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Saturday, August 9, 2014

Hello Forum, my first post.

Probably older than most of you experts, but oddly in love with anything having to do with computers. Hey, some women knit, I code. Deal with it!! lol

I'm just about to build a new computer (from the motherboard on up which will be a first for me, installed just about everything else hardware-wise).

I've dabbled here and there with html, css, php coding over the years

List failing to display in an in-line fashion, are the floats to blame?...

Registered User Join Date Jul 2014Posts 19http://codepen.io/anon/pen/EJtuq

First off, try not to be too envious of my awesome site...

secondly, can any one of you geniuses explain to me what's preventing the UL i situated at the top of the content section from being inline?

Is it the float of the sidebar and content divs that's causing it?

oh, and, in regards to the overflow:hidden code in the css, are the corresponding comments i made accurate?...

How to test license validation via REST API

I am writing test case using PHPUnit to check the above method. I am able to cover all cases except one case in which a domain license should return true in is_valid xml node.

The REST API is so secured that it does not accept request from IPs that are not listed in their whitelist. And if someone is making a request from a non-whitelisted IP the API returns a false value for is_valid (and this is how I am covering the case for false)

I know this can be done using a mock object but I am not really sure how to write a mock object that can cover the case where a domain name is valid. Can someone please help?

Thanks in advance

[RESOLVED] Controlling image location in new window

I'm building a small art site that will use thumbnails of the works being displayed. Some of the thumbnails are clickable, to produce a larger image in a new window.

The current code for each image is:

search for functions names within iframes in firebug

Registered User Join Date Mar 2012Posts 38Hi There!!

I am debugging a web page with iframes using Firebug.

In Firebug, in the 'script' section, if I search for a function name using Ctrl

Trying to get a video onto my page - failed ?

Registered User Join Date Apr 2005Posts 160Hi

I have been trying to get a video onto my web page, playing with Windows Media Player, for the first time, but it will not work ? This is the code I've been using: The file is .avi file titled "me" and stored in my Mp3 folder. Can anyone see where I am going wrong ?

Thanks for any help !

Friday, August 8, 2014

Flexible Box Model

Registered User Join Date Aug 2014Posts 1so this is probably a stupid question but im teaching myself how to do this so here we go ;p

iv been playing around with s finding the best ways to set everything up and it seems to me that i should be able to use a

-webkit-box-align: center;
to center the 2 boxes im using then a
-webkit-box-align: stretch;
to stretch the left of the 2 boxes to fit a box with a max height of 500
there is the main section with both boxes im using Code:

AngularJS How to implement this website login/user profile/social network connection strategy?

Registered User Join Date Aug 2014Posts 1How to implement this website login/user profile/social network connection strategy?I am building a website. I am planning to use these server and client side technologies: Node.js server, Passport.js user authentication, AngularJS client side framework. I was originally planning to use PHP and AngularJS but it seems like Node.js is the way to go.

Anyway, using any technologies, how do I implement the following strategy?

Case 1: User not logged in / new visitor:

- Allow user to log in using a social network profile like Facebook, Google

chat box with id without embed form others sites....

how to make a chat box with unique id without embed form other site?
currently im building a website for web developers and using external chat applictions, have a look at http://codegeeks.tk chat button is next to timer..

Separation - the reasoning (fork from another thread)

Registered User Join Date May 2014Posts 719I'm making this a separate post so we don't keep threadjacking this thread here.

Code-tard is just discovering the advantages of external stylesheets, so I thought it might be useful to folks if I explained the advantages. I'm also going to explain my conclusions and reasoning for sitebuilding, since I know a lot of my heavy handed authoritative statements confuse people.

If nothing else someone might find my rambling useful.

I'm putting this in HTML because I'm going to end up touching on that as well, and to be frank CSS is only as good as the markup it's applied to... and generally speaking, this first post is going to be about the STYLE tag, STYLE attribute, and LINK attribute. THOSE ARE HTML, even if you are providing CSS with them!

You are going to find me using terms like "generally speaking" and "rule of thumb" -- this is because while the below may be good practice, you have to allow for exceptions; at the same time because there are exceptions that doesn't mean you should ignore good practices on everything else... and when I DO mean the rule is in concrete, I'll bloody well say so.


When it comes to the application of CSS, the advantages of an external stylesheet are simple:

1) It's separation of presentation from content. Keeping what things are SEPARATE from what they look like. What things look like as a rule of thumb has no business in the markup. As I often say, if you choose your tags based on your default appearance, you're choosing the wrong tags for the wrong reason.

This separation also means that you can edit things side-by-side. Even at the earliest development stages having your markup and your style separate in separate editor windows makes development faster and easier -- and it saves you the time of trying to extract it later; which a lot of people who use the style attribute CLAIM they are going to do, but never actually do it.

