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The company we keep

When you establish a website it is always interesting to see who the search engines associate you with.

There are the obvious associations that occur on the search results for a keyword or phrase and there are the less obvious results that come up when you look at the pages 'similar to' according to Google. Our two press releases have apparently made us similar to some PR sites but more rationally we are also associated with other sites using Bitpass to sell their music and other media files. On Yahoo you can look at the sites they have identified which have links to your site and we appear to have been picked up by Sublime MP3 on the basis of a single use of that word to describe the Dvorak cello concerto. So maybe this blog will be picked up there now!

Today's podcast features two of our composers in Brahms Variations on a theme by Paganini in a lofi clip which will enable you to recognise the tune and get some appreciation of the arrangement. If you like what you hear you can buy the full piece as two large HiFi MP3 files on the Brahms page.

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Bach's back

Bach is now more fully represented in the dialy Twitter campaign and there are some indications that his posion has been strengthened.

The volume of impressions on Beethoven keywords means that he is still very dominant and some of the Bach activity is much more variable from day to day both interms of impressions and click through rates.

Twitter have been messing about with the way pictures are treated and that has caused some rework on the saved tweets but it is more or less sorted now.

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Thanks Google

Just the occasional update here these days.

It looks like we were one of the winners in the latest refinement to the Google search results algorithm and our average position went up a percent.

We now get about 60 % of our traffic from phones so it was worth all that effort of setting up mobile optimized pages.

Our bounce rate is down substantially from historical levels although it is still higher than one would like.

Our click through rates varies enormously depending on the search term used as well as our position on the results page so it is all rather really tricky to interpret.

However it does seem clear that most searchers only find out about our interpretation of the piece once they get to our site.

We are still big in India and Indonesia, home of the gamalan and Beethoven outperforms everything else.

Working on some new recordings when time permits so there will be some updates latter this year.