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Google fixes bug after websites removed from search results

If you thought that your website had disappeared from Google’s search engine results this week, you didn’t imagine it and you certainly were not alone.

Google accidentally removed a large number of websites and web pages from search results (known as “de-indexing”) last week, but thankfully the problem now seems to have been fixed.

Google, unsurprisingly, hasn’t revealed exactly what went wrong or gone into detail about the extent of the issues, but the SEO software supplier Moz has estimated that 4% of indexed pages were likely to have been affected, based on their samples.

When the issue initially occurred on April 4th, it took 3 days for Google to announce that they had solved the issue, only to then go on to say a day later that there were still issues. It was not until a week later they announced the issue was completely fixed and tweeted:

“The indexing issue has now been fully resolved. We apologize for the inconvenience. We appreciate your patience as we restored normal operation”

What were the effects? 
The impact of pages being de-indexed could have led to:
  • Loss in sales 
  • Lower conversion rates 
  • Loss of website traffic
  • An overall loss of metrics, making measuring website performance difficult 
What can be done about it? 
Unfortunately, there is not a lot that can be done about it. Google have fixed the bug which mainly happened over the weekend when Google searches are typically lower than average.

On Google Analytics you could always make note of when the issue occurred, so that you can take this blip into account when comparing performance in the future.

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Becky joins the DBS team

DBS are thrilled to welcome Becky Gilpin to the team as our new Internet Marketing Specialist. Becky joined the company on Monday 25th March, and will be covering a wide range of digital marketing strategies, including content marketing and social media.

Becky joins DBS with a strong background in marketing, including having spent five years working at John Greed Jewellery in Lincoln, where she mainly worked as a Marketing Campaign Coordinator for brands including PANDORA, Nomination Italy and Swarovski.

Becky studied Business Management at the University of Nottingham, which was when she realised that she loved marketing and wanted a career in this field. She graduated in 2013.

Born in Germany, Becky moved to the UK when she was three months old and moved around the country before finally settling in Lincolnshire in 2001. When she was six, Becky moved to Oman in the Middle East for three years, which sparked a passion for travelling and learning about different cultures. Her interests include travelling, going to live music gigs, reading and reviewing books, baking and learning French.

To find out more about Becky and to connect with her on social media, please visit:

Welcome to DBS, Becky!

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Happy Birthday Thomas!

We would like to wish a massive Happy Birthday to DBS's Web Developer, Thomas Hounsell, who is turning 27 this week.

Traditionally the team celebrates with cake, but Thomas isn't a huge fan of cake, so instead the team celebrated at the end of last week with something more to his liking … a large plate of hot sausage rolls!

Thomas has been a web developer at DBS Internet Marketing since 2011 after leaving college with a BTEC National Diploma in IT. Outside of his day job, Thomas is always looking for a new DIY project to immerse himself in.

We’d like to wish Thomas an enjoyable week off work this week visiting friends and family.

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DBS Pay Per Click Expert Celebrating 4 Year Anniversary

DBS’s Dan Atkinson is celebrating having been at the company four years. Dan joined DBS at the end of March 2015, and has since played a huge role in the company by taking over running our Pay Per Click department when Julie Priestley became Director, as well as playing a key role in using Google Analytics and setting up social media campaigns for clients. 

Dan has a degree in Sound and Vision Technology, and so is a qualified videographer. He has put this to great use over the last four years making videos for a variety of clients, as using video for marketing has become increasingly popular. 

Outside of work, Dan has a strong interest in music and has founded an independent record label that supports and promotes artists as they attempt to break in to the mainstream market.

To find out more about Dan and to connect with him on social media, please visit:

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DBS founder celebrates 23 years at the helm

David Clarke, the Director and founder of DBS Internet Marketing, has been celebrating his 23rd work anniversary at the company, and marked the occasion in style by winning the East Midlands “Employer of the Year” award at the FSB Celebrating Business Awards 2019.

David was born in Nottingham and originally founded DBS in California in 1986 as a print advertising company (DBS actually stands for Directory Business Services). He returned to the UK with his family in 1994, founded DBS in the UK two years later, and has been a director of the company ever since.

Over the last 23 years, David has transitioned DBS from its original focus of print advertising to being in a position where it specialises almost solely in web design and internet marketing. During that time David has also built the business to the point where it became employee owned two years ago, making DBS Lincolnshire’s first 100% employee owned company.

Congratulations David!

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Have you heard the latest about .UK Domain Names?

You may have seen domain names ending in just .uk rather than like our domain name which redirects traffic to our website

If your,,,, or domain was registered before 28th October 2013 you have the rights to the equivalent .uk domain providing there was no other corresponding,,,, or registered before the registration date of your domain.

From June 2019 this is all set to change. Domain names ending .uk will become available for anyone to purchase.

4 reasons why you should register your .uk domain name(s)

  1. Protect your brand – after 25th June 2019 the domain will be in the public market and anybody could register the domain.
  2. It’s more memorable – having the .uk domain will be shorter and easier to remember than your current domain.
  3. Don’t leave it too late – if your domain is registered by someone else you may not be able to get it back.
  4. Cost – someone else may register your .uk domain name and then try to sell it back to you for a far higher rate than you would pay for it now.
We advise you to speak directly to the registrar of your existing domain name who should be able to arrange for your .uk domain name to be registered. In some cases you may be able to get the domain registered free for the first year.

Once you have the .uk domain name registered all you need to do is speak to your website hosting company where you can either move your website onto the new domain name or re-direct the .uk domain name to your current website.

DBS Internet Marketing are Nominet Members and Registrars. Please call us on 01522 811688 for more information about domains.

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DBS named East Midlands Employer of the Year

Everyone at DBS Internet Marketing is absolutely thrilled to have won the Employer of the Year Award at the FSB (Federation of Small Businesses) Celebrating Business Awards 2019.

7DBS Directors Julie Priestley and David Clarke have been at the awards ceremony today (Thursday 14th March) at the Double Tree by Hilton Gateway Hotel in Nottingham, where they were very proud to collect the trophy and be named as Employer of the Year for the whole East Midlands Area.

Having won the area award, DBS will now go forward to the UK national final, which will take place on 23rd May at Evolution Battersea, and is considered to be one of the highlights of the small business calendar.

DBS became an Employee Owned Business in June 2017 when Director David Clarke announced that members of the DBS team would now own a part of the long established internet marketing and web design company. David’s decision made DBS Lincolnshire’s first 100% employee owned company.

8David said at the time: “For me, it makes great business sense to reward the very people that have helped to build DBS. Now that the whole team has equity, we have a vested interest to grow the company even more.”  

According to the FSB website, “the FSB Celebrating Small Business Awards recognise the best small businesses and the self-employed from right across the UK, from every sector and industry and from businesses of all ages and all sizes.
The awards are the leading celebration of small businesses, shining a light on some of the best, most innovative and most determined smaller businesses.”

DBS has been an Investors in People company since 2004, and has recently won a number of other awards, including the North Kesteven Community Business Award 2017, the FSB Entrepreneur Award for Innovation 2017, and the FSB East Midlands Community Business Award 2018. We are chuffed to add this accolade to these today.

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