2) Multiple presentations -- by including differnent files using the MEDIA attribute, you can target different devices. This is why using a stylesheet LINK without the MEDIA attribute is stupid, and using the "all" value is even dumber. There are all sorts of targets for media, and most often the one you want is SCREEN, PROJECTION and TV -- Screen is your normal devices you think of when you design, some kiosks and browsers in full-screen operation ignore screen using projection, or will use a mix of the two; and sadly, there are still some devices that report themselves as TV, and if you don't say TV they'll override your settings with their own. (The version of Opera on the Wii is a great example, as is the now semi-defunct MSN-TV).

Naturally this is the point where some jacktard will say "who cares about those" -- when it's basically including an extra 15 characters to support them, are you really such a lazy foxtrot you can't be bothered? Whiskey tango foxtrot!

Ask yourself this, does your for screen layout and design elements make ANY sense to be sent to print? How about Aural? Media targets exist to customize appearance for targets AND to prevent values that are just screwy from being sent to the wrong devices.

Now ask this -- how exactly do you do that with the STYLE attribute. How do you put a media attribute on another attribute? So much for STYLE as an attribute.

These first two reasons also combine that you can easily have multiple appearances off the same markup; meaning SKINS -- reskin an entire site without even touching the markup? Oorah!

3) Caching. Even if it's just a single page, what if people visit it more than once? You really want return visitors re-downloading the same data over and over again for no reason? This more than any other reason is why the STYLE tag is pointless.

The laugh is things like Google pagespeed are suggesting putting some style back in the markup -- the only situation that would pay ANY benefits in speed or efficiency is if your traffic is all bounce -- a situation I thought we were supposed to be avoiding -- much less that if you're going to have an external sheet anyways, what difference does it make if it's in that or the HTML apart from the HTML not being cached. That's just stupid advice on the part of Google Pagespeed.

4) pre-caching -- if you put the CSS of sub-pages in the same monolithic file for each media target, you are effectively pre-loading the appearance of those pages -- so those sub-pages load AND render faster. Now, the peanut gallery will chime in with "doesn't that make the first-load take longer" -- really if you have enough CSS for all your pages that doing this results in any noticeable difference, you don't know how you use CSS properly.

Generally speaking in all but the rarest of cases, UNCOMPRESSED there is no excuse for even the largest of site templates -- like those of a forums -- to break 48k (and a third that gzipped) other than developer ineptitude, a failure to grasp how to use selectors or HTML, or just plain code bloat garbage like frameworks.

This is another area where people screw up -- first by trying to use tools to "remove unused CSS" that often removes CSS used by subpages just because it's not used on the main page. Then they run around like chickens with their heads cut off that the subpages are screwed up.

Likewise they blindly trust tools like Google Pagespeed when it

Responsive media queries not working

Registered User Join Date Aug 2014Posts 2Hey,

So I am trying to make my portfolio website responsive for different screen resolutions. I am using media queries but they are not over-riding the native styles. I believe my syntax is correct but I will share it with you guys to see if I have done anything wrong.
HTML Code:

Can Someone Help Me Read These Results?

Hi Im new to the site, great website, ill be a wonderful contributor as my site grows hopefully i can get some help as I grow and my site gets bigger.. Ive been signed up With Adsense for A While but finally uploaded an ad to my site, well my site crashed and unfortunately had to start over well the ads have been on my site for a week and so far these are my readings on adsense im wondering if these trends so far are good? this is the results for one week?

Estimated earnings

Page views


Page CTR


Page RPM

Thursday, August 7, 2014

what is the new update that google announced?

Registered User Join Date May 2014Posts 52It is called the pigeon update which has been released to refine all the local search results in google and also the map results.

xml file are not beneficial if generated by the software or the site?

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A chat on Javascript's professional use / interested in some resource suggestions

Registered User Join Date Aug 2014Posts 1Hey all, I'm new to the forum (obviously), thanks for having me. I'm a current programming student / developer intern. Have touched many languages and technologies including a modest amount of web development.

The thing is I've never pushed Javascript to its limits before and I'm curious to learn a little more about its use in the real world. It seems like the language has a whole whack of interesting features (closures, passing functions around, prototype inheritance, etc.) but I don't understand how a lot of Javscript's more 'unique' features are useful. I assume they are, or they wouldn't be a part of the language, I just haven't been forced to use any of them.

My understanding of basic web development is something like this: you have html documents and CSS and use Javascript to manipulate the look and behaviour of the html document which only seems to require basic id selecting and use of simple javascript features. I'd assume if you needed to stretch Javascript to it's limits you'd be doing some pretty hardcore web development, does that sound correct?

