As we covered earlier, US Representative Joe Barton sent Google a letter with 24 questions relating to privacy — along with a week to answer them. I was annoyed that some seemed basic and already answered in a way that one of his interns could easily uncover. But Google’s now replied to the letter with a 19-page response with answers. You’ll find the responses in this PDF file. It’s the weekend, so I’m off and leaving a deeper analysis until Monday. Google is providing the PDF file to media outlets that asked for it. I think we’re the first to have done so. Below, the contents of the letter in HTML format: 1. Please describe Google’s retention policy with respect to the following data. Include in your response a description of the type of data retained (for example, URL, Internet Protocol [IP] address, date, time of connectivity); the length of time the data is retained; where the data is retained; who has access to the retained data; and how … [Read more...] about Google Responds To Rep. Joe Barton’s 24 Privacy Questions
How to drive traffic to my website
Google’s latest algorithm change has impacted nearly 12% of queries. That means that a lot of sites, big and small, are looking at their web analytics reports this week and seeing devastating traffic graphs down and to the right. It can be difficult to think strategically and objectively in such a a situation and your first reactions may be panic and anger. Understandable, but if you want to restore your site’s traffic, you need actionable steps for evaluation and change. Even if it is truly the case that you were unfairly hit as a result of collateral damage, you want to spend your limited time and resources on tactics that are likely to bring your traffic back. Read on for more tactical things you can do now, and methods you might want to avoid. Ineffective Strategies What is unlikely to bring back your traffic is an appeal to public opinion or the sympathetic hearts of Google’s search engineers. Google extensively tests their algorithm changes to improve search … [Read more...] about Your Site’s Traffic Has Plummeted Since Google’s Panda Update. Now What?
When Facebook rolled out its Send button last week, I laughed. I even mocked on Twitter that Facebook wouldn’t be happy until our pages were full of buttons. But the Send button, as well as integrating other aspects of Facebook into websites, does make a lot of sense. In fact, it’s beginning to make so much sense I’ve begun to wonder if Facebook has won the battle to be the one true login. So Many Doors, So Many Keys For as long as I can remember on the web, there’s been talk about what a pain it is to remember a million passwords to sign in to a million different sites. Wouldn’t it be better if we had one universal “key” to open all those web doors? And wasn’t that was OpenID was supposed to be about? Heck, Facebook even seemed to be jumping on the OpenID bandwagon back in 2009, when it said that new users could register for Facebook using Gmail accounts, which double as OpenIDs. From Facebook’s blog post at the time: Now, users … [Read more...] about Has Facebook Become The Master Key To Unlocking The Web?
The biggest breakdown in website architecture is a navigation structure that prevents visitors from easily finding the information they need and blocks search engines from indexing your content. It doesn’t matter how perfectly your site is optimized if your site navigation fails to get searchers and search engines to your content. Ensuring your internal navigation structure and links are set up ensures proper search engine spidering and helps visitors find information they need quickly. Most people think of their website’s navigation is little more than the main navigation bar that displays at the top or right side of each web page. That’s a significant part of it, but in truth, there is a lot to know about how every link on your site should work in order to maintain a structurally sound, search engine friendly, and user-optimized website. But the main navigation is a good place to start… Build an Efficient Navigational Structure When it comes to navigation, … [Read more...] about The Complete Guide to Mastering Your Link and Navigation Structure
It seems like podcasts are everywhere today. Ariel Stulberg of Vox wrote that podcasting is taking off now because of “the happy convergence of three big trends:” Technology has made listening to podcasts easy Talented professionals have flocked to the medium The product is more polished than ever before — and making money There’s also a low barrier to entry. “You do not need to be a very technical person, nor do you require a lot of money to start a podcast,” writes Corey Ferreira, a content creator at Shopify and author of “How to Start a Podcast: The Ultimate Step By Step Podcasting Guide.” “[They] can be listened to on the go, while in the car, and even while working,” adds Ferreira. “It’s not a content medium that requires all of your audience’s attention like a blog post or a video…. podcasts are on-demand, which means your audience can listen to what they want when they want it.“ … [Read more...] about How to Increase iTunes Reviews for Your Podcast