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What GoogleBot is Doing to Shopping Carts… and Why

Contrary to common impressions about this topic, Google isn’t crawling and adding products to random shopping carts. This is what’s really going on. What’s really going on is that merchants who …

July 3, 2020

3 of the Best Google Analytics WordPress Plugins

Anybody who is serious about improving their traffic, conversion rates, and overall web strategy performance knows that few things matter more than cold, hard data. After all, data is power. Data does…

May 7, 2020

Strategic Domain Name Registrations

Strategic domain registration is something every business needs to understand. Approaching domain registrations from a strategic perspective can open up opportunities for success in earnings and searc…

April 10, 2020

A Hands-On Introduction to Modern JavaScript for SEOs

Now it is more critical than ever to truly understand JavaScript for SEOs. Here is a horror story that Mark Williams-Cook shared on Linkedin. “The developer insisted they knew what they were doin…

February 13, 2020

6 Things to Review in Your Google Display Campaigns

The end of year is always a good idea to review your Google Display campaign settings, evaluate performance, and do some tidying up. Google Display Only campaigns can be less needy than search campaig…

December 18, 2019

WordPress 5.3 Adopts Rel UGC Nofollow Link Attribute

WordPress announced that WordPress 5.3, coming next month will support Google’s UGC Nofollow attribute by default. Starting November 12, 2019, all links in the comments section will automatically us…

October 21, 2019

Swift 5.1 offers module stability for binary frameworks

Swift 5.1, an upgrade to Apple’s general-purpose language built as a replacement for C-based languages, introduces module stability. Module stability allows Swift developers to create binary frame…

October 8, 2019

Work begins on Java 14

Java 13 is still a week away from its September 17 arrival, but work has already begun on its successor, Java 14. A JDK Enhancement Proposal (JEP) for Java Development Kit 14, posted in openjdk.java…

September 10, 2019

Google’s John Mueller is Asked About Links and E-A-T

Google’s John Mueller was asked about the value of inbound links for establishing a website’s Expertise, Authoritativeness and Trustworthiness (E-A-T).  E-A-T has been encouraged by Googlers as s…

August 27, 2019

5 of the Best Social Media Lead Gen Techniques

I have worked with B2B advertisers for nearly my entire PPC career. During this time, social platforms have introduced several great features for B2B advertising and lead generation. Below are a few o…

June 7, 2019

New Google Algorithm May Update Page Ranking

A new research paper published by Google describes a dramatically new way to improve how web pages are ranked. This algorithm claims significant improvements to deep neural network algorithms that cal…

March 18, 2019

Can Harmonic Centrality Be the New PageRank?

Graphs help us understand the real world better by mathematical abstractions and models in order to define the entities and the relations between them in structures. Many real-world applications use g…

January 15, 2019

9 Tips for Creating Your Best SEO Content in 2019

In 2019, SEO content will be all about the audience. If you’re looking to improve your content marketing and see real ROI, you have to use practices that will really benefit them. Content that’s h…

January 8, 2019

How to Find Every Orphan Page on Your Website

In order for Google and other search engines to index your pages, they need to know they exist and where. This is usually accomplished in one of two ways: The crawler follows a link from another page…

December 5, 2018

Popular AMP for WP Plugin Patches Critical Security Flaw

A top AMP plugin for WordPress, AMP for WP, has released a patch for a critical security vulnerability. AMP for WP, which currently has 100,000+ downloads, was pulled from the official WordPress.org p…

November 22, 2018

9 Ways to Deal with Unresponsive SEO Clients

You’ve sent your third email in as many weeks to a client, but they haven’t responded. You can’t move forward with your project until they send over some important information – and in the mea…

November 16, 2018

23 SEO & Search Takeaways from Google’s Gary Illyes

Gary Illyes, Google Webmaster Trends Analyst, opened up Pubcon in Las Vegas this morning talking about what’s new with Google and what you need to know about optimizing for search. Here are the high…

October 16, 2018

18 Must-See Video Marketing Secrets & Insights

Lights, camera, video. If there is one thing all brands and marketers should be doing regardless of size, budget, audience, industry, country or social network – it’s video marketing. For one, Fac…