Otherwise I'm curious if anyone can recommend any interesting readings on the language. I had 'Allonge' suggested to me a while ago, am interested in some more stuff.

10 Social Media PR Lessons From #OITNB

Looking to connect, bond and create brand advocates? You might learn a social media lesson or 10 from the hashtag #OITNB.

The Netflix original television series, "Orange is the New Black", has more than its recent 12 Emmy nominations to brag about.

The show's social media team, fans and cast do a breakthrough job at publicizing the steamy side of women's prison and building relationships, engagements, interactions and advocacy that borderline's addiction – between the show, the characters, and audience.

Survey Says Social Media News Goes From Vice to Habit

Social media has become a powerful, effective, and cost-efficient news distribution network for organizations of all sizes.

In a recent TekGroup social media news survey; 37 percent of respondents confessed they are hooked on social media about 1 to 2 hours a day and are using tools habitually with almost 90 percent saying they use Twitter, Facebook, and blogs on a daily basis to follow and monitor a brand's news and information.

So as social media transitions from vice to habit and content marketing bubbles up as the next marketing drug, I mean strategy, of choice, what's the right prescription for your brand?

How Brands Like #OITNB Keep Fans Hooked Via Social

With the big push in content marketing and the use of social media as a commonplace tactic for brands, rising above the clutter is becoming a challenge, but with a little creativity, any size brand can steal some social media inspiration from shows like "Orange is the New Black".

"Multichannel storytelling talk is pretty commonplace these days, but finding great examples of brands doing this well can be tough to find because the reality is it's pretty hard to pull off," said Lisa Grimm, director of social and public relations for Space150.

"OITNB is among those doing a nice job extending its popular women's prison Netflix TV drama into digital with stellar content, distribution and conversation with its growing base of rabid fans," Grimm said.

Do you have to be a sexy TV show to pull off a magnetic social media campaign? Absolutely not. But it helps to have a quality product or service. Your social media marketing and public relations can't make up for holes in customer service, product fails and weak business models.

"OINTB is guilty of savvy social media marketing," said Kristi Kellogg, content writer at Bruce Clay Inc. "The evidence doesn't lie – one look at their Twitter feed proves the community managers are conspiring to engage their vast audience with photos, videos and memorable one-liners. Furthermore, OINTB is inciting rampant OINTB-related hashtag use and consorting with fans in branded Twitter chats (#AskOrange)."

10 Easy SMM Lessons From #OITNB1. Use Hashtags With Meaning, Power, Purpose

Twitter Cards: A Quick Start Guide

Everyone should know by now, the importance of creating multiple streams of internet traffic to ensure ongoing success. Relying strictly on Google organic traffic is both unwise and dangerous.

No one is immune from being negatively impacted by an algorithmic update, at any time. It is completely out of your control and if you aren't prepared for it, it can be devastating.

That's where social media comes in. Done correctly, it can drive tons of qualified traffic to your website.

Social media is more conversational than transactional, but smart retailers are finding ways to convert conversations into revenues. Twitter and Facebook are the undisputed leaders in the social space and should be the first place to look for opportunities. The challenge is in figuring out just how to stand out.

In the case of Twitter, one of the best ways is to use Twitter cards. Twitter cards allow people to view videos, pictures, and product information, without leaving the twitter feed. Instead of clicking a link, all of the information and content is displayed in the tweet. As more people use Twitter cards, they will have less impact, so now is the time to get started.

Using Twitter Cards for Business

As with any marketing tool, it's critical to have a plan for how Twitter cards will be used. Some of the most effective uses include:

Introducing new products: Because a picture can be included on the cards they are a great way to introduce new products and to generate excitement.Offering resources: Businesses often offer great resources for their customers on their website. The Twitter card can help direct people to these resources and build brand awareness.Using current events: Twitter cards can use popular events to help create a card that is passed along to others. Retweeting of business cards is a great way to spread information for a business.Sharing videos: If a business has a video that becomes popular, the Twitter card be shared and brand awareness will grow.Lead generation: A great way to capture email addresses.Types of Twitter Cards

The process to get Twitter cards is fairly simple, but before you get started, you will need to know the eight types of Twitter cards that businesses are using.

Summary Cards

17 Keys to Success in Social PPC

If you haven't jumped on the social PPC bandwagon yet, it's time you gave it some serious thought. While social PPC won't replace Google AdWords any time soon, it's become an effective source of incremental leads and sales for savvy businesses.

What follows are 17 keys to running successful social PPC campaigns. The first four apply to all social PPC, then we'll talk about keys to success for each major social PPC engine.

Social PPC Keys to Success1. Identify Your Target Audience

In search, the target audience is "anyone who searches using my keywords." In social, much more thought must be put into the people and personas you'd like to reach. Are they consumers? Business owners? Teenagers? What do they like to do? Where do they work, shop, play?

