragraphs is all I have written, and I thought I was about 3/4 of the way there – big exageration!

I’ll get there though, and this weekend too – as it needs to be translated for the spanish folks that are attending! Wish me luck

I’ve also decided that I am going to try and get a 32GB iPhone next week – getting to work early and gonna head down to town for 9.30 when they start to go on sale. Hopefully there wont be as much demand for these, as I desperately need a new phone! I’m no iPhone fanboy – I just want a decent media phone, and there is still no release date for the n97, so enough is enough, I’m going to bite the bullet and get a new machine.

Finally, the bane of my life this week is something that I wrote a blog about over at work – Strange US search results mixed in with the normal UK Google searches.

Why Google are doing this, I do not know – for lots of search terms, this is destroying the credibility of the engine, as the results being shared with users just arent as relevant as they have been.

With Bing pushing strong to improve it’s market share (Bing is the new name for MSN’s rebranded search engine), I think that these poor results are really coming at the wrong time for Google – and I really think that they should do better than this, as Google have always said, another search engine is only ever 1 click away. All it takes is a few searches with poor results and people could switch over to another engine in an instant.

I dont really think that Google’s dominant market share is in danger at the moment, but I dont think that these are improvements to their engine – quite the opposite in fact, and something that Google should be fixing as a priority!

Over and out for now – I’ll try not to leave it so long until I blog next – maybe next week when I’ve had a chance to play with my new phone (fingers crossed I can get one).

Search Engine Marketer

I’ve decided to relaunch my website as just a blog.

My name is Peter Handley, and I am a search engine marketer.
I first created this website a few years ago as a test bed website for the search engine optimisation work that I was learning the ropes about at the time.
As a result of this work, I’ve achieved some pretty respectable Hayling Island Web Design based rankings, which has surprisingly delivered a lot of leads to my website.
I work full time as team leader of the Search Engine Optimisation team at Vertical Leap – a portsmouth based Internet Marketing company. The company has grown and grown in the time that I have been there, and any time that I might have once had to design some websites gets quickly gobbled up – so I decided it was time for a change.
I’m just not enough of a designer to be able to continue having a website advertising web design services.
Looking back at the last 2 websites that I designed, they are thoroughly broken in some newer versions of browsers, and I don’t have the inclination to work out the problems. Fortunately they seem ok in IE – and their webstats show me that over 90% of their traffic comes from these browsers, so they are both happy. Both sites were designed for close family and friends though, so I am sure that they will convince me to fix them if they ever notice.
I’m going to concentrate this blog on my life as a search marketer – I probably wont be blogging about anything specific with SEO techniques etc – I have to write a couple of blogs a week at Vertical Leap, so wont be saving any of the juicy stuff for this website when it will help that website more.
I’ll also be using this as a log of various things coming up in my life. I’ve just been told I have tickets to see Pearl Jam at the o2 in August, which I am really excited about, and am due to be the best man at one of my oldest friends wedding in June too. I’m pretty excited about that too, but someone intimidated too, and I need to finish my speech pretty soon, as it needs to be translated into Spanish for half the guests as my friend is marrying a lovely Spanish lady (although I doubt Sandra will ever read this flattery!)

My First Own Real Blog

Hello Internet,

This is my first real own blog, so I will begin will begin with an introduction, as all good stories have one of those.

My name is Peter Handley, and I am 24 years old. I work for a company called Vertical Leap, and work as whats called a Campaign Delivery Manager. Vertical Leap are a Search Engine Optimisation company based in Portsmouth, but with customers all over the country and indeed the world. I oversee a number of different websites Internet marketing, which involves me working to get them ranked better in search engines for particular words, driving more traffic to their website, and ultimately increasing the exposure and money making potential of the businesses that use our service.

It can be a challenging job, but its also something where I learn some new trick, or find some new tool with an interesting or fun feature. I don’t think its what I envisaged doing a year ago while I was finishing my dissertation at Portsmouth University, but I wouldn’t change it either.

I studied Entertainment Technology at Portsmouth University, which was a great broad introduction to many different forms of media, where I particularly concentrated on Internet Technologies and Music. I like music, but am not a producer. I did however write my dissertation on whether or not Parental Advisory stickers on CD’s constituted censorship. I went in thinking heavily that they did, but came out with a confused opinion, as certainly some people need protecting who are vulnerable and susceptible, but restricting access only makes this more desirable to certain individuals. Anyway I digress…..

I mainly studied Internet Technologies, and having a firm foundation in HTML and CSS has certainly helped in my new job. I launched http://www.peterhandley.com/ primarily as a platform for the websites that I designed whilst at university, although these have now been hidden from public view