October 9, 2018

Google Introduces the .Page Domain Name Extension

Google Registry has introduced a new domain name extension, .page, which is now available for webmasters to register. For the time being, .page domains are available from select registrars via the E…

October 2, 2018

Talari, Nuage Take SD-WAN Connectivity to the Multicloud

The continued migration by businesses to the cloud has helped drive the growth of the software-defined WAN space as enterprises look for faster, secure and cheaper ways to connect their branch offices…

September 21, 2018

Google Introduces Shoppable Image Ads

Google is introducing a new type of ad unit that will allow advertisers to display shoppable images on publisher websites. Shoppable image ads will be displayed on curated content from Google’s pu…

September 14, 2018

Google Tests New Design for Desktop Search Results

Google has been spotted testing a new design for desktop search results, which features a sticky header and a rounded search bar. A Reddit user noticed the test and started a thread that contains a …

August 24, 2018

Introducing the Kubernetes Operator for TiDB

cloud-native applications. An important part of that experience is the ease of running a cloud-native distributed database like TiDB. TiDB is an open-source, MySQL-compatible “NewSQL” database th…

August 17, 2018

Python scales language popularity charts

Python continues to build momentum, approaching the Top 3 in the Tiobe language popularity index after having already scaled to the top of language ratings from IEEE and PyPL. Python, which has becom…

August 6, 2018

20 FRESHEST WEB DESIGNS, JULY 2018

Welcome to our roundup of the best websites launched (or significantly updated) this month. July is a strange time to launch a site with the Summer slowdown in full effect, but these intrepid entrepre…

July 25, 2018

4 essential questions to audit your agile process

You check your blood pressure, tire pressure, and your stock prices. But when was the last time you audited your agile? Even experienced agilists can fall into bad habits, and it’s important to catc…

July 17, 2018

What are software recruiters looking for?

1. Know your stuff Whether she’s self-taught or graduating from a top-tier university, your daughter will need to show that she understands the basics. Recruiters may consider coursework, online cod…

July 3, 2018

TYPEKIT ANNOUNCES BAUHAUS-INSPIRED FONTS

Bauhaus (meaning School of Building) is a legendary design school, based in Germany in the early part of the 20th century. Although it survived just 14 years—closed by political pressure as the Thir…

June 12, 2018

SVG ANIMATION MADE EASY WITH HOT NEW TOOL SVGATOR

The best format for images on the web in 2018 is SVG. Not only is SVG resolution-independent—meaning that SVG graphics stay crisp at any size, on any device—but SVG file sizes are smaller than oth…

June 5, 2018

A SIMPLE INTRODUCTION TO INTRINSIC WEB DESIGN

Every industry has its jargon, and almost its own language, in some cases. God knows web design has a lot of jargon, even if half of our made up phrases are fancy and nonsensical job titles. But for a…

May 22, 2018

ADOBE XD CC IS NOW AVAILABLE FOR FREE

In a step clearly intended to maintain dominance in an increasingly competitive market, Adobe have announced that XD CC (eXperience Design) is being released to the community as a free application. …

May 15, 2018

WALMART.COM GETS A MASSIVE REDESIGN

We’re getting another massive redesign, folks, and this time it comes from a true American (and now worldwide) retail institution. Their new design is focused on delivering a modern, stylish aesthet…

April 20, 2018

Bootstrap: Super Smart Features to Win You Over

The first stable release of Bootstrap 4 is here. And it’s pretty cool. This article looks at some of its best features. It was on 19th August, 2015, that Bootstrap 4 alpha was finally out. This …

April 13, 2018

3 ESSENTIAL DESIGN TRENDS, MARCH 2018

One of the best things about spring can be website design. Warmer air seems to put designers in a brighter bolder mood, and that shows in this month’s roundup of trends. From bolder color choices wi…

April 5, 2018

ARE YOUR LACK OF CLIENT BOUNDARIES COSTING YOU MONEY?