Defining your audience is critical to success in social PPC.

2. Identify the Marketing Challenge That Paid Social Solves

Think about why you want to use paid social in the first place. Are you active organically in social media, but need a larger or more engaged audience? Are you struggling to reach a B2B audience because consumers also search on your keywords? Do you need awareness of your product, service, or company?

All of these can be great reasons to use paid social – the key is to think about what problem social PPC will solve for you.

3. Define Your Paid Social Strategy and Objectives

If you've done the first two steps, this will be easy.

If your audience is B2B decision makers, and your objective is lead generation, then you'll want to define your strategy and objectives as such. If your goal is audience growth, build that in to your strategy.

Mapping strategy out ahead of time sets you up for good results.

4. Segment Your Audience Based on How You'll be Posting

This is an overlooked and yet important part of social PPC setup.

It isn't unusual for advertisers to have multiple segments within their target audience. You might have different types of businesses that you want to reach, or you may be targeting both men and women, for example.

Look at your current social posts to see what audience they're intended to reach – and then set up your social PPC campaigns accordingly.

LinkedIn Keys to Success5. Carefully Identify Your Target Companies and Job Levels

LinkedIn's targeting optionsare great for targeting individuals at specific companies and job levels; it's especially effective for B2B. But think carefully about how you want to target.

Do you want narrow targeting with specific job titles and companies, or do you want to cast a wider net and focus on categories rather than specifics?

Be especially careful about seniority targeting. If you need to reach decision-makers, you'll probably want to exclude entry level people. But be aware that the higher level you target, the higher your minimum CPC will be.

6. Be Ready to Pay $5

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

5 Most Important Takeaways From the Link Building Survey 2014

by Jon Ball,July 29, 2014Comments

James Agate of Skyrocket SEO released the 2014 edition of his link building survey on Moz.

Big hat tip to Agate for his hard work in building the survey along with analyzing and releasing the results. If you haven't yet had a chance I'd strongly recommend you take the time to read the original post.

Agate has built the data into a visually pleasing infographic as well.

I want to add my own takeaways about the survey and data, and how it all reflects on the SEO industry.

Let's jump in.

The Interesting Data

3 Ways to Extend Your Products Into Social This Holiday

If you ask retail marketers where they will be sending their product feed this holiday season, nearly all of them will say Google Product Listings Ads (PLA). Many will list off comparison shopping engines (CSEs) like Shopzilla, Shopping.com, and The Find, or online marketplaces like Ebay, Amazon, and Sears.

Most retail marketers, however, won't list social shopping sites like Pinterest and Polyvore. Given those sites' increasing contribution to brand and product discovery, they represent a huge revenue opportunity for retailers this holiday season. In fact, Pinterest alone drives nearly 6 percent of social referral traffic, according to Shareaholic.

Many social sites already do accept retail product feeds through offerings such as Pinterest Rich Pins and Polyvore for Brands and Retailers. However as of this summer very few retailers are incorporating their feeds into these programs.

A recent study showed that only 1.7 percent of retail products merchandised in PLA were represented in social commerce on sites such as Pinterest, Polyvore, and Wanelo. Additionally, the study also highlighted that when product listings are incorporated into social, the content itself is often not updated to influence and engage a shopper that is in ‘discovery' mode.

There are a few reasons why there is a gap between the opportunity to merchandise in social sites and the adoption within retailers, outside of standard pre-holiday inertia towards the tried and true.

There is separation between brand and ecommerce teams, with brand teams typically owning social media and little to no budget allocated for testing social ecommerce.There is a definite lack of awareness of the expanding toolset available for ecommerce via social channels, both in terms of rich, informative, and sometimes promoted posts as well as in analytics.Retailers who have minimal resources dedicated toward social commerce find themselves in a classic chicken-and-egg dilemma since optimization resources won't be realized without a dedication to the effort.

There a few key things that retailers can do this holiday season to overcome the challenges listed above and incorporate their products more comprehensively into rapidly emerging social channels.

1. Recognize That Social is a Branding and Commerce Opportunity

These types of programs can be mutually beneficial to brand managers and performance marketers alike. Brand marketers want to make sure their presence and messages tell a story in social channels.

These programs, Rich Pins especially, allow for the addition of a commerce experience without the loss of branding value. This should help to break down organizational silos that prevent collaboration today.

2. Keep It Simple: Focus on Your Top Products Initially

It doesn't require a feed wizard or a robust feed management technology to make these programs work for you. At the very least, a retailer's top products should be in all oft-visited channels as consumers travel between discovery and shop modes.

