In my quest to stop sending Google so much data, I replaced Analytics with Clicky, a paid service. I looked into and trialed quite a few services, including some free ones you install on your own server. Clicky won the day for me. What Clicky excels at is showing you precisely what your visitors are […]Posted in Tools & Tips.
I’ve talked about getting rid of all my free Google services before, but this time I’m serious. The only exception will be Google Affiliate Manager, which forces me to keep an Adsense account open (really, Google?). Everything else is going, going, gone. And so far, I’m surprised to find I’m not at all missing it. […]Posted in Tools & Tips.
Check out the results from a Google News search for “google antitrust hearing”: Irish Times reports “Senate questioning fails to rattle Google chief.” Why is Irish Times first? This is not a #1 kind of article by any algo standards I’m aware of. It’s flattering to Google, who has offices in Ireland… hmm, wonder which […]Posted in SEO.
There’s been a sea change in Google ever since Panda started up. Panda has kept webmasters jumping from one foot to the other, as they try to figure out what it is Google wants from their sites. There are several competing theories, but those aren’t what I’m going to talk about. The bigger picture Is […]Posted in SEO.
Maybe you will never, ever decide to merge the posts from one of your WordPress blogs into another. But if you do, as I once did, you might find this list of instructions helpful. Terminology check: “merging” blog refers to the blog that’s going to have all its posts moved into another one, and the […]Posted in Tools & Tips.
If you want to get anywhere online, organization is important. And it’s easier than you might think. Some people use applications on their home computer and keep their organizational tools offline. That’s fine, if that works for you. But I like being able to work from more than one computer, so that means I need […]Posted in Productivity.
The robots.txt file seems so simple, but you can screw things up ever so slightly and end up with a serious problem. The good news is, once you figure out the problem, the SEs generally pick it up pretty quickly. The .htaccess file is similar, except that it’s more powerful and therefore more confusing to […]Posted in SEO.
Coming up with ideas for blog posts is one of the toughest challenges a blogger faces. We’ve talked before about using a feedreader to speed up your blog writing. That may be all you need if most of your posts involve linking to someone else’s and then offering insights of your own. It can also […]Posted in Blogging.
There’s been a lot of uproar in recent months (okay, years) about US states passing laws that force Amazon to collect sales tax or, um, something. There also seems to be a lot of confusion about this, based on comment threads I’ve been reading. Some people don’t seem to understand how sales tax actually works. […]Posted in Blogging.
One day, you decide it would be nice if the link lists in the sidebars didn’t have a disc by each item. You go into your stylesheet and insert a rule to get rid of that disc. The disc stays right there. You flush your cache, thinking maybe somehow (even though you have it set […]Posted in Tools & Tips.
You’ve probably already heard that Google’s on the warpath against “content farms” and changing its algorithm to bump them down a notch. Many people were surprised to see eHow come cheerfully out on top in recent algo updates, given that competing search engine Blekko had defined it as a content farm and banned it from […]Posted in SEO.
If you’re a blogger, you may think it’s not important for you to understand XHTML. It’s true that you can install blogging software, get everything up and running, and even theme and tweak your blog to your heart’s content without knowing anything about it. You might even end up with XHTML Strict compliance if you […]Posted in Tools & Tips.
I recently switched one of my WordPress sites over to the Thesis theme. Immediately, that site experienced a small but significant drop-off in visitors per day, according to Analytics, as soon as I switched. But I dismissed it as a coincidence because I’d had a surge of extra traffic about a month earlier, and that […]Posted in Tools & Tips.
I found Zoho back in 2007 when I was looking for an online notebook app, and I think it’s time to update the review I wrote then. Zoho’s come a long way in the past three years. It’s now my go-to app for working in the cloud. I should mention a few personal rules I […]Posted in Productivity.
How fast your websites load has always been crucial. I don’t think many people realize just how quickly a lot of potential readers will back away from a site because it’s not loading fast enough. Every second you can shave off means a few more people sticking around. But Google has said it will be […]Posted in Tools & Tips.
Getting a Wordpress 406 “Not Acceptable” error when you try to publish, edit, add an image, change an option, etc.? (It can be almost anything.) You need a new host, but in the meantime, we’ve got some code that’ll help you for the moment.Posted in Tools & Tips.
It seems some alleged SEO experts are still telling people they should worry about “keyword density”, or how much percentage of text their keyphrases should take up. That’s absolutely not true, and will also lead you to write bad articles that no human wants to read. Find out why.Posted in Blogging.
This article gives you the code you need to redirect from a subdomain like “http://blog.oldsite.com” to an entirely different domain, like “http://mynewsite.com.” How to use the code is explained in detail.Posted in Tools & Tips.