Google Dumps AJAX Crawling Scheme

Hooray! At long last Google is dumping escaped fragment URLs.

JavaScript developers the world over can breathe a sigh of relief.

Unless they ignored Google’s warning two years ago that they were going to End of Life it.

And didn’t do anything about it.

In which case they’ll be shocked.

Devs would never do that, would they?

This is an extract from TWIS SEO News & Updates 8th December 2017.

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Python Simple 404 Checker

I hate wasting time doing the same thing over and over and over again*.

So I wrote this little python tool to check for a 404 Header Response for a made-up URL on a domain to save me from the drudgery of doing it by hand, to give me absolute consistency of checking, and to give me an audit trail of URLs checked and responses.

*unless it’s perfectly acceptable time-wasting like watching cat videos, obviously.

#SEO #SEOTools #Python #WebDev #TechnicalSEO
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Digital Things of Interest 19 August 2017

Read these Digital Things of Interest for 19 August 2017, which includes these knowledgeable nuggets:

– PageSpeed is dead to this browser extension; 
– Sneaky priming in social media;
– When to use UX as bad design;
– Nokia goes for a ‘bothie’ camera. Interesting

#PageSpeed #SocialMedia #BrandBuilding #UserExperience #WebDesign #MobilePhones
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Digital Things of Interest 17 August 2017

Read these Digital Things of Interest for 18th August 2017, which includes the following exceptional entities:

– Facebook Watch copying YouTube;
– LinkedIn’s new “Connection Active” feature;
– Great article about when to use Web Fonts;
– A great geeky page about keyboards through time.

#Facebook #LinkedIn #SocialMedia #WebFonts #UserExperience #GeekStuff

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SEO Bits and Pieces 04 August 2017

Read these tasty morsels of SEO Bits & Pieces for a guide to the lastest SEO shenanigans and tips on how best to deal with them.

If you would like to discuss ways these SEO Bits and Pieces could impact your web business, feel free to contact me.

#SEO #SERP #GoogleAdwords #MobileSearch #UserExperience #Googlebot
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Digital Things of Interest 10 August 2017

Read these Digital Things of Interest for 10 August 2017, which includes:

– Duolingo’s A/B testing & growth-hacking;
– Colour combos in rich, glorious, erm, colour;
– Twitter testing cheap & cheerful ad packages;
– Programmatic dragged through the mud once again.

#GrowthHacking #Conversions #UserExperience #Twitter #Programmatic #DigitalMarketing
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Digital Things of Interest 07 August 2017

Read these Digital Things of Interest for 07 August 2017, which includes:

– Apple hiring mappers – hope they get it right this time;
– PWA vs Native Apps (PWA all the way, let’s hope);
– Email Whaling – things you didn’t know you didn’t know;
– Big infographic about colour, psychology and the web, and I mean big.

#Apple #PWA #Apps #UserExperience #WebDesign #Conversions
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Digital Things of Interest 06 August 2017

Read the Digital Things of Interest for 06 August 2017, which includes these terrific tidbits:

– A cracking example of great content obliterated by poor design;
– AMP deep linking to Apps;
– HBR cheerleading AI;
– A celebration of the iPhone at 10.

#ContentStrategy #AMP #ArtificialIntelligence #UserExperience #iPhone #Apps
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Digital Things of Interest 4th August 2017

Read the Digital Things of Interest for 04 August 2017. The delectable delights include:

– Google Play ranking factors;
– Google offering $30 billion for Snap;
– CommBank’s Albert leaving blind people struggling;
– Academia yarns about hypertext, semantics and knowledge graphs.

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Digital Things of Interest 2nd August 2017

Read these Digital Things of Interest for 02 August 2017, which includes:

– Widespread cheering at the news that Flash is being killed off. Hooray!;
– AI is apparently inventing languages humans can’t understand. It’s called gibberish;
– Viewing in landscape is making a comeback as screen sizes increase;
– Ways to chill out by turning off push notifications.