Using sales data from PLA can help retailers find their most engaging products such that they can ensure those are represented in social programs. Additionally, the products that have been Pinned, saved, or liked in social already can enable better decisions on what products and messages to highlight in search and PLA campaigns.

3. Use Search Data to Drive Social Merchandising Decisions

From years of search query data, retailers can determine what colors, styles, and materials are driving traffic and sales. Armed with that knowledge, retailers will have a good sense of what to profile in product titles, descriptions, and images that they publish to social channels.


We're witnessing a huge change in consumer shopping behavior as many purchase decisions are now influenced by online peers in social shopping channels. As retailers are start to look for ways to incorporate their offerings into these sites in an authentic way, selecting the right products from feeds and highlighting their best qualities is a great way to start.

Maybe We Should Break Up With Google

Imagine you had a friend in a relationship with someone who was unreliable, secretive and made big decisions without regard to their well-being. Beyond that, the person in question is insensitive, self-absorbed and sometimes downright cruel.

You'd tell your friend to kick the loser to the curb and find someone who deserves them. You'd tell them they were better off on their own. You'd advise them to focus on making themselves better, instead of being subjugated by a significant other who doesn't appreciate them.

Well, Google is a bad boyfriend. And that's my advice.

Let's be honest, all of us in the making-money-online business have been in a polyamorous courtship with Google for a long time now. Look at the guy next to you in the search results, yup, he's your sister wife.

But like any relationship, if you're looking to the other party to define you, to bring quality to your existence, you're doomed to disappointment. Ranking well in Google should be an extension of the fact that you are the best at what you do.

The expectation of ranking should come as a result of a consistent effort toward being the most competitive, most relevant, most knowledgeable and most trustworthy competitor within your space. Chasing rankings instead of chasing those goals will only lead to a continually punishing, continually unfulfilling dysfunctional relationship with Google.

Love Your Rankings, Whatever They Are

Learn to let go of an obsession with perfect rankings. Try to imagine a world in which you didn't care whether Google thought you were hot.

We all ask ourselves the same questions; Does Google like me? Am I good enough? Am I as pretty as the girl next to me?

Maybe you are, maybe not. But it shouldn't matter whether Google thinks so.

When you look at your site, do you see the value? Real value. Try looking, not as you on the inside, but as an outsider, as an unbiased customer.

What about you means that you deserve to be one of 10 of the best of the best in all the world? There are only 10 spots on the front page, and that's growing fewer and fewer with local, shopping, images, etc.

The diversity of Google's search results pages adds its own opportunities for varied assets done well. Though making videos and getting added to Google News to share great content is a totally different endeavor than making them for the sake of trying to jump on a bandwagon.

Focus more on being ranked because you're the epitome of information in your niche. If you try to do it the other way around, you wind up coming off as inauthentic and it's desperate. It's like the chick macking on the bartender at last call. Don't be that girl.

Confident Sites are Always Attractive

If your business relies too heavily on organic search traffic from Google, maybe it's time to alleviate that dependence. That reliance takes a lot of power away from you and gives it to someone else.

Granted, there's always going to be an inequality of need between websites and search engines, but search engines don't and never have existed for the site-makers. They are and always have been for the site seekers. Sites that are built for the middle man, the search engine, and not for the site seeker are sort of missing the point.

It's one thing to want to have a smartly constructed, crawlable, well-structured, clearly defined website that makes it utterly clear to any crawler where the content is and what it is about. That is just good business. Like basic hygiene, and matching socks.

You also need to be aware of some of the trickier technical missteps, particularly larger websites and ecommerce sites. SEO is an essential undertaking, but it's about so much more than just trying to rank for one or two top phrases.

Caring about smart SEO is one thing, but obsessing over search engine traffic and rankings is another. The same way it's one thing to work out to stay healthy, but it's totally different to work out like a maniac to stay attractive to someone else. We'd call the former friend an "inspiration" and the latter, we'd coach for low self-esteem.

How are we any different Googling the same phrase every day just to make sure we haven't moved down even a spot? Being secure in your own worth means never having to worry if you're good enough.

There Are Other Visitor Fish in the Sea

In spite of how good the relationship can be with Google, when things are going well, it still isn't Google's job to make websites money. So let's consider for a second that we absolve Google of that responsibility. Instead we start to see rankings and traffic as a perk of the relationship, rather than the foundation of it.

If you have a site that is mindful of all of the technical and strategic necessities involved in good SEO, then the rest is just about being yourself and keeping your options open. People use search engines at such a great volume that it's absolutely possible to forget they use other means of web travel too.

