Or: How I learned about EVERYTHING from a coin. I like to collect money. Who doesn’t? But I’m talking about weird money. If you travel, it’s actually not strange to see different sorts of money, but 35+ years ago when I first stumbled across a coin bearing non-Latin characters, it seemed a magical treasure. A … Continue reading Kids COVID-19 Coin Curriculum?
Or: I used to write a weekly column. I've got a big piece about coins and COVID in the works, but it's been stuck at the 88% done mark for a few weeks. Maybe this'll help to break the blog content logjam? (It did!) Well, I actually have drafts of several mundane blog posts gathering … Continue reading Me Writing About Me Writing About Me Writing
(Or: How I Learned to Hire Smarter) These are special times. Because of Covid-19, there’s more furloughing and firing than ever. Does it not then stand to reason that there are or will soon be more people looking to get hired? HR hiring managers will be overwhelmed with applicants. Well, more overwhelmed. Case in point, … Continue reading Hiring and Firing in the Time of Coronavirus
Updated for 2020: A good host and webmaster grease the SEO wheels. One of my clients is with ProntoMarketing. They're awful. I loathe working with them. (Pronto, not the client.) I more or less told the client, "It's them or me." Rather than leave a great client in the lurch like the prima donna I … Continue reading WordPress Managed Hosting Comparison
Google is like Pinocchio; they both want to seem more human. Write well. That's what Google wants you to do. Because that's what your human audience wants too. Become an expert on something and share well written content about that something. But people (and Google) care about more than the naked content of a piece; … Continue reading SEO Writing 101
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?
Updated for 2019. When this UX snob of a pedal junkie caught the tremolo bug, he started referring to himself in the third person and made a spreadsheet comparing 30+ different tap tremolo pedals. ...Then he blogged about it. If you're lazy or impatient, use these links to skip to a juicier section of … Continue reading Tap Tremolo Pedal Comparison/Guide
"When you embed text in an image, Google can not read it. That's the old saying, at least. Technically, 'Google' can read and parse the text in almost any image. There's plenty of evidence supporting Google's OCR capability; I won't refute it. But you should still shun putting text in images, usually. ...Says the guy who … Continue reading SEO: Text-in-Images – Misinformation & Best Practices
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
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