#Flash #ArtificialIntelligence #UserExperience #MobilePhones
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Digital Things of Interest 01 August 2017

Read these Digital Things of Interest for 01 August 2017, which includes:

– 3 mistakes people make with CTA buttons, from Gill Andrews;
– The news that Google Photos 3 is out, and it’s sharing your pics automatically;
– 6 mistakes people commonly make with CRO;
– Adobe catches up with the world and realises mobile experiences aren’t all that hot.

#DigitalMarketing #Conversions #CRO #MobileFirst #UserExperience #GooglePhotos
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Digital Things of Interest 31 July 2017

Read these Digital Things of Interest for 31 July 2017, which includes:

– 5 digital trends you should be on top of; 
– A nice piece about using eye tracking to aid design;
– The news that Volvo self-driving cars are confused by kangaroos. Like the rest of us then;
– BuzzSumo’s massive social media headline analysis. Self-fulfilling, or what?

#DigitalMarketing #SocialMedia #UserExperience #WebDesign #AutonomousDriving
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Digital Things of Interest 30 July 2017

Read these Digital Things of Interest for 30 July 2017, which includes:

– Twitter thinking about fake news flag;
– Complaints about how the web looks;
– Sad story of woman shooting boyfriend for YouTube fame;
– An poor bit of Content Strategy advice from Distilled.

#ContentStrategy #UserExperience #Twitter #FakeNews #YouTube
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Digital Things of Interest 29 July 2017

Read these Digital Things of Interest for 29 July 2017, which includes:

– Google trying to keep brands safe on YouTube;
– An explainer about hamburger menus;
– The Nokia 6 – what could have been?;
– Why Firefox market share is dropping.

#Google #YouTube #UserExperience #DigitalTechnology #MobilePhones
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Digital Things of Interest 28 July 2017

Read these Digital Things of Interest for 28 July 2017, which includes:

– A clam story to illustrate innovation challenges and solutions;
– Medical records added to Google’s Removal list;
– Marketo forgetting to renew its domain (whoops!);
– Some approaches to customer service from Seth Godin.

#Innovation #Google #Marketo #UserExperience
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Digital Things of Interest 27 July 2017

Read these Digital Things of Interest for 27 July 2017, which includes:

– Excellent reasoning for using one persona per project;
– A great look into mobile phone keyboard design;
– Dallas getting rid of parking lots for parks;
– How your undies can affect your servers;

#DigitalMarketing #UserExperience #DigitalTechnology
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Twitter Linking to AMP URLs

AMP is extending its reach, with Twitter apps now linking to AMP variant URLs. It look like AMP is here to stay for a little while. Find out about this move and ways to implement this tricky little beast.

If you would like to discuss ways to implement AMP and how it could impact your web business, please feel free to contact me.

#SEO #AMP #SocialMedia #Twitter #PageSpeed

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Millennials Make Voice Device Purchases

A recent report from Walker Sands has shown that 43% of millennials have shopped in some way via a voice controlled device. It’s an interesting stat! Read a summary and some thoughts on the future of voice devices and voice search in this post.

If you would like to discuss ways voice devices and voice search could impact your web business, please feel free to contact me.

#VoiceDevices #VoiceSearch #DigitalTechnology #TechnologyStrategy

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Google News Facelift June 2017

The news we’ve all been waiting for! Google News has had a facelift for the first time in 7 years. Aside from tweaked look and feel, they are also trying to deal with echo chambers and fake news. Read about the changes in this post.

If you would like to discuss ways this facelift could impact your traffic and visibility on Google News, and how to improve it, please feel free to contact me.

#SEO #GoogleNews #UserExperience

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Google Likes Tasty Breadcrumbs

Find out why Google Likes Breadcrumbs so much in this post, and read 6 tips on how to implement them for a bit of crawling and ranking love from Google. Doing this could impact your web business.

#SEO #Breadcrumbs #InternalLinking #Googlebot… Read More