There's no guarantee that taking the time to invest in a well-planned, meticulously executed social media campaign is going to get you all of the business a number one ranking will for any given keyword. In fact, it's unlikely. But it could certainly bring you an ROI on the project and it could raise your brand visibility, drive new visitors, turn former one-time visitors into returning customers, affect direct traffic and grow your listening audience for future efforts. And that's not too bad.

Some search queries are always going to be the Quarterback/School President/Debate Team Captain. They will be lusted after by everyone. But maybe try a drama kid, or a band geek, or the yearbook editor because they have something to offer too. And that's coming from a former drama kid, band geek, and yearbook-staffer.

You Can Still Be Friends!

We will never be entirely free of search engines, but that's OK. We love and we hate them for everything they do and don't do. For everything they were and for everything they could be. But maybe, just maybe they're not ready for the same kind of relationship we are.

Maybe we need to give each other some space to figure things out. In the meantime, we can work on ourselves and figure out who we are outside of a co-dependent romance with search engines. We'll always want the traffic and rankings from they can give, but it's time we tried something different, too.

Even though saying goodbye to a relationship of any kind can be hard, when you know it means moving on to something better, sometimes you have to do the hard thing. But don't worry, we'll still hang out with Google, we have a lot of mutual friends.

Google Still Shows Max Mosley S&M Party Pictures, So He Sues Again

Twitter is Blocked in Turkey, Google’s Public DNS Helps Users Regain AccessMarch 24, 2014Popular→ Blogger Fined for Top-Ranked Restaurant ReviewJuly 21, 2014→ Google Still Shows Max Mosley S&M Party Pictures, So He Sues AgainJuly 30, 2014→ Google Has Removed 100,000 Links, Approved More Than Half of 'Right to be Forgotten' RequestsJuly 25, 2014→ Danny Goodwin Leaves Search Engine Watch, Thank You & GoodbyeAugust  1, 2014→ Google Love Grows, Bing Satisfaction Drops Among U.S. Customers

Google Introduces Product Ratings on PLAs

by Jessica Lee,July 30, 2014Comments

Product Listing Ads (PLA) will now feature product ratings, starting in late July, the announcement said: 

We believe these ratings will help differentiate products across google.com and google.com/shopping and will help merchants drive more qualified traffic through Product Listing Ads. In initial tests, product ratings also helped increase click-through-rates of Product Listing Ads.

How to Create a Social Media Friendly Landing Page

Landing page optimization continues to be a growing conundrum for many brands, especially when you throw social media communities into the mix. Community managers can create great little posts that entice and pique the curiosity of friends and fans.

We demonstrate every day that we can drive traffic from social media channels to brand sites, but those visitors tend to browse more than buy. We love them for browsing, but is there something we could do to get our browsing friends to commit?

Be honest, you have pockets of social media connections that do the very same thing. They love to engage with you in their favorite social media space. They come to visit your site often, but they browse a while, read a blog post, and wander off to the next shiny thing that attracts their attention.

Could the problem lie with where they land on the site when they come to visit? There often seems to be a disconnect between social media communication and website development. The same psychology that applies to crafting an engaging social media post should apply to the pages those posts lead to.

Social Media Mindset

Your brand's social media audience is easily distracted. The more obvious you make the call to action, the more likely they are to take that action.

That simplicity doesn't change when you move them from their favorite social channel to your website. If you direct them to a page that is full of options and cool shiny things, they are more likely to browse and never make a decision.

If you want your social media friends and fans to watch a video, download a tool, or sign up for an email list, you have to make it super simple to do. That is the job of the landing page.

Landing Pages That Fit the Channel

Each social channel, whether it's Facebook, Tumblr, Pinterest, Twitter, or Google

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Defining Local SEO KPIs & How to Measure Them for Maximum ROI

So Why Did All Those Movie Sites Lose Google Search Traffic?March  4, 2014Popular→ Listing Management: The Required Foundation for Local SEOJuly 24, 2014→ Defining Local SEO KPIs & How to Measure Them for Maximum ROIJuly 31, 2014→ Foursquare Upgrades App, Transitions Check-Ins to SwarmJuly 24, 2014→ Ripoff Report to Revise Removal Policy: May Accept Court OrdersJuly 23, 2014→ Yelp Trends Reveals What's Hot or Not Locally, But Beware of Unreliable DataJuly 31, 2014TopicsKPIs • SEO strategy • Search engines • Yelp • Google, • organic search • Data Aggregators • measurement • AnalyticsPlease enable JavaScript to view the comments powered by Disqus.comments powered by Disqus

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Google Analytics Helps You Filter Spider and Bot Traffic

by Thom Craver,July 31, 2014Comments

Ever wonder how much of your traffic was actual human visitors and how much of your traffic was really scrapers, bots, and other web spiders? Google Analytics will now help you discern just that.

