Summer treat time. I’ve included a new special little section at the end with a couple of interesting posts I found that I thought you’d enjoy too. And, it’s good to share a little more personable stuff than just web news. Sometimes we tend to put folks in a box and think that’s all they’re about. Let me know what you’re in to when you’re not online.
Everybody knows that keywords are the backbone of your site’s SEO, or are they? According to Joost de Valk, creator of the Yoast SEO plugin for WordPress, meta keywords are useless. See his video and post on why he doesn’t use meta keywords.
Even though meta keywords are the same as the regular keywords you use on your site, they are located in special meta tags that reside in the hidden code on every page of your site.
Google stopped indexing keywords in the meta description of sites back in 2009, mainly because so many folks figured out how to game the system with them. Joost includes fields for them in his plugin, only because so many folks still think they are worthwhile. What do you think? Do you use meta keywords on your site?
The best postname permalink structure debate is almost as old as WordPress. Kevin Muldoon revisits this issue anew in his recent post. Be sure to read the comments for insight into another debate about how many pages are too many on your site.
Are you using the Contact Form 7 plugin? It’s very popular, but some folks don’t care for the CAPTCHA thingy on it. Well, Sarah Gooding has a nice post on WPMU (WordPress Multi User) site about a new little plugin called Honeypot that gets rid of the CAPTCHA for humans, but is an irresistible trap for bots.
Email marketing is big, real big. But, you may be missing half of your opportunities there. Don’t forget the autoresponders. Dana Lynn Smith has a nice post on how to Use Autoresponders and Emails to Promote Your Book. And, trust me, it works for more than books.
Looking for a sweet jQuery Image Gallery or Slider plugin for your site? Here’s 21 of them from One Extra Pixel.
Moon Hussain has a nice guest post on Problogger with some good ideas about why you’re not making money with your blog.
Need pix? Brankica tells you why she uses Fotolia to get images for her blog.
Writing for the web is different from other kinds of writing. Rebecca Garland has a super nice intro to writing web copy on One Extra Pixel.
Remember the Star Trek movie (original cast) where they went back in time to save a whale? Scotty needed to build a tank for it. There was one scene where he gave the composition of the element to build it to a manufacturer by inputting it to the man’s computer. First he talked to it, then talked to the mouse, and then finally gave up and started typing. Well, if Google has their way, we might all be like Scotty and think that typing is so yester-millennium. I enjoyed reading Ben Parr’s post on Mashable about the future of voice recognition technology.
I became super interested in rare earth magnets when I began studying acoustics and electronics way back in college. (Yes, I’ve got degrees in more than my website ventures.) I came across them again while researching my book The Sage Age – Blending Science with Intutive Wisdom. And, recently, I came across another interesting post on Mashable by Stephanie Buck about a huge rare earth mineral deposit on the floor of the Pacific near Japan. That’s mighty convenient considering that most of the technology that uses these minerals is made in that part of the world. Rare earth material is in everything from tiny motors to headphones as well as cell phones and iPads.