It’s every business owner’s goal to provide a fantastic experience for every client or customer and ensure that each of them walks away happy. But when you work in a service-based capacity, these …

March 29, 2018

4 MOST HATED UI TRICKS

Nobody wants to create bad design, and yet it happens all the time. And while the cause of bad design varies, the final result is the same—bad user experience. Bad user experience frustrates users a…

March 21, 2018

HOW INCAPSULA DESIGNED ITS UX

When you build a site, you need to start with the user experience (UX) and work backwards. Even before you write a single line of code, you’ll need to know who the users you’re writing that code f…

March 15, 2018

DESIGNING FOR EDGE CASES

When we design our products, we often design for the happy path scenario, ideal user flow without any obstacles. But in real life, there are situations which don’t go to plan. Such conditions are ca…

March 6, 2018

MAGIC PASSWORD REVOLUTIONIZES WORDPRESS SECURITY

Properly protecting the security of your website has to be number 1 on everybody’s digital checklist. Unfortunately, security is only as strong as the weakest link in the chain, and that weakest lin…

February 28, 2018

8 WAYS TO MAKE DESOPS WORK FOR YOU

What is DesignOps? Why does your team need this? And how can DesignOps help your design/development team succeed? This article answers these questions and also provides you with useful tips on how to …

February 21, 2018

WHAT’S NEW FOR DESIGNERS, FEBRUARY 2018

Better Web Type Is it time that you learned how to create better type for the web? Better Web Type is a free web typography course for web designers and developers. (It also has a paired book, “Be…

February 12, 2018

HOW DARK UX PATTERNS TARGET THE MOST VULNERABLE

Dark UX patterns help companies maximize profits, but at the expense of the most vulnerable, and by damaging the web for everyone. A dark user experience pattern is loosely defined as a way to trick u…

January 30, 2018

THE FREELANCER’S GUIDE TO SUCCESS AND HAPPINESS

With more and more designers going freelance, it could be time you followed. We investigate the steps you need to take to ensure heading out on your own is a happy, and profitable move. In 2016, 34% …

January 18, 2018

7 GREAT USES OF GAMIFICATION IN WEB DESIGN

Gamification as a concept has been around just long enough for a number of experts to come out of nowhere. There was a brief moment where everybody wrote an article or five about it, and then it more …

January 12, 2018

30+ NEW TOP LEVEL DOMAINS FOR DESIGNERS AND DEVELOPERS

Come one, come all! There are new(ish) top level domains for sale, and we’re here to tell you all about them! Okay, for the uninitiated, top level domains are basically those little bits at the end …

January 4, 2018

8 CONTACT PAGE MISTAKES THAT ARE COSTING YOU CONVERSIONS

Landing pages are probably one of the first pages you think about when it comes to creating conversions. But what about the contact page? It is after all the bridge between you and the outside world. …

December 26, 2017

WHAT’S NEW FOR DESIGNERS, DECEMBER 2017

The holiday season is upon us, and that’s the perfect time to give yourself a few design goodies. While the season for new releases has slowed some, there are still plenty of news design tools and b…

December 18, 2017

BREAKING THE GRID WITHOUT BREAKING DESIGN

Symmetry is safe. It’s comfortable, non-threatening, and aesthetically pleasing. It can also be very dull. Using ‘asymmetrical balance’ can make things more interesting while still sticking to a…

December 11, 2017

What’s New in WordPress 4.9 “Tipton”

With everyone getting excited (on a positive or negative note, depending on who you’re taking to) over Gutenberg launching in WordPress 5.0, it’s easy to forget that WordPress had another majo…

November 20, 2017

6 Ways to Design for Anger

In an ideal world, people would come to our websites feeling happy, refreshed, and disturbingly eager to buy stuff. They would know exactly what they’re looking for, and exactly how to get it from u…

November 15, 2017

5 Ways to Improve the UX of Site Search

Search is like a conversation between the user and system: the user expresses their information need as a query, and the system expresses its response as a set of results. Search is a fundamental acti…

November 1, 2017

6 WordPress Plugins to Increase Your Page Speed

With all the hard work that you put into building your website, do you know the one thing that can kill it before it even has a chance? Speed. Loading speed is essential to your site’s success. Thin…