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Yelp Trends Reveals What's Hot or Not Locally, But Beware of Unreliable Data

by Pierre Zarokian,July 31, 2014Comments

Yelp is turning 10 years old, and has announced it has accumulated 57 million reviews filled to the brim with colloquialisms and verbal memes. It is dropping a new tool to explore all of those ideas and fads it calls "Trends." For all of its ideas and accomplishments, Yelp is still a niche website. The Trends tool is a new addition to their formula, but can it find an audience outside of their core power users?

Yelp Trends

New Bing Site Safety Page Tells You Why Sites Aren't Safe to Visit

by Jessica Lee,July 31, 2014Comments

In the past few weeks, Bing rolled out its site safety page, a place where searchers can better understand why Bing is indicating that a site may not be safe to visit. 

In the past, a customer would click on a potentially dangerous search result and be presented with a warning cautioning them that visiting this site could be dangerous, but with no real context or background information. With the rollout of the Bing Site Safety Page, Bing users can now understand in more depth the reasons for the warning, and more technically savvy users can potentially make better informed decisions (e.g. disabling javascript and plugins before visiting the site, or providing the site owner a link to the BSSPpage as a point of reference when they encounter the warning.)

Danny Goodwin Leaves Search Engine Watch, Thank You & Goodbye

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Fake Googlebot Activity up 61% [Report]

by Kristine Schachinger,August 1, 2014Comments

Just in time for the annual security conferences of Black Hat and Defcon in Las Vegas, Nevada, Incapusla Security has released their latest report on the state of Googlebot (and it's evil malicious twin). The news isn't good for those of us who spend our days staring at website statistics.

Monday, August 4, 2014

How to Eventually Become a Millionaire Using Your SEO Knowledge

There are many types of SEO services you can offer and running your own websites might even be more profitable.

With a wide range of clients you get asked to offer your expertise in many forms, but which ones are the most lucrative?

Here are a few potential career choices for an SEO expert to make.

Teaching SEO

Gathering up-to-date SEO knowledge can be a daunting task that requires a lot of time and effort. If this isn't your daily business you can easily lose touch.

Working with outdated SEO information can even ruin you. SEO is also a hard profession to learn because it involves so many other fields of expertise.

A good teacher is hard to find. Companies should pay top dollar for somebody that can help their team stay up-to-date for both the technical guidelines and possibilities and everything involved in link building.

For a single training of about 4 hours you can easily ask between $600 and $1,200. Most companies require at least four of these to get some grasp of the things involved in SEO.

An advanced SEO expert can teach to in-house teams, freelancers, online courses, and SEM agencies.

SEO Consultancy

An SEO consultant doesn't only teach, but he also provides clear instructions for in-house teams to execute. He checks their execution and directs all the involved tasks and specialized people.

Most SEO consultants are mainly technical consultants that work with website builders. A good SEO consultant should also be able offer strategic guidance that is focused on the ROI of unpaid search traffic.

Selecting the right keyword combinations, determining what texts need to be added to which pages, setting the guidelines for copywriters, monitoring results, and setting up link building are all the tasks of a good consultant.

At this time $150 an hour is a good rate for a broad SEO expert. Most consultants make even more money by selling their consultancy as a fixed fee. Just make sure the client's expectations are clear.

Products and Services

Most companies that rely heavily on search traffic have their own teams for the day-to-day SEO tasks. Setting up teams for certain services can often be challenging and there are many tasks they gladly outsource.

An elaborate keyword research offers valuable marketing information. When you really want to get to know your audience and when it involves recovering search volume trends, competition levels and conversion rates it can easily take two days to create.

Some expensive tools can make keyword research somewhat easier, but a client normally doesn't have access to these. You can easily ask $2,000 for good keyword research.

With unpaid search traffic comes a lot of copywriting. This will often be billed on a per page basis. These so called landing pages can be added for each individual keyword. Depending on the quality and length of a page, prices range between $20 and $60.

When a client works with some outdated CMS that's inflexible for SEO purposes, it's often smarter to build them a new site or additional section in WordPress, osCommerce or other simple open source platforms. These already take many SEO aspects into account and little customization should be needed.

Creating a website in WordPress can range from $5,000 to $500,000. A lucrative business if you use cheap labor.

Link building involves a strategic part, but also requires a lot of manual labor. Getting in touch with all those other website owners and convincing them to link to a website is very time consuming.

It can easily take an online marketer a day a week to make partnerships and acquire links. Something many companies gladly outsource at $60 an hour. Because link building requires a continuing growth as the competition is active, a fixed monthly amount (often $1,000 a month and up) is probably the industry standard.

Conversion optimization comes in many forms and service types. I haven't seen that much industry standardization, but because taking conclusions out of all the available data requires a lot of expertise, an hourly rate of $150 is quite common.

