Actually you can use these special characters in anything that renders ASCII. Facebook and Twitter do see to accept all of these. You can either copy these from here and paste them in your tweets or Facebook posts or use the long method of manually typing them into your HTML.
Thin … there’s something the world needs! Not being a regular iPad user I’m not sure about the longevity of a battery charge but I’m guessing anything longer than current is always a plus, right?
The screens are indium gallium zinc oxide flat panels referred to by the acronym IGZO. In addition to thinning the profile and making better use of battery resources by increasing electron mobility the screens will present a 330 dpi display for sharp, no pun intended, HD.
Montana real estate agent, Crystal Cox, was on the bad end of a winning decision about some of her blog content. In fact she didn’t win … at all. Her liability for the words she wrote about a bankruptcy custodian? Two point five million dollars. Let me put that in plain English: $2,500,000. And she’s a real estate agent which means that’s probably about 100 years of income.
Bloggers beware. We’re not journalists, at least according to these court cases – $47,000,000 in defamation awarded – and we’re not protected by the same laws. I’m not going to go through the entire details here but I have a tendency to disagree with the whether or not we are journalists BUT I also don’t think journalists should be able to write or report just anything they want because they have shield protection.
It’s a common question and it has answers highly skewed by viewpoint. However, there is an answer and it’s here. This may be “over your head” but you’ll also want to know the answer if you ever buy web development or SEO for your site and the SEO analyst makes a recommendation like, “you need to have your site redesigned because your webmaster ________” (tables or css).
CSS is newer than tables ergo some people find it sexier … why we even use “sexy” to determine a level of coolness I don’t know. Be that as it may CSS is more “Web 2.0″ kind of like Starbucks is cool because it’s not the corner gas station or iPhone is cool because a few cool people said it’s cool. Cadillac makes an awesome car incomparable in many ways but Lexus is perceived as cooler. Why? Maybe it’s marketing.
Long before there was CSS there were tables and tables were the way to layout web pages. I have opened the backend of some sites and seen some incredibly hilarious table layouts with tables nested in tables inside of cells inside of rows and columns. In fact I have nested two deep myself.
When looking for links that matter, that is links that get traction and pass-through value, it is important to know where you are posting and how that site:
- Allows search engines to index pages
- Allows search engines to follow links
- If it passes PR value how much is it passing
- Relates to your topic
A few years ago I created a site called BlogX3.com where I invited 25 real estate bloggers to participate. It literally took 3 months to get to a PR3 which, to me, was absolutely amazing. In fact we saw search results in the 100′s in the first 90 days. Call it a lucky storm if you want but in reality it was because so many PR4 and PR5 sites were linked to “The24: America’s 24 Chosen Real Estate Bloggers” and they were linking outbound with good content. There was no Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn back then. The moral is there were high PR links pointing to The24. (It was downed for two reasons one of which included repeated hack attacks and denial of service attacks and I was too busy to fight it, unfortunately.)
When planning your strategy to build Page Rank you should treat it differently than when you are going for links on clean sites (non-blackhat) and when you’re going for community relevant content. Click links from organic search depend on search engine placement which comes from multiple factors including PR and search relevance. Click-throughs from referring pages depend on neither search relevance nor Page Rank but they do depend on traffic and topic relevance. So, let’s look at two online ad sites which both have a high volume of traffic and how they interact with the search engine robots.
First is Craigslist
If you have not heard of Craigslist welcome to Earth. Craigslist is an online ad site created in 1995 just for San Francisco. It has since gone global and now boasts a whopping 64,000,000 monthly unique visitors, 80,000,000 pages indexed, 113,000,000 backlinks and a PR of 7. Those are some powerful numbers and some everyone in SEO and online marketing would like to take advantage of. The pass-through value alone could be enormous but aside from that capturing even a fraction of a percentage of that monthly traffic is huge, too. Thus the battle.
Craigslist does allow robots but greatly limits their search. You can see from the image the robots.txt disallows a few directories. It’s once you know what those directories are that the impact is really seen. Let’s look at those triple letter directories to see exactly what they contain:
- ccc = all community ads
- hhh = all housing ads
- sss = all for sale ads
- bbb = all service ads
- ggg = all gigs
- jjj = all jobs
So what else is there you’re wondering? Why personals of course. Even the “res” means resumes so that’s not patrolled either. Now you’re wondering, “why even bother with Craigslist?”
People have paid me good money to do exactly what I’m about to show you how to do … for free. Of course if you don’t have time you can still pay me money – or if you want it done right. Just kidding, I’m sure all of the readers here are highly skilled (tech savvy they call it in the real estate biz) and fully capable of doing it on you own. Seriously.
It’s not rocket science!
The other day I needed to find an exact tweet in a short exchange between the Atlanta Falcon’s social media manager and I. Since I had failed to favorite the tweet I needed, expecting the other party to have responded earlier, I was left to use searching and scrolling and other messy approaches.
Then I remembered Bettween, a service I had used a few months ago. It is possible I learned about Bettween from Laura Fitton or from OneForty.com and you can always find great Twitter tools there as well.
When you have a website that is receiving only a couple of hundred “visits” per day and you account for 20 of those you are going to greatly skew your Google analytics results. Excluding yourself from being counted in the stats is really quite simple and can be easily accomplished by using the filter tool inside your Google analytics account.
The following video will show you how to easily exclude your own visits from your Google analytics.