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Australian States & Territories

Posted by Stickyweb in Site Design

Found this handy snippet in the Google Cache when searching for a list of Australian States - original page seemed to be deleted

Handy if you're having to make drop-down lists of Australian States & Territories


<!-- States & Territories by Size -->

<select name="state">
	<option name="nsw">New South Wales</option>
	<option name="vic">Victoria</option>
	<option name="qld">Queensland</option>
	<option name="wa">Western Australia</option>
	<option name="sa">South Australia</option>
	<option name="tas">Tasmania</option>
	<option name="act">Australian Capital Territory</option>
	<option name="nt">Northern Territory</option>
</select>

<!-- States & Territories Alphabetical -->

<select name="state">
	<option name="act">Australian Capital Territory</option>
	<option name="nsw">New South Wales</option>
	<option name="nt">Northern Territory</option>
	<option name="qld">Queensland</option>
	<option name="sa">South Australia</option>
	<option name="tas">Tasmania</option>
	<option name="vic">Victoria</option>
	<option name="wa">Western Australia</option>
</select>

<!-- Complete List of States & Territories Alphabetical -->

<select name="state">
	<option name="aci">Ashmore and Cartier Islands</option>
	<option name="aat">Australian Antarctic Territory</option>
	<option name="act">Australian Capital Territory</option>
	<option name="ci">Christmas Island</option>
	<option name="ki">Cocos (Keeling) Islands</option>
	<option name="csi">Coral Sea Islands</option>
	<option name="himi">Heard Island and McDonald Islands</option>
	<option name="jb">Jervis Bay Territory</option>
	<option name="nsw">New South Wales</option>
	<option name="ni">Norfolk Island</option>
	<option name="nt">Northern Territory</option>
	<option name="qld">Queensland</option>
	<option name="sa">South Australia</option>
	<option name="tas">Tasmania</option>
	<option name="vic">Victoria</option>
	<option name="wa">Western Australia</option>
</select>

And if you're after an abbreviated Capitalized list for the Wordpress 'Contact Form 7' plug-in


ACT||NSW||NT||QLD||SA||TAS||VIC||WA

I wonder if someone hosts a worldwide list somewhere?? (Not that I would ever want to use it) It appears that some one does: ISO Country List - HTML select/dropdown snippet Or if you're more adventurous - a dynamically generated Country AND State list ready to insert into your html forms.

Google Reviews – Beware!!

Posted by Stickyweb in Consulting, SEO

It appears that Google Reviews are being VERY selective in the reviews published in your Search Results feature box - and not in a fair way!

I recently had to pick up my car from a trusted repairer and googled their name to get the phone number - and was appalled by the result provided!
The information presented was correct, but the selected reviews were far from complimentary.

Not only that, but Google Reviews had helpfully highlighted the most  derogatory words.

I've been a frequent customer of this particular supplier and know that they go out of their way to be helpful, professional and above all honest - so I had to see why they had such a bad review. Looking closer, I found that all of the review 'snippets' were taken from one recent '1 star' review & nothing from 3 other '5 star' reviews that were highly complimentary.

How can this be construed as an honest appraisal of customer satisfaction?
It borders on 'character assassination' and if I were the owner I'd be taking steps to ensure that Google honestly portrayed reviews in a balanced fashion without bias.

Jax Tyres Ballarat - Search Results feature box
Jax Tyres Ballarat - Actual Reviews
Of course I immediately followed up with an honest positive review that accurately portrayed my experiences over a number of years & added that to the three existing positives - but will that be enough to produce a balanced result on the front page?

Who knows?