Would you disavow this site?

There are some websites that I seriously can’t figure out if they’re terrible and spammy or just stupid and pointless.

Or even awesome. That’s how bad I am at this.

Take for example this site: waiwiki(dot)org – wrote it like that because im not trying to help them or anything.

On our backlink list they are linking to my site about 800 times (see attached screen cap). All with the anchor text of (strangely) "idea"

But when you look at the site (and ive seen this before) it looks like a clone of wikipedia. But its not wikipedia.

What are these sites? Is this particular one junk and should be disavowed? Is there even any way to know?

Citation Strategy

Hi Guys

I have a question about your citation strategy I’m hoping you can answer… I have just inherited 40 local clients in the South of England who have been using another agency that folded, and they have been buiding 10 citations a month as part of the seo strategy. Is 10 citations a month enough? I’m reading 20 is enough, 100 is enough, even been advised 200!

How many do you think is a good number for budgets between £250 – £500? I will be sourcing the citations lists myself for the various local areas, but really need to understand how many I should build…

Any help is much appreciated!

Noindex Header or Robots.txt

I have an old directory that kept web versions of past emails on it, it’s always been blocked by robots.txt. I’ve noticed there are links pointing to it, I want to take advantage of that but don’t want these pages indexed.

I want to remove the disallow line in robots.txt but, after that I’m not sure which way to go with this:

1) Add noindex to the header of all the pages. Can this be forced in htaccess using X-Robots-Tag but only on a specific directory?

2) Redirect the pages to similar pages

3) Try out the Noindex: /example-page/ directive in robots.txt


Any thoughts?

Game on! A guide to games & bots in HipChat

HipChat games and botsAs a kid, I couldn’t get enough of games and science fiction. Yet as imaginative as I was, the idea of playing with games and robots in my professional life would have seemed like science fiction. But we live in the future now… and the future does indeed have games and robots where you work!

Get your game on

If you love games like I do, you know they’re much more than mindless entertainment: they teach us to solve problems, play as a team, and let ourselves take a break from all the serious business that’s constantly coming at us.

Now you and your team can blow off steam and have some fun anytime with games that connect right to your HipChat rooms!


Remember this game from when you were a kid? You got a piece of paper and some pens, added a grid of dots, and then competed with your friends to see who could complete the most boxes.

Now you can play it in HipChat!

hipchat boxy integration

Play against your teammates or the computer. Just click between the dots you want to connect, and your line will be drawn. Whoever completes a box gets a point added to their score, and the player with the most points wins.

Simple, but it requires more strategy than you might expect. That’s why the simplest games are often the most fun!



Before you could download thousands of games from your app store, many of us played Snake on our Nokia phones. We’ve come a long way since then, but this game has withstood the test of time and is now in HipChat.


You can invite your teammates to join you with a couple of clicks. Not only are you vying for that delicious piece of fruit, but you can also steal from the other players, like a sneaky… well, snake.

Whether you’re old enough to remember the first Snake games, or the game is older than you are, the good old days are back again in HipChat!


ROSHAMBO! (Rock-Paper-Scissors)

Play just for fun or to make decisions—where to go for lunch, who gets the last donut, who gets to watch the dog while his human goes to a meeting.

hipchat roshambo

Just type /rps and mention the teammate you want to challenge. Or if you want to add up to 10 rounds, type /rps, mention the teammate you want to challenge, and type a number between 1 and 10. However many rounds you’ve selected will show up in your right sidebar, and you just click on the action you want to take.

In addition, there are ways to make it even more interesting…

hipchat rock-paper-scissors-lizard-spock


Invite bots to the team

No matter their age, pretty much everyone is at least a little bit wowed by robots. Well, HipChat has bots, too! Our HipBots are friendly creatures, here to make your life easier and/or more amusing.

Alias Bot

Alias Bot makes it simple to mention groups of people in a room, like people on a certain team or project (see an alias for the “iOS team” below).

hipchat alias bot

Alias makes sure you don’t have to type out all the names in a certain group every time you need to call them out. To create and manage an Alias, either click on the plus sign next to the chat box…


…or type /alias set, create a name for the group mention by typing @ + (group name), and mention all the teammates you want to include. Learn more.


Karma Bot

Everyone deserves a pat on the back when they do something awesome. Your teammates are awesome, so let them know that by giving them karma points.

hipchat karma bot

To give a teammate karma points, mention them with ++ after their name. Karma Bot will keep track of all the karma given (and taken away). Learn more.


Sassy Bot

Want to know what the weather’s like? Need a map? Looking for random lulz? Sassy and its limitless repository of Internet knowledge has you covered.

hipchat sassy bot

Just type /sassy plus a command to send a gif, image, video, weather, map, and so much more into a room. Learn more.


Standup Bot

Standup reports are the agile way to keep your team updated on everything you’ve accomplished during the day, and Standup Bot makes doing so with teammates across the globe a cinch.

hipchat standup bot

Type /standup, then your standup report, and boom—one and done. You’ll be able to see all your teammates’ standup report in the right sidebar, so you can review their work at your own convenience. Learn more.



Need a bot to do something that all these other bots don’t do? Create your own with Botler!


Once installed, you’ll be able to make your own commands and responses. It’s Botler at your service!

Extra treats

O RLY Cover Generator

When you just need to make something silly a parody O’Reilly book cover will do the trick. If you don’t know what an O’Reilly book is, don’t worry—your dev team does.

hipchat o rly covers

(See also: my own attempts at writing code.)

It’s just like any meme generator: fill in the fields in your right sidebar, select your animal and color preference, click Create Cover, and click Share in Room to show your teammates.


Adobe Image Editor

Editing and meme-ifying images can now be done right in HipChat!

image editor integration for hipchat

Edit any image shared in HipChat with Adobe Creative Cloud tools, then share the edited image with your team—all without ever leaving HipChat. Learn more.



Bring Kaomoji into HipChat, and express yourself in a whole new way!

kaomoji integration for hipchat

Kaomoji is a popular Japanese emoticon style using grammar punctuation to create myriad emoticons. Search by sentiment or popular characters in the right sidebar. We won’t tell your teammates that you didn’t type them out yourself.


For the developers out there, our API, HipChat Connect, enables anyone to create integrations for HipChat, and they can be as wacky and fun as you want them to be.

Look, adulting is kind of stressful and weird sometimes, and we all have moments where we’d love to go back to being a kid for just a little bit. A sweet dose of game nostalgia or a cool bot to brighten your day might be just the thing you need to reset your brain and make your team collaboration the best it can be.

HipChat games, bots, and integrations

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BING Error

Anyone had this error before in Bing ?
there is a site I look after and everything is fine in google search console (the only that really matters) but in Bing it shows errors.
The issue is its complaining about canonical tags being wrong which there are not.

The site is https and the canonical tags reflect this. However Bing are moaning that the http version have the https canonical tag (different)

Canonical tags can be used to help de-dupe URLs for pages with the same or very similar content. Bing has detected that your site is using what appears to be the same canonical URL for a large number of pages that are not the same. This may be indicative of a problem with your HTML template, content publishing system, or site code. You should review the source of your pages and check if the URLs used inside the <link rel="canonical" href="<url>" /> are not accidentally pointing to the same location for all (or too many) pages.

Here is the crazy thing though, you cant get to the http version of the site, if you try then it gets 301 directed to the correct page.
The site has its own SSL plus on top of that its sat behind cloudflare which also forces https.

Every week I get a nice email from Bing informing me of these errors and there does not appear to be a way of clearing up this issue.
Unless you guys know any better.