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Webmaster Tools

While there are Webmaster Tools for Naver and Webmaster Tools for Baidu, both of those do not have an English interface, and so they are essentially closed off. While it is possible to muddle through, it would only be worthwhile if targeting the Chinese market (in China) or the Korean market (in Korea). Bing Webmaster […]

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Yandex Cloud Services

Yandex is likely the 4th most important Search-based provider, with Google, Baidu, and Bing being ahead in terms of overall traffic. Yandex is certainly like Google and Bing (and Amazon) in terms of offering a combination of email and file storage along with file sharing and file editing tools for organizations. Essentially it is a […]

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Re-negotiation Handshake Failed

I've had some trouble troubleshooting a problem with a site. Regular browsers had no problem, and the certificate appeared fine. However, Bingbot was getting failure (503) on trying to access robots.txt. Once I allowed that to be available via http, the problem went away. Looking further I found some ideas: Bingbot had a problem with […]

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Node.js on Centos 7

Node.js on CentOS 7 Other Topics CentOS Linux CentOS Linux Overview CentOS Configuration and Utilities CentOS Security (private link) Applications on CentOS Apache Memcached MySQL Node PHP

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WordPress Site Performance

Site performance comes down to two issues: Perceived relevance Perceived responsiveness Actually, perceived responsiveness could be considered an aspect of relevance (but not the other way around). To be relevant is to be speedy and relevant. Catch 22 - Speed vs. Functionality For WordPress, the architecture is one where responsiveness goes down logarithmically to the […]

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GeoIP on WordPress

Detecting a visitor's location can provide a semi-customized experience that can work out well. However, it can also lock visitors into an assumption that is incorrect, and that may create a worse experience. For example, changing default languages based on location is not a good idea (it is better to use cookies and reasonable defaults, […]

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SERP Star Ratings ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Star ratings, which indicate review averages, can be useful indicators of quality on search results pages. There are several tactics to include star ratings (or rather, rating/review stars). There may be an interesting use case for not having a root page / in a WordPress website. That is, forcing a redirect from root to a […]

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Alternatives to Earth Class Mail

Earth Class Mail Sucks I was a customer for about 4 years of Earth Class Mail, starting in 2008. Besides very poor service, they nearly tripled their charges over that time (and this was a few years ago, I imagine it is worse now). Even simple requests to improve the service are met with thankful […]

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Email Marketing Automation

There are various aspects of email marketing automation, including: Newsletters Drip Email Customer Relationship Management (CRM) Suffice it to say that all of these are connected in some kind of venn diagram. However, when it comes to each of these in terms of software integration, they all start from different sides of the triangle. Newsletters […]

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Cookie Laws, Privacy, Do Not Track

Google's EU user consent policy When using Google products that incorporate this policy, certain disclosures must be given to and consents obtained from end users in the European Union where EU data protection law requires such disclosures and consents. For end users in the European Union: You must use commercially reasonable efforts to disclose clearly, […]

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