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Geeky Bloggers Wanted

blogger jobIT Itch is on the look out for tech geeks with the ability to write great, engaging content about really nerdy topics like search engine optimisation, social media, web design & development, domain names, web hosting technology and internet security. These geeks must be great at producing content that everyone can understand, it must be fun and enjoyable to read and it must attract community interaction.

Ideally, these geeks should have experience participating in online communities such as tech forums and be well connected in the social media world. A large number of Twitter followers could be advantageous as this is our main platform for social interaction.

We are willing to give anyone a chance and aren’t interested in seeing a CV at all. Potential geeky bloggers will be judged entirely by submitting an original blog of at least 300 words on one of the topics mentioned above. The best blogs will be posted live on our website ( and will be judged by these criteria:

  • Community interaction – the number of Twitter tweets, Facebook likes and quality back-links that the post receives.
  • The number of comments the blog post receives and the quality of these comments.
  • The quality of writing – how well it explains difficult concepts, how much our staff like it and generally how cool it is.
  • How it relates to the products/services on our website and how news worthy the post is.

We have both paid and unpaid internship positions available on a casual basis. Intern Bloggers get authorship credit and we will help them with authorship mark-up (people searching your name in Google will see a picture of you and a link to all your articles).

Please submit your original blog to us via the ‘Contact Us‘ page

We will send you an email notification if your article is good enough to publish on our website.


Have you got your Google mugshot?

Google wants your photo.

In what seems like a desperate attempt to get more people to use the very limp Google Plus social network, or to get people to hand over more of their personal information, Google is trialling the display of author information (i.e. your mugshot) in search results. If you are an author, you now have the opportunity to display a recognisable head photograph next to the articles that you have written or contributed to when they appear in the search results. According to Google, author mugshots will:

help users to discover great content

but refuses to say exactly how.

The main catch with the ‘mugshot-enhanced-search’ is that you need a Google Plus profile to activate the feature. No other social network even gets a look-in. After activating your profile in the lonely expanses of Google Plus, you need to upload the most criminal-looking mugshot you can find (preferably a police photograph, a booking photograph, or a photographic portrait taken after you were last arrested). You then have 2 options to link the mugshot to your author content:

  1. Link with a verified email address (an email address on the same domain as your content), or
  2. Link your content using the ?rel=author parameter.

The final step is to list your blog or website on your Google Plus profile ‘about’ page and list yourself as a ‘contributor’.

Invented by Allan Pinkerton in the 19th century, mugshots first gained popularity on Wanted posters in the Wild West days. Since the advent of computer technology, accused people no longer need to hold a placard with their name, DOB, and–god forbid–weight.

As usual, Google makes no guarantee that they will display your mugshot. They refuse to reveal the criteria whereby they rank photographs, but our initial research seems to reveal that fat or slightly chubby people seem to rank higher, leading for calls from search engine optimisation professionals to reintroduce weight-revealing placards.

If we are going to be outranked by chubbys, we need to know by how many pizzas.

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