How to Add Search Shortcuts to Google Chrome.

Last week Danny Sullivan twittered he was looking for a creative commons image to use. Christine Churchill poked a little fun at me wondering how I was able to get that so quickly. The trick is using search shortcuts, and I’m going to show you how to do it.

FeedProxy.Google.com What The Heck is That

So What the heck is feedproxy.google.com why is it out there, what’s it being used for, why is google letting it be indexed, why are 164,000 pages in the index [site:feedproxy.google.com] and why is it ranking? it’s not like google places to much value on domain authority or anything … photo credit: dannysullivan

Why Big Brand Media Sites Are The Real Cesspool of the Internet

Eric Schmidt of Google famously remarked last year that “The internet is fast becoming a cesspool where false information thrives” and that brands were the way out. Well Eric I’m going to show you not only did you get it wrong , but you got it very wrong, not only are big brands just as responsible for the pollution of … [Continue reading Why Big Brand Media Sites Are The Real Cesspool of the Internet]

Facebook Brand Page Timeline Checklist

Starting March 30th, all Facebook brand pages and profile pages will be switching to the new timeline format. Some brands have already made the change but, if you haven’t, here’s a handy checklist of items you need to be aware of and fix before the change takes place.

How to Create Google Author Profiles for Thesis on WordPress

Having a verified author profile picture appear next to your articles that show up in search results is a new feature Google recently added. In this post, I’m going to show you how to add the functionality to your thesis theme in WordPress.

Facebook and Google+ Competing For Your Attention

With the launch of Google+, the inevitable tech fan boys preaching the downfall of Facebook–because a new shiny cat toy caught their attention–was laughably predictable. As SEO’s, internet marketers, and social media consultants, we have to be involved in these games, or we risk losing our competitive edge. However, what we really need to understand is that this is a … [Continue reading Facebook and Google+ Competing For Your Attention]

Google Throws Publishers Under Bus with Prerendering of Pages

Google recently announced they will start to pre-render pages in Chrome to “improve the user experience.” IMHO this represents nothing more than the latest effort by Google to throw publishers under the bus to gain market share for one of their products and ultimately give them more data about their users to better target their advertising.

Dear Matt Cutts, Will You Please Stop Waking Up My Wife in Bed

Dear Matt Cutts, will you please stop waking up my wife in bed! Ok, sure, I’m having a bit of fun. Matt Cutts isn’t really stopping by my house, and I certainly hope he’s not in my bedroom. He is, however, waking up my wife … or, more correctly, his webmaster central YouTube videos are …

When Google Gets Mobile Detection Wrong

I have mentioned the dangers of having multiple versions of your website. On recent trip I had first hand experience with it as user as I searched for the term [jetblue parking laguardia]. Sending a desktop user to a mobile version is a bad user experience and not a problem you should have. Serve your content under one URL–just omit elements … [Continue reading When Google Gets Mobile Detection Wrong]

Risks, Apologies and Learning From Your Mistakes

If you were paying attention, late last week you saw a guest post that published Thursday night. This was an interesting post, as it provided some in-the-trenches, first-hand analysis of a website that was ranking and why. However, the downside was that this analysis named a specific website, where/how they where getting links and ranking, and crossed the line. It’s … [Continue reading Risks, Apologies and Learning From Your Mistakes]

Why Google’s +1 Needs an On Page Component

Last week Google announced a new addition to the search engine results page: the +1 button. While there was a huge amount of press surrounding the launch, after playing with it for a few days, I don’t think it’s going to work unless it has an on page component … soon.

The Need For Better Communication From Google

As a company, Google tends to favor automation, whether it’s in Adwords, organic algorithm updates, or dealing with the public in general. This automation makes them efficient and profitable, but it also makes it very hard when doing any sort of customer service interaction. Have a problem with feedburner? You are more likely to see Big Foot riding the back of the … [Continue reading The Need For Better Communication From Google]

How to Create a Dynamic Footer Carousel

In my piece on How to Build an Effective Footer, one of the tips I mentioned was making your footer more dynamic by including links to posts that are currently popular on your website. It’s something I do on the bottom of this website. I’ve gotten a few emails asking how, so I figured I’d turn it into a tutorial.

How To Add Thesis Teasers To A Static Homepage

So you’ve got Thesis for your WordPress site (and if you haven’t got Thesis yet go and check out Michael’s excellent Thesis review to find out why you should) and you want to use a static homepage to give your visitors a consistent experience when they visit your site.  The problem is that you really like the look of Thesis’ … [Continue reading How To Add Thesis Teasers To A Static Homepage]

Top Posts From 2010

As 2010 draws to a close I’d like to thank you, the readers who come here a few times a week. I hope that maybe I’ve educated, entertained, or enriched you in some way, that you felt coming here was worth your time. With that in mind I’d like to recap here some of the top posts from 2010 and … [Continue reading Top Posts From 2010]

Why Categories Matter in a Blog Setup

In this post we’re going to be looking at blog categories, why they matter, and how to use them most effectively as publisher.To be honest, I get asked about date, category, and tag archives fairly regularly. It creates a lot of potential for duplicate content, which is why so many people have things set up incorrectly and do more damage … [Continue reading Why Categories Matter in a Blog Setup]

Thesis Tutorial: How to Conditionally Change Content

In yesterday’s post, we spoke about why you would want to change your content based on traffic intent. In today’s post, I’m going to give you a basic framework about how to do it. This post is written as a Thesis Tutorial, because working with Thesis is just easier (see my Thesis review), but you can easily adapt the code … [Continue reading Thesis Tutorial: How to Conditionally Change Content]

What I Read and How I Read It

While I may be on the leading edge of consumption trends (translation: I’m a spoiled geek who likes new shiny gadgets), I think it’s important to understand how things work and how they might look to the public at large in a few years.

Is Matt Mullenweg of WordPress Playing Favorites with Commercial Themes

UPDATED: See End of Post A few weeks ago Matt Mullenweg of WordPress threatened to take Thesis Developer Chris Pearson to court over his not supporting the GPL Licence. Fortunately they were able to works things out, a lawsuit was averted, and everything got back to normal … except that Matt Mullenweg might have started to use the commercial resources … [Continue reading Is Matt Mullenweg of WordPress Playing Favorites with Commercial Themes]

Google is Scarier than Facebook on Privacy

In the past few weeks Facebook has been publicly criticized over privacy policies; however, when Google invades people’s privacy, the offenses don’t receive the same level of scrutiny or public outrage.