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Relatively Popular Content

Wednesday, October 16th, 2013

Most people online are obsessed with popularity. A lot of time and effort gets spent trying to become more popular. How can I get more followers? How can I get more likes? How can I get more fans? How can I get more hits? How can I get higher rankings? How can I sell more widgets? With all the time and effort spent obsessing over popularity, you’d think more time and effort would be spent contemplating Quality…

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Tracking social media button clicks in Google Analytics

Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013

The best way to track social media button clicks is to use a plugin in your CMS, I use Professional Share on this blog. It has most every feature I want except support for Twitter Cards. I’m hoping the author will add Twitter Card Support as he already supports Facebook Open Graph meta data. Sometimes you don’t have the luxury of a plugin or content management system, I took one of my oldest webpages, a webpage I’ve been maintaing for over a dozen years and I added structured meta data and social media buttons which track in Google Analytics…

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Structured Metadata is #Sexy

Wednesday, September 25th, 2013

Although my redesigned webpages only looks and functions a bit differently, under the hood I’ve added more structured meta data for Googlebot and his friends to find. Meta data isn’t new it has been around a long time on MacOS and online but spammers seriously abused both keywords and description, to the point where Google now ignores both. Structured meta data is new formats, championed by industry heavyweights, to help make it easier to index and share content online…

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Look at all the pretty pictures

Wednesday, September 25th, 2013

Adding featured images aka thumbnails to my WordPress theme turned out to be a lot of work. Getting them to appear in my RSS feed in a valid manner was probably the worst, but what is going to take the longest time is retroactively adding featured images to all my old posts…

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Was my Pinterest account hacked?

Wednesday, September 25th, 2013

This morning while I lay sleeping, someone got the bright idea to post something as me on Twitter. If this wasn’t bad enough it turns out they posted as me on Pinterest and on Facebook too. They were selling something called “garcinia cambogia”. Apparently Pinterest is seeing a rise in hacked accounts, they of course blame me and my password. Clearly the spammers and scammers have Pinterest in their sights…

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The Last Strange Keyword Referral Post

Tuesday, September 24th, 2013

Based on Google’s recent announcement, webmasters are going to have to do without keyword referrals, so the act of collecting strange ones and blogging about it may well also come to a close. Other search engines will probably continue to send referral data, but Google knows the value of this information…

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8 Years of Google Analytics

Monday, September 23rd, 2013

I’ve used Google Analytics for a long time. I first installed it on Muschamp.ca in November of 2005. I had installed Urchin during one of my co-op work terms while at Shell Canada. One day I got the bright idea to look at all the traffic Google has recorded…

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