Dan Dreifort: Reflections on Sketching 2.0

I used to love drawing. My parents stuck me in a couple art classes at the Cleveland Museum of Art when I was a wee one. I'm thankful for it. I drew semi-regularly for almost a decade, until I discovered playing the guitar, chicks, and bangs. After that, my scribbling diminished to almost nothing for … Continue reading Dan Dreifort: Reflections on Sketching 2.0

Answered: How do I get an image next to my site’s Google SERP listing?

Updated for 2020: Astute searchers have increasingly noted Google SERPs adding images next to regular organic listings, especially in mobile search. Here are a couple examples:     I want an image next to my Google results, too! Business image thumbnails like these are one example of what Google calls SERP enhancements. It’s important to … Continue reading Answered: How do I get an image next to my site’s Google SERP listing?

Redirector Browser Extension Takes You Where You Want to Go

AT&T just installed fiber to my house. It's fast. I get a steady 949 Mbps up and down. I had no complaints about the 160 Mbps/14 Mbps I was getting from Cox, but my inner geek couldn't say no to faster-for-the-same-price. The install was pretty smooth, but during the bumps, I would type nonsense URLs … Continue reading Redirector Browser Extension Takes You Where You Want to Go

Comparing Rank Tracking Software

I've been using Advanced Web Ranking (not to be confused with Advanced Web Ranking Cloud) for eight years. Read riveting tales from 2010 wherein I try to find a replacement for WebPosition, eventually deciding on AWR. Things were simpler then; there weren't many players in the ranking software space, and almost everything was desktop-based. Fast … Continue reading Comparing Rank Tracking Software

Ending an SEO/UX relationship

I've blogged twice before about firing SEO/UX clients, but there are other reasons practitioner and client separate. What are some reasons to part ways? The best reason: "Dan, you helped us sell all the inventory. We're done. Thanks!" (Only happened once: Hawaii housing development) One of the most annoying reasons: "Some guy in a suit … Continue reading Ending an SEO/UX relationship

Guide: Comparing Arpeggiator Pedals

Wherein Dan talks himself into buying one via this arpeggiator pedal roundup/shootout. (Spoiler alert: I bought the Tararira.) What is an arpeggiator pedal? An arpeggiator is a sequencer. A sequencer plays a series of sounds based on a source and parameters set by you, the user/musician. In the case of an arpeggiator pedal, the “source” … Continue reading Guide: Comparing Arpeggiator Pedals

CheapoDrugs.com Database Hacked?

Update: 7/1/2017 If you use CheapoDrugs.com, stop. If you put any faith in the CIPA, stop. Neither of these organizations take cybersecurity seriously. I don't consider them good stewards of your or my personal information. Neither organization will address evidence of a breach. ...The CIPA at least gave me lip service for a while, before … Continue reading CheapoDrugs.com Database Hacked?

I am white privilege

What is white privilege? I was born in 1973. With a bachelor's degree, I am the least educated person in my immediate family. My parents had a computer in the house before most people knew that personal computing was a thing. I was sent to "enrichment camp" five days a week the summers after third … Continue reading I am white privilege

2015 in review

2015 was dismal for dandreifort.com blogging. The report's well done though! If you're a fan of data visualization, you'll like it! Enjoy, and happy new year.  -DD The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2015 annual report for this blog. Here's an excerpt: A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was … Continue reading 2015 in review