All these services seldom come as a one-time thing. That is why many SEM agencies like to sell them in packages. A mix of copywriting, link building and monitoring starts at $1,000 a month, even for SMEs. If that is too expensive, they should rather do everything themselves.

Revenue Share

All the previous examples show that SEO is often time consuming and expensive for a client. Therefore offering a share of their revenue from SEO traffic allows them to keep the cost within limits and ensures very motivated SEO firms.

For the SEO firm it is often smartest to keep a mix of low initial fees and a revenue share percentage that in many cases earns more than a fixed fee. The risk of under achieving should be limited and the influence on the revenue should be large (whatever metric is used).

Depending on the margins on a product a 5% fee on all revenue from unpaid search is not uncommon. I've even worked with a conversion attribution model where 50% of all direct and indirect sales from unpaid search got paid.

Having Your Own Websites

Working for clients is fun, but using your expertise in industries where product fulfillment is easy or where great affiliate programs (or other business models) exist is often much more lucrative. The greatest advantage of working without clients is the freedom and control you have over the perfect SEO situation.

Link building becomes a lot easier when you don't represent some big brand and when you can easily start many websites within the same industry. Finding the right industry where the competition still leaves a lot of gaps in their SEO approach and where margins are high is the only hard part of having your own websites.

From Steady Income to Millionaire

When you need a steady income to get by, start out with the services at the beginning of this article. Once you've made sure you can pay the rent for some time to come, having your own websites is the only chance to become a millionaire from your SEO knowledge.

Twitter Buys Image Search Company Madbits

Twitter hasn't traditionally been known for their image capabilities. However, that may be about to change as image search company Madbits earlier this week announced via their website that they were joining Twitter.

Within the posting, Madbits co-founders Clement Farabet and Louis-Alexandre Etezad-Heydari shared the following insight:

"Over this past year, we've built visual intelligence technology that automatically understands, organizes and extracts relevant information from raw media. Understanding the content of an image, whether or not there are tags associated with that image, is a complex challenge. We developed our technology based on deep learning, an approach to statistical machine learning that involves stacking simple projections to form powerful hierarchical models of a signal.

We prototyped and tested about ten different applications, and as we've prepared to launch publicly, we've decided to bring the technology to Twitter, a company that shares our ambitions and vision and will help us scale this technology."

Madbits had taken to their LinkedIn page to share that they are "primarily interested in the task of image search, and the creation of intelligent, dynamic image sets, to automatically organize large databases of images," according to TechCrunch.

It appears that Twitter has been slowly adding image features to their arsenal. These capabilities include:

People-taggingMultiple photos per tweetAnimated GIFs

GigaOm, which broke the news, had this to say about the potential future implications:

It’s not at all surprising that Twitter would want to acquire the company, given the tremendous amount of images published on Twitter every day. If Twitter wants to roll out functions such as image search, improve its search rankings based on image content, or perhaps even analyze images to get a better sense of what people are tweeting about, it will need people who understand how to do it.

Would you like to see Twitter add image search? How do you think this might affect the way marketers utilize images on the platform to reach consumers? Tell us in the comments.

30% of Traffic to Insurance Sites Came from Search in June

by Jessica Lee,August 1, 2014Comments

How do auto insurance brands stack up in the search results? How much do they rely on search traffic to their websites? New data coming from Millward Brown Digital explains.

Across the carriers studied in June, approximately three in 10 website visits were generated from search engines. State Farm had the highest percentage of traffic to its site from search, at approximately 36 percent, according to Millward Brown.

Want to Measure Social ROI? Start with These 5 Cross-Channel Metrics

by Uri Bar-Joseph,August 4, 2014Comments

In a recent Gigaom survey, 52 percent of responders stated that, "It's difficult to prove ROI for social media marketing." ROI, specifically social ROI, has been a point of contention ever since the term "social media" started surfacing in the marketing circles, dating as far back as 2007-2008.

Why, after almost a decade, doesn't social media measurement have a solution for measuring ROI? Why is social ROI still such a major challenge?

What Makes Content Shareable & Why It Matters for SEO

→ Read more on ContentPopularTopicsPopular→ How to Optimize Your Content Strategy With Social ListeningJuly 23, 2014→ 4 Amazing Things You Simply Must Know About Sensational HeadlinesJuly 22, 2014→ Using Majestic's Topical Trust Flow to Find Online PR OpportunitiesJuly 23, 2014→ What Makes Content Shareable & Why It Matters for SEOAugust  4, 2014TopicsSEO • Content marketing • Social media • Facebook • Google • Audience • consistent • shared • Guess • Search EnginePlease enable JavaScript to view the comments powered by Disqus.comments powered by Disqus

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