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Becky celebrates first birthday at DBS

Many Happy Returns to the newest member of the DBS team, our Internet Marketing Specialist Becky Gilpin, who only joined the DBS team last month.

Becky celebrated her birthday by going for a meal with her partner at the Butcher & Beast pub in Heighington, followed by a trip at the weekend to the beautiful and ancient city of York.

The team gathered at DBS to sing Happy Birthday to Becky and to celebrate with cake and candles, with Becky enduring the team’s singing for the first time!

Becky’s new role covers a wide range of digital marketing strategies, including content marketing and social media.

Before joining DBS, Becky spent five years working at John Greed Jewellery in Lincoln, where she mainly worked as a Marketing Campaign Coordinator. To find out more about Becky, click here to visit her profile, or here to read the announcement that she was joining DBS.

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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: http://www.dbsinternetmarketing.co.uk/our-team/17/becky-gilpin/.

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: http://www.dbsinternetmarketing.co.uk/our-team/11/daniel-atkinson/.

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