1. New Panda Update Rolling Out, Google Takes Another Stand Against Thin Content – Search Engine Journal
"Pierre Far, Webmaster Trends Analyst at Google UK, announced on Google+ last night that a new Panda update is rolling out. The update began rolling out earlier this week, and Far says he expects to have everything done by sometime next week.
Google has been able to discover additional signals to help Panda more accurately identify low quality content, thanks to user and webmaster feedback. As a result, a greater diversity of high-quality small- and medium-sized sites are said to be ranking higher, which is good news.
Another piece of good news is if you were penalized by Panda previously, then this update means the damage may have been undone if you did all the right things to correct the issue. If you see an increase in traffic by the end of next week, then it’s a good sign this update worked out in your favor."
I was listening to the TWIG podcast last night. Google search will now often give you a list of directions in the first hit or two of the search. For example if you type ‘make a martini’ into the search box, this is what you get.
So, my question is answered, and the site the answer came from gets no traffic. Bottom line Google is playing with your traffic.
"PUBLISHED – October 1, 2014
The biggest question every writer asks when they start publishing online is, ‘How do I get people to read my stuff?’ There are many answers to this question, and these answers are usually now referred to as ‘content marketing’.
In this talk Rian van der Merwe shares why it is better to stay away from the easy ways and choose the difficult ways instead, and how a struggling blog with an insignificant number of readers can become not only a source of great joy and expression, but also a source of non-insignificant income.
EVENT – WordCamp Cape Town 2013"
"PUBLISHED – September 30, 2014
It took over 6 years of failure, and trying thousands of tips, tricks and best practices to build an audience and a blog presence.
One morning, everything changed. The right words came out through the keyboard, they connected with the right people, traffic quadrupled almost instantly, Publications came knocking and business started coming in from across the globe.
EVENT – WordCamp Calgary 2014"
"PUBLISHED – September 30, 2014
Gabriel Koen from PMC (Variety.com, Deadline Hollywood) presented “Launches: Lessons Learned” at the recent Big Media & Enterprise Meetup in San Francisco, California.
"Everyone deals with data and very often it is presented in large data tables. Representing and reading through long tables on a website can be very cumbersome. Charts are good for letting people understand the change and tendency behind data.
"When creating a single-page app we should use some kind of framework to do some of the job for us so we can focus on the actual functionality.
AngularJS fits here perfectly, because features like dynamic dependency injection and bi-directional data binding are just great. Sometimes we also require some kind of server. If you’ve chosen PHP then Laravel may be your best option, as it’s easy to work with and pretty powerful.
In this part of the tutorial, we will build the front-end of our application using AngularJS. Angular is a really unique framework. Instead of abstracting the HTML or providing some way of DOM manipulation they extended the HTML to deal with the fact that it was surely not designed to work with dynamic data. "
"In part one of this series, we saw how WPML can help you to serve the main contents of your site in more than one language, and how those various translations can be linked to eachother, so that a translation of anything is just one click away.
But, that was just limited to posts, pages, categories and menus — really just the core WordPress functionalities. It’s really just the tip of the iceberg, and we can go much further with that. Let’s look at some options that will make a site truly translateable, with some WPML add-on plugins that are either very handy, or apply to very popular plugins."
"Developers, start your engines! Apple released the gold master for OS X Yosemite on Tuesday, and is now asking developers to begin submitting their updated apps, suggesting that a release is just around the corner. Speaking of gold, rumor has it that the next iPad Air will be available in just that color. And what kind of trick is Microsoft trying to pull now? That and more in today’s Morning Report!
Now here’s a development even a classic James Bond villain would appreciate: Bloomberg reported Tuesday that Apple’s next full-sized iPad will add a third color option alongside the current space gray and silver. The addition of a gold model for the rumored iPad Air 2 will bring the 9.7-inch tablet in line with the color scheme of recent iPhone models, including the latest iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus."
"We’ve heard a lot about the new iPhones and the upcoming iWatch over the last couple of weeks, but today it’s time for the iMac to shine. Specifically, blogger Jack March reported this morning that Apple plans to release a 27-inch Retina iMac with a resolution of 5120 x 2880, and it’s possible that we’ll see it as early as a media event next month.
The report appears to have some weight; other sources such as 9to5Mac and Re/code have heard similar things from their little birds in the Apple tree.
‘A source familiar with Apple’s plans tells me that Apple is indeed planning to launch a Retina iMac at their next press event, however the 27’ Model will be the only model that gets this feature,’ said March in his report. ‘The source says the new 27’ iMac will use a 5120 x 2880 panel as leaked in the OSX Yosemite code a few months ago. This resolution is double the current resolution of the 27’ iMac which is 2560 × 1440.’"
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