The Alliance Strikes Back – Bing/Yahoo Search Share Sees Biggest Rise
Bing & Yahoo have been the plucky underdogs to the mammoth that is Google search for years. Their search market share had been falling – down for the last quarter of 2013. But after a robust 2014 Bing/Yahoo has been clawing it back from Google, having their best performance in Q4 2014 since 2008.
“What happened at Rumbula was unimaginable…beyond words. Aron lost his mother there, but he survived, and over six decades of painting, Aron worked out the evil he experienced on canvas and turned it into truth and beauty. More intimately, his paintings in the book reveal his remarkable journey of personal alchemy as he overcame evil and reclaimed his light. His life is a testament to the power of the human spirit to heal. On this Holocaust Remembrance Day (Yom HaShoah), let us remember those who were lost, celebrate those who survived and commit to living in peace with ourselves and each other. Blessings to all.”
As WordPress gets more sophisticated and WordPress Themes become more interesting, powerful and complex, the code itself begins to bog down. One of the better ways to troubleshoot this issues is by using Google Developers PageSpeed Insights.
I just had to do some research on a photographer’s WordPress site to attempt to fix some of these problems. Here are some links to plugins that will help in this process.
Another useful way to speed up your WordPress site is to use a CDN (Content Delivery Network) A CDN is basically a network of multiple servers that are located at various different places in the world.… Read the rest
Brands Ignoring Local Search Are ‘Kicking Away’ the Opportunity Google Is Giving Them
Let’s talk latest change to Google’s algorithm. What types of business succeeded (with it); what types of data did it favor; what do these changes mean for the search industry? It actually wasn’t as substantial an update as everybody reported, merely a continuation and amplification of the direction Google has been going in for the last three or four years. Pigeon largely benefited well-branded, well-structured websites. If you have a very strong brand, good brand recognition, and lots of brand name searches — you benefited.
In general, the update favored brands and hurt small businesses. That seems to be the initial data. We haven’t seen any substantial changes, although I do think there have been multiple algorithm updates since then that have flown under the radar where the quality of results have gotten better.… Read the rest
Too many wrongly characterize the debate as “security versus privacy.” The real choice is liberty versus control. Tyranny, whether it arises under threat of foreign physical attack or under constant domestic authoritative scrutiny, is still tyranny. Liberty requires security without intrusion, security plus privacy. Widespread police surveillance is the very definition of a police state. And that’s why we should champion privacy even when we have nothing to hide. My Reaction to Eric Schmidt ~ Bruce Schneier
Bruce Schneier calls bullshit with eloquence: “For if we are observed in all matters, we are constantly under threat of correction, judgment, criticism, even plagiarism of our own uniqueness. We become children, fettered under watchful eyes, constantly fearful that — either now or in the uncertain future — patterns we leave behind will be brought back to implicate us, by whatever authority has now become focused upon our once-private and innocent acts.