October 25, 2017

3 Smart Ways to Engage Users with Animation

Animation was once thought of as just decoration. But as technology advances and internet connections accelerate, designers are embracing the practical benefits. In this article, we’ll focus on one …

October 17, 2017

9 Signs It’s Time to Overhaul Your SEO Strategy

Have you ever wondered why your website isn’t generating any traffic? Perhaps you have traffic, but it’s the wrong audience and not converting. Maybe it’s because you are still living in the pas…

October 13, 2017

8 Free WordPress Code Generators, Tools, and Webapps

As WordPress pushes over 25% of the web it’s easily the most popular CMS to date. And that means more developers are building new websites & webapps on the WP ecosystem. To cut down on dev tim…

October 6, 2017

Will Gutenberg Kill the Page Builder Industry?

The WordPress content management system has built quite an empire for itself, with a community of passionate fans that help push it to new heights. It’s the customizability of the platform that has …

September 27, 2017

Java EE 8 is here: What you need to know

Java EE 8—formally, Java Platform Enterprise Edition version 8—is now available. The release represents the first phase in Oracle’s two-phase planto embrace modern computing paradigms, particul…

September 21, 2017

AssemblyScript compiles TypeScript to WebAssembly

A project called AssemblyScript is providing a bridge between WebAssembly, the portable binary code format designed to make web applications run faster, and TypeScript, Microsoft’s typed JavaScript…

September 11, 2017

What Progressive Web Apps can do for you

In the last year, Progressive Web Apps have become an incredibly popular way to build next generation apps. PWAs bring many advantages to the table, and in today’s post I’d like to share why we …

August 21, 2017

Why you should use Apache Solr

Apache Solr is a subproject of Apache Lucene, which is the indexing technology behind most recently created search and index technology. Solr is a search engine at heart, but it is much more than that…

July 20, 2017

6 Free Material Design CSS Frameworks for 2017 Compared

It was 2014 when Google introduced Material Design as their design language. Since then it has been adopted and implemented in a plethora of Google products including Gmail, Docs and Drive, to n…

July 10, 2017

Should Users be Permitted to Disable JavaScript?

Do Users Benefit From Disabling JavaScript? Possibly: refer to I Turned Off JavaScript for a Whole Week and It Was Glorious. Without JavaScript, a magical web appears without bloat, advertising, pop-…

July 5, 2017

7 keys to structuring your Node.js app

Node.js is catching up quickly with Java, Ruby, Python, and .Net as a preferred language for developing new web applications. The Node.js team is making the JavaScript runtime better, faster, and more…

June 28, 2017

The road to Java 9: The current status

Java 9 Standard Edition should bring big benefits to developers—as soon as it actually arrives, now slated for September 21. The planned update to the popular enterprise language and platform is set…

June 23, 2017

4 Reasons to Leverage DIY Website Builders

For boutique agencies and freelancers, the conundrum often goes like this: You have a dozen clients to manage that are counting on your expertise to help them grow their companies. They need websites,…

June 14, 2017

Mobile Fraud a Blind Spot for Ecommerce Merchants

Last year’s Black Friday online sales smashed sales records, generating $3 billion with more than $1 billion of sales coming from mobile. This year, over two billion users are likely to purchase at …

May 25, 2017

Google endorses Kotlin for Android development

Google’s Java-centric Android mobile development platform is adding the Kotlin language as an officially supported development language, and will include it in the Android Studio 3.0 IDE. Its devel…

May 19, 2017

Slack apps can now use drop-down menus

Apps that integrate with Slack can now include drop-down menus in the messages that they post to the service, as part of a push to improve the interactivity of third-party integrations. Slack’s…

April 23, 2017

Microsoft to host education event May 2

Microsoft is hosting an education-focused event in New York City on May 2, and the tech titan is expected to reveal new software and hardware. The company sent out invitations a day after it launched …

April 13, 2017

21 hot programming trends—and 21 going cold

Programmers love to sneer at the world of fashion where trends blow through like breezes. Skirt lengths rise and fall, pigments come and go, ties get fatter, then thinner. But in the world of technolo…

